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Life Cycles

​​​​​September 7, 2023–February 11, 2024

Life Cycles includes artworks from DePaul Art Museum's permanent collection in conversation with contemporary Chicago artists not yet represented in the museum's collection. This exhibition focuses on the processes and materials that structure and subtend life while also examining the life of art objects. In so doing, the time of life no longer has a linear structure, but comes into view as a marvelous tangle, where there is no beginning or end, where death is not the opposite of life, nor the truth or fulfillment of it.

Artists: Gertrude Abercrombie, Tim Anderson, Kathryn Andrews, Selva Aparicio, Iris Bernblum, Hugo Brehme, Andrea Carlson, Barbara Crane, Brendan Fernandes, Chris Flynn, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, Gran Pie Podrido (Alberto Ortega Trejo & Guillermo García Pérez), Laurie Hogin, Richard Hull, Michiko Itatani, Teresa Mucha James, Elnaz Javani, Jerome Kaplan, Jenny Kendler, Mayumi Lake, Gerson Leiber, Nathan Lerner, Laura Letinsky, Natalia Villanueva Linares, Maryan S. Maryan, Devin T. Mays, Susan Michod, Tracey Moffatt, Ayanah Moor, Abelardo Morell, Elsa Muñoz, Laurel Nakadate, William J. O'Brien, Sabina Ott, Chris Pappan, Ed Paschke, Dan Peterman, Marilyn Propp, Michael Rakowitz, Seymour Rosofsky, Hollis Sigler, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Bibiana Suárez, Julia Thecla, Alberto Ortega Trejo, Selina Trepp, Chris Vasell, Ava Mirage Wanbli, Karl Wirsum, Miwa Yanagi, Nate Young, and Claire Zeisler.​

Life Cycles is curated by Ionit Behar, Ph.D., Associate Curator, with contributions by David Maruzzella, Ph.D., Collection and Exhibition Manager, and DePaul University Students Spencer Bolding, Chiara Conner, Charlie Delgado, Zoe Hamilton, Ellie Naughton, Eli Schmitt, and Bernardo Soares and organized by DePaul Art Museum as part of the ongoing Learning Studio initiative. 

Life Cycles is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and DePaul University's Vincentian Endowment Fund​.

Read the press release here​.

Images: ​

1. Installation view of Life Cycles. Photo: Chiara Conner. 

2. Laura Letinsky, Untitled #35 from the series Hardly More Than Ever, 2001Archival pigment print. Collection of DePaul Art Museum, gift of Barbara and Thomas Ruben, 2022.21

3. William J. O'Brien, Workshop, 2007. Glazed ceramic, paint, and wood. Collection of DePaul Art Museum gift of Julie and Shane Campbell, 2019.22

4. Gertrude Abercrombie, Split Personality, 1954. Oil on masonite. Collection of DePaul Art Museum, Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2010.21

5. Miwa Yanagi, ​​Elevator Girl House B4, 1998. C-print. Collection of DePaul Art Museum, gift of Barbara and Thomas Ruben, 2022.22

6. Barbara Crane, Untitled from the series Private Views, ​1980–84/2009. Cibachrome print. Collection of DePaul Art Museum, gift of Elizabeth Crane, 2013.70.24​​

7. Elsa Muñoz, The Great Turning, 2022. Oil on panel. Courtesy of the artist and Brandt Robert Galleries. Photo: Tom Van Eynde. ​

8. Elnaz Javani, Wavering Faith from the series Phonetic Fragments, 2022. Hand stitched embroidery, hand dyed, appliquéd cotton and chiffon. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Robert Chase Heishman.​