on the wall: Nina Chanel Abney

13 June - 23 August 2015

Aggregating language and symbols sourced from the internet, popular music, and everywhere in between, Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings capture the tension of the digital age. For her on the wall installation at moniquemeloche, Abney will work in situ, accumulating imagery that is Chicago-centric to create a 25 foot mural that is inspired by a site specific collage she created for the Made By Brazilians exhibition in Sao Paolo in 2014. This installation is part of Look At Me Now!, a group exhibition curated by Allison Glenn.


Nina Chanel Abney (American b. 1982, Chicago, lives New Jersey) received her MFA from Parsons School of Design (2007) and her BFA from Augustana College (2004). Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Nasher Art Museum at Duke University in 2017. Recent exhibitions include AfterModernism, Nassau County Museum, New York (2013); The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (2012); Extended Family: Contemporary Connections, Brooklyn Museum (2009); 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2008), which traveled to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C (2011), Milwaukee Art Museum (2012), Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2014), amongst other places, that is currently on view at the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock (through June 21), and will complete at the Detroit Institute of Arts (2015-2016). The Huffington Post named Abney one of the “30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know” in 2013, and her work has been published in The New York Times, Artforum, Studio: The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, The Miami Herald, ELLE Magazine, Paper Magazine, amongst others. Her paintings are in the prestigious collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Rubell Family Collection.


Generously funded in part by a grant from the Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33, the on the wall series is a rotation of projects on the gallery’s 10 x 25 foot wall. It is viewable from Division Street 7 days a week, 365 days a year, through floor to ceiling windows.