From the Director
Dear Friend of Gallery 400,
The support of many friends, community partners, and sponsors has made for a year of exhibitions and programs like no other at Gallery 400. We have fearlessly presented exhibitions that challenge, and artists who speak their minds and stretch our imaginations. Highlights of 2014 include Nice Work If You Can Get It, which focused on the recent transformations of multiple forms of work and sparked great conversations, especially with tours of young people who connected the artworks to their own lives. LA collective My Barbarian performed The Mother to Chicago in two packed, politically charged but thoroughly entertaining shows. Alongside their performances and exhibition, we developed compelling programs with local artists Lise Haller Baggesen and Cheryl Pope. Finally, Here, There, Everywhere, part of an ongoing series of exhibitions and events, Standard of Living: Work, Economies, Communities, using art as a springboard for social justice, community dialogue, transformative collaboration, and connecting to broad audiences.
This moment is a transformational one at Gallery 400. Our community engagement team has developed partnerships and programs that are expanding our audience and connecting the amazing work we present to people often underserved by the arts. And our programs are proving ever more relevant to that broad audience, both inside the university and across the city. Looking forward to 2015, a key component of the Standard of Living series is community involvement. Partnerships, relationships, and dialogues with community organizations, labor unions, and artists will help guide the development of exhibitions and events. In January, we open Visibility Machines, which explores the work of Trevor Paglen and the late Harun Farocki and their meticulous observations of the global military industrial complex. We are excited to announce that we have just published Karen Reimer’s gorgeous catalogue Endless. Available in the new year, the catalogue documents the over 20-year career of this important Chicago conceptual/craft artist. In the spring we present the UIC MFA thesis shows, a first look at the unique talents of the soon-to-be-graduates of UIC’s first-rate art school as well as the next two exhibitions in the Standard of Living series. Additional programs in 2015 include the continuation of our partnership with Chicago Filmmakers, presenting an ongoing series of film screenings in which exhibition themes are expanded upon by film programs and unique viewing experiences, and in September 2015 The Chances Dances/Critical Fierceness 10 Year Retrospective celebrating the influential work of the long standing and multifaceted Chicago-based queer collective Chances Dances by showcasing the artworks, herstory, and community building of Chances and its community.
Anticipating this exciting new year of programming, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible contribution to Gallery 400. Your donation enables us to delight audiences with innovative programming, provide meaningful support to artists, and activate debate and discussion about art in today’s culture. Whether you donate $20 or $200, we hope that you will consider Gallery 400 in your year-end giving.
Please donate to sustain Gallery 400’s impact on Chicago’s arts community.
With my deepest appreciation and warmest wishes,