As we wrap up the month of October, we want to reflect on the journey of our current exhibition, “The History of the Chess Queen – or the Advent of Feminine Power.” For us, the employees and interns at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, it’s been a great experience being able to work closely with artists who create in many different kinds of mediums and come from countries all over the world such as Australia, England, Scotland, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Cuba and the United States
The opening of the show was a great success. We had hundreds of people walking in and out of our doors to admire the work of many talented artists who came together to celebrate the importance of women throughout history. As we get closer to the end of the show (which will come down October 27th) we wanted to honor the author of the book who inspired our exhibition: Marilyn Yalom's Birth of the Chess Queen.
Marilyn Yalom, author and historian who serves as senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, came to Hilton | Asmus Contemporary on October 10th to give a talk about her book Birth of the Chess Queen and what inspired her to write it. Yalom also talked about her research which took her all over the world as she tried to trace the complicated history of chess in different countries and cultures. Books were signed, photos were taken, and it was a very inspiring evening with many of the artists who participated in the show coming to meet Yalom. We’re hoping to have Marilyn back at the gallery in January for the release of her newest book The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love!
While we have been busy at the gallery with the Chess Queen show, Arica Hilton, president and curator of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, has had many exciting successes of her own. On October 5th she had a show at the Union League Club of Chicago where she displayed paintings from her series “I Flow Like Water.” Hundreds of people showed up to see the exhibition, which was hung in the presence of works by Monet and Cezanne among many other iconic artists in history. The event was incredible and Arica talked about artists who inspire her and what painting means to her. Congratulations, Arica!
As October is quickly coming to a close we are starting to prepare for another big upcoming event: David Yarrow. David Yarrow has spent his career capturing the beauty of our planet’s remote landscapes, cultures, and endangered animals. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966, he is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer and currently the world’s best-selling wildlife photographer. His exhibition “Wild Encounters” will be open to the public at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary on November 10th so stay tuned for more news and events regarding the show!
It has been an exciting couple of months at the gallery and we look forward for much more to come!
Ivana Gatica, Intern at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary