A Matter of Conscience

April 27 – June 18

/ 2017

Where do artistic practices and social concerns intersect? What is the role of the artist as commentator? “A Matter of Conscience” presents works that reflect varying artistic approaches to politically charged content and pressing social issues. While some artists prefer subtleties and inferences that require close reading to reveal their position, others take a more explicit approach, declaring their opinions bluntly and without filter. This exhibition examines four decades of artist responses to their political realities utilizing a spectrum of methods and tactics. “A Matter of Conscience” includes activist posters, documentary photographs, drawings, prints, and collages from the DePaul Art Museum collection.

The featured artists include Siah Armajani, Margaret Burroughs, Alan Cohen, Paul D’Amato, Ester Hernandez, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Max King Cap, Rudzani Nemasetoni, Betye Saar, Aram Han Sifuentes, Andy Warhol, and Garry Winogrand.

This exhibition is curated by Mia Lopez, DPAM Assistant Curator.

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.

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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.

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