In Progress: A Tale of Today Emerging Artist Fellows

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 6 – 8 pm

40 E. Erie
Nickerson Mansion
Chicago, IL 60611

Free with admission to the MCA The Commons, 2nd floor

The final program in the Driehaus Museum’s A Tale of Today 2019 Artist Fellowship series will feature Darrell McKinney, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Luis Rodriguez Rosario, and Brittney Leeanne Williams at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Join these emerging Chicago artists as they share their current projects, practices, and techniques with audiences. The MCA’s In Progress series is designed to give patrons a look into the process of artists, thinkers, and curators. This program is taking place at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in The Commons located on the second floor of the museum.

Darrell McKinney is a designer exploring the intersections across design, art, and architecture. His practice speaks to how design can be utilized to explore the complexities of politics, race, and social infrastructure through the interconnectedness of history, people, and places. Currently, his work spans spatial design, object design, and social practice.

Jeffly Gabriela Molina (b. 1989) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist from Táchira, 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.

Luis Rodríguez Rosario is a Puerto Rican artist residing in Chicago with an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has participated in several exhibitions within Puerto Rico and the United States of America; such as the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and the Museo Antiguo Arsenal de La Marina Española.

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 the 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).

Image: Brittney Leeanne Williams, Untitled (Lemon Tree in Victorville). 2018. 16 × 20 in. Oil paint and acrylic on canvas. Luis Rodríguez Rosario, La Mano Poderosa con deidades tropicales (La guanabana, El Juan bobo, El garabato, La chiringa, El vejigante), 2018. Particle board, box made with mahoe (from Puerto Rico), white oak, carved guayaba wood, carved maple, carved mahoe, 3D printed cork.


Image: Courtesy of the Artists