Thursday, August 8, 2019, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
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Join artist Julie Green in Upfor’s backroom for a reception and informal talk about their new series, First Meal. Works in the series depict first meals eaten by exonerees after leaving prison, created from stories provided by exonerees and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University. Upfor exhibits a selection from the series with other works by the artist, July 9 – August 24. Read about First Meal via NPR, Vice, Rolling Stone and Eater.

Rodrigo Valenzuela,  Road No. 1 , 2015, archival pigment print, 34 x 42 inches, edition of 3 plus 1 AP.


September 4 – 28, 2019
First Thursday opening September 5, 6–8 pm

October 2 – November 2, 2019
First Thursday opening October 3, 6–8 pm (artist present)

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s third solo exhibition at Upfor is comprised of two parts: in September, a selection of prior work from major series, and in October, the debut of a new body of monochromatic photographs exploring the aesthetics and meaning of Brutalism. Please check back for more information.



November 6 – December 21, 2019

For her first solo exhibition at Upfor, Brenda Mallory presents new works exploring ideas of reclamation and reformation. Often taking relatively simple components and combining them into complex sculptures, she employs different materials across multiple iterations of a form. "For example," Mallory explains, "I created a piece from rubber drive belts, then used that as a mold to create a similar object in cast paper, and yet another in cast glass." Mallory's unorthodox materials and processes often result from seeking new uses for discarded materials. Based in Portland, Mallory is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is a recipient of a 2018 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Artists. Please check back for more information.