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Curatorial Tours of Spring Exhibitions for EXPO Chicago South Side Night

April 9 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Alice Shaddle:Fuller Circles curators Nicholas Lowe and Lisa Stone; The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige curator Allison Peters Quinn and exhibition artist Robert Earl Paige; and Through the Hot House artist, Aimee Beaubien for tours of the exhibitions on view.

About Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles

Discover the intricate world of Alice Shaddle (1928 – 2017), an artist whose practice centered more than 60 years on paper-based creations in Chicago. Curated by Nicholas C. Lowe and Lisa Stone, working closely with Dana Boutin, Shaddle’s son Charles Baum, and grandson Cain Baum, the exhibition introduces Shaddle’s ingenious, original manipulations of paper; including daring papier maché bas relief sculpture; shadow boxes with haunting visages; enigmatically constructed and layered collaged objects; documentation and remnants from Shaddle’s elaborate, immersive installations with related, large-scale colored pencil drawings; and her meticulously constructed, cut paper mosaic collage compositions. The exhibition will reveal Shaddle’s intensive modes of working and inventive use of materials. Among these is a collection of handcrafted collaged notecards with missives to her closest artist friend, Kathryn Kucera, revealing her sharp sense of humor and evidence of their deep friendship and support for each others’ creative lives.

The exhibition explores Shaddle’s life and work in the context of Chicago’s kaleidoscopic art world from the 1960s into the 2000s, highlighting her association with Artemisia Gallery for many years, her life in the George Blossom House, a residential property in Hyde Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, where Shaddle lived for over fifty years. The exhibition will include interactive programming for all ages and a catalog.

Fuller Circles is informed by a three-year research project into the lives and works of Alice Shaddle and artist/curator Don Baum, in which exhaustive images and information on Shaddle’s life and work were gathered and organized. Many artists, scholars, critics, and friends of Alice Shaddle and Don Baum were interviewed. The research project was conducted by Shaddle and Baum’s son, Charlie Baum, and grandson, Cain Baum, with assistance from art historian Susan Weininger. The launch of a major online catalogue raisonné of Shaddle’s and Baum’s work will coincide with the exhibition.

About The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige

The largest exhibition of Robert Paige’s work to date, The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, surveys the iconic textile designs and painted fabric of one of the most generative artists/designers from the South Side of Chicago. In addition to the fabric work made over the past sixty years, the exhibition will debut recent clay, wall/floor paintings, drawings, and collage work made during his Radicle Residency at Hyde Park Art Center in 2022-23.

The exhibition, corresponding public program and upcoming catalog is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.

Robert Paige approaches art and craft as a joyful choreography between practical invention and material research. The fluid lines, intense colors, repeating circles and simple balance found in modernist paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Sandra Delaunay, and Maholy Nagy for example, are equally as influential to Paige’s style as the tight basket weaving techniques and symbology of West African cultures, the textured ripples on tree bark, and the unfettered improvisations of the Chicago jazz powerhouse the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Raised in the Woodlawn neighborhood, where he still resides, Paige makes artworks in response to the patterns, colors, and materials of everyday Black life. Paige playfully challenges the art/craft continuum in his hand-dyed textiles, cardboard collages, and ceramic tiles to encourage mental and physical liberation for all.

About Through The Hot House

Aimée Beaubien, the internationally exhibited artist who has established herself as an educator and peer in the Chicago art community, showcases her innovative techniques in Through the Hothouse. The installation transforms a 92-foot-long hallway into a green corridor by integrating elements such as plant matter, weaving, photographs, and 3D drawings. These elements symbolize the intricate interplay between ecological, social, and cultural dimensions within the vibrant creative community of the Art Center. 

Since 2015, Beaubien has been creating a series of site-specific installations loosely centered on the concept of a hothouse—a deliberately hybrid environment designed to nurture rapid development. Expanding on the series, this exhibition will amaze audiences with Beaubien’s debut innovative technique of drawing on recently cut plant material (like tulips, sunflowers, and branches) with a 3D pen using PLA bioplastic filament. The result is a floating landscape of voluminous, brightly colored sculptures that preserve nature in an uncanny manner. The installation will immerse viewers in a rare garden of strange and enticing forms that remind us of the wonder typically only found outdoors.

Venue

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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