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For DeLuxe, Gallagher transformed beauty and hair product advertisements from vintage African American magazines using a range of print techniques, then added plasticine, paint, coconut oil, toy eyeballs, and glitter to each, further subverting and recontextualizing the images. This playful and provocative series of gridded prints offers sly and insightful commentary on modernism, mass media, fashion, identity, and race in mid-century America.
Additional Event: Lecture
- On February 22 at 2 pm, printmaker David Lasry of Two Palms Press, and Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Museum of Modern Art, New York will discuss Ellen Gallagher's DeLuxe
|Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). The Two Sisters, 2012. Oil on linen, 96"x 72" (243.8 x 182.9 cm). |
Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr.
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Jason Wyche)
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is comprised of approximately sixty objects, highlighting the range of the artist's work. The exhibition includes his early portrait paintings, inspired by the artist's observation
Kehinde Wiley has received critical acclaim for his investigation of race, power, and the politics of representation, and his work has been lauded for giving new meaning to the social codes of gesture and dress, past and present, while challenging stereotypes about masculinity and class today, in America and around the world.
Works on view include selections from his ongoing World Stage series. Initiated in China in 2006, The World Stage examines socioeconomic conditions and culture through the everyday lives of people in India, Sri Lanka, Israel, Jamaica, and Nigeria, among other countries. Also on view will be his bronze busts, as well as his recent series An Economy of Grace, and his new stained-glass paintings.
|Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). |
Saint Remi, 2014. Stained glass, 96"x 43½" (243.8 x 110.5cm).
Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris. © Kehinde Wiley.
- February 12: The one night-only conversation about the role storytelling plays in the visual arts, featuring Spike Lee, Kehinde Wiley, and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. SOLD OUT
- February 19: Members Preview and Reception
- Members-Only Viewing, Two Saturday mornings in February.
- There are a number of Gallery Tours during the exhibition.
|Eldzier Cortor, Environment No. V, 1969, printed 2000. Gift of Eldzier Cortor in memory of Sophia Cortor.|
The works in this exhibition reflect an expansive part of Eldzier Cortor's
Eldzier Cortor, Dance Composition, No. 34, 1980s.
Gift of Eldzier Cortor in memory of Sophia Cortor.
In the mid-1950s, Cortor produced several woodblock prints with Japanese printmaker Jun'ichiro Sekino, a leading member of the Creative Prints movement. Five of those works from this period are on display, demonstrating the highly original hybird of Western and Japanese techniques that resulted from Cortor and Sekino's close collaboration.
Lastly, on view are some of Eldzier Cortor's experimental prints made in Manhattan at Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop, where he worked between 1955 and 1998.
On February 20, 2015, The Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago is honoring renowned artist and printmaker Eldzier Cortor with the 2015 Legends and Legacy Award. This award is an honor bestowed to living African American artists who, through their lifelong accomplishments and exceptional career in the visual arts have influenced the next generation of artists.
the modernist tradition of welded sculpture.
Melvin Edwards: Five Decades bears witness to Edwards' pro
found commitment, from the very beginning of his career, to an art that is both abstract and deeply engaged with meaning and expression. A truly international artist well before the advent of today's global art world, Edwards has brought his experiences of other cultures and languages, particularly those of Africa, into his work, to explore the varied ways that art can forge bonds of connection and kinship. He is best known for his Lynch Fragments, an ongoing series of small-scale reliefs begun in Los Angeles in the early 1960s and born out of the social and political turmoil of the civil rights movement.
Melvin Edwards with Column of Memory, Deni-Malick Gueye
Farm near Diannaido, Senegal, about 2005.
Photograph by Bakary Ali Mbaye, courtesy the artist
This exhibition, Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, features a broad selection of Lynch Fragments from the 1960s, 1970s to the present, exploring memory, history, and African and African American culture. Fulfilling its mission, as the first retrospective of Edwards' work in more than twenty years, it reveals that his career has extended far beyond the Lynch Fragments. Major large-scale sculptures of the 1960s, as well as his Rockers of the 1970s are included. In addition, Five Decades features many works not seen since their creation, and in some cases never before exhibited. Also on view are sculptures Edwards has made in Senegal over the past decade, as well as a selection of maquettes, and prototypes reflecting his long career in public sculpture, and rarely exhibited works on paper.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
|Nnenna Okore, Tomorrow Never Dies, 2914. Burlap, dye, wire and acrylic|
- February 7: Opening Program: Conversation between Artists Nnenna Okore and Michelle Grabner, discussing their process-oriented practices and the challenge of succeeding as a female, mother, teacher and artist in the art world today.
- March 7: Artist Talk by Nnenna Okore
- March 20: Curator's Tour
|John Bankston, Fairy Machine, 32"x 44"|
|John Bankston, Mysterious Magic, 2014. Oil on linen, 54" x 48"|
|John Bankston, Large Hybird 2, 2014. Acrylic on paper, 42" x 35"|
- April 9: Film Screening: The Hairy Who. Learn about The Hairy Who and make connections between them and Bankston's art on view in the galleries. $5.00 suggested donation.