Hebru Brantley: Forced Field

September 9 – November 26, 2017

Elmhurst Art Museum is excited to announce a solo show including new work by Chicago artist, Hebru Brantley. Brantley is known for his public art commissions such as ‘Chi Boy’ on S. Wabash and his murals for the CTA Green Line station that serves McCormick Place, for which Brantley was commissioned to create eight panels. Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Pritzker family, LeBron James and George Lucas are among his fans and collectors.

Brantley’s work draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime and street art pioneers Jean Michel  Basquiat, Kaws and Keith Haring. His signature characters, Fly Boy and Fly Girl, convey the conflicting emotions of circumstances beyond human control. A native of the city's Bronzeville neighborhood, Brantley was named one of Crain's "40 Under 40." He has exhibited in London, Switzerland, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York including Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Scope NYC, Frieze London and Sweden, where his work was featured at the American Embassy.

Brantley’s 2016 collaboration with Chance the Rapper, in which he provided animation and art direction for the video, ‘Angels’, caused a sensation in what the Chicago Tribune called “the ultimate love letter to Chicago.” Brantley’s recent exhibition in Miami Beach (2016) “Theories From the Low End” reinterpreted modern folklore by inserting black superheroes into American comic history. Brantley's 2014 solo show at the Chicago Cultural Center ‘Parade Day Rain’ explored celebration and disappointment through a multimedia installation which included a full-sized parade float and colossal sculptures suspended from the ceiling.

His work has been featured in Crain’s Chicago, Billboard Magazine, The New York Post, The Seattle Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Hi Fructose and the Chicago Reader. He was selected as a  "Breakout Artist" by New City and as a featured artist for Chicago Artist Month.

Related Programs

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 2:30pm

Meet-and-Greet with artist Hebru Brantley

Join us for a meet-and-greet with Chicago artist, Hebru Brantley, for the opening day of his solo show at Elmhurst Art Museum.
Free with museum admission.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 1:30pm

Tour of Exhibitions

Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibition, “Hebru Brantley.”
Free with museum admission.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 1:30pm

Tour of Exhibitions

Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibition, “Hebru Brantley.”
Free with museum admission.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 2:30pm

Artist Talk: Hebru Brantley

Artist Hebru Brantley speaks about his solo exhibition at Elmhurst Art Museum.
Free with museum admission.