DPAM is Going Digital

16 April 2020

40 Artists in 40 Days | Sergio Vega’s work on view in The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Photo courtesy of the Depaul Art Museum
40 Artists in 40 Days | Sergio Vega’s work on view in The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Photo courtesy of the Depaul Art Museum

 

As more and more Chicago cultural institutions take their operations —and the arts! —online, we’re excited to announce the arrival of one more digital newcomer. Last week, The DePaul Art Museum shared that they’re going digital, allowing arts and culture lovers alike to continue to Seek Beauty even as they shelter-in-place.

The DePaul Art Museum (DPAM) is a world-class museum operated by the private university. Always open to the public, the museum prides itself in presenting four to nine temporary exhibitions each year alongside a robust permanent collection. Their latest exhibition, The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, was slated to open March 19th at the physical museum. But with the shelter-in-place order, DPAM is reconsidering how to bring their art online in new and inventive ways.

Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator at The DePaul Art Museum began their newsletter announcement: “I am writing this note from my dining room table, where I might be wearing a Dollywood t-shirt and yoga pants to work today.” She went on to say that, “I have always found solace in the visual and performing arts and I know that art can reconnect us to our humanity and to each otherin times of crisis.” To continue building the human connections and communities that will long outlast the virus, the museum is leaving no option off the table for how to go digital.

The new DPAM roster of digital programming includes virtual workshops, such as painting with Leslie Baum and cross stitching with Shannon Downey. They’re also sharing their full collection online, including the newest exhibit: The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Continuing their multiyear Latinx Initiative, DPAM is also featuring interviews and conversations about Latinx and indigienous artists on their Facebook and Twitter each Friday.

Be sure to stay connected with DPAM as they go digital through these programs, live Instagram stories and more at @DepaulArtMuseum and #DigitalDPAM.