FIRST EXHIBITION OF NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS OPENS AT ELMHURST ART MUSEUM

Alex Bradley Cohen, Summertime. Acrylic on canvas

ACCLAIMED PUBLICATION’S FIRST PHYSICAL EXHIBITION IN 22 YEARS FEATURES TWO NEW SITE-SPECIFIC WORKS

MIDWEST ARTISTS FROM CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE, ST. LOUIS AND BEYOND, NOW THROUGH AUGUST 23, 2015

 

May 29, 2015 (CHICAGO, IL)—For the first time in its 22 year history, the critically acclaimed publication New American Paintings—which showcases a juried exhibition-in-print with each issue—is presented as a physical exhibition at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) now through August 23, 2015. Jumping from the periodical’s pages to the Museum walls, New American Paintings: Midwest Edition features 40 artists selected by EAM Chief Curator Staci Boris from more than 400 submissions by artists from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

 

The works in New American Paintings: Midwest Edition are diverse in style and subject, and in addition to paint on canvas, take the form of sculpture, installation and animation. Two are site-specific creations from Milwaukee artists Santiago Cucullu and Eddie Villanueva. Also featured are Chicago artists Elijah Burgher, whose large-scale paintings on canvas drop cloths incorporating ideas from magic and the occult were shown in the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Lilli Carré, whose experimental animations and ceramics were the subject of a 2014 solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Alex Bradley Cohen, a School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate whose paintings of family, friends, sitcoms and historical events have been featured in group exhibitions across the United States.

 

The exhibition is loosely organized into thematic areas revealing Midwestern artists’ shared concerns, yet the intent is more of a survey focusing on each artist’s inventive vision—40 compelling practices that together mine the history of painting, represent our culture’s multiplicity and explore contemporary life in the Midwest and beyond.

 

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Kim and Bob Eck. Additional support was provided by Steven Zevitas.

 

New American Paintings Artist Talks:

Molly Briggs on Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

Diane Christensen on Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m.

Curtis Goldstein on Thursday, August 20 at 6 p.m.

 

Thursday Happy Hour at Elmhurst Art Museum:

Thursday evenings enjoy complimentary wine (21+) from 5-7 p.m. Free with admission and for Members.

Book Discussion: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

Friday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.

This summer, get to know the fictional artist Harriet Burden, the subject of internationally acclaimed author Siri Hustvedt’s recent novel The Blazing World. Consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, Burden hides her identity behind three male fronts who exhibit her work as their own. And yet, even after she has unmasked herself, there are those who refuse to believe she is the woman behind the men. Program is a partnership with the Elmhurst Public Library. Discussion takes place at EAM in the McCormick House.

 

About Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum is located in Elmhurst (IL), a city of 44,000 located 14 miles west of downtown Chicago. The Museum is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to education and exhibitions focussing on modern and contemporary art, architecture and design. The collection includes the McCormick House, one of only three single family residences designed by Mies van der Rohe in the United States.

 

The Museum is one block from the Elmhurst Metra station on the Union-Pacific West Line. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; closed Mondays. Admission is $8 for adults ($7 for seniors) and free for students and children under 18. Admission is free on the first Friday of each month unless otherwise noted. For the most current information go to elmhurstartmuseum.org.

 

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