Positions: New Landscapes

This group exhibition features works by six Chicago-based artists who explore the potential of landscape in contemporary art to contribute to timely conversations about relationships between sites and history, place and belonging, and environmental justice and land stewardship. Working in a diverse range of media including photography, sculpture, sound, installation, and painting, the artists in the exhibition reinvent the traditional genre of landscape to explore its capacity to intervene in civic dialogs rooted in place. Positions highlights both the artist’s unique approach to engaging the landscape and how their individual identities have shaped their perspective on the histories and practices their works address. 

Positions: New Landscapes is curated by Mariela Acuña, Exhibitions and Residency Manager. Several of the artists represented in the exhibition have been supported by the Art Center’s Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program. zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal was a year-long artist in residency in 2019-2020 and Norman Long and Leticia Pardo will be year-long residents in 2025. 


Banner image: Kelly Kristin Jones, Sky Falling, 2020, archival pigment print, dimensions variable.

Featured image on the main Exhibition page: Elsa Muñoz, Controlled Burn, 2023, oil on panel. 

  • October 26 – February 23, 2025
  • Kanter Family Foundation Gallery

Featured Artists

Lydia Cheshewalla, Kelly Kristin Jones, Norman Long, Elsa Muñoz, zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal, and Leticia Pardo