Smart Museum of Art

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Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago July 2013 48 (Smart Museum).jpg
Established 1974
Location 5550 S Greenwood Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States
Director Anthony G. Hirschel
Curator Stephanie Smith

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art is an art museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The permanent collection of over 10,000 objects includes works by Francisco Goya, Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Ansel Adams, and Mark Rothko. Admission is free.[1]

The Smart Museum and the adjacent Cochrane-Woods Art Center were designed by the architect Edward Larrabee Barnes.[2]


The Smart Museum was established in 1974 in association with the University of Chicago's Art History department. It was endowed by David A. Smart and his brother Alfred Smart, the publishers of Esquire and Coronet. In 1983, the museum became a separate unit of the university devoted to serving the entire community, including educational outreach activities in local public schools.[3] In 1999 it completed a $2 million renovation.[2]


  1. ^ Lauerman, Connie (November 21, 1999). "Grand Reopening". Chicago Tribune. p. 2. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Lauerman, Connie (November 21, 1999). "Grand Reopening". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "History". Smart Museum. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 41°47′37″N 87°36′01″W / 41.7935°N 87.6002°W / 41.7935; -87.6002