September 14 – October 13, 2012
Reception: Sunday, September 23, 4 – 8pm
Public Conversation: Sunday, September 30, 4 – 6pm
Candida Alvarez speaks with critic Terry Myers
Curated by Anne Harris
Inspired by place, comfort and her own portability, Alvarez will transform the Freeark Gallery into a “directed reflection on a travel memoir.” Through drawing, she responds to the garden, the wall, the space of the gallery, and the verdant convolutions of Riverside, an Olmsted designed oasis surrounded by Cook County’s relentless grid. “I see this exhibition as an opportunity to foreground the importance of my drawings as formal pictorial excavation into my thinking mind. The color green links my travels between Puerto Rico, Maui, Chicago and Riverside. It is memory, it is a meditation and it is pleasure.”
Candida Alvarez received her BA from Fordham University in 1977 and her MFA from Yale in 1997. Originally from Brooklyn, with roots in Puerto Rico, her work is included in public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and has been exhibited at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, SNO Contemporary Art Projects in Sidney, Australia, and Peregrine Program in Chicago. She will be having a solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, December 2012.