Exhibitions

Christina Quarles

  • Bergman Family Gallery
    Second Floor, South Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Featured images

  • A dynamic composition of many colors and patterns shows two humanoid figures that are complexly intertwined.
A dynamic composition of many colors and patterns shows two humanoid figures that are complexly intertwined.
Christina Quarles, Can Yew Feel? Tha Days Are Gettin’ Shorter, 2018
© Christina Quarles, Courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Christina Quarles, When It’ll Dawn on Us, Then Will It Dawn on Us, 2018
© Christina Quarles, Courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Christina Quarles, Peer Amid (Peered Amidst), 2019
© Christina Quarles, Courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Christina Quarles, Pour Over, 2019
© Christina Quarles, Courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Christina Quarles, Take It Til Yew Make It, 2018
© Christina Quarles, Courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Text

Los Angeles–based artist Christina Quarles (American, b. 1985) paints bodies that are subjected not only to the weight and gravity of the physical world but also to the pleasures and pressures of the social realm. Her ambiguous and evocative scenes feature figures whose limbs, torsos, and faces collide and merge with familiar domestic objects made strange through her color choices and experimental painterly gestures. Her work explores the universal experience of existing within a body, as well as the ways race, gender, and sexuality intersect to form complex identities. The largest presentation of her work to date, the exhibition at the MCA brings together a selection of her work made over the last four years, as well as a new, large-scale commission that explores illusions and histories of painting.

The exhibition is curated by Grace Deveney, Assistant Curator. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor.

Funding

Lead support is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris: Caryn and King Harris, Katherine Harris, Toni and Ron Paul, Pam Szokol, Linda and Bill Friend, and Stephanie and John Harris; the Margot and W. George Greig Ascendant Artist Fund; Zell Family Foundation; and Cari and Michael Sacks.

Major support is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein.

Generous support is provided by Ashlee Jacob.