/ De Pree Art Gallery

Current Exhibit

January 6–February 6

Read a video transcript

In (re)collection Nate Young presents an installation that interprets and mythologizes the life of his great-grandfather. A conceptual narrative, the works on view are informed by personal recollection, oral history, family relics and the unearthed bones of the horse that carried Young’s great-grandfather north during the Great Migration. Both personally sourced and historically resonant, (re)collection reflects on the ways in which identity is formed through action and circumstance and transformed by archive and memory.

Artist’s Talk

February 6, 4 p.m.
Cook Auditorium, De Pree Art Center and Gallery


February 6, 5–6:30 p.m.
De Pree Art Center and Gallery

If you would like to bring large groups through, please call ahead due to a limited amount of patrons going through part of the exhibition at one time.

The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at 275 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.  The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at 616.395.7500.

Artist Bio

Nate Young (American b. 1981, lives Chicago) received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2009 and a B.A. from Northwestern College in Minnesota in 2004. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009.

Young’s recent solo exhibitions include: 

  • Cleromancy, moniquemeloche, Chicago (2017)
  • re:collection, VisArts, Richmond, VA (2017)
  • Stations, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy (2016)
  • The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA(2015)
  • But not yet: in the spirit of linguistics, moniquemeloche, Chicago (2015)

His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including:

  • Four Saints in Three Acts, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, (2017)
  • Chicago Invites Chicago, Galerie Lelong, New York (2016)
  • Retreat, curated by Theaster Gates, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago (2014)
  • the Soap Factory’s Minnesota Biennial (2013)
  • Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012)
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain, California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2012)

Young was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and he is the recipient of the Knight Arts Challenge Fellowship from the Knight Foundation (2014), the Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2014), and the Bush Fellowship for Visual Artists (2010).

His work is in notable collections, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Mott Warsh Collection, Flint, Michigan; and the Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia.

Young is co- founder and director of the artist-run exhibition space The Bindery Projects, in Minneapolis. He is assistant professor of studio arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago.