Bisa Butler : Portraits

Art Institute of Chicago

November 2020- September 6, 2021

The Safety Patrol 2018.HEIC

"The Storm, The Whirlwind, and The Earthquake"

The Claire Oliver Gallery 

February 29th, 2020 - June 27th, 2020

Bisa presented her first solo exhibition at the Claire Oliver Gallery in February of 2020. The cornerstone of the exhibit was a life sized quilted portrait of a young Frederick Douglass. The title of the exhibit was taken from an excerpt of a speech given by Frederick Douglass July 5th, 1852; “What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July?” Exhibited were Bisa’s life sized quilted portraits of ordinary African Americans inspired by vintage photographs.


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Bisa Butler Portraits

The Katonah Museum of Art

134 Jay Street, Katonah, New York

July 26, 2020- October 4, 2020

The Katonah Museum of Art hosted Bisa Butler’s first solo museum exhibit originally planned for the spring of 2020 but postponed because of the COVID quarantines to the summer of 2020. 26 artworks ranging from her very first quilted portrait , to her most recent works were exhibited. The Katonah Museum exhibit hosted 2 artist talks and a full color catalog the accompany the exhibit. This exhibit will travel to the Art Institute of Chicago in November of 2020.