Session 3

Bisa Butler: Portraits

Member Tour

The SCA is pleased to offer an exclusive member-only small group tour of Bisa Butler: Portraits on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. This private guided 45-minute tour will give you the opportunity to experience Butler’s vibrant portrait quilts that capture personal and historical narratives of Black life.

Advanced registration required

About the Exhibition:

Bisa Butler. Dear Mama, 2019. Collection of Scott and Cissy Wolfe. Photo by Margaret Fox. © Bisa Butler

Bisa Butler strategically uses textiles—a traditionally marginalized medium—to interrogate the historical marginalization of her subjects while using scale and subtle detail to convey her subjects’ complex individuality. Together, Butler’s quilts present an expansive view of history through their engagement with themes such as family, community, migration, the promise of youth, and artistic and intellectual legacies. Bisa Butler: Portraits is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work and includes over 20 portraits.