This Stillness Opening Reception 

Vanessa German (American, b. 1976).  A Love Poem to Nia Wilson #2  (detail), 2018. Mixed media assemblage, 66 x 36 x 40 in. Courtesy Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

Vanessa German (American, b. 1976). A Love Poem to Nia Wilson #2 (detail), 2018. Mixed media assemblage, 66 x 36 x 40 in. Courtesy Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago

Thursday, April 4, 2019
5-8 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago


Celebrate the exhibit’s opening night with time to engage with the artworks, and the chance to meet the exhibit’s curator, Jamillah Hinson. Light bites and beverages will be provided.

This Stillness is an exploration into the complexities of Black girlhood and womanhood and the quiet reflections of self that arise from these circumstances. The exhibition goes beyond the contemporary use of a traditional Black American art form—assemblage—and delves into themes of autonomy, self-reflection, and the dehumanization of Black women and girls. At the same time, the exhibition serves as an archive of personal, familial and cultural identity.

This Stillness explores mediums often found in the practice of Black American female artists who are re-piecing histories, narratives and memories that were not allowed to flourish in the past. The practices of these artists are the manifestation of the contradictions of living in America while Black and female. Artists Judy Bowman, Tracy Crump and Vanessa German work in drastically different practices—though each evokes strong emotion, displays an understanding of the self and community, and provides a space to examine the fiercely personal narratives that are created.