Past Exhibitions

Alberto Aguilar
moves on human scale

Alberto Aguilar’s first large scale survey explores how the Chicago-born and based artist’s various life roles and surroundings have shaped a searching, inquisitive practice that is grounded in, and produces, a radical everyday. Aguilar’s creative work often incorporates whatever materials he has at hand and has extended into collaborations and exchanges with others, including his own family.


A Nameless Familiar

April 6-13, 2019

A Nameless Familiar, the second of two University of Illinois at Chicago MFA Thesis Exhibitions features the work of Kylie Renee 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.


Now & There

March 22-30, 2019

Now & There, the first of two University of Illinois at Chicago Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions features the work of Leticia Bernaus, Stella Brown, Daniel Carroll, Malte Stiehl, and Tamara Becerra Valdez. With close attention to the connection between place and identity, each artist examines the overt complexities ever present in memory, whether collective or personal, actual or imagined.


All have the same breath

January 18 – March 9, 2019

All have the same breath emerges out of a two-year interdisciplinary, collaborative project in which groups of anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, artists, geographers, and scientists, have been investigating the politics of the environment and how the changing climate is experienced and negotiated across the world. The exhibition considers our relationship to the earth, and how that relationship is mediated by outside forces.


Chicago New Media 1973-1992

November 1 – December 15, 2018

Although Chicago is not often thought of as an epicenter for new media art, technology, or industry, the city was home to some of the earliest and most important experiments in new media in the late 20th century. Chicago New Media 1973-1992 chronicles the under-recognized story of Chicago’s contributions to new media art.



Chicago Disability Activism, Arts, and Design: 1970s to Today

September 14 – October 20, 2018

This exhibition focuses on the history of Chicago’s disability community and its intertwined activism and culture, as well as its development of disability aesthetics, an aesthetics that challenges traditional modes while exploring conflicting categories and definitions. Presented as part of Art Design Chicago.


Out of Easy Reach

Gallery 400 in collaboration with DePaul Art Museum and Rebuild Foundation present Out of Easy Reach guest curated by Allison Glenn. Countering conventional accounts of art history, which have often overlooked the artistic contributions of women of color, Out of Easy Reach presents 24 artists from the Black and Latina diasporas through artworks created from 1980 to 2018.


Garden for a Changing Climate

Created by artist Jenny KendlerGarden for a Changing Climate is a community-driven participatory public art project that uses a traveling garden of local plants to give Chicagoans a dynamic and tangible experience of the central effects of climate change.


Traduttore, Traditore

Traduttore, Traditore brings together a group of artists from around the world who employ processes of translation to expose, question, and challenge global circuits of economic and cultural capital. Taken from the Italian aphorism that roughly translates to “translator, traitor,” the title of this project speaks to the misunderstandings, losses, and fragmentation that manifest during this process of exchange.


Let Me Be an Object that Screams

Let Me Be an Object that Screams brings together a range of works by contemporary artists in order to test psychoanalytic concepts of ‘subject-hood’ and the ways a subject’s counterpart, the ‘object,’ is animated by artistic and exhibition practices. The exhibition proposes subversions to how political and psychic power have been traditionally and consistently distributed in accordance to who is perceived to operate with agency and thought, in contrast to the disinvestment of groups and communities read as “other.”