Fall exhibitions at the Sullivan GalleriesSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
33 S. State St., 7thfloor
Hours: Tue–Sat, 11–6pm
Free and open to the public
Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Story
Through November 10
Reception: Friday, September 14, 4:30–7pm
Marking the 15th anniversary of artist and SAIC alumnus Roger Brown’s death due to complications of HIV/AIDS, This Boy’s Own Story considers a significant, yet under-explored current in the artist’s career. The paintings, writings, and archival materials brought together in this exhibition evoke a range of social, political, and religious considerations, calling attention to Brown’s engagement with the subject of sexuality. The works on view also reflect the trajectory of Brown’s artistic practice in relation to the broader histories of Chicago’s gay nightlife, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the Culture Wars of the 1980s and 90s.
A concurrent exhibition Afterimage will be on view at SAIC’s Roger Brown Study Collection (1926 North Halsted Street) September 14–November 18, featuring the artwork, collections, and source material of Chicago artists Carl Baratta (MFA 2005), Onsmith, and Edra Soto (MFA 2000) presented in concert with Brown’s collection. This show is part of Afterimage at the DePaul Art Museum.
The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics
Through November 10
This exhibition interrogates and explores the concept of queerness in this cultural and moment and considers the term “queer” as it intersects with race, class, sexuality, and gender. A series of performances, film screenings, and panel discussions will be held in conjunction with the show.
Detroit, USA: Material, Site, Narrative
Through January 5
Detroit, USA explores the dynamic and ever-shifting creative, cultural, and physical topography of Detroit. Engaging the city as material, site, and narrative, the artists’ work comes in dialogue with the city’s social, cultural, built, and natural environment. As a related program, SAIC’s Gene Siskel Film Center will screen the documentary Detropia (2012, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Gray, USA, 91 min.) September 21–27.
Drawings for Sculpture
Through October 6
This show explores ways in which sculptors use drawing as an opportunity to play, research, and communicate their ideas before committing them to three dimensions. It is presented in conjunction with the 23rd International Sculpture Conference held in Chicago October 4–6.
Through October 6
Featuring new work by SAIC faculty Shellie Fleming, Joan Livingstone, Nicholas Lowe, and Chris Sullivan.
About the Sullivan Galleries
The SAIC Sullivan Galleries is located in the historic site of Louis Sullivan’s masterpiece, the Carson Pirie Scott & Co. building. It features the work of acclaimed artists and those new on the scene who, through exhibitions and other public forums, work collaboratively within the SAIC community to explore how art functions within society today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit saic.edu.