Next Generation Leadership Circle

January 10, 2017

Now that I have settled into my first year as director of DePaul Art Museum, I have a sense of our fundamental purpose:

Through the art of our time, DPAM provides a platform to connect people and advance knowledge in a global society.

But this is just the beginning. Crain’s Chicago Business recently asked if I can make DPAM a “major player” and with your help, the answer is YES!

I invite you to join us as a founding member of DPAM’s Next Generation Leadership Circle. With an annual donation of $500 or more:

  • You will help shape the story of how DePaul Art Museum becomes a meaningful cultural hub within the city of Chicago.
  • You will support equity and inclusive opportunities for students, artists, interns and audiences.
  • You will keep art accessible with free admission and free programs for everyone.
  • You will have access to special events and opportunities throughout the year with DPAM staff and artists.

 

First and foremost, I invite you to help me build a program that provides a platform for under-recognized artistic voices. As you can see in our upcoming exhibitions, we are implementing this right away by featuring a wide range of artists from Chicago and beyond.

At this time, more than ever, it is critical that we make visible the wide spectrum of human experience through unique forms of expression. It is urgent that we create a space that promotes visual literacy, critical thinking and the ability to engage with difference in a productive and civil manner, while recognizing artistic excellence.

Next, we are committed to positioning Chicago as a global city in dialogue with internationally recognized artists by weaving Chicago-based artists from all stages of their career into our exhibitions and programs.

We recognize and value how art occupies a sacred space where language often fails and through our programs, we explore how art is connected to all facets of life. As a center for teaching and learning, the museum is a portal to the University’s academic strengths, and for our students, a portal to a global perspective that addresses the complicated and contradictory nature of human experience, past and present.

I invite you to join me as a founding supporter of our new annual giving program, the Next Generation Leadership Circle. With your help and forward-thinking vision, we can build a community that recognizes how art reaffirms our humanity and fosters critical conversations.

Your gift will enable us to organize programs that support the Next Generation of

  • lifelong learning opportunities through the visual arts
  • scholars and scholarship
  • equitable opportunities for artists
  • museum professionals who reflect our communities
  • culturally curious critical thinkers
  • innovators and thought leaders
  • collectors
  • philanthropists

 

To join the Next Generation Leadership Circle, please click here and select “Art Museum Exhibit Fund” for your donation. Your 100% tax-deductible donation of any size will make an immediate and significant impact.

Thank you

Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Director and Chief Curator

Upcoming Events

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

3/30/2017

MARCH 30 | 6:30 PM AT DEPAUL ART MUSEUM 

 

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

4/1/2017

APRIL 1 | 1:00 PM AT DEPAUL ART MUSEUM

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

4/2/2017

APRIL 2 | 2:30 PM AT DEPAUL ART MUSEUM 

 

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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