previews

Chicago

“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.