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The Earth Will Not Abide Installation View
The Earth Will Not Abide, 2017 (installation view). 

Dear Friend of Gallery 400, 

A critical part of Gallery 400’s impact is our ability to showcase the work of artists at crucial points in their careers, providing the essential visibility and recognition to propel their work forward to future success both in Chicago and beyond. We are extremely proud of our capacity to support artists who are making work of lasting impact and who may become major artists in the next 10 years. In just the last year, we’ve seen Cauleen Smith’s drawings, which were commissioned by and first exhibited at Gallery 400 in 2015, enter into the collection of and attract large audiences at the Art Institute of Chicago. David Leggett, whose 2016 exhibition at Gallery 400 was his first major exhibition in a museum or nonprofit setting, had a popular 2017 exhibition at Shane Campbell Gallery and is currently preparing for his first solo New York gallery show in 2018.

That Gallery 400 presents groundbreaking exhibitions, captivating programs, and supports experimentation in expanded fields, makes us a vital center for art in Chicago. We consistently hear from our visitors that what they see at Gallery 400 they cannot see anywhere else and what they see here first they see later elsewhere.

In the last 10 months our exhibitions have included artists thinking through key ideas of how to live, thrive, think, and connect in our changing world. Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer gathered together works made by contemporary artists who take up Rainer’s experimental approach to the body in performance and explore its political implications with fresh eyes.  The summer exhibitions Black Light and Make Room demonstrated a commitment to providing a space for exchange among artists and audiences, emphasizing collaboration and featuring artist led workshops, performances, and the creation of reflective spaces within the gallery. The complex and exciting work in our fall exhibition, Let Me Be an Object That Screams, garnered record-breaking attendance while developing expansive views of individual and social understanding. Gallery 400’s exhibitions are artistic and curatorial testing grounds that prioritize audience engagement. Let Me Be an Object That Screams and our current exhibition Traduttore, Traditore have demonstrated the success of this exhibition strategy.

In addition to our exhibitions, our exciting programs range from participatory art-making events to screenings of the latest experimental films to lectures by the most exciting artists working today. The work we present is dynamic. Through partnerships and collaborations an ever-growing audience views the Gallery as a place for gathering, engaging, and participating in creating culture.

Beyond our walls Gallery 400, with our partner Threewalls, is shaping Chicago’s art and community landscape through our Propeller Fund grants awarded to independent, collaborative art projects throughout the city. In the last seven years this initiative has granted $400,000 to artists who catalyze the creative activity and vitality of the Chicago visual art world.

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

With my deepest appreciation and warmest wishes,

Lorelei Stewart