Our Muses: Art and the Family Archive
@ Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University
Opening Thursday, June 3rd, at 6PM
What happens when artists plunge into the familial sphere as a source of inspiration and as content for their art practice?
This event is associated with the exhibit Translucent Beauty and Other Guardians on view at the Chicago Artist Coalition until June 16, 2021 curated by Juelle Daley with artists, Ellen Holtzblatt and Juan Molina Hernández.
Join us on June 3 at 6:00 p.m. for a conversation with three talented artists: Ellen Holtzblatt, Kalen Na’il Roach and Juan Molina Hernandez on their art practice and the use of family members as content and inspiration for their artwork. Do we ever fully know them?
They also lay bare the complexities of parenthood and how one manifests “taking care” when executed by adult children. This inability to fully “see through” the prism of familial identity is explored and compelled the artists to create portraiture as renditions or glimpses of the sitter’s interiority.
The artists seem to ask, what do I see when I look at you? I see myself, I see nothing, I see vulnerability and fragility at the same time as resilience. This intersection results in unique portraits of mothers, fathers, nephews, cousins, grandparents who become mirrors of a self that lurks for clues and possible resemblance.
For more info on the individual artists, please consult the following websites:
Kalen Na’il Roach: https://kalenroach.com/
Ellen Holtzblatt: https://www.ellenholtzblatt.com/
Juan Molina Hernandez: http://www.juanmolinahernandez.com/
This event is also co-organized with the Center for Black Diaspora and the Center for Latino Research.
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