Past Exhibitions

Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

January 20 - March 4, 2018

Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) was a painter based in Chicago who created surreal and dream-like imagery. She developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained the images of her work with “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include over 40 of the artist’s enigmatic works of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.” Idiosyncratic, charming and irascible, Gertrude was presciently contemporary. Read More ›

Donna Castellanos: You're Surreal

January 20 - March 4, 2018

On the occasion of the exhibition by Gertrude Abercrombie, artist and educator Donna Castellanos created You’re Surreal, an interactive installation. Abercrombie’s contagious personality, extraordinary complexity, and passion for surrounding herself with fascinating people led to her status as the “queen,” and she was the subject of works by musicians, artists, and writers alike. Read More ›

EAG Winter Members Show

December 17, 2017 through January 26, 2018

The Winter Members Show at the Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) features a variety of members' original artwork. The exhibition presents an opportunity to view and purchase affordable original contemporary artwork by emerging local artists from the greater Chicago area. Their breadth of styles and medium encompasses dramatically different artworks including watercolor, ceramics, oil, acrylic, digital, collage, photographic and sculptural works involving landscapes, portraits, abstract and other styles. Read More ›

Hebru Brantley: Forced Field

September 9 – January 7

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. Read More ›

They will bloom without you

November 18, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The Chicago-based artist Alex Chitty created a site-specific exhibition in the McCormick House designed by Mies van der Rohe. They will bloom without you is a reference to Chitty’s observations of flowers, in particular lilies, and how their daily bloom takes place independent of an audience. The lilies also gesture toward the designer and architect Lilly Reich who collaborated with Mies van der Rohe, but is often omitted from the credits of their collaborations.  Read More ›