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DPAM Director curates 'Chicago Tribute' section of virtual Frieze New York art fair

Frieze Art Fair
A solo exhibition of all new works by Melissa Leandro on view in a virtual reality gallery presented by Andrew Rafacz, Chicago, part of the Chicago Tribute section of the Frieze New York Viewing Room. (Photo courtesy of the artist and Andrew Rafacz, Chicago)
Chicago women artists are celebrated in this year’s Frieze New York international art fair, an annual event usually held on Randall Island in New York City. DePaul Art Museum’s Julie Rodrigues Widholm curated the Chicago Tribut​e section to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote. The fair has moved online and a virtual viewing room​ is open May 8-15. 

“In a city of activists such as Jane Addams and Ida B. Wells, and feminist collectives such as Artemisia, ARC and Sapphires and Crystals, this special section pays tribute to the pioneering women artists of Chicago,” Widholm says. 

Featured artists include Gertrude Abercrombie, Torkwase Dyson, Michelle Grabner, June Leaf, Melissa Leandro, Gladys Nilsson, Suellen Rocca, Clare Rojas, Kay Rosen, Evelyn Statsinger, Alice Tippit, Sarah Ann Weber, Faith Wilding, Sue Williams and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. 

Widholm curated the Chicago Tribute section with the same goal she brings to her work DePaul Art Museum​: to expand the art historical canon. Throughout exhibitions, public programs and its collection, DePaul Art Museum provides a platform for marginalized artists including women, artists of color, LGBTQ artists and Chicago-based artists, among others. 

“The history of art in Chicago over the last 100 years is rich and diverse,” says Widholm. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to curate a special section for Frieze Viewing Room, honoring artists with current or historical ties to Chicago. They are all immensely deserving of, and in many cases long overdue for, greater attention.” 

Learn more about the Chicago Tribute section from Widholm in this video​.

More than 200 galleries will present major works by established and emerging artists in the Frieze Viewing Room. Taking advantage of augmented reality, users will have the ability to virtually view artworks to-scale in their homes. Visit the viewing room​. ​