Nov 25th 2013

This exhibit addresses how visual artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point of evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. The works included focus on still life, landscape, and portraits that emphasize the quiet meditation of these subjects. Organized by Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton of the ISM Chicago Gallery

Artist: Sandra Binion, Peter Butterfield, Steven Carrelli, Richard Deutsch, Laura Letinsky, Tim Lowly, Michael Mahoney, Karen Perl, Zach Sabin.

Public reception: Friday, December 6, 2013
5 PM to 7:00 PM
After 6 P.M., please enter by the LaSalle Street door.

Gallery Talks (Third Wednesdays at Noon, Free to the Public):
December 18, 2013: Richard Deutsch & Karen Perl
January 15, 2014: Curator’s tour
February 19, 2014: Steven Carrelli & Tim Lowly
March 19, 2014: Curator’s tour

The Art of Description exhibition takes a cue from Mark Doty’s book The Art of Description, (Graywolf Press, 2010)—a book dedicated to descriptive writing in all its rich and enthralling exactitude. His question, how do we put the world in words? Doty suggests that poetic description is our diligent, continuous, subjective participation in the process of living—something that says as much about us as it does about what is shown.

‘The artist selected‘, says exhibition curator Doug Stapleton, ‘came to mind while reading Doty’s book. All of them take on the clamoring world a distinctive and singular voice. What I perceive in common is a quiet and evocative economy, diligence to the singular moment, and an allowance for our own interpretation to reside in the work.’

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, 100 West Randolph, suite 2-100, is located in the James R. Thompson Center and is one of five art sites around the state featuring Illinois artists and works from the Museum’s permanent collection. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, closed state holidays. The Gallery is free and wheelchair-accessible. Tour and school groups are welcome. Please call for appointments for guided tours at 312-814-5322. Visit our website at:

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