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Painting of a hand clasped into a loose fist with white fabric wrapped around three of the fingers and the bottom portion of the thumb. The hand is light-skinned and sports red nails against a mauvish-beige background. Painting of a hand clasped into a loose fist with white fabric wrapped around three of the fingers and the bottom portion of the thumb. The hand is light-skinned and sports red nails against a mauvish-beige background.

Curator’s Choice: Christina Ramberg—A Retrospective

Wed, May 15 | 6:00–8:00

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  • $60 per person. Contact luminary@artic.edu to register.

Join Thea Liberty Nichols, associate research curator in Modern and Contemporary Art, for a discussion of Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition devoted to the Chicago-artist in more than 30 years. Nichols will take a full-spectrum look at Ramberg’s career—including the sweep of the artist’s prolific production and the archival collections that fueled it—before sitting down for a Q&A with exhibition co-organizer Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator, Prints and Drawings.

The conversation will be followed by an exhibition viewing and reception with wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

This event is exclusive to Luminary members, and advance registration is required.

Christina Ramberg (American, 1946–1995) is remembered as one of the most influential artists in Chicago’s 20th century art scene for her stylized, sexy paintings of women’s bodies, in which hands, hair, and torsos are often fragmented and sometimes bound. The retrospective will be the first significant show devoted to Ramberg’s art in nearly 30 years and will bring together almost 100 works, including early-career compositions that teetered toward abstraction, lesser-known textile works made in the 1980s, and her late-career paintings from the 1990s. 

Thea Liberty Nichols is associate research curator in Modern and Contemporary Art. Her work for the Art Institute of Chicago includes co-organizing Hairy Who? 1966-1969 (2018) with Ann Goldstein and Mark Pascale and supporting Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again (2019); Gray Collection: Pure Drawing (2020); and Ray Johnson c/o (2021). She co-organized Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective with Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings.

Mark Pascale is Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has organized and co-curated numerous exhibitions of twentieth-century American art, including, most recently, Lygia Pape: Tecelares (2023) and Joseph Yoakum: What I Saw (2021–22). He has been a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1981.

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