In Conversation: Brittney Leeanne Williams and Jeffly Gabriela Molina

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 6 – 8 pm

50 E. Erie
Murphy Auditorium
Chicago, IL 60611

Free Event

What is the relationship between our ideas of home and the construction of our identities? To what extent are we the products of our personal and political histories? In mining these territories, Driehaus curatorial fellow, Kekeli Sumah will be in conversation with two of our Chicago-based A Tale of Today Emerging Artist Fellows Brittney Leeanne Williams and Jeffly Gabriela Molina, to discuss the role of painting in their art practice and how they address these fundamental questions through their work.

Brittney Leeanne Williams is a Chicago-based artist, originally from Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami (Untitled Art Fair), and Venice, Italy (Venice Biennale), as well as in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Williams attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008-09). She is a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient. Williams was a 2017-2018 artist-in-residence at University of Chicago (CSRPC/Arts + Public Life) and has held residencies at Chicago Artists Coalition (HATCH Projects) and Hyde Park Art Center (The Center Program). Her set design for the short film Self-Deportation has been featured at film festivals nationwide and internationally, including Anthology Film Archives (NYC) and the Pineapple Underground Film Festival (Hong Kong).

Jeffly Gabriela Molina (b. 1989) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist fromTáchira, Venezuela. Molina first moved to the U.S. in 2007 and lived in Miami, Florida for four years. In 2011, she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2016. She has participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions and has been commissioned three public sculptures: Nest, Casa de Turpiales, and Vaca-Mariposa, all of which are permanently installed in several locations in Miami and Doral, Florida. Her most recent projects include a solo exhibition titled Suspiro at Kavi Gupta, a curatorial collaboration titled As One Speaks to the Stone with Stuart & Co Gallery, and a group exhibition titled On the Tip on the Tongue at Karen Huber Gallery in México D.F.