Sep 07, 2018

Richard Rezac at the Blaffer Art Museum

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Richard Rezac, Quimby, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

“I want there to be a balance among the overall differences, a broad conversation,” explains Richard Rezac in a recent interview about his solo exhibition, Address.

Presented here at the Renaissance Society in spring 2018, the exhibition is now traveling to the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. It will be on view there September 8–December 8, 2018. There, the 20 works of the...

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Jun 07, 2018

Join Us: New membership options

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The Ren may be 103 years old, but we’re still spry, moving forward with determination and vigor. Peter Wächtler’s runner in many ways captures this spirit, and he is featured on our brand-new members’ tote bag. You may also recall him from Wächtler’s 2016 exhibition, Secrets of a Trumpet, which presented new works commissioned by the Renaissance Society.

We’re delighted to announce that we...

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May 16, 2018

Book Sale: up to 40% off

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Get up to 40% off all Renaissance Society publications in our book sale, running through Sunday, June 3 on our online shop and here at the gallery. This includes our newest titles, monographs on Robert Grosvenor and Jennifer Packer, and 67 other books from the last 40+ years.

Plus Renaissance Society members at all levels, including student members, get an additional 15% off all sales prices:...

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Apr 23, 2018

New Late Thursdays

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Visitors to Alejandro Cesarco, Song, 2017. Photo:Useful Art Services.

During Address this spring, the gallery will stay open till 8pm on Thursdays.

We hope some of you will find these extended hours more convenient—if they prove popular, we’ll make the change permanent. Our neighbors at the Smart Museum, the Logan Center for the Arts, and the Hyde Park Art Center all are open on Thursday evenings too.

Have feedback on our opening hours or event times? Send us...

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Feb 26, 2018

Jennifer Packer, Tenderheaded at the Rose Art Museum

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Jennifer Packer, Hold, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Corvi-Mora, London.

Jennifer Packer’s first solo museum presentation, Tenderheaded, debuted at the Renaissance Society in fall 2017 and was described in an frieze review as creating “a safe space in which to consider questions of mortality, subjectivity and belonging.”

We are pleased that our East Coast friends and visitors to the Boston area will have another opportunity to see the exhibition as it tours to the...

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Dec 19, 2017

Season's Greetings from the Ren

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Alejandro Cesarco, The Dreams I’ve Left Behind, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin. Photo: Useful Art Services.

We want to say thank you.

Thank you to Robert Grosvenor, Astrid Klein, B. Ingrid Olson, Jennifer Packer, and Alejandro Cesarco: incredible artists who have shared beautiful, challenging, and thought-provoking exhibitions here at the Ren in 2017.

Thank you to the artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and scholars who contributed to over 30 public programs and two new publications this...

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Nov 28, 2017

Small Museum, Big Reach

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Sadie Benning, Shared Eye, sequence 6, #18, 19, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Chris Austin.

The Renaissance Society is a place where audiences can encounter new works of art for the very first time, and we are often asked what happens to the projects that we commission. As a non-collecting museum, the art we help to produce belongs to the artist. These works frequently enter into private or public collections and can be seen again in other exhibitions.

We are thrilled to share the...

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Nov 20, 2017

Holiday 2017 Hours

White spheres of papier-mache rest atop a square platform.

Yutaka Sone, Snowballs (Homage to David Hammons), 2005.

The Renaissance Society will be closed to the public November 23 and 24, and December 23–January 1.

Please contact us for viewing by appointment during these periods.

Happy holidays from all of us at the Ren!

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Oct 05, 2017

Student Opportunities at the Ren

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Jochen Dehn’s Intermissions performance, Arches and Avalanches, August 2017. Photo: Meg T. Noe.

Student membership

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.

Our first student members event will be on Wednesday, October 11...

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Aug 24, 2017

The Ren at Expo Chicago, NYABF, and CABF

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Danh Vō, Gustav’s Wing, 2012, installation view in Uterus at the Renaissance Society. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

Peruse Renaissance Society publications and more at three off-site events this fall. We’ll have some of our most recent titles available for purchase, including Mathias Poledna: Substance, Irena Haiduk: Seductive Exacting Realism by Marcel Proust 12, and Ben Rivers: Ways of Worldmaking.

EXPO CHICAGO takes place at Navy Pier in Chicago September 13-17. At our booth we’ll have a selection of...

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