Multidisciplinary artist and UIC MFA alumnus Harold Mendez will give an artist talk for Gallery 400’s Voices lecture series. Mendez is a first-generation American, born to Colombian and Mexican parents, whose work addresses the complexities of belonging as a transnational citizen to reference reconstructions of locality and nationality.
His work has been featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York and Museum of Modern Art / PS1, New York; and nationally exhibited in such institutions as Studio Museum, Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Project Row Houses, Houston; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. A selection of forthcoming exhibitions include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; New Photography 2018, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Artforum, and Frieze Magazine. Mendez has held residencies at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture; Headlands Center for the Arts; and the Tamarind Institute. Harold Mendez is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship; Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship; and the 3Arts award. Mendez studied at Columbia College Chicago; University of Science and Technology, School of Art, Ghana, West Africa; and the University of Illinois at Chicago.