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.
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
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.