In Najeebah’s world, Black women get to be sexual as well as serious, vulnerable but also in control. They are authors, athletes, scholars, actors, artists. They are fully human and they tell their own stories.
A lesser-known flaneur of mass media (and a longtime Chicagoan) makes constructions that bring personal and cultural intersections into view.
This exhibition of photography, films and art books traces Chicago’s role in Ishimoto’s studies and professional work and how that would influence Japanese photography and photo publishing.
The eleventh year of the Chicago-based arts philanthropic powerhouse’s annual awards reaffirms the organization’s commitment to supporting women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities.
Pictures of cats and plants might be common online, but Eichhorn’s collages elevate flora and fauna to aesthetic delights.
Discarded materials of commercial film photography, often used for light and color testing, often in the form of slides, provide Greenberger the materials for her collage and multi-media based works. This exhibition sources the ephemera of pre-digital photography in service to a highly advanced, process-based post-digital printing practice.
Round out the year with Chicago’s most promising exhibitions and art events.
The artist’s fourth solo exhibition at Monique Meloche imagines gardens as the site of race, class and power relations in a postcolonial world.
Fabric-based pieces tightly focused on contrasts in material and texture, rather than color, encompass a thoughtful and compelling statement by an artist searching for balance in the midst of the mundane.
Mayorga dramatizes excess and questions access. Gendered colors, labor and signifiers of luxury are pushed to their most luscious and vivid extreme as a way to undermine the oppressive structures that created them.