THE MISSION THE MISSION promotes art of the Americas, with a special interest in Latin American contemporary art

THE MISSION represents artists from the United States and Latin America, promoting an international dialogue through a diverse program of provocative solo exhibitions and group shows. Since 2010, THE MISSION has presented pioneering exhibitions of innovative contemporary and historical art, including numerous US debuts for influential artists from South America. Exploring distinctive cultural, soc

ial and historical contexts, THE MISSION advocates for artists that shape, inform and challenge contemporary art across media and genres. THE MISSION is dedicated to supporting artistic experimentation and forging new exchanges between artists and audiences throughout the Americas.

ON VIEW | Rodrigo Lara : ConstructsApril 20 - June 1, 2024THE MISSION PROJECTS is pleased to present Constructs, a solo ...

ON VIEW | Rodrigo Lara : Constructs
April 20 - June 1, 2024

THE MISSION PROJECTS is pleased to present Constructs, a solo show featuring new sculptures by Chicago-based artist Rodrigo Lara. The exhibition will include works created during his residency at Cerámica Suro.

As a Mexican immigrant in the United States, Lara’s work is informed by fragmented stories of memorialization, time, religion, ancestries, and his own experience of the endless process of becoming. Although classically trained in sculpture, he often eschews traditional ideologies and methods. His works are not always clean, finished, or beautiful. Instead, they break from these formal constructs. His sculptures, works on paper, and installations imagine a culture where portraiture and Catholic iconography are largely subsumed by indigenous visual languages, as well as other millennial religious artifacts and architecture from around the world.

Exhibition viewings by appointment. Email [email protected] to schedule.

Thank you for including us, Chicago Gallery News!DAY 2 of EXPO CHICAGO! Visit us in the EXPOSURE Section, Booth 115

Thank you for including us, Chicago Gallery News!

DAY 2 of EXPO CHICAGO! Visit us in the EXPOSURE Section, Booth 115

This year's EXPO CHICAGO features 170 galleries from around the world – from Paris to to Cape Town to Seoul. Several exhibiting galleries also operate close to home all year round, and in recognition of the special programming that these Chicago and regional galleries are exhibiting this weekend, ...

EXPO CHICAGO opens TODAY! Visit us in the EXPOSURE section in Booth 115 to view new works by Peruvian artist Kenji Nakam...

EXPO CHICAGO opens TODAY! Visit us in the EXPOSURE section in Booth 115 to view new works by Peruvian artist Kenji Nakama. See you soon 👋🏻

VISIT US NEXT WEEK AT EXPO CHICAGO!Apr 11–14, 2024 Navy PierBOOTH 115THE MISSION PROJECTS is pleased to present an EXPOS...

Apr 11–14, 2024 Navy Pier

THE MISSION PROJECTS is pleased to present an EXPOSURE solo booth at EXPO Chicago, featuring new work by Peruvian artist Kenji Nakama. A native of Lima, Nakama made his U.S. debut in a group exhibition last spring at THE RESIDENCE. This presentation will be his first solo exhibition in the United States.

Selected work from two of Nakama’s most recent series, Folding Studies and Exhaled Series, will be presented. These compositions are made of manipulated strips of blank white paper. Some are representational – from Warhol’s iconic image of Marilyn Monroe to Van Gogh’s self portrait – and some are abstract, but all elicit a sense of movement, the gestures of brushstrokes, or the illusion of oil paint dragging on a surface. These visual effects, produced by the dense accumulation of paper sheets, become evident as the viewer physically moves around the piece, changing their perspective and angle. The complex, meticulous arrangement of the paper sheets reveals the physical nature of the material, and the fragility of the paper creates a fluid conversation connecting optical, minimalist, and geometric art.


Kenji Nakama
Exhaled Marilyn (Warhol)
bond paper collage
39 x 39 in

Rest in peace, Jeroen Nelemans (1974-2024)It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to artist and dear friend, Jeroen Nelem...

Rest in peace, Jeroen Nelemans (1974-2024)

It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to artist and dear friend, Jeroen Nelemans.

A beloved figure in the Chicago art community, Jeroen left a profound impact on the many colleagues, friends, and students that he interacted with. The warmth, humor, compassion, and generosity that he projected was and is a comfort to all of us who knew and loved him.

THE MISSION is so thankful for the many opportunities we have had to share his work. In 2013, we presented Jeroen’s first solo exhibition with us, “Returning to the Cave,” which featured multidisciplinary work investigating the construct and lifespan of an image through four incredible series involving lightboxes, light fixtures, and photography. The works were influenced by the importance of the quality of light intrinsic to the piece, an homage to his Dutch heritage.

We organized two additional solo shows with Jeroen in our Chicago gallery space, “Backlit” (2014) and “This Lemon is Not Yellow” (2015). His work was included in in numerous group and two-person exhibitions in both our Chicago and Houston spaces, and we had the opportunity to present his works at EXPO Chicago (Chicago, IL), PArC (Lima, Peru), Texas Contemporary (Houston, TX), and Miami Project (Miami, FL) art fairs.

We join our friends in the art community in mourning the loss of dear Jeroen. We hold him and his loving husband, Jefferson Godard, close to our hearts as we navigate this difficult time.

Matt Magee : Cutouts and Cut-offsNov 11 2023 - Feb 17 2024THE MISSION PROJECTS is pleased to present Cutouts and Cut-off...

Matt Magee : Cutouts and Cut-offs

Nov 11 2023 - Feb 17 2024

THE MISSION PROJECTS is pleased to present Cutouts and Cut-offs, an exhibition of new and recent works by Matt Magee.

Magee collects and stockpiles everyday objects, then cuts, manipulates, and sequences these familiar items into geometric sculptures, collages, and paintings. His assemblages of found materials — aluminum cans, plastic detergent bottles, wire, mica, and glass beads — are influenced by his fascination with language, symbols, and the reflections embedded in certain surfaces. The works are poetic and repetitive, ranging from minimalist abstract geometric paintings, to assemblages of vibrant bars and circles in flat colors, to framed works of glittering mica and reflective metal.

Rodrigo Zamora : Memory TracesSep 16 - Nov 4, 2023Installation views from THE RESIDENCEPhotos by Robert Chase Heishman

Rodrigo Zamora : Memory Traces
Sep 16 - Nov 4, 2023

Installation views from THE RESIDENCE
Photos by Robert Chase Heishman


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