Jun 03, 2015


Case containing VHS documentation of Pierre Huyghe’s 2000 Renaissance Society exhibition, The Third Memory

This year the Renaissance Society reaches our 100th anniversary. What began in 1915 as a group of University of Chicago academics has since grown into a rigorous platform for risk-taking, boundary-pushing contemporary art. The original intentions of the Renaissance Society still ring true: to present art that engages with key questions of our times, to support ambitious artistic experimentation, and to provide a rich interdisciplinary context for discovering and discussing contemporary art.

Our centennial anniversary presents a critical opportunity to make new meaning of the institution’s past and to imagine possible futures. From September 2015 to January 2016, we present a multifaceted program that brings the Renaissance Society’s strengths to the fore: supporting artists’ ideas, commissioning new work, and shedding new light on established practices; presenting multidisciplinary programs that bring together art, poetry, and music; and hosting important conversations on the key questions institutions and practitioners face in making and presenting art today. See below for links to related exhibitions and events.

A key component of the Centennial program is a major scholarly publication to be published in autumn 2015. This book situates the institution as a force in the development of the visual arts on an international scale, featuring newly commissioned essays that consider the Renaissance Society from a variety of historical, cultural, and theoretical vantage points. Contributors include: Davarian L. Baldwin, Susan Bielstein, Bruce Jenkins, Pamela Lee, Nina Möntmann, Liesl Olson, R.H. Quaytman, Anne Rorimer, and Aoibheann Sweeney.

Note: We regret that Ian Wilson’s Discussions, originally scheduled for October 1 and 4, have been postponed until Spring 2016.