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Art Thu Apr 29 2010

Art Up the Wazoo

The biggest annual art fair in Chicago, a combination of Art Chicago and NEXT , collectively referred to as Artropolis, starts this weekend at the Merchandise Mart. Just about every gallery in Chicago (and a bunch from the rest of the world) has a booth set up to showcase their artist's latest and greatest. The fair offers curators, collectors, artists and art enthusiasts a comprehensive survey of current and historic work, from cutting-edge to modern masters in a wide variety of media including: painting, photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and installations.

The show will be open to the public Friday through Monday, starting at 11am. Tickets range from $15 to $25 depending on who you are (i.e. student, senior, or regular person) and if you want a day pass or a pass for the whole weekend. Click here to check out a slide show of last year's fair to get an idea of what you're getting yourself into. Click here for more information.

Also worth mentioning, The School of the Art Institute is doing what seems to be a sort of guerilla-style "fashion invasion" this afternoon (at 12:30) at Millenium Park and tonight (at 7) at the Artropolis preview at the Merchandise Mart.

These invasions include performances by "Will Act for Food," a socially conscious local Chicago theater company that will be wearing garments designed by SAIC fashion students and performing choreography developed by students in Advanced Shape & Theory. In Millennium Park, performers will depart from Nichols Bridgeway to the lawn of Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Percussionist, Dan Hill, will be playing the quads interpretively moving the performers along. A brief performance will take place featuring kettle drums and Tibetan horns, and then the performers will continue to move through the park toward Monroe Street. During Art Chicago's opening night preview, performers will walk throughout the Merchandise Mart showcasing designs to all of the art lovers in attendance.

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