Dating from the 1950s to the present, the contemporary collection embraces the full range of media used by living artists, from painting to video. Emphasizing European and American art—with a focus on Chicago—it has expanded to encompass Asian art—with a focus on China. It showcases the persistence of figurative traditions, the emergence of idea- and process-based art, and artists' strategies for addressing the pressing issues of their time.
UChicago students, faculty, and other campus users can also access select digital images from the Smart's Collection via LUNA, maintained by the Department of Art History's Visual Resource Center.
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