Opening Reception: “Hand Drawn Circle”

Thursday, March 23, 2023
5–8 p.m. central
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Reception: “Hand Drawn Circle”

A central figure, referred to as a "babydoll" by Veronica Cuculich, comprising a yellow, circular head attached to a multi-color body, surrounded by rays or sections of colors: yellow, pink, red and greens
Veronica Cuculich (American, 1930–2010). Untitled (babydoll), n.d. Colored pencil on paper, 14 x 11 in. Image courtesy Arts of Life

Celebrate the opening of Hand Drawn Circle at the exhibition’s evening reception from 5–8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23!

Hand Drawn Circle: Arts of Life Studio Past and Present brings together work by former and current artists who utilize the Arts of Life studio. The exhibition’s title is a nod to one of the key formal components of founding artist Veronica Cuculich’s body of work, which she referred to as “babydolls”: a simplified figure with an often-enlarged circular head that Cuculich returned to throughout her practice. These “babydolls” were often drawn with mandala-like linear elements and stripes of color, visually paralleling many types of religious devotional iconography. The works presented in Hand Drawn Circle comprise a range of approaches to the sacred act of representing thoughts in form.

Light refreshments will be available at the reception.

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The opening reception is free to join! Reserve tickets in advance on Tock or contact us at (312) 624-9487 or, and we will assist you. Walk-ins are welcome!

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