DPAM Collects: Happy Little Trees and Other Recent Acquisitions

April 26 – August 5

/ 2018

“DPAM Collects: Happy Little Trees & Other Recent Acquisitions” is the first in an intermittent series of exhibitions showcasing newly acquired artworks to DPAM’s permanent collection of more than 3,500 objects. This exhibition also marks a public introduction to a new collecting vision for the institution, one that focuses on art from Chicago, women artists, artists of color, and LGBTQ artists, while expanding the art historical canon.

This is DPAM’s first public display of these works by Candida Alvarez, Don Baum, McArthur Binion, Michelle Grabner, Miyoko Ito, Helen Mirra, Zoe Nelson, William J. O’Brien, Adam Pendleton, Neil Raitt, Christina Ramberg, Melanie Schiff, and Carrie Schneider, representing a fraction of the museum’s acquisitions within the last few years.

BEVERLY FRESH: Really Somethin Else

April 26 – August 5

/ 2018

In his first solo museum exhibition in Chicago, artist, musician, and back-road drifter Beverly Fresh takes on the incongruities, social rituals, and archetypes of the rural Midwest. Pulling from age-old performance traditions, juvenile graffiti, backyard debauchery, adult social clubs, amateur living room theater, and pig wrestling, “Really Somethin Else” is a keyed-up regurgitation of rural Midwestern symbols, behaviors, and vernacular. His immersive installations take visitors through peripheral elements of American culture.

Research Guide

Out of Easy Reach

April 26 – August 5

/ 2018

“Out of Easy Reach,” co-organized by DePaul Art Museum, Gallery 400 at UIC, and the Rebuild Foundation, is guest-curated by Allison Glenn, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Countering conventional accounts of art history that have often overlooked the artistic contributions of women of color, “Out of Easy Reach” presents the work of 24 artists.

From traditional approaches to the more challenging usage, this exhibition will investigate the contemporary and conceptual expansion of abstraction by American, female-identifying artists from the Black and Latina Diasporas; through work made from 1980-2018. “Out of Easy Reach” proposes that there are myriad ways artists are employing abstraction as a tool to explore histories both personal and universal, with a focus in mapping, migration, archives, landscape, vernacular culture, language, and the body.

Each exhibition venue will feature artists and artworks that are grouped based on thematic affinities, and conceptual pairings will happen throughout. At DePaul Art Museum, artists and artworks will be presented that consider landscape, the body and the archive. Gallery 400 will include artists and artworks that are concerned with spatial politics, mapping and migration. Stony Island Arts Bank will feature works that consider process, time and material culture.

www.outofeasyreach.com

 

Research Guide

Out of Easy Reach will consecutively open across three venues in Chicago:

DePaul Art Museum: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6-8 pm

Gallery 400 at University of Illinois Chicago: Friday, April 27, 2018, 5-8 pm

Stony Island Arts Bank: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 5-8 pm

Artists (DPAM):
LISA ALVARADO, CANDIDA ALVAREZ,  BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD, BETHANY COLLINS, ABIGAIL DEVILLE, TORKWASE DYSON, MAREN HASSINGER, LESLIE HEWITT, SHEREE HOVSEPIAN, JULIANA HUXTABLE, ARIEL JACKSON, STEFFANI JEMISON, JENNIE C. JONES, CAROLINE KENT, YVETTE MAYORGA, AYANAH MOOR, HOWARDENA PINDELL, KELLIE ROMANY, XAVIERA SIMMONS, SHINIQUE SMITH, EDRA SOTO, MARTINE SYMS, ZIPPORAH CAMILLE THOMPSON, BRENNA YOUNGBLOOD

 

Major support for “Out of Easy Reach” is provided by the Joyce Foundation, through its program to support arts organizations in Chicago and the Great Lakes region. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with the support and encouragement of Jane Saks. Generous support is also provided by the Dedrea, Paul, and Ian Gray family, Nancy and David Frej, Lisa Yun Lee, James and Paula Crown, Denise and Gary Gardner, Deone Jackman, Jason Pickleman and Leslie Bodenstein, Vicki and Bruce Heyman, PATRON Chicago, Susan and Robert Wislow, Lester Coney, John Ellis, Larry and Marilyn Fields, James Rondeau, Kevann Cooke, Janis Kanter and Tom McCormick, Yumi Ross, Marc and Liza Brooks, Cari Sacks, Jacqueline Stewart, an anonymous donor, Samuel Levi Jones, Tony Karman, and Christopher Audain.