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Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

5550 South Greenwood Avenue

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Artistic Cognitive Dissonance: The ART OF REPRESENTATION and EXPANDING NARRATIVES

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Monique Meloche, Owner Meloche Gallery and Solomon Adufah, Artist

In conjunction with the SMART MUSEUM’S Exhibit “Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground, this is another in a series of “Salon Talks” that examine the depth, breadth and global impact of the Black aesthetic, in particular; and, the creative expressions of all people of color.




About Monique Meloche:

Monique grew up immersed in the art of the deal, via her car-salesman father in Windsor, Ontario, but never intended to combine art with commerce. Armed with degrees in art history from the University of Michigan and a master's from the School of the Art Institute she spent her early career at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Rhona Hoffman Gallery and Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago before opening her namesake gallery in 2001.

Over the years Monique has played pivotal roles in the careers of artists like Rashid Johnson and in 2011, founded what quickly became a successful venture called Gallery Weekend Chicago, to make the city a global destination for contemporary art.

About Solomon Adufah:

Though born and raised in Ghana, this self-taught Chicago based artist has successfully taken what started as a drawing hobby and forged it into a professional artistic career.

Solomon's mission is to open the world’s eyes to the positive wonders of Africa through his paintings and dispel the negative perception created by an American media lens which often focusses on war, poverty, and famine. Using his artwork as a tool to react to this narrative, Solomon celebrates African culture through portrait paintings like his Homeland Series: which captures the essence of subjects he meets during his travels to Africa.



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