Exhibitions and news

Arthur Lerner: Time Binds at The University Club
Arthur Lerners exhibition “Time Binds,” and curated by George Price, explores the intertwined nature of the temporal and the physical within Lerners poetic practice. Through the layering of myth and metaphor, landscape, and the human form, we are asked to muse on the spiritual, psychological, and atmospheric properties inherent within his subject material

University Club of Chicago | 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago | ucco.com
April 8–May 12, 2019

Opening reception Monday, April 8, 2019 5:30–7:00 pm

Considering the Circle at Bridgeport Art Center
Considering the Circle, guest curator Carole Harmel invited 32 artists to contribute artworks about the theme of the circle. At a time when young and “emerging” artists are the center of attention in the art world, it is gratifying to view a show like Circle, that also presents work by a generally older cohort of Chicago artists, demonstrating that creativity continues as long as the artist is capable of working, bringing with it a life-time of accumulated knowledge, experience, and skill.

Bridgeport Art Center | 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago | bridgeportart.com
November 16, 2018–January 4, 2019

Opening reception Friday, November 16, 2018 7:00–10:00 pm

Chicago Personal Mythologies at Madron Gallery
Madron Gallery’s exhibition,
Chicago Personal Mythologies includes works by three Chicago artists: Arthur Lerner, Seymour Rosofsky and Leo Segedin. All three artists offer vibrant yet complicated pieces that attempt to display one’s personal mythologies. Madron’s exhibition creates a world of fantasies and myths and presents three different perspectives on how humans interact with their surroundings and themselves.

Madron Gallery | 1000 W. North Ave., Chicago | madrongallery.com
October 1–November 30, 2018

Opening reception Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:30–8:00 pm

Arthur Lerner’s in Studio Visit Magazine
Two of Arthur Lerner’s paintings will appear in
Studio Visit Magazine, a juried selection of international visual artists. The juror for the winter 2016–17 edition is Jessica Roscio, Curator of the Danforth Art Museum & School in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Chornobyl: Artists Respond
at the Ukrainian Institute of America
In cooperation with The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago, Art at the Institute presents a special exhibition of original prints commemorating the thirty-first anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Organized by Walter Hoydysh, PhD, Curator and Director of Art at the Institute, and Stanislav Grezdo, Curator at UIMA, the exhibition frames thirty works on paper by thirty selected artists from the Chicago metropolitan area. The UIMA invited thirty Chicago-based artists to participate in the project – each artist to create an original print

Ukrainian Institute of America | 2 East 79th Street, New York | ukrainianinstitute.org
April 7–April 30, 2017

Opening reception Friday, April 7, 2017 6:00–8:00 pm


Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago at the Smart Museum of Art
Arthur Lerner is included in this first major exhibition to examine the history and impact of the Monster Roster, which has been overlooked despite being one of the most important Midwestern contributions to the development of American art. It examines not only the complex aesthetics and personal styles of Leon Golub and his compatriots – including Cosmo Campoli, June Leaf, Dominick Di Meo, Seymour Rosofsky, and Nancy Spero, among others – but also uncovers the Monster Roster’s relationships with preceding generations of Chicago artists and influences on the well-known Chicago Imagists who followed.

The exhibition is accompanied by an in-depth catalogue featuring full-page color reproductions of all works in the exhibition as well as a detailed chronology, historical photos, reprints of key texts by Jean Dubuffet and Franz Schulze, and new essays by the exhibition curators and Dennis Adrian, Jon Bird, Thomas Dyja, Mark Pascale, and Arlene Shechet.

Click here to watch Chicago Tonight’s video about the exhibition on WTTW’s website.

Click here to download exhibition information from UCHICAGO ARTS, Winter 2016, Events & Exhibitions Guide.

Smart Museum of Art | The University of Chicago | 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago | smartmuseum.uchicago.edu
February 11–June 12, 2016

Opening reception Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:00–9:00 pm


Chicago Connection – Artists from the Post-War Period at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
Several works by Arthur Lerner are featured in the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art exhibition,
Chicago Connection – Artists from the Post War Period, which focuses on artwork created in the ’50s and ’60s by students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This period is central to the history of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art because it was during this time that the institute’s co-founders, Konstantin Milondais and Mychajlo Urban, attended SAIC. The paintings, sculptures, and prints featured in this exhibition were created by the co-founders and by their peers at SAIC, including Eleanor Coen, Seymour Rosofsky, Ted Halkin, Thomas Kapsalis, Richard Hunt, Robert Kuntz, Donald Vogl, and Maurice Lapp – all were instrumental in many of the prominent artistic movements and groups in Chicago from the Monster Roster to Bauhaus. In addition to the works they created at SAIC, some of their later works are included in this exhibition, displaying the enduring influence that Post War art has on today’s artists’ imagination.

Read an online review of the exhibition in
New City magazine.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art | 2320 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago | uima-chicago.org
July 31–September 27, 2015
Opening reception Friday, July 31, 2015 6:00–9:00 pm

Artistic contributions to Off Owl’s Head, by Thorpe Moeckel
Arthur Lerner summered on a small island in Maine, near Cundy’s Harbor, where he painted the rocky coast, fringed with evergreens. While in Maine, he met Thorpe Moeckel, a kindred spirit who not only helped Lerner with the repairs on his cottage, but also wrote poetry based on his love and respect for the region.

Years later, they collaborated on a book of poetry,
Off Owls Head, which is Moeckels’s poetic take on being gradually absorbed into the landscape of a remote island where he worked as the caretaker’s assistant. Lerner’s painting, Coastscape III, was chosen for the cover of this e-book, published by ISSU.

Lerner and Moeckel share similar styles although one uses words and the other images. Lerner’s cover painting for
Off Owl’s Head provides a fitting introduction to Moeckel’s poetry which follows.

Click here to access the e-book (opens a new browser window).


24th Annual Holocaust Education Project at Elmhurst College
One of Arthur’s paintings,
Hanged Figures, was featured during Elmhurst Colleges’s 24th Annual Holocaust Education Program. The program was curated by Suellen Rocca.

Elmhurst College | 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL | elmhurst.edu
April 27, 2014

Collaborations II at Printworks Gallery
Printworks Gallery presented the second exhibition of 14 artistic couples who expand the boundaries of creative thought. The previous
Collaborations exhibition was in 1998. Arthur Lerner and Carole Harmel join other couples, including fellow gallery artists Karl Wirsum and Lorri Gunn, David Sharpe and Anne Abrons, Nicholas Sistler and Sam Marts, and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and Umberto Tosi.

View the exhibition online here (opens a new browser window).

Printworks Gallery | 311 W. Superior St., Chicago | printworkschicago.com
January 10–February 15, 2014

Opening reception Friday, January 10, 2014 5:00–8:00 pm

Artists Respond to Genocide at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
In honor of the eightieth anniversary of the Holodomor-Famine-Genocide of 1932–1933 in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (UIMA) is organizing the exhibition,
Artists Respond to Genocide. This exhibition features the work of 20 local, national, and international artists, including: Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, Evhen Prokopov & Orest Baranyk, Harold L. Cohen, Klaus Eyting, Christine Forni, Larysa Kurylas, Jason LaMantia, Arthur Lerner, Jackie Moses, Bonnie Peterson, Klaus Pinter, Mary Porterfield, Dominic Sansone, Susanne Slavick, Marzena Ziejka, Eden Unluata, Erika Uzmann, Mandy Cano Villalobos and Pat Zalisko.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art | 2320 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago | uima-chicago.org
October 4–December 1, 2013
Opening reception, October 4, 2013 6:00–9:00 pm

Myth and Metaphor at Printworks Gallery
A solo exhibition featuring new drawings.

View the exhibition online here (opens a new browser window).

View photos from artist’s reception here (opens a new browser window).

Printworks Gallery | 311 W. Superior St., Chicago | printworkschicago.com
March 22–April 27, 2013

Opening reception Friday, March 22, 2013 5:00–7:30 pm

  Printworks Gallery
311 W. Superior St., Ste. 105
Chicago, IL 60657