Jun 17, 2020

Book Sale

Assata’s Daughters and the #LetUsBreathe Collective are important organizations working for racial justice in Chicago, offering community-oriented programs encompassing education, mutual aid, direct action, and more.

Through Sunday, June 21, 100% of proceeds from all books and editions sold in our online store will be donated to these South Side organizations.

As part of this sale, we are...

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Apr 20, 2020

Announcing Myriam Ben Salah as Executive Director and Chief Curator

Photo: Nicolas Cottong

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago will appoint Myriam Ben Salah as Executive Director and Chief Curator effective September 15, 2020.

Ben Salah, a Tunisian curator and writer, is currently co-organizing Made in LA. 2020 at the Hammer Museum and The Huntington Library. She follows Solveig Øvstebø who led the museum from 2013 until 2020, and will be the Ren’s third leader...

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Apr 09, 2020

An update from the Renaissance Society

Peter Downsbrough, AND AS THERE (detail), 2016, in Between the Ticks of the Watch, April 24 - June 26, 2016 at the Renaissance Society. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

Dear members and friends,

In this uncertain time when we’re all facing unbelievable developments, the Renaissance Society team is wishing for the health and safety of everyone in our community. Like all museums and cultural organizations, the Ren is navigating difficult terrain. As much as ever, we are sustained and energized by our mission: an uncompromising commitment to artists...

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Mar 13, 2020

Coronavirus updates for our community

Due to evolving public health measures related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Renaissance Society has temporarily closed to the public effective Sunday, March 15. All onsite events are also cancelled until further notice.

Please click here for an update regarding our upcoming exhibition, Miho Dohi, and related programs.

We will continue to monitor guidelines issued by the University of...

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Jan 16, 2020

LaToya Ruby Frazier at the Wexner Center for the Arts

LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Last Cruze, installation view, 2019. Photo: Useful Art Services.

“Many contemporary artists lamely lay claim to the mantle of activism. But for Frazier, it’s clearly more than a buzzword. In such timely and rigorous work, she plainly deploys her ever-growing influence in the service of others.” In Frieze, critic Ian Bourland lauded LaToya Ruby Frazier’s exhibition The Last Cruze, calling her the “standard bearer” of a generation.

Presented here at the...

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Dec 05, 2019

Solveig Øvstebø Appointed Executive Director of Astrup Fearnley Museet

The Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Norway has hired Solveig Øvstebø as Executive Director.

Founded in 1993, the Astrup Fearnley Museet is one of Scandinavia´s most notable museums for contemporary art. The museum holds the extensive Astrup Fearnley collection, which includes significant works by artists such as Matthew Barney, Paul Chan, Trisha Donnelly, Ida Ekblad, Matias Faldbakken,...

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May 14, 2019

Edition sale

A 3x3 grid advertises a sale for editions, one edition per square, with the top right and bottom left corners blacked out.

This fall, we will launch a revamped Renaissance Society editions program — stay tuned for details!

To make room for the new arrivals, we are offering a 20% discount on some of the great works we currently have available to purchase, including those by Mathias Poledna, Raymond Pettibon, Nancy Dwyer, and Rodney Graham.

The sale runs on our online store and here in the gallery through June 9....

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May 13, 2019

I is for Institute: Solveig Øvstebø interview

A white I stretches across a black rectangle; below the top bar, the phrase 'I is for Institute,' in serif, flanks the stem.

Graphic courtesy of ICA Philadelphia.

Our colleagues at ICA Philadelphia recently launched I is for Institute, a new set of critical conversations around what contemporary arts institutions are and can be.

As part of the website’s robust series of interviews with a range of directors and curators, our Executive Director and Chief Curator, Solveig Øvstebø, spoke with the ICA’s Alex Klein and Tausif Noor about the Ren’s unique...

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Feb 01, 2019

Announcing the Joe and Rika Mansueto Publications Program

Fourteen books, stacked horizontally, sit next to ten books placed vertically against the stack.

The Renaissance Society is driven by an unwavering faith in  artists and their ideas. We support them to produce new art and, with it, new knowledge, new discourse, and new ways of thinking. This is especially evident in our publications, which have been at the core of our activity since we were founded in 1915.

This is why we are thrilled to announce the establishment of the Joe and Rika...

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Nov 27, 2018

Give and Get with a Ren Membership

A 3x3 grid shows eight images of people holding books in front of their torsos, one image per square, logo in top left corner.

The Renaissance Society’s community of supporters values our independence and commitment to fostering ambitious artistic expression in its many forms. Members at all levels provide essential funds for our program of exhibitions, talks, screenings, concerts and other events, all of which are free and open to the public.

Whether you frequently visit the Ren or follow us from afar, please...

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