August 16, 2022


The gallery will be closed for the remainder of the summer. Stay tuned for more programming this September!




IMAGE: Diana Guerrero-Maciá, The Job of the Sun, detail, 2022. Courtesy of Nathan Keay

February 16, 2022

Brendan Getz + Lynne Tillman: In Conversation: Saturday, February 19 at 3PM CST


This Saturday, February 19 at 4PM EST/3PM CST please join us for a virtual conversation between artist Brendan Getz and noted writer and cultural critic Lynne Tillman on the occasion of our current exhibition when the after-image is the image. This conversation will revolve around images, memory and writing, and the menagerie of considerations within art-making & life-living where the power of objecthood can speak to it all.

Zoom link here.

To view the OVR for when the after-image is the image please visit here.

Brendan Getz is an artist who works with painting, writing, installation and sound to slow down and attend to a subtle multiplicity of meaning between objects, images and form – honing in on a politics of attention and the nuance of close looking, while proposing care as a radical act. Brendan has exhibited in galleries and institutions throughout the US including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, the Contemporary Art Center in Las Vegas, and the LeRoy Neiman Center in Chicago.  His current solo exhibition, when the after-image is the image, is on view at Carrie Secrist Gallery through February 26th. Brendan holds a BFA from Belmont University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He works out of Berkeley and Los Angeles and is the co-founder and current co-director of the project space take care in downtown Los Angeles.

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. Her novels are Haunted HousesMotion SicknessCast in DoubtNo Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, American Genius, A Comedy, and Men and Apparitions. Her nonfiction books include The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965–1967, with photographs by Stephen Shore; Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.; and What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Her recent work includes the short story The Dead Live Longer, and a book-length autobiographical essay MOTHERCARE, coming in the fall 2022. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Fellowship. Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at The University of Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program in New York. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra.

December 17, 2021

Holiday Break


Carrie Secrist Gallery will be closed through January 3 for the Holidays. See you in 2022!


ID: Stephen Eichhorn, Hybrid Form X, 2021. Collage on archival paper, 17 x 14 inches.

October 26, 2021

Hilma’s Ghost Workshop with Sarah Potter | Tuesday, October 26 2:00PM (EST)


We are excited to announce the launch of the second edition of Hilma’s Ghost’s ABSTRACT FUTURES TAROT deck! If you are interested in purchasing an ABSTRACT FUTURES TAROT deck, please visit the Carrie Secrist Gallery website here.

As a kickoff event for the new edition, please join Hilma’s Ghost for a conversation between the co-founders, Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray, on Hilma af Klint’s birthday, Tuesday, October 26, 3.00 – 4.30PM (EST). Tegeder and Ray will discuss the artistic process behind the creation of the ABSTRACT FUTURES TAROT deck and offer an inside look at their collaborative process. They will also be discussing other artists who have created Tarot decks, including Salvador Dali and Leonora Carrington. Additionally, they will be joined by professional witch and Tarot Reader Sarah Potter for a discussion on the rich history of Tarot, an explanation on reading Tarot, and how to use the ABSTRACT FUTURES TAROT deck.

The Eventbrite link is here. This session is free and open to everyone, but you must register to receive the Zoom link.

If you have the first signed edition, please bring your deck to this virtual session. If you are ordering the second deck, then this session will help you unravel the mysteries that await you.

Sarah Potter is a Tarot reader and professional witch based in NYC. Her writing about the occult is regularly featured in Cosmopolitan,, Bust Magazine, and other popular outlets. Her first book, The Cosmo Tarot: The Ultimate Deck and Guidebook debuted recently.

Acting as a team, Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray – the Brooklyn-based artists behind Hilma’s Ghost – created the 78 original drawings that comprise the ABSTRACT FUTURES TAROT deck. The project in its entirety was presented by Carrie Secrist Gallery at The Armory Show in September 2021 and was included in The New York Times review as one of the exhibitions to see.

You can learn more about Hilma’s Ghost by checking out or following @hilmasghost. They regularly post about their programs and profile womxn artists working with the occult.

September 22, 2021

Lilinana Porter spotlight in The New York Times


Liliana Porter was recently featured in The New York Times by Ted Loos.

“There is a mixture of funny and dramatic,” Ms. Porter said of her work. “I like when contradictory things happen simultaneously.”


September 21, 2021

Hilma’s Ghost featured in Artnet + NYTimes


Hilma’s Ghost (Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray) were recently featured in and the New York Times for the gallery’s booth at The Armory Show.

“It’s inspired by Hilma af Klint—it’s about the rise of spiritualism and witchcraft and the feminist undertones of that,” Tegeder told Artnet News. “We used processes of spiritualism and divination, and called upon the spirits of women artists who are not alive to activate the work and work through us.” –



September 21, 2021

Diana Guerrero-Maciá: High Touch @ The John Michael Kohler Art Center


Gallery artist Diana Guerrero-Maciá is currently featured in the group exhibition High Touch at The John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI.

High Touch brings together six artists who embrace technology as a medium and tool to research, ideate, and assemble their intensely handcrafted, resolutely analog artworks. Whether sourcing images from the internet’s endless scroll or using digital processes to fabricate components of their works, they create highly tangible objects that transform the virtual into the physical.

High Touch is up through February 13, 2022.

September 21, 2021

Anne Lindberg: AbStranded @ The Everson Museum of Art


Gallery artist Anne Lindberg is currently featured in the group exhibition AbStranded: Fiber and Abstraction in Contemporary Art at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.

Utilizing a diverse variety of methods, styles, and forms, these artists uncover and co-opt textile traditions and material sources in order to re-assert their validity and relevance in an increasingly global-industrial culture. A prominent use of the hand looms large—through knitting, weaving, quilting, and more—and suggests an alternative mode of communication within today’s digital society. Together, the works reveal how artists employ the language of abstraction to speak about the intertwined histories and politics of craft, race, and gender.

Abstranded is up through January 2, 2022.

August 21, 2021



The gallery will be on Summer Break from August 22 – September 7, 2021.

Anne Lindberg
flash: hot, 2020
Graphite and colored pencil on mat board
30 x 28 inches

June 16, 2021



We are excited to announce that, in accordance with today’s Illinois and Chicago Stage 5 reopening, the gallery will no longer require an appointment to enter. We are looking forward to sharing our new exhibition spaces with the community.

Summer gallery hours are 11AM to 5PM Tuesday through Saturday.

To enter our building at 900 W. Washington BLVD, please use the kiosk directory outside the front door and enter #201.

If you would like to make a reservation you may still do so by visiting the link here.

Our current exhibition, PLAIN AIR, will be up through July 17.

May 20, 2021

Hilma’s Ghost: “Grieving Through Creative Strengths with (Soma)tic Rituals”


TODAY AT 3:00pm CST. EventBrite link for registration.

The virtual event, hosted by Carrie Secrist Gallery, will include brief talks on death rituals and the therapeutic capabilities of art by Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray followed by a creative workshop led by artist, poet, and ritualist CAConrad.

Bring the art materials of your choice for a 50-minute session led by Conrad.

Following a year of isolation, distance, and widespread loss, burnout and grief pervade our day to day lives. This session with CA Conrad focuses on somatic rituals to connect deeply with our bodies and find presence of mind. The workshop will address death and how to make sense of loss. We will learn how to create our own rituals as a means of grieving.

[Image: Frida Kahlo, Arbol de la Esperanza, 1946]

April 9, 2021

Diana Guerrero-Maciá is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow


Please join us in celebrating gallery artist Diana Guerrero-Maciá on her news of receiving a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship.

“A Guggenheim Fellowship has always been meaningful, but this year we know it will be a lifeline for many of the new Fellows at a time of great hardship, a survival tool as well as a creative one, said Edward Hirsch, President of the Foundation. “The work supported by the Fellowship will help us understand more deeply what we are enduring individually and collectively, and it is an honor for the Foundation to help the Fellows do what they were meant to do.”

For a full list of recipients please click here.

(Photo by Frank Ishman)

April 9, 2021

USUAL OBJECTS Panel Discussion – April 9, 5PM (CST)


USUAL OBJECTS Panel Discussion
Friday, April 9 at 5PM CST
ZOOM link here.

In addition to our virtual booth for EXPO CHGO, the gallery will be hosting a special panel discussion featuring the participating artists in our current exhibition USUAL OBJECTS.

Participants include:

Chris Bradley
Nicole Dyer
Brendan Getz
Madeleine Leplae
Matt Lipps
Liliana Porter
Amanda Ross-Ho

This event will be moderated by Kathryn Kremnitzer.

Please visit our USUAL OBJECTS online viewing room here.

Kathryn Kremnitzer is a Research Associate in the Painting and Sculpture of Europe department at the Art Institute of Chicago, which she joined in 2018. She is part of the curatorial team responsible for numerous Nineteenth-century exhibitions, including Monet and Chicago (on view through June 14, 2021), Manet and Modern Beauty (2019), and a forthcoming retrospective of paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Paul Cezanne. She earned her PhD in Art History from Columbia University in 2020 with a dissertation on Édouard Manet’s work across media in the 1860s.

Image courtesy of Kathryn Kremnitzer.

February 6, 2021

ONLY CONNECT Webinar | Heather Becker + Jeanne Gang

Moderated by Alissa Anderson of Studio Gang

Wednesday, February 10
Event LINK

Please join us for a conversation between Heather Becker and Jeanne Gang on the occasion of Carrie Secrist Gallery’s exhibition Only Connect. This virtual event, the last in our series of webinars with pairings of artists in the exhibition, features Chicago-based artist Heather Becker and Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang.

Facilitated by Studio Gang member Alissa Anderson, Becker and Gang will discuss their respective creative practices as it pertains to their professional and personal goals. Well known in the art conservation and architecture worlds, a shared interest in birdwatching will also be discussed as a means for learning how to enhance the act of looking and making. This is sure to be a fun and enlightening event and we hope you can join us.


Heather Becker is an artist, author, and entrepreneur. She studied painting and art history on scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the International School of Art in Italy. She has exhibited her figurative oil paintings nationally and in Europe for over two decades. As an extension of her painting career, she went into the field of art preservation. In 1989 she developed a national business plan for The Conservation Center, Inc.

Architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founding principal and partner of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris. Jeanne established the practice in 1997 to create an architecture that fosters interaction and connection rather than acting as a stand-alone object. Drawing insight from ecological systems, her work merges art and science to create places that strengthen relationships among people, their communities, and the natural world. Both her design innovations and her wider engagement with urgent societal issues have distinguished her as a preeminent architect of her generation.

To view the online viewing room for Only Connect which includes work by Heather Becker and Jeanne Gang, please click here.

To schedule an appointment to see Only Connect, please visit our Reservations page.

Image: Heather Becker (left) and Jeanne Gang (right, photo courtesy of Saverio Truglia)

January 29, 2021

ONLY CONNECT Webinar | Lisa Solar + Liz Nielsen


Wednesday, February 3
Event LINK

Please join us for a conversation between Lisa Solar and Liz Nielsen on the occasion of Carrie Secrist Gallery’s exhibition Only Connect. This virtual event, fifth in our series of webinars with pairings of artists in the exhibition, features Chicago-based artist Lisa Solar and former Chicagoan and current New Yorker Liz Nielsen.

Solar and Nielsen will facilitate a discussion between themselves, in a mutual interview, that will delve into their respective practices while sharing images of their work. Though similar at first glance, the technique and approach of each artists making varies wildly from medium – Nielsen’s photographic work and Solar’s ground pigment on paper – to the generative approach from idea to object. This is sure to be a fun and enlightening event and we hope you can join us.


Lisa Solar is a Chicago-based artist and curator. Select previous exhibitions include Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL 65GRAND, Chicago IL, EC Brown Apartment, IL, Flatfile Gallery, Chiacgo, IL, Kinzie Street Space, Chicago, IL, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL and The Greenhouse, East Lansing, MI. Solar is in the collection of Fidelity Investments and received her MFA from the University of Chicago.

Liz Nielsen is a Brooklyn based artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her photographs are printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. Liz received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen’s works have been reviewed in *The New Yorker*, *The Financial Times*, *The British Journal of Photography*, *The New York Times*, *LensCulture*, *FOAM magazine*, and *ArtSlant* among others.

To view the online viewing room for Only Connect which includes work by Lisa Solar and Liz Nielsen, please click here.

January 13, 2021

ONLY CONNECT Webinar | Hilma’s Ghost: Creating with a Shaman with Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray


Thursday, January 14, 2PM (CST) 

Hilma’s Ghost | ONLY CONNECT Webinar: Creating with a Shaman
Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray with special guest Itzhak Beery

Registration LINK (free)

Join Hilma’s Ghost for its second public program on Creating with a Shaman on Thursday, January 14 at 3:00pm EST, in collaboration with Carrie Secrist Gallery and the current exhibition ONLY CONNECT.

The virtual event will include a brief lecture on contemporary art and shamanism by artists Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray, followed by a creative workshop led by Itzhak Beery, who will take participants on a shamanic journey.

Founded by Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray, Hilma’s Ghost is a feminist artist collective that seeks to address existing art historical gaps in abstraction through sustained methods of praxis, research, and pedagogy. Hilma af Klint’s exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (October 12, 2018 – April 23, 2019) served as a reckoning for abstraction by women, trans, and non-binary peoples, whose narratives have been subsumed by dominant modes of western art history. Among other falsehoods, the art historical cannon created a faulty start for abstraction with Wassily Kandinsky’s 1910 manifesto Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Inspired by af Klint’s resurgence, the collective’s purpose is to recover esoteric schools of thought that address abstraction through collaborative art making, rigorous study, innovative educational initiatives, and ritual practice.


Dannielle Tegeder is an artist and professor at The City University of New York at Lehman College. For the past fifteen years, her work has explored abstraction through the lens of systems, architecture, utopianism, and the function of modernism. While the core of her practice is paintings and drawings, she also works in large-scale installation, mobiles, video, sound, and animation and has done a number of collaborations with composers, dancers, and writers. In March 2020 Tegeder founded The Pandemic Salon, a community-centric project intended to dismantle the hierarchical structures of institutional discussion, which showcases topics related to the pandemic by bringing together creative minds in an informal, online environment that has connected over 600 participants from 40 countries.

Sharmistha Ray is an artist, writer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Through the subjective lens of queerness, language, memory, spiritual faith, and personal evidence, their work emerges out of the experiences of war, (im)migration, alienation, and familial and romantic separation to engage themes of intimacy, (be)longing, displacement, and survival. Ray’s practice, which consists of paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculptures, installations, photographs, cultural programming, and hybrid texts, is experiential, research and project-based, theoretical, and interdisciplinary.

Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic teacher, healer, speaker, community activist, artist, and author of three Amazon bestseller books. Itzhak apprenticed with Taita Don José Joaquin Pineda, a well-known fifth-generation Ecuadorian Quechua Yachak (shaman) from the village of Iluman, who initiated him into the ‘Sacred 24 Yachaks Circle of Imbabura’. He was also initiated by Shoré, an Amazonian Kanamari Pajè (shaman) on the riverbanks of the Rio Negro. Itzhak studied and assisted for 12 years with Ipupiara Makunaiman (Dr. Bernardo Peixoto), a Brazilian Pajé from the Ure-eu-wau-wau tribe and his Peruvian curandera wife. Additionally, Itzhak studied with elders and shamans in North and South America, Greenland, Siberia, and Africa. Some of his contemporary teachers are Michael Harner, John Perkins, Hank Wesselman, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, and Tom Cowan. Itzhak’s work has been featured in a variety of worldwide publications including the New York Times, radio, and television.

This workshop is for all levels.

We encourage visual artists, musicians, poets and writers, and other creators to join us in the journey. Participants are requested to bring their preferred tools, be they art materials, a journal for writing, or anything else they can make or build with. Those who do not wish to create may simply light a candle and be still.

To view the online viewing room for ONLY CONNECT, please click here.