View of “Out of Easy Reach,” 2018. From left: Lisa Alvarado, Traditional Object 21, 2017; Lisa Alvarado, Traditional Object 15, 2014. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

“Out of Easy Reach”

DePaul Art Museum/Gallery 400/Stony Island Arts Bank

For the ambitious exhibition “Out of Easy Reach,” Allison Glenn curated works by twenty-four artists at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum, Gallery 400, and the Stony Island Arts Bank. The focus was on uses of abstraction since 1980 by black and Latinx artists from across the spectrum of “women.” Plotting a dynamic range of styles, techniques, and historical affiliations, the show was organized around intertwined conceptual frameworks, including mapping, migration, archives, vernacular culture, and the body. Featured artists included Lisa Alvarado, Candida Alvarez, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Maren Hassinger, Juliana Huxtable, Ayanah Moor, and Howardena Pindell.

Despite its breadth, the show did not sacrifice interesting formal dialogues between works. At Gallery 400, the ninety-five black-and-white drawings of Torkwase Dyson’s Untitled (Hypershape), 2017, meditated on the scalar relationship between

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