Curated by Front Forty Press, Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture offers a provocative look into current trends that blur the line between annihilation and euphoria in contemporary art, thought, and sound. This dynamic exhibition presents diverse and engaging imagery from over thirty well-respected local and international contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. Ideas of destruction and transcendence fuel the range of expressions featured in Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture. The artworks in this exhibition are intensely individual and express larger cultural concerns. Ranging from the religious, scientific, sensual, and didactic, the diverse themes of the exhibition punctuate the relevance and malleability of such topics in contemporary discourse.
Additional programming includes live performances from select audio artists, and lectures by scholars working in a number of fields concerning the exhibition’s topics. The exhibition complements a book project of the same name released by Front Forty Press and distributed by the University of Chicago in September 2008. This handsome catalogue features a comprehensive section of interviews, critical essays, and large illustrations of work by sixty artists.