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Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art is the artist’s first solo exhibition at an encyclopedic museum. Grabner is perhaps best known for her intricate, labor-intensive abstract paintings, made with silverpoint and black gesso and others inspired by fabrics found in the domestic sphere. Working also in photography, drawing, video, sculpture, and installation, Grabner has consciously made her art reflect her life, as she draws from her everyday experiences as artist, professor, curator, critic, as well as mother and wife.

Over twenty years ago, Grabner began making her extensive series of “paper weavings.” These works have come to represent the rich interwoven nature of her overarching artistic practice, one that endeavors to work both in and outside of traditional networks and systems. She actively threads together the various roles she has undertaken in the art world, from co-curating the Whitney Biennial last year to managing a leading contemporary art space called The Suburban with her husband, artist Brad Killam, on the grounds of their home in Oak Park, Illinois.

Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art, curated by Tricia Y. Paik, will feature painting, video, photography, a monumental installation of her weavings, plus sculpture made with Killam. The exhibition will also debut a new series of photographic work inspired by the Indianapolis Colts’ 2014 season.

Michelle Grabner (b. 1962, Oshkosh, WI) holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, as well as an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. Most recently, she was featured in her first comprehensive solo museum exhibition at MOCA Cleveland (2013–2014). Other solo exhibitions have been held at INOVA, The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (2012); Ulrich Museum, Wichita (2008); and University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal (2006). She has been included in group exhibitions at Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom (2011); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009); and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2008), among others.
A professor at the Art Institute of Chicago since 1996, Grabner was also chair of its painting and drawing department from 2009 to 2013. She has served as visiting faculty at Yale University, Bard College and University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among other publications.

Indianapolis Museum of Art - Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art - 22.05.2015 - 15.11.2015

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