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Phyllis Bramson is an enigmatic and influential artist and professor in the Chicago art world. Her lush colors, coy figuration and wholehearted embrace of the decorative in the service of masterfully composed assemblages and paintings that draw the viewer ever further in to many layered stories are continuous threads in her decades long practice of artmaking and teaching. Bramson’s use of kitsch objects, erotic overtones and Orientalist references creates lightly veiled, deeply complex works. The Chicago Cultural Center’s exhibition “Under the Pleasure Dome” is a wide selection of paintings and assemblages drawn from the artist’s collection and illustrative of her work over many years including examples of her most recent “scroll” series.
Exhibition Preview with the Artist
Friday, June 3, 5–7pm
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
Panel Discussion “Coming to Terms with Orientalism: Forbidden Terrain for Artists?”
Tuesday, June 14, 6–7: 30pm
Panelists: Lisa Yun Lee, Director of the School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois Chicago; Laura Kina, Artist and Professor of Art, Media and Design, DePaul University; Lynne Warren, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Doug Stapleton, Artist and Associate Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery; and moderated by Phyllis Bramson.
Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
In a special tribute this summer, the Chicago Department of Transportation will take inspiration from Phyllis Bramson’s artwork for the design and color palette of the median landscaping along Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to Oak Street. Starting in June, the swirls of colored plantings will grow and change throughout the season.