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  1. Thursday, April 25, 2024

  2. Friday, April 26, 2024


Raeleen Kao: 21c Chicago

About the Exhibition

On view March – April 2024


Join us on March 21st from 6-8pm for an artist reception, featuring Raeleen Kao! Reserve your tickets now.


Raeleen Kao describes her work as an overgrown refuge that reaches out and folds her up within the safety of looming nest-like bodies. These chimeric manifestations were born to ward off the solitude of trauma, to take possession of pain, and demonstrate that the monsters we cultivate can be protectors too. Her work is simultaneously an act of mourning and an analysis of women’s body politics stemming from outdated puritanical literature, mythology, folktales, and buttoned-up Victorian superstitions, which contemporary society obtusely clings to.


On view in Gallery 3 is a trio of Kao’s work illuminating her practice as a printmaker and includes a site-specific installation of Vital Signs, composed of printed etchings, hand-cut paper, and wax.


Raeleen Kao is an over-caffeinated drawer, printmaker, and paper sculptor residing in Chicago with an endless mission to hug every cat and braid every pie crust.  She is a recipient of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship in Visual Art, the Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant, and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artist Program (IAP) Grant.  Her work is represented by Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago and is in the permanent collections of the Kohler Art Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art, the University of Richmond Rare Books & Special Collections, and the North Carolina State University Libraries Special Collections.


Elevate at 21c presents temporary exhibitions of works by artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel. Elevate provides hotel guests and visitors with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s contemporary art space.