Etching is a printmaking process rooted in line and tone that allows for seemingly endless variations of these two elements to create a wide range of visual effects and poetic moods. Consisting of works from the Lunder Collection, Intersecting Lines examines three artists—Rembrandt van Rijn, James McNeill Whistler, and Pablo Picasso—who were dedicated to exploring the full creative potential of etching as a form of artistic expression.

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Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories

March 12, 2019 - September 8, 2019

William D. Adams Gallery

On view for the first time in the United States, Theaster Gates’s Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories includes nearly 3,000 images from the Johnson Publishing Company archive. Founded in 1942, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing chronicled the lives of Black Americans for more than seven decades through the magazines Ebony and Jet. Gates’s work, composed from arguably the most important archive of American Black visual culture in the twentieth century, recontextualizes and makes visible anew these images and their histories. The presentation of this new body of work is drawn from Gates’s Black Madonna exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2018, part of his larger Black Image Corporation project. As Gates says, “‘The Black Image Corporation’ is about the projection of images into the world.” The work invites visitors to engage directly with these rich and varied representations depicting women in their everyday lives, historical moments, and studio poses.

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A Vision for Composition: Nineteenth-Century Prints from the Collection

February 14, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Upper Jette Galleries

The nineteenth century was an innovative period in the history of printmaking. Many artists rejected traditionally taught practices and principles and established a new aesthetic language for prints that focused on design and craft. This exhibition brings works by American artist Arthur Wesley Dow into dialogue with other printmakers from the collection, namely Mary Cassatt, Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, and James McNeill Whistler.

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