Blanc and ACRE are excited to present the work of Antonia B. Larkin and Jova Lynne for their show, Our Mother's Gardens. Crafted in dialogue with ACRE Curatorial Fellow, Gee Wesley, 2019 ACRE Residents Lynne and Larkin will show a collection of works that explore maternal kinship as a means through which to not only recover, but recover from, the legacies of grief, care, and resilience that define Black womanhood. 

On August 20, from 3-6pm we invite you to come and celebrate their work for an opening reception at the gallery. As always it will be an opportunity to gather in the warmth and camaraderie of Blanc and to share, listen and engage with art, artists and good vibrations. 

This exhibition is part of an ongoing relationship between ACRE and Blanc, which recognizes the important points of intersection needed to nurture a thriving and vibrant arts community in Chicago dedicated to collaboration, conversation and mutual support. 

Antonia B. Larkin

Antonia B. Larkin is a Black American artist living and working in Savannah, Georgia. Larkin seeks to magnify the Black American gaze through work that centers on the nuances of Black American culture, intimacy, and rest. Her most recent work contains performative video art, photography, and sculpture that utilizes the Black female body in repose, cultural iconography, and sound. Larkin has been an artist in residence at ACRE Residency, Arts Letters and Numbers, and Elsewhere Museum. In addition, her work has been exhibited and screened at the Sulfur Studios, ExpoArt House 2, Elsewhere Museum, and the Clay Studio, amongst others. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Georgia Southern University. Larkin is currently a Visual Arts Specialist at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center.

Jova Lynne

Jova Lynne is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in New York City, of Jamaican and Colombian heritage. Lynne is interested in the parallels between fictional, historical, and personal archives in identity development. Lynne seeks to subvert anthropological practice in utilizing lens, sculpture, and performative practices. She is interested in the cognitive dissonance one experiences when navigating material, text, and media-based archives specifically as it relates to Black culture. Lynne completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art in May 2017. Since then Lynne has been based out of Detroit, MI, and has exhibited in a variety of small galleries and public museums including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Lynne is a grantee from various foundations which has supported her work in media and social practice-based projects in Kingston, Jamaica, and Berlin, Germany in addition to her work in the United States.

Gee Wesley

Gee Wesley is an arts organizer born in Monrovia, Liberia, and based in New York where he works as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Media and Performance at the Museum of Modern Art. Prior to joining MoMA, Wesley held roles as Program Director at Recess (Brooklyn, NY), Curatorial Fellow at SculptureCenter (Queens, NY), Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, PA), visiting instructor at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), and adjunct faculty in the Curatorial Practice MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD). Wesley is a co-founder and board member of Ulises, a nonprofit art bookshop based in Philadelphia. Wesley received his M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, at Bard College.


Opening Reception:

4445 South King Drive
Chicago , IL 60653

Wheelchair Accessible