Out of Easy Reach

Curated by Allison M. Glenn | April 27 - August 5, 2018

Artists: Lisa Alvarado, Torkwase Dyson, Leslie Hewitt, Juliana Huxtable, Yvette Mayorga, Howardena Pindell, Xaviera Simmons, Martine Syms, and Zipporah Camille Thompson

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. The exhibition features myriad ways that three generations of artists use abstraction as a tool to explore both personal and universal histories, with an emphasis on mapping, migration, archives, landscape, vernacular culture, language, and the body. “The purpose of this exhibition is to articulate a continually expansive approach to the conversation around abstraction and contemporary art,” said Glenn, the exhibition's curator and currently manager of publications and curatorial associate at Prospect New Orleans.

Gallery 400 will include artworks concerned with spatial politics, mapping, and migration from Lisa Alvarado, Torkwase Dyson, Leslie Hewitt, Juliana Huxtable, Yvette Mayorga, Howardena Pindell, Xaviera Simmons, Martine Syms, and Zipporah Camille Thompson.

At DePaul Art Museum, artworks from Candida Alvarez, Bethany Collins, Abigail DeVille, Maren Hassinger, Ariel Jackson, Steffani Jemison, Jennie C. Jones, Caroline Kent, Ayanah Moor, Kellie Romany, Edra Soto, and Brenna Youngblood will consider landscape, the body, and the archive.

Stony Island Arts Bank will feature works that consider process, time, and material culture from Barbara Chase-Riboud, Sheree Hovsepian and Shinique Smith.

Out of Easy Reach will be accompanied by a catalogue, and the exhibition will travel to Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where it will run from Aug. 24 to Oct. 4, 2018.

Major support for Out of Easy Reach is provided by the Joyce Foundation, through its program to support arts organizations in Chicago and the Great Lakes region. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with the support and encouragement of Jane Saks. Generous support is also provided by Dedrea and Paul Gray, Gary and Denise Gardner, Deone Jackman, Jason Pickelman and Leslie Bodenstein, Bob and Susan Wislow, John Ellis, Larry and Marilyn Fields, Lisa Yun Lee, James Rondeau, Kevann Cooke, Janis Kanter and Tom McCormick, Yumi Ross, Cari Sacks, Jacqueline Stewart, Tony Lewis, Samuel Levi Jones, Tony Karman, and Christopher Audain.