STELLA: The Nature of a Collective

STELLA: The Nature of a Collective

Opening reception: Friday, October 3, 2014 (6-9pm)
October 3, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

“Stella: The Nature of a Collective” features work by 12 artists in a diversity of media originating in photography. Presented by the Stella Photography Collective in cooperation with the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, the exhibition is organized around issues of the collective and the natural world. The exhibit includes photography, video, installation, collage, large draped photographic screens and 3-D imagery.

For the individual artists of the Stella Photography Collective this exhibition is an opportunity to explore new ways to present work in collaboration, deepening their practice. Thematically, the work is concerned with nature and the natural world, as well as the nature of human experience: growth, decay, camouflage, geography, security and sensuality.

Stella Photography Collective formed in 2008 as a monthly critique group and has a rich history of mutual support and creative challenge. The collective includes 13 women, 2 of whom work as a collaborative team. Members are based in Chicago and surrounding communities, including Milwaukee. They are: Aimée Beaubien, Suzette Bross, Patty Carroll, Liz Chilsen, Ciurej & Lochman (Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman), Christine DiThomas, Mary Farmilant, Alice Hargrave, Kate Joyce, Mayumi Lake, Jean Sousa, Peggy Wright

In conjunction with the exhibition, the collective plans two lively events inviting visitors to enjoy refreshments – some of which respond to ideas in the work – while participating in creative activities based on selected exhibition themes. A Sunday “Lunch-in” on October 12th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and a workshop “The Nature of Nature: An Afternoon Repast of Botany and Memory” on November 2nd from 2:00 – 4:00 PM