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Cleve Carney Museum of Art Celebrates “Hooking Up” Summer Exhibition | Pro Club Bd

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art at Glen Ellyn is celebrating its Summer 2022 exhibition, Hooking Up: Meet the Collection, with a reception on Friday, July 15.

Showcasing treasures from the COD Permanent Art Collection, the exhibition examines the historical precedents and issues contemporary artists are addressing today, while bringing together members of the community to engage in thoughtful discussion about the works on display.

Reception begins at 6:30 pm at the museum on the College of DuPage campus at 425 Fawell Blvd. This includes an artist talk by the contemporary artist Britni Mara, who will discuss her artistic practice and the works shown in the current exhibition.

Associate Curator Julia Walker, Curator of Hooking Up, will moderate and lead a short Q&A session.

Visitors are cordially invited to view the exhibition before or after the discussion.

The July 15 event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Visit for more information.

Visitors are also invited to stay tuned in for the opening concert of MAC’s free Lakeside Pavilion Summer Series at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.


The Hooking Up exhibition at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art features works such as Cindy Sherman’s chromogenic print For Chicago and Nicholas Africano’s oil manga and cloth on canvas Protégé.
– Courtesy of Clare Britt

The exhibition will feature masters such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Rembrandt Van Rijn to 21st-century artists Maya Lin and Kehinde Wiley from the College of DuPage’s permanent art collection, with works by notable contemporary Chicago artists such as Theaster Gates, Sam Jaffe, Christopher James, Troy Lehman, Riva Lehrer, Jose Lerma, Britni Mara, Audrey Niffenegger, Julia Phillips, Jeffrey Swider-Peltz, Taylor Smith and Amanda Williams.

“The College of DuPage has an amazing permanent collection featuring pieces by some of the most notable names in art history, and this exhibition underscores that,” said Art Assistant Curator Julia Walker. “Artists like Rembrandt and Warhol are rarely found in a suburban museum; that’s why it was important to us to include contemporary works that can compete with these masters.”

Hooking Up: Meet the Collection offers visitors a rare opportunity to make connections between disparate artworks while connecting with others within the museum and beyond. A locally commissioned mural, activities for visitors of all ages, collaboration with Glen Ellyn’s Common Good Cocktail House and other programs foster a community of conviviality against a welcoming backdrop of compelling artwork, both familiar and new.

For this exhibition, the museum’s gallery space is transformed into a creative gathering space, where visitors are encouraged to sketch, write and converse while being inspired by a variety of artworks.

Visitors are encouraged to get involved by hanging their own work on a special wall alongside that of famous artists like Joan Miró, submitting a written or visual work of art for publication in the Prairie Light Review, and writing letters to be delivered to the featured artists become the exhibition.

“Museums should be vibrant, welcoming and enriching places for the community to come together,” said Walker, who hopes visitors to CCMA this summer will feel at home in the museum.

“We are thrilled to be able to share our world-class collection with the community while also featuring many important artists working in the country today,” said Chief Curator Justin Witte. “The Cleve Carney Museum of Art is committed to creating a welcoming and welcoming environment that helps enrich DuPage County, and this exhibit is a wonderful example of that.”

Highlights of the College of DuPage’s permanent art collection include a sculptural bust by prominent artist Kehinde Wiley, perhaps best known for his presidential portrait of Barack Obama, who frequently explores themes related to race and representation in classical art history.

Also on display from the permanent art collection will be screen prints by legendary pop artist Andy Warhol depicting 19th-century Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, a bronze sculpture by celebrated architect Maya Lin, and a series of woodcuts by the late minimalist artist and printmaker Zarina.

Among the many notable Chicago contemporary artists participating in the exhibition is the internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist Theaster Gates, whose work focuses on craft, religious spaces, social practice and urban planning.

A philanthropist, Gates works to revitalize underserved neighborhoods and respond to disinvestment in African American communities by combining urban planning and artistic practices.

Interdisciplinary artist Sam Jaffe uses her work to explore labor, folk, and domestic art traditions, ornamentation, collecting, femininity, and the grotesque fallibility of the human body. Jaffe often uses materials that have been recycled, reused, repurposed, dead, vintage, or otherwise sustainably sourced.

Artist and architect Amanda Williams "Auburn Gresham is Iraq?," part of "Chicago is Iraq?" 2017 series, raises questions about the state of urban space and property in America.

“Auburn Gresham Is Iraq?” by artist and architect Amanda Williams, part of the “Chicago is Iraq? 2017 series, raises questions about the state of urban space and property in America.
– Courtesy of Michael Tropea

Artist and architect Amanda Williams’ installations, sculptures, paintings and works on paper seek to inspire new perspectives on the familiar while raising questions about the state of urban space and property in America. Examining the stark inequalities and systemic injustices that underlie such changes, she challenges us to think about control and freedom, isolation and community, prejudice and violence, love and fear.

Sculptor Julia Phillips often uses the human body as a metaphor for social and psychological experiences. Her works focus on power relations between individuals or between an individual and an institution. Phillips’ works strive to help viewers “identify with experiences that are not (their) own”.

The works of these artists and others from the College of DuPage’s permanent art collection and beyond will stimulate a dialogue between historical precedents and issues contemporary artists are addressing today, while bringing together members of the community to engage in thoughtful discussion about the to participate in the works on display.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and one hour before the evening performances in the Lakeside Pavilion. Admission is free and open to the public.

The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy to found the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the College of DuPage. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition, Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection. In autumn 2020, the gallery was expanded into a 2,500 square meter museum.

In June 2021, the art museum opened with the eagerly awaited exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Timeless”. The CCMA will conclude the 2022-23 season with Warhol: Featuring the Andy Warhol Portfolios – A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America Collection, which will be held June 3 through September through the Bank’s Art in Our Communities program of America is borrowed. 10th, 2023.

CCMA is funded by the Cleve Carney Endowment Fund, which supports essential programs including artist engagement opportunities for community members and students, gallery exhibitions, artist commissions, new acquisitions, and other teaching and learning resources that promote cultural enrichment in our community. For more information, visit and follow @CleveCarneyMuseumofArt on social media.

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