Hebru Brantley: Forced Field

September 9 – November 26, 2017

The Elmhurst Art Museum is excited to announce a solo show of new work by the Chicago artist Hebru Brantley. A native of the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Brantley is known for his public art commissions such as Chi Boy on S. Wabash and an eight-panel mural at the McCormick Place CTA Green Line station. His work is influenced by 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, Flyboy and Lil Mama, began as references to the Tuskegee Airmen from World War II but now soar through a wide array of their own narratives.  

For his 2016 collaboration with Chance the Rapper, Angels, Brantley provided animation and art direction for the video. The Chicago Tribune hailed it as “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. His 2014 solo show at the Chicago Cultural Center Parade Day Rain explored celebration and disappointment through large-scale sculptural installations such as a full-sized parade float and huge sculptures suspended from the ceiling.

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 at venues such as Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Frieze London, and the American Embassy in Sweden. 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 Newcity and a featured artist during Chicago Artist Month. Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Pritzker family, LeBron James, and George Lucas are among his fans and collectors.

Guest curated by Jenny Gibbs


CLICK HERE TO READ THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE.


Exhibition generously sponsored by the Explore Elmhurst Grant Program.

Related Programs

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

Movies at the Museum | Space is the Place (1974)

In conjunction with his exhibition, Hebru Brantley selected a series of films including “Space is the Place,” an Afrofuturist film co-written by the cosmic jazz bandleader Sun Ra.
Free with museum admission and for members.
Parents, please note that “Sun Ra Space is the Place” is an R-rated film.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:30pm

Mural Tour in Chicago with Wabash Arts Corridor

Meeting location: Columbia College Wabash Campus, 623 S Wabash Ave., first-floor lobby
$15/person ($10 for members)

Explore large-scale mural installations by various artists on a walking tour conducted by a guide from the Wabash Arts Corridor in conjunction with our current exhibition "Hebru Brantley: Forced Field." This is an excellent opportunity to get insight and more background about ephemeral public artworks in Chicago.

*Space is limited, please call us (630 834 0202) or click here to sign up and purchase your ticket.
**Please note that this is a weather permitting event. Stay tuned to our webpage for updates.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

Movies at the Museum | Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

In conjunction with his exhibition, Hebru Brantley selected a series of films including “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a documentary film by the famously unidentified artist Banksy about an amateur film-maker who enthusiastically records the work of street artists.
Free with museum admission and for members.
Parents, please note that “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is an R-rated film.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 1:30pm

Exhibition Tour

Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibition Hebru Brantley: Forced Field.
Free with museum admission.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

Movies at the Museum | The Case of the Three Sided Dream (2014)

In conjunction with his exhibition, Hebru Brantley selected a series of films including “The Case of the Three Sided Dream,” an award winning documentary about the inspiring story of American jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, directed by Adam Kahan.
Free with museum admission and for members.
Parents, please note that “The Case of the Three Sided Dream” has not yet been rated by the MPAA.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:30pm

Panel Discussion: The Power of Art in Public Places

Guest Curator Jenny Gibbs will moderate a discussion about the power of art in public places in conjunction with the exhibition "Hebru Brantley: Forced Fields." The panel will include the artist Hebru Brantley, Patrick Hull (owner and curator of Vertical Gallery), and Nathan Mason (Curator of Exhibits and Public Art at the Chicago Cultural Center).
Free with museum admission and for members.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 1:30pm

Mural Tour in Chicago with Wabash Arts Corridor

Meeting location: Columbia College Wabash Campus, 623 S Wabash Ave., first-floor lobby
$15/person ($10 for members)

Explore large-scale mural installations by various artists on a walking tour conducted by a guide from the Wabash Arts Corridor in conjunction with our current exhibition "Hebru Brantley: Forced Field." This is an excellent opportunity to get insight and more background about ephemeral public artworks in Chicago.

*Space is limited, please call us (630 834 0202) or click here to sign up and purchase your ticket.
**Please note that this is a weather permitting event. Stay tuned to our webpage for updates.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Family Day | Chalk-Graffiti Activity

Join us for a fun family art activity and make your mark with chalk stenciling inspired by Hebru Brantley: Forced Field.
Free with museum admission and for members.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:30pm

EAM/EPL Book Discussion | "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," by Michael Chabon

Participate in a discussion about the New York Times Best Seller and Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon at the Elmhurst Art Museum in conjunction with the Elmhurst Public Library.
Free and open to the public. If you're planning to attend, please call the Elmhurst Art Museum (630 834 0202) to sign up.

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 5:00pm

Movies at the Museum | Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

In conjunction with his exhibition, Hebru Brantley selected a series of films including “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.” This film chronicles the life and work of the artist Basquiat, who became an art world phenomenon in the 1980s for his graffiti and neo-expressionistic painting style.
Free with museum admission and for members.
Parents, please note that “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” is an R-rated film.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 1:30pm

Exhibition Tour

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 2:30pm

Artist Talk: Hebru Brantley

Come hear the artist Hebru Brantley speak about his newest body of work created for his exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum.
Free with museum admission.