"decontext xxx" part of 20th International Open, Chicago, IL, USA
opening reception: september 22 - october 20, 2017
juried by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera
CHICAGO —Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is proud to present its 20th International Open, an exhibition that explores conceptual and material boundaries. Juried by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, the 20th International Open will be the first exhibition at WMG’s new location in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, at 2150 S. Canalport #4A-3.
“Woman Made Gallery’s 20th International Open gives a generative view of the work being made by female-identified artists across art disciplines and conceptual imperatives,” writes Sharmyn Cruz Rivera in her juror’s statement. “This exhibition portrays a comprehensive exploration of contemporary formal experimentation complicated through themes of cultural history, gender expression, femme kinship, and body politics. This supple group of artists successfully pose exercises in materiality, humanity, and vulnerability – a testimony of the potent production of women artists.”
The 20th International Open includes works by 30 artists working across a variety of disciplines: Tracie Battle; Catalina Bellizzi; Jan Brandt; Shenequa Brooks; Cathleen Clarke; Stephanie Cunningham; Hanna Dausch; Susan Dwyer; Jessica Ferrer; Silvia Gonzalez; Katie Hargrave; Margaret Hart; Lisa Bergant Koi; Nataliya Kotlova; Sue Kay Lee; Shannon Molter; Abbey Muza; Lovie Olivia; Roni Packer; B. Quinn; Mohadeseh Rahimitabar; Preetika Rajgariah; Farah Salem; Carryl Sher; LaNia Sproles; Claire Stankus; Liza Sylvestre; Ioana Turcan; Ariana Vaeth; and Julia Victor.