How to Study Smart

With finals looming at the University of Chicago, here is some throwback advice on how to study from Coronet Instructional Films, which was part of the Chicago-based media empire established by the Museum's namesakes David and Alfred Smart

This is the story of how Jim—who is no more fond of studying than anyone—makes it as easy as possible for himself by studying in the right way, the most practical way.

Practice these sound principles of how to study tonight amidst the art in our galleries during the quarterly Study at the Smart event!


Behind the Mask

Installation view of Carved, Cast, Crumpled

By Alice Kain, Assistant Registrar and Coordinator of Academic Initiatives

There are artworks in the Smart Museum of Art’s 40th anniversary exhibition Carved, Cast, Crumpled that have hidden stories, histories, and parts. One object that offers a unique portal into the Smart’s collection is a mask created by the Chicago artist Roger Brown in 1974.

The Mask for the Chairman of the Board of Directors, to give the piece its full title, currently sits on a shelf next to other objects by the Chicago artists Karl Wirsum and Christina Ramberg. Roger Brown and Christina Ramberg were close friends and Brown modeled for her mask which is also on view in the exhibition hanging next to the Mask for the Chairman.