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Gallery 400 is a not-for-profit arts exhibition space within the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It was founded in 1983 to exhibit and support art, design and architecture. Over its history Gallery 400 has presented many exhibitions, lectures, and artist commissions. The exhibitions and programs present a broad range of recent developments and aesthetic concerns and have included more than 1,000 artists to date. It's located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.
Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago supports contemporary art, architecture, and design through exhibitions, lectures, publications and programs that prioritize interpretative reflection and critical inquiry. Operating within a public educational institution, Gallery 400 is uniquely poised to offer innovative programming that serves a range of audiences across the urban fabric of Chicago and UIC’s community.
Gallery 400 regularly exhibits new work by Illinois artists. In group exhibitions Gallery 400 often premieres new works by local and national artists together. Exhibitions in 2009 have included: Our Literal Speed, Paper Trail, This Shadow is a Bit of Ideology, Biological Agents, and Chances are the Comets in our Future: A Visual Introduction to Drag City Records.
Exhibitions from years past have included: Focus Pull: Onion City Off Screen, Frau Fiber: Knock Off Enterprises - the labor behind the label, Justin Cooper: Thread, Asma Kazmi: Relation-Chute, Andy Roche: Black Iron Vatican, Leif Elggren and Carl Michael von Hausswolff: Inauguration of the Consulate General of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, An Atlas, I Am Eyebeam, Carol Jackson, Feel Tank Chicago: Pathogeographies (Or, Other People's Baggage), Amanda Browder and Stuart Keeler: Urban Warp / Weft sculptural research project, Captive Audience, John Arndt : Empire, Jeanne Dunning: Tomato Fight, Carter: Drawings and Polaroids
Voices Lecture Series
Gallery 400’s Voices lecture series is a forum in Chicago for discourse in the field of art and design practice. Significant artists, critics, designers and art historians discuss timely ideas and working methods. Voices extends the educational programs of the Gallery and UIC to provide the public at large direct contact with a diverse range of artistic practices and positions. The speakers in 2009 have included: Paul Hatch, TEAMS Design; Pierre Dorion, Artist; Maud Lavin, Art Historian; Peter Nicholson and Tiaa Hansson-Tuntland, The Foresight Initiative and IKEA; Jonathan Shaun and Elizabeth Redmond; 3.Zero and Independent Sustainability Consultant; C.E.B. Reas, Artist; Paul Murray, Herman Miller, Inc.
Throughout its history Gallery 400 has commissioned large-scale new works through residencies, comprising varied combinations of workshops for students, public lectures, the creation of large-scale new works, and collaborations between the artist, students, and partner community groups.
At the Edge: Innovative Art in Chicago
In Fall 2002 Gallery 400 initiated an annual four-month exhibition series of commissioned works from local artists called At the Edge: Innovative Art in Chicago. The Goal of At the Edge was to promote experimentation, support excellence and nurture innovation in local artistic talent. Some ATE shows have traveled after their commission at Gallery 400. Artists from the series have gone on to exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, one-person gallery shows in NYC and in the PS 1 exhibition Greater New York 2005. The series was brought to a close in 2008. Commissions by Illinois artists continue at Gallery 400 but no longer are listed as an independent series within the gallery's exhibition schedule. A full-color catalog of the entire ATE series is currently in production.