Current Exhibition

Mottos

Michelle Murphy, Origin, 2016, Photograph

Nov. 10, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018

Eclipse Dialogue | Michelle Murphy
Talk by Chicago-based artist
Friday, November 10, 2017
5:30 pm

Mottos Manifesto | Aurora Molina
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
11 am – 1 pm

Free for members
$7 non-members
All materials provided
Bring a snack to share

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Join us and Mottos artist, Aurora Molina to co-create a group manifesto via needle and thread. By celebrating the heritage of hand-sewing techniques, the Center provides the space for women and men to express both individual and collective narratives. Bring a snack or food to share. All materials are provided.

We encourage you to reflect upon the idea that an art manifesto is a public declaration of intentions and motives. You can take notes about your own approach to this concept. One’s individual manifesto will have three basic components: beliefs, goals, and wisdom. Together we will discuss these ideas as we open-sew and weave a manifesto into one common fabric.

Engage in this open workshop and view Mottos, curated by Laura L Marsh. As explorations in emotional survival, the exhibition contextualizes the work of artists who challenge social binaries and offer alternative insights about age, gender, race, and identity politics. Intended to raise social awareness and challenge pre-existing stereotypes, the show offers viewers the agency to embrace one’s own body and social mission. As an immersive installation, the viewer is in the dark to process poetic gestures, fluid forms, and powerful images. The included works approach social topics with compassion, tact, and considerate cultural messages.

Questioning the role of repetition and memorization in dictatorships, Aurora Molina imbues her tactile sculptures with arresting messages to criticize the act of brainwashing. The piece salutes the viewer when their motion is detected, triggering the sound loop representing Cuban children singing, “Seremos como el Che.” All works by Molina are courtesy of the generous Bernice Steinbaum.

Ari Seth Cohen is a photographer, blogger, and author who captures aging subjects as sources of inspiration and admiration. Cohen gracefully fights ageism with color and charisma in his well-known blog and documentary, Advanced Style. Bernadette Despujols makes emotive sculptures that address layers of femininity and sexual and social constructs. GeoVanna Gonzalez’s, “I Think We’re Moving Too Fast,” explores the body as a poetic space that is equally intellectual and sexual. Dana and Ruth Kleinman’s “Mirror Mirror” is a formal triptych that references the Evil Queen in Snow White, questioning historical relationships between women and social issues that are neither black nor white. Michelle Murphy explores cosmic and scientific imagery as part of her history working for NASA and as metaphors for being an artist, parent, and organizer. Her photography explores the relationship between engineered beauty, consumption, and rebellion of socially accepted ideals. Curated together, the Mottos installation addresses body positive perspectives on age, race, and gender.

Curated by Laura Marsh
As explorations in emotional survival, Mottos contextualizes the work of artists who challenge social binaries and offer alternative insights about age, gender, race, and identity politics. Intended to raise social awareness and challenge pre-existing stereotypes, the exhibition offers viewers the agency to embrace one’s own body and social mission. Intended to be viewed as an immersive installation, the viewer is in the dark to process poetic gestures, fluid forms, and powerful images. The included works approach social topics with compassion, tact, and considerate cultural messages.

Ari Seth Cohen a photographer, blogger, and author who captures aging subjects as sources of inspiration and admiration. Cohen gracefully fights ageism with color and charisma in his well known blog and documentary, Advanced Style. Bernadette Despujols makes emotive sculptures that address layers of femininity, and sexual and social constructs. GeoVanna Gonzalez’s, I Think We’re Moving Too Fast, explores the body as a poetic space that is equally intellectual and sexual. Dana and Ruth Kleinman’s Mirror Mirror is a formal triptych that references the Evil Queen in Snow White, questioning historical relationships between women and social issues that are neither black nor white. Questioning the role of repetition and memorization in dictatorships, Aurora Molina imbues her tactile sculptures with arresting messages to criticise the act of brainwashing. The piece salutes the viewer when their motion is detected, triggering the sound loop representing Cuban children singing, “Seremos como el Che.” Michelle Murphy explores cosmic and scientific imagery as part of her history working for NASA and as metaphors for being an artist, parent, and organizer. Her photography explores the relationship between engineered beauty, consumption, and rebellion of socially accepted ideals. Curated together, the Mottos installation addresses body positive perspectives on age, race, and gender.