DPAM closed its doors at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus on August 22 after a three-month showcase of several different local artists. This time off has been used to set the stage for On Space and Place, an exhibit featuring contemporary artists from four different North American cities.
The exhibit will be in collaboration with the Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary series ART21, “Art in the Twenty-First Century.” The biennial show focuses on contemporary visual art and artists, and its eighth season will be all about the artists of On Space and Place. For the first time, the public has the opportunity to watch and learn about a collection of art on TV and then visit DPAM to experience it in person.
Starting on September 16, the season will debut four weekly, one-hour episodes showcasing the 16 different artists of the exhibit. A short trailer for the new season is available to watch online and includes snippets of the art and artists involved. Each episode will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Claire Danes.
Each of the four cities has four representing artists who were chosen by the curators at ART21. According to a press release from the DePaul Newsroom, around 50 different pieces of art will be showcased in the exhibit, including ‘painting, photography, sculpture, drawings, installation, videos, cartooning and filmmaking’. The galleries will also be interspersed with the accompanying video segments from the episodes of ART21.
The exhibit will consider ‘how the characteristics and identity of a city can influence the artwork that is made within it while also examining the intersecting concerns of the artists from each of the four cities’, according to the DPAM website. The artists will not be grouped geographically, but rather by themes such as social violence, architecture, and the environment.
The following artists will be featured in On Space and Place as well as on ART21:
- Chicago – Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, Chris Ware
- Vancouver – Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor, Jeff Wall
- Los Angeles – Edgar Arceneaux, Liz Larner, Tala Madani, Diana Thater
- Mexico City – Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damián Ortega, Pedro Reyes
DPAM is hosting an opening reception for On Space and Place from 5–8 PM on Thursday, September 15. The exhibit will be open during regular museum hours, and entry is always free.
Wednesday – Thursday 11 AM to 7 PM; Friday 11 AM to 5 PM; Saturday – Sunday 12 to 5 PM
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