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Opening Reception: Remaking the Exceptional

Thursday, March 10, 6–8pm

Join DPAM to celebrate the opening of our Spring 2022 exhibition Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo. Remark by curators and survivors beginning at 6:30pm

Stockyard Radio Orchestra

Friday, November 19, 1pm–5pm

Join us for a durational performance and sound installations by "Stockyard Radio Orchestra" played throughout DePaul's Holtschneider Performance Center.

Location: Holtschneider Performance Center 2330 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Regin Igloria in conversation with Sara Slawnik

Thursday, November 18, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist and educator Regin Igloria will discuss his drawings, artists’ books, sculptures, and performances that portray the human condition as it relates to the natural environment and inhabited spaces. He works with various communities to create crossover between disparate populations and cultures, aiming to broaden the roles of both artists and non-artists. Igloria will be in conversation with Sara Slawnik, Director of Programs at 3Arts.

Chicago's Handmade Homes: The Legacy of Edgar Miller's Artist Colonies

Saturday, November 6, 10am–12pm

Few better historical examples exist in Chicago of the transformation of private to collective space than the works of Edgar Miller, Jesús Torres, and Sol Kogen. These builders made artist colonies out of old homes and inspired social movements. What can we learn from this history, and how can it better inform us as we strive to create impactful collective spaces today? This convening will include talks from several experts including Clinée Hedspeth, Marin Sullivan, and Daniel Kay Hertz. Their talks will delve into the development of Chicago's near north side neighborhoods, and the impact that artist movements had well into the twentieth century and to the present day.

The Handmade Homes of Chicago are some of the most distinct and eclectic built environments of the entire Midwest. The artist colony project began in what is now the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago in 1927. Miller, with creative partners Kogen and Torres, and a team of talented artisans, totally reimagined a 19th century residential building, turning it into a sprawling live-work studio complex in the heart of the city. A site that was visited by many of the greatest Midwestern and other national and international artists of the era, the Carl Street Studios still stands as an edifice to intuitive creativity, and is a sanctuary of some of Miller's most incredible examples of organic architecture and decorative art.

This program is free to the public, with limited in-person capacity. The program will include a panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience. This program is put together in partnership with the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Nicole Marroquin in conversation with Allison Peters Quinn

Wednesday, October 27, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, interdisciplinary artist, researcher and teacher educator Nicole Marroquin will discuss her ceramic practice on view in the exhibition. Like her research which focuses on recuperating the history of youth and women’s leadership in the struggle for justice, her ceramic explores belonging and spatial justice. Marroquin will be in conversation with Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions & Residency at Hyde Park Art Center. Peters Quinn work over the past ten years has been focused on realizing projects that address intersections between art, public space, and civically minded practices.

Ear Taxi Festival: Hear Chicago

Friday, October 1, 11:30am–2:30pm

DPAM is proud to partner with Ear Taxi Festival on the following Hear Chicago performances:

11:30–12:15pm: Sarah Plum: Parameters of Sound: Works by 4 International Composers Associated with Chicago, with Nick Photinos

12:15–1:00pm: Ogni Suono

1:15–1:35pm: Jillian DeGroot: Lecture on Silence for Chicago

1:45–2:30pm: 5th Wave Collective

30 seats will be available for this event.

Stockyard Institute Catalogue release + Conversation with Jim Duignan and Lavie Raven

Thursday, September 30, 6pm

Join us to celebrate the catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy. This fully-illustrated catalogue provides rich documentation and scholarship on the work of pioneering social practice artist Jim Duignan and his ongoing community arts platform Stockyard Institute. With contributions by Jennifer Gray, Rachel L. S. Harper, Jorge Lucero, David Maruzzella, Allison Peters Quinn, Nato Thompson, and Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

Duignan will be joined by former student and key collaborator Lavie Raven for a conversation about the past, present, and future of Stockyard Institute. A public school teacher for over 20 years, Raven is a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, artist, activist, and co-founder of the University of Hip-Hop, a multi-disciplinary school of the street arts.

This event will be both in-person and online. DPAM will have 30 spots available for those who wish to attend in person. To reserve a seat please email

If you would like to attend online please register via Eventbrite below to receive the zoom link.

Ear Taxi Festival: Professional Development Day

Wednesday, September 29, 11am–7pm

DPAM is pleased to partner with Ear Taxi Festival for a day of workshops and learning, geared toward musicians, but open to all! Feel free to register for one or all of the programs listed below. 25 reservations will be available for each session as well as 10 day passes.

11am–12pm: Grant Writing and a Dream for Future Philanthropy

12:15–1:15pm: Forging a New Path

1:45–2:45pm: Choreography/Music Collaboration

3:00–4:00pm: Cultivating Creative Communities

4:30–6:00pm: Panel Discussion: What are the components of a thriving ecosystem for new music?

William Estrada in conversation with Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'neal

Thursday, September 23, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, teacher, artist, cultural worker, and urban anthropologist William Estrada will discuss his practice with particular attention to his project Portraits of Resolution (2014/17) on view in the exhibition. Estrada’s current research is focused on developing community based and culturally relevant projects that center power structures of race, economy, and cultural access in contested spaces. Estrada will be in conversation with Chicago based visual artist, educator, and independent curator Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'neal. Her work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family legacy, queerness, community making, and interiority.

Fall Exhibitions Opening Day and DePaul Sneak Preview

Thursday, September 9, All Day

All DePaul University students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to a sneak preview of DePaul Art Museum's Fall 2021 exhibitions, Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy and Learned Objects: Studio Works by William Estrada, Regin Igloria, Nicole Marroquin, and Rochele Royster! Catch a glimpse of the new exhibitions and purchase the accompanying publication before they officially open.

11am–2pm: DePaul Sneak Preview

2pm–7pm: General Public