Fires Will Burn: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection

July 10 – December 21

/ 2014

Drawing on DePaul’s own collection, this exhibition surveys a wide range of political expression, from a Diego Rivera painting of the Mexican Revolution through John Wilson’s searing Down by the Riverside, a suite of etchings about slavery, and Gerda Meyer Bernstein’s powerful installation The Justice Chair. Of particular interest is a seldom-seen portfolio of prints by Chicago artists protesting the Vietnam War.

Jeff Carter: The Common Citizenship of Forms

July 10 – August 31

/ 2014

Using ready-to-assemble components from the global home-furnishings store Ikea, Jeff Carter repurposes them into architectural models that are simultaneously familiar and a bit off-kilter. His constructions explore the formal vocabulary of Bauhaus architecture while also considering the dilemma of modern material culture: can mass-produced consumer goods be “good” design? Which is more socially useful: inexpensive products to buy or artisanal production and jobs?