At the Rita: Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities

Deb Sokolow: Loose History

All work courtesy of Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL.

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Deb Sokolow Artist Talk

About Sokolow

Deb Sokolow is a Chicago-based artist. Her drawings have been exhibited at the 4th Athens Biennale in Greece, Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in Germany, the Drawing Center in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smart Museum. Her work can be found in permanent collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2 survey on contemporary drawing. Sokolow's drawings were recently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. from June 15, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Her 2019 show at Western Exhibitions in Chicago was reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail. Sokolow received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. 

Loose History: A Discussion

with Artist Deb Sokolow and Historian Sandy Moats

Loose History Discussion

This discussion focuses on frequent themes relating to politics, historic events, and conspiracy that continue to show up in Sokolow’s work. 

These themes include her experience working for a Congressman on Capitol Hill in 1991, her cousin Irving Sokolow’s connection to a young Lee Harvey Oswald, how the dark triad traits might manifest in various world leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, and seemingly harmless anecdotes on a number of former U.S. presidents, unnamed presidential candidates, campaigns, intelligence figures and a presidential lover.

About Moats

Sandy Moats is a political historian focusing on the nation's founding period. Her first book, Celebrating the Republic, dealt with presidential ceremony, while her forthcoming book deals with George Washington and the Neutrality Proclamation of 1793.  She is an associate professor of history at UW-Parkside and received her Ph.D. from UCLA.

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Colin Matthes

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