Christina Ramberg American, Untitled, about 1970–1. Felt-tip pens, with graphite and colored pencil on ivory wove graph paper 20.8 × 15.6 cm (8 1/4 × 6 3/16 in.) The Art Institute of Chicago, Edward and Eleanor DeWitt Design Award Endowment and purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor 2000.420 © The Estate of Christina Ramberg
This retrospective celebrates the remarkable career of Christina Ramberg (1946–1995), best known for her stylized paintings of fragments of the female body that critique physical and social constraints. Ramberg’s work, a hallmark of Chicago Imagism, stands out with its gripping yet enigmatic aesthetic, evolving from early technical depictions of women’s hairstyles to mature pieces exploring truncated female torsos bound within garments for the male gaze. This survey features approximately 100 works from public and private collections that span the artist’s career, including 65 paintings, traditional and experimental quilts, and works on paper. Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective is the first comprehensive monographic exhibition mounted after the artist’s death nearly 20 years ago.