Lemme Know When You Make It

Lemme Know When You Make It

Curated in collaboration with the Youth Board of Artists, this year’s teen exhibition brings together work by young artists from Teen Programs, teaching artists, exhibiting, and residency artists. The exhibition’s title refers to the caring reminder Chicago teens text to check that their friends arrived home safely and alludes to “making it” as creatives of many types. Works in the exhibition explore themes of collective safety, movement of people throughout the city and world, diasporic identities, boundaries crossed either physically or metaphorically, and coming of age on the South Side of the city.

Wheel of Life

Mysterious, novel, and internally optical, the zoetrope is a pre-cinema, spinning drum that when put in motion creates a quick analog animation. For this exhibition, guest curator and interdisciplinary artist Scott Wolniak invites 13 artists that don’t normally make moving image work to make new work to be activated by a custom-made zoetrope.

Loving Repeating: New Work by Miller & Shellabarger

Longtime collaborators Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger premiere their largest multimedia installation in Loving Repeating. The Chicago-based artists have been creating works on paper, performances, and installations that draw attention to the human condition as experienced through the queer perspective since 1993. The exhibition will incorporate their signature style featuring silhouettes of each other’s bodies – recognizable from their long beards – to build an immersive installation. Combining cut paper, vinyl, video, light and shadow, the artists aim to address the presence and absence of human touch experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations (SIP)

Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations (SIP) started as an online class in May of 2020. Instead of art-making that leads to one thing, artists in this class make collections of artworks that tell stories, depict emotions, or communicate ideas. Artists work in a range of mediums from photography, collage, printmaking, and drawing, to video, dance, sculpture, and poetry. This exhibition celebrates the community of over 50 artists who have participated in the class and is curated by Jasper Goodrich who designed and teaches the class.