Gems from the Koehnline: New Acquisitions
December 4, 2014 – January 23, 2015
Catch a glimpse of recently acquired works from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit showcases 19th- and early 20th-century vintage prints as well as paintings and fine prints from distinguished mid-20th century Chicago artists, including Macena Barton, Francis Chapin, Natalie Smith Henry, Gregory Orloff, and Medard Klein. Work by Margaret Burroughs, Milton Horn, and the Zhou Brothers will also be on display.
As If There’s No Tomorrow: Abstract Paintings by Bruce Thorn
February 5 – March 20, 2015
Improvisational. Intuitive. Contemporary. Chicago-based artist Bruce Thorn’s work offers a sense of urgency, giving viewers no time to second guess or edit. His paintings are reflections upon the brevity of time and the essence of life, character, and painting itself. Thorn uses abstraction as a language to comment upon social and natural situations, while the material qualities of paint create journeys of visual exploration and invention, and the act of painting becomes a witness to the here and now, a frozen moment in time.
Public Reception: Thursday, February 5, 5 - 8 p.m.
April 2 – 24, 2015
Oakton’s art students exhibit their paintings, drawings, ceramics, digital art, and photography.
Public Reception: Thursday, April 2, 5 – 8 p.m.
Art after 1600° Fahrenheit: Enamel Painting in Chicago
May 7 – June 19, 2015
Inspired by the French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the application of porcelain enamel as a medium expanded to the field of public art and was introduced in the mural painting class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the late 1970s. This exhibition includes several noteworthy large-scale enamel paintings produced by SAIC artists during this time period, including two prototype murals for installation in the Chicago subway system—though the only one actually realized was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial wall, commissioned by the City of Chicago in 1980 and mysteriously dismantled in 2001.
Public Reception: Thursday, May 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Sculpture Invasion 2015
July 9 – September 18, 2015
Members of Chicago Sculpture International (CSI) return for one of the area’s largest juried exhibitions. Sculptures and scale models will be on display in the Koehnline Museum, while an impressive group of outdoor sculptures will “invade” the Oakton Sculpture Park on the Des Plaines campus. CSI seeks to expand public understanding and appreciation of Chicago sculpture through exhibits and public forums, engage artists and art professionals in a dialogue to advance the art form, and promote a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors.
Public Reception: Thursday, July 9, 5 – 8 p.m.