The Grunwald Gallery of Art will celebrate the work of 24 female, U.S.-based artists from the Black and Latinx Diasporas in an exhibition titled "Out of Easy Reach."
The gallery will run from Aug. 24 to Nov. 14 and include a symposium called "Abstraction as a Strategy of Refusal" from Aug. 23 to 24.
"Working across a variety of media, these artists counter conventional accounts of abstraction in art history that have often overlooked the artistic contributions of women of color," according to a Grunwald Gallery press release.
The exhibit will be the focus of two IU art history courses — the graduate seminar “Abstraction, Here and Now" and a 300-level class, “Curating the Contemporary."
The exhibit, which was partially supported by the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art and IU's New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities program, was first presented at three Chicago venues.
At DePaul Art Museum, the exhibit centered on landscape, the body and the archive. At Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, artists explored spatial politics, mapping and migration. The gallery at the Stony Island Arts Bank included works considering process, time and material culture.
Grunwald will exhibit all the works from the three Chicago exhibits in Bloomington. A full list of featured artists and symposium events can be found on the Grunwald Gallery website.
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