Erica McKeehen: REVEAL


Fri Feb 03 2023 at 09:00 am to 05:00 pm


The Arcade-Columbia College Chicago | Chicago, IL

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Erica McKeehen: REVEAL

January 9–March 21, 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 5–7 p.m.

Note: DEPS’ galleries will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 19, 2022, to Sunday January 8, 2023.

In REVEAL, Erica McKeehen presents two prominent collages of imagery, Flores Turquesas: Seven Years with Kitty Tornado and Days of Rust: Self-Portraits, as separate pieces in conversation.

Flores Turquesas: Seven Years with Kitty Tornado is comprised of small-to-medium scale photographs and handwritten pieces made in collaboration with McKeehen’s best friend, muse, and fellow performer, Kitty Tornado (who has performed burlesque since 2015). Tornado and her husband David left Chicago in 2019 and shortly thereafter moved to Almuñécar, Spain to live. In the summer of 2022, McKeehen traveled to Spain with funds from the Stuart Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship. She split her time between exploring local burlesque shows and performers in Madrid and collaborating with Tornado in the south of Spain, as well as traveling with her to Granada, Seville, and Valencia. With Tornado now living back in Chicago, both women co-produce Lust for Life, a monthly rock n’ roll-themed burlesque show in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.

In Days of Rust: Self-Portraits McKeehen’s manner of seeing herself reflects on her coded identities as both a stage performer and sex worker (under the alias Greta-X) whose craft and livelihood are dependent upon being looked at. When viewed together, the pieces in REVEAL resist voyeurism and spectacle and instead explore creative comradery and community through nuanced views of femme experience, sexuality, and autonomy.

This exhibition is partially sponsored by Columbia College’s Photography Department and the Stuart R. Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship. The Stuart R. Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship was established to encourage international travel among Photography students while completing a specific project and to support the experience by assisting with the costs of travel


Friday, March 3, 6–8 p.m.


at Haus, 623 S Wabash Ave, 1st Fl.

Image: Erica McKeehen, “Late August, 2019 (Chicago, Illinois),” 2019, archival print

This project is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Please note: For entry into DEPS spaces, masks required.

Erica McKeehen: REVEAL

January 9–March 21, 2023

The Arcade–Columbia College Chicago

618. S. Michigan Ave, 2nd FL.

Chicago, IL 60605

Gallery Hours: Monday– Friday 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter, [email protected]

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Students, faculty, and staff will check-in with Campus Cards. RSVP not required.

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• I have not had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

• I am free of COVID-19 symptoms (see list below).


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Where is it happening?

The Arcade-Columbia College Chicago, 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor, Chicago, United States

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