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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.


Artist-in-Residence: Heidi Norton

Heidi Norton, 2013June 7 to August 24, 2014
Opening Reception: June 6, 6:30 pm
This summer, Chicago-based artist Heidi Norton is producing a multi-part project at EAM consisting of custom-made window panels and sculptural objects using photographs and living plants, interactive hot houses and a site-specific installation in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House. Inspired by EAM’s history and Wilder Park setting, its light-filled, glass-enclosed architecture and its relationship to modernism, Norton’s work will fill Hostetler Gallery, the McCormick House and the corridor that links these two prominent, transparent spaces. As EAM’s second artist-in-residence, Norton is developing a rich array of community-oriented public programs focused on planting, landscaping, foraging and ecological conservation in relation to Elmhurst’s own natural history.

LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday

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

“Lifelogging” is a term used to describe the extensive documentation of one's personal experience. While often used for scientific research and more recently individual health and fitness analysis, the impulse to track, map and graph also animates artistic practice. The 13 artists in this exhibition produce work in a variety of media—from low-tech to high tech—that demonstrates this 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.

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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