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The Spaces We Call Home

​​​September 12, 2024-February 23, 2025​​


The Spaces We Call Home features six artists and designers based in or with strong ties to Chicago—Azadeh Gholizadeh, Kazuki Guzmán, Ania Jaworska (in collaboration with Zack Ostrowski), Roland Knowlden, Sharon and Guy, and Claudia Weber—whose work straddles, draws from, and complicates divisions between the fields of architecture, design, and fine art. Using a diverse array of materials, techniques, and traditions—from folk art to modernism and twenty-first century technology—these creative practitioners grapple with the complexities of placemaking across time and space, interrogating and reflecting on the layered socio-spatial histories of built environments.

The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Edgar Miller: Anti-Modern, 1917-1967, which celebrates another multi-hyphenate creative practitioner based in Chicago, who began making his indelible mark across the city over one hundred years ago through projects like his “handmade homes." While most works included in the exhibition were not created in direct dialogue with Miller, many aspects of his legacy remain relevant, including a spirit of collaboration, a commitment to craftsmanship, and a belief in the importance of function and public address of art. Like Miller, these six artists and designers work in multiple mediums an across disciplines, creating paintings, graphics, installations, sculptures, textiles, and domestic objects, including tools and furniture. They extract, pixelate, and combine fragments of urban landscapes and the memory of forgotten places, creating objects that convey what it means to live and belong in the spaces we call home.

The Spaces We Call Home is curated by Marin R. Sullivan and organized by the DePaul Art Museum as part of the Terra Foundation's Art Design Chicago initiative. Support for The Spaces We Call Home is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Terra Foundation in black letters on white background

Image Credits:
- Image from Open House​ (2023) by Claudia Weber. The work was an intervention in Coach House I, a private apartment in the former Carl Street Studios, designed by Edgar Miller, Jesus Torres, and others.
Hammer Study by Kazuki Guzman. Photo by Robert Chase Heishman.
Picture of this Place by Sharon and Guy. Photo by Guy Villa, Jr.
Credenza, 2021 by Ania Jaworska/Graphics in collaboration with Zach Ostrowski​. Photo courtesy of Volume Gallery.