Mar 13, 2020

Coronavirus updates for our community

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

We hope to re-open to the public on April 18 with our scheduled exhibition Miho Dohi. However, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nov 08, 2018

Poster sale now online

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Following the success of our poster sale at Expo Chicago in September, we’re pleased to announce that select archive exhibition posters are now available to buy through our online shop. They are all 18 x 24” and unfolded—perfect for framing (or just sticking straight up on the wall)! Many are available to view in full online as PDFs—see individual listings for the links.

Prices start at just...

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Sep 27, 2018

Student Opportunities at the Ren

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Student committee members in Milwaukee, 2018

Student membership

All students in the Chicago area can get a free membership to the Renaissance Society. Just sign up here to receive our monthly student newsletter, invitations to special student events, and a 20% discount on our publications. Student membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines.

Thursday, October 4, 5:30-6:45pm: Join us for our first...

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Sep 19, 2018

Poster Sale at EXPO Chicago

A rectangular 3x3 grid shows nine archival exhibition posters.

Posters have been a beloved accompaniment to the Renaissance Society’s exhibitions program for more than 25 years. Beyond communicating essential information, they have served as a platform for long form essays, design experimentation, and individual artworks. As such, this visual archive tells the story of the Ren’s ongoing commitment to artists and their ideas.

In a special presentation...

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