ART Exhibitons | 2020-2021 “bisa butler: portraits,” at the art institute of chicago

From the Art Institute of Chicago | Video: Bisa Butler, Quilting for Culture is Produced by Sok Vision, this video takes us inside Bisa Butler’s studio as she talks about her family and upbringing, her education at Howard University, her textile practice, and her aspirations of making art that reflects our times.
Anaya with Oranges, 2017 – (c) Bisa Butler, Photo by Margaret Fox, Art Institute of Chicago
The Broom Jumpers, 2019 (c) Bisa Butler, Photo by Margaret Fox, Art Institute of Chicago
Dear Mama, 2019 Bisa Butler – (c) Bisa Butler, Photo by Margaret Fox, Art Institute of Chicago

New Jersey based artist, Bisa Butler is the first African American solo artist to exhibit a textile exhibition inside the Art Institute of Chicago. Butler’s colorful, detailed, and visual portrait quilt stories, will have you in Bisa Butler’s art-esthetic space for days. According to the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition site, “Butler made her first portrait quilt, Francis and Violette (Grandparents), while earning a master’s degree in arts education at Montclair State University, New Jersey.” The artist’s work is based on themes about Black community, family, migration history, the youth, and art legacies. Learn more about Bisa Butler and view artwork from her exhibition entitled, Bisa Butler: Portraits on view through April 19, 2021 at the Art Institute of Chicago online. More information is available on their website about in-person visits. Visit the art biopic exhibit here:

ON VIEW: Bisa Butler Portraits @ The Art Institute of Chicago

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