Jun 03, 2015

The Ren is 100 today

1915 invitation to the first public meeting of the Renaissance Society. Courtesy the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

A hundred years ago today, on June 3, 1915, University of Chicago faculty members met to establish “a society to stimulate the love of the beautiful and to enrich the life of the community through the cultivation of the arts.”

Little did they know that the institution would go on to become one of the leading international platforms for contemporary art. We hosted one of the first exhibitions...

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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...

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Apr 23, 2015

Ghez Receives Special Golden Lion

Susanne Ghez

The staff and board of the Renaissance Society warmly congratulate Susanne Ghez, the Ren’s former Executive Director and Chief Curator, on her recognition by the Venice Biennale. She will receive a Special Golden Lion for Services to the Arts on Saturday May 9 during the awards ceremony and inauguration of the 56th Exhibition.

In awarding Ghez the Special Golden Lion, the Board of Directors...

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Jan 28, 2015

Now Available: Mathias Poledna Edition

We’re delighted to offer this special edition poster created by Mathias Poledna on the occasion of his solo exhibition at the Renaissance Society.

The 18 x 24 inch posters have been produced in an edition of 100, with each signed by the artist. They are available for $100 plus shipping.

For more information and to purchase, please visit our online shop.

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Dec 19, 2014

Hamza Walker to Co-Curate Made in L.A. 2016

Hamza Walker, photo by Dawoud Bey

We’re delighted to announce that Hamza Walker, the Ren’s Director of Education and Associate Curator, has been selected as co-curator of Made in L.A. 2016, with Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi.

Made in L.A. 2016 will be the third in an ongoing series of exhibitions focused on artwork created in the Los Angeles region and will be on view June through September 2016. The artist list will...

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