“Summer shows at DPAM are Chicago-centric”

July 1, 2013

CHICAGO — Chicago artists are front and center in three shows at the DePaul Art Museum this summer. The first exhibition, which opens July 1, features artworks given to DePaul University from the Koffler Collection. Selected pieces by Dominick Di Meo, an artist whose paintings were profoundly influenced by his time in Chicago in the 1960s, will be on display beginning July 11. And, an exhibition of works by DePaul faculty will go on display July 25 in the museum on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus.

Gifts from the Koffler Collection
July 1 – Sept. 1

Samuel and Blanche Koffler became interested in local Chicago artists after moving from New York to Chicago in the 1950s. They started a foundation to buy works from Chicago artists and amassed a notable collection over the span of 40 years. Their support helped artists earn a living, and made a persuasive argument for the appreciation of regional art. In 2012, a generous gift of 95 paintings, prints and sculptures from the Koffler Collection was added to DePaul’s permanent collection.

“They were really eclectic in their taste and they didn’t just support one kind of artist. They believed in artists as a group, as a profession,” said Louise Lincoln, director of the DePaul Art Museum.


Dominick Di Meo: Visionary Garden
July 11 – Sept. 1

Dominick Di Meo was a member of the “Monster Roster” — Chicago artists who in the mid-20th century developed a distinct approach to the human figure that incorporated a dark sense of humor. An important figure in the 1960s Chicago art circle, Di Meo moved to New York in 1968 after spending  time in Italy.

“Some of his images suggest the influence of his Italian experience, a sense  that he’s walking on the  past , an accumulation of people, things and history,” Lincoln said.


DePaul Faculty Exhibition
July 25 – Sept. 29

From painting and photography to found-object sculpture and multimedia performance, these works by DePaul faculty demonstrate the strength and diversity of their professional practice and the breadth of their teaching.

Among the DePaul faculty artists are: Shiro Akiyoshi, Gagik Aroutiunian, Lisa Barcy, Marita Bolles, Jeff Carter, Tom Denlinger, Marcy Dinius, Nomi Epstein, Susan Giles, Steve Harp, Anna Henson, Randall Honold, Laura Kina, Jeff Kowalkowski, Zack Ostrowski, Bob Palmieri, Mary Ann Papanek-Miller, Keiler Roberts, Adam Schreiber, H. Peter Steves, Bibiana Suarez, Selina Trepp, Dolores Wilber, Chi Jang Yin and Mark Zlotkowski.

A reception including a live multimedia performance and an evening of film screenings is planned for September.

The DePaul Art Museum opened in its new $7.8 million three-story home in September 2011. The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu.





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Upcoming Events

Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Unit 371 with author MK Czerwiec




Comics have a long history in the arenas of public health messaging, political activism, and memoir. Comics can bear witness to stigmatized realities, create a new medium for representation, and inspire community engagement and empowerment. This lecture will contextualize the new graphic memoir Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 within the history of comics about HIV and AIDS. 

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One day this kid will get larger Panel: Kenyon Farrow & Jennifer Brier



Working at the intersections of HIV/AIDS activism and the movement for Black Lives, the scholar, writer and activist Kenyon Farrow will offer a presentation on the correlation between AIDS activism and prison activism – highlighting the many ways in which HIV+ individuals, particularly low-income and black or brown individuals, are criminalized and incarcerated for their health status. Q&A with Farrow will be moderated by historian Jennifer Brier (Director of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago).

Free and open to everyone, but space is limited. Please register in advance. 


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The Dead Taste Sweeter Than the Living (After Felix Gonzalez-Torres) by Emilio Rojas in collaboration with Paul Escriva




A multimedia performance inspired by the Art AIDS America exhibition at Alphawood Gallery and the companion exhibition One day this kid will get larger at DePaul Art Museum (DPAM), The Dead Taste Sweeter Than the Living is a mobile, interactive event that takes place at both art spaces with a procession in between. The project began and continues with the daily collection of pieces of candy from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA), 1991, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Rojas then uses these elements in public performances to initiate a dialogue around mourning, grief, celebration and the impact of loss in queer communities through the AIDS crisis.

2:30 to 4pm at DePaul Art Museum

4:15 to 5:30pm at Alphawood Gallery

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