Smart and DuSable museums to host free day next month

Staff Writer

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African American History will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual “Museum Day Live!” event.

On Sept. 27 more than 1,000 participating museums — including Smart, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., and DuSable 740 E. 56th Pl. — will adopt the Washington, D.C.-based Smithsonian Institution’s free admission policy for those who download a “Museum Day Live!” online ticket.

Sept. 27 is the opening day of the Smart Museum of Art’s special 40th anniversary exhibition, “Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways,” according to C.J. Lind, associate director of communications at the Smart Museum.

The exhibit will transform the Smart into a sculpture museum by displaying more than 175 works from its collections and promised gifts.

On Museum Day, the galleries at the Smart will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be two free concerts presented by the Hyde Park Jazz Festival featuring Tito Carrillo Quintet at 1 p.m. and the Eric Schneider Quartet at 2:30 p.m.

Lind said the museum’s 40th anniversary celebration will continue the next day, Sept. 28, with a family-friendly community open house from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Raymond Ward, communications director at DuSable, said the community is invited to visit the museum’s new exhibit Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The exhibit is scheduled to open on Sept. 19 and run through Dec. 14.

“Spirits of the Passage is one of the most important exhibitions [DuSable] has ever displayed,” according to the museum. “This is the first exhibition of its kind to examine the entire history of the transatlantic slave trade from the 16th through 19th centuries.”

To register, see the full list of museums, and download a ticket, visit Each ticket grants free admission to the ticket holder plus a guest.