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

Yoga for Black Lives

Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 10/31: 10:30am and 1:00pm; 11/1: 10:30am

Organized in partnership with the non-profit organization Yoga for Black Lives this program aims to help prep our minds, bodies, and spirits as best we can for the emotional rollercoaster that is election week this year. All virtual sessions are offered free of charge. Saturday’s workshops are specifically tailored to Black and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) participants and Sunday’s yoga class open to all audiences. Anyone wishing to make a donation to Yoga for Black Lives may do so on their website, as all of their proceeds are then donated to organizations resisting state violence against black people.

Presented by DePaul Art Museum in partnership with Yoga for Black Lives and DePaul University's Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies program.


Movement Workshop with Brendan Fernandes & Paige Fraser

Friday, November 13, 6:00pm (CST)

DePaul Art Museum is pleased to welcome dancer Paige Fraser, best known for her work in Broadway’s The Lion King, with returning artist Brendan Fernandes, whose solo exhibition was held at DPAM in 2018 prior to his 2019 Whitney Biennial debut. Fernandes’s research delves into the colonialist histories of ballet and the rituals associated with African masks found in various museum collections throughout the United States. Together, Fernandes and Fraser will present audiences with an impactful history lesson, alongside a series of body movements and practices that can be done from the comfort of your own home to get you critically thinking and moving simultaneously.

Presented by DePaul Art Museum in partnership with the departments of African & Black Diaspora Studies and the History of Art & Architecture at DePaul University.

This event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required.


Now, We Do: A Panel Discussion with Ayanah Moor, Jordan Johnson, Cindy Pickett, and Martin L. Boston

Friday, November 13, 12:00pm (CST)

DPAM’s current installation for you by Chicago-based artist Ayanah Moor highlights the artist’s own struggle with diversity initiatives in university settings. What are the university, museum, art world, and academic policies that require reconsideration and revising in order to promote and support artists, curators, professors, and students of color? Rather than simply giving lip-service to a movement, what tangible steps must be taken by those in power to change such policies? Please join us for this rich panel discussion, moderated by DePaul University’s new Ida B. Wells Fellow from the African & Black Diaspora Studies Department, Dr. Martin L. Boston, with artist and professor Ayanah Moor, DePaul University’s Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity and Inclusion Cindy Pickett, and DPAM Delegate and DPU Black Artists Network Vice President, Jordan Johnson.

DePaul Art Museum recommits itself to continually reviewing and revising our own policies in order to problematize and correct systemic racism and descrimination in the context of our university museum, while continuing to be a leading example of this work for others. Our hope is that this program provides input that sparks tangible steps across universities, in partnership with their university museums and galleries, for perpetual vigilance and change in these matters.


Susan Giles, Mie Kongo, and Yvette Mayorga in Conversation

Thursday, December 10, 12:00pm (CST)

Join artists Susan Giles, Mie Kongo and Yvette Mayorga in conversation about their works currently on view in the temporary exhibition Architectural Matters at THE COLLECTION: Where Art Meets Fashion, the multifaceted contemporary art program located within Fashion Outlets Chicago, curated by DPAM’s former Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm. Giles, Kongo, and Mayorga are all Chicago-based artists whose work is represented in the DePaul Art Museum collection. Kongo explores a diversity of materials as building elements that are assembled into geometric abstract compositions that recall the early stages of an architectural model or primordial architectonic structures. Mayorga is a multimedia installation artist who draws inspiration from the material culture of the southwestern border, and her life as a first-generation Latinx artist. Giles’ artwork concerns individuals’ representational or narrative responses to iconic architecture. For instance, Maquette… stems from a 3D sculptural representation of a physical gesture used to describe the architecture at the historic Chicago Cultural Center.

Architectural Matters will be viewable at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago through January 2021. For more information about the space and the exhibition, please visit the Fashion Outlets of Chicago website.