Gallery 400 Opens “Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)”

Gallery 400 on April 27 will open “Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations),” a group exhibition that organizes works by 18 noted artists according to a color spectrum to explore color as both formal and social force.

Works by Polly Apfelbaum, John Baldessari, Anne Collier, Gary Hill, Gaylen Gerber, Rashid Johnson, Anna Kunz, Judy Ledgerwood, IƱigo Manglano-Ovalle and Richard Mosse are included.

In approaching the exhibition as a landscape, artist-curators Pamela Fraser and John Neff considered not only spectral color, but also atmospheric phenomena such as infrared, thermal, metallic, and iridescent color. The show reveals how artists navigate interactions among colors, histories, and sensations through a curatorial approach that sees color in expected ways, and through diverse artists working in a wide variety of genres and methods.

In a related screening, “Color Films,” Fraser and Neff organize films and videos along a spectrum that registers changes in color, but also changes in expressive modality: abstraction, ritual, landscape, etc. They include “Infrared Nail Pull” by Paul Dickinson, “Carrie Yellow” by John Kramer, “Pink and White Terraces” by Nova Paul, “Flushing” by Cheryl Donegan, and more.

The opening reception for both shows will take place on April 27, 5-8 p.m.

“Color Films” will be screened on May 23 at 7 p.m.

“Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations” will be on view through June 9; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

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Admission to all programs is free. The programs are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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