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August 7, 2017

ÂNGELA FERREIRA: ZIP ZAP AND ZUMBI | Sept. 7 – Dec. 10, 2017

CHICAGO — Architecture, art and history will intersect this fall at the DePaul Art Museum in “Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi.” Museum Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm will organize the Mozambican-Portuguese artist’s first U.S. solo exhibition in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The exhibition runs Sept. 7 through Dec. 10, 2017.

Ferreira’s work mines the complex historical relations that link African indigenous culture, slavery and European modernism. In this exhibition, Ferreira will bring together two projects that were never built: Mies van der Rohe’s 1913 commission to construct a private museum and house in the Netherlands; and Mozambican architect Pancho Guedes’ 1990s design for Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town, South Africa. The exhibition includes documentary photographs, architectural drawings and a physical structure, which will become a platform for performances and community gatherings.

“Mies van der Rohe’s modernism is synonymous with Chicago architecture,” said Widholm. “Ângela Ferreira’s work offers a unique post-colonial perspective on this familiar subject, while connecting Chicago to a global conversation around the history and politics of architectural forms and materials,” Widholm added.

In the heart of DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus, the museum will serve as an anchor site for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Ferreira’s research-based investigations tap into the biennial theme, “Make New History.” “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,” said Widholm.

About the exhibition and artist
“Zip Zap Circus School” references two unrealized projects by modern architects van der Rohe and Guedes. Set in a highly politicized and socially explosive South Africa of the end of the 20th century, Ferreira uses sculptural and architectural materialization to comment on architecture as a catalyst for social change. By building a portion of Guedes’ architectural project as an artwork, the artist rendered the idea of the architect’s dream as a political act.

The installation “Wattle and Daub” uses a slide projection to depict a building once used as a slave market in the 15th century in Lagos, Portugal. Standing before the image is a sculptural screen constructed according to a traditional African and Brazilian building technique known as wattle and daub. With a soundtrack of a performer singing Jorge Ben Jor’s “Zumbi,” the work evokes the memory and power of the escapee slave communities in Brazil through the image of charismatic leader Zumbi dos Palmares.

Ferreira was born in Mozambique and raised in South Africa, where she obtained her MFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. She lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, teaching fine art at Lisbon University. In 2007 she represented Portugal at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Related Programs 
Curator’s Tour
Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m.
“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.

“One modernism? One history? One world?”
Lecture by Simon Sadler, Ph.D., University of California, Davis professor of design
Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m.
It is a paradox that much modernist art and architecture — which was so associated with universalism — actually began on the fringes and margins, in provincial places and vanguard practices. So if the history of modernism is so constituted by marginality, how do we further account for places and practices that remain stubbornly marginal? This talk will consider the case of Portugal, and its Mozambique colony, through the extraordinary figure of architect Pancho Guedes, interpreted in turn through the art of Ângela Ferreira.

Capoeira Workshop and Performance with Gingarte
Nov. 18, 2-4:00 p.m.
The martial art capoeira originated in the 16th century during the Portuguese slave trade in colonial Brazil. The resourceful combination of dance, music and acrobatics allowed enslaved people to practice self-defense tactics without getting caught. Gingarte Capoeira hosts a workshop and performance to teach participants about the martial art, culminating in a professional demonstration.

The museum is located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday, Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Additional information at http://museums.depaul.edu​ or 773-325-7506.

About the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial will be open to the public and on view from Sept. 16, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. Press and professional previews will take place Sept. 14 and 15. 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 Sept. 13-17 at Navy Pier. The hub of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial will once again be the Chicago Cultural Center, located in downtown Chicago.

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. 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. 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.

The manifestation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vision for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events under the leadership of Michelle T. Boone, the inaugural 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial was presented through the support of BP, and in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation. Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, co-artistic directors, curated the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, entitled “The State of the Art of Architecture.”

The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s mission is to provide a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations and programming, the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field.

Sponsors and Special Partners of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial
The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is presented in partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and funded through private donations with lead support from SC Johnson, Presenting Sponsor; BP, Founding Sponsor; Marriott, Hotel Sponsor; and philanthropic support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. This year, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will align with EXPO CHICAGO through a series of programs that establish the city as a preeminent destination for global contemporary architecture and art. The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Signature Education Sponsor is the Chicago Architecture Foundation. For more information, visit http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org.

 

SENGA NENGUDI: IMPROVISATIONAL GESTURES | Sept. 7 – Dec. 10, 2017

CHICAGO — In the 1970s, artist Senga Nengudi would carry pantyhose and other supplies for her “R.S.V.P.” series of sculptures around in her bag. Born in Chicago and a pioneer of performative art, Nengudi would stage choreographic actions within the works of nylon and sand.

“Senga Nengudi is one of the most important American artists of the past 50 years, yet she is still under-recognized,” said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and chief curator of the DePaul Art Museum. “Her work continues to be relevant as we think about the body, identity and ways art can be innovative and connect people.”

Once installed, Nengudi’s sculptures mimic the female form but are stretched, pulled and twisted into distended proportions. Nengudi was inspired by her experience of motherhood and depicts the elasticity, fragility and strength of the body, said Widholm.

Born Sue Irons in 1943, the artist spent her early childhood in Chicago. She was raised and educated inLos Angeles and Pasadena, California, then spent an influential year in Tokyo where she studied noh and buto theatre performance styles. The ritual of theatre and the everyday routine of putting on pantyhose merge in her sculptures. “There is a hybrid, intercultural dialog in the work about inclusiveness and bringing people together,” said Widholm.

The work is also connected to Nengudi’s perspective as a black woman artist in the 1970s. As part of a radical black avant-garde that included contemporary artists David Hammons and Maren Hassinger, Nengudi lived in New York City and had a solo exhibition in 1977 at the pioneering Just Above Midtown Gallery in Harlem.

The exhibition is co-curated by Windgate Research Curator Elissa Auther of the Museum of Design, and Nora Burnett Abrams of MCA Denver. Nengudi and Abrams will give a gallery talk Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. and will discuss the exhibition and the artist’s practice over the last four decades. Performers will activate works in the “R.S.V.P.” series of sculptures immediately following the talk.

The museum is located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Additional information at http://museums.depaul.edu​ or 773-325-7506.

 

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

Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions

9/7/2017

Sept. 7, 2017 | 6 – 8pm

Join us for a public reception celebrating the opening of two exciting exhibitions at DePaul Art Museum- Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi and Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures.

Free and open to everyone.

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Gallery Talk with Senga Nengudi and Nora Burnett Abrams, Curator, MCA Denver and R.S.V.P. Activation

9/9/2017

Sept. 9 | 2 pm

Artist Senga Nengudi and curator Nora Burnett Abrams will discuss the exhibition and the artist’s practice over the last four decades. Immediately following the talk performers will activate works in the R.S.V.P. series. This event is co-sponsored by the DePaul Women’s Center.

Free and open to everyone | Register

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Lecture with Dr. Breeze Harper

9/22/2017

Sept. 22 | 12:30 – 3:00 pm

Dr. Breeze Harper a critical geographer and the creator of The Sistah Vegan Project (http://www.sistahvegan.com/welcome/), editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society, and author of Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014). Her current book project is Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: A Critical Race Feminist’s Journey Through ‘Post-Racial’ USA’s Ethical Foodscape.  Her work directly relates intersectionality including race, class, gender, sexuality, physical abilities, and food studies. This event is organized by the DePaul Geography Department.

Free and open to everyone

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