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Future Exhibitions


ID Show

November 5 - 25, 2015

Oakton’s Art Department faculty members demonstrate their unique artistic identities in a show that features paintings, photography, ceramics, and digital art.

Public Reception: Thursday, November 5, 5 - 8 p.m.


Gems from the Koehnline: African American Artists and Themes

December 10, 2015 – January 22, 2016

This body of art represents a vast selection of works from the Koehnline Museum of Art’s permanent collection focusing on African American artists and themes. This exhibition features graphic work by sculptor Richard Hunt (b. 1935), drawings by Joseph Delaney (1904- 1991), and linocuts by Margaret Burroughs (1917- 2010). Also on display are African-American portraits by Gregory Orloff (1890-1981), a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Egon Weiner (1906-1987), and a selection of African-American movie posters.

Public Reception: Thursday, December 10, 5 - 8 p.m.


Convergence/Divergence: Exploring Black Mountain College and Chicago’s New Bauhaus/Institute of Design

February 4 – March 25, 2016

This exhibition explores the relationship between the two most direct Bauhaus educational descendants in America, Josef Albers’ Black Mountain College in North Carolina and Chicago’s New Bauhaus/Institute of Design founded by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Examples of both faculty and student work will reveal the shared pedagogy rooted in the German Bauhaus structure and method, and illuminate the role that these two adapted Bauhaus educational models had in nurturing and defining modernism in the American culture.
Exhibition produced by the Black Mountain College Museum and curated by Michael Reid.

Public Reception: Thursday, February 4, 5 - 8 p.m.


OakArt 2016

April 7 – 29, 2016

Oakton’s art students exhibit their paintings, drawings, ceramics, digital art, and photography.

Public Reception: Thursday, April 7, 5 – 8 p.m.


Paul Lamantia: Under the Skin of the Subconscious

May 12 – June 30, 2016

Chicago Imagist artist Paul Lamantia features paintings and drawings in this first in-depth examination of his work. His drawings are filled with comic-inspired characters locked in a claustrophobic horror vacui caricature of space. They are symbolic elements, as well as a form of the madness of reality. Circus-like sideshow creatures float in and out of shifting spaces, meandering through psychic spills, filling the entire frame with stunning imagery. Lamantia’s paintings emphasize fantastic sensual personages. These images deal with complex topics and subjects that are at the very core of human feelings and moral behavior.

Public Reception: Thursday, May 12, 5 – 8 p.m.


Joanna Pinsky: Cuba – See

July 14 – September 16, 2016

The paintings in this exhibit are inspired by fourteen trips the artist made to Cuba since 2000. For Pinsky, Cuba is extraordinarily visual: While buildings are in a state of disrepair, the elegance of what once was comes through showing a mix of architecture ranging from Moorish, Spanish, French, Art Deco, and heavy Russian. In contrast to the crumbling buildings are patches of vivid colors, music in the streets, and energy for change. Omnipresent are busts of José Martí, the Cuban national hero who died fighting for freedom from Spain in 1895. This poet, intellectual, and essayist’s name is in front of every school and government building, as well as many homes.

Public Reception: Thursday, July 14, 5 – 8 p.m.

Koehnline Museum of Art
Des Plaines campus


September - May*
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Closed Friday, May 29

June - August
Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For special visits call:

Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator