Apr 7th 2022


Mary Lovelace O’Neal in Conversation

Join abstract painter and social activist Mary Lovelace O’Neal (b. 1942, Jackson, MS) in discussion about her more than six decade long painting practice, work in arts education and social activism. A vital force since the 1970s, she is known for her paintings that pair bold, monumental scale with layers of unexpected materials to explore deeply personal narratives and mythologies, as well as broader themes of racism, social justice and the environment. Lovelace O’Neal will be in conversation with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Manilow Senior Curator Jamillah James, previously Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) and co-curator of the 2021 New Museum Triennial. Celebrating her 80th birthday this year, Lovelace O’Neal is one of the first African American female artist to have a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.



Visual artist Devan Shimoyama explores depictions of the black, queer, male body in paintings that combine fur, feathers, glitter, and costume jewels to bring dimensionality to his surfaces. In conversation with Nate Freeman, art columnist for Vanity Fair and co-host of Nota Bene, Shimoyama will explore the magical aura that appears in his works – in pieces that are both celebratory and complex in their depictions of queer and black American culture. The conversation will be followed by a signing of his recent exhibition catalogue, Devan Shimoyama: All the Rage.

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