Elmhurst Art Museum Presents GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A LANDSCAPE Exhibit Preview

Elmhurst Art Museum GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE
Gertrude Abercrombie, Two Ladders, 1947, oil on masonite, 18 x 22 in. framed Collection: Illinois Legacy Collection, museum purchase Illinois State Museum
Elmhurst Art Museum GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE
Gertrude Abercrombie, Untitled, c. 1940, woodblock print on paper, 20 x 16 in. (framed) Collection: Illinois Legacy Collection, Gift of Gertrude Abercrombie Trust Illinois State Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum proudly announces its upcoming exhibition Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape, guest curated by Jenny Gibbs. Featuring works from Chicago painter Abercrombie, who frequently hosted and played with acclaimed jazz musicians in her home, the show will be on view January 20 - March 4, 2018. Additional information is available at www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) was a painter based in Chicago who created surreal and dream-like imagery. She developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained the images of her work with “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include 40 of the artist’s enigmatic paintings of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.”

The Elmhurst Art Museum further speaks on Gertrude saying "Idiosyncratic, charming and irascible, Gertrude was presciently contemporary. Referred to as , "Often referred to as “the queen of the bohemian artists,” Abercrombie has entertained many jazz musicians at her home at parties on Saturday evenings and jam sessions on Sunday afternoons, including friends Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins."

"Like the jazz musicians with whom she was friends, she established a repertoire of themes upon which she riffed for decades. Cats, clouds, ostrich eggs, doors, lightning bolts, rocks and sea shells set in airless landscapes and spare interiors became a shorthand with which she chronicled her recurring dreams, fears and obsessions. Her works are spare and syncopated—“off the beam” as Gertrude would say—and always self-consciously performative."

Guest curated by Jenny Gibbs, the exhibition includes works from the collections of Laura and Gary Maurer, the Illinois State Museum and Elmhurst College.

Public Programs

Exhibition Tour:
Saturday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Join us for an in-depth look at the exhibition Gertrude Abercrombie.
Free with museum admission or current membership.

Exhibition Tour with Donna Seaman:
Saturday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Donna Seaman, the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, will give an exhibition tour focusing on Gertrude Abercrombie’s biography. The painter Abercrombie surrounded herself with fascinating people including jazz musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, held regular jam sessions at her home, and was referred to as "the queen of the bohemian artists." After the tour, Seaman will be available to sign copies of her book. Free with museum admission or current membership.

Elmhurst Art Museum GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE
Gertrude Abercrombie, Reverie, 1947, oil on masonite, 18 x 22 in. framed Collection: Illinois Legacy Collection, museum purchase Illinois State Museum

When

January 20-March 4, 2018

Where

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Tickets

Adults - $9

Seniors (65+) - $8

Students & Ages 18 and Under - Free

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