Marcos Raya – Night Train
Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 6-9pm
June 2 - July 30, 2017
Chicago artist Marcos Raya has a long, established career and a varied practice, with topics that range from futurism and surrealism, to social, sexual and political commentary. In this solo exhibition, the scope of Raya’s work is narrowed to highlight some of the most poignant and resonate subjects that he explores. Raya regularly includes his own image and autobiography into his work, including some of the darker experiences from his life and the world around him. The artist approaches issues like alcoholism, illness, war, poverty and racism with understanding, criticality and astonishing insight, also imbuing these grim topics with a unique combination of wit, absurdity and strangeness.
Born in Mexico, Marcos Raya has become an inextricable part of Chicago’s artistic landscape. Known in the 1970s and 1980s as a prominent Pilsen muralist, Raya has long been active both personally and artistically in social and political issues; these topics continue to permeate his studio practice of painting, collage and found object works. The artist studied at Windsor Mountain Preparatory School in Lenox, MA. Raya has exhibited widely throughout the country and internationally, including such venues as Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Mexican Museum in San Francisco, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Raya’s work is in the permanent collections of the MCA Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. Raya’s murals can be seen on the streets of Pilsen to this day.
Curated by Robin Dluzen and Stanislav Grezdo
Gallery Talk: Marcos Raya and Lynne Warren, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2pm
Preview exhibition – HERE
Selections from Permanent Collection
January 13 - July 4, 2017
As UIMA celebrates its 45th Anniversary, the gallery’s south wall features works by and about some of the most influential figures in UIMA’s history, including Lialia Kuchma’s tapestry portrait of former UIMA curator Wasyl Kacurovsky; a self portrait by Kacurovsky himself; two paintings by one of UIMA’s founding artists, Mychajlo Urban; Gregor Kruk’s bronze sculpture of founding patron, Dr. Achilles Chreptowsky; and Lida Petruniak-Colucci’s screen print portrait of founding artist, Konstantin Milonadis.