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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to Sunday, May 15, 2022


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The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art presents "Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine," the first museum exhibition dedicated to this visionary painter in more than twenty years. Through more than 85 paintings and works on paper the exhibition traces Thompson’s brief but prolific transatlantic career, examining both his formal inventiveness and his engagement with themes of collectivity, jazz, love, bearing witness, struggle, and justice.

Bob Thompson, "Blue Madonna," 1961. Oil on canvas. 51 1/2 × 74 3/4 in. (130.8 × 189.9 cm). The Detroit Institute of Arts. Gift of Edward Levine in memory of Bob Thompson. © Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York. Photo: The Detroit Institute of Arts, USA / Bridgeman Images.

"Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine" is organized by the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine, and curated by Diana Tuite. The presentation at the Smart Museum of Art is organized by Jennifer Carty, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art with Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art. It will continue its national tour with stops in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The exhibition is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, halley k harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld, and the Alex Katz Foundation. Principal support for the presentation at the Smart Museum of Art has been provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support has been provided by the Museum’s SmartPartners.