Exhibitions

Chicago Works:Deborah Stratman

  • Ed and Jackie Rabin Gallery
    Third Floor, North Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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  • Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery
    Third Floor, North Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Featured images

  • A serpent-like creature with horns, clawed feet, and a very long tail, bisected at its tip which wraps around the creature itself, stands on a black background.
  • A close-up photograph shows the eyes and nose of a young light-skinned person looking off to the right.
A serpent-like creature with horns, clawed feet, and a very long tail, bisected at its tip which wraps around the creature itself, stands on a black background.
Deborah Stratman Louis Joliet’s sketch of an Illini mural and an amateur restoration of the mural in Alton, IL, as seen in The Illinois Parables, 2016
16mm film or DCP 60 min. Image courtesy of the artist
A close-up photograph shows the eyes and nose of a young light-skinned person looking off to the right.
Deborah Stratman, Reenactment of the mysterious fires at the Willey Farm in Macomb, IL as seen in The Illinois Parables, 2016
16mm film or DCP 60 min. Image courtesy of the artist
Deborah Stratman, Still from The Illinois Parables, 2016. 16 mm film or DCP. 60 min
Image courtesy of the artist
Deborah Stratman Carl Christian Anton Christensen’s painting Burning of the Temple (c. 1878) and the rebuilt Mormon Temple in Nauvoo as seen in The Illinois Parables, 2016
16mm film or DCP 60 min. Image courtesy of the artist
Deborah Stratman, Still from The Illinois Parables, 2016. 16 mm film or DCP. 60 min
Image courtesy of the artist
Deborah Stratman, “Chairman Fred” mural at 2746 W. Madison St., Chicago IL as seen in The Illinois Parables, 2016
16mm film or DCP 60 min. Image courtesy of the artist

About the Exhibition

Chicago Works: Deborah Stratman is centered on the artist’s celebrated film The Illinois Parables, which chronicles the history of the region through 11 chapters addressing everything from the ‘resettlement’ of the Cherokee people, to the invention of the nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago, to the deadly police raid of Chicago’s Black Panther headquarters. In the film, Stratman travels to the charged locations where these events occurred and discovers the ways that belief, force, technology, and government mark the land, and how the landscape in turn marks those who call it home.

On the occasion of the exhibition, Stratman created an extension of the film—a twelfth chapter—in the form of a recreation of Studs Terkel’s WFMT radio booth and an accompanying audio program of the oral historian's interviews.

The exhibition is organized by Jack Schneider, Curatorial Assistant. It is presented in the Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery and Ed and Jackie Rabin Gallery on the museum’s third floor.

Installation Images

Installation view, Chicago Works: Deborah Stratman, MCA Chicago
July 17–Dec 6, 2020 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Chicago Works: Deborah Stratman, MCA Chicago
July 17–Dec 6, 2020 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Chicago Works: Deborah Stratman, MCA Chicago
July 17–Dec 6, 2020 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Chicago Works: Deborah Stratman, MCA Chicago
July 17–Dec 6, 2020 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

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Thank you

Steve Badgett
Danielle Bitner
Jason Bitner
James Bond
Gordon Carter
Chicago History Museum
Paul Dickinson
Melissa Elias
Melinda Fries
Full Aperture Systems
Gary Johnson
Tricia O‘Connell
Tim Russell
Josh Sauvageau
Allison Schein-Holmes
Kim Soss
Lorelei Stewart
Three Stars Resale
UIC School of Art & Art History
Rebekah Wiest
WFMT