Public Events

Public Events

All events are free and open to everyone and take place at DePaul Art Museum unless otherwise noted.​

Upcoming Public Events


Been Theres Then

Thursday, July 18, 6pm

Join artist and curator Jesse Malmed for a multimedia performance and screen reading scooting around poetic memoir, speculative seeking, and family time travel in post-hippie spiritual milieus. Once upon a time that never was and always will be, the softie science of time travel arrives at its new now. Looking back at the new age and considering familial slippage and skippage, Jesse Malmed offers an idiosymphonic drift forward and backward through the morass of time. A “guru kid” whose parents were “there then,” Jesse’s own accidental embodied and embedded anthropological approach to the strange scene of post-hippie spiritual seeking helps orient a broader if not specifically general drift through sanyas, beyond heroic super cosmics, the flows and flaws of cultural appropriation, crunchy co-ops, and the messiness of flake mishigas. A reading that’s a screening that’s a screed, like some kind of social meditation or a raga against the machine. RSVP on Facebook


Eric J. Garcia: The Bald Eagle’s Toupee Curator’s Tour

Friday, July 19, 12–1pm

DPAM Assistant Curator Mia Lopez will lead a guided tour through Eric J. Garcia: The Bald Eagle’s Toupee. RSVP on Facebook


Strategies for Survival: An Afternoon of Wellness and Healing

Saturday, July 20, 11am–4pm

Strategies for Survival is an afternoon-long exploration of rituals and practices that promote wellness and healing. Learn tools for resistance, empowerment, community-building, social change, and self-care from a variety of artists and practitioners.

11am–5pm: New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival Exhibition On View​​
New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival is an exhibition of work from the last fifteen years by contemporary artists who appropriate, critique, or embrace “New Age” aesthetics and concerns from a modern perspective.

11am–12pm: Yoga Session with Stephanie Hicks of Yoga for Black Lives
Join us to take part in a life-affirming and life-sustaining yoga practice led by Stephanie Hicks, Ph.D. Stephanie will lead sessions through poses, breath work, and meditation in order to respond to the violence that Black people experience across the United States every day. Stephanie teaches strong, classic asana to help people to turn inward, notice their thoughts and emotions, sit with what they need to, and put the rest down. This is an accessible class which invites students of all experience levels. Please bring your own mat.

11:30am–2:30pm: Tarot Readings with Sarah Luczko and Seth Vermilyea
Sarah Luczko is a poet, dancer, performance artist, bookstore owner, and tarot reader. Her readings are down to earth, while still keeping one foot in the other world. Sarah works with querents to produce a reading through collaboration with the cards. She embraces the traveling tradition of party readings. She prefers to read in loud bars, outdoors, in a garden, at art openings, or anywhere away from more traditional settings. Seth Vermilyea has been a tarot reader for 30+ years. He received his first tarot deck at 10, came out of the closet at 19, and officially came out of the tarot closet at 40 with ComingOutTarot. Seth uses tarot to make sense of his client’s queer experiences in an increasingly challenging heteronormative world.

12–4pm: Custom Aromatherapy Sessions with Kiam Junio of Mahal Healing Arts
At 12pm, attend a presentation by Kiam Junio of Mahal Healing Arts on essential oil basics. Afterward, sign-ups will be available for 20–30 minute one-on-one consultations throughout the afternoon. These personalized and intimate sessions begin with looking at your physical-emotional-spiritual balance using principles of Ayurveda and Traditional East Asian Five Element Theory. You will explore and sample a variety of essential oils and learn how to craft a custom potion based on your therapeutic and scent preferences. A sign-up list will also be available for those who would like to schedule future sessions.

1–3pm: Community Acupuncture with Five Point Holistic Health
Community acupuncture is effective for pain, headaches, neuropathy, seasonal allergies, colds and flus, stress, digestive issues, menstrual issues, chronic inflammatory conditions, and continued maintenance of any symptom. Five Point Holistic Health provides high-quality, accessible holistic healthcare and education in an effort to cultivate long-standing relationships between highly trained practitioners and the community that are socially and economically just.

2–4pm: Dissolving Blocks & Barriers: A Self-Awareness & Manifesting Workshop with Rhonda Wheatley
Join artist Rhonda Wheatley for “Dissolving Blocks & Barriers,” a workshop that will help you identify and release self-limiting concepts and beliefs to expand your potential. We’ll get at the root of unproductive thought habits and envision the future we want to create through guided meditation, writing exercises, group healing, and more. You’ll leave this workshop with tools and practices to continue the work on your own. To participate, just bring a notebook, pen, and an open mind! “Dissolving Blocks & Barriers” is a project accompanying Wheatley’s “Energy Grid for Dissolving Blocks & Barriers” installation in the exhibitionNew Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, on view at DePaul Art Museum.

Rhonda Wheatley is a multidisciplinary artist whose sculptures, paintings, written works, and interactive performance projects are grounded in the speculative and metaphysical and explore healing, consciousness expansion, and transformation. She has had solo exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center, David Weinberg Gallery, and FLATFILE galleries, and group shows at spaces such as Gallery 400, Glass Curtain Gallery, and The Franklin in Chicago, as well as Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles and G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit. As part of her art practice, Rhonda also leads self-care workshops and gives tarot card readings. She teaches art and writing, and practices several energy healing modalities. Rhonda earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in African American Studies from Loyola University, Chicago and an MA in Writing from DePaul University.

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The Modern Art of Tarot

Thursday, July 25, 5:30pm

With a history dating back several centuries, tarot is a spiritual tool that now faces the reality of our modern times. Reflecting on Audre Lorde’s question “Can the master’s tools dismantle the master’s house?” this panel discussion grapples with the history of tarot, considers a more inclusive present, and imagines a future of healing and transformation. A visual presentation of the evolution of tarot artwork will introduce the discussion and its themes. Tarot practitioners Danielle Meijer, Alia Walston, Grace Deveney, and Casey Rocheteau will share their unique tarot-based practices and discuss how the art of tarot can be used as a tool for community building and radical change. RSVP on Facebook


Tarot Reader Meet-up

Sunday, July 28, 2–4pm

Come meet other local tarot enthusiasts, learn a little something, trade readings, and make new friends! At this two-hour event, we’ll begin with an open discussion on the topic of "Tarot Symbolism." Your tarot deck is overflowing with symbols—some obvious and some not so obvious. What do they all mean and how can we use them in readings? We'll talk about visual symbols in the Waite-Smith tarot and shift to interpreting the symbols found in any deck. In the second half, we'll break into smaller groups to trade readings with each other. This meet-up is free and open to tarot readers of all skill levels, from total beginners to full-time professionals! Attendees are asked to bring at least one tarot deck of their own (ideally a Waite-Smith based deck due to the discussion topic). RSVP on Facebook

About the facilitators: Kristen Kaniewski and Ethan Schleeter are artists, museum professionals, and certified tarot readers who have been active in various Chicago tarot groups for the past few years. They have presented on subjects such as "Using Crystals in Your Tarot Practice" and "The History of Tarot."


At War: Alternative Games and Critical Play

Thursday, August 1, 5:30pm

Presented alongside Eric J. Garcia: The Bald Eagle’s Toupee, DPAM will host a panel to discuss issues surrounding the "military entertainment complex," socially engaged art games, and critical play in the history of games. Panelists include Patrick Jagoda, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago; Steve Ciampaglia and Kerry Richardson, Co-Founders, Plug-In Studio; Chaz Evans, Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Co-Founder, Video Game Art Gallery. Preceding the discussion, warGames Tactical Media Collective will preview the game DISCHARGED, which follows the experience of a veteran returning home and re-acclimating to civilian life. RSVP on Facebook


Elliot Bergman: Polygongs

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 2pm and 4pm

Elliot Bergman presents a site-specific installation and series of musical performances on the occasion of the exhibition New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival. This improvisatory performance explores the materiality of sound and vibration and creates a complete sonic environment using sound sculptures made from industrial scrap and architectural remnants and peace bells made from melted guns and bullet casings. Bergman’s large-scale drawings provide a visual score for this immersive sound environment, generating new music that explores the themes found in the exhibition. RSVP on Facebook


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