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Dana Carter, Waiting for Daylight, (detail of video still), 2011January 18 – April 27, 2014

SpotLight presents ten artists whose use of light amplifies a specific site and its history, a private experience of place, or a response to an architectural space. The light-based sculptures, installations, and videos in SpotLight transform something ephemeral, commonplace or often overlooked into poetic statements about memory, perception, technology and the built environment. LED lights, laser levels, light boxes and neon tubes serve as sculptural material for some artists, others record or recreate the light conditions of a particular place or moment. SpotLight presents new and recent work by Paola Cabal, Dana Carter, Spencer Finch, Dana Major, Daniel Miller, Jeroen Nelemans, Jason Peot, Morgan Sims, Jan Tichy, and Monika Wulfers.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm.


Heidi Norton: Prismatic Nature

Heidi Norton, Pressed Plant, (Hanging Gardens) (detail), 2012.June 7 to August 24, 2014
Opening Reception: June 6, 6:30 pm
Heidi Norton’s work presents nature in a suspended state. This summer, Norton is producing a multi-part installation consisting of custom-made window inserts, sculptural objects, interactive hot houses and living plants. Inspired by Elmhurst Art Museum’s history and park setting, its light-filled, glass-enclosed architecture and its relationship to modernism, Norton’s project will fill Hostetler Gallery, Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House and the corridor that links these two prominent and transparent spaces. As EAM’s second artist-in-residence, Norton is developing several public programs focused on ecology, gardening and photography and designing a Field Guide to Elmhurst, a takeaway map and self-guided tour that locates and describes places, objects and histories related to her exhibition. 

LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday

Nathalie Miebach, Hurricane Noel, 2009, Wood, rope, reed, data.May 11 to August 17, 2014

Counting steps, tracking calories and checking in—new technology allows us to be our own favorite research project. The artists in the exhibition, LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday, take logging to a new level by translating their data into complex and prodigious artwork.

“Lifelogging” describes the extensive documentation of one’s personal experience. Previously the domain of scientific research and recently individual health and fitness analysis, the impulse to track, map and graph now animates artistic practice. The 13 artists in this exhibition produce work in different media—from low tech to high tech—that demonstrates the chronicling impulse, not as an objective record of every second lived, but as a thoughtful and studied approach to revealing the complexities of human existence.

By focusing on a particular aspect of their lives, the artists in Lifeloggers turn personal bits of data and lived experience into works of art. Suzanne Szucs chronicled the passage of time through fifteen years of Polaroid self-portraits and Clive Smith painted miniature self-portraits on wood blocks every day for a year. Others recorded belongings or surroundings: Jennifer Dalton documented both market and sentimental values for everything she owned at a particular time in The Reappraisal, and Elise Engler archived all of the things she carried while traveling in a series called Suitcase Drawings.

Stephen Cartwright
charts his movement through the world around him, logging his longitude and latitude every hour of every day to translate the numerical data into kinetic sculptures, and Nathalie Miebach transforms scientific weather data into colorful, woven sculptures and musical scores. These and other compelling works by Leona Christie, Richard Garrison, Katie Lewis, John Peña, Madelyn Roehrig, Renato Umali and Jorinde Voigt explore the many ways lifelogging has entered contemporary art practice.

Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday was curated by Nadine Wasserman, independent curator, and Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, Tang Teaching Museum. The exhibition was organized by Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College.

Free Public Programs

Friday, May 23, 6:30pm
Intro to Self-Tracking

Do you know how many hours you sleep each night? Do you keep a food log? Do you monitor your heart rate, count your steps, or record your mood on a regular basis? Learn about the phenomenon of self-knowledge through self-tracking from Eugene Granovsky and Mark Moschel, organizers of the Chicago Quantified Self Meetup Community and technology entrepreneurs.

Friday, July 18, 12pm
Exhibition Tour of Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday by EAM Chief Curator Staci Boris

Friday, July 25, 6:30pm
Book Discussion: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Read former television writer Maria Semple’s hilarious and heartfelt satire about parenting, privilege, genius, resilience and life in Seattle. Called clever and inventive, the novel chronicles 15-year-old Bee’s search for her notorious mother Bernadette through an imaginative compilation of documents, including e-mails, letters, school report cards, emergency room bills and police reports. Discussion led
by Elmhurst Public Library staff and held in EAM’s McCormick House.

Friday, June 27, 6:30pm
Artist Talk by Stephen Cartwright

Since 1999, Cartwright has recorded his exact latitude, longitude and elevation every hour of every day and uses digital and traditional fabrication techniques to translate his collected data into a variety of sculptural forms. Cartwright is currently assistant professor at The School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Friday, August 8, 7pm
Performance: The Top Umali Award Speeches of All Time

Artist Renato Umali will present highlights from his own humorous personal award ceremony. Each year, the Umali Awards acknowledge all the small and large events that make up his life, such as Most Consumed Beer or Best Dining-Out Experience. The highlight of the ceremony is the much anticipated DIWITTY (Days In Which I Talked To You) awards, given to the 10 people he talked to most often throughout the year. Audience members will be able to vote for their favorite speech.

The Very Young Moderns: Art from School District 205

May 2nd and 3rd

The Elmhurst Art Museum's Very Young Modern exhibit, featuring artwork by students in District 205, will take place Saturday May 3rd and Sunday the 4th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm with a reception on Friday May 2nd from 3:30-5:30. This year, the exhibition with also include artwork by young artists in the Elmhurst Art Museum's art classes and work by our first teen intern from the new Team Art program. Admission is free this weekend so come enjoy the exhibition then visit the museum's booth at Art in the Park for an art activity.



Inventory_The EAM Collection

September 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Elmhurst Art Museum presents Inventory_The EAM Collection from September 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Inventory_The EAM Collection unpacks the Museum's vault and fills the galleries from floor to ceiling with art and objects from its collection. Never before has the entire building been dedicated to EAM's holdings--until now. This ambitious exhibition provides unprecedented access to EAM's unique collection and includes work spanning three centuries by such notable artists as Thomas Eakins, Frederic Remington, Sonia Delaunay, Abbott Pattison, Tsuguharu Foujita, Peter Saul and EAM's own founder, Eleanor King Hookham--all ripe for interpretation and discovery.

FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern

Jessica Labatte, Untitled_2, 2012May 4 - August 18, 2013

Fragment: Sampling the Modern, is an exhibition of new work by four Chicago-based artists Leslie Baum, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Jessica Labatte, and Adam Scott.

Similar to the contemporary musician’s process of making new material from samples of familiar music, the artists mine and digest bits and pieces of visual culture from sources such as printed advertisements, urban debris, common pictorial symbols and the history of art. These visual samples, manipulated and placed into large-scale paintings, appliquéd textiles, paper collages, and photographs, are treated with the bold and colorful visual language reminiscent of early 20th century modernist abstraction. 


Cody Hudson: Flip Your Wig

Cody Hudson, They Both Ride Horses, Detail, 2011May 4 - August 18, 2013

Artist and graphic designer Cody Hudson will present an exhibition of new and recent sculpture in EAM’s Hostetler Gallery. Built from scrap wood and altered with printed material and house paint, Hudson’s totemic structures suggest their modest origins and modernist leanings. Influenced by pop culture, the urban environment and abstract art, Hudson combines bold color schemes and roughly hewn shapes with found objects and poetic titles to produce works that allude to the world today and our struggle to make sense of it all.

Open House: Art About Home

January 19 - April 20, 2013

EAM’s winter exhibition programming focuses on artists’ representations of home. Inspired by the museum’s McCormick House, a mid-century modern home designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, the new exhibitions consider experiences, contents, memories, and realities of home today. 


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