Ebony G. Patterson: she is a land…she is the mourning…
Monique Meloche Gallery
Monique Meloche Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new large-scale tapestries and hand-cut paper works by Ebony G. Patterson. Emerging from the framework of her immersive post-colonial garden-like installations, Patterson’s recent practice further considers the rich, expansive possibilities of the garden – a space for life and death, a complex entanglement of race, gender, class, and violence. Patterson’s work in the show is layered and intricate almost beyond belief. The excess and sheer quantity of bead work, glitter, and other unconventional materials leaves the viewer mesmerized and in awe of the artist’s skill. The detailed textures within this show all encompassing—and it screams to be seen in person. This is NOT a show to miss! The exhibition runs from April 24 - June 12, 2021.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Stage
DOCUMENT is pleased to present “Stage”, showcasing the work of photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya, whose works in the show reveal a gorgeous behind-the-scenes look at portraiture. For Sepuya, the making of the photograph becomes the photograph, and setting the stage becomes the main event. Here, there is beauty in process. In a limited palette of white, beige, brown, and black, the artist focuses on the figure and the camera, bringing into light the relationship between the body and the lens, the subject and the photographer, and ultimately and intimately blending them together. The exhibition runs from April 16 through May 29, 2021.
Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency
Museum of Contemporary Photography
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago presents Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency, which explores the psychological, physical, and emotional realities people encounter in the years leading up to, during, and after fertility. The exhibition features eight artists who consider a range of topics including birth, miscarriage, pleasure, the lack of access to abortion, trauma, and the loss of fertility. A comprehensive and impressive group of works, the show beautifully and graciously explores a topic that is often ignored not only in every day conversation, but also in the art field. Visual representation matters and has the power to start essential (and needed!) discussions, which can potentially be the first step to normalizing a subject. The exhibit gives this important subject its due, offering the time and space needed to digest a topic that is too often seen as taboo. The exhibition runs from January 19 through May 23, 2021.