Aside from work and school, my summer has been pretty busy! But of course I make effort to get fun time in too. This summer there have been some really amazing exhibitions happening around the city. Let's start with the first exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again. Artist: Otobong Nkanga, Curator: Omar Khalif. (click on images above to enlarge) "To die is to become part, to become dust, to go from animal back to mineral." The Nigerian artist explores the relation of people and land through an array of paintings, tapestries, and sculptures that speak on the capitalist exploitations of natural resources. Conversation around the collective work also explores the implication of body and space in changing typographical landscapes. To Dig a Hole has to be one of the most powerful exhibitions I've seen!
Overlapping with the first exhibition, I happened to attend MCA on the opening day of I was Raised on the Internet. This exhibition was a walk down memory lane to simpler times before the internet and to when it started taking over our lives. With technological advances taking on rapidly, the term millennial is explored deeply in how the internet has changed the way we interact with the real world and how our daily lives are impacted by it.
The Arts Club of Chicago takes a step back from contemporary times and looks at local Surrealist artists in A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago. Since Magritte is my favorite artist, of course I had to attend and I was sure to go the night of the curator talk! Executive Director of the arts club and curator, Janine Mileaf, walked the attendees through her two year journey of art collected from Chicago Surrealists such as Gertrude Abercrombie. She touched on Surrealism's journey from Europe to Chicago stating that local artists appreciated the style of painting for its subconscious mysteries and fallacies on society, rather than as a political movement.
Outsider art is something I've truly come to appreciate, especially since the class I took with Lisa Stone, Curator of Roger Brown Study Collection. Intuit's Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow celebrates self taught artists and the exhibition pays homage to the outsiders that Chicago embraced. Truly a wonderful space every time I visit!
Midsummer Art Walk in River North was a fun and quick way to explore the galleries in the area. My friend and I went gallery hoping, drank La Croix, saw some amazing art and artists, and hung out with a bunch of Chicago snobs, best night ever!
The Art Institute of Chicago is currently hosting SAIC alumni Charles White, A Retrospect. The collection of his works from 1930s - 50s explores African American history and culture through drawing and painting. His art was a form of protest and celebrations against the injustices of racism towards African Americans. Truly powerful work that affirms art fights back, takes a stand, and tells stories that are often overlooked.
Until the next art exhibition!