New Exhibitions

Barbara Aubin: Hidden Messages

MMAA is pleased to present three exhibits that contextualize the art of the late Barbara Aubin, a well-known Chicago artist, teacher, & formerly active founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s Caucus of Art. “Barbara Aubin: Hidden Messages”, opens Friday, December 9, 2016, and continues through Sunday, February 26, 2017   The second exhibit of, “Works on Paper by Chicago Imagists”, shows the internationally recognized efforts of the “Hairy Who” (& other artists) and demonstrates the influences of Surrealism, Outsider Art, and figuration. The third exhibit mounted from the MMAA Permanent Collection helps to place Aubin in context with the growing roster of important women artists of the 20th Century. These exhibits could stand alone but collectively present a much larger national view of 20th Century concepts in art. It should be noted that Aubin’s work and personal papers were recently acquired by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art & archives. The Midwest Museum of American Art is grateful to the artist, Jackie Moses (Skokie, IL) and Curator Jane Stevens (Chicago) for bringing to our attention the work of Barbara Aubin and helping procure the important cultural contribution of 18 works that will be preserved by MMAA closer to the artist’s home for generations to come.