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Art Tue Sep 30 2014

FLATS Studio Opening Reception: Gravity

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Flats is a Chicago-based company that curates live-in spaces for those with character, authentic taste and design. The rent for FLATS is affordable and the spaces are exquisite. In addition to apartments, FLATSstudio is the sister to the housing unit -- the exhibition aspect that displays artists and creatives in the Chicago area in the Uptown neighborhood.

Last Friday, FLATSstudio exhibited its first formal show, titled Gravity. Ethereal forces and otherworldly shapes filled the space, located in a beautifully adorned and decorated building on Wilson Avenue. The opening reception featured nine artists ranging from painting, photography, and installations. Movable walls throughout the large gallery featured liquid mixtures of blood and water by Jen Lewis which were eloquently placed alongside Edward Muela's two pieces which featured a deteriorating clay baby in a clear container.

The show glowed with hues of pink, red and green. All of the pieces reflected and aided one another to create a cohesive and successful collection of works by Chicago artists.

In addition to the hues, Gravity displayed two floor-to-ceiling pieces that spread out like a red carpet (although black and white in shade) across the space. The connections between all of the artists and artworks displayed a strong sense of an ubiquitous force or impression of emotion.

Thoroughly impressed, visitors mingled, sipping on delicious cocktails from Koval Distillery and listening to a DJ set throughout the night. The show will run through Oct. 10 and may be viewed by appointment only. The FLATSstudio gallery is located on 1050 W. Wilson Ave. Contact (855) 443-5287 for appointments and other questions.


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Art Mon Jul 21 2014

Chicago Tree Project Turns Dead Wood into Sculpture

This summer, the Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International, commissioned artists based in the area to create artwork made out of dying trees. Either due to Emerald Ash Borer or various other tree diseases, these trees were transformed into sculptural pieces of art by selected artists around the Chicago area. Overall, a selection of 10 artists were made and each creative was given a tree to work over and embellish. The artists selected for this project are, Mia Capodilupo, Ron Gard, Kara James, Karl and Indira Johnson, Margot McMahon, Nicolette Ross, Marc Schneider, Vivian Visser, Taylor Wallace and Cheryl Williams.

The vibrant sculptures bring back to life the once sick and dying trees. In addition to this, the public art in conjunction with nature brings forth a beautiful display of creative work throughout the city of Chicago. The project was organized by Chicago Sculpture International which is a group of artists who promote sculpture as an important aspect to our communities and surroundings.

Learn more about the project and their locations by watching the video below and liking the Chicago Sculpture International Facebook page. Here is a map of the tree locations around the parks in the city.

Chicago Park District•Chicago Sculpture International Tree Project from Margot McMahon on Vimeo.

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Art Around Town Fri Nov 22 2013

Weekend Art Pick: Vision Quest 2013

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Okay, okay. So it already started last night. But if you're only going to make it to one art event this weekend, check out Vision Quest 2013.

Held at Mana Contemporary in East Pilsen near the river, Vision Quest is a three-day post-internet [IRL] translation of the dinca.org blog experience, featuring a handful of screenings and live A/V performances that travel the niches of internet art, computer art, new and experimental media, video art, avant-garde film and video, documentary and ethnographic cinema.

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Art Around Town Fri Nov 08 2013

Weekend Art Pick

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Here it comes: another more-is-more Weekend Art Pick for ya! There are a lot of MFA-student open studios this weekend, and there's bound to be something for everybody at them. Open studios are a great way to get a sense of an artist's process and usually provide the opportunity to speak with the artists themselves. Plus, you get to see brand new work.

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Art Around Town Fri Nov 01 2013

Weekend Art Pick: HATCH Projects' Twelve Variations

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Kristin Nason, untitled, mixed media, 2013. Photo courtesy of CAC.

Hatch Projects was just nominated by Newcity as the "Best Opportunity for Emerging Artists" because of the impressive critical infrastructure the Chicago Artists Coalition has built around the studios it houses to support its resident artists' practices and careers. It promises regular contact with curators, critics, collectors and arts administrators... even a solo exhibition for each member. To see what has come of it, head over to the CAC in the West Loop tonight for Twelve Variations.

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Art Around Town Fri Oct 25 2013

Weekend Art Pick: East Garfield Park Open Houses

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East Garfield Park curator Edra Soto (right) with Featured Artists Andrea Jablonski (left) and DJ Mr. Voice (center)

There are a bunch of shows opening in the West Loop tonight, but if only because of its sheer breadth (and that's not the only reason), if you can only go to one "art event" this weekend (because those are the parameters I've committed to for this weekly column), go to East Garfield Park.

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Art Around Town Fri Oct 18 2013

Weekend Art Pick: Rusty Shackleford Dream Feeder & Katie Torn Dream House @ Roots & Culture

This weekend, if you can only go to one art opening, go to David Sprecher's Anchors on Sunday -- his second solo exhibition at Peanut Gallery. He has built a false wall and is playing with perception subtly through various methods, and his playful approach to art making combined with his personal investigation into the human body and spirit makes for a compelling exhibition. BUT, because of my personal involvement with Peanut Gallery I may be biased, so I'm going to give you another option.

Rusty Shackleford Dream Feeder & Katie Torn Dream House

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How about some colorful prints, paintings, arrangements & video work loosely based on nostalgia and technology at Roots & Culture?

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Art Around Town Thu Oct 10 2013

Weekend Art Pick: Little Man Pee Pool Party: The Whiz Paddler's Lament

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If you can only go to one art show this weekend, consider spending a portion of your Friday night checking about a bunch of new sculptures that pee into wading pools!

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Art Fri Oct 04 2013

Weekend Art Pick: Dock 6 Art & Design 6

Every weekend in Chicago, there is more art available to check out than any of us actually have time for. Most of it is listed at thevisualist.org and at Art Talk Chicago. For those of you who have a hard time deciding which to go to, I'll make a recommendation for you every week. This week's pick:

Dock 6 Art & Design 6

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Art Wed Oct 02 2013

Live Painting: Ennis Martin's "Playful Darwin"

Ennis.jpgIt's a 10 o'clock on a Tuesday, and the regular crowd shuffles in. Among the regulars is Ennis Martin, a local artist whose futuristic paintings are a favorite in the neighborhood. Martin has taken to painting at The Crocodile Lounge on Tuesday nights, turning the front window into a working studio.

Martin, who was born and raised in Chicago, became interested in art at a very young age. As a child he loved comic books and cites this interest as his first foray into art. His imagery draws heavily on the comic book tradition, with each piece being a "panel" that advances his plot line one step further.

Using science fiction as a springboard, Martin has created an elaborate storyline for his paintings, a series titled The Chronicles. He explains, "The Chronicles story line described in my artwork begins in a post-apocalyptic Earth, in which aliens come to re-create our world, though they have little to refer to determine what it once was. The only record they have is torn and tattered pieces of Charles Darwin's The Origin of the Species. The aliens commence experimenting with concepts of how they perceive life should be. Beginning with aquatic life, they fashion jellyfish, squid and whales. The latter they have termed "Darwins," in reference to their Origin of Species manual. These original creations are metamorphic beings that can walk on land, as well as swim the waters."

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Art Around Town Thu Jul 04 2013

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Hi, guys! I didn't find much going on this weekend. Please leave info about additional exhibitions that flew under my radar in the comments section. Happy holiday!

Tonight (Thursday):

  • Matthew Hoffman: Independence @ Comfort Station

  • Saturday:

  • (ƒ)utility projects: boundary transactions @ The Franklin
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    Art Around Town Thu Jun 27 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight (Thursday):

  • If You Need Me I'll be in Space Benefit @ Chicago Art Department
  • June Atomic Sketch @ Green Eye
  • Marshall Brown + Geof Oppenheimer discuss Architecture, Power, and the Urban Imaginary @ Western Exhibitions
  • Michelle Harris @ D Gallery
  • IN SITU @ The Student Union Galleries
  • Sex. Money. Race. Gender.: The Ladydrawers @ Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Columbia College
  • Friday:

  • Robert Donley: Personal Universe & Matt Nichols: Cellar Door @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • The Mission & Acre Residency: Parallels @ The Mission
  • Milwaukee Ave. Arts Festival (all weekend)
  • Binary Lore/A modest occupation @ threewalls
  • Gil Leora @ Firecat
  • Shawn Kieffer @ Elastic Arts

  • Saturday:

  • HOTBOX & Nate Otto @ Galerie F
  • Robb Stone: Gazing closing reception and artist talk @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • Jon Chambers: RAZR: Left Over Mythologies of the Best Selling Clamshell Phone @ The Milk Factory Gallery
  • 2 of a kind @ LVL3
  • Much Much More Lecture Series presents: Heather Mekkelson @ Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library
  • FLAT 14 @ Floor Length and Tux
  • Starving Artist 2013 @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • Africobra: Philosophy @ Logan Center Gallery
  • Jennifer Cronin, Keelan McMorrow & Tim Kowalczyk: Illusions of Reality, Realism, Perceptions and Impersonations @ Morpho Gallery
  • Jewelery Beef Summer Show @ Galerie F

  • Sunday:

  • J.C. Steinbrunner: w/ dispatch @ Terrain Exhibitions
  • New Word Exchange @ Slow

  • Tuesday:

  • Chicago Works: José Lerma @ The MCA

  • Thursday:

  • Matthew Hoffman: Independence @ Comfort Station
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    Art Around Town Fri Jun 14 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Gordon Matta-Clark, Suzanne Harris, Tina Girouard: The 112 Greene Street Years @ Rhona Hoffman
  • Artist Tour: Wild Life Sanctuary with Jenny Kendler @ The SUB-MISSION
  • Brent Gutzeit @ Swim Cafe
  • Opposites Attract: An Illustrative Exhibit @ Chicago Urban Art Society
  • The Urban Operating System (Version 13) @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Samantha Bittman & Gabriel Pionkowski @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • Embody @ Design Cloud
  • Word on the Street: Image, Language, Signage @ Center for Book & Paper Arts
  • GBDB presents: Weird Dude Energy @ Heaven Gallery
  • David Cordero: Gavage @ PSA Projects (Hosted by the Loneliness Chapel)
  • Modern Storytellers @ Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Charlie Megna: Lost Tribes of Renni @ The Annex
  • Above the Pavement: A City Fair (Version 13) @ Maria's and Pleasant House Bakery
  • 18 x 24: Chicago @ Galerie F
  • Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (all weekend) @ Center on Halsted
  • threewalls 10th Anniversary Gala @ Salvage One
  • Local Brilliance @ Cobalt Studio
  • League of Women Designers: Skirt @ Manifold
  • Hense: New Paintings @ Maxwell Colette Gallery

  • Sunday:

  • Sarah & Ashley Williams: The Herding @ Peanut Gallery
  • Sarah and Joseph Belknap: Our Findings From Spaceship Earth @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Abinadi Meza: The Driftless Moment @ ACRE Projects
  • Open Doors / Puertas Abiertas: A Conversation. Sergio Gomez @ NMMA
  • The Marble Room Series presents June 16th @ The Parlor
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    Art Around Town Fri Jun 07 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Joseph Rynkiewicz: I Hear You Singing Through the Wires @ Johalla Projects
  • Daniel Bennett: Definitions 1 @ Aspect Ratio
  • Midwest Contemporary @ Lillstreet Gallery
  • grapheme @ slow
  • Artist-Run ARTBAR: Artists Ain't Unicorns @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Marshall Brown: Center of the World, Chicago @ Western Exhibitions
  • Cody Hudson: Salad Days Days & Alex Chitty: The Way They Wanted to Sleep @ Andrew Rafacz
  • John Buck & Hunter Buck @ Zolla/Lieberman
  • Owen Kydd: Regular Colors @ Document
  • Jessica Bardsley, Victoria Bradford, Rebecca Hamlin Green: Live/Work @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • Baccara: Thirteen Ways @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • Matt Irie and Geoffrey Todd Smith: Imaginary Friends @ NEIU

  • Saturday:

  • ACRE Block Party
  • Yard Dog @ Firecat
  • REBIRTH @ Archer Loft

  • Monday:

  • Lumpen Release Party
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    Art Around Town Thu May 30 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • FiLMs on 79 Independent Film Festival @ Gallery 79
  • Rapid Pulse Vernissage, with Wafaa Bilal @ DEFIBRILLATOR
  • Elusive Emporium @ Block 37 (all weekend)
  • Kathleen Thometz: Treehouse @ RAC

  • Saturday:

  • Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival (all weekend & next)
  • Peter Fagundo: Love's Confusing Joy @ The Bike Room
  • Nathan Vernau: Perfect Timing @ Comfort Station

  • Sunday:

  • Johanna Braun and Michael Niemetz: The Chic Boutique @ Adds Donna
  • Madeleine Bailey: When the peaks of our sky come together, my house will have a roof @ Terrain Exhibitions

  • Thursday:

  • Brave New Art World Open House @ River North Gallery District
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    Art Fri May 24 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • trying to be cute bc the abyss @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Kelly Reaves & Kate Arford: Creature Comforts @ Elastic
  • Thorne Brandt: Drums @ Roots & Culture
  • Tyrue "Slang" Jones: The Freedom of Art @ Gala Gallery
  • Kathy Halper, Jason Lahr & Krista Hoefle @ Packer Schopf
  • A Correspondence: An installation by Sovannra Yos @ Plaines Project
  • Bruce Thorn @ Star Lounge

  • Saturday:

  • Garbage World 6 @ Big Forever (highly recommended!)

  • Sunday:

  • The Chic Boutique Chicago @ ADDS DONNA

  • Tuesday:

  • Art is the Word (workshop) @ Peanut Gallery

  • Wednesday:

  • Loophole Limbo @ Gallery 400
  • Libby Lumpkin (Lecture) @ Logan Center for the Arts
  • Visiting Artist Lecture: Doug Ischar @ Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Pick-Laudati Auditorium

  • Thursday:

  • Elusive Emporium @ Block 37 (through Sunday)
  • Atomic Sketch @ Green Eye
  • MULTIPLICES: Collaborative reading + response @ threewalls
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    Art Tue May 21 2013

    Salonathon: "Defying Traditional Genres"

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    On Monday nights, you can usually find throngs of hip, artsy folks smoking and chatting outside of Beauty Bar. Inside, you can find even more of them dancing and performing. Salonathon, which takes place every Monday night at the bar where you can get a martini as easily as you can get a manicure, is one of Chicago's favorite parties. Combining performance of all varieties--from storytelling to improv to live music--with a killer post-show dance party and great cocktails, Salonathon is sure to please. The founder and curator of this weekly extravaganza, Jane Beachy, not only runs Salonathon, but also produces events at some of the hippest venues in the city, including the Metro, the Logan Square Auditorium, and Steppenwolf Garage. Currently, Beachy is planning for a Pride event at Berlin and for the Two Year Anniversary of Salonathon on July 15 at Beauty Bar. I got to chat with this Chicago gal who seems like nothing short of a party expert.

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    Art Around Town Thu May 16 2013

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    Friday:

    Manifest (Columbia College's BA & MFA in Photography thesis show) @ 1006 Columbus
    HUGE ART SHOW @ Hubbard St. Lofts
    Image Structure (artist talk & book release) @ Public Works
    Ron Copeland: Remnants of Things Past @ Galerie F
    On The Precipice @ Zhou B Art Center
    Artists Book Collection Launch @ Johalla Projects
    In a Perfect World @ Beverly Arts Center
    End of Year Show: Making the New @ IIT Institute of Design
    The Salon Series with Lynn Basa @ The Salon Series Projects
    Gertrude Abercrombie & Julia Thecla @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
    Gina Litherland: The Reason for the Unreason @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
    Per Se @ 3433
    Sway (UChicago MFA Show #4) @ Logan Center Gallery
    Multiple Exposures @ Bridgeport Art Center
    Kickoff Celebration @ The Parlor

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    Art Wed May 15 2013

    War Baby/Love Child: Free Artist Talk Tonight with Mequitta Ahuja

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    Tonight from 6-8pm, join the DePaul Art Museum (935 W Fullerton) for a free artist talk with Mequitta Ahuja, whose mixed-media drawings are part of the current exhibition at DPAM, "War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art." Exploring constructed Asian American identities in the US, "War Baby/Love Child" is a multi-faceted project that includes a book, traveling art exhibition, website and blog. The project examines if, and how, mixed heritage is expressed in the artwork of Asian Americans. Multi-media works, including video and installation, bring to light the overlap of race, war and imperialism, gender and sexuality, and citizenship and nationality.

    View a trailer for the project here:

    "War Baby/Love Child" is at DPAM (939 W Fullerton) from April 25-June 30. Photos courtesy of museums.depaul.edu.

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    Art Around Town Fri May 10 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Design & Art 5 @ Dock 6
  • Josué Pellot, Josh Reames, Morgan Sims and Ron Ewert: No Stairway to Heaven @ Heaven
  • Rimas Simaitis & Tim Brown: Dark Star @ Roots & Culture
  • The New Aesthetic @ Gallery 19
  • Jim Dee & Patrick Putze @ ROOMS
  • Pop-Up Art Market @ Goddess Palace
  • Tim Mann & Jon Waites: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere @ LODOS
  • A New Narrative @ Rotofugi
  • ASCII 4 @ Elastic Arts Foundation
  • Amanda Joy Calobrisi: Friends of My World @ Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery
  • Glossolalia: Senior Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory & Practice @ Dittmar Gallery
  • Laura Davis: Unknown Pleasures @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • Jesse Butcher, James T. Green, & Christopher Meerdo: No Gods No Masters. @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • ShowPODs: NEIU exhibition opening @ 1839 S. Halsted
  • The Presence of Absence @ Hairpin Arts Center
  • Humans Being II @ Woman Made Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Jessica Taylor Caponigro: Black Damp @ Johalla Projects
  • Barron Storey: Factum 1 and Factum 2 & Robb Stone: Gazing @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • HERZOGOUDREAULT (closing) @ Lloyd Dobler
  • Second Saturday Open House @ Lacuna Artist Lofts
  • HER @ Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery & Think Space

  • Sunday:

  • Lorraine Dauw: Nancy Drew Titan Savor @ The Hills Esthetic Center

  • Monday:

  • Open Art Lab: Horse Models @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Eric May and Rimas Simaitis present: E-Dogz: Apocalypse Culinary Refuge Center @ Gallery 400
  • Richard Fishman (Lecture) @ Logan Center for the Arts

  • Tuesday

  • Art is the Word (workshop) @ Peanut Gallery

  • Wednesday:

  • The Prospective Series 2 @ Old Town Social
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    Art Around Town Fri May 03 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • AXIS 2013 International Art Festical (all weekend) @ 4011 N. Ravenswood
  • Marissa Lee Benedict and Aay Preston-Myint @ threewalls
  • Erica Bohm: The Third Expedition & Jenny Kendler: Wild Life Sanctuary @ The Mission
  • Group Show @ David Leonardis Gallery
  • Kaoru Arima: And Then @ Queer Thoughts
  • Marina Miliou-Theocharaki @ Anatomy/Gift/Association
  • Jennet Thomas: I Am Your Error Message @ Gallery 400
  • Wayward (UChicago MFA Show #3) @ Logan Center Gallery
  • HalfLifers @ Gallery 400

  • Saturday:

  • Free Comic Book Day @ Quimbys
  • Art Sandwich (fundraiser) @ Roots & Culture
  • Bob Nuestro: Alapaap {Cloud] @ Rogers Park Library
  • Elisa Harkins: Native American Fax Machine @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Sketching in the Galleries with Vesna Jovanovic @ U of C's Oriental Institute
  • ASSEMBLE @ Vertical Gallery
  • Kelly Kaczynski: Here On The Way There @ Comfort Station
  • Until We All Agree @ Defribrillator
  • 1035 Days (NIU MFA Show) @ Ebersmoore
  • Brian Rush & Gwyneth Anderson: Detent & Stow @ Adult Contemporary
  • Daniel Bauer: Domestica Dentata @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Methodic Deconstruction @ The Franklin
  • Conor Ekstrom @ Alcatraz Chicago
  • Carol Jackson & Julie Potratz: Runs and Goses @ slow
  • Raychael Stine: carry on daisies @ Jekyll and Hyde

  • Sunday:

  • Nicholas Frank: Peregrine was great... @ peregrineprogram
  • Sean Ward: Reading Room @ Julius Caesar
  • Underground Art Market @ 1617 N. Drake
  • Emily Carter and Meg Leary: I'm Not Allowed In The Golden Nugget @ ACRE Projects

  • Monday:

  • Serge Charchoune: Other Modernisms (1889-1975) @ Smart Museum of Art

  • Wednesday:

  • The Artist's Life: Edgar Arceneaux in conversation with Sabina Ott @ Arts Incubator in Washington Park
  • New Street Agenda @ International Art Drops
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    Art Wed May 01 2013

    Beyond Influence: The Art of Little City

    Little City by Harold Jeffries.jpgBeyond Influence: The Art of Little City will be on exhibition in Chicago May 10-August 31, 2013 from 5-8pm at The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) (756 N. Milwaukee Avenue) with a free opening reception on Friday, May 10th from 5-8pm. Presented by Intuit and in conjunction with the Little City Center for the Arts (Little City), Beyond Influence is co-curated by Matthew Arient and Frank Tumino. The exhibition features the work of 11 artists, who have been creating work at Little City in Palatine, Illinois for the past 20 years. Little City aims to provide artistic opportunites to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The artists in Beyond Influence will include Harold Jeffries, Tarik Echols, and Wayne Mazurek, and their work will vary in media, demonstrating the wide-ranging capabilities of the Little City studio. Intuit describes Little City as "a place where there are no constraints in ideas, mediums or possibilities." The featured artists in the exhibition, says Intuit, "display that they are in fact 'beyond influence' - that of the mainstream art world, other's expectations, and their own limitations.

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    Photo: Little City by Harold Jeffries

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    Art Wed May 01 2013

    Dreams of a City: Postcards Give Life to Chicago's Desires

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    Postcards from Dreams of a City, New York City

    If you've been paying attention in Chicago lately, you've probably found white, pre-stamped and pre-addressed postcards scattered throughout the city--in bookshops, record stores and anywhere they can find a place to hide. The postcards have one prompt on them and a code in the bottom right corner. The prompt is always the same: "Tell me one thing you dream of doing before you die. Use this card as your canvas." You've probably figured out is that this is part of something artsy. But what you may not have known is that the postcards are part of a huge, city-wide art exhibition by Jenny Lam, one of Chicago's most impressive independent curators and a self-described "troublemaker and all-around nerd."

    For months now, Lam has been collecting the postcards you send in, reading your answers, and tracking where you obtained your postcard by the code in the bottom right corner. The evidence she compiles will be part of her project, Dreams of a City, which will include a book of the postcards, a large exhibition, and site-specific installations around Chicago. Collecting postcards from every Chicagoan who is willing to send one in might seem like a daunting amount of work, but Lam has actually done this before: in New York City in 2008. Lam's current Dreams of a City in Chicago, however, promises to be bigger in scale and better than ever. Lam, who's most recent exhibition I CAN DO THAT won audience choice for "Best Art Exhibit" in the 20th anniversary edition of NewCity's Best of Chicago issue, is a pioneer of art that is interactive, collaborative and as much fun for viewers as it is for artists. She sat down to talk with me about her exciting and mysterious Chicago postcard venture.

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    Art Around Town Fri Apr 26 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition and Performances @ Center for Book & Paper Arts
  • Suara Wilitoff: Anyone Who's Everyone @ Document
  • 1001 @ Tom Robinson Gallery
  • Timothy James Kelly: Does It Look Like I'm Here @ LODOS
  • Keelan McMorrow: Breaking The Line @ R. Hanel Gallery
  • Robyn O'Neil: I Want Blood @ Western Exhibitions
  • David Soukup: Perennial Escapism @ Maxwell Colette Gallery
  • Art Matter @ Design Cloud LLC
  • David Musashi Tanimura @ Firecat
  • Goons World @ Galerie F
  • 83ism and Lauren Feece: Now See Hear @ Believe Inn

  • Saturday:

  • Moldy Cartridge: A Multi-Media Environment @ 2250 W. Grand
  • Rafael E. Vera: Nothing Concrete @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • Neal Vandenbergh and Latham Zearfoss: Commonwealth @ Roxaboxen
  • Kevin Jennings: Plato Gyro @ Sofa King
  • Edra Soto: Wake Up! @ +medicine cabinet
  • BACK MATTER: Artist-led Programming/Performances @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Jeroen Nelemans: Higher Definition @ Terrain Exhibitions
  • Elsa Muñoz: Transience @ Zygman Voss Gallery
  • Larry Lee: Number One Son @ Chinese American Museum

  • Sunday:

  • Matt Rich: Razors & Vapors and Pages, Pages ... @ Devening Projects + Editions
  • William Pope.L: Forlesen @ The Renaissance Society
  • Dan Paz: the fiction is outside @ PSA Projects

  • Monday:

  • SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Vaginal Davis Lecture @ The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium

  • Wednesday:

  • Marie-Caroline Hominal & François Chaignaud: Duchesses @ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery

  • Thursday:

  • Clownflaneur: MFA Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory + Practice @ Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
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    Art Around Town Thu Apr 18 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • Alumni on 5: Teaching Artists @ Columbia College Chicago Library
  • Phyllis Bramson, Nicholas Ostoff, Mario Romano & Carly Silverman: The Need to Paint @ Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • SAIC's Visual and Critical Studies Masters Exhibition: BACK MATTER @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • UChicago MFA Show #2: Ply @ Logan Center Gallery
  • UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition #4: Departure @ Gallery 400
  • SAIC Spring Art Sale @ SAIC Ballroom
  • Artists of Eastbank Spring Fling @ Artists of Eastbank
  • Ag47's Spring Showcase: Infectious @ Hairpin Lofts

  • Saturday:

  • Erik Wenzel: Fernweh @ The Storefront
  • Spring Open House @ Rumble Arts Center
  • Sean Fader: The Wishing Pelt @ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
  • Caleb Sheridan: It Will Heal @ 3433
  • Eric Lebofsky: Cosmos @ Rational Park

  • Sunday:

  • Nina Palomba: Better Left Unsaid @ Peanut Gallery

  • Monday:

  • Chicago at Work: Barbara Kasten (Lecture) @ LeRoy Neiman Center, First Floor

  • Wednesday:

  • Raychael Stine: Psychopomps and Spectral Hounds (Lecture) @ Lillstreet Loft

  • Thursday:

  • April Atomic Sketch @ Green Eye Lounge
  • Tzuchien Tho: Nothing Just Isn't (what it used to be): The Void and Structure (Lecture) @ Gallery 400
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    Art Around Town Fri Apr 12 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • UIC BFA Thesis: Too Much Information @ UIC Art & Design Hall
  • Image Structure @ Public Works
  • DISTRACTIONS / DISTORTIONS 2013 (tonight and tomorrow) @ MultiKulti
  • .blacK~SSStaTic_darK~fuZZZ_dOOm~glitCH (screening) @ The Nightingale
  • Alla Yanovsky & Conne Toebe @ Elastic
  • Happy Birthday Henry Darger @ Intuit
  • Medley: A Group Collage Exhibit @ Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS)
  • Steven Husby: Brute Force @ 65GRAND
  • SAIC MFA Show @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Allen Vandever & Team ART! @ showPOD
  • Christopher Ottinger: Ghost Machines @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Jordan Martins, Matthew Schlagbaum and Theodore Darst: Lossless @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • A Spectre is Haunting: UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition 3 @ Gallery 400

  • Saturday:

  • Jessica Hyatt (reading) @ threewalls
  • Fulton Market Gallery Tour
  • Abigail DeVille: XXXXXXX @ Iceberg Projects
  • Sanford Biggers: Ago @ moniquemeloche
  • Kate Levant: Inhuman Indifference @ moniquemeloche
  • Seth Adelsberger, Stacy Fisher, & Peter Shear: Transposed Planes @ LVL3
  • Spaghetti Social (Landline Benefit) @ Roxaboxen

  • Sunday:

  • Steven Frost & Steven Vainberg: Drinking From the Snake's Mouth @ The Plaines Project
  • Lauren Edwards & Kera MacKenzie: BURDEN OF PROOF @ ACRE Projects
  • Compiled People 2: MDF @ Alcatraz Chicago
  • Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford: Hall of Khan @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Cauleen Smith: 17 @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Nowhere Better @ Hyde Park Art Center

  • Monday:

  • Trebor Paglen (Lecture) @ Logan Center for the Arts

  • Tuesday:

  • Steven Nelson: Circumnavigating the Atlantic, Houston Conwill's Choreographed Diaspora (Lecture) @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room

  • Thursday:

  • Young Jean Lee Theater Company: Untitled Feminist Show @ The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus: twohundredfiftysixcolors (screening) @ Gene Siskel Film Center
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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 22 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • THE JETTISONED, MIRROR BOX & AFTER THE FALL @ International Museum of Surgical Science
  • Trailer Park Projects @ Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
  • Stacy Holloway: Homeward Bound @ FM*
  • Spring Salon: The Reading Score and Cleanings @ threewalls
  • Blunt Graffix presents Loaded Guns @ Galerie F
  • How Do I Look? Closing Reception & Catalogue Release @ Roots & Culture
  • Michael Zapruder: Pink Thunder @ Rational Park
  • Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri: The American West through Italian Eyes @ Scuola Internazionale di Comics
  • Body Doubles: UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition 1 @ Gallery 400

  • Saturday:

  • Eleanor Spiess-Ferris (artist talk) @ Packer-Schopf
  • Cities in Dust Jewelry Trunk Show @ moniquemeloche
  • Cut Me Some SLAC: A Fundraiser for the South Logan Arts Coalition @ Parson's Chicken and Fish
  • JONATHAN FIELDS: CIRCUS LEMONADE ONE @ The Hills Esthetic Center
  • NICK LALLY: SOFT EDGES @ The Plaines Project
  • Thad Kellstadt: Lazy Dreams @ Cabin
  • lionvsgorilla: appetite for destruction @ Fulton Street Collective
  • Atalanta & The Lion @ HAUSER Gallery
  • Stephanie Cristello & Mika Horibuchi: Bad Graphics @ Alcatraz Chicago
  • The Cabaret Cabaret One-Year Anniversary @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions

  • Sunday:

  • ERIN MCKENNA & SAMANTHA REHARK: DOUBLE DIP @ ACRE Projects
  • Doug Ischar, walk-through of John Neff @ The Renaissance Society
  • Edra Soto: Graft @ Terrain Exhibitions

  • Wednesday:

  • Artist Lecture: Alex Chitty @ Lillstreet Lofts

  • Thursday:

  • Joe Varisco: MAJESTY 101 (workshop) @ Peanut Gallery
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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 15 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • UIUC MFA Show: Artificial Turf @ Peanut Gallery
  • Christopher Meerdo: Anthology @ Document
  • Deb Sokolow @ Western Exhibitions
  • Meredith & Anna: You Gotta @ The Octagon Gallery
  • Jennifer Mills: 101 one-liners; Falling Flat @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • Johana Moscoso, Kristin Nason & Kristina Felix: Indelicate Objects @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Jamie Woodruff: New Heat from The Windy City @ David Leonardis
  • Chen Xiaowei: Above and Below the Clouds @ The Research House for Asian Art
  • Night of Insight Feat. Tirtza Even @ Rumble Arts
  • Duk Ju L. Kim, Darrell Roberts, John Salhus: Being Paint @ Zhou. B. Art Center

  • Saturday:

  • Remodeling Home @ HOME Gallery
  • Jade Boyd & Nicole White: Transference @ 3433
  • Josh Dihle: Yellow Humid Picture Night @ Autumn Space
  • Planet of the A.CE @ Maxwell Colette Gallery
  • Super Hero Portrait Slam @ Cultural Center
  • Matt Tuteur: We Are Chicago @ Gala Gallery
  • The Chicago Exchange @ MultiKulti
  • NO MEDIA @ TRITRIANGLE

  • Sunday:

  • Vincent Hawkins: Flying Suit @ devening projects + editions
  • Nancy Ford: Land Loping @ devening projects + editions
  • Lee Blalock: Neue @ Hyde Park Art Center

  • Tuesday:

  • SAIC's Visiting Artists Program: Jacob Hashimoto Lecture @ SAIC Columbus Auditorium
  • Glitch Art Share Fest @ MCA
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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 08 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • ROOMS & Steve Juras: The Wail of Silence @ ROOMS Gallery
  • David Weinberg: A Decade of Printmaking + Daniel Hojnacki: An Idle Procession @ David Weinberg Photography
  • David Kroll: Recent Paintings @ Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • Open House @ Arts Incubator in Washington Park
  • Beyond Here Lies Nothin': Fifty Years of the American Landscape @ Stephen Daiter Gallery
  • An Idle Procession @ The Coat Check Gallery/David Weinberg Photography
  • Don't Sweat It! @ Galerie F
  • Jessica Hyatt & Andrew Norman Wilson @ threewalls
  • Jamie Woodruff: New Heat from The Windy City @ David Leonardis

  • Saturday:

  • John Boskovich: Screening and Interview with Gary Indiana @ The Renaissance Society
  • Pauline M. Lariviere: Dissecting Art, Intersecting Anatomy @ S3 Gallery
  • Rafael E. Vera: Nothing Concrete @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • Interface @ Star Lounge

  • Sunday:

  • Autumn Space Benefit Auction @ Autumn Space
  • Michael Ian Larsen: The Tree, the Gift, and the Amphibian @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Rebecca Beachy & Walker Blackwell: The Bearer @ Iceberg Projects

  • Thursday:

  • Atomic Sketch @ Intuit
  • Form Fit: Heidi Norton (lecture) @ Gallery 400
  • STRANGE TERRORS (screenings) @ Cafe Mustache
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    Art Tue Mar 05 2013

    Picasso and Chicago: An Artist Who Shaped Our City

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    If you think you know Pablo Picasso, a visit to The Art Institute of Chicago's new exhibition Picasso and Chicago might have you second-guessing your expertise. In a sweeping tour of dozens of rooms, nooks and hallways, Picasso and Chicago takes viewers on a captivating journey into the artist's life and works. You would be hard-pressed to find an exhibition that is more engaging or more thoughtfully laid out.

    In Picasso and Chicago, we learn of the people, places and events that shaped Picasso's work: the many women who served as his muses, including Fernande who inspired Picasso's cubist sculpture Head of a Woman (1900); the many landscapes that sparked his imagination, like the Cote d'Azur, which shaped his exploration of fauns and other mythical figures; and his relationship to wars happening around him, including the Spanish Civil War, which informed his notable and anguish-filled work Guernica (1937).

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    Art Mon Mar 04 2013

    Kara Walker's Silhouettes: Outlining More Than Race Issues of the Past

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    Kara Walker's new installation at The Art Institute of Chicago is as impressive for its visually rich and thought-provoking material as it is for packing itself neatly into a room no bigger than your living room. In the intimate, secluded space of Gallery 293 in the Modern Wing, Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! offers viewers a chance to confront issues of race, gender, and sexuality as historic and enduring phenomena of the human experience.

    Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! includes eight silhouettes cut from white and black paper, five large graphite drawings, and forty small mixed-media drawings. Against the rich gray walls of Gallery 293, Walker's white and black paper silhouettes are immediately captivating. The silhouettes portray characters in groups of two or three with cartoon-like simplicity. Walker chooses characters that predominate in our collective imagination of the antebellum South, including slaves, masters, and Southern belles. The silhouettes seem to completely lack detail while simultaneously being completely filled with it. In the character's faces and bodies, we see nothing but blank white or black paper. But along the carefully carved edges of each cutout character, Walker has spared no detail. We see the armpit hair of a man with his arm outstretched, the erect nipples of a woman facing sideways, the fullness of a girl's lower lip, and a drop of urine clinging to the penis of a young boy. This is the most striking thing about Walker's silhouettes: we know practically nothing about the characters, while simultaneously knowing their most intimate details.

    It is amazing how easily we sort each other into categories with one glance in our daily lives. White or black. Rich or poor. We see a mere outline of each other and we somehow know all we need to know. Walker's complex silhouettes, however, remind us that we never do. Maybe you try to ignore a homeless woman asking for change, but the color of her frayed shoes stay with you for the rest of the day. That detail reminds you that she is a person with a unique story, rather than just a stereotype. It is this tension that Walker captures--the tension between our desire to never really see each other, and the intimate details that we can't help but see.

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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 01 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • 10th Annual Creative Chicago Expo
  • Tilt Shift @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Photo Show @ The Marshfield Project
  • You-Ni Chae: Motif Painting @ 65GRAND
  • 16th International Open @ Woman Made Gallery
  • SAIC Spring 2013 Undergraduate Exhibition Opening Reception @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Typeforce 4 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Paintings by Missy Dahl @ The Elephant Room Gallery
  • Jeffrey Forsythe: Social Studies @ Perimeter Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Garett Yahn: Old Work/New Work (performance) @ 1254 N. Noble
  • Artist Talk No. 1: James T. Green @ Autotelic
  • Tattoo & Flash Art Show @ Royal Flesh
  • GASPAR / HALL @ The Franklin
  • Northwestern University, Art Theory + Practice: Open Studios @ Northwestern University Locy Building
  • Amun (The Unseen Legends) @ Arts Incubator in Washington Park
  • Assistant Saws Magician in Half @ slow

  • Sunday:

  • John Neff Opening Reception and Artist Talk @ The Renaissance Society
  • Constructing The Intangible @ ACRE Projects
  • Jovencio de la Paz: Chicago Sky Interior @ PSA Propjects

  • Monday:

  • Tony Cokes (Artist Talk) @ Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts
  • SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Julie Ault Lecture @ SAIC Columbus Auditorium

  • Tuesday:

  • Willy Smart: How to Listen to and Understand Fake Music (lecture) @ Forever & Always

  • Thursday:

  • Parallel/Parallax @ President's Gallery at Harold Washington College
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    Art Around Town Fri Feb 22 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • How do I Look? @ Roots & Culture
  • Cig Harvey Opening & Book Signing @ Firecat Projects
  • 16th Chicago Bike Winter Art Show @ Galerie F
  • HULLABALOO II: FUGUE SPACE @ Charnel House
  • Sarah Hicks: Pop Garden! @ Thomas Robertello
  • Shay DeGrandis & Dmitry Samarov: Crushes & Covers @ Elastic
  • Otto Splotch & Friends: Variety Show @ Peanut Gallery
  • Erica Mott & Trevor Martin (performance) @ Links Hall
  • Structures for Reading: Text, (Infra) Structure & the Reading Body in Contemporary Art @ Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts

  • Saturday:

  • Wingding @ LVL3
  • Mothergirl's Two Women Do Three Things (performance) @ 1254 N. Noble
  • Arts & Drafts @ Intuit
  • Fred Burkhart: Artist's Talk & Reading @ Alibi Fine Art

  • Tuesday:

  • Lucky Dragons (performance) @ MCA

  • Thursday:

  • Rube Goldberg's Ghost: Confounding Design and Laborious Objects @ Glass Curtain Gallery
  • Atomic Sketch @ Green Eye
  • Majesty 101 (workshop) @ Peanut Gallery
  • Still Life / Real Life: Food & Art @ Sonnenschein Gallery
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    Art Around Town Fri Feb 08 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Elsa Muñoz, Laura Denzer and Rine Boyer: EN ROUTE: "she divided the world into thirds" @ North Park University
  • Randy Simmons & Friends @ David Leonardis
  • Eric Stefanski: Vacancies, Monuments of Social Despair @ The Ugly Step Sister Gallery
  • Becca Mann: Wane's World: A History of "Things" @ The Soccer Club Club
  • Rodney Quiriconi: Constructions, 1960-1970 @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Diane Simpson @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Tranquility through Assemblage @ ROOMS Gallery
  • Judith Brotman & Karolina Gnatowski: Stranger Danger @ Adult contemporary
  • Don't Fret: Love in the Time of Online Dating @ Johalla Projects
  • George Desort's winter photography @ Blue Sky Bakery

  • Saturday:

  • Johanna Billing: I'm Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die & Matthew Metzger: Waver @ Kavi Gupta
  • Open Studio @ Autotelic {Studios}
  • Robert Burnier: The Horseless Carriage @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
  • Chris Smith: The Visitor's Hours & Visitation Rites @ The Franklin
  • Jeremy Bolen: Cern @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
  • What is Afro-Surreal? (discussion) @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • schizo panel (discussion) @ threewalls
  • Lauren Levato and Andréa Stanislav (artist talks) @ Packer Schopf

  • Sunday:

  • Surfin' @ Adds Donna
  • #With: The Jerks @ ACRE Projects
  • Anne Rorimer Lecture - Joy of the Real: The Reception of "New Art" in 1970s Chicago @ The Renaissance Society
  • Christina McClelland & Tom Costa: After The After Party @ Roxaboxen Editions
  • Performances in The Snow @ Anatomy/Gift/Association
  • Anamalis Baculus Minimus @ Elastic Arts Center

  • Wednesday:

  • The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 @ Smart Museum of Art
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    Art Around Town Fri Feb 01 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Scott Cowan: New Works @ Document
  • Bound and/or Stapled (or not) @ Western Exhibitions
  • Plant Life @ Western Exhibitions
  • Gabriel Vormstein: Tempus fungit-amor mannet @ moniquemeloche
  • Amanda Olbrys: Balance @ saki
  • Alberto Aguilar: Just Days Until Dead (artists talk) @ Elmhurst Art Museum
  • Neat: The Art of the Whiskey Vessel @ Lillstreet
  • Brian Leli: London through a Lens @ Eyeporium Gallery
  • Gabriel Vormstein: Tempus fungit - amor mannet @ moniquemeloche

  • Saturday:

  • Chris Garofalo: Zoophytosphere Vivaria & Ceramic Sculpture @ Rhona Hoffman Gallery
  • Mothergirl: Two Women Do Three Things @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Nick Bastis: In Order to be Company @ The Hills Esthetic Center
  • Carron Little & Dave Richards: Extended dissent is no long goodbye @ slow
  • Gabriel Vormstein artists talk with Hamza Walker @ moniquemeloche

  • Sunday:

  • Shit is Real @ devening projects + editions
  • Drawer's Drawing @ Julius Caesar & PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Stitched and Glued: The Handmade Photo Book @ Riverside Arts Center

  • Tuesday:

  • SAIC's Visiting Artists Program: Martha Schwartz Lecture @ The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Auditorium

  • Thursday

  • Collage Zine Workshop & Social @ Peanut Gallery
  • Edmund Clark: Guantanamo If the Light Goes Out @ Roosevelt U's Gage Gallery
  • As You Are : A Decade of You Are Beautiful @ Green Exchange
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    Art Around Town Thu Jan 24 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • Michelle Grabner @ Shane Campbell Gallery (Lincoln Park)
  • Renee Robbins @ Firecat Projects
  • Meg Duguid & Catie Olson: Tabletop @ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
  • LAUREN PAYNE & ERIN WASHINGTON: AS ABOVE SO BELOW @ Johalla Projects
  • Lumpen Comics Show @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Alison Veit, Eric Veit, Laura Veit: Shalom @ Queer Thoughts
  • Robert Chase Heishman, Jessica Labatte, Alistair Matthews & Liz Nielsen: Fractal Semblance @ Roots & Culture
  • Granite Amit, Nicole McCormick Santiago & Christopher Fraser (closing receptions) @ ARC Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Michelle Grabner @ Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago)
  • Leslie Baum & Brian Kokoska: Post Hope @ LVL3
  • Collage on Demand: Benefit for Letha and Dan Rodman Melchior @ The Franklin

  • Sunday:

  • Michelle Grabner & Brendan Fowler @ Shane Campbell Gallery (Oak Park)
  • Vinculum (Passes) @ Gallery Uno

  • Tuesday:

  • Kayl Parker and Cody Tumblin: Pile Hunk Stage @ Gallery X

  • Wednesday:

  • Stephanie Tisza lecture @ Lillstreet

  • Thursday

  • Tricksters @ C33 Gallery
  • Atomic Sketch @ Green Eye Lounge
  • Schizo Culture: A Collaborative Reading and Catalog Release @ threewalls
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    Art Around Town Thu Jan 17 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • John Lyon: Imitate Fiction @ 65GRAND
  • Observer Effect @ Gallery 400
  • Rebecca Rothfus @ D Gallery
  • Janie Stamm: Archipelago, Lost Islands of the Atlantic @ AdventureLand Gallery
  • Hullabaloo @ GAG (Garden Apartment Gallery)
  • John Sabraw: Arborescent @ Thomas McCormick Gallery
  • Winter Show 2013 @ Water Street Studios
  • Happy Birthday David Leonardis @ David Leonardis Gallery
  • Rebekah Heller: Solo Bassoon (performance) @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Nice One + LUCX: In a Perfect World @ Galerie F
  • Public/Private @ Woman Made Gallery
  • See and Be Seen Art Auction @ Eyeporium Gallery
  • Brain Frame 10 @ Brain Frame
  • Mario Gonzalez Jr.: Style Bombing @ 33 Contemporary
  • Studio Faculty Biennial @ NEIU
  • Has Beens and Wannabes @ Zhou B. Art Center

  • Saturday:

  • Open House: Art About Home @ Elmhurst Art Museum
  • Sarah Mendelsohn: Stretches Topless @ The Plaines Project
  • Jordan Martins: Grafts & Ruptures @ Rational Park

  • Sunday:

  • Ben Fain: A Holy Order (screening) @ Julius Caesar (4pm)
  • MILCAH BASSEL & TERUKO NIMURA: POTENTIALITIES @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • THELONIOUS ELLIOTT & WRAY HERBERT-KING: MOVING A HOLE @ ACRE Projects
  • Tom Torluemke: Fearsome Fable - Tolerable Truth @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Jin Lee: Forest @ Terrain
  • Film Por Vida Print Exchange @ Peanut Gallery
  • Awash in Color (curator tour) @ Smart Museum

  • Wednesday:

  • Brian Jungen & Duane Linklater: Modest Livelihood @ Logan Center
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    Art Around Town Thu Jan 10 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • DIG @ Heaven Gallery
  • Mathew Paul Jinks: The Unreliable Narrator @ threewalls
  • Mary Patten: Panel @ threewalls
  • Jesse Butcher & Corkey Sinks: Collaborative Works @ Adult Contemporary (formerly Murdertown)
  • Kate Ruggeri: Ultimate Boon @ Ebersmoore
  • Andrew Mausert-Mooney: Studio Audience (WEATHER PATTERNS) @ Johalla Projects
  • Wood @ Las Manos Gallery
  • Vera Klement: Early & Late Work, & William Conger: New Paintings @ Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • Exchange: Chicago - Detroit @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Claire Ashley: frizzflopsqueezepop @ Cultural Center
  • Lauren Levato: Wunderkammer, Andréa Stanislav: Wilderness of Mirrors, Bruce Riley: Psychedelic & Deborah Baker: Zodiac @ Packer Schopf
  • David Weinberg: A Decade of Printmaking @ David Weinberg Photography
  • The Circus Collages of C.T. McClusky & Kevin Blythe Sampson: An Ill Wind Blowing @ Intuit
  • Jeroen Nelemans: Return to the Cave & Sarah Williams: Mt. Terranean @ Mission Projects
  • Daniel Kim and Jordan Scott @ Judy A. Saslow Gallery
  • Molly Briggs: Walking, Looking, Making @ Zg Gallery
  • Brian Jungen & Duane Linklater: Modest Livelihood @ Logan Center Gallery
  • Greg Shirilla: Animalis Propensio @ Elastic Arts

  • Saturday:

  • Resucitate (Fundraiser Party) @ Defibrillator
  • Love Under Funnel Cake and Venga Boys @ Space Club HQ
  • Raeleen Kao: Body Like A Barrow & Jessica Curtaz: Fold @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • Terry Adkins: Recital @ Block Museum
  • Granite Amit, Nicole McCormick Santiago & Christopher Fraser @ ARC Gallery
  • Echoes of Chicago presents: Resolutions @ 1812 W. Hubbard
  • Atomic Sketch: Exquisite Corpse @ Challengers Comics & Conversation

  • Sunday:

  • Mike Schuh: The Dead of Winter @ PSA Projects
  • Goshka Macuga: Curators Dieter Roelstraete & Stephanie Smith in Conversation @ Smart Museum of Art

  • Wednesday:

  • Kira O'Reilly: Thresholding Bodies @ Block Museum of Art

  • Thursday:

  • Marcos Raya: Loose Nukes @ National Museum of Mexican Art
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    Art Around Town Fri Jan 04 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Edie Fake: Memory Palaces @ Thomas Robertello
  • First Fridays: Resolution @ MCA
  • The IPaintMyMind Collection @ Galerie F

  • Sunday:

  • R. H. Quaytman: Passing Through The Opposite of What It Approaches, Chapter 25 @ The Renaissance Society

  • Thursday:

  • Climate of Uncertainty @ DePaul Art Museum
  • Jessica Stockholder Lecture @ AIC's Price Auditorium
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    Art Around Town Fri Dec 28 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • William Test @ Firecat Projects
  • OMG HOT! @ Believe Inn

  • Monday:

  • Heaven Gallery's NYE Benefit

  • That's all I could find. Please leave info about additional visual arts openings/events in the comments section. Happy New Year!

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    Art Around Town Fri Dec 21 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • OMG HOT! @ Believe Inn
  • Opening the Black Box (closing reception) with Solstice Performance @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Sergio Gomez: 41 Winters @ 33 Contemporary
  • CENTERLINE: State of Mind (closing reception) @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang Winter Solstice Concerts @ Links Hall
  • Night of Insight featuring Nicole Garneau @ Rumble Arts
  • Art & Apocalypse @ MultiKulti

  • ...aaand that's all she wrote, folks! Please leave info about additional visual art events this week in the comments section, if you know of any. Have a warm and happy solstice!

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    Art Around Town Fri Dec 14 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Dutes Miller: In the Garden & Leah Mackin @ Western Exhibitions
  • Deconstructing the Classroom, Reconstructing The Queer @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Thomas Schleinstein @ Queer Thoughts
  • Georgia Wall: Dedication to this View @ Document
  • Diego Leclery: Sit on a Polar Bear's Lap! @ The Suburban
  • Alison Carey & Michael Reedy: New Kingdoms/Expulsion @ International Museum of Surgical Science
  • Light Bright Art Show @ Thirteen Asian Tapas & Bar
  • Boundary Lines: Three Films about Immigration (screening) @ Calles y Sueños-Chicago
  • Happy B-Day Howard Finster & Friends @ David Leonardis Gallery
  • Jim Newberry: Improvisers (closing reception) @ Elastic
  • End of the World @ Howard Street Gallery
  • Mike Bancroft: Clearance: Everything Must Go @ HumanThread Gallery
  • Pilsen 2nd Fridays Gallery Night

  • Saturday:

  • Blood & Fire: Auction Benefit & Holiday Party @ Roots & Culture
  • Alex Tam: A Mechanical Disruption by the Past @ Terrain
  • Paul Erschen: Taffy Pull @ The Milk Factory
  • Chris Hammes: How to Repel Wolves @ +medicine cabinet
  • Adam Grossi: Householder @ Sofa King
  • Annie Bielski & Molly Welsh: Heavy Pettings @ LODOS
  • James Krone: Waterhome @ Kavi Gupta Gallery
  • Urban Folk Circuit @ Glenwood Bar
  • Artists of East Bank Holiday Sale @ Bridgeport Art Center
  • SHoP Moving Party/Open House/Fundraiser
  • Alberto Aguilar (artist talk) @ SHoP
  • TEMPLEHEAD: REDUX @ Reversible Eye

  • Sunday:

  • Allison Wade: The Rest of the More & Nick Ostoff: Tracing @ devening projects + editions
  • Paul Perkins: Dead Heat @ Peanut Gallery
  • A Painting Show (in two parts) - Part II @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Paul Nelson: Old Weight @ Julius Caesar
  • Chris Cuellar & Brendan Meara @ ACRE Projects
  • Tony Fitzpatrick @ Riverside Arts Center
  • Windy City Artist Alley/ Pilsen Pop-Up Holiday Market @ Creative Industry District
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    Art Around Town Fri Dec 07 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • National Exposure @ ARC Gallery
  • The Dollar Store @ Chicago Cultural Center Pedway
  • Laura Denzer, Stephanie Tisza & Brenna Quinn: SKIN TIGHT(24HRS/25DAYS) @ New Capital
  • Schlong Night(24HRS/25DAYS) @ New Capital
  • Mythologies @ Sullivan Galleries
  • New Work @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Sam Jaffe: One By One @ 65GRAND
  • Bolt Residency: Preview @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Marissa Lee Benedict & Brittany Ransom: Life in Some Form @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • ODLCO Holiday Shop & Open House
  • The Arts of Life 1st annual Holiday Boutique @ The Kinzie Corridor Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • E. Aaron Ross: 368 Records Played for the First and Last Time (With Teeth Sharp As Old Friends) & Rabid Rabbit: Kill the Wabbit (24 HRS / 25 DAYS) @ New Capital
  • Middle Coast Zine Fest @ Gallerie F
  • SMALL Symposium @ Tasting @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Between Places: Chicago - Detroit @ 6018NORTH
  • Eric Marciano: The Age of Insects @ The Nightingale
  • Cabaret Cabaret: A Retrospective @ Alcatraz Chicago
  • First Look At A Long Time @ Johalla Projects
  • Artist Talk: Goshka Macuga @ Smart Museum of Art
  • Ben Cowan: Neighbors @ Gillock Gallery
  • Brian Wade Dunn & Lee Klawans: Glitch Art @ The Nineteen Hundred and One Gallery
  • I/E G @ Gala Gallery
  • AREA Wants & Needs Auction @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

  • Sunday:

  • Anne Harris: The Mind's I (closing reception) @ Julius Caesar

  • Monday:

  • The Wedding Cake Project (24 HRS / 25 DAYS) @ New Capital
  • Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics @ Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

  • Tuesday:

  • Brian Jungen & Duane Linklater: Modest Livelihood @ Logan Center Gallery

  • Wednesday:

  • Ojero: A Character of Culture (Artist Talk & Meet and Greet) @ Elephant Room, Inc.
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    Art Around Town Fri Nov 30 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Lilli Carré & Alexander Stewart: Where I'd Leave the Thing Itself @ Roots & Culture
  • Richard Koppe: Gyroscopic @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Kirk Faber: Paintings @ LODOS Contemporáneo
  • T.J. Clark (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee
  • Cornelia Art Building Holiday Show
  • Walter Robinson @ Firecat Projects
  • ACRE Rising: An Astronomical Astrological Event @ Heaven Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Diana Guerrero-Maciá: Artist Talk @ threewalls
  • The Race: IOTO vs Bad at Sports @ Autotelic
  • Seth Sher & Michael Vallera: Capacity of Voids @ The Plaines Project
  • Durationals no.1 @ Anatomy/Gift/Association
  • Justin Bendell, Terence Hannum, Thad Kellstadt, David Moré, & Bert Stabler: Blank Origin @ The Franklin
  • Paul Nudd (lecture) @ AIC
  • Co-Op Holiday Bazaar @ Ignite Glass Studios
  • Installation Views (part of 24 Hrs/25 Days) @ New Capital

  • Sunday:

  • Nine On The Prairie @ The Annex at Spudnik Press
  • Epic Something @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Bette Cerf Hill: string theory @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Quarterly Site #12: EPIC SOMETHING @ HPAC
  • Leo Kaplan: SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY (part of 24 Hrs/25 Days) @ New Capital

  • Tuesday:

  • Paul Nudd hosts Doodleganza @ MCA

  • Thursday:

  • Jake Meyers: Don't Quit @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Rumble Arts Grand Reopening
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    Art Around Town Fri Nov 16 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Brain Frame 9 @ The Gallery Formerly Known As Happy Dog
  • Stephen Eichhorn: Warm Embrace @ The Soccer Club Club
  • Chris Vorhees & Simparch (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee
  • Jesus Mejia & Ruth: Circulatory @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • 23HRS/25DAYS @ New Capital (starts tonight, goes on for 25 days straight
  • We Do Doodle @ Howard Street Gallery
  • Adam Hanson: No We Can't, It Looks Underwater @ Galerie F
  • Irena Knezevic: NIGHT OF THE WORLD @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • At the Beginning Again @ TRITRIANGLE
  • Triangulation @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Anxious Object: Masterpiece or Junk? @ Bridgeport Art Center
  • SAIC Holiday Art Sale (tomorrow too!)
  • The Fish Bowl @ 33 Contemporary Gallery
  • Craig Abell-Champion: Who Murdered Me? @ Public Works Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Daniel Baird: Meridian @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • Bodies of Work (A Comprehensive Overview) @ Western Exhibitions
  • Sarah Mosk & Bryan Lear: The Distance Inward @ The Hills
  • FLATware @ Floor Length and Tux
  • Pink Lipstick @ High Heels @ Roots & Culture

  • Sunday:

  • Scott Foley: Don't Look Into the Fire @ PSA Projects
  • A Painting Show (In Two Parts) @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Connie Noyes: No Relation @ Noyes Cultural Arts Center
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    Art Around Town Fri Nov 09 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • MDW Fair: Verissage Opening Party (MDW is all weekend) @ Mana Contemporary
  • SAIC MFW Open Studios
  • Pete & Dyl: The Documentary @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • LVL Eater 3 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Mark Porter: Autohemorrhaging Actuator @ The Mission
  • Pia Howell: Homosapien 2 @ Queer Thoughts
  • Bret Slater: An Amulet that Natters @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • Mike Nudelman: Seeing Things @ Thomas Robertello Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Making is the Mirror @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Public Hearing presents Dana DeGiulio and Carrie Schneider: A Conversation @ Gallery 400
  • Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle
  • Mandy Cano Villalobos: N.N. (Ningún Nombre/No Name) @ Calles y Sueños
  • Infinite Jamz @ LVL3

  • Sunday:

  • Water-reading @ ADDS DONNA
  • Ben Roethlisberger: Trade Rumors @ Terrain

  • Monday:

  • Lari Pittman (lecture) @ School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tom McDonough (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee

  • Tuesday:

  • Caroline Jones (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee

  • Wednesday:

  • Artist Talk/Workshop with Erin Page @ Pedestrian Project
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    Art Around Town Fri Nov 02 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Erik Peterson: Square Dance @ Daley Center
  • Stephen Eichhorn: Death Is Not Your Friend @ ebersmoore
  • Diana Guerrero-Maciá: The Uncertainty of Signs & Jessie Mott A Day for Cake and Accidents @ threewalls
  • Fraser Taylor: Peculiarities @ Balloon Contemporary
  • In the Spirit of Walser (Closing Reception) @ Donald Young Gallery
  • New Sacred @ Jupiter Outpost
  • Image/Clot: Coupling Displays and Dalliances of a Romantic Nature @ Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • Irena Knezevic: The Night of the World @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Bleem, Wright Rivers, Greene, Crisman @ Packer Schopf
  • Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora @ Gallery 400
  • Intuit's Visionary Ball

  • Saturday:

  • Tory Fair, Jeff Perrott and Daniela Rivera: Lake Effect / Nor'easter: Part I & Joe Wardwell and BEN FUNKE: Lapsed @ Andrew Rafacz
  • Under the Influence: The Art of Beer @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Ian J. Whitmore: Nowhere @ Johalla Projects
  • Renovar: On the Origin of Species @ Heaven Gallery
  • Justin Cooper: Board @ moniquemeloche
  • Public Hearing Panel Discussion #1 @ Gallery 400
  • Mary Helena & Nicholas Rummler: Parallel Present Tense @ The Franklin
  • From the Street to the Shop and Back Again @ Star Lounge
  • TEMPLEHEAD @ Reversible Eye
  • California Ave. Art Haunt

  • Sunday:

  • Etta Sandry & Hilary Baldwin: Movements & Transformations @ ACRE Projects

  • Monday:

  • Ricardo Basbaum (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee

  • Tuesday

  • Lucky Pierre & Guests: AMERICA/N @ Defibrillator Gallery
  • Steven Henry Madoff (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee

  • Wednesday:

  • SPECTRALINA (performance) @ DePaul Art Museum

  • Thursday:

  • The Redemption of Ishtar Bukkake @ Sullivan Galleries
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    Art Around Town Fri Oct 26 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • SAIC's BFA Exhibition @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Melanie Schiff: Sun Land @ Kavi Gupta Gallery
  • Jon Waites and Bruno Smith: BFA SHOW @ In Here Gallery
  • Philip von Zweck @ 65GRAND
  • Dietrich Wegner: And to Think That It Was Found Upside Down @ Carrie Secrist Gallery
  • Joyce Pensato: You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Scott Carter: Force Majeure @ Linda Warren Projects
  • Eric Doyle @ Firecat Projects
  • Elastic Renovation Party: Grand Re-Opening and Fundraiser
  • Festival for the Dead @ Q4
  • Art as an Entrepreneur (discussion) @ Garfield Park Gold Dome
  • Lillstreet Student Member Show

  • Saturday:

  • Mischief Fest @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Mark Wagner & Nicholas Frank @ Western Exhibitions
  • Elizabeth Atterbury: Photography Indoors @ Document
  • BONESHAKER @ Redmoon
  • Panel Discussion: Creating Community Beyond Place @ Woman Made Gallery
  • Block by Block: Building an Understanding (interactive event, tomorrow too) @ 4080 N. Milwaukee
  • Anna Jóelsdóttir (artist talk) @ Zg Gallery

  • Monday:

  • Cristobal Lehyt (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee

  • Wednesday:

  • California Ave. Art Haunt

  • Thursday:

  • SOFA Chicago 2012 (all weekend) @ Navy Pier
  • Hornswaggler Arts: At the Threshold @ Smart Museum of Art
  • Make sure to check out chicagoartistsmonth.org for WAY more...

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    Art Around Town Fri Oct 19 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Bridgeport Art Walk (all weekend)
  • Nino "TSELONE" Rodriguez: Redbirth @ Howard Street Gallery
  • The New Maximum @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Matthew Hoffman: We're All In This Together @ The COOP
  • Joseph Kramer & Ginger Krebs: Sudden Enough @ Defibrillator
  • Mike Paro: As long as it looks good and fits the budget @ Kirk's Apartment
  • Soo Shin, Kristina Paabus, & Jesse Butcher: At That Very Moment @ Heaven Gallery
  • Cauleen Smith Lecture @ Northwestern University
  • Nate Mathews & Ashley Morgan: Shifting Domain @ Manifold

  • Saturday:

  • Surabhi Ghosh: Proofs @ The Bike Room
  • Tannatt / Schwartz @ New Capital
  • Salmagundi @ Alcatraz
  • Good Clean Fun @ Studio 115/114B 1907 N. Mendell
  • Editing Sale @ Open Secret Studios
  • Home: Public or Private Artists Talk @ 6018 NORTH
  • Dana Carter: In the Morning We Sweep Out the Shadows @ Comfort Station
  • Dreams of a City @ Tocco

  • Sunday:

  • Whitney Huber: Rymplecloth @ Terrain
  • J Clayton, Michelle Bolinger, Michelle Grabner, Brad Killam, Tom Jacobs @ Riverside Arts Center + Freeark Gallery

  • Thursday

  • Atomic Sketch @ Greeneye
  • Brittni Hessler & Nina Hartmann: In the Heart of All Beauty Lies Something Inhuman @ LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery
  • Aaron Koblin Visiting Artists Program Lecture @ SAIC Columbus Auditorium
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    Art Around Town Fri Oct 12 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Michael Milano & Luis Romero: all is as all as as yet or as yet @ Roots & Culture
  • 4 - An Eccentric Alumni Exhibition @ North Park University
  • OUT OF SITE, 2012 finale performance @ Various Locations in Wicker Park
  • SMALL is Ordinary Shop Opening @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Hubbard St Lofts Fall Open House
  • Jessica Myers: INTERSECTIONS: Folk Art Manifestations of Mourning & Warning @ CAD
  • The Nature Drawings of Peter Karklins w/ performance by Rodrigo Therezo @ DePaul Art Museum
  • Heather Gabel: Night Visions @ Johalla Projects
  • Michael Milano & Luis Romero: all is as all as as yet or as yet @ Roots & Culture
  • Hebru Brantely: Brothers of the Robbing Hood @ The Ultra Gallery
  • Dock 6: Design and Art 4 @ Dock 6
  • Ritual No. 3: I Am I @ Rooms Gallery
  • Locality @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Jenny Kendler: The Hall of Disappearing @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Logan Launch Festival (all weekend)
  • NATO Reflections in the New Chicago @ URI-EICHEN Gallery
  • Connie Noyes: IN THE PINK @ Noyes Studio

  • Saturday:

  • Albany/Caroll Open House (tomorrow too)
  • Comfort Station Kegger Fundraiser
  • Fulton Street Collective Fall Open House
  • Andrea Jablonski: Private Collection @ The Franklin
  • Modular22 @ 22
  • MAS Context: Analog @ NEW PROJECTS
  • The Great Refusal Presents: Taking on Queer Performance @ DfrbrL8r
  • Wall Text @ Logan Center for the Arts
  • Artist Talks & Cigar Box Guitar Concert @ Packer Schopf
  • Rain Wilson @ eta Square

  • Sunday:

  • Andy Moore: The Accident @ Cabin Exhibitions
  • Thatiana Oliviera and Miranda Maynard: THIS WILL HELP @ ACRE Projects
  • Christopher Michlig, Patternesque and Julia Hechtman @ Devening Projects
  • Luke Pelletier: Lonely Bones @ Peanut Gallery

  • Monday:

  • Tania Bruguera Visiting Artists Program Lecture @ The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium

  • Tuesday:

  • Dream a Little Dream @ Open Secret Studios
  • Ramin Takloo-Bighash: Voices @ Gallery 400
  • Chicago Dirty New Media @ MCA Garage

  • Wednesday:

  • Live Session at The Recorded Memory Studio @ threewalls
  • Light: Third Annual Juried Photo Exhibition @ David Weinberg Photography
  • Ann Lauterbach (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee
  • From Chicago to Lahore: A Cultural Nexus @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Spaces of Learning: Museums and Education @ UIC
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    Art Around Town Fri Oct 05 2012

    Art Around Town

    Friday

  • SMALL Showroom for Furniture & Functional Objects @ Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft
  • Will to Power @ Bridgeport Art Center Gallery
  • Light Sculpture/Media Culture @ Bridgeport Art Center
  • P o r n A g a i n - Vol 1 @ Bridgeport Art Center
  • Community Cartography, the Art of the Map @ Kinzie Corridor Community Gallery
  • Ian "hydEON" Ferguson : Flash Mobbed and Dolloped @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Yentl, a performance for The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Shawn Stucky @ Jupiter Outpost
  • Mariano Chavez @ AdventureLand Works On Paper
  • Oh My Goddess @ Queer Thoughts
  • Doug Ischar: Films 2007 - 2012 @ CCC Art and Design Department
  • Polly Yates: Trialogues @ The Plaines Project
  • Welcome To Goonswood @ Maxwell Colette Gallery
  • The Installation Experiment @ showPOD
  • Julia Haw: You Can Never Go Back @ Eyeporium Gallery
  • Migrating @ Los Manos Gallery
  • All Hallow's Eve @ Gallery 27
  • HOME: Public or Private? @ 6018NORTH

  • Saturday:

  • Starving Artist Benefit @ CAC
  • Ở / Works by Artists of Vietnamese Heritage @ BaseSpace Gallery
  • Year of the Black Water Dragon @ Tocco
  • Dreams of a City // ART PARTY @ Mautene Court
  • Alex Chitty: Platonic Year @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Falling Short @ LVL3
  • Benjamin Bellas: Represent the sound outside these spaces. @ slow
  • Jordan Martins: Dysgraphia @ saki
  • Uptown Mural Walk

  • Sunday:

  • Ramón Miranda Beltrán: Chicago is My Kind of Town @ Julius Caesar
  • Christopher Aque: Homonyms (for Misfits and Outcasts) @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM

  • Monday:

  • Anthony Elms: Like Stripes that Gather at the Waist (lecture) @ Logan Center for the Arts

  • Tuesday:

  • Free Art, For Free @ Chicago The Beautiful
  • Pumpkin Carving @ Peanut Gallery
  • Benjamin Nicholson: Voices @ Gallery 400
  • Daniel Garriga: Images of Fashion @ Zhou B. Art Center

  • Wednesday:

  • Richard Hull & Ken Vandermark (audio/visual performance) @ DePaul Art Museum

  • Thursday:

  • Richard Lerman: Sonic Environments @ Logan Center for the Arts
  • Pamela Lee (lecture) @ Open Practice Committee
  • Richard Pare: The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32 @ The Graham Foundation
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    Art Around Town Fri Sep 28 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight

  • Adoration of the Flesh @ Charnel House
  • Six to the Third: Small-Scale Works from Members of Chicago Sculpture International @ Lillstreet Gallery
  • Third Year Anniversary @ Water Street Studios
  • Performing Negotiations @ North Branch Projects
  • Alphabet Soup @ Galerie F
  • Tinder Toys Launch Party @ Rotofugi
  • James Jankowiak @ Firecat Projects
  • Ravenswood Art Walk (all weekend)

  • Saturday:

  • Spudnik Press Benefit Auction In Progress @ 1821 W. Hubbard St.
  • Vitor Butkus: Is That All There Is? @ DEFIBRILLATOR
  • Regin Igloria: Suspended @ The Franklin
  • James Sorfleet @ Horrorbles

  • Sunday:

  • Water Music @ The beach near 6219 North Sheridan Road
  • Candida Alvarez conversation with critic Terry Myers @ Riverside Arts Center
  • Jo Hormuth Artist Talk @ Julius Caesar

  • Monday:

  • Dmitry Samarov: View from a Chicago Cab @ Blackstone Branch Library

  • Tuesday:

  • Ellen Lanyon Artist Talk @ DuPaul Art Museum
  • Karen Reimer: Voices @ Gallery 400
  • Live Recording Session @ threewalls

  • Wednesday:

  • Andi Zeisler Visiting Artists Program Lecture @ SAIC Columbus Auditorium
  • Dmitry Samarov Reading @ Blackstone Branch Library

  • Thursday:

  • Liz Ensz: New World Landscapes @ SAIC's Gallery X
  • At the Threshold @ Smart Museum of Art
  • The 23rd International Sculpture Conference: Process, Patron, Public @ The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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    Art Around Town Fri Sep 21 2012

    Art Around Town

    The big, glaring (in a good way) art event this weekend is obviously EXPO, which I highly recommend after seeing it last Wednesday (I will be posting about it shortly). Give yourself a good two hours there, at least. BUT after you check that out, check this stuff out:

    Tonight:

  • Gallery Weekend Chicago (all over, all weekend)
  • Teresa Albor @ What It Is
  • Judith Brotman: Flying Machines, Golems and Other Transformations (closing reception) @ NEIU
  • Li - The River of Souls @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • Gogy Farias: Life Cycles @ 33 Contemporary
  • John Opera: People, Places, and Things @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • EXPO Afterparty: EXTENDED @ Hairpin Arts
  • Late Night Gallery Hop @ River North
  • ANDERSON/MURPHY/NIELSEN @ NEW CAPITAL
  • Wobbly Misconduct Closing Reception @ LVL3
  • Rodney Graham and Josiah McElheny: In The Spirit of Walser @ Donald Young Gallery
  • Shane Guffogg Solo Show and Prints & Drawings Group Show @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • Art on Track @ The CTA!
  • Art to the People- 2012 ArtReach Fundraiser @ Lillstreet Art Center

  • Sunday:

  • SOFIA LEIBY & LAURA HART NEWLON + HILARY BALDWIN: QUIET ECHO ON LOUD WIND @ ACRE Projects
  • Danh Vo: Uterus @ The Renaissance Society
  • Collateral Damage: The Human Face of War @ Stephen Daiter Gallery
  • Two Histories of the World @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Youth Art Board: Dreams & Nightmares @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Ground Floor @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Candida Alvarez: drawing green @ Riverside Arts Center

  • Tuesday:

  • Stephen Burks Visiting Artists Program Lecture @ The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
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    Art Around Town Fri Sep 14 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • The Installation Experiment @ 1826-1843 S. Halsted
  • Joseph Clayton Mills: The Patient @ Experimental Sound Studio
  • Afterimage and Ellen Lanyon: Persistence of Invention @ DePaul Art Museum
  • Michele Stutts, Richa Sharma & The Alliance of Women Artists @ ARC Gallery
  • Shane Huffman: Sense and Sensibility @ 65GRAND
  • Candida Alvarez: Drawing Green @ Riverside ARTS Center
  • Laura Letinsky: Ill Form and Void Full @ Valerie Carberry Gallery
  • Michael Clifford: Love From Scratch @ CourtneyBlades
  • Melika Bass: Slider @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Jordan Eagles: Blood Work @ International Museum of Surgical Science
  • The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Afterimage @ Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection
  • Afterimage @ Roger Brown Study Collection
  • Allowances and Occurances @ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
  • Layers, Paths, & Channels @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Karen Reimer: Endless Set #1399 @ Gallery 400

  • Saturday:

  • Better Late Than Never: Bluetown Skateboard's Release Party & Art Show< @ Peanut Gallery
  • Jan Pieter Fokkens, Jeffery Cote de Luna & Mike Nudelman: Insignia @ 3012
  • Ron Ewert & Josh Reames: Conventional Wisdom @ Autumn Space Gallery
  • Eastern, Sentral & Pacific @ Maxwell Colette Gallery
  • Joel Ross in collaboration with Jason Creps: Alleys and Parking Lots @ moniquemeloche
  • Janice Kerbel @ The Arts Club of Chicago

  • Sunday:

  • Dana DeGiulio: Say Say Say @ Iceberg Projects
  • Danny Volk: Title Removed By The Homeowners @ PSA Projects
  • duckrabbit @ Adds Donna

  • Thursday:

  • Meghan Moe Beitiks, Sabri Reed, Jason Friedes, and Lindsey French: Impossible Conversations @ SUGS
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    Art Around Town Fri Sep 07 2012

    Art Around Town: Season Openers

    Tonight is the night to see some art, guys, or at least a whole lot of other people looking at art. Here goes it:

    Tonight:

  • Tom Berenz: Velvet Hammer @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • Gregory Jacobsen: Overwhelming Acrid Odor of Potential Paramour @ Zg Gallery
  • Robert Lostutter: Garden of Opiates @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Form is Secondary to Function @ Antena
  • Alexine Haynes: Big Gut @ Queer Thoughts
  • Cauleen Smith: The Journeyman @ threewalls
  • Michael Rea: The Last Catholic @ Ebersmoore
  • Robert Lostutter: Garden of Opiates @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Rough Trade II: a Boston and Chicago Artist Exchange @ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
  • Eric Fleischauer: In Circulation @ DOCUMENT
  • Josh Mannis: Fashion @ Western Exhibitions
  • Geoffrey Todd Smith: Looker @ Western Exhibitions
  • Bill Berger & Heather Mekkelson: Invisible Apocalypse @ Roots & Culture
  • Brenda Moore @ Linda Warren Projects
  • Anne Lindberg: sustaining pedal @ Carrie Secrist Gallery
  • Chris Ware: Building Stories @ Carl Hammer Gallery
  • Noelle Mason: Blue Skies/Black Death @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • Objectify This: Female Anatomy Dissected and Displayed @ Design Cloud Gallery
  • Storm Thorgerson: Computers Have A Lot To Answer For @ Public Works
  • Joel Dean: The Real Problem @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows @ Thomas Masters Gallery
  • Spent: Portraits of the Exhausted @ David Weinberg
  • Gunschel, Dingilian, Lee @ Packer Schopf
  • September Stars @ Judy A Saslow Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Renegade Craft Fair (tomorrow too!)
  • Paul Perkins: Dead Heat @ Sidecar
  • Terence Swafford: The Force of Habit @ Comfort Station
  • Jeff Austin @ Anatomy/Gift/Association
  • Alex de Leon: Opaque Light @ The Plaines Project
  • Zoe Nelson: Deep Cuts @ Lloyd Dobler Gallery
  • Euphemize @ slow

  • Sunday:

  • Joan Giroux: one sandpile, within hearing distance @ Terrain
  • Jo Hormuth: There is Only You @ Julius Caesar
  • Gina Ciaccio: Works on the Beauty of Dead Things @ Star Lounge

  • Thursday:

  • Dan S. Wang: Not a Printing Office @ D Gallery
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    Art Around Town Fri Aug 31 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Luke Daly & Bailey Romaine: Various Froms @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Brent Riley: Who Goes There @ Firecat Projects
  • Karen Reimer: Endless Set #1399 @ Gallery 400

  • Saturday:

  • AUSIKAITIS/KLOSS @ New Capital
  • MCA DNA: John Cage @ Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Dreaming Child @ Gallery 27

  • Sunday:

  • Did You See Heaven: WYSIWYG @ Peregrineprogram
  • Shouting Pictures @ The Brick Gallery

  • Thursday:

  • Zach Meisner: Low-Relief @ Leroy Neiman Center Gallery
  • JOHANA DRUCKER: DRUCKWORKS @ Center for Book and Paper Arts
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    Art Around Town Fri Aug 24 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight

  • fix it if it ain't broke @ slow
  • Everyman's Astronomy @ Jupiter Outpost

  • Saturday:

  • Open House & Workshops @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • 21 Motorcycles Closing Performances @ The Hills
  • EVOLVE @ Peanut Gallery
  • Michael Pfisterer: Beyond the Garden of Cyrus @ devening projects + editions
  • Gary Stephan: The Story of What Happens @ devening projects + editions
  • Julie Potratz: ROCK SHOW @ Cabin
  • Jim Lange @ Anatomically Correct

  • Sunday:

  • Anthony Bowers Closing Reception @ Star Lounge

  • Monday:

  • Jaap Blonk @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Atomic Sketch: Under the Art @ Green Eye

  • Thursday:

  • They Shapes @ SUGs
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    Art Around Town Fri Aug 17 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Jim Zimpel: Angle @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Amber Hawk Swanson: All That is Left of You/Everything You Are Now @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Debra Kayes & Steve Amos: Color Theory @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • ZORE @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • Urban Transmission @ 33 Contemporary

  • Saturday:

  • Alberto Aguilar: (In) Between Out @ The Franklin
  • Wobbly Misconduct @ LVL3
  • Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest (today and tomorrow)
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    Art Around Town Fri Aug 10 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Keiichi Tanaami: Selected Filmworks @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty, New Hands (Carson Fisk-Vittori & Michael Hunter), and Kristina Paabus: Dolphin Days @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Second Friday Open Studios @ Fine Arts Building

  • Saturday:

  • Gallery Walk w/ Karl Wirsum @ Intuit
  • Alberto Aguilar & Jorge Lucero: Painting Background @ Beverly Arts Center
  • The Milk Factory's 2nd Annual Mini Film Festival

  • Sunday:

  • Winslow Smith and Sean Ward: Not Moving @ Julius Caesar
  • Gabe Farrar & Siebren Versteeg @ The Suburban
  • 21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial @ Evanston Art Center
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    Art Around Town Fri Aug 03 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Art in the Park @ Mary Bartelme Park
  • Matt Wojtan @ Metropolis Coffee Co.
  • Closing Reception: Now is the Time @ Believe Inn
  • Samantha Simpson @ Firecat Projects

  • Saturday

  • Paul Wear @ Salon Tress

  • Sunday:

  • Closing Reception: Robots Will Keep Us as Pets @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Artist Talk with Melissa Oresky @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Stupid Monsters & White Trash Saints (curated by MUSE) @ Peanut Gallery

  • Wednesday

  • Chicago's Twelve @ Garfield Park Conservatory

  • Thursday:

  • Closing Reception: Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue/PACE Exhibition @ Center for Book and Paper Arts
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    Art Around Town Fri Jul 27 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Texploitation: Art, Guns, Girls, and BBQ @ Antena
  • Patricia Acosta & Sandra Oviedo @ La Esperanza Restaurant Pilsen
  • FIRE DOG Zine Reading & Release @ Read/Write Library
  • The Goat Party @ Jackson Junge Gallery
  • Rocks on rocks on rocks / make_space_copy.jpg @ The Plaines Project
  • Sports Infiltrated @ Design Cloud
  • Yo Solo @ Collaboraction's Pentagon Theatre
  • Aaron Henderson @ DEFIBRILLATOR
  • Seymour Rosofksy: Xylophone Solo @ Corbett vs Dempsey

  • Saturday

  • Air Pocket Project @ Wicker Park Fest / DEFIBRILLATOR
  • Memorial and Block Party in Tribute to Mark Aguhar @ Great Space

  • Sunday:

  • House Greg Gentrifies @ LAWN Gallery*
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    Art Around Town Fri Jul 20 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Milwaukee Ave. Arts Fest (all weekend)
  • David Schalliol: The Bloomingdale @ Comfort Station
  • The 8th Annual Printers Ball: Time Warp! @ Columbia College
  • Purgatory's Playground @ Bright Olive Art Lab
  • My Idea of Fun @ ebersmoore
  • SPACE VULTURE WORSHIP PROJECT @ TGFKAHD
  • GOLDEN PRINCESS 720 SCREENING: 16MM HORROR SHOWCASE @ Hairpin Lofts Art Center
  • Ghost in the Puka Shell @ CourtneyBlades
  • Nadav Assor and David Davidovsky: Strip @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Galerie F Grand Opening
  • Synchrodogs @ Public Works

  • Saturday:

  • The Hungry Games @ Pawnworks
  • Multiseonsory @ Quennect 4
  • Kira Scerbin & Jack Schneider: How Very @ Lodos Contemporáneo

  • Sunday:

  • The Broken Peanut Casino Peanut Gallery's 2012 Fundraiser Party

  • Wednesday

  • Logandale Roadshow @ Orbit Room

  • Thursday:

  • Atomic Sketch Event 4 Year Anniversary Summer Spectacular @ Green Eye Lounge
  • The Dragon is the Frame Performances @ Gallery 400
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    Art Around Town Fri Jul 13 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • UN BODY @ TGFKAHD
  • IN/VISIBLE @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Configured Spaces @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • In Search of Paradise @ Chicago Arts District, ShowPODS 1-7
  • CJ Hungerman: Random Robot Attacks bubblegum banger bomb bots @ FM*Gallery
  • Corinne Halbert: Foxx Luv $ Vantage Point @ The Mission
  • Karl Wirsum & Ex-Static: George Kagan's Radios @ Intuit
  • Time and Materials @ Manifold
  • 4 Solos @ Packer Schopf
  • Betty Heredia: Get Back on the Grid; Come Away from the Ledge @ Swim Cafe
  • Chicago Community Darkroom Member's Showcase @ Cobalt Studio
  • Burial Day Books' Campfire Stories @ Uncharted Books

  • Saturday:

  • STRESS/DE-STRESS @ The Nightingale
  • Artist-Run Bike Tour (starts at Document)
  • LSLR Reads @ Comfort Station
  • 21 Motorcyles @ The Hills Esthetic Center
  • Jeff Gillette: Slumscapes & Carl Ramsey: New Urban Paintings @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • Next Top Artist Showcase @ Alternatives, Inc.

  • Tuesday

  • Max Garett: Super Moment @ LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery
  • Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently @ Gallery 400
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    Art Around Town Fri Jul 06 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Cydney Lewis & Sandra Perlow: This Captivating Culture @ CAC
  • Marty Burns: Hold Fast @ CAC
  • Ivan Lozano: C____ of the eye / C____ of the Hand: @ Johalla Projects
  • Anne Evans: Urban Trace @ Riverside Arts Center
  • Stacey Rozich: This Must Be The Place @ CUAC
  • Jon Langford: Cheating Hearts @ Firecat Projects

  • Saturday:

  • Indirect Observation & The Quarterly Site #11: Line-of-Site @ Western Exhibitions
  • Don't Forget to Boogie @ Roots & Culture
  • The American Hero @ Gallery 27

  • Thursday:

  • Open Studio and Talk with Nadav Assor & Daniel Davidovsky @ Hyde Park Art Center
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    Art Around Town Fri Jun 29 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Majeed, Mooses, Myrie @ Logan Center Gallery
  • Show Room/Odie Off @ threewalls
  • Vivian Maier: Vintage Prints @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Bowling Alone @ Andrew Rafacz
  • Tracy Kostenbader: Rampant Objects @ Gallery B.1.e.
  • Weavemaker Pro @ The Plaines Project
  • The Dragon is the Frame @ Gallery 400
  • GRAY @ Willow Chicago
  • smooth square, soft circle @ 65 Grand
  • Grey Gardens/Nothing But Flowers @ Casualiving

  • Saturday:

  • Kloss/Stoltmann @ New Capital
  • Judith Brotman: I Dozed, I Napped, I Writhed, I Dreamed @ The Bike Room

  • Sunday:

  • Chroma Phobia @ ACRE Projects
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    Art Around Town Fri Jun 22 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Objects in Space @ Living Room Gallery
  • Andreas Fischer with Ariel Dill, Amanda Dalton Innis, Sofia Leiby, and Trew Schriefer: Robots Will Keep Us As Pets @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Kim Leutwyler @ A.Vision Chicago
  • Mirthe, Delight, AWE: A Group Show @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Juan Angel Chavez: Gone & Glenn Goldberg: Fables and Other Places @ Linda Warren Projects
  • Lindsey E. Bates: In The Alternative Realm @ Gallery Swarm
  • Grow in the Dark @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions

  • Saturday:

  • Ways of Making: National Juried Competition @ Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University
  • Slow & Low: Special Fundraiser Show @ Chicago Urban Art Society
  • ACRE Block Party
  • 100 Canvases for Things that Matter @ The Silver Room
  • Celebrating Humanity Fiesta @ FM*
  • The Chicago Exchange Indoor Arts Market

  • Sunday:

  • Zummertapez: Jo Dery @ Roots & Culture
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    Art Around Town Thu Jun 14 2012

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • Smith/Pace: Cosmos @ New Capital
  • Lauren Elder, Brian Khek, Andre Lenox, Evan Lenox, Micah Schippa, ft. Drew Olivo: allstate @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • A Long Time Coming @ Heaven Gallery
  • Roundtable: Group Effort - Hand Papermaking, Collaboration, and Contemporary Art @ Center for Book and Paper Arts
  • Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue @ Center for Book and Paper Arts
  • Facemask @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • DECIPHER @ The Parlor
  • Brain Trubble @ TGFKAHD
  • Brigitta Rossetti: La Flor Que Yo Esperaba @ 33 Contemporary

  • Saturday:

  • Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (tomorrow too!) @ Columbia College
  • VOIDS @ The Franklin
  • The Arts of Life Summer Carnival
  • Noelle Allen: Trellis @ Carrie Secrist

  • Sunday:

  • Lee Delegard and Allison Wade: May or May Not @ ACRE Projects
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    Art Around Town Fri May 18 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight

  • Husband, Robby MacBain, and Hannah Verrill: Nearer to Know Less (performances) @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • 8 x 8 at The Coop
  • A MICROGALLERY :: Galerie F Fundraising Event @ Finch's Beer Company
  • Sex, Spraypaint & Satire: Parody without Humor @ Grand Bizarre
  • Culture Shocked @ Design Cloud
  • a PERSONAL PROJECT show @ Defibrillator
  • And then... @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • Artists of Eastbank Open Studios @ Bridgeport Art Center
  • Phase 1 / Live Archive and Outreach Center @ Versionfest
  • Versionfest Friday Night of action @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Brian Kapernekas: 40,000 Fathoms Before the Eye @ 65GRAND
  • Nick Black: The Road to Candyland @ Antena

  • Saturday:

  • The Empty Vessel @ Manifest Exhibitions
  • Thorne Brandt and Chris Collins: Wicked Games @ The Hills Esthetic Center
  • Summer Open House: Free Workshops All Day @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • Suspended @ LVL3
  • Sunday:

  • MUSIC AND ART MEET CULTURE FEST: Chicago's Largest Indoor Music and Art Festival @ Congress Theater
  • Janine Biunno: HOW THINGS STAND @ ACRE Projects
  • A Conversation with Christy Matson @ Alderman Exhibitions

  • Wednesday

  • Color Films @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
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    Art Around Town Fri May 11 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing @ Public Works
  • Medley: A Collage Exhibit @ Chicago Urban Art Society
  • The Homoccult Show Closing Reception @ S+S Projects
  • Involuntary. Loss(y). Privacy. @ BLANC Gallery
  • Memory Address @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Stacia Yeapanis: Over and Over Again @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Carmen McLeod @ Rhona Hoffman Gallery
  • Open Studios @ Lacuna Artists Lofts Studios
  • Natural Networks @ Morpho Gallery
  • Manual Labor @ The Post Family
  • Bradley Biancardi and Zoe Nelson: Dear Resonance and the Memory Hole @ Roots & Culture
  • Carly Silverman & Vera Klement @ Zolla/Lieberman

  • Saturday:

  • Olivia Valentine: 1:1@ Happy Collaborationists
  • David Leggett & Kristina Paabus @ Hinge Gallery
  • Bridgeport Day
  • MCA Screen: Cauleen Smith: A Star Is a Seed / Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band performance
  • Explore Fulton Market
  • New Sounds and New Sculpture from Coppice and Maria Jönsonn @ High Concept Laboratories
  • Ellen Nielsen: ULTRAVIOLETS @ Plaines Projects
  • Scott Reeder & Henning Strassburger @ Kavi Gupta
  • Ground Up: The Infrastructure of Place (closing reception) @ The Bike Room

  • Sunday:

  • EUNHYEA CHOI: CROSSING SPACE @ ACRE Projects
  • Dawoud Bey: Picturing People @ Renaissance Society
  • More Version Fest!
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    Art Around Town Fri May 04 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Moon Fool (tomorrow too) @ Defibrillator Gallery
  • 30/30 @ One Strange Bird (and Lady Bird)
  • Laura Fayer: Treasure @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • Alison Harris: Chiaroscuro @ Chicago Photography Center
  • The Other City @ Carousel Projects
  • Chris Uphues @ Rotofugi
  • SMALL Showroom Opening
  • A Performance Show @ The Dog & Bone Space
  • Now Go See It Or Else You Won't! @ Flat Iron Arts
  • Nice-One: The CTA Experience @ Inkling
  • Black Arts @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • UChicago MFA Thesis Show 1: Stageless Morphologies and A Fat Girl Crying @ Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
  • Manifest BFA Fine Art Thesis Show 2 @ C33 Gallery
  • Manifest BFA Fine Art Thesis Show 1 @ A + D
  • Version festival Opening Weekend @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Future Relics: Cast-offs @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Natural Selection @ Black Cloud Gallery
  • Doug Fogelson: Exit Eden @ City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower
  • Dock 6 Design & Arts @ Dock 6
  • A. Laurie Palmer @ Threewalls
  • Graham Ebetsch @ Jupiter Outpost
  • Kinzie First Fridays
  • Occupy837 @ MANIFEST

  • Saturday:

  • Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap: Cosmic Debris @ Comfort Station
  • Game Night @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Mike Schreiber: True Hip Hop @ The Silver Room
  • GREYSCALE @ KUNZ VIS Projects
  • Is It What? (Closing Reception) @ Hinge Gallery
  • Symposium: Of Hospitality @ Logan Center for the Arts
  • Version Festival: Act of God @ The Orphanage (First Lutheran Church of the Trinity)

  • Sunday:

  • Positive Reinforcement @ Peanut Gallery
  • Sunday Soup Chicago @ Roots & Culture
  • COOKBOOK SHUFFLE A party to celebrate the release of KADABRA VOL II @ ACRE Projects
  • Did You See Heaven: SPECTRA @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • GRAVEYARD @ The Terraformer
  • Melina Ausikaitis @ Julius Caesar

  • Monday:

  • Act I: Absence Makes It Real @ SUGS
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    Art Around Town Fri Apr 27 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • [Per-Sep-Shuhn] @ Chicago Art Department
  • SAIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions @ Sullivan Galleries
  • Justificaciòn a priori: Science and Aesthetics in the Work of Gustavo Dìaz @ The Mission
  • I CAN DO THAT (closing reception) @ Variable Space
  • Erik Peterson: The Middle @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations) @ Gallery 400
  • Chris Thiel: The Imaginary Realm @ Gallery Swarm
  • Tom Torluemke and Jeriah Hildwine @ Linda Warren Projects
  • Nicholas Sistler TROUBLE @ Firecat Projects

  • Saturday:

  • Liliana Porter: The Task @ Carrie Secrist Gallery
  • Livid Feel (A program of three video works) @ 65GRAND
  • Contemporary Art and Documentary Practices (roundtable) @ The Renaissance Society
  • Nicholas Cueva: Dolium Volvitur: Art Movements throughout history @ Autumn Space Galley
  • We're All In It Together Now @ Believe Inn
  • Ear Eater #14: Extravagant Simplicity @ Cathouse
  • It ain't over.... @ slow
  • Christy Matson: The Sun Doesn't Show through the Mist until Noon @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • R & C Annual Spring Benefit Bash @ Roots & Culture
  • Scott Horsley: Natural History @ Bert Green Fine Art

  • Sunday:

  • James Kubie artist talk @ Julius Caesar (2pm)
  • Todd King & Nicholas Wylie: Puer Aeternus @ ACRE Projects
  • Conversation with the Artist: David Leggett @ Hyde Park Art Center

  • Tuesday:

  • Amplifying Voices (Theaster Gates artist talk) @ Smart Museum

  • Thursday:

  • Hecho En Logan Square @ I am Logan Square
  • Matthew Avignone: Stranger Than Family @ David Weinberg Photography
  • The Sketchbook Project 2012 World Tour @ Hyde Park Art Center

  • ...more at Sixty Inches from Center!

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    Art Around Town Fri Apr 20 2012

    Art Around Town

    Hi ya'll. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't able to do the Art Around Town column this morning because I've come down with some terrible virus and I can't think or stand or do much of anything right now. Damn Chicago weather. I will post it ASAP. In the meantime, check out The Visualist, and have a better weekend than I will!

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    Art Around Town Fri Apr 13 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • 3 Solos: Lamantia, Cox & Eberhardt @ Packer-Schopf Gallery
  • Paradigm Shift: The Art of the Chicago Spring @ Fine Art Building
  • ESCAPE GROUP: Performances and Responses @ threewalls
  • SADIE HAWKINS SEMIFORMAL DANCE W/ DJ Jean Short @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Hebru Brantley: Trapped in What I Made Believe @ kasia kay art projects
  • With Other People With Other Sons @ Heaven Gallery
  • I can do that @ Variable Space
  • Amanda Greive: The Middle @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • It's Getting Hot in Here @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Scott Nadeau: Insignificant Matter @ Defibrillator
  • Jacqueline Hendrickson: WIWWIW @ DOVA Temporary
  • Embody @ Black Cloud Gallery
  • Stories of Man @ Judy A Saslow Gallery
  • I Believe in Nothing, Everything is Sacred @ Judy A Saslow Gallery
  • UK/Chicago Performance @ British Consul General's Residence
  • I Accidentally Turned Off the Sun: 2012 UIC Art MFA Thesis Exhibition 4 @ Gallery 400
  • Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance @ The Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • In Decay - Stitching America's Ruins @ Chicago Cultural Center

  • Saturday:

  • VERSION FESTIVAL 12 Benefit Exhibition: Objet Petit Ahh... @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Zombie Prom: Benefit for The Arts of Life @ Empty Bottle
  • High Concept Labs Spring Open House
  • Paul Erschen: Newport Room @ The Hills
  • In The Spirit of Walser @ Donald Young Gallery
  • FLAT 12 @ Floor Length and Tux
  • Life Force @ Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery
  • Temporal Figuration @ LVL3
  • Artist Talk: Nina Barnett, Chaz Evans, Kasia Houlihan, Mark Kent, and Brendan Meara @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room

  • Sunday:

  • Alison Ruttan: Natural Disaster @ ADDS DONNA
  • Adam Blumberg: Boys' Life @ ACRE Projects
  • limes and bricks suck pink you tasteless hunk or just limes and brick suck pink or tasteless hunk @ Terrain Exhibitions
  • Martin Soto: Bomba Negra Series: Venus and Jupiter @ Afri-Caribe Cultural Center
  • Tim Nickodemus Reading Discussion @ Alderman Exhibitions
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    Art Around Town Fri Apr 06 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Russell Tyler @ ebersmoore
  • The Homocult Show (all weekend) @ S&S Project
  • Hammes/Payne @ NEW CAPITAL
  • Eric Wenzel: FRESH FAT @ 65GRAND
  • James Jankowiak: The Profane Illumination @ Johalla Projects
  • On Beyond Zebra: 2012 UIC Art MFA Thesis Exhibition 3 @ Gallery 400
  • Brad Temkin, Barbara Cooper, Linda Hoffhines: Art and the Urban Garden @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • Time To Make The Donuts: The Gigposters of Ryan Duggan @ saki
  • Jennifer Cronin, Matt Maniscalco, and Ian Mitchell Wallace: Embody @ Black Cloud Gallery
  • EFFORT @ DfbrL8r
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't @ Flat Iron

  • Saturday:

  • Escape Group: Lectures and Bloody Mary Bar @ threewalls
  • Ground Up, the Infrastructure of Place @ The Bike Room
  • hArts for Art 3 @ LVL3
  • Joseph G. Cruz: not a fact, still extremely real @ Comfort Station
  • Katherine Desjardins: A Provisional Proposition @ kasia kay art projects gallery
  • Catherine Forster: They call me theirs @ Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago
  • Artist Talk: Jeremy Bolen, Paul Cowan, Marianna Milhorat, and Neal Vandenbergh @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
  • Black, White, Gold @ Hosted by Casualiving

  • Sunday:

  • James Kubie: Blood and Gold @ Julius Caesar
  • Caleb Cole: Other People's Clothes @ ACRE Projects
  • CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) @ The Hideout
  • Comic Art Battle @ The Hideout

  • Monday:

  • Galerie F Fundraiser @ Cole's Bar

  • Wednesday:

  • Film Screening: Before Ai Weiwei and Enemies of the People @ The Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • threewallsSALON: Unofficial Publics
  • Yvonne Rainer lecture @ AIC

  • Thursday:

  • Survival Techniques @ The Museum of Contemporary Photography
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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 30 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Rachel Smith @ Chicago The Beautiful
  • For the Wild Rabbit @ Murdertown Gallery
  • Torch Song: 2012 UIC Art MFA Thesis Exhibition 2 @ Gallery 400
  • Splatter Platter: 2012 UIC Art MFA Thesis Exhibition 2 @ Gallery 400
  • Catherine Sullivan & Co.: Inaugurals @ Logan Center Gallery
  • Urban Gateway's All For Art Gala @ Venue One

  • Saturday:

  • Shane Ward: Lincoln never ate anything yellow, AKA: Tendencies will define you. @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Escape Into the Briar Patch @ slow
  • John Cage, Toko Shinoda, Yozo Hamaguchi @ Floating World Gallery
  • Artist Talk: Mark Aguhar, Sebastian Aguirre, Jon Chambers, and Andrew Mausert-Mooney @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
  • Christian Reiben (closing reception) @ The Bike Room
  • Carrie Schneider: Burning House @ moniquemeloche
  • Lady Rollins: Losing the Gloves (performance) @ Carrie Secrist
  • Mladenoff, DeAno, and Iemmolo @ Packer Schopf

  • Sunday:

  • David Sprecher: FOOL @ Peanut Gallery
  • Ben Pegram + Chris Semel: Twenty-Six @ ACRE Projects
  • Lip Sync Show @ DEFIBRILLATOR
  • David Salkin: Room for Views @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Galerie F Kickstarter Launch
  • Closing reception dead drunk shark @ The Hills
  • Talk + Closing: Dana DeGiulio + Audrey Adams @ Julius Caesar (2pm)

  • Monday:

  • Artist Residency Panel Discussion @ The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Michigan Avenue Ballroom

  • Thursday:

  • Effort @ DEFIBRILLATOR
  • ASCII 3 @ California Clipper (back room)
  • Michael S. Lewis @ Mark Shale Project Space
  • Print me a Square @ I am Logan Square

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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 23 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Andy Hall & Kaylee Wyant: Modern Model @ Roots & Culture
  • Rebecca Shore: All in One @ Corbett vs Dempsey
  • Evil Is Interesting @ Antena Gallery
  • Jesus Mejia: The Fidelity of Instruments @ The Plaines Project
  • Andrew Martin & Sam Harvey: Formal Engagement @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • 2012 Creative Chicago Expo (today and tomorrow) @ Cultural Center
  • .you.i.you.see. @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Flicks 2 Print: A Graffiti Writer Print Exhibition @ B1E Gallery
  • Villain Affair @ The Cooler
  • Cornelia Arts Building March Open House
  • Roger Moy: Love, Why I flunked Out of Trade School @ Gallery Swarm
  • DESTINEEZ CHILD + GURL DON'T BE DUMB (screening) @ threewalls
  • Black Thorns in the Black Box (screening) @ The Nightingale
  • BRAIN FRAME 5

  • Saturday:

  • The Physical Impossibility of a Hangover in the Mind of Someone Drinking @ TheHills Esthetic Center
  • Tim Nickodemus: Megatheria @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Trial Myriad @ North Branch Projects
  • Zachary Buchner @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
  • Women of a Certain Age @ South Side Community Arts Center
  • Zak Sally, John Porcellino & Dale Flattum: Physical Evidence @ RATIONAL PARK
  • Hamza J. Salim: Suicide Bombers @ Casa Aztlan
  • Rumble Arts Crafts Fair

  • Sunday:

  • Art-Zine/Chicago: Spring Fling @ Peanut Gallery
  • Matt Austin & EJ Hill: Slow Dance @ ACRE Projects
  • AB(e)DUCTED! The Honest Abe Art Show @ Cole's
  • Andrea Jablonski and Erin Page @ Star Coffee
  • Of Dolls and Murder (screening) @ Glessner House Museum

  • Wednesday

  • Brent Green: Musical Perforamnce, Lecture and Screening @ The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium

  • Thursday:

  • Patrick Lichty: Ex Nihilo / Improbable Objects @ What It Is
  • Mickalene Thomas @ Rhona Hoffman Gallery
  • THAW @ DANK Haus
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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 16 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Sirianni/Lane @ NEW CAPITAL
  • Look at Me: 2012 UIC Art MFA Thesis Exhibition 1 @ Gallery 400
  • Power Lines @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Gwynne Johnson: This Doubtful Paradise @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Megan Born: Dirt @ The Graham Foundation
  • Heroes & Icons @ Yollocalli Arts Reach
  • Black Thorns in the White Cube / Elijah Burgher @ Western Exhibitions
  • IN PARALLEL @ Jennifer Norback Fine Art; INC
  • The Art of the Wall @ Elephant Room
  • Ruben Aguirre: Reveries of Light @ The Silver Room
  • About Face @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • Jason Robert Bell: The One Man Army Corpse & Michael Nudelman: Lookin' Out My Back Door @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • What's my GPA Again? @ SAIC Sullivan Galleries
  • Dystopia: Spiritual Warfare in a Mechanized World @ Las Manos Gallery
  • Maria Tomasula: Singularities & Teodor Dumitrescu: Fire Season @ Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • Portfolio @ Elmhurst Art Museum
  • SPRINGEN @ 33 Contemporary Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Artist Talk: Mary Helena Clark, Tiffany Funk, Anthony Koerner, Nicholas Rummler, and Gwendolyn Zabicki @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
  • Mark Jackson: Darkness and Light @ Iceberg Projects
  • Light Show @ Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center
  • Sean Ward @ Autumn Space Gallery
  • SAIC Spring BFA Exhibition
  • PLAY! -- MORE OR LESS @ Believe Inn
  • Gong Lab: Suite for Dreamers @ High Concept Laboratories
  • Mixed Movement Chicago @ Rumble Arts Center
  • Suicide Bombers @ Casa Aztlan

  • Sunday:

  • Holly Holmes: Transcription @ Terrain Exhibitions
  • Yto Barrada: Riffs @ The Renaissance Society
  • Brandy Fisher: A System of Relations @ ACRE Projects
  • ARTE NO ES FÁCIL @ Links Hall

  • Tuesday:

  • Sabina Ott: to perceive the invisible in you @ SXU Gallery
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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 09 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Chicago Zine Fest (today and tomorrow)
  • Dissolution @ Eel Space
  • Sans @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • John Opera: Form Fit @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
  • Alan and Michael Fleming @ threewalls
  • Andrew Rauhauser: STRATA @ FM* Gallery
  • VOCES DE MUJERES III-Celebrating International Women's Day @ Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery
  • Octagon Open House
  • Bike Winter Fashion Show @ Gala Gallery
  • Jessica Bardsley: LIGHTWATER @ The Nightengale

  • Saturday:

  • Nostalgia: Artist Discussion & Group Show @ Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space
  • R&D @ Manifold
  • Christian Rieben: The Failure of Rational Thought @ The Bike Room
  • Piranha Club #2: The Last Last Meal @ Roots & Culture
  • Axis Mundi: Artist Talk with Jason Brammer @ Firecat Projects
  • BASK: Scenic Riot @ OhNo!Doom

  • Sunday:

  • Joseph Rynkiewicz: A Line Describing Eternity @ ACRE Projects
  • I Surrender @ Devening Projects + Editions

  • Monday:

  • Marilyn Minter Visiting Artists Program Lecture @ The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
  • Andreas Fisher Lecture @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room

  • Tuesday:

  • Look at Me UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition @ Gallery 400

  • Wednesday:

  • Life on the Land: re-imagining public space SALON @ threewalls

  • Thursday:

  • Jen Heaslip: New Paintings @ Bert Green Fine Art
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    Art Around Town Fri Mar 02 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • WOW House @ Johalla Projects
  • Light Show @ Roots & Culture
  • Kinzie First Friday @ The Arts of Life
  • Matthew Hoffman: I Made This For You @ Public Works
  • botanic/organic // National Juried Exhibit @ Union Street Gallery
  • Linoleum block prints by Kevin O'Rourke @ Inkling
  • Rules & Regulations @ Jupiter Outpost
  • Cory Sever: Top Of The Most @ One Strange Bird (and Lady Bird)
  • Prima Sakuntabhai @ Cobalt Studio
  • DECKED @ Black Cloud Gallery
  • Rim Lee: Retrospective @ Kasia Kay
  • Carl Baratta: Sweet Water @ Lloyd Dobler
  • various small abstractions @ D Gallery
  • Alleys & Ruins @ Schneider Gallery
  • Alan Cohen: Revisited Exposures @ Document
  • Every now and then I fall apart @ The Plaines Project
  • TUNDRA: body in performance @ S&S Project
  • Benjamin Bellas and Oli Watt: That thing in that old Groucho Marx movie... @ Kirk's Apartment
  • Nazafarin Lofti @ Tony Wight Gallery
  • Footprints in Vertical Skies @ Jackson Junge Gallery
  • Recent Drawings by Mariana Sissia @ The Mission Projects
  • Trime Bumiller @ Zg Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • MFA Open Studios @ Northwestern University
  • Blood: New Work by Chris Hefner & Andy Hefner @ saki
  • Logan Square Spring Fling Fashion Show @ Hairitics Dye for Your Beliefs
  • WHPK 88.5fm presents Pictures and Sounds @ UofC Film Studies Center
  • Veronica Bruce, Brian McNearney, and Morgan Sims: Reality Slips @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • Domain and Range @ Jenny's Common
  • They Wore Faces of Red Clay @ SideCar
  • Is it What? @ Hinge Gallery
  • Stuck Up: A Selected History of Alternative & Pop Culture Told Through Stickers @ Maxwell Colette Gallery
  • Christian Rieben @ The Bike Room
  • 3 Diverse Artists // 1 Awesome Show @ Next Door
  • PLAY! @ Believe Inn

  • Sunday:

  • Force Majeure @ DEFIBRILLATOR and NEW CAPITAL
  • I'M WATCHING THE SUN COME UP NOW @ ACRE Projects
  • Dana DeGiulio @ Julius Caesar

  • Tuesday

  • PechaKucha Night Chicago presents Volume 21 @ Martyrs'
  • Craig Dykers lecture @ AIC's Rubloff Auditorium

  • Thursday:

  • Chicago Nocturne @ I Am Logan Square
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    Art Around Town Fri Feb 24 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • The Whitney Houston Biennial @ Murdertown
  • Ox-Bow Winter Benefit
  • Re-opening Celebration @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • PLAY! @ Believe Inn
  • 15th Annual Bike Winter Art Show @ Gala Gallery
  • Exploring Axis Mundi: The Still Point At The Center of The Turning Universe @ Firecat Projects
  • IPaintMyMind T-Shirt & Art Print Release Party @ Simone's
  • Timeless @ Judy A Saslow Gallery
  • Iemmolo / DeAno/ Mladenoff @ Packer Schopf Gallery
  • Chicago The Beautiful @ 914

  • Saturday:

  • NEXT/NOW (tonight and tomorrow) @ Defribrillator
  • I'm OK if You're OK @ threewalls
  • Florida Oasis Part 4 : FINAL INSTALLMENT @ Comfort Station
  • Robin Kang: Cry, or Don't @ The Milk Factory
  • Three Vertices @ LVL3
  • Auntie Em's Mobile Home @ slow
  • Bright Lights, Big City: The Art of Modernism in Japanese Woodblock Prints @ Floating World Gallery
  • The Hashbrown Chili Cookoff @ Spudnik Press
  • This House is Not a Home @ SHoP
  • Kindred Visions @ Blanc Gallery
  • Photography and Art Meet Culture @ Al Teatro Ristorante

  • Sunday:

  • Kate Bowen: Almost Always Getting it Right @ ACRE Projects
  • More or Less @ RoxaBoxen Exhibitions
  • Performance by David Grubbs and Susan Howe: Frolic Architecture David Grubbs and Susan Howe @ The Renaissance Society
  • IN THE SPIRIT OF WALSER Artist Reception @ Donald Young Gallery

  • Wednesday:

  • Speechless @ The Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • The World Finder, an Epic Tragedy in Four Acts @ Gallery 400

  • Thursday:

  • Judith Hladik-Voss @ Chicago Public LibraryLincoln/Belmont branch

  • That's not enough for you?!? Okay, there's more...

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    Art Around Town Fri Feb 17 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Living By Example @ Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center
  • The Piranha Club @ Roots & Culture
  • Anointed: Ritual Vessels by Julia Galloway, Seth Green, and Andrew Gilliatt @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • HITS CLOSE TO HOME @ CAC
  • Closing Reception // Abigail Csanda & Allison Spicer: Inferences @ Next Door Chicago
  • 9th MEASURE @ Chicago Artist's Coalition
  • arow Collective Presents The Drop Out Kids @ Clothes Optional Vintage
  • #Crapitalism Listening Party // Panel Discussion @ Rumble Arts
  • A Collection of Cuban Imagery @ Gallery Swarm
  • Your Game Bytes @ RGB Lounge
  • New Work by Ari Neiditz with music from Turpentine and Animal City @ The Yellow Book

  • Saturday:

  • Florida Oasis Pt. 3 @ Logan Square Comfort Station
  • Magalie Guérin: The Warmest Guest @ Autumn Space Gallery
  • 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall Meeting @ DuSable Museum
  • Arte No es Fácil @ Links Hall
  • the big stink moves like a moth towards the light @ Hungryman Gallery
  • Expressions of LOVE @ Japanese Culture Center

  • Sunday:

  • Michelle Anne Harris: Accidents of Gravity @ ACRE Projects
  • Honk If You Love Painting @ Terrain Exhibitions
  • Curatorial Talk with Bisi Silva @ Doukan 7002

  • Wednesday:

  • Art21 Season 6 Advance Screening @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
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    Art Around Town Fri Feb 10 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Artist Talk: AA Bronson @ University of Chicago
  • Short Court: Tropical Aesthletics @ Antena
  • APOCALYPSE IN THE PLEASURE GARDENS performance by MIKEY McPARLANE @ New Capital
  • Aron Gent, Nick Ostoff, Sophia Rauch: Isaz: Ice is bark of rivers @ The Hills Esthetic Center
  • Heidi Norton: Reasons to Cut Into the Earth @ Johalla Projects
  • ReBirth @ DEFIBRILLATOR
  • URBAN POP @ Yollocalli
  • 1 Year Anniversary of Escapism @ Maya Essence
  • Jeremy Tinder @ Rotofugi
  • Moneyworth Art Opening and Trunk Show @ kokorokoko
  • Tyrue "Slang" Jones: TRUE LOVE @ GALA Gallery
  • Closing Reception for Scented Illusions: Avon and Art @ S&S Project Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Min Song: Small-Scale Lifestyles 2 @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Meet Martin Creed @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Monster Movie Seminar @ Hinge Gallery
  • Cathy Wilkes: I Give You All My Money Gallery Tour @ The Renaissance Society
  • Anthony Marcos Rea: The Ones I Remember @ Cobalt Studio
  • CAKE Benefit @ Mortville
  • Super Button Mashers, A Gamer Tribute @ OhNo!ARCADE

  • Sunday:

  • Fatima Haider & Lourdes Correa-Carlo @ Julius Caesar
  • James Green: Beta Eyes @ ACRE Projects
  • Magalie Guérin: The Warmest Guest @ Autumn Space Gallery
  • Lecture by Marsha Bentley Hale: Mannequin Mystique @ The Renaissance Society
  • Someone Else's Dream @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Meet the Artist: Keelan McMorrow @ The Bluebird

  • Wednesday:

  • Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art @ Smart Museum of Art

  • Thursday:

  • Many Years After, On a Sunny Afternoon @ Art Lounge, Student Center West, UIC
  • Marina Abramovic: A Lecture on Performance and Its Future @ First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple
  • Closing Party for The Chicago Project @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
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    Art Around Town Fri Feb 03 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Issuing Forth @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • Molly Zuckerman-Hartung: Negative Joy @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Watie White @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Antonia Gurkovska: Index @ Kavi Gupta
  • SKY LINES @ Charnel House
  • Brian Beard: A Series of Poor Decisions @ Inkling
  • Ian Ferguson: Gold Huffing @ One Strange Bird (and Lady Bird)
  • Philip Dembinski: Wavelength @ Jupiter Outpost
  • Christina A Long: Antipathies @ The Silver Room
  • Hebru Brantley: BAD ACTORS @ Grand Bizzare Gallery
  • THOMAS SCHÜTTE: In the Spirit of Walser @ Donald Young Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • 2nd Floor Rear Festival
  • Florida Oasis @ Logan Square Comfort Station
  • Hovsepian / Marshall: On The Wall @ moniquemeloche
  • Jon Waites: Radical, Work @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Inaugural Exhibition @ Bert Green Fine Art
  • Scott Wolniak @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
  • Finding Funding for Creative Projects (workshop) @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • (NO) Vacancy @ Carrie Secrist Gallery
  • Home Knowledge Spectacular @ North Branch Projects
  • Young Sun Han: sooner later @ Las Manos Gallery
  • Marilyn Zimmerman @ ARC Gallery

  • Sunday:

  • Form Over Function @ Peanut Gallery
  • Rebecca Beachy: Ground @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Alice Feldt: I'd Languish in Your Dust @ ACRE Projects
  • Cupola Bobber: The Field, The Mantel @ ADDS DONNA
  • Lecture by Dennis King Keenan: Irigaray and the Sacrifice of Sacrifice @ The Renaissance Society
  • Dayo Laoye: Evolution @ South Shore Cultural Center

  • Tuesday:

  • BIG THINGS Pop-Up Market @ Public Works
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    Art Around Town Fri Jan 27 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • David Leggett & Melissa Steckbauer @ Western Exhibitions
  • iLLUMINATE @ Water Street Studios
  • Not Cool or Stoic @ slow
  • Society of the Spectacular @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • André Butzer @ Rhona Hoffman Gallery
  • Closing Reception: DRESSING THE LOOM @ Plaines Project
  • Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection @ Cultural Center
  • The MeMo Organization Cabinet @ Cultural Center
  • The GOLDEN somnabulist & CLOSING reception for OFF the GOLDEN Map @ GALLERY200
  • Crossroads: A One Day Documentary Based On Data @ RGB Lounge
  • Justin Amrhein: Schematized @ Firecat Projects
  • JONATHAN DANKENBRING & JASON ROBERT BELL @ Thomas Robertello
  • Pulled, Pressed & Printed, Chicago @ Expo 72

  • Saturday:

  • Multimedia Print Project, Lightness & Darkness Release Party @ Happy Dog
  • B.A.D. (Molar Productions) OPENING RECEPTION @ Beverly Arts Center
  • Closing Reception // I'M HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS @ Happy Collaborationists
  • SHUTTER @ Logan/Avondale Arts Center
  • Holding onto Something Slippery @ LVL3
  • Maria Vergara: LIVING LARGE @ Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery
  • ONO, ANDRÉ FOISY, SUN SPLITTER, RABID RABBIT @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

  • Sunday:

  • ANNA CAMPBELL: THE SLOW CLUB @ ACRE
  • Joshua Abelow + Alexander Valentine @ Devening Projects

  • Monday:

  • Form Fit Lecture Series: Kelly Kaczynski @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
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    Art Around Town Fri Jan 20 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • STUCK UP: A Selected History of Alternative & Pop Culture Told Through Stickers @ Maxwell Colette Gallery
  • REVOLUTION 2012 @ Jackson Junge Gallery
  • 2012 National Wet Paint Exhibition | Make Sound Exhibition and Performance @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • Night of Insight : Re-Frame: Communing @ Rumble Arts
  • LOSSY @ Roots and Culture
  • 20 in Their Twenties @ Woman Made
  • Dressing the Loom @ The Plaines Project
  • Voices: Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, and Sarah Ross @ Gallery 400
  • Unfolding Space: an architecture of moments @ Floating World Gallery
  • Quarterly Site #9: Support @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • ASCENT @ Chicago Artists' Coalition
  • Global Cities, Model Worlds + The World Finder @ Gallery 400
  • Atomic Comics: Masters of the Humorverse @ Mayne Stage

  • Saturday

  • The 4th Annual Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip-Hop Arts @ Metro
  • unfurl @ dan devening projects
  • Robert Overby @ Rhona Hoffman Gallery
  • Anagram City @ Golden Gallery

  • Sunday:

  • NOT ALL DAYS ARE THE SAME; A CONTEMPLATION OF TRANSITS @ Roxaboxen
  • Jefferson Godard @ Terrain
  • Cathy Wilkes: I Give You All My Money @ The Renaissance Society

  • Wednesday:

  • Paul D'Amato @ DePaul Art Museum

  • Thursday:

  • Kelly K. Jones: Our No Place @ Gallery X @ School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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    Art Around Town Fri Jan 06 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • First Fridays @ Kinzie Corridor
  • OUT ON A LIMB (performance) @ Casualiving
  • FAR OUT @ Judy A Saslow Gallery
  • Moyra Davy @ Donald Young Gallery
  • Moves Thinks Repeats Pauses @ Tony Wight Gallery
  • Holiday Hangover Opening With Architecture for Humanity @ Black Cloud Gallery
  • Paul Erschen: West Plaza @ Document
  • First Fridays @ Inkling
  • NEU! @ ebersmoore
  • MOVES THINKS REPEATS PAUSES @ Tony Wight
  • Martina Nehrling: In Defense of Wondering @ Zg Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Chiara No: WILD THINGS, I THINK I LOVE YOU @ Johalla Projects
  • Artist's Talk: Steven Frost and David Hartwell, moderated by Alison Cuddy @ Robert Bills Contemporary

  • Sunday:

  • WIPE OUT @ Peanut Gallery
  • ACCUMULATIONS: new works by ACRE staff @ ACRE

  • Thursday:

  • Karen Reimer Artist Talk w/ Shannon Stratton @ moniquemeloche
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    Culture Tue Nov 04 2014

    7,550 Miles from Home, Chicago's Ethiopians Build a Cultural Museum

    By Danielle Elliott

    Some 7,550 miles separate Chicago from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. For the 10,000 Ethiopians living in Chicago, that distance seems a lot smaller due to the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.
    Read this feature »

    Steve at the Movies Fri Dec 19 2014

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies & The Babadook

    By Steve Prokopy

    Read this column »

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