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Member Preview: Christina Ramberg—A Retrospective

Fri, Apr 19 | 10:00–5:00

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  • Free for members; no registration required

Enjoy a full day of member-only access to Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective and discover the work of this groundbreaking multimedia artist before the exhibition opens to the public.

Christina Ramberg (1946–1995) was an influential and beloved member of Chicago’s contemporary art scene best known for her stylized paintings of fragmented female bodies. Throughout her brief yet focused career, she vacillated between the depiction of various figural elements—hair, hands, torsos, and garments—while also creating equally rich, abstracted forms that emphasize structure and surface.

This retrospective—the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Ramberg in almost 30 years—presents approximately 100 works from public and private collections, with several key pieces drawn from the Art Institute’s collection. From intimate early paintings focused on the pattern and form of women’s hairstyles and garments, to mature work featuring cropped female torsos in lingerie that contains and restrains, the exhibition presents her most iconic imagery while grappling with all phases and elements of Ramberg’s continually evolving career.

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Major support for Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Douglas M. King in honor of Linda L. Spahn and Gene L. King, and Fred and Susan Novy.

Additional support is provided by Kathy and Chuck Harper, Mark and Judy Bednar, and an anonymous donor.

This exhibition is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.

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Members of the Luminary Trust provide annual leadership support for the museum’s operations, including exhibition development, conservation and collection care, and educational programming. The Luminary Trust includes an anonymous donor, Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, Josef and Margot Lakonishok, Ann and Samuel M. Mencoff, Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel, Cari and Michael J. Sacks, and the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation.


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