Out of Easy Reach, April 26-August 5, 2018
Out of Easy Reach, April 26-August 5, 2018

Gallery 400, in partnership with the DePaul Art Museum and the Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank, is presenting the groundbreaking exhibition Out of Easy Reach, guest curated by Allison Glenn. Featuring the work of 24 artists, the exhibition counters conventional accounts of art history that have often overlooked the artistic contributions of women of color. Works made between 1980 and 2018 by American, female-identifying artists from the Black and Latina diasporas reflect myriad ways artists employ abstraction as a tool to explore histories both personal and universal, across a spectrum of themes, including mapping, migration, archives, landscape, vernacular culture, language, and the body.

The three venues opened the exhibition consecutively over three days, April 26 at DePaul, April 27 at Gallery 400, and April 28 at Stony Island Arts Bank. Each venue is featuring works grouped by thematic affinities with conceptual pairings throughout. Gallery 400 is exhibiting artworks concerned with spatial politics, mapping, and migration. The DePaul Art Museum and Stony Island Arts Bank are featuring art-works that consider landscape, the body, the archive, process, time, and material culture.

Otherwise Incorporated, with key contributions from UIC alumnus and Otherwise graphic designer Alex Sommerville, designed a fully illustrated 64-page exhibition catalogue with essays by Glenn and writer Cameron Shaw, as well as essays on each artist, including several by Gallery 400 Director Lorelei Stewart and Assistant Director Erin Nixon. Stewart says, “We could not be more excited to debut this important exhibition that not only expands the discourse around abstraction, includes new work, and features intergenerational dialogues, but also has been developed with an incredible collaborative team and a deep network of supportive individuals and foundations, such as De and Paul Gray, the Joyce Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.”

Image: Yvette Mayorga. Monuments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 2015. Frosting, foam, plaster, party decorations, toy soldiers, guns, hair, balloons, wood, fabric, acrylic, and handcuffs. Installation view. Courtesy the artist.