December 4, 2020

ONLY CONNECT Webinar | Diana Guerrero-Maciá + Jesse Harrod


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


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


July 11, 2020

Anne Lindberg and Candice Madey: In Conversation on July 16, 4PM (CST)


Carrie Secrist Gallery is happy to invite you to join us for a conversation between gallery artist Anne Lindberg and Candice Madey, curator for the River Valley Arts Collective, a Hudson-Valley-based non-profit for the visual arts. 

The conversation will take place via ZOOM on Thursday, July 16 at 4PM (CST).


In conjunction with Anne Linberg’s current online exhibition visible messengers, this discussion will revolve around Anne’s studio practice, art making in the time of the pandemic and life in the Hudson Valley. This conversation will also address concepts of the temporal, indeterminacy and impermanence in Anne’s drawings, installations, and photography and how her work has shifted in recent months.

Anne Lindberg’s (New York) work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad including The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, WI), Laumeier Sculpture Park Adam Aronson Fine Art Center (St. Louis, MO), Omi International Art Center (Ghent, NY), Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Drawing Center (New York, NY), The Mattress Factory, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Tegneforbundet (Oslo, Norway) and SESCA Bom Retiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Wave Hill, Belger Art Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, as well as venues in New Zealand, Quebec and Japan. She currently has a site specific drawing intervention at Manitoga / The Russell Wright Design Center (Garrison, NY) up through November 9, 2020.

Candice Madey has over 20 years of experience in the art market, having founded and operated the prominent Lower East Side gallery On Stellar Rays from 2008–2018. In 2018, she founded Stellar Projects, an art consulting and curatorial platform that advises private collections and foundations. She is also the curator for River Valley Arts Collective, a Hudson Valley-based non-profit for the visual arts. Frequent collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines have placed her exhibitions and publications in a unique dialogue with music, architecture and literature.

To view ANNE LINDBERG | vivid messenger, please click here

May 30, 2020

What’s Next for CSG



After nearly two decades of calling our exhibition space at 835 W Washington Blvd our happy home base, as of June 1, 2020 Carrie Secrist Gallery will be moving out permanently.


In the second week in February of this year, we learned from our building management that shifts were being made and our space would need to be vacated in 90 days.  While I had for some months prior considered the idea of migrating to the reinvigorated art community in West Town, it certainly wasn’t on the docket during an election year that was already wildly unstable to say the least. Still, I realized it might just be the push we needed even though it would be difficult to leave our wonderful space and gallery neighbors.

After hearing this out of the blue news, I quickly made the decision to put any and all “What’s Nexts” into a mentally compartmentalized strong box, shelve it and focus only on our upcoming Armory Show project that would be opening just 10 days later in New York. On March 4th with assurances from state officials that events could move forward as planned, off we went to participate in what will likely become known in hindsight as “The Last Mass Gathering of 2020″ (aka NYC Art Week). By the end of the following week, New York and other states began closing as the COVID curve began to spike. I opened my FiloFax Day Keeper (an appendage to my AOL account) on March 16th and looked at the Week Ahead section that included a handwritten list of how I was going to start thinking about our big move now, Post-Armory. I used up the remainder of my pencil’s eraser to literally start fresh.

Since then, we have experienced the most inconclusive period of time in all of our lives where there’s a single truthful answer to the question “What’s Next?”, and it is “I Don’t Know”. For me at this moment, three phrases of wisdom that have proven to be particularly helpful throughout personal and professional blind spots over the years shine a guiding light:

From my mother: “Go as far as you can see. Once you get there, you can see further…”

From my therapist: “Trust the Process” and “Live in the Now”

Implementing the sage advice from these Wonder Women, I’m taking that aforementioned strong box labeled “What’s Nexts” off the shelf, cracking the lock, laying all items on the table and realigning new collaborative possibilities.


For the time being, CSG will be transferring its physical operations to a private luxury condo building across the street at 900 W. Washington Blvd. In partnership with this new development since December of 2018, this collaboration (CSG x 900) has offered an exclusive experience for private viewings and events. Collectively in 24,000+ square feet of gallery quality exhibition space made available to CSG in the 10 story development, we have curated solo, two person and group installations of new and historic works by many of our gallery artists past and present. We will be taking meetings by appointment only in this space from now through Labor Day. See examples of these installations here.

May 30th will be the closing day of Diana Guerrero-Maciá’s exhibition The Devil’s Daughter is Getting Married and CSG’s last physical day at 835 W Washington. See the online viewing room here.

May 30th will also be the last day for Andrew Holqmuist’s virtual exhibition HQME. See additional programming and projects that were produced during the show here. Though the show will be “closing” as others exhibitions enter our new virtual “gallery space” as listed below, HQME’s Online Viewing Room will be accessible in an archive via our website, updated with Andrew’s continuing Suits of Armor series and information for commission opportunities.


Three months ago, I could never have fathomed that the rest of the art community at large would be joining my pre-COVID-determined challenge on how to transition our bricks and mortar into something even more connective. As CSG takes its first steps at this global cross road, I’m shooting every best creative notion up into the atmosphere and look forward to seeing what collaborations might come into being in the second half of this epic year. In my Silver Lining Laden Perspective, the possibilities are ENDLESS!

May 27, 2020

The Devil is in the Details | presented by sindikit | Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 3PM-4:30PM CST


This Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 3PM-4:30PM CST, p
lease join us as we host gallery artist Diana Guerrero-Maciá (Chicago, IL), Paolo Arao (Brooklyn, NY), and Marie Watt (Portland, OR) for a lively discussion on behalf of ‘sindikit.

The Devil is in the Details is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details, meaning that something might seem simple at a first look but will take more time and effort to complete than expected  … details are important.

Idiomatic images lose their historical/ economic/ material gravity over time — that which is hidden is archived in the details.  Diana, Paolo, and Marie convey ideas around who they are and what their work represents through material choices often coded in abstraction, using a collage aesthetic`. There isn’t direct access into each of the panelists’ identities unless you understand the signifiers engaged or each artist’s visual language—it’s mediated in the work.  The details in their work are important, and often the details are sewn. Their work sets a foundation for a conversation around visibility and invisibility.

This event is free. Please visit Eventbrite to register.

| ‘sindikit | is developed by artists Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud and is both an extension of their individual practices and is their collaborative art project.  They understand the economies of space and the politics of opportunity; both can be used, given, manipulated, shared, bogarted, and democratized to uplift, undermine, engage, estrange, and support communities and ideas.

Photo courtesy of Frank Ishman

May 16, 2020

Diana Guerrero-Maciá and Lisa Wainwright: In Conversation



Saturday, May 16, 4:30 – 5:30PM (CST)

Please join Diana and Lisa this coming Saturday as they discuss Diana’s exhibition The Devil’s Daughter is Getting Married. This conversation will dive back into some of the topics Lisa describes in her essay for the exhibition titled “The Archeology of Cloth” including post-disciplinary practice, the power of myth, art historical antecedents and “the visual pleasure of the decorative”. This promises to be a lively and fun conversation and we hope you can join us.

Lisa Wainwright is a Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

ZOOM for In Conversation:

May 12, 2020

CQMIC BQQK HAPPY HQUR with Andrew Holmquist


Friday, May 15th, from 6-7pm (CST)

In celebration of Andrew Holmquist’s exhibition HQME, please join me for a CQMIC BQQK HAPPY HQUR hosted by Carrie Secrist Gallery on ZOOM.

I am hoping to tickle all your fancies when I read through a WiP comic book illustrating my imaginative meditation routine that results in the Suits of Armor drawings featured in the show and on my Instagram. I will also share a glimpse into my home studio, where all the magic happens. – Andrew

Cocktails encouraged. Attire optional. Q/A to follow.

ZOOM link:



March 28, 2020

A message from Carrie


This message is coming from my current home office (with additional input from temp gallery staff Obi and Roo)

March 14, 2020



Due to COVID-19, Carrie Secrist Gallery is currently closed to the public. We invite you to visit us on Instagram and Artsy in the meantime. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming exhibition – Diana Guerrero-Maciá’s: The Devil’s Daughter is Getting Married.

January 21, 2020

Anne Lindberg at the Regis Center for Art | University of Minnesota

Opening today at the Regis Center for Art | University of Minnesota: The Beginning of Everything: An Exhibition of Drawings. A great group exhibition that includes Anne Lindberg’s drawing future construct, 2019. Graphite and colored pencil on mat board, 104 by 59 inches. More info here.

December 20, 2019

Christmas Hours

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CARRIE SECRIST GALLERY! The gallery will be closed for the holidays from December 22 through January 6, 2020.

We will reopen on Jan 7 for one more week of Dannielle Tegeder’s exhibition EPISODES.

December 3, 2019

Adrian Wong in Artforum (December 2019)

Happy to announce Adrian Wong’s September exhibition at the gallery – Crossing the Rainbow Bridge – was reviewed by Daniel Quiles in the December 2019 issue of Artforum.

November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Hours

The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28.
We will be open Friday and Saturday, November 29 + 30, from 12PM – 5PM both days.