Ângela Ferreira’s exhibition featured on the Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog

September 19, 2017

Ângela Ferreira’s exhibition featured on the Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog….

The Allegoricity of Ângela Ferreira’s “Zip Zap and Zumbi” by Delinda Collier

 

ART DESIGN CHICAGO

July 6, 2017

On June 29, 2017, the Terra Foundation for American Art announced 33 new grants for Art Design Chicago projects given to 31 cultural organizations located in Chicago and beyond and totaling approximately $2.5 million. Grant funds will support a diverse range of exhibitions, publications, and academic and public programs exploring difference facets of Chicago’s vibrant creative history and enduring influence on art and design.

Among the organizations, 15 are receiving Terra Foundation support for the first time, including Bradley University’s Art Department, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago Parks Foundation, National Public Housing Museum, South Side Community Art Center, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Video Game Art Gallery, and University of Chicago Center in Paris, among others.

“We are honored and excited by the scholarly quality, depth, and innovative spirit of our partners’ proposals, and the enthusiasm with which so many organizations took on the opportunity to highlight the dynamic, yet lesser-known, narratives of Chicago. We look forward to continuing to support our many partners in the development of Art Design Chicago and to bringing these exciting exhibitions, publications, and events to the public for their enjoyment,” said Elizabeth Glassman, President and CEO of the Terra Foundation.

Organizations receiving June grants include:

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Public Housing Museum

Newberry Library

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership

Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago

South Side Community Art Center

Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

University of Chicago Arts, Public Art Program

University of Chicago Center in Paris

Video Game Art Gallery

Art Institute of Chicago

Bradley University Art Department

Caxton Club of Chicago

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Chicago Design Museum

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Parks Foundation

Chicago Public Library Foundation

DePaul Art Museum at DePaul University

DuSable Museum of African American History

Elmhurst College

Graham School, University of Chicago

Illinois Executive Mansion Association

Illinois Humanities

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY ANCHOR SITES FOR 2017

April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017-

Today the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced an expansion into Chicago’s neighborhoods by adding six museums and institutions that will serve as Community Anchor sites for 2017. They include The Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

During the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this consortium of community sites will provide a variety of events, exhibitions and programs that will encourage visitors to explore different locations throughout the city, as well as experience some of Chicago’s historic museums. The initiative is funded through the generous support of The Chicago Community Trust and confirms the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s commitment to being a city-wide initiative by expanding beyond downtown.

“There is no better place than the City of Chicago to come together, share ideas, and focus on the future of architecture and design,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial will build on the success of the inaugural2015 event and feature Community Anchor sites in neighborhoods across the city. We are proud to share Chicago’s world-class architecture with visitors from across the country and around the world this fall.”

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018. More than 100 architects and artists representing countries from around the world were selected to present their work around this year’s theme, “Make New History.” The opening of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial will align with the sixth annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, which will run September 13-17 at Navy Pier.

The Community Anchor sites were selected to display additional exhibitions that will complement the programming presented at the Chicago Cultural Center, the main hub of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Each site will have its own unique programming, ranging from installations to historic tours and more. Several institutions, including DuSable Museum of African American History and Hyde Park Art Center, are tapping local artists like esteemed photographer Lee Bey and Chicago Architecture Biennial alumna Amanda Williams to create projects. The Beverly Arts Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture will examine the heritage of their building sites and how they relate to the architecture, design and histories of nearby neighborhoods and cultures. DePaul Art Museum is bringing in an international artist to create an immersive installation that considers modernist architecture from a post-colonial African perspective.

This year, The Chicago Community Trust is providing a $200,000 grant for the Community Anchor sites to support the development and curation of the special programs and exhibitions that will be on display for the duration of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

“Each neighborhood in Chicago has rich history and a strong passion for the arts,” said Terry Mazany, President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. “The Chicago Community Trust is providing this grant to the Community Anchor sites to help create excellent architecture-related  programming throughout the Chicago Architecture Biennial.”

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a privately funded organization and has drawn support from major civic and business leaders. “The Chicago Architecture Biennial is an international exposition that reinforces the city as a premier place for the practice of architecture and design as well as intellectual conversation about the field,” said Chicago Architecture Biennial Board Chairman, Jack Guthman. “This is an exposition for both Chicagoans and visitors to heIp them experience the city’s rich cultural legacy and the neighborhoods, museums and institutions that make Chicago what it is today.”

In addition to the exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and programming at the six Community Anchor sites, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will have a variety of other exhibitions, events and programs- downtown and dispersed throughout the city and surrounding region. The full list of program partner institutions wi II be announced later this spring.

 

DePaul Art Museum

In the heart of the Lincoln Park Campus of DePaul University, DePaul Art Museum Director Julie Rodrigues Widhalm will organize the first U.S. solo exhibition of work by Mozambican-Portuguese artist Angela Ferreira. Ferreira’s research-based investigations tap into the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial theme “Make New History,” and her work mines the complex historical relations that link African indigenous culture, slavery and European modernism. Ferreira makes historical ideas tangible through documentary photographs, architectural drawings and a structure that will become a platform for performances and community gatherings. In this exhibition, Ferreira will bring together two unrealized projects: Mies van der Rohe’s 1913 commission for a private museum/house in Holland, and Mozambican architect Pancho Guedes’s Circus School in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Mies van der Rohe’s modernism is synonymous with Chicago architecture. Angela Ferreira’s work offers a unique perspective on this familiar subject, while connecting Chicago to a global conversation around the history and politics of architectural forms and materials,” said Wid holm. “Ferreira’s work as an artist allows us to consider the complicated relationship between art, architecture and social concerns in order to write new histories.”

 

ARTFORUM CRITIC’S PICK

February 24, 2017

Congratulations to guest-curator Danny Orendorff and all the artists of “One day this kid will get larger” on receiving an Art Forum Critic’s Pick. 

Next Generation Leadership Circle

January 10, 2017

Now that I have settled into my first year as director of DePaul Art Museum, I have a sense of our fundamental purpose:

Through the art of our time, DPAM provides a platform to connect people and advance knowledge in a global society.

But this is just the beginning. Crain’s Chicago Business recently asked if I can make DPAM a “major player” and with your help, the answer is YES!

I invite you to join us as a founding member of DPAM’s Next Generation Leadership Circle. With an annual donation of $500 or more:

  • You will help shape the story of how DePaul Art Museum becomes a meaningful cultural hub within the city of Chicago.
  • You will support equity and inclusive opportunities for students, artists, interns and audiences.
  • You will keep art accessible with free admission and free programs for everyone.
  • You will have access to special events and opportunities throughout the year with DPAM staff and artists.

 

First and foremost, I invite you to help me build a program that provides a platform for under-recognized artistic voices. As you can see in our upcoming exhibitions, we are implementing this right away by featuring a wide range of artists from Chicago and beyond.

At this time, more than ever, it is critical that we make visible the wide spectrum of human experience through unique forms of expression. It is urgent that we create a space that promotes visual literacy, critical thinking and the ability to engage with difference in a productive and civil manner, while recognizing artistic excellence.

Next, we are committed to positioning Chicago as a global city in dialogue with internationally recognized artists by weaving Chicago-based artists from all stages of their career into our exhibitions and programs.

We recognize and value how art occupies a sacred space where language often fails and through our programs, we explore how art is connected to all facets of life. As a center for teaching and learning, the museum is a portal to the University’s academic strengths, and for our students, a portal to a global perspective that addresses the complicated and contradictory nature of human experience, past and present.

I invite you to join me as a founding supporter of our new annual giving program, the Next Generation Leadership Circle. With your help and forward-thinking vision, we can build a community that recognizes how art reaffirms our humanity and fosters critical conversations.

Your gift will enable us to organize programs that support the Next Generation of

  • lifelong learning opportunities through the visual arts
  • scholars and scholarship
  • equitable opportunities for artists
  • museum professionals who reflect our communities
  • culturally curious critical thinkers
  • innovators and thought leaders
  • collectors
  • philanthropists

 

To join the Next Generation Leadership Circle, please click here and select “Art Museum Exhibit Fund” for your donation. Your 100% tax-deductible donation of any size will make an immediate and significant impact.

Thank you

Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Director and Chief Curator

Upcoming Events

Nitehawk Film Shorts Festival Selects Screening

9/27/2017

Sept. 27 | 5:30pm

NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL SELECTS Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects is a curated 91-minute theatrical program featuring seven short films from the 2016 Nitehawk Shorts Festival. For the past five years this annual festival has championed new voices in independent short filmmaking. These shorts, all under 20 minutes, encompass styles from documentary to thriller and, as a whole program, represents the diversity, inclusiveness, and power of succinct storytelling.

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DePaul in the Arts Lecture: Jeff Carter

9/28/2017

September 28 | 1 pm

DePaul in the Arts is an ongoing lecture series that provides DePaul faculty a platform to share insights about their practice. As part of this program, Jeff Carter, Professor of Art, Media and Design, will give a presentation on his work.

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Ângela Ferreira: Zip, Zap, Zumbi Curator’s Tour with DePaul Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm

9/28/2017

Sept. 28 | 5:30 pm

Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm leads a tour through the exhibition, highlighting the artist’s approach to architecture and postcolonial history.

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