Press Release – “Fires Will Burn”: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection at the DePaul Art Museum

DePaul Art Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Fires Will Burn”: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection
DePaul Art Museum
935 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614
773.325.7506
July 10 – December 21, 2014

Chicago, IL — “Fires Will Burn”: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection at the DePaul Art Museum features a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Drawing on DePaul’s own collection, this exhibition surveys a wide range of political expression, touching on racial prejudice, immigration issues and opposition to war. It includes Diego Rivera’s painting of the Mexican Revolution; John Wilson’s searing “Down by the Riverside,” a suite of etchings about slavery; and Gerda Meyer Bernstein’s powerful installation of “The Justice Chair.” Also included in this exhibition is a seldom-seen portfolio of prints by Chicago artists protesting the Vietnam War. Although the works vary widely in subject, scale and medium, the artists share the conviction that visual images can help to bring about social change.

“We are always excited when we can create an exhibition out of our own collection; in this case we have acquired some great things recently, through gift and purchase,” said Louise Lincoln, director of the DePaul Art Museum.

Top Image: Luis Jimenez’s “El Buen Pastor” is a color lithograph which is part of the DePaul Art Museum’s permanent collection.

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