Whitney Bradshaw: OUTCRY

Whitney Bradshaw OUTCRY Installation Shot, McCormick Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, August 2021, Wall 5 of 7



“OUTCRY is an intersectional social practice project in which womxn have the opportunity to take up space, be witnessed and heard, while joining forces in an act of defiance against the white supremacist patriarchy.”

August 18 – October 7, 2023



Art exhibit viewing times: Tues. – Fri. (11 am – 5 pm); Sat. (noon – 4 pm)


Opening Reception:
Friday, August 18 between 6 – 9 PM at CPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

Closing Reception with Artist:
Friday, October 6 between 6 – 9 PM at CPAC. Artist Whitney Bradshaw will be joining for the closing reception of OUTCRY. This event is free and open to the public.

OUTCRY Scream Session:
On Saturday, October 7th from 10 AM – 12 PM an OUTCRY scream session will be held at the gallery.
Artist Whitney Bradshaw will lead a group of 10 participants through a series of practice screams before everyone is invited to express themselves in front of the camera individually. These sessions are powerful, therapeutic, and fun! The resulting portraits will be printed and included in future iterations of OUTCRY

Sign up is limited to 10 individuals for this event, so we ask that you only register if you plan on attending. All participants will be required to sign two release forms. The first is a model release form allowing Whitney to use your portrait in future iterations of OUTCRY including accompanying press, publications, and the like. The second is a release form allowing Right Problems LLC to use footage from the session in the OUTCRY Documentary film. Forms can be previewed and filled out in advance below.



Whitney Bradshaw launched her OUTCRY project on the night of the Women’s March in 2018, since then this series has grown to more than four hundred fifty portraits of womxn from all walks of life who have chosen to take a stand against a culture that too often dismisses womxn’s voices. Drawing from her background in social work, the Chicago-based artist invites groups of womxn who are not previously acquainted with each other into her studio for “scream sessions,” where they can express emotions—ranging from rage to sorrow to laughter—and share personal stories in a brave and supportive environment designed to cultivate a spirit of feminist solidarity across different life experiences. The resulting photographic portraits challenge expectations around how womxn—and in particular, womxn’s anger—are portrayed in portraiture and mainstream culture. Together these intimate representations of womxn’s power and expression that Bradshaw captures, become a monumental act of collective resistance.

Bradshaw uses the term “womxn” as “an inclusive, if imperfect, term to encompass cis-gendered women, transwomen, and nonbinary and genderqueer people who experience the world in femme bodies.” 



Whitney Bradshaw is an artist, activist, educator, curator, and former social worker living and working in Chicago. Through her practice she seeks to empower her subjects while challenging the social systems that marginalize and oppress them. Bradshaw is currently an Artist-in-Residence with Chicago Public Schools Art Department. She was previously the chair of the visual art conservatory at the Chicago High School for the Arts for 10 years. Prior to that she was the curator for the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and later the Bank of America Collection. In addition, Bradshaw was an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago for 13 years. Her photographs have been widely exhibited across the United States and in Zurich. She has had solo shows at the DePaul Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Atlanta Contemporary, Wave Pool Contemporary Art Fulfillment Center, McCormick Gallery, the Tarble Arts Center at EIU, Adler University, Villanova University and more. Her work has been included in several group shows including Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow curated by Industry of the Ordinary, Director’s Choice PhotoSchweiz 2021, Female in Focus 2020, Dock6 Design + Art 13 and 14 2020 +2022 curated by Edra Soto, Well Behaved Women 2020 at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, and In a Time of Change, 2021 with SaveArtSpace + Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the DePaul Art Museum, Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern School of Law, Agnes Scott College, Dawoud Bey, and the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell collection and have been published in the Ms. Magazine, the New York Times, GIRLS Magazine, the LA Times, Time Out New York, 48 Hills, and Vogue.  In 2018 and again in 2021, WTTW Chicago Tonight ran a segment on Bradshaw’s celebrated social practice project titled OUTCRY.