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Chicago art winter preview: 10 shows for a new year


Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements
The distance between you and all the words spoken, all the things you read (2015), Kirsten Leenaars

By Lori Waxman, December 23, 2015

What to say about a lineup that ranges from monsters to secondhand books, from prison to inflatables, from clothing to nudity? There’s a witticism in there, I’m sure of it, but it’s been a tiring year and I’m saving up my energy for these and other scintillating shows.

Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements”: Festivalism is officially here to stay. Coming on the heels of the city’s first Architecture Biennial, its second Terrain Biennial in Oak Park, its third biennial of emerging artists at the Hyde Park Art Center and its fourth EXPO international art fair, this latest local megashow insists there’s still much to say. Listen up as 19 Chicago artists fill the museum with talk about feminism and motherhood, new technologies, community building, race and power, gun violence and more. Makers like Kirsten Leenars, Faheem Majeed and Aram Han Sifuentes go far beyond talking points. Dec. 12-Feb. 21, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, 630-834-0202,


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