We are accepting museum/gallery visitors by appointment only during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Chicago. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
CURRENT EXHIBITION: 9/11/2020
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:
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.
"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.
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.
Black Forest Peace Symphony
Glory of Germania
70 Years of Pow Wow