September 7, 2023–February 11, 2024 ​


Life Cycles includes artworks from DePaul Art Museum’s permanent collection in conversation with contemporary Chicago artists not yet represented in the museum’s collection. This exhibition focuses on the processes and materials that structure and subtend life while also examining the life of art objects. In so doing, the time of life no longer has a linear structure, but comes into view as a marvelous tangle, where there is no beginning or end, where death is not the opposite of life, nor the truth or fulfillment of it.


Artists: Gertrude Abercrombie, Kathryn Andrews, Selva Aparicio, Macena Barton, Hugo Brehme Casasola, Roger Brown, Gérard Castello-Lopes, Barbara Crane, Bruce Davidson, Brendan Fernandes, Theaster Gates, Leon Golub, Nancy Hild, Laurie Hogin, William Iaculla, Jerome Kaplan, Jenny Kendler, Nathan Lerner, Laura Letinsky, Maryan S. Maryan, Susan Michod, Abelardo Morell, Mr. Imagination, Laurel Nakadate, William J. O’Brien, Sabina Ott, Angel Otero, Chris Pappan, Dan Peterman, Seymour Rosofsky, Barbara Rossi, Melanie Schiff, Hollis Sigler, Julia Thecla, Chris Vasell, Miwa Yanagi, Nate Young, Claire Zeisler, and more.


Life Cycles is curated by Ionit Behar, Ph.D., Associate Curator, with contributions by David Maruzzella, Ph.D., Collection and Exhibition Manager, and DePaul University Students Spencer Bolding, Chiara Conner, Charlie Delgado, Zoe Hamilton, Ellie Naughton, Eli Schmitt, and Bernardo Soares and organized by DePaul Art Museum as part of the ongoing Learning Studio initiative.


Life Cycles is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and DePaul University’s Vincentian Endowment Fund​.


On the Life Cycle of an Artist

Wednesday, January 24, 6pm


Life Cycles artists William J. O’Brien, Devin T. Mays, Iris Bernblum, and Ava Wanbli moderated by Bibiana Suárez participated in an panel discussion where they shared their changes as artists, their experiences as teaching artists, and art as a mode of survival.


More info here.