Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE

March 2, 2019 - September 29, 2019

The inaugural exhibition in the Driehaus Museum’s new contemporary art series focuses on Yinka Shonibare CBE, an artist who draws on history, politics, and fashion influences to explore and critique our understanding of the past with equal doses of humor, irony and theatrics playfully woven in. This exhibition features the artist’s earlier work, from photography series to sculpture installations. It is presented within the context of one of America’s great Gilded Age mansions - the Driehaus Museum’s home - creating compelling juxtapositions that will reveal new perspectives on both the art and its setting.

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Image: Yinka Shonibare CBE (British/Nigerian, b. 1962) Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 19.00 hours, 1998. Series of five chromogenic photographs. 48 x 72 inches. From the Collection of Amy and John Phelan. Image © Yinka Shonibare CBE, courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York.

The exhibition is underwritten in part by Eugene and Jean Stark, Gary Metzner and Scott Johnson, and the Richard H. Driehaus Annual Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by The Joyce Foundation.

Current Exhibition

Treasures from the White City: The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893

September 8, 2018 - August 11, 2019

Treasures from the White City: The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 includes objects drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the collection of Richard H. Driehaus and features original works and memorabilia designed for and exhibited at the fair. Pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany created for his magnificent World’s Fair chapel, substantial silver selections designed by both Gorham Manufacturing Company and Tiffany & Company, and artifacts from the exposition such as tickets, maps and programs will be featured in the exhibition presented in celebration of the fair’s 125th anniversary.

Image: Tiffany And Gorham Exhibits-Manufactures Building from Official Views Of The World’s Columbian Exposition, by C. D. Arnold and H. D. Higinbotham, 1893.

This exhibition has been organized by The Richard H. Driehaus Museum and is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.