Diane Simpson: Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Tuesday, April 5, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago
Rubloff Auditorium

Chicago-based artist Diane Simpson (BFA 1971, MFA 1978) creates sculptures and preparatory drawings that evolve from a diverse range of sources including clothing, utilitarian objects, and architecture. The structures of clothing forms has continuously informed her work, serving as a vehicle for exploring their functional and sociological roles and the influence of the design and architecture of various cultures and periods in history. Her wide selection of materials such as wood, perforated metal, linoleum, and fabric reflects her interest in the coexistence of the industrial/architectonic and domestic worlds. In 2010 a 30-year retrospective exhibition of her work was presented at the Chicago Cultural Center. Other recent one- and two-person exhibitions include Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; Silberkuppe, Berlin; Broadway Windows, Washington Square East Gallery, New York University; and Herald St., London. A major survey exhibition of Simpson’s work is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston through March 27, and she will have work on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from February 16 to July 3.

Simpson has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Art Institute of Chicago; White Columns, New York; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York; Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles; and the Jewish Museum, New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Kadist Foundation, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; Rockford Art Museum, Illinois; and the James R. Thompson Center, Chicago. Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Office of Alumni Relations.

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Panel Discussion: Monster Mash Up
Tuesday, March 22, 6pm
Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Performance Penthouse

The years following World War II were marked for many as a time of growing unrest and anxiety.

The burgeoning Cold War and McCarthyism were shaping the country’s political climate, while the growing Civil Rights Movement was beginning to reveal the vast and brutal injustices faced by persons of color in America. Perhaps most emblematic of their times, Chicago artists associated with the Monster Roster employed a figurative style imbued with deep, and often dark, psychological tones portraying what one critic referred to as “the figure under stress.”

This panel convenes writers, curators, historians, and artists to plumb the social, political, and cultural context of postwar Chicago, to better understand what contributed to the making of the Monster.

Free, but space is limited. Please register in advance.


Thomas Dyja
Author of The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream

Lynne Warren
Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Mark Pascale
Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago

John Corbett
Co-curator of Monster Roster at the Smart and adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Image: Leon Golub, The Ischian Sphinx, 1956, oil and lacquer on canvas

NEW YORK – Judith Clark talks to Diane Simpson about the influence of abstraction, architecture and fashion on her sculptures. (more…)

NEW YORK – Philip Hanson’s recent solo exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, New York reviewed by Ken Johnson on New York Times.