Past Exhibitions

Portal: online screenings | Karina Skvirsky

Karina Svirsky exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the 2014 show Nice Work If You Can Get It, curated by Lorelei Stewart. Exploring the legacies of industry, immaterial labor, service work, invisible labor, and more, the artists featured in the exhibition articulated a variety of responses to the relationships between labor, economy, and politics. Nice Work If You Can Get It was part of an ongoing series of exhibitions and events, Standard of Living, which explored shifts in economies and works in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.


Portal: online screenings | James T. Green

James T. Green exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the 2016 show our duty to fight, organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago and allied movement organizations and projects. This exhibition sought to hold space for survivors and families bereft of justice and healing under anti-Black state violence while offering a living testament to the specific and shared struggles that have been at the core of radical, visionary world-making in Chicago organizing.


Portal: online screenings | Zakkiyyah Najeebah

Zakkiyyah Najeebah is Chicago based visual artist and independent curator. Her work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family legacy, queerness, community making, intimacy, and Audre Lorde’s naming of “the erotic” Her practice borrows from visual traditions such as social portraiture, video assemblage, and vernacular found family sourced materials.


Portal: online screenings | Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia Mirza & Ryan Logan exhibited at Gallery 400 as part of the 2016 show Making Chances, presented as part of the citywide program Platforms: 10 Years of Chances Dances. This was a multi­-venue series of events and exhibitions featuring artwork, ephemera, herstory, performances, texts, and music by artists who have been supported by the long-standing and multifaceted queer collective Chances Dances, their monthly inclusive parties, and their Critical Fierceness Grant program.


Portal: online screenings | Rami George

Rami George (b. 1989, Somerville, MA) is an interdisciplinary artist working across photography, video, text, and installation. Their work has been presented widely in the US and internationally, including a current solo exhibition at the MIT List Visual Art Center.


Portal: online screenings | Maria Gaspar

Maria Gaspar | Radioactive: Stories from Beyond the Wall

Between 2017 and 2018, Maria Gaspar and Michael De Anda Muñiz led a series of workshops inside Cook County Jail’s Division 6, working with a self-selected ensemble of incarcerated men over the course of one year.

Available from April 27 – May 10


Turn the Light

January 17 – March 7, 2020

Social justice and radical imagination have long legacies in Chicago, from Ida B. Wells to Jamila Woods, from Gwendolyn Brooks to Rudy Lozano. What might be deemed a Chicago sensibility has grown from that legacy, a tradition of solidarity, protest, resistance, and nourishment. In the long arc of the entwined Chicago legacies of social justice and art, artists and activists have both imagined radically.


The Last Judgment

August 27 – November 23, 2019 (EXTENDED) | 27 de agosto – 23 de Noviembre de 2019 (EXTENDIDA)

As a multi-part project, The Last Judgment features large-scale sculptures built as pyrotechnic scenography for a public pyrotechnic event to be presented in Little Village. The sculptures—built by master artisans of Artsumex collective in Tultepec (Mexico’s pyrotechnic capital)—derive from the struggles, life experiences, and resilience of Little Village residents, as well as concerns about environmental justice and gentrification.


Alberto Aguilar moves on human scale

April 26 – July 20, 2019

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.”