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Phyllis Bramson exhibition opening at Herron School of Art and Design

March 7, 2017

Phyllis Bramson's- It's an Old Story ... But a New Day
Phyllis Bramson's "It's an Old Story ... But a New Day"

The Herron School of Art and Design is presenting Phyllis Bramson's "Love and Affection in a Hostile World," opening March 8.

The exhibition surveys three decades of work by the Chicago-based artist. Bringing together more than 25 paintings and assemblages, "Love and Affection in a Hostile World" explores Bramson's ongoing interest in Eastern mythology and iconography from the perspective of the Western imagination.

Mining such popular cultural sources as cartoons, Japanese prints, greeting cards and children's books, Bramson produces vibrant, phantasmagorical compositions that intertwine deeply personal associations with a kitschy sensibility. The resulting works offer sensual and provocative musings on the nature of private fantasy, cultural appropriation and good taste.

"We are excited to bring this survey of Phyllis Bramson's work to Herron," said Valerie Eickmeier, dean of the Herron School. "Bramson has been a seminal figure in the Chicago art scene for more than three decades and, as a prolific artist and educator, remains an inspirational figure to a younger generation of artists."

The exhibition runs through April 15 and is on view in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.

Bramson will deliver the 2017 Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, in the Basile Auditorium at Eskenazi Hall. An opening reception will immediately follow the talk.

The opening reception and artist's talk are free and open to the public.

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