Hollis Sigler: Expect the Unexpected opens at Rockford Art Museum

October 14, 2009

Hollis Sigler's "She Wants to Belong to the Sky, Again," 1981.

Hollis Sigler's "She Wants to Belong to the Sky, Again," 1981.

From press release

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) celebrates the deeply personal imagery of Chicago artist and feminist Hollis Sigler (1948-2001).

Curated by Patty Rhea and organized by RAM in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Hollis Sigler: Expect the Unexpected marks the first retrospective of the final two decades of work by this acclaimed artist. The exhibition, which opened to the public Oct. 10 with a gallery walk led by artist Riva Lehrer, a frequent guest on National Public Radio, runs through Jan. 10, 2010, at RAM. It will then travel to the Chicago Cultural Center.

“Hollis Sigler left an indelible mark on art in Chicago, both as an individual and an artist,” wrote Gregory G. Knight, deputy commissioner/visual arts of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. “Her idiosyncratic works—part image and part narrative—comment on the human condition and much more specifically on her personal, emotional responses to life, love and struggle.”

Opening in October to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this exhibition includes selections from Sigler’s autobiographical Breast Cancer Journal, which chronicled her struggle with the disease that eventually took her life.

“Sigler’s family history of, and her own diagnosis with breast cancer in 1985 is but one aspect of her legacy among important American artists of the late 20th century,” wrote Knight. “Sadly, she died in 2001 still in her prime as an artist. And it is her outstanding accomplishments as an artist that now can be fully realized through this retrospective exhibition.”

Merchandise from the exhibition is on sale at the RAM Store. Items include a 96-page, full-color, bound exhibition catalogue for $25; the Hollis Sigler Breast Cancer Journal for $45; and a set of 10 notecards for $18.50. Pre-wrapped catalogue and notecard sets are available. Shipping is available for all items for a $5 charge. Call the RAM Store to order by phone at (815) 972-2865 or visit the RAM Store Web page at http://www.rockfordartmuseum.org/store.html.

RAM is at 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call (815) 968-2787 or visit www.rockfordartmuseum.org.

From the October 14-20, 2009 issue

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