previews

  • “Out of Easy Reach”

    DePaul Art Museum
    935 W Fullerton
    April 28 - August 5

    Curated by Allison M. Glenn

    “Out of Easy Reach” stages what curator Allison M. Glenn describes as a “reparative” art history centered on the expanded modes of abstraction practiced by twenty-­four female-identifying American artists of color. The exhibition includes more than fifty works produced between 1980 and the present, setting contributions by Candida Alvarez and Howardena Pindell in dialogue with the work of younger artists such as Ayanah Moor and Juliana Huxtable. Glenn’s catalogue essay gestures toward Kimberlé Crenshaw’s 1989 notion of intersectionality and contemporaneous ideas of networks related to the emergence of the internet. Because many of the works on view challenge the less-than-utopian aspects of digital platforms within capitalism, however, the exhibition provokes a rich conversation about how various feminisms interface with art history. Compellingly, the show also reflects on prior exhibitions curated by women of color and their transformative impact on current practice. Travels to the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University Bloomington, August 24–October 4.

  • Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art: “An American City”

    Various Venues

    July 14 - September 30

    Curated by Michelle Grabner

    As anyone who’s been to Cleveland can attest, its civic pride runs deep. While the Cavaliers have recently brought much-needed acclaim to Believeland, the city continues to face hardships found throughout the Rust Belt. FRONT International, the Cleveland-based triennial debuting this summer, seeks to directly confront the city’s complex history and current realities through various initiatives, including the re-creation of a 1973 mural by Julian Stanczak, and Michael Rakowitz’s citywide project responding to the fatal police shooting of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. Helmed by artistic director Michelle Grabner, “An American City” will present more than seventy local, national, and international artists in a wide array of venues throughout Cleveland and neighboring Akron and Oberlin, and will explore the social, political, cultural, ecological, and economic issues at play in urban centers across the country.