Opening Reception: “What Are Words For?”

Friday, February 3, 2023
5–8 p.m. central
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Reception: “What Are Words For?”

Mixed media piece with big, blue letters "C.E." at the top and "Counterpoint" at the bottom; a gray, blue and red elephant at the center of the composition; red letters and swatches of color in the top right corner
Luke Shemroske (American, b. 1991). Counterpoint, 2018. Mixed media on canvas, 9 x 12 in. Photo courtesy Project Onward

Celebrate the opening of What Are Words For? at the exhibition’s evening reception from 5–8 p.m. on Friday, February 3!

What Are Words For? features works of art by six Project Onward artists: Catherine Butterfly, William Douglas, Safiya Hameed, Molly McGrath, Luke Shemroske and Lucy Woodhouse. The exhibition centers on the significance of words and language represented in art—What do the words mean? How do they enhance or challenge the images they accompany? Is their presence as significant as their absence? These questions serve as points of entry for audiences to consider when looking at the varied styles of each artist.

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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