Session 1

Bisa Butler: Portraits

Member Tour

The SCA is pleased to offer exclusive member-only small group tours of Bisa Butler: Portraits on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. These private guided 45-minute tours 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.

Bisa Butler, The Safety Patrol, 2018. The Art Institute of Chicago, Cavigga Family Trust Fund. © Bisa Butler