ART | Poetry
OPEN for Poetry of Seeing – Saturday, April 28th, from 4pm-6pm
DreamBox Gallery invites you to join us for CONVERSATION about ART and POETRY with poet and art historian ALEKSANDER NAJDA.
From Paul Cezanne to Henry Darger, and more.
Review of artists and architects through the centuries as seen through the eyes of poets, writers, art historians and people not familiar with art at all. Everyone is welcomed to read, critique and argue. We will also take a closer look at the current show of Adrian Piper’s works at MOMA.
ART | Poetry
Saturday, March 31, from 4pm-6pm
CONVERSATION about ART and POETRY with poet and art historian ALEKSANDER NAJDA.
This month we will begin our exploration of the ekphrastic tradition with works by Nobel Prize winners in Literature: Tomas Gösta Tranströmer, Czesław Miłosz and Samuel Beckett. Our afternoon journey will survey the veracity of the Northern Renaissance, the intimacy of the Dutch Baroque and the dynamism of the post-WWII avant-garde.
Enjoy a closer look at the pairings of expressions in theater, painting and poetry. The profile of Alberto Giacometti will be at the center of our discussion. Giacometti’s and Beckett’s friendship and their collaboration for Waiting for Godot will provide the stimulus for lively conversation. —Aleksander Najda.
A G N I E S Z K A P O D C ZA S Z Y – March 1st – April 15th, 2018.
T O M R O B I N S O N
Expo de jeunes artistes I Young Artists EXPO POP UP
Saturday, February 10th and 17th from 2pm -6pm
DreamBox Gallery presents Young Artists EXPO – the artwork of students and participants of after school art classes (1st through 5th grade) at the French International School in Chicago. As part of the Before-And-After art classes, drawing and ceramics are taught by visual artist and art teacher of Lycée Français de Chicago – Anne Seigenthaler.
THE EXHIBITION IS CURATED by A N N E S E I G E N T H A L E R and I W O N A B I E D E R M A N N
The Innocent Eye –
Expo de Jeunes Artistes
But genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will…
Charles Baudelaire, “The Painter of Modern Life” (1863)
Seeing the drawings of the children from the Lycée Français de Chicago, I was struck by the freshness and sophistication of the life-sized, brightly dyed works on paper. Some of the silhouettes, outlines of the children’s bodies, are steeped in a trans-like motion that suggests a dreamy playfulness à la Matisse’s La Danse. Others are saturated with eerie stillness and could remind one of drawings by graffiti artist Keith Haring.
These silhouettes, since their interior is not patterned but full of texture of a single color – pink, purple, green – can be seen as shadows in motion. The uniform plainness of the shapes provides a wonderful contrast to the compact multi-colored ornaments that surround the flowing contours drawn around the authors themselves to the edge of the paper. One must think, not surprisingly, about the tightly patterned, exuberantly colored wallpapers of Matisse’s interiors.
The charcoal portraits in smaller format, are also remarkable for their raw directness and expressive power. They could easily be compared to works of Jean Dubuffet, Paul Klee and many others, but what is truly revealing is that they, the children’s works, should not be compared to the great masters, but the opposite. It is obvious (and documented) that the masters were the ones who studied the paintings and drawings executed by children. This exhibition reminds us why.
The works on paper by the students of Lycée Français de Chicago recovered in me the pure joy of being a kid again, full of freedom, unrestrained imagination and audacity to conquer and stretch beyond two-dimensional space.
It came to me that, after exposure to more than century-old examples of children’s art works in contemporary society (where culture increasingly is something to be consumed) we are reminded of the power of our children’s talent to get to the point. It is obvious that not children, but adults need to be cultivated.
This remarkable exhibition is curated by ANNE SEIGENTHALER and IWONA BIEDERMANN who are giving our young artists the stage they deserve.
and Rita Dommermuth
ART | Poetry
Saturday, January 27th, from 4pm-6pm
Special quest: LIDIA ROZMUS
The impact of Japanese aesthetics on the work and life of Georgia O’Keeffe, and her art as an inspiration for haiku poets.
While Georgia O’Keeffe is not known to have composed haiku, she certainly knew of them. Japanese aesthetics infused her work from the outset, and its evidence can be found not only in her paintings but in her studio and living spaces.
Lidia Rozmus presents a series of O’Keeffe paintings, each paired with a haiku poems inspired by O’Keeffe’s visible connection to nature through color, forms and rhythms.
Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe (“Pelvis IV”) and haiku poem by Charles Trumbull, A Five-Balloon Morning (2013)
through the pelvis of a mule
WOW Frequency exhibition extended till January 31st, 2018:
C O L L E C T I O N o f P O R C E L A I N F I G U R I N E S a n d M A S K S b y J O L A N A W R O C K A
Patchwork Series: Hand Crafted Mixed Media Quilt by Makeba Kedem-DuBose
F O U N D F A L L E N S E R I E S b y M O N I C A K A S S R O G E R S
A R T I N A D I A L O G U E W IT H C O M M U N IT Y
S E P T E M B E R – O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7
Showcasing a collection of porcelain spoons, masks and figurines by JOLA NAWROCKA.
W i t h I n t h e L i n e S e r i e s b y I W O N A B I E D E R M A N N
I W O N A B I E D E R M A N N P H O T O G R A P H Y – J U N E 2 0 1 7