Phyllis Bramson exhibition opening at Herron School of Art and Design

  • March 3, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS -- Herron School of Art and Design is presenting Phyllis Bramson's "Love and Affection in a Hostile World," opening March 8.

The exhibition surveys three decades of work by the Chicago-based artist. Bringing together more than 25 paintings and assemblages, "Love and Affection in a Hostile World" explores Bramson's ongoing interest in Eastern mythology and iconography from the perspective of the Western imagination.

Mining such popular cultural sources as cartoons, Japanese prints, greeting cards and children's books, Bramson produces vibrant, phantasmagorical compositions that intertwine deeply personal associations with a kitschy sensibility. The resulting works offer sensual and provocative musings on the nature of private fantasy, cultural appropriation and good taste.

"We are excited to bring this survey of Phyllis Bramson's work to Herron," said Valerie Eickmeier, dean of the Herron School. "Bramson has been a seminal figure in the Chicago art scene for more than three decades and, as a prolific artist and educator, remains an inspirational figure to a younger generation of artists."

The exhibition runs through April 15 and is on view in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.

Bramson will deliver the 2017 Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, in the Basile Auditorium at Eskenazi Hall. An opening reception will immediately follow the talk.

The opening reception and artist's talk are free and open to the public.

About Phyllis Bramson

Phyllis Bramson is professor emerita of studio arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago and advises painting and drawing MFA students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grants, a Senior Fulbright Scholar and a Guggenheim fellowship, and was selected as one of the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement recipients for 2014. Bramson has had more than 30 solo exhibitions, including those at the Chicago Cultural Center, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Boulder Art Museum. She lives and works in Chicago.

About the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Established in 2006, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings international artists, designers and scholars to the Herron School of Art and Design so that students and the broader public may have access to the wonder of the creative process. Previous lecturers include Julian Opie, Karl Wirsum, Mary Jane Jacob, Andrew Blauvelt, Wayne White, Frances Whitehead and Chad Alligood.

About the Herron galleries

Herron's galleries showcase the artwork of emerging and established contemporary artists and designers, serving the community as a vibrant site of exploration, participation and learning. All Herron exhibitions and artist's talks are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours

Monday–Tuesday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


Park courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis in the visitor section of the Sports Complex Garage (west of Herron's Eskenazi Hall), or park on the upper floors of the Riverwalk Garage (south of the Sports Complex Garage) until 6 p.m. Park on any floor after 6 p.m. Bring your parking ticket to the Herron galleries for validation.

Photo of Phyllis Bramson oil painting titled "It's an Old Story ... But a New Day"

Phyllis Bramson's "It's an Old Story ... But a New Day"

Print Quality Photo

John Schwarb