Humor Us and In Time and Paradise
"Humor Us" is a group exhibition of artists working on the many locations of humor — the comic object, the politically biting, the silly, the prop, where the the overlooked meets the hilarious, the pun, and all the wonderfully important locations of humor in art making. The world needs humor now: humor is a salve, a politic, a laugh, a poetic, and an important location for making art.
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Mark Twain wrote, "Humor is the good-natured side of a truth." While much of our current public sphere is acutely arduous, humor is an important location that creates an alternative lens within which to view and critique both our culture and ourselves. Humor is an essential component of humanity, and humanity is exactly what is needed and necessary, especially now.
Opening reception Sunday, October 25, 3 - 6PM
Exhibition runs from October 25 to November 17, 2020 during regular gallery hours. Special viewings available by appointment.
Artists: Claire Ashley, Adam Brooks, Gary Cannone, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsey Lochman, Caroline Dahlberg, Cara Dunkerely, Gabe Fowler, Susan Kruger-Barber, Coco Menk, Mads Reardon, Morgan Richardson, David Robbins, Oli Watt.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. While a milestone in the United States’ story of suffrage and equal rights for women, in practice, the historic document granted voting rights only to those well-off and white.
In time and paradise is a site-specific installation celebrating nineteen Illinoisan women who fought for the rights of all women. Disillusioned with early 20th century white suffragettes who claimed others would have rights "in time," they formed some of the first women’s organizations and feminist newspapers, created and sold photographs, and marched for ALL women’s rights.
Using the tools of both photography and protest, this installation honors the work ofP: Mary Livermore, Ellen Martin, Ida B Wells-Barnett, Frances Willard, Prudence Crandall, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, Elizabeth Maloney, Agnes Nestor, Flora Witkowsky, Mary C. Bryon, Mary Fitzbutler Waring, Myra Colby Bradwell, Corinne Brown, Catharine Waugh McCulloch, Lottie Holman O'Neill, Susan Hoxie Richardson, Emma Steghagen, Celia Parker Woolley, Mary Eliza Church Terrell
Throughout the run of the exhibition, pieces from the installation will be used to "dodge out" contested monuments across Chicagoland. Performances will be recorded and available online and in the gallery. Each photograph and each action offers an alternative that is perhaps only available in time and paradise.
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