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Let’s Talk About Art: with Judith Russi Kirshner and Kathryn Kucera

June 5 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Please join prominent curator Judith Russi Kirshner and Alice Shaddle’s dear friend, artist Kathryn Kucera for a guided tour of the exhibition Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles, followed by a discussion of the work.  

Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles 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. It includes an early, daring paper sculpture, remnants from her elaborate floor installations, boxes with haunting visages, and elaborate cut paper collages. 

Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles, on view at the Hyde Park Art Center through June 16. The exhibition catalog will be available at this free public program.

Judith Russi Kirshner

Critic, curator, and educator, Judith Russi Kirshner retired as Deputy Director of the Art Institute and Womens Board Endowed Chair of Education in 2016. Previously Kirshner served as Dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1997 to 2013. She was consulting Editor for Into the City: History of Chicago Art and Design eds. M. Taft and R. Cozzolino (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and authored “Cruelly Bound: Drawing

and the Archive of Christina Ramberg’s Practice” in The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue, (KW, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019-2020), and “Christina Ramberg’s Diary, 1969-1980,” for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Christina Ramberg exhibition catalogue, forthcoming 2024.

Kirshner held the position of Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago from l976 to l980, and at The Terra Museum of American Art from l985 to l987. Her recent publications include “Carla Lonzi: Encountering American Art,” in Feminism and Art in Postwar Italy: The Legacy of Carla Lonzi (2021).

Kathryn Kucera

While my interest in making art began in early childhood, it ebbed during the years when my four young children needed me. During those years I planned and shared experiences of art with my children in museums and through creative projects while my own need to make art mounted to a keen pitch by the time they became more independent.

It was then when I enrolled in the Masters Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and embarked on what was a spiritual experience for me. . . After graduation I became an active member of Artemisia, a buzzworthy women’s coop gallery in Chicago. It was during the 1970s when the spirit of feminism prevailed and influenced my work.

At that time I worked obsessively with mixed media on a fairly large scale, gradually turning to collage, a medium that corresponded ideally with my life. At that time I was balancing family goings-on along with teaching and traveling. The flexibility and immediacy of working with paper collage in far away places inspired me to capture unfamiliar transitory experiences and fleeting impressions, ideas.

And since that time my life has become more settled and sedentary. I have turned to the computer as a means of creativity, and I process my creative ideas and impulses digitally. Doing art digitally excites me and engages me endlessly as I keep discovering remarkable processing capabilities to realize, even discover ideas in experimental ways.

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June 5
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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