Chicago Cultural Center
Tim Lowly: painting (this world and the next)
December 11, 1999 - February 13, 2000
As an artist active in Chicago for many years, Tim Lowly has conceptualized a group of eight new paintings that constitute an installation related in theme, while greatly diverse in scale. These paintings are predominantly monochromatic single-figure works, each set in ordinary landscapes, which, though simple to the eye, are emotionally complex in content. The artist contrasts, among other things, scale, gender, proximity of viewer and spirituality in these new works. (left: Tim Lowly, Temma on Earth, 1999, acrylic gesso and pigment on panel, 96 x 144 inches)
Tim Lowly, born in North Carolina, received a BFA from Calvin College in 1981. His works are in the collections of institutions including The Arkansas Art Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kresge Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockford Art Museum and Wustum Museum of Art. His art has been exhibited since 1984 in museums across the United States and in other countries..
Also on exhibit through February 6, 2000 is Faces of the Land: Portraits of Guatemala, 1993-1998, by Jonathan Moller. Since 1993, Jonathan Moller has spent much of his time in this Central American country working with refugees, creating this body of work which eloquently portrays the beauty and sadness of Guatemala and its people. Moller employs formal documentary style in an understated way, which nonetheless conveys the poignancy of the Guatemalans' plight and the stark beauty of their land.
The Chicago Cultural Center, an architectural showplace for the lively and visual arts, is one of Chicago's ten most popular attractions according to the Chicago Office of Tourism. Featuring more than 1,000 admission-free programs and exhibitions annually that cover a wide range of the performing, visual, and literary arts, the landmark building is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the country. Completed in 1897, and affectionately known as the "People's Palace, the historic building features magnificent mosaics, marbles, and the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome, among other architectural treasures.
Exhibitions present a wide range of traditional and new media: painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, crafts, architecture, and design. A variety of contemporary historical, and cultural offerings include national traveling exhibitions as well as one-person shows by local artists. Several major exhibitions are organized annually by staff or guest curators. Related lectures, panel discussions, and gallery talks are frequently scheduled.
The exhibition program is aimed at complementing the offerings of Chicago's traditional museums and alternative galleries, to broaden the arts audience in Chicago, and to provide opportunities for Chicago artists to exhibit as well as view significant works of their counterparts on the local, regional, national, and international level. Overall the exhibition schedule reflects a commitment to quality and to showcasing cultural diversity in the arts.
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