CHICAGO — Chicago artists are front and center in three
shows at the DePaul Art Museum this summer. The first exhibition, which opens
July 1, features artworks given to DePaul University from the Koffler
Collection. Selected pieces by Dominick Di Meo, an artist whose paintings were
profoundly influenced by his time in Chicago in the 1960s, will be on display
beginning July 11. And, an exhibition of works by DePaul faculty will go on
display July 25 in the museum on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus.
Gifts from the Koffler Collection
July 1 – Sept. 1
Samuel and Blanche Koffler became interested in local
Chicago artists after moving from New York to Chicago in the 1950s. They
started a foundation to buy works from Chicago artists and amassed a notable
collection over the span of 40 years. Their support helped artists earn a
living, and made a persuasive argument for the appreciation of regional art. In
2012, a generous gift of 95 paintings, prints and sculptures from the Koffler
Collection was added to DePaul’s permanent collection.
“They were really eclectic in their taste and they didn’t
just support one kind of artist. They believed in artists as a group, as a
profession,” said Louise Lincoln, director of the DePaul Art Museum.
Dominick Di Meo: Visionary Garden
July 11 – Sept. 1
Dominick Di Meo was a member of the “Monster Roster” —
Chicago artists who in the mid-20th century developed a distinct approach to
the human figure that incorporated a dark sense of humor. An important figure
in the 1960s Chicago art circle, Di Meo moved to New York in 1968 after
spending time in Italy.
“Some of his images suggest the influence of his Italian
experience, a sense that he’s walking on
the past , an accumulation of people, things
and history,” Lincoln said.
DePaul Faculty Exhibition
July 25 – Sept. 29
From painting and photography to found-object sculpture and
multimedia performance, these works by DePaul faculty demonstrate the strength
and diversity of their professional practice and the breadth of their teaching.
Among the DePaul faculty artists are: Shiro Akiyoshi, Gagik
Aroutiunian, Lisa Barcy, Marita Bolles, Jeff Carter, Tom Denlinger, Marcy
Dinius, Nomi Epstein, Susan Giles, Steve Harp, Anna Henson, Randall Honold,
Laura Kina, Jeff Kowalkowski, Zack Ostrowski, Bob Palmieri, Mary Ann
Papanek-Miller, Keiler Roberts, Adam Schreiber, H. Peter Steves, Bibiana
Suarez, Selina Trepp, Dolores Wilber, Chi Jang Yin and Mark Zlotkowski.
A reception including a live multimedia performance and an
evening of film screenings is planned for September.
The DePaul Art Museum opened in its new $7.8 million
three-story home in September 2011. The museum is open Monday through Thursday
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday
from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu.