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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.


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.

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.

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. 


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. 


No Rules: Contemporary Clay

Jeremy Hatch, Tree House, 2006, PorcelainSeptember 7 , 2012 - January 5, 2013

No Rules: Contemporary Clay
is the second in a series of three exhibitions at Elmhurst Art Museum exploring ceramic tradition and new creative developments. No Rules focuses on clay-based work of a nonfunctional nature and includes an international group of artists. Taking a variety of forms—from large and small-scale sculpture to community-based walks to performance, video, and photography—the work in this exhibition underscores artists’ enduring relationship with clay and its adaptability to contemporary concerns. 

Join us to celebrate the opening reception of No Rules Contemporary Clay on Friday, September 7 at 6:30 pm.


Casey Roberts: Totally Free Now

06.15.2012 - 08.25.2012

Casey Roberts’ paintings create small poignant moments, vaguely narrative and reminiscent of the most elegant children’s book illustrations. Somewhere between the bright playfulness of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and suggestive darkness in drawings by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) Roberts’ work creates a distinct atmosphere where empty space, nature and narrative become characters in the artist’s own curious world.

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