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The Sublime Delinquency of Barbara Rossi’s Poor Traits

by Stephanie Cristello
There is nothing reductive or insignificant about Barbara Rossi’s Poor Traits, a collection of paintings under the homophonic title that refers to the artist’s portrait-like compositions, currently on view in the DePaul Art Museum’s second floor galleries. In a series of graphite drawings from the late 1960s and reverse Plexiglas paintings from the early 1970s, Rossi’s works are some of the more enigmatic examples of the Chicago Imagists. As this exhibition makes clear, Rossi’s twentieth century contributions were less Pop in their registration; other than the gest... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 5/24
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The Sochi Project: Interview with Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen

by James Pepper Kelly
The Sochi Project has come to America and now, concurrent with an exhibition in Antwerp, is on view at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum. (Golden Years: Rob Hornstra's Russia is also concurrently on view at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; read Edo Dijksterhuis' review here.) In the project, Dutch documentarians Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra tell the story of Sochi, the Russian city chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and its surrounding regions. Since 2009, van Bruggen and Hornstra have built the story in a variety of formats: a multimedia website, regular book releases, a deliberate socia... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 2/1/14
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Climate of Uncertainty

by Alicia Chester
Climate of Uncertainty at the DePaul Art Museum is one of the latest iterations of a timely and increasingly surveyed theme in contemporary art and exhibitions: climate change. Featuring twelve artists and occupying both floors of the museum, the exhibition operates under the premise that artists engaging environmental issues in their work have the power to challenge, inspire, and instigate viewers to action. The educational and activist impulse evident throughout the space is most apparent at the entrance. Daniel Shea’s Coal-Fired Plant (2007) acts as the show’s title piece, next to which is... [more]
Posted by Alicia Chester on 2/7/13
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Afterimage

by Alicia Chester
The Imagists and the Cubs are quintessentially Chicagoan institutions that are similarly maligned in much of the rest of the country while continuing to hold sway locally. Like the Cubs, the Imagists have an intensely regional flavor, and the loyalty conjured of its adherents and descendants appears mysterious to outsiders. Aptly named, Afterimage traces the trajectory and diaspora of the Imagists’ influence upon artists based in or with ties to Chicago. The opening of Afterimage marks the DePaul Art Museum’s first anniversary in its new location. A small gallery near the entrance on the ground... [more]
Posted by Alicia Chester on 9/18/12
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The Chicago Question

by Abraham Ritchie
Ah, the Chicago Question.  If there is one thing that will send a conversation, panel discussion or interview into a death spiral it’s the unanswerable question of Why is Chicago the Second City? Artist and critic Erik Wenzel recently alluded to it in his farewell to the city.  But Louise Lincoln, the Director of the DePaul Art Museum and curator of “Re: Chicago” tackled this prickly question head-on for the inaugural exhibition in their new building, proving why they needed a new building for their ambitious program. Riffing off of Don Baum’s landmark 1969 exhibition, “Don Baum Says Chicago... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 9/19/11
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A Moveable Studio

by Thea Liberty Nichols
          In keeping with the yearlong, citywide Studio Chicago series, DePaul University Art Museum is presently playing host to the Stockyard Institute’s constantly in flux, five month-long Nomadic Studio exhibition. With an ambitious calendar of events peppered with auxiliary programming including workshops, panel discussions and open studios, July’s iteration of the exhibition focuses on the audio arts. Alongside the participatory sound sculpture Musical Chairs by Faiz Razi, there’s a broadcasting low power pirate radio station and the recreation of Brian McNally’s Rumpus Room, a basement... [more]
Posted by Thea Liberty Nichols on 7/26/10
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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

by Erik Wenzel
    At the DePaul University Museum an interesting experiment in transparency is taking place. In the midst of a collection overhaul the museum has chosen to deal with the practice of deaccessioning head-on and in a frank, sometimes humorous, way. “Accessioning” is the process of acquiring a work of art for a museum’s collection; “deaccessioning” is getting rid of it. On view here are a slew of works in the museums collection that, after a two-year process, are finally headed out the door. The exhibition reads like a Hans Haacke installation or other work of institutional critique, exce... [more]
Posted by Erik Wenzel on 2/22/10
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1968/2008

by Abraham Ritchie
This year marks the 40th anniversary of 1968, the year that saw so many political and social upheavals in our country as the war in Vietnam progressed. Four decades later, we are closer to 1968 than ever before: we are in the midst of one of the most heated political elections ever, civil rights are being curtailed as never before with certain groups openly being persecuted, racial hatred is simmering and boiling over. Oh, and did I mention that President Bush has got America once again involved in an imperialistic overseas military escapade? Clearly some of the children have not been taug... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 10/13/08