EXTENDED SELF: TRANSFORMATIONS AND CONNECTIONS
OCTOBER 12, 2019 – JANUARY 19, 2020
RECEPTION OCTOBER 12, 2019 From 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HYDE PARK ART CENTER (5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615)
CHICAGO (FALL 2019)—Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell) is proud to announce “Extended Self: Transformations and Connections,” a group exhibition featuring the work of artists whose work has been extended, amplified, or transformed by the experience of motherhood. Curated by the collaborative Extended Practice - co-founded by Sara Holwerda and Angela Lopez - this exhibition, Resource Library, and accompanying programming aim to highlight the intersections between art-making and parenting as well as increase visibility for artists who are mothers. The exhibition will be on view in the Art Center’s Kanter McCormick Gallery from October 12, 2019 until January 19, 2020. A public reception with the artists, as well as live performances, will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Extended Self: Transformations and Connections” features artwork by a diverse group of artists at various stages of art-making and parenting. All works included in the show reveal the physical engagement of the body of the artist as a mother - in metaphor, form, process, image, data or motion. This is a unifying yet divergent premise, allowing for a diversity of work and of artists. Work in the show is grouped in intimate “conversations,” illuminating the importance of having other artist mother role models, and of building a community to support each other through the challenges of parenting and maintaining a creative practice.
In the center of the exhibition space is the Resource Library and Reading Room - an interactive place for parents and children to gather and connect with each other. This visible, accessible and nurturing space allows families to play, rest, feed, and explore mother artist-made books and zines. Also represented here are artist-run initiatives from all over the world that have sprung up to meet the social, professional and practical needs of artist mothers. This Reading Room will serve as a meeting place for various family-friendly programming throughout the exhibition, emphasizing the need for social support structures and role models in the life of an artist mother.
Through the exhibition, Resource Library and Reading Room, and family-friendly programming, “Extended Self: Transformations and Connections” highlights the importance of representation and visibility of artists who mothers in the art world, and to view their experiences as vital to meaningful art production.
Artists whose work is featured in the exhibition include: Tanya Aguiñiga, Wisdom Baty, Andrea Chung, Karen Dana, Sabba Elahi, Noelle Garcia, Megan Hildebrandt, Jessica Labatte, Emily Lindskoog, Bobbi Meier, Jessica Mueller, Irene Perez, Kaitlynn Redell, Tracy Marie Taylor, Selina Trepp, and Marie Watt
Artists whose publications and projects are featured in the Resource Library and Reading Room include: Rachel Epp Buller, Christa Donner, Sarah Irvin, Keiler Roberts, Raina Martens, Corrie Thompson, Hui-MIn Tsen, and more!
Free and family-friendly programming accompanies this exhibition, including: opening night performances, artist-led stroller tours, artist mother meet-ups, family art-making workshops and other special events. Click HERE for full list of programs
Images: (L) Jessica LaBatte Shadow Plants #19, 2017, Archival pigment print mounted to dibond, Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions Chicago, (R) Jessica Mueller, Public Weigh In, 2018, Ongoing Performance,