Nyeema Morgan: The Set-up

Opening: Saturday, Apr 30, 2022 5 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Apr 30 – May 28, 2022

1612 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

PATRON is proud to present our first solo exhibition with artist Nyeema Morgan. The exhibition titled The Set-Up opens to the public this Saturday April 30, 2022 and continues through May 28, 2022.

Nyeema Morgan’s practice is characterized by an interplay between text, image and object. Her work questions our systems of knowledge and information production: what stories have we been told? Who has done the telling? How have images and language been used to tell those stories? Inspired by recent political events, our angst-ridden culture and media, and the death of her mother in 2017, Morgan grapples with the subject of catharsis in narrative forms such as storytelling, history, and jokes. The exhibition features three bodies of work—horror horror, a print-based series begun in 2018; Like It Is, an on-going series of graphite drawings, and two new sculptures. In The Set-Up, Morgan re-presents iconography to critique the structures and devices that influence our social, political and historical ideologies.


NYEEMA MORGAN (b. Philadelphia, PA) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Morgan earned an  MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco CA, and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY. 

Select solo and group exhibitions include The Scripts Found in a Bottle, Found in a Can, Found in a Discourse (Les Scripts Trouvés dans une Bouteille, Trouvés dan une Canette, Trouvés dans un Discours), The Green GalleryMilwaukee, WI (forthcoming); Soft Power. Hard Margins. (2022), Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, ME; Us We Them | Race Ethnicity Identity (2022), Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA; There is a Woman in Every Color (2021), Bowdoin College Museum of  Art, New Brunswick, ME; Nyeema Morgan (2021), Soft Power. Hard Margins. (2021), table, Chicago, IL; The Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Downtown Train (2021), PS 122, New York, NY; THE STEM. THE FLOWER. THE ROOT. THE  SEED. (2020), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; The Beginning of  Everything: An Exhibition of Drawings(2020), Katherine Nash Gallery, University of  Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Asian Smaisians and Other Abstract Racial Slurs (with Mike Cloud) (2019), Marlborough Gallery Viewing Room, New York, NY; Secondary Sources(2018), Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY; horror horror (2018), Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, ME; The Intuitionists (2014), The Drawing Center, New York, NY; and Projet Gutenberg (2012), Galerie Jean Roch Dard, Paris, France.

Her work is included in the public collections of Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (in collaboration with william cordova and Otabenga Jones & Associates); and Worcester Museum of Art,  Worcester, MA.