Exhibitions Organized > TRUNK SHOW: LUGGAGE, TRAVEL, & PLACE | Barbara & Barbara Gallery, Chicago | 2009

October 23 – November 17, 2009

On view at Barbara & Barbara Gallery, Chicago.

Curated by Julia V. Hendrickson & Christopher Sykora.


// Storage // Shelter // Transport // Convenience // Place //

What is unique about travel today? How do we choose those few, valuable objects to take with us when we travel? Do these basic necessities define us?

Is 21st century travel primarily a physical experience (getting from one place to another), or a digital one (the movement of thoughts and ideas)?

Is a suitcase a microcosm of a home or a self? Is it a matter of habit and tradition—a purely functional object—or does it imply a new, creative experience each time it is used?

The opening reception for the TRUNK SHOW will be on Saturday, October 24th, from 7-10pm. Barbara & Barbara Gallery is located at 1021 North Western Avenue, Chicago, near the Empty Bottle.

Asked to find a suitcase as inspiration for artwork around the theme of luggage, travel, and place, nineteen young and emerging North American artists have packed their bags and filled the walls of Barbara & Barbara Gallery in Ukrainian Village with thought-provoking work in print, painting, drawing, video, performance, sculpture, and photography.

Participating Artists: Sierra Berquist, Ben Bontempo, Peter McLean-Browne, Evan Burrows, Pete Cuba, Fred Frederick, Julia V. Hendrickson, Landon Manucci, Colin Nusbaum, Emma Powell, Scott Reinhard, David Schalliol, Elizabeth Stoutamire, Christopher Sykora, Sean Sykora, Jessie Vogel, Kelly Wallis, Rustél Weiss, Hannah Zurko

Opening Night Musical Performances by: Anna Vogelzang, Vintage Gramma, Julia V. Hendrickson & Marie Barker (accompanied by Chris Gingrich)

For the duration of the exhibit, Barbara & Barbara will be open weekends, weekdays by appointment, and when the gallery owners are present. Need a trim? Fancy, fabulous, and fun haircuts will be given throughout the evening on the 24th.

Poster design by Scott Reinhard.