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Spring/Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception

March 14, 2024, 6–8pm

Please join us for an in-person reception celebrating the opening of DPAM’s Spring/Summer 2024 exhibitions Selva Aparicio: In Memory Of and The Image Pool. Light refreshments will be served. Join us for a live performance at 7:00 pm by cellist Alison Chesley in conjunction with Selva Aparicio: In Memory Of.

ciclo y ciclo: Poetry Reading and Conversation

Saturday, February 3, 3:00-4:30 PM

ciclo y ciclo is a celebration of Sixty Inches from Center’s first book, Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Case Studies in Collaboration. This event features DePaul Art Museum's Collection and Exhibition Manager David Maruzzella and multidisciplinary artist Natasha Mijares, one of the archive + artist pairings commissioned for the publication.

A poetry reading/performance by Natasha Mijares will be followed by a conversation between Natasha Mijares,  David Maruzzella, and artist Dianna Frid, whose work was a touchstone for Mijares's research within DPAM's collection. The event and reception are free and open to the public.

Prior to the event, David Maruzzella will lead a special, behind-the-scenes tour focusing on DPAM's collection of works by Latinx artists. The tour begins at 2:00 PM and is limited to 20 guests. 

To attend the collection tour please RSVP to

On the Life Cycle of an Artist

Wednesday, January 24, 6pm

Please join us for a conversation with Life Cycles artists William J. O’Brien, Devin T. Mays, Iris Bernblum, and Ava Wanbli moderated by Bibiana Suárez where they will share their changes as artists, their experiences as teaching artists, and art as a mode of survival. 

Drag Up: Karmaklubb* X DPAM in collaboration with Brendan Fernandes (Day 2)

Saturday, November 18, 5–7pm

Draglesque/Burlesque show with Oslo and Chicago artists.

Afterparty TBA!


Participants from Oslo, Norway: Tine Semb / Karmaklubb* + Mary Ann Skretteberg Andersen / Phoenix D'vine + Hani Assaf / Frida Marida + Jens Martin Hartvedt Arvesen / Cassie Brødskive + Carina Carlsen / Fifi von Tassel + Peter Ramthun / Eliza Fierce + Marte Gunnufsen


Supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Presented in partnership with DePaul University's John T. Richhardson Library, Department of LGBTQ Studies, and the LGBTQIA+ Center.

Drag Up: Karmaklubb* X DPAM in collaboration with Brendan Fernandes (Day 1)

Friday, November 17 , 6–8pm

Please join us for a two-day celebration of queerness and the art of Drag and related expressions. In collaboration with Karmaklubb* and artist Brendan Fernades, this will be a weekend of international exchange anchored in the local Chicago scene.


Karmaklubb* is an autonomous nomadic queer club concept and conversational platform, and considered the most active platform of its kind in the Nordic region.


Friday, November 17, 6–8pm: Screening and Panel conversation

Metamorphosis (2018; 25:23 min) by Marte Gunnufsen shows two drag artists transforming themselves before performing in drag, accompanied by the score “Metamorphosen” by Richard Strauss, arranged by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Metamorphosis is filmed in Chicago at Berlin Nightclub, with drag artists Lucy Stoole and Benji Morino / Girlboifriend.


Queen! (2018; 4:19 min) by Marte Gunnufsen is named after the weekly drag event at smartbar in Chicago. While making this film Gunnufsen and her collaborators filmed the queue as club goers posed more than willingly.


Queering the Museum — Preus (2022) by Karmaklubb* with Cassie Brødskive and Frida Marida. This video is starring the Drag activist Frida Marida (Hani Assaf, LEB) and artist and Drag academic Cassie Brødskive (Jens Martin Hartvedt Arvesen, NOR) presenting a raw response — touching, teasing, and perceiving the architecture of the Preus Museum in Horten, Norway.


Supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Presented in partnership with DePaul University's John T. Richhardson Library, Department of LGBTQ Studies, and the LGBTQIA+ Center.

We Remember Who We Were So We Can Find The Other: A New Performance with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and Ava Wanbli

Friday, November 10, 6pm

In a brand-new collaboration, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and Ava Wanbli stage a roleplaying performance titled We Remember Who We Were So We Can Find The Other, in which the audience must navigate constructing a new world from the ashes of humanity. Hosted at the DePaul Art Museum in collaboration with Wrightwood 659, this live performance uses the context of gaming to challenge the notion of passive spectatorship and explores body politics through the construction of avatars.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration

Thursday, October 12, 5:30–7:30pm

Artists Le’Ana Asher and Chris Pappan are joined by DePaul students Angelina Alvarez and Salise Sepulveda from DePaul Native American & Indigenous Student Association (NAISA) to converse about displacement and the value of land acknowledgement. How should we acknowledge the peoples of this land on our campus? What is beyond land acknowledgements? How do we engage our community in this learning process? In what ways are land acknowledgments living documents and how to address that?

Le’Ana Asher is an artist deeply passionate about celebrating and preserving Native American culture. Her art embodies the enduring spirit of Indigenous people, emphasizing themes of identity, resilience, healing, and memory.

Chris Pappan is an American Indian artist of Osage, Kaw, Cheyenne River Sioux and mixed European heritage. His art confronts the dominant culture’s distorted perceptions of Native peoples whilst proclaiming that “we are still here!”

Salise Sepulveda is a DePaul University student majoring in Environmental Science. She works as a STARS Peer Mentor at DePaul, and is the Vice President of DePaul’s Native American and Indigenous Student Association.

Angelina Alvarez is a DePaul University student majoring in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. She works in DePaul’s Latinx Cultural Center, and is the President and Co-Founder of DePaul’s Native American and Indigenous Student Association.

This event is part of DePaul’s Native Heritage Month programming.

Organized by DePaul Art Museum, DePaul’s Latinx Cultural Center, Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, and Division of Student Affairs.

"The Library of Gestures SV.s5": A performance by Natalia Villanueva Linares

Saturday, September 30, 2:30–3:30pm

In conjunction with DPAM’s exhibition Life Cycles, artist Natalia Villanueva Linares presents the fifth session of The Library of Gestures, a participatory action where a 35–40 people are given the opportunity to join the artist and transform objects individually as part of a shared action and with collective instruction. Connected to her piece Dual 10 made out of tissue paper exhibited in Life Cycles, this performance is a means to create and accumulate new knowledge through experience, it is an encounter between a person, an object, sharing in communion with others.

To register to be part of this unique performance we invite you to register by emailing Ionit Behar at by September 25, 2023. Must be older than 15 years old to participate.

Natalia Villanueva Linares is a Chicago-based, French-Peruvian artist whose work is rooted in performance, installation, interventions, and other participatory practices. Her interdisciplinary practice prompts a deeper connection to space and community.

This program is supported by DePaul’s Latinx Cultural Center, the Center for Latino Research, and Tepeyac.

Conversations & Creations: A Talk and Workshop with Oscar Arriola & Derek Potts

Thursday, September 21, 5–7pm

This presentation explores zines as a vehicle for artistic expression and resource-sharing from Chicago zine-maker and photographer Oscar Arriola and DePaul Special Collections archivist Derek Potts. Following the conversation will be an open zine-making workshop where visitors are welcomed to create and explore tactics, content, distribution, and authorship amongst the two speakers. Materials provided.

Life Cycles Opening

Thursday, September 7, 6–8pm

Please join us for an in-person reception celebrating the opening of DPAM’s Fall 2023 exhibition Life Cycles. Light refreshments will be served.