Monique Meloche founded her eponymous gallery in Chicago’s West Loop in 2001 with an international roster of emerging artists working in all media. Our program has been diverse and inclusive since its inception, and we continue to be a bellwether for artistic talents early or under-recognized in their careers.
Taking a curatorial approach honed after Meloche’s six years at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and in directorial positions at both Rhona Hoffman and Kavi Gupta Galleries, we present conceptually challenging programming in Chicago and at art fairs internationally with an emphasis on institutional outreach. The gallery’s focus is on discovering and fostering emerging artists like Rashid Johnson, Amy Sherald, Ebony G. Patterson, and Sanford Biggers – bringing them to the attention of collectors, curators, institutions and global audiences. The gallery has grown from being locally recognized as one of the best in Chicago to being respected internationally with our artists collected by public institutions worldwide.
The gallery promotes politically minded contemporary art, presenting six exhibitions annually in Chicago and participating in three to five art fairs per year. In addition, we previously commissioned three public art installations annually in our front window “on the wall” exhibition space and on neighborhood bus benches by visiting artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Hank Willis Thomas, Nina Chanel Abney, Abigail DeVille, Kay Rosen, Michelle Grabner, and assumevividastrofocus, among others. In summer 2018, the gallery moved to a new and significantly expanded space on Chicago’s West Side. Our new home was inaugurated by a long-awaited solo exhibition by Jeff Sonhouse, whose work we first exhibited in a 2005 group show organized by then-independent curator Franklin Sirmans. With this new space, we have expanded our yearly exhibition capabilities, and look forward to both nurturing and developing our gallery roster.