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Support Message

Dear Friend of Gallery 400,

The support of many friends, partners, and sponsors has made for a year of exhibitions and events like no other at Gallery 400. The exhibition program was wonderfully stimulating and amazingly diverse. Highlights of 2012 include Global Cities, Model Worlds, curated by Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, and Sarah Ross, an exhibition that explored the spatial and social impacts of “mega events” like the Olympics and the World's Fair; Spectral Landscape with Viewing Stations, curated by Pamela Fraser and John Neff, where color was explored as both a formal and social force through the work of Polly Apfelbaum, Gary Hill, Rashid Johnson, Judy Ledgerwood, and others; and Endless Set #1399—a groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the work of Chicago artist Karen Reimer that examined the role spatial concerns have played in work that has been read primarily through the lens of craft. Finally, Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora, curated by Kathryn Myers, is on display through December 15 and exhibits the work of 11 artists who share connections in South Asia and explore multiple and mutable senses of self and history through concepts and forms that weave an abundant labyrinth of associations.

Looking forward to our 30th anniversary in 2013, we have planned what promises to be an even more exciting year. In January, we open Observer Effect, which I am curating with artist Carrie Gundersdorf. Artists in the exhibition, among them Jessica Hyatt, John O’Connor, and Steve Roden, use idiosyncratic approaches of observing and understanding distinct subject matter, revealing their subjectivities in the process and disclosing how they, the observers, are part of what is being observed. In the spring we present the UIC MFA thesis shows, a first look at the unique talents of the soon-to-be-graduates of UIC’s first-rate art school as well as the complex futuristic retrospective of video makers Halflifers, who present not only the last two decades of their own work but also commission other artists to create new pieces reflecting on how their practices address the anxiety of, and shift in identity in, the technological age. Additional programs in 2013 include an expanded lecture series, screenings, and performances, and a fall exhibition by artist Irena Knezvic and designer Joerg Becker centered on, and formatted to, challenges to current modes of exhibition design.

Anticipating this milestone anniversary, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible contribution to Gallery 400. Your donation enables us to delight audiences with innovative programming, provide meaningful support to artists, and activate debate and discussion about art in today’s culture. Whether you donate $20 or $200, we hope that you will consider Gallery 400 in your year-end giving.

Please DONATE NOW to sustain Gallery 400's impact on Chicago's arts community.

With my deepest appreciation and warmest wishes,

Lorelei Stewart