David Winton Bell Gallery

Currently On View

August 29, 2015 - October 25, 2015

The Bell Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by Chicago-based artist Tony Fitzpatrick. In conjunction with the exhibition a performance of Fitzpatrick's "Stations Lost" (2010) will be staged at the Granoff Center for Creative Arts on October 9th, 2015.  

Curated by Alexis Lowry Murray 
Image: Tony Fitzpatrick, Blackburnian Wobblers, 2015 

August 29, 2015 - October 25, 2015

Acclaimed conceptual photographer Hank Willis Thomas is known for commandeering American advertising strategies in order to challenge constructions of race and gender in the United States. For several years he has also been appropriating the historical artifacts of past social struggles, from the holocaust, to the civil rights movement, to apartheid, and transforming these records into primary sources that can speak for today’s cultural conflicts. Thomas is particularly drawn to certain hand gestures that are universally legible as acts of protest. He isolates these non-verbal modes of communication from documentary photographs and reconfigures them into sculptures and retro-reflective prints that offer compelling moments of agency and resistance. The Bell Gallery will bring together these resonant gestures alongside mixed media sculptures and a five-channel video installation. The work included in this exhibition communicates contemporary acts of protest even as they are mediated through the events of history.


Curated by Alexis Lowry Murray
Image: Hank Willis Thomas, Amandla, 2013