John Himmelfarb Exhibit at Koehnline Museum of Art

(Featured image: Ferry, 2018 acrylic on canvas with rear-view mirror 66’ x 90”)

John Himmelfarb: How Things Stack Up

Des Plaines Campus, Koehnline Museum of Art
1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines

Viewings take place on Thursday, July 11 – Friday, September 20, during regular museum hours.

In 70 years of making art, veteran Chicago artist John Himmelfarb has always been fascinated by how things stack up. To illustrate this, one could dip into his oeuvre at many points and find supporting evidence. In this exhibition, work has been chosen that follows his use of one motif: trucks. While these can be found in his earliest art, trucks did not emerge as central to his two- and three-dimensional work until 2003. Other exhibitions have explored the many possible interpretations of trucks as trucks, their meaning in our society, or their anthropomorphic references to us as individuals. This selection will place “trucks” in the larger context of things stacked up: Himmelfarb’s use of visual language to render chaos into order, meaning, and ultimately, beauty.

The Public Reception takes place on Thursday, July 11, 2024, from 5 – 8 p.m.