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 artnet.com 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.” – Artnet.com

 

 

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

SUMMER BREAK

 

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

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

June 16, 2021

WELCOME BACK!

 

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
6PM (CST)
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.

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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
6PM (CST)
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.

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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.

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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.

December 18, 2020

New Date: January 26 | ONLY CONNECT Webinar: Featuring artist Antonia Contro, musicians Clara Lyon and Hannah Collins and guest moderator Jenna Lyle (The Arts Club of Chicago)


*The event has been postponed until Tuesday, January 26 at 6PM (CST).*

 

ONLY CONNECT Webinar
A Look Inside Correspondence
Featuring artist Antonia Contro, musicians Clara Lyon and Hannah Collins and guest moderator Jenna Lyle (The Arts Club of Chicago)
Tuesday, January 26
6PM (CST)

Event LINK https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87951268592

Please join us for a conversation between artist Antonia Contro and musicians Clara Lyon and Hannah Collins, whose work, Correspondence, is featured in the exhibition Only Connect at Carrie Secrist gallery. An installation that includes both visual/sonic digital videos and art objects, Correspondence illuminates the feeling of holding singular moments in time, and captures the fleeting, spontaneous nature of it’s ideation. At its core, Correspondence is the account of a collaborative exchange, a generative dialogue of ideas, inspirations, and improvisations that was a lifeboat back to daily creative practice in a most uncertain time.

Guest moderator Jenna Lyle – composer, musician, and movement artist as well as programs manager at the Arts Club of Chicago – will facilitate a conversation on collaboration and process, with a special focus on the intersection of improvisation and curation. Contro, Lyon, and Collins are delighted to share pieces from the exhibition in this conversation and open their work for questions. A new, live improvised performance to new visual work will close the evening.

Antonia Contro is a visual artist whose work ranges from discrete objects to site-specific installations and collaborations that engage artists and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines. Her art explores the nature of knowledge, memory, and time. Contro’s exhibitions include Tempus Fugit at American Philosophical Society Museum, Ex Libris at Chicago Cultural Center, Closed|Open at The Newberry, and Descry at Museum of Contemporary Photography. Contro’s work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Block Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Harvard Art Museums, the Menil Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Contro was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council fellowship, and a doctorate in humanities honoris causa from Lewis University.

Clara Lyon is an accomplished performer who creates musical experiences that investigate and embrace shared emotional spaces. Her approach is investigative and boldly imaginative, and her dynamic repertoire connects historical Western Classical works and their societal contexts with the sonic languages of contemporary artists, improvisors, and composers. Lyon has been a violinist with the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet for the last six seasons, during which time they were nominated for three GRAMMY awards and named 2017 “Chicagoans of the Year.” She has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the world, and nationally at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and Carnegie Hall. A frequent collaborator with Antonia Contro, Lyon and Contro jointly curated the Chicago premiere of Light Itself in 2018, an interdisciplinary performance with Spektral Quartet. Lyon will also be the sole performer in a work for violin and built environment for Theorem, a multidisciplinary installation piece to be premiered in the 2021-22 season. Lyon is a 2020 recipient of the Music Academy of the West Alumni Enterprise Award, which will support Spektral Quartet’s recording and launch of a 360-degree immersive video album featuring the work of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and artist Sigurdur Gudjonsson. www.spektralquartet.com

Hannah Collins, cellist, winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, is a dynamic performer who takes an active role in expanding the repertoire for cello. She has commissioned solo works by composers such as Caroline Shaw and Timo Andres, and has recently performed on modern and Baroque cello with The Knights, Quodlibet Ensemble, Cantata Profana, A Far Cry, Bach Aria Soloists, The Sebastians, Ensemble Connect, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Her duo with percussionist Michael Compitello, New Morse Code, was recently awarded the inaugural Ariel AVANT Impact Performance Award, a major grant which will support the development and touring of The Language of Landscapes, a program built to engage audiences in conversation about the challenges and urgencies of climate action and responsible consumption while also presenting optimistic possibilities for renewable energy, scientific discovery, and innovative technologies in space exploration.  Icareifyoulisten.com described New Morse Code’s 2017 debut album Simplicity Itself on New Focus Recordings as “an ebullient passage through pieces that each showcase the duo’s clarity of artistic vision and their near-perfect synchronicity.” Collins is currently Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Kansas School of Music and Assistant Director of Avaloch Farm Music Institute, a residency program for collaborative musicians in rural New Hampshire.  hannahcollinscello.com

Image (clockwise): Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon, Jenna Lyle and Hannah Collins. (Photo credits: Steven E. Gross (A.C.), Arthur Moeller (C.L.), Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen (H.C.) and Frank Ishman (J.L.)

December 12, 2020

ONLY CONNECT Webinar | Liliana Porter + Ana Tiscornia

 

ONLY CONNECT Webinar
Liliana Porter + Ana Tiscornia
Saturday, December 12
4PM (CST)
Event LINK

Please join us for a conversation between Liliana Porter + Ana Tiscornia on the occasion of Carrie Secrist Gallery’s exhibition Only Connect. This virtual event will be a great opportunity to hear from two artists well known for their individual practices, but who have also come together to make and exhibit work collaboratively through the mediums of visual art, film and theater. Porter and Tiscornia will be in discussion with Carrie Secrist about their collaborative process with a focus on the works on view in the exhibition, previous collaborations and on their recent production THEM which “questions the conventions through which we perceive things, and offers an invitation to recreate narratives beyond our expectations”.

To view THEM please click here.

LILIANA PORTER (b. 1941, Argentina / resides NY since 1964.) works across mediums in printmaking, works on canvas, photography, video, film, installations, theater and public art. Porter’s work was included in 57th Biennale di Venezia in 2017 and has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art NYC, MALBA, El Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, The Museum of Fine Art Boston, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

ANA TISCORNIA (b.1951, Uruguay / resides NY since 1991.) works across mediums in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, film, installations, theater, sculpture and public art. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo shows at Museo Gurvich, Museo Figari, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery, and Galeria Nora Fisch. She represented Uruguay in the II and the IX Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, and the III Bienal de Lima, Perú.

Liliana Porter & Ana Tiscornia joint exhibitions include  Acomplices: Liliana Porter-Ana Tiscornia,(2017), Johannes Vogt Gallery, N.York, Relatos cómplices II (2017) at Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Uruguay; Relatos cómplices  (2016) at Galería Beatriz Gil, Caracas, Venezuela; Trabajos en colaboración (2012) at Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Uruguay; Colaboraciones (2011) at Galería Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia; Diálogues and Solos (2006) at Point of Contact Gallery in Syracuse, New York; and Fictions and Other Realities (2005) at Georgia State University.

Porter and Tiscornia created public artworks including Untitled with Sky (2010) a permanent installation of six faceted stained glass windows and sculptural seating at the MTA Scarborough Metro North Rail Station, NY, as well as Situations with Them at PS/IS 210 in Manhattan. Additionally the artists worked together to produce four theatrical performances Entreactos: Situaciones Breves, 2014, Teatro Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, El orden de las cosas, 2015, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Domar al Leon y otras dudas, 2017,  Bienal de Performance B 17, Parque de la memoria, Buenos Aires , Them, The Kitchen , New York, 2018 ,  Teatro de primera mano para tiempos nuevosFirst-hand Theater for New Times, 2020 , video theater, Rhinebeck, Buenos Aires, New Paltz .  They also conceived and directed Untitled with Helga,  6:22minutes video (2020), and The Riddle/Charada, 8:45 min. video (2019); and co-directed 5 video pieces:  Solo de tambor/Drum Solo, 2000, El zorro en el Espejo/Fox in the mirror, 2007, Matiné/Matinee, 2009, Actalidades/Breaking News, 2016.

To schedule an appointment to see Only Connect, please visit our Reservations page.
To view the online viewing room for Only Connect, please click here.

December 5, 2020

ONLY CONNECT Webinar | Megan Greene + Thalia Agosto

 

ONLY CONNECT Webinar
Megan Greene and Thalia Agosto
Saturday, December 5
1PM (CST)
Event LINK

Please join us for a conversation between Megan Greene and Thalia Agosto on the occasion of Carrie Secrist Gallery’s exhibition Only Connect. This virtual event, third in our series of webinars with pairings of artists in the exhibition, features mid-career artist Megan Greene and emerging artist Thalia Agosto. Agosto, currently pursuing her degree at Columbia College, Chicago was a former high school student of Greene’s at the Chicago High School for the Arts.

This conversational re-connection between Greene and Agosto offers a unique opportunity to hear a conversation revolve around drawing as medium, studio practice mentality, image sourcing and failure/experimentation – all while specifically relating to the dynamic of teacher/student and the praxis of the emerging vs. mid-career artist.

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Megan Greene (b. Buffalo, NY, currently resides in Chicago, IL) graduated with a BFA from the University of Notre Dame and with an MFA in visual art from Rutgers University. She is represented by Regards in Chicago. She has been teaching in the visual arts department at the Chicago High School for the Arts for ten years.

Thalia Agosto (b. and currently resides in Chicago, IL) is currently in the Fine Arts program at Columbia College, Chicago. In my work, I’m interested in depicting the intimacy that I have with the people in my drawings. I immerse myself in the stories of others and reflect on my own life and personal narrative. I’m always curious about the people around me, and how they change throughout their lives. This is why my current series reflects the belief that other peoples’ stories are just as important as your own. The specific focus within these works is on the process of mental and emotional change over a period of time. 

To view the online viewing room for Only Connect which includes work by Megan Greene and Thalia Agosto, please click here.

December 4, 2020

ONLY CONNECT Webinar | Diana Guerrero-Maciá + Jesse Harrod

 

ONLY CONNECT Webinar
Diana Guerrero-Maciá + Jesse Harrod
Friday, December 4
5PM – 6:30PM (CST)

ZOOM LINK

Please join us for a conversation between Diana Guerrero-Macia + Jesse Harrod on the occasion of Carrie Secrist Gallery’s exhibition Only Connect. This virtual event will be a great opportunity to hear from these artists about their art making and their connection. Subjects to be discussed include: mutual art crushing, weirdness, material explorations & taxonomies, studio practice and ideas for the future. Carrie Secrist will introduce the artists and we hope you will join us.

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Diana Guerrero-Maciá is an artist working in the expanded fields of painting and textiles. She values craft, consciousness, sustainability, and material metaphor. Her studio practice, spanning over twenty-five years, includes slow-craft processes in painting, textiles, drawing, print, and sculptural objects.

Guerrero-Maciá has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Her notable exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Art Pace San Antonio, Elmhurst Art Museum, Crocker Museum of Art, and South Bend Museum of Art. She has created several public art commissions for the Public Art Fund, NYC & the City of Chicago. Her artworks are collected into multiple public and private collections. She is a United Artist Fellowship Nominee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award winner, Illinois Arts Council Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, and Phillip Morris Foundation Fellow. She is alumnus of Skowhegan School of Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Villanova University. She is currently Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is represented by Traywick Contemporary, and Carrie Secrist Gallery.

Jesse Harrod is an artist whose practice explores embodiment, gender, and sexual identity. Working with  multiple media forms and materials, Harrod’s work builds on herstories of 1970s feminist art to offer queer imaginations of the body, from the abject and the grotesque to the humorous.

Harrod’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. These include “In Practice: Material Deviance” at the SculptureCenter in New York, the traveling exhibition “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community,” “Haptic Tactics” at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York, “Even Thread Has a Speech” at the Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan WI, and “Hatch” at the Bowtie Project in Los Angeles, CA. Harrod has been awarded The Pew Fellowship, residencies at The MacDowell Artist Colony, The Fire Island Artist’s Residency, the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Icelandic Textile Center, among others. Her work appears in recently published edited collections such as Queer Holdings (Hirmer Publications), a book-length catalog to accompany the exhibition “Queer Threads,” and an edited book titled Low Ropes Course (Publication Studio: Hudson) that situates Harrod’s artistic practice within a larger historical and contemporary context, with contributions from Jenni Sorkin, Daniel Orendorff, Allyson Mitchell, Laurel Sparx, Anthony Romero and JD Samson. Harrod has lectured about their work across the U.S. and internationally, most recently at the MET Breuer.

To view the online viewing room for Only Connect, please click here.

Upcoming ONLY CONNECT Webinar:

Megan Green + Thalia Agosto: Saturday, December 5 | 1:00PM (CST) | ZOOM LINK

December 1, 2020

Hilma’s Ghost | ONLY CONNECT Webinar with  Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray with special guest William Downs | Thursday, December 3rd 2PM (CST)

 

 

Hilma’s Ghost | ONLY CONNECT Webinar
Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray with special guest William Downs
Thursday, December 3
2PM (CST)

EVENT LINK (Password: hilma)

Join Hilma’s Ghost for its first public program on Automatism and Art, in collaboration with Only Connect at Carrie Secrist Gallery. The virtual event will include brief lectures from Dannielle Tegeder, on the history of spiritualism and abstraction, and Sharmistha Ray, on esoteric abstraction (including Tantra) and automatism in art, followed by an automatic drawing workshop led by William Downs.

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. Therefore, 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.

Automatic drawing is a process of entering an altered state of consciousness to explore the worldview of an artist through the medium of the brain and hands. This workshop is an immersive, expansive, and tactile experience. Participants will create works that explore the contentious and the unconscious through prompts and demonstrations of techniques.

This workshop is for all levels.

Participants will investigate mixed media and should come prepared with materials they have on hand such as paper, pen, charcoal, ink wash, conte, chalk crayon, oil, and acrylic paint.

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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.

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. Sharmistha’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.

William Downs works in a range of mediums, but focuses primarily on drawing. By using the figure as a foundation, he builds bodies and landscapes through the layering of lines. A visual record of human interaction, his work singular and infinite, formal and surreal. He has held teaching positions at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Parsons School for Design, The Cooper Union, and Tulane University. He is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta and was the 2018 Artadia Atlanta awardee.

To view the online viewing room for Only Connect, please click here.

November 25, 2020

Holiday Hours | Thanksgiving

 

Carrie Secrist Gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays from Thursday, November 26 through the 30th.

The gallery will be taking appointments for visits starting December 1. Guests are limited to 2 at a time for 30 minutes or less. All safety protocols are in place and masks are required. Please schedule your visit in advance via TOCK or our Reservations page.

Available hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:30-6PM and Saturday 11:00-5PM.

(Image: Installation view of current exhibition Only Connect. (Left: Diana Guerrero-Maciá, right: Jesse Harrod.)

September 23, 2020

Reading Room Revisited In Conversation: Adrian Wong, Lynn Schuster and Carrie Secrist

Friday, September 25 at 7PM (CST)

In conjunction with EXPO Chicago’s EXHIBITION Weekend, please join us for an enlightening virtual conversation between artist Adrian Wong, telepathic animal communicator Lynn Schuster and Carrie Secrist. Each participant will share their own perspectives on first presenting The Reading Room at The Armory Fair six months ago in New York (without the knowledge that this would be the last mass gathering of the year) to revisit it now with the hindsight of 2020.

This conversation will explore what it’s like being a pet owner in the time of COVID-19, telepathic communication as a means of healing, our reliance on our animal friends for normalcy and the conceptual nature of art making in this time of uncertainty.

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The exhibition Adrian Wong: READING ROOM REVISITED will be on view online and by appointment only from Friday, September 25 through December 31, 2020. Personal readings will be available during the exhibition with Lynn Schuster and Adrian Wong. Please visit our website for more information.