David Johnson & Philip Matthews

Wig Heavier Than A Boot


Filter Photo is pleased to present closing programming for Wig Heavier Than A Boot, an exhibition bringing together photography by David Johnson and poetry by Philip Matthews.

Lunchtime Reading

At 12:30 PM CT, join current exhibiting artist Philip Matthews for an online lunchtime reading alongside poet Aricka Foreman and novelist Amanda Goldblatt. Each writer—celebrating the recent release of a book—will read for 10 minutes. The reading will be live-streamed on the @filterphoto Instagram.

Closing Reception

Join us at Filter Space from 5:00 - 9:00 PM CT for a Closing Reception with the artists. Filter Photo Executive Director Jennifer Murray will lead a discussion with the artists at 6:30 PM, and Philip will offer one-on-one poetry readings to visitors throughout the night. The talk will be live-streamed on the @filterphoto Instagram for those that are unable to join us in person.

In accordance with current health & safety guidelines, entrance to the gallery will be limited to no more than 10 people at a time & timed-entry reservations are required. Please wear a mask for the duration of your visit and practice social distancing from those not in your party. Reserve a timed-entry slot for your visit on our reservation form.

Watch the exhibition walkthrough here

Aricka Foreman is an American poet and interdisciplinary writer from Detroit MI. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber, and Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Offing, and spends her time in Chicago, IL engaging poetry with photography & video.


Amanda Goldblatt is the author of the novel Hard Mouth (Counterpoint Press, 2019). She lives in Chicago.


Philip Matthews is the author of Witch (Alice James Books, 2020) and Wig Heavier Than a Boot (Kris Graves Projects, 2019), a collaboration with photographer David Johnson. A poet from eastern North Carolina, he currently resides in rural Sauk County, Wisconsin. Up to this point, his practice has been anchored by site-specific meditation and performance: he is curious about what happens next.

This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency. The Artist Talk series is supported in part by the Hegner Family Foundation.

Exhibition Dates: June 26 – August 15, 2020

Closing Programming: August 13

Lunchtime Reading: 12:30 pm  
Closing Reception: 5 – 9 pm *Reserve your timed-entry slot

Artist Talk: 6:30 pm

Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday | 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday | 12 - 4 pm


Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



Monday - Friday | 11am - 5pm 

Saturday | 12 pm - 4 pm

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Fogelson Family Foundation, The Hegner Family Foundation, and Art Works of the National Endowment for the Arts.