Blockbuster: Expo Chicago 2024

New York, NY – Bill Hodges Gallery is pleased to participate in Expo Chicago, April 11 – 14, 2024. We will be exhibiting a selection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, collages, and sculptures by modern and contemporary Black artists. Each of these works exemplifies the creative ingenuity of some of the most talented and innovative creative minds of their respective generations. Artists such as Agustín Cárdenas (1927 – 2001), Norman Lewis (1909 – 1979), and Stanley Whitney (1946 – ) have heavily influenced the development of abstraction to this day, while artists such as Jacob Lawrence (1917 – 2000), Wifredo Lam (1902 – 1982), and Beauford Delaney (1901 – 1979) articulated central tenets of modernism and of twentieth-century sociopolitical thought through their figurative work.

Certain artists, including Richard Hunt (1935 – 2023) and Eldzier Cortor (1916 – 2015), carry strong associations with Chicago. Hunt and Cortor both grew up in Chicago and maintained connections with the city all of their lives. Alongside others including Charles White and Archibald Motley, Jr., Cortor founded the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood in 1940, a location where Hunt attended classes in his youth. The Art Center remains a hub for art learning in the city, the only WPA-affiliated art center that remains. Also instrumental to Hunt’s creative development was the Art Institute of Chicago, where he took classes as a high school student interested in sculpture, and went on to receive his BFA from the School of the Art Institute. Hunt lived and worked in Chicago until his passing last year.

Our exhibition at Expo Chicago contains a wide scope of creatively innovative work. In addition to the artists discussed above, this exhibition features works by Romare Bearden (1911 – 1988), Zanele Muholi (1972 – ), Beauford Delaney (1901 – 1979), Howardena Pindell (1943 – ), and Glenn Ligon (1960 – ).

We are honored to display these artists’ work and celebrate their continuing legacies.

Bill Hodges Gallery will be at booth #458.