As part of our commitment to foster a warm and engaging art-centered community, Jennifer Norback Fine Art is proud to introduce JNFA Studies. Organized by gallery director Cindy Bernhard, this interactive series combines a generous spirit of playfulness with an uncompromising respect for art and historical scholarship. Our goal is to create a dialog where everyone feels they have a voice at the table. This series of art appreciation seminars, artist talks, museum and studio visits, and workshops will draw on the expertise of founder Jennifer Norback and our immediate circle, as well as guest luminaries from the world of art and scholarship both nationally and internationally.
Admission prices and lecture sizes will vary by seminar.
To be announced
GUIDED TOUR: "WILLIAM UTERMOHLEN: A PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY"
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 6-7PM @ LUMA
In 1995, William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. For the next seven years, he continued to make art as the disease progressed. During this last period of his life, although feeling increasingly isolated in verbal communication, Utermohlen continued to produce meaningful images of himself and his surroundings. Indeed, if one was not aware of the artist’s declining memory, one might perceive him as moving into a new body of work of increasing abstraction.
These works are collected in Loyola University Museum of Art’s exhibition "William Utermohlen: A Persistence of Memory," now showing through July 23. Over 100 of the late artists works are on display, showing the impact of this debilitating disease on his creative output.
Please join Jennifer Norback Fine Art as we offer an exclusive guided tour of this exhibition on Tuesday, March 22nd from 6 - 7 pm. JNFA founder Jennifer Norback will provide inside stories on the works, culling from her more than 20 years experience as the American representative of the Utermohlen estate.
"WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE" ARTIST WORKSHOPS
THREE SATURDAYS! JANUARY 16, 23, AND 30
Jennifer Norback Fine Art is honored to host a series of workshops with internationally acclaimed artists Tom Franco and Vivian van Blerk in conjunction with their exhibition, "When Worlds Collide," showing through February at the Chicago gallery.
In our first workshop, "Rainbows and Unicorns," attendees will be coached by Franco and van Blerk in a day of art creating other-worlds not unlike the figures and settings present in the artists' works. Participants will get to take home their work at the end of the exhibition' as well as a portrait taken during the creating process. This day-long workshop will take place from 10 am to 4 pm. All materials, as well as a small lunch, will be provided with admission.
In our second workshop, "When Worlds Collide Fantasy Portrait Workshop," attendees will create a "figure" of themselves from a portrait that they will then use to photograph themselves in a fantasy world constructed by van Blerk. Guests will get to take home a framed version of their fantasy portrait when this exhibition closes, as well as the figure of themselves they created. This day-long workshop will take place from 10 am to 4 pm. All materials, as well as a light lunch, will be provided with admission.
In our third and final workshop, "Creatures Big and Small," attendees will create an animal figure that they will then place in a fantasy world constructed by van Blerk to create a portrait. Guests will get to take home a framed version of their fantasy portrait at the end of the exhibition, as well as the figure they created. This day-long workshop will take place from 10 am to 4 pm. All materials, as well as a small lunch, will be provided with admission.
"IN THE STUDIO" ARTIST TALKS
Chicago Artists Month Official Selection
THREE SATURDAYS! OCTOBER 10, 17, AND 24
“I am happy to find myself in artists’ studios often. I’m primarily there to look at their art, but I love to savor the delightful conjunctions of objects and images in those studios – 2- and 3-dimensional collages that both create and result from the powerful artistic charge that is the lifeblood of an artist’s studio.” – Christopher Rauschenberg
Jennifer Norback Fine Art is honored to announce a special JNFA Studies series coinciding with Chicago Artists Month. “In the Studio” presents an intimate look at the sanctuary, inspiration, and chaos of the artist studio with a revealing series of talks with several noted Chicago artists including Phyllis Bramson, Robert Burnier, and Michael Goro. “In The Studio” will see these artists discuss their personal, creative world to learn how it is an instrumental part of their process. This exploration dissects the way Chicago artists build a creative environment that is both permeable to and separates them from the energy of the city. These Studies are part of our October exhibition, “In the Studio,” which features photography work of artist studios by Christopher Rauschenberg, showing at JNFA through October.
THE ARMORY SHOW: MODERNISM IN AMERICA (1913 – 1945)
8/22/15 @ THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Lauded as one of the most influential events in the history of American art, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art (dubbed the Armory Show) was a catalyst for the Modern Art movement at the turn of the 20th century. The three-city exhibition started in New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets before moving to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Copley Society of Art in Boston and showcased approximately 1,250 paintings, sculptures, and decorative works by over 300 European and American artists. Further, the show became an important event in the history of American art, introducing astonished Americans, who were accustomed to realistic art, to the experimental styles of the European avant-garde, including Fauvism, Cubism, and Futurism, forever questioning the boundaries of art as an institution.
Join JNFA Studies for a special look at this historic show as we tour the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago (the only museum to house the actual Armory Show) where we will view actual works from the show and discuss the role Modernism played in changing the global art landscape.
COMING TO AMERICA: ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM IN THE FIRST AND SECOND CITIES
7/11/15 @JNFA: LECTURE/DISCUSSION LED BY CINDY BERNHARD
In the years immediately following WWII, immigrants who fled the terrors of persecution and the terrors of war found a new home in America. With their skills and ambitions, they brought along their European sensibilities about art. From their very unique synthesis between these artists and the richness of their new home came the emergence of a wholly new art form which placed the United States in the indisputable center of the art world. A counter to the Cold War politics and social and cultural conservatism leftover from the war, Abstract Expressionism flourished in New York and Chicago – the clean lines of the International Style merged with the engine of the Midwestern sensibility, creating an altogether new architecture that would change the way cities look.
Join JNFA Studies for “Coming to America: Abstract Expressionism in the First and Second Cities,” where we examine the art, artists, and the roles Chicago and New York played in this movement.
DEFINING TERMS: LOOKING AT THE ART MARKET TODAY
In the inaugural JNFA Studies, “Defining Terms: Looking at the Art Market Today,” we dissect some of the myths and loaded terms that obscure, instead of enrich, the art world. Jennifer Norback and Cindy Bernhard co-lead this lecture/discussion using a combination of slideshow and artworks. While the discussion is structured for people with little or no background in art history or collecting, the key subjects strike to the heart of the contemporary market in a way that is relevant to the most learned and sophisticated art connoisseurs.