Winter Museum Series

Museum Art Tours: Winter 2018

Join Joanna Pinsky in this annual series that explores challenging, inventive and exciting art in Chicago’s outstanding museums

Time:  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee:  Art Encounter members: $30 per individual session, $75 for Series

Non-members: $35 per individual session, $90 for the series

Tomma Abts

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Art Institute of Chicago                                                                        

Tomma Abts delves into rigorous abstract paintings that build on geometric relationships and colors to create shifting spaces that appear to be both ordered and random. The works created in acrylic and oil are heavily layered adding visual weight to the hard edged shapes.  A winner of the coveted Turner prize in England, the German artist is now based in London. Then, we’ll explore newly installed art in the contemporary galleries.

Solidary and Solitary

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art                                     

We venture to the University of Chicago campus to see Solidary and Solitary: tells the history of art by African-American artists, with a particular emphasis on abstraction, from the 1940s to the present moment. That story is a complicated one, woven from the threads of debates about how to represent blackness, social struggle and change, and global migrations and diasporas. The African American artists often chose to work in abstraction thus avoiding racial stereotypes from the dominant culture and pressure from the Black community to create positive imagery.  The internationally acclaimed artists include Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Leonardo Drew, Melvin Edwards, Charles Gaines, Sam Gilliam Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Shinique Smith, Tavares Strachan, Jack Whitten and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

A Body Measured Against the Earth and Gradations of Slow Release  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Museum of Contemporary Art                                                          

Explore two exhibits dealing with the human figure and the earth. In A Body Measured Against the Earth, titled after a quote from ecofeminist author and critic Rebecca Solnit, the exhibit draws inspiration from the ephemeral “earth-body” works by Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta in the 1970’s. It includes more recent conceptual photography and video work by Vito Acconci, Maria Gaspar, Michelle Stuart and Hamish Fulton from the Museum’s collection. Then we’ll discuss Enrico David’s  Gradations of Slow Release.  Using a wide range of media including sculpture, painting, works on paper and installation, the London based Italian artist renders the body as fragile, vulnerable, grotesque, tortured and ecstatic, achieving an encyclopedic yet extremely personal account of the human form.

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