Art at the David Rubenstein Forum

The Art at the David Rubenstein Forum program showcases loans from the historical document collection of University of Chicago Trustee and Forum namesake David M. Rubenstein in tandem with loans from the art collection of Kenneth C. Griffin and Pace Gallery. This distinctive program was conceived to support the Forum’s mission of contributing to the University of Chicago’s character as an intellectual destination that builds community through the exchange of ideas.

Bill of Rights
August 1789, New York printing of 17 Proposed Constitutional Amendment
October 1789, Rhode Island printing of Articles 3 through 12

The Declaration of Independence
One of two “exact” facsimiles given to James Madison, William J. Stone, 1823

Emancipation Proclamation
First official state department printing of the text signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863

Magna Carta
Engraved and reproduced from one of only four surviving copies from 1215, Pine Engraver, 1733

U. S. Constitution Newspaper Printing
September 19, 1787 issue of the Pennsylvania packet with the first public printing of the text of the United States Constitution



Recent graduates and Teaching Fellows mentor student interns and collaborate with experts to strengthen their networks.


Surrounding community members engage with a framework built to support university syllabi to middle and high school curricula.


University of Chicago students work with faculty experts as they undertake rigorous research to incite intellectual discussions.


Visitors explore how works of art and historical documents function as physical expressions of contemporary issues relevant today.

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