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Event: Closing Artist Talks and Closing Reception: A Nameless Familiar

A photograph of a work on paper. Taller than it is wide, colors of black and grey created an abstracted, fluid design in the background. In the foreground on the right side of the image, a darker square of black color is placed. Small lines of yellow peak through the top right and bottom left corners.
Sarabeth Dunton, Pygmalion & Galatea, pentel paint marker, colored pencil, matte flashe paint on paper, 38" x 50", 2018, courtesy the artist.


April 12, 2019


5:00–8:00 pm


Gallery 400


400 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60607
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Join us in celebrating the closing reception of the second of two MFA Thesis Exhibitions, A Nameless Familiar. The artists present their work from 5-8pm with a reception to follow.

A Nameless Familiar features the work of Kylie Clark, Sarabeth Dunton, Isaac Gilmore, Ted Kim, javier jasso, and Nancy Sánchez Tamayo. The pieces included in this exhibition examine the myriad ways memory and nostalgia manifests within contemporary art practice and the here and now. Memory, more specifically the ways in which one remembers, whether rooted in factual experience or imagined, directly affects our perception of the present. Likewise, nostalgia, defined as a yearning for the past, performs an important role in our lives and is often tethered to the everyday. Through varied approaches aimed at challenging the entangled relationship between memory and nostalgia, the works presented in A Nameless Familiar encourage the viewer to confront their understanding of the function of memory as well as re-contextualize their comprehension of loss, death, and transformation.