Opening Thursday, December 6th, from 5:30 PM - 7 PM
On view through Friday, February 15th
Come to the culminating scholar-in-residence talk, “Rooms of their Own: Women Artists’ Organizations and Collectives in Chicago”, presented by Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Associate Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University.
Chicago is well known for nurturing the careers of women artists since the late 19th century, yet they continued to found separatist exhibitions to promote visibility and sales of their artwork. This lecture will examine the varied organizational models adopted by women’s exhibition societies and collectives, including the Palette Club (1880-c.1895), Women Artists’ Salon of Chicago (1937-1953), Artemisia Gallery (1973-2003), ARC Gallery (1973 to present), Sapphire and Crystals (1986-present) and Woman Made Gallery (1992-present).
This talk is part of Where the Future Came From, a program focusing on the role of feminist artist-run activities in Chicago from the late 19th century to the present.
Joanna Gardner-Huggett is an Associate Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture where she teaches courses on twentieth-century art and feminist theory. Gardner-Huggett’s research focuses on the intersection between feminism and arts activism and has been published in the journals British Art Journal, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Historical Geography, and Woman’s Art Journal. Her most recent scholarship explores the history of the Guerrilla Girls, the Feminist Art Workers, and the origins of the women artists’ cooperatives Artemisia Gallery in Chicago (1973-2003) and ARC (1973-present).
This project is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Where the Future Came From is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.