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We are currently scheduling museum/gallery visits by appointment.

Please email to request a visit in these dates: Tues–Sat, 10am–4pm. 

Please request a visit a week in advance to have the best chance of availability.

There is a $5 suggested donation, given at our 4th floor cash boxes or on our donation page.

The Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating artistic and historical exhibits year-round. The gallery welcomes submissions that attend to the German American or immigrant experience, cross-cultural projects, or other works/exhibitions that engage with cultural diversity.

Artists interested in submitting a proposal for a gallery exhibition should carefully review the Exhibition Proposal Guidelines.  All exhibitions must adhere to the Scharpenberg Gallery Guidelines and Policies.

Art Exhibition: August 20, 2021

Stitched Memories: an art show exploring emotions through the lens of memories

Opening reception on Friday, August 20 at 6-9pm in our first floor gallery click here to go to the event page!


Stitched Memories

In her new artwork series, painter Dana Florenta explores emotion through the lens of memories stitched together in a patchwork of colors that convey a seemingly simple yet powerful construct of the immigrant and the overall human experience. Florenta started working on this series in 2020 when the world as we knew it collapsed and when lives, schedules, and future were left to the unknown. As a way of coping with the uncertainty, she relied on her past life experiences and gathered them together in an effort to make them tangible and reassuring.

Florenta likes to describe herself as an "Artist of the world". Born in Romania, where she graduated from an art academy, it is where her artistic soul took roots, sourced by her "bare feet childhood" in the beautiful countryside on the Danube River, by the love of her grandfather, by her German-speaking, art-loving father, and surrounded by the remarkable art of Brancusi and the ever-mesmerizing poetry of Eminescu. 


Lost German Chicago

The exhibition features art, artifacts, and memorabilia from within Chicago’s German-American community. The items record what has been lost in the Chicago German community while archiving and preserving that which has been entrusted to the DANK Haus.

Highlights include items from the following German Chicago landmarks:

  • The Germania Club by the Oscar Mayer family
  • Relics from the Deutsches Haus at the Columbian Exposition
  • Hessen Verein standards
  • Items from restaurants including the original Red Star Inn, Schulien’s Math Igler’s Casino, the Golden Ox, among others
  • Delicatessen Meyer
  • FC Hansa (german soccer club)
  • The Schiller Liedertafel
  • Schoenhofen Brewery
  • Lincoln Park Turner Hall

Brewers, Bakers, and Bratwurst 

A new permanent exhibition celebrating the German culinary tradition of Chicago's North Side. Highlights include memorabilia, photographs, and artifacts from Harry & Guenter Kempf famous Lincoln Square Restaurant, the Chicago Brauhaus.

Dive into the history behind Sauerkraut Boulevard in this interactive exhibit. Brewers, Bakers, and Bratwurst located on the second floor near the main offices. 


"1 Cancer Patient"

Artists Warren Perlstein, Traci Asher, Jane Michalski, Kaitlyn Keely, and Nancy Pirri showed artwork in several mediums––painting, photography, sculpture, screenprint––showing how a cancer diagnosis can be dealt with through beauty, strength, and humor. 

A virtual component to this exhibition was hosted through the platform Virtual Curtain. This exhibition took place in the DANK Haus's first floor gallery, a modern street-level modern space in our building.

This exhibition ran April 30 – June 25, 2021.

"The Rocket's Red Glare: Wernher von Braun through the lens of Barbara Diener"

German-American artist Barbara Diener's work explore the controversial life of Wernher von Braun, a German aerospace enginerr who worked for the U.S. government under the program Operation Paperclip, which recruited scientists who had worked for the Nazi regime.

Diener parses through von Braun's later life in Huntsville, Alabama, where he developed a rocker that traveled to the moon. Rather than simply retelling this complex story, "The Rocket's Red Glare" poses questions and examines how controversial histories are passed on through the generations. 

This exhibition ran September – October 2020.

"Urban Life / Social Fabric"

The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) curated this juried show around the themes of urban identity and the urban landscape. Originally scheduled for spring of 2020, this exhibition was postponed several months due to COVID-19.

The limited-attendance in-person opening reception was one of the very first in-person events held at the DANK Haus during the ongoing quarantine.

This exhibition ran July 24 - August 21, 2020.

"Living Memory: German Americans In Their Own Words" 

In 2019, the DANK Haus recorded over 25 interviews with German Americans in our community. "Living Memory: German Americans In Their Own Words" debuts these stories through audio clips and powerful quotes. Our main project funder was the German American Heritage Institute.

Alongside the oral histories was a debut of the Eintracht Newspaper, a newly acquired collection which we preserved through a preservation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This exhibition ran February 28–June 30, 2020.

"Once Upon A Stein: Bier Steins and the Stories They Tell"

You think you know a beer stein when you see one? They are more than just cups; "typisch deutsch" with their ornate lids and handles. Expand your idea of what makes a beer stein at our exhibit "Once Upon A Stein... Beer Steins and the Stories They Tell."

The Opening Reception was Friday, September 20 in our Scharpenberg Gallery. Shown in all shapes and sizes, these cups are sure to spark conversations about health, gender, work, leisure, and more.

This exhibition ran September 20–December 20, 2019.

Historic Mural Collection

Black Forest Peace Symphony

Chicago Architektur

Glory of Germania

70 Years of Pow Wow

Culture Bridge

German American Cultural Center

4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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