Saturday, June 25
at Corbett vs. Dempsey
This event is free and open to the public

Join Corbett vs. Dempsey and Artist Gina Litherland for a walk-through of the exhibition, Unknown Rooms.

This is the artist’s fourth solo presentation at CvsD. Litherland’s deeply imaginative and immaculately executed paintings are rooted in a figurative tradition that traces back through surrealism and magic realism – in particular the special Midwestern take of those milieus – to more distant points historically, as far as the renaissance and beyond.  Often rich with literary allusion, her intricate works may refer to specific figures such as the Bronté sisters (Anne and Emily Bronté Escape from Glass Town) and Goethe (The Last Days of WertherMelusine), or they may invent their own fantastic sense of space and time, like the transformed domestic scene in Housekeeping, which recalls Eldzier Cortor’s great interiors from the 1940s.  Each object in one of Litherland’s paintings is brimming with significance – a guitar-playing skeleton, three birds singing to a dead relative, an owl camouflaged in a wooden door, the portents of tea leaves.  And her backdrops jostle for attention with the figures, always alive with action, full of beautiful painterly passages and visual surprises that repay close, slow viewing.  As Jack Zipes writes in his thoughtful essay for the exhibition catalog:  “What exactly is this magic that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary in Litherland’s paintings?  How does Litherland produce a sense of bizarre estrangement in onlookers who encounter her unique images that recall sixteenth century European artworks and yet are compellingly contemporary?  What is the political subversive edge in her paintings, which challenges us to recapture our animal wildness?”  Unknown Rooms is accompanied by a full-color 28-page catalog with an essay by Zipes. 

Friday, July 8, 6-8pm
at Corbett vs. Dempsey
Free and open to the public

Ken Nuzzo and Jimmy Wright, 1976
Photo by Becket Logan

Saturday, June 25
at Corbett vs. Dempsey
This event is free and open to the public

Multiple reed player Mars Williams is one of the mainstays of Chicago’s creative music community, and he’s been zig-zagging his way between different genres since the late 1970s, when he was simultaneously a member of both the post-punk band the Waitresses and Hal Russell’s Chemical Feast.  Since that time, Williams has charted a unique path, moving more prominently onto the stages of pop and rock (Billy Idol, Psychedelic Furs) and deeper into the chaparral of improvised music.  He is a saxophonist and clarinetist of such range and capacity to have made John Zorn say “he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.”

Over the last five years, Williams has rededicated himself to free music with particular intensity.  He performs regularly with various ensembles, including Extraordinary Popular Delusions, an all-star quintet, and the NRG Ensemble, the band he took over leadership of when Hal Russell passed away.  Solo concerts by Williams have been few and far between, however – anyone fortunate enough to have seen him in Milwaukee at the Okka Festival a few years ago knows that they’re worth waiting for.  In this setting, Williams will perform alone with his horns, toys, whizzbangs, zither, and whatever else he’s moved to bring along.  Come hear one of Chicago’s great contributions to free music culture, unaccompanied and unadulterated.

Photograph by Dragan Tasic

Wednesday, June 22, 6pm
DePaul Art Museum
Free and open to everyone. RSVP recommended. 

On the occasion of the current exhibition, Barbara Rossi: Eye Owe You! DePaul Art Museum welcomes former Rossi students Diane Simpson, Rebecca Morris and Magalie Guerin to discuss their work and the influence of Rossi’s teaching.

Rossi has been an important teacher to generations of students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since she began teaching there in 1971. Many of Barbara’s students fondly remember her “show and tell” sessions that prompted them to examine what, how, and why certain things piqued their visual interest. Quite simply, she taught them how to look.

In the panel discussion, Simpson, Morris and Guerin, whose abstractions all point back to the physical world in one way or another, will reflect on the role observation plays in each of their practices.

More information on the event here.

NEW YORK – Margot Bergman’s and Brian Calvin’s exhibitions on view at Anton Kern Gallery, New York, from June 30 to August 19, 2016. (more…)

NEW YORK – Diane Simpson’s group exhibition Invisible Adversaries: Marieluise Hessel Collection on view at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard Collage, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, from June 25 to September 18, 2016.


NEW YORK – Diane Simpson’s group exhibition See sun, and think shadow on view at Gladstone Gallery, New York, from June 23 to July 29, 2016. (more…)

CHICAGO – Diane Simpson’s Apron I (2000) featured on Artsy as “Art-World Insiders Select Art Basel’s Must-See Work.” (more…)

NEW YORK – Philip Hanson’s recent solo exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, New York reviewed by Barry Schwabskyin the latest issue of Artforum.



Corbett vs. Dempsey would like to wish you a happy Fourth of July!

In observance of the holiday, the Gallery will be closed Saturday, July 2nd – July 4th and resume it’s regular schedule Tuesday, July 5th.