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DePaul Art Museum (DPAM)is located in a $7.8m 15,000 square foot building opened in 2011 on the university’s Lincoln Park campus.
It serves as a focal point for teaching and discussion through visual arts and material culture. The museum offers a wide variety of special exhibitions in all media throughout the year from distant continents to Chicago’s own backyard.
Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies
April 27 – August 6/ 2017
Firelei Báez is a Dominican-American artist whose large-scale paintings, drawings, and textiles evoke the beauty and political implications of hairstyles, textiles, and tattoos for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture.
Báez explores her own divine being signifying a wide range of imagery that attests to the artist’s own hybrid racial background. The artist developed a style in her large-scale works that challenges a traditional linear art history; these works were influenced by a wide range of images from different cultures, including techniques from Persian miniature painting, studies on the female body and subjectivities, and science fiction. She is interested in reimagining her own origins, creating labor-intensive works that explore specific issues of landscape, womanhood, and race.
This solo exhibition is organized by the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University and curated by María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Hương Ngô: To Name It is to See It
April 27 – August 6/ 2017
In this new body of work that includes photographs, textiles, prints, neon, video, sound, and objects, Hương Ngô engages with the French government’s surveillance archives of Vietnamese anticolonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai (1910-1941). The role of performance in the construction of identity is at the forefront of Ngô’s investigation of this historical figure. Minh Khai’s constant crossing of borders – those of nation-states, ethnicities, languages, genders, and classes – via her numerous pseudonyms and disguises, was key to her invisibility to authorities yet renders her difficult to classify even today.
A free publication featuring an essay written by Faye Gleisser, Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History at Indiana University Bloomington, will accompany the exhibition.
June 21 – August 6/ 2017
This exhibition brings together several recent purchases and gifts of art to the DePaul Art Museum collection by artists, primarily from Chicago, who create forms that are vaguely familiar but impossible to name. Some works, for example, seem to suggest body parts, plants, animals, or buildings, but become difficult to identify with any certainty. Working against representational traditions in sculpture, drawing and painting, these artists invent new forms that delight in the inability to answer the simple question, “what is it?” and invite viewers to be comfortable with not knowing.
The featured artists include Robert Bladen, Miriam Bloom, Alex Chitty, Chris Garofalo, Magalie Guerin, David Jackson, Paul LaMantia, Sterling Lawrence, Jim Lutes, Sandra Perlow, Richard Rezac, and David Richards.
This exhibition is curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, DPAM Director and Chief Curator.
Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi
September 7 – December 10/ 2017
Architecture has played a major role in Ângela Ferreira’s research-based practice, in which buildings and structures are used as starting points for works of art that often engages with complicated colonial histories in Portugal and sub-Saharan Africa. For Ferreira, who was born in Mozambique, buildings are anthropological, sociological, political and aesthetic structures. Her work at DPAM triangulates a dialogue across time and geographies between the modernist forms of Mies van der Rohe, Mozambican architect Pancho Guedes, and vernacular architecture found in Portugal, Brazil and throughout countries in Africa.
This exhibition, organized on the occasion of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, brings together two installations that come out of her in-depth research and represent geopolitical conflicts that are still being played out today. “Zip Zap Circus School” (2000-2002) references two failed projects: one by Mies van der Rohe in Den Haag and another by Mozambican modernist architect Pancho Guedes in Cape Town. Its sculptural and architectural materialization points to the idea that architecture can be seen as an object of desire and social change by a largely ignored community in a highly politicized and socially explosive South Africa of the end of the twentieth-century. By building a portion of Guedes’s architectural project as an art work, the artist rendered the idea of the dream as a political act.
In the second installation, “Wattle and Daub” (2016), a building that was used as a slave market in the 15th century in Lagos, Portugal, is depicted through a slide projection, enclosed behind a renovator’s scaffold. In front of the image emerges a new sculptural screen that is constructed according to traditional African and Brazilian building techniques -wattle and daub – thereby doubling the sense of enclosure and transporting it to a different architectural language and different continents. The performance through the sculpture evokes the memory and power of the escapee slave communities in Brazil through the image of its most charismatic leader- Zumbi dos Palmares.
This exhibition is organized by DPAM Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm.
About DePaul Art Museum
DePaul Art Museum extends the University’s commitments to excellence, diversity and social concerns through educational exhibitions, collections, and programming that provide fresh perspectives on art and culture from distant continents to Chicago’s own backyard.
DePaul Art Museum is a 15,000-square-foot building on the university’s Lincoln Park campus. Staffed by museum professionals, it serves as a focal point for teaching and discussion through visual arts and material culture. It supports the educational mission of the university through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and events, which allow both students and members of the wider community to explore broadly the visual representation of ideas over time and space. Its collections and programs are diverse, but strongly represent art of the Chicago area. Many of its projects are historical or thematic in focus, but the gallery has a commitment to showing contemporary art as a means of exploring aspects of our own culture.Exhibitions
The museum offers a wide variety of special exhibitions in all media throughout the year, from thematic and historical exhibitions to works by contemporary artists. Recent presentations include paintings, sculpture, printmaking and installation by contemporary Iraqi artists; early twentieth-century photographs by Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbott, and old master prints by such artists as Dürer, Cranach, Rembrandt and Goya. Lectures, concerts, and special events provide additional perspectives.
Exhibitions and additions to the museum’s permanent collection are selected for their relevance to the museum’s mission and to the curriculum of DePaul University. Brief inquiries regarding proposed exhibitions may be sent to the director, but please note that exhibitions are scheduled two or more years in advance. Most acquisitions and exhibitions are initiated by the professional staff, not through unsolicited proposals. The museum is not responsible for the return of any unsolicited materials, including any photos or CDs. Please do not bring or or send original works, as the museum cannot guarantee their safety.