CHICAGO – From the realistic depiction of a fictitious St. Lorena (as in Bobbitt) to the flattened, stylized image of a Cleaning Lady, Woman Made Gallery’s group exhibition portrays an expansive definition of what icon might mean. Consistent among the 39 art works selected by juror Margaret Denny is the idea that icons are as numerous as they are diverse and, though the idea may seem antiquated, icons can be modern devices as well.
Exhibition Juror – Margaret Denny
Margaret Denny is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation, From Commerce to Art: American Women Photographers, 1850-1900, investigates women’s experience as fine art photographers and professional studio photographers in the early days of the medium. She teaches at both Columbia College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her recent publications include essays in the anthology, The Spaces and Places of Fashion 1800-200 and the Journal of Illinois History. Denny is a former Terra Foundation fellow and has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. For the Terra, she curated En Plein Air, American Artists in Giverny in 2003.
Connie Begg, Karen Bell, Ilona Brustad, Mary Button, Maya Chachava, Liz Chilsen, Priti Cox, Mary Ellen Croteau, Andreea Davidescu, Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Linda Durkee, Mary Farmilant, Debra Fitzsimmons, Linda Rudin Frizzell, Sarah Gabel, Niki Grangruth, Mary Harden, Mallary Johnson, Mary King, Felice Koenig, Lily Mayfield, Julie McIntyre, Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Hanne Niederhausen, Alison Overton, Trude Parkinson, Jessica
Pribola, Karen Rechtschaffen, Stephanie Stanley, Holly and Ashlee Temple, Chris Twomey, Emily Wharton, and Bahar Yurukoglu.
(Banner Image: artwork by Lily Mayfield, Cleaning Lady, photography on engraved plastic)