Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies
April 27 – August 6/ 2017
Firelei Báez is a Dominican-American artist whose large-scale paintings, drawings, and textiles evoke the beauty and political implications of hairstyles, textiles, and tattoos for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture.
Báez explores her own divine being signifying a wide range of imagery that attests to the artist’s own hybrid racial background. The artist developed a style in her large-scale works that challenges a traditional linear art history; these works were influenced by a wide range of images from different cultures, including techniques from Persian miniature painting, studies on the female body and subjectivities, and science fiction. She is interested in reimagining her own origins, creating labor-intensive works that explore specific issues of landscape, womanhood, and race.
This solo exhibition is organized by the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University and curated by María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Hương Ngô: To Name It is to See It
April 27 – August 6/ 2017
In this new body of work that includes photographs, textiles, prints, neon, video, sound, and objects, Hương Ngô engages with the French government’s surveillance archives of Vietnamese anticolonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai (1910-1941). The role of performance in the construction of identity is at the forefront of Ngô’s investigation of this historical figure. Minh Khai’s constant crossing of borders – those of nation-states, ethnicities, languages, genders, and classes – via her numerous pseudonyms and disguises, was key to her invisibility to authorities yet renders her difficult to classify even today.
A free publication featuring an essay written by Faye Gleisser, Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History at Indiana University Bloomington, will accompany the exhibition.
June 21 – August 6/ 2017
This exhibition brings together several recent purchases and gifts of art to the DePaul Art Museum collection by artists, primarily from Chicago, who create forms that are vaguely familiar but impossible to name. Some works, for example, seem to suggest body parts, plants, animals, or buildings, but become difficult to identify with any certainty. Working against representational traditions in sculpture, drawing and painting, these artists invent new forms that delight in the inability to answer the simple question, “what is it?” and invite viewers to be comfortable with not knowing.
The featured artists include Robert Bladen, Miriam Bloom, Alex Chitty, Chris Garofalo, Magalie Guerin, David Jackson, Paul LaMantia, Sterling Lawrence, Jim Lutes, Sandra Perlow, Richard Rezac, and David Richards.
This exhibition is curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, DPAM Director and Chief Curator.