For the Living, To the Dead
An Exhibition of Collective Mourning
Exhibition Dates: December 3rd – January 6th
Opening Reception: December 3rd, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Evening of Comedy and Storytelling: December 17th, 7:30pm doors 8:00pm showtime
Potluck: December 28th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Parlour and Ramp is pleased to present For the Living, To the Dead, a group exhibition about the practice of grieving, both individual and collective. The physicality of clothing from those lost, textiles with weighty histories and the isolating materials that built the industrial age emphasize the presence of the mourned in this exhibition. Each artist’s practice surrounds loss and looks at it from distinct angles. Reminding us that our vulnerability unites us, from family and community, to workforce and civilization.
Several artworks are rooted in tradition and alchemy and extend the scope of mourning beyond the family unit. These acts of rebellious grieving are performed for lost loved ones, but also for those wronged by industrialization and systematic abuse. In the shadow of a pandemic, under a history of oppression, the United States and Chicago carry palpable weight. Artists addressing these heavy and tenuous topics offer the viewer the chance to engage with these narratives that we all know, all too well.
The venue of this exhibition, Parlour and Ramp Gallery, had a previous life as a neighborhood funeral parlour in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, and in this exhibition looks to connect the space to its history.