In conjunction with sculptor Laura Davis’ SOLO exhibition “Legacy of Loneliness” at Threewalls, which, amongst other themes, grapples with the predominantly male history of modern sculpture, “Our Legacies, Ourselves: Contemporary women sculptors discuss their relationship to the history of modern sculpture” brings together a panel of respected women artists who, like Davis, are interested in reflecting on the role gender has played in the process of their development (pedagogical, artistic, and professional) and self-identification as sculptors.
Through a discussion of their distinct relationships with the mainstream history of modern sculpture, the sculptors on this panel will present personal interpretations of the sculptural legacy they’ve inherited.
Presented in partnership with Soberscove Press.
Laura Davis is a Chicago based artist whose work examines the intersection of craft, design and art by using sculpture, drawing and installation to disturb notions of value and context. Recent solo exhibitions include Legacy of Loneliness, Threewalls, Chicago and Histrionic Restoration, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. Recent group exhibitions include The Party’s Over, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; andTwo Histories of the World (Part 2), Hyde Park Art Center, both in Chicago, IL. Her work has been written about in Art in America,Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Art 21 Blog, Art Slant, New City and Artwrit. In 2015, Davis was awarded an Artadia grant; she was also a nominee for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2004 and her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1996. She currently teaches in the departments of Contemporary Practices and Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kelly Kaczynski is an artist working within the language of sculpture. Selected exhibitions include Peregrine Program, IL; Gahlberg Gallery, IL; threewalls, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, IL; University at Buffalo Art Gallery, NY; Triple Candie, NY; Islip Art Museum, NY; DeCordova Museum, MA; Boston Center for the Arts, MA. Public installations include projects with the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston and the Boston National Historic Parks, MA. Curatorial projects include Roving Room, Habersham Mills, GA; Virtually Physically Speaking, Columbia College, Chicago, IL; Mouthing (a sentient limb), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. Kaczynski received an MFA from Bard College, NY and a BA from The Evergreen State College, WA. She has taught with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kaczynski is currently a Lecturer with the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL.
Heather Mekkelson lives and works in Chicago. Selected solo exhibitions include Now Slices at 65GRAND, Limited Entry at Old Gold; Debris Field at Threewalls; and Out Land at STANDARD (all Chicago, IL.) Her work has also been in group shows at The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), The Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA), The Poor Farm (Manawa, WI), Raid Projects (Los Angeles, CA), and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA). Mekkelson’s work has been written about in Art Journal, Broadsheet, Time Out Chicago, New City, Chicago Tribune, Artforum.com and others. In 2012, she became an Artadia Award Chicago awardee.
Diane Simpson is a Chicago-based artist whose work evolves from a diverse range of sources, including clothing, utilitarian objects, and architecture. Recent one and two-person exhibitions include Corbett vs Dempsey (Chicago); JTT (NYC); New York University Broadway Windows; and Silberkuppe (Berlin). Group exhibitions include the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; White Columns (NYC); Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); CCA Wattis Institute (San Francisco, CA); and Maccarone (NYC). Simpson’s work is in many permanent collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Hessel Museum of Art (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York); Illinois State Museum (Springfield, IL); and the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University (Lewiston, PA). In 2010, the Chicago Cultural Center presented a thirty-year retrospective exhibition of Simpson’s sculpture and drawings. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Herald St. London and ICA Boston. Forthcoming group exhibitions include Yale Union (Portland, OR) and The Jewish Museum (New York, NY).
Julia Klein is a Chicago-based artist. Solo and two-person exhibitions include Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA); Sidecar Gallery (Hammond, IN); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; and International Museum of Surgical Science, (Chicago, IL). Group exhibitions include Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College (NYC); Songs for Presidents (Brooklyn), Elaine L Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University (Detroit), Passenger (Detroit), and Threewalls (Chicago, IL). Residencies include DEPE Space, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Sitterwerk (St Gallen, Switzerland); Terra Foundation Summer Residency Program in Giverny; and Vermont Studio Center. Klein received a BFA from University of Michigan (2002) and an MFA from Bard College (2006). Since 2009, she has run Soberscove Press, which produces art-related materials that fill a gap in the literature or are difficult to access, as well as artists’ books.