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A/C

Art Fri Sep 25 2015

Review: VICO @ Little House and Comfort Film

Mexico City's VICO is a video project that conducts workshops and seminars that encourage the exploration of experimental cinema and film. For the first time in Chicago, VICO recently presented Counter-montages, Tinkering subjectivity, which included a collection of short films made from students in a workshop led by Javier Toscano. The program, co-presented by Little House and Comfort Film, featured 11 shorts from creators who were not traditional artists, or who did not consider themselves artists whatsoever.

The films shown were a collection of appropriated images, youtube videos, and political context that spanned Mexican culture and a digital realm. My Sweet 15 by Dulce Rosas presented a series of young women attending and performing at their quinceañera. By tradition, the women are adorned with extravagant dresses, jewelry and makeup for their 15th birthday celebration. In Rosas' short, the artist appropriated shots of girls dancing, celebrating and prepping themselves for the soon-to-be party. The beginning of the film focused on a baby girl who was crying and cradled; she represented the future character, or characters, at the quinceañera. The short film prodded at the honor, as several clips featured girls awkwardly dancing with dolls, or posing next to expensive cars. At first glance, it looks like an all-American teenage prom.

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Sentir, Tocar (To Feel, To Touch) by Carlos Cruz y Grisel Castro, 2012.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Mon Aug 24 2015

Chicago Architecture Firm Wins Pullman Artspace Project


A rendering of the project by VOA Associates

The Chicago-based architecture firm, VOA Associates, Inc., has been selected as the winner of a six-month architectural design competition, made possible by a grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

VOA Associates, Inc., will be designing the Pullman Artspace in the historic Pullman neighborhood, which will include 45 affordable live/work apartments, as well classrooms, an exhibition space, and workshops. Artspace Project Inc., has its headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC.

By designing a creative space, VOA Associates hopes to achieve a sense of honor for the historical "character of Pullman's landmark community" and welcome those who are interested in a creative weaving within the public sphere.

Overall, 20 architecture firms submitted and 10 semi-finalists were chosen. The three finalists for the competition were each awarded $10,000 to finalize their concept and VOA Associates was selected as the winner. The Pullman Artspace strives to preserve Pullman as a leading arts neighborhood with an immersive creative hub for its residents.

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Art Wed Jul 29 2015

"Body Building" Review @ Richard Gray Gallery

I've only been in the Hancock Tower once and I never thought it would be to visit an art gallery, but hey, there's a first for everything. Amused, I found myself inside the swarm of tourists and photographers who posed and smiled near a colossal sculpture that hung low from the ceiling in the lobby. In order to enter the space, I had to stop at the security desk where my driver's license was scanned and I was handed a slip with a barcode that granted me access through a futuristic gate. Once the door swung open I entered the elevator, free at last to look at art. I felt underdressed and out of place as I tiptoed quite dramatically to the glass doors of the Richard Gray Gallery.

Founded in the 1960s, the gallery has been a prominent and important creative hub for artists at both locations in Chicago and New York. The gallery is "collector orientated" and focuses on the importance of fine art, authenticity, and quality. Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jan Tichy, and Jaume Plensa, are some examples of artists who are represented by the Richard Gray Gallery.

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Installation Image, courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery

The newest exhibition, Body Building, which opened July 6, is located down the hall from the main gallery room, which features works by Susan Rothenberg and David Hockney. Body Building, curated by Gan Uyeda and Raven Munsell, presents works from the 1900s until present day and focus on the relationship between the physical human form and the way that it is viewed through an architectural lens. The works in the exhibition date from 1917 to 2012, and display a variety of mediums and materials, such as wax, ink, wool, crayon, and collage.

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S. Nicole Lane

Preview Mon Jul 27 2015

Free Street Theater Brings Mutant Chihuahuas to City Parks

The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy De Las RosasFree Street Theater is mounting Chicago playwright Ricardo Gamboa's new play The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy De Las Rosas for free in several parks around the city as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks series. The play will be performed outdoors, and is family friendly. Here's Free Street's synopsis:

While the plot, setting, and characters are pure Chicago, this isn't the Chicago of sitcoms and rom-coms; it's the Chicago of immigrants and their children, their communities, and their ...superpowers. In The Real Life Adventures, a 13-year-old Mexican-American boy living in Pilsen and Little Village spends his days playing baseball, helping his abuela with her elote cart, and hiding the fact that he has telekinetic powers. When his mother, an undocumented factory worker, mysteriously disappears, Jimmy is determined to find her. With the help of two "pirates," he finds himself facing a pack of mutant Chihuahuas and a ruthless sweatshop owner in a high-stakes battle to reclaim the streets of his neighborhood.

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Andrew Huff

Art Thu Jul 16 2015

Exhibit & Conversation with Rodrigo Lara at National Museum of Mexican Art

The newest exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art entitled Deportable Aliens will feature work from the Chicago-based artist, Rodrigo Lara. Opening July 24, the show will include site-specific installations that survey politics, immigration and social justice. The work largely depicts the Mexican Repatriation of the 1930s and the relocation of individuals in the U.S. who were of Mexican descent.

Deportable Aliens will open Friday, July 24, with a reception from 6-8pm and will be on view through February 28, 2016, in the Kraft Gallery.

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S. Nicole Lane

History Wed Jul 01 2015

July 4th Celebration at Chicago History Museum Features Chicago Film Premiere and New Facilities

By Jen Kraakevik

GB-ChiHistJuly4.jpgFace painting, speeches, musical performances, crafts and other all-American activities are on the agenda for the Fourth of July celebration at the Chicago History Museum from 10am to noon Saturday.

Afternoon events at the History Museum will include a premiere of the film The Great Chicago Adventure in the renovated Robert R. McCormick Theater. Visitors can explore a wall-to-wall map of Chicago and other interactive art pieces in the grand opening of the Guild Gallery. President Gary T. Johnson said in a press release. "We couldn't pick a better day to showcase these fantastic new experiences that celebrate Chicago's place in American history."

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Film Wed Jun 24 2015

Northwestern Professor and Kartemquin Films Join Forces to Help Save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist Site

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Any day now, Mes Aynak, one of the world's most significant archeological sites, might be destroyed. Its historical and cultural riches, thought to be on par with the discoveries of Pompeii, will be forever lost. Its story--and the story of the men working tirelessly to save it--is the subject of Director Brent Huffman's Saving Mes Aynak.

Huffman, a faculty member in Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and a documentary filmmaker, is working with Chicago's Kartemquin Films to produce Saving Mes Aynak.

The site sits within the Taliban-controlled Logar Province of Afghanistan, atop an enormous, untapped copper reserve with an estimated worth of $10 billion dollars. It's that copper reserve, and not the Taliban, that poses the chief threat to its continued existence. In 2007, MCC, a state-owned Chinese mining company, struck a deal with the cash-strapped Afghan government to harvest the site's reserves for $3 billion, with little oversight and no environmental regulation. Since 2011, a small team of Afghan archeologists have been excavating the area, unearthing finds of immense cultural significance, but a complete excavation could take 30 to 40 years, and mining is slated to begin in less than a year.

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Elspeth Carroll

Art Thu Jun 18 2015

Journey to Art: A Multi-Venue Exhibition

The Zhou B Art Center and the Ed Paschke Art Center are coming together to create a traveling exhibition, for both you and the artists. "Journey to Art" will be a community-coordinated event where Chicagoans are invited to attend the collaboration between both venues from June 19-21.The friendship of the Zhou Brothers and Ed Paschke is being celebrated and honored during the ongoing exhibitions at both locations.

By creating a sort of trade, or swap if you will, the Zhou Brothers will present their work at Jefferson Park's Ed Paschke Art Center, and the late Paschke's work will be in Bridgeport at the Zhou B Art Center. In addition to gallery spaces, the Zhou Brothers will be featuring their sculptural work at Jefferson Park for a family day event.

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Red Boxer, Ed Paschke

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Wed Jun 03 2015

Maxwell Colette Gallery to Show Work of Dutch Graffiti Artist DOES

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"Rendez-Vous" by DOES.

The work of DOES, a renowned Dutch graffiti artist, will be on exhibit from June 13 through July 31 at the Maxwell-Colette Gallery in Noble Square. The exhibit, titled Transition, will feature recent mixed media paintings on canvas, including large-scale work up to 18 feet in length. This is the artist's first solo show in Chicago.

Letterforms are DOES' passion, according to gallery director Oliver Hild. Transition will show text-based paintings where "words are visually imploded and reconstituted as aggregations of disarticulated, smoldering letterforms," but will also show work where DOES explores new ground visually and conceptually.

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Nancy Bishop

Art Sat May 16 2015

Noelle Garcia: LÁLDISH @ Ordinary Projects

ACRE, an artist residency and exhibition space, and Ordinary Projects, are presenting the artist Noelle Garcia, in her installment, LÁLDISH, as a 2014 ACRE summer resident. The exhibit opened last weekend at Mana Contemporary (2233 S. Throop, 5th floor).

The exhibition includes an exploration of parental connection, her father's history, documents, and Native American lineage. "My father died at age 64. Convicted of murder at the age of 25 (while intoxicated) my father spent the majority of his life in prison", explains Garcia in her statement concerning the specific project. A string of emails exploring her fathers life and official records allow Garcia to create a connection between her and her estranged father.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Thu May 14 2015

Sonja Thomsen "Glowing Wavelengths In Between" @ DePaul Art Museum

Milwaukee-based artist, Sonja Thomsen, will be featuring her photographs, sculptures, and installations that focus on the quality of light at the DePaul Art Museum opening today. By utilizing the weightlessness in contrast with dimensionality, Thomsen visually examines the tension between color and light.

Thomsen stated in an interview with Columbia College Chicago Photography Department's Jennifer Keats, that she was a "...student of science. That language is something I'm drawn to in a poetic way, where knowledge is always in a state of becoming. I'm interested in the synergy that happens in the studio as catalyst for new understandings, never quite satisfied with conclusions that may eventually be disproved." She continues by explaining her influences, "How do we locate ourselves in the world? A multiplicity of ways, an always a shifting matrix, never a fixed point. I see each of my photographs and installations as a way to measure that locale, a way to assess the space between the mountain, the self and the light. My goal as an artist is to construct an authentic experience in which to recalibrate our perceptions..."

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Thomsen's pieces were made during her residency at Latitude Chicago, where she had support from Hahnemühle FineArt.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Mon May 04 2015

Cultural Conversation: Dance + Dramaturgy @ High Concept Labs

Chicago Dancemakers Forum and High Concept Labs are joining together to present a full day of events on Saturday, May 9, for panel discussions and rehearsals, which focus on contemporary dance and dramaturgical processes.

The free event invites creators, artists, dramaturges, performers, students and the greater Chicago community to engage in the conversations and dialogue concerning the practice and theory of movement and the body.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Fri Apr 24 2015

amfm: "Can I see Your ID?" Debuts at Cultura May 8

amfm, a Chicago-based arts, music and fashion web portal, will present their first art exhibition, Can I See Your ID?, at Cultura gallery, 1900 S. Carpenter St., during the Pilsen Second Friday art walk May 8.

When someone asks to "see your ID," you're being asked to expose the basics -- a photograph that fashions last year's hair color, a height that doesn't matter, and a hazel eye color that changes with the seasons. Is this how you want to be perceived? Is your ID a reflection of who you are as an individual? By approaching someone entering a bar and saying, "Can I see your ID?" the bouncer is asking, "Who are you?" -- a question that is summed up by glancing at our choice of ID. amfm has asked several artists to feature a facet of themselves in the exhibition that they would like to explore, erase or simply present.

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Local artists will be presenting and featuring their true and authentic identities in the amfm exhibition. Societal labels, struggles, talents, and all things encompassing the "self" will be featured by the selected four creatives, Sam Kirk, Barrett Keithley, Madhuri Shukla and Chantala Kommanivanh.

amfm was initially created as a college thesis in 2009 by founder Ciera McKissick but has since moved to an online publication. The collective serves as a hub for artists, makers, thinkers and doers who want to expand and share their stories.

The exhibition will be open May 8 from 6 to 10pm during the Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday Gallery Night in Pilsen.

S. Nicole Lane

Art Wed Apr 22 2015

Archibald Motley's Brilliant, Vivid Paintings Light Up the Cultural Center

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Archibald Motley, Blues, 1929.

Archibald Motley Jr. was not your average African-American male in 1914. The man who became a world-renowned artist and contributor to the Harlem Renaissance was the son of a Pullman porter and the daughter of a former slave. But in 1914, he became a painting student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied there for four years. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Motley, known for the paintings that chronicled African-American urban life in the 1920s and '30s, was born in New Orleans and raised in the Englewood community, which was then a predominantly Irish-German-Swedish neighborhood. He socialized in Bronzeville and its vibrant cultural life inspired many of his paintings. He also spent time in Paris in 1929-30 on a Guggenheim Fellowship and in Mexico in the 1950s with his nephew, Willard Motley. (Author of novels including Knock on Any Door and Let No Man Write My Epitaph, Willard Motley was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in 2014.)

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Nancy Bishop

Art Fri Apr 17 2015

ACTIVATE Returns to the Loop

Last year, the Chicago Loop Alliance invited the public to interact and experience the alleyways of downtown Chicago. Bringing interactive artists such as Luftwerk, and hosting a party-like atmosphere, the Loop was transformed into a pop-up urban experience. Beginning May 15, the CLA will be hosting six nights of ACTIVATE one night each month until October.

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Nearly $400,000 was produced for local Loop businesses in the first seven ACTIVATE events from 2013-2014 and more than 14,000 attended the event during the series. The series will be continued this year from May until October with new artists, music, and culture, which were carefully curated for the public.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Wed Apr 15 2015

Spring Exhibition Receptions and Guida Family Creative Wing Ceremony @ The Hyde Park Art Center

If you're itching for a packed day of art, events, exhibitions and ceremonies, then the Hyde Park Art Center will tend to your creative needs this Sunday, April 19. Being the first space to exhibit the work of the Hairy Who artists in the early 1960s and currently housing a flourishing residency, several galleries and ongoing events, the HPAC is a hotbed for Hyde Park artists and locals.

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The spring exhibition receptions include several openings and closings that feature resident artist, Susan Giles, solo artist Nancy Lu Rosenheim, HPAC students Charles Heppner and Diane Jaderberg, filmmaker Melika Bass, and ArtShop. The receptions will take place from 3 to 5pm Sunday and will include three new exhibitions in addition to ongoing exhibitions that are coming to a close.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Tue Mar 24 2015

Melika Bass: The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast at Hyde Park Art Center

When I read that the post-rock, Icelandic band Sigur Rós commissioned Melika Bass to direct and produce a music video for their composition, "Varðeldur," I wasn't terribly surprised. Bass' archetypical characters and magical components cohere with the subliminal sound that is the framework of Sigur Rós. The ethereal and red-headed character for "Varðeldur" appears as another one of Bass' character studies. In her current solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in the Kanter McCormick Gallery, Bass presents a reoccurring character, as well as two male characters, who share similar professions but all live different lives.

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The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast introduces familiar faces (if you're a Bass fan) and continues and expands on the past and present. The characters connect visually, thematically, professionally, and fictionally, throughout the installation-based exhibition at the HPAC. Archaic and modern, the characters crawl through bushes, bath in public restrooms, listen to sermons on an iPhone and work in their tool shed.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Mon Mar 16 2015

Thom DeVita Solo Exhibition: American Folk Art$ @ Great Lakes Tattoo

Thom DeVita in his living room in Newburgh, NY, 1994Great Lakes Tattoo will be hosting the first ever Midwest solo exhibition of New York City tattooer and visual artist, Thom DeVita. The exhibition, American Folk Art$, will open Thursday, March 19, and will be on view until March 22. Additionally, the artist will exhibit at the Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention March 20-21.

Thom Devita is an 82-year-old prolific artist whose career spans 50 years. Bridging the gap between his personal style and "old school" biker tattoos, DeVita was, and remains, an important figure in the tattooing community. Working illegally in New York City during the mid '60s and '70s, DeVita began paving his own way into the art community and created a unique aesthetic.

DeVita has focused on his pen-and-ink drawings and 3D works since 2003. Reminiscent of his years as a tattoo artist, DeVita creates loose and textured pieces that are an "iconographic style of American tattooing." The Harlem-born artist will present his work at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave., March 19-22. The Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention will feature several of his pieces March 20-21 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave. in Rosemont.

S. Nicole Lane

Art Thu Mar 05 2015

What Did She Say? @ Sidetracked Studio

The new Evanston gallery, Sidetracked Studio, will host its first exhibition curated by Michele Mahon Jahelka Saturday from 6 to 9pm. The artist couple, Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne, work upstairs in the studio producing their own work, while the showroom on the first floor presents rotating exhibitions.

The all-female exhibition, What Did She Say? , will present works that span the spectrum from oil to wood and printmaking to drawing. Each artist brings forth a dialogue for perspective and communication through a variety of mediums. Jahelka urges viewers to "Stop and listen" when entering the exhibition space and derive meaningful contexts within the gallery and with the individual works.

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The artists in the exhibition include: Raeleen Kao, Amy Ventura, Lauren Levato Coyne, Mary Lou Novak, Teresa James, and Kristina Smith.

The exhibition will be on view until May 10. The studio and gallery space is located at 707 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Gallery hours are noon to 6pm Wednesday through Saturday.

S. Nicole Lane

Event Wed Feb 18 2015

Inside/Within & VIA Publication @ Threewalls Gallery

ILikeYourWork.jpgI'll have to admit, I'm a little -- okay more than a little -- immersed in the online archive, Inside/Within. I won't go into specifics about how sleek their website is, or how they sometimes incorporate .gifs into interview segments, but I will go into how important I think studio visits are for eager fan-folk (like myself) and how, similarly, they are beneficial for the artists themselves. In a nutshell, Inside/Within is an online archive that visits, absorbs and features Chicago artists in their creative spaces. Exposing an artist's creative space allows for other artists, or interested peers, to gain insight into what goes on behind the scenes. The website has a pretty large collection of captivating interviews and close-ups of studio practice. For both reader and artist, the process enables creative growth and the ability to share ideas and artistic practice.

So, of course, excitement and dedication forced me outside into the fresh snow and black ice when I heard that VIA Publication and Inside/Within were hosting an event at Threewalls called "I Like Your Work."

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Fri Feb 13 2015

Underground Unseen Opening Reception & Magazine Launch @ FLATS Studio

Underground Unseen is the first exhibition of 2015 for FLATS Studio, a gallery space located in Uptown. FLATS strives to "develop, enhance, and engage" their neighborhood community by channeling the arts and representing Chicago creatives. The studios provide housing for residents who apply, as well as gallery spaces and exhibition venues.

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On Feb. 20, FLATS will be hosting Underground Unseen from 6 to 10pm at 1050 W. Wilson Ave. The night consists of visual arts, performance, and sound, as well as the launch of the magazine publication, VAM, a new production which focuses and celebrates emerging artists in the Chicago area. The exhibition will feature photographer Todd Diederich, video artist Mikhail Khokhlov, textile artist Kristi O'Meara, street artist Ali6, and Allison Van Pelt. Additionally, Owen Bones will be DJing for the night and Antibody Corp will be performing at 8pm.

Koval Distillery and Lakeshore Beverages will be serving drinks for free throughout the night. Although there is no charge to enter the gallery, they do ask that attendees RSVP to rsvp@flatschicago.com with the number of guests attending.

S. Nicole Lane

Feature Thu Feb 05 2015

The Art House: Interview and Discussion with Rebecca George

"Pushing the paint around -- it's always in an attempt to get at something: something true, powerful, good. Paint is pure, innocent...it holds the potential to become an image that captures a facet of the elusiveness that is one's experience of being alive. In this way, the practice of art-making honors both the love and the suffering by keeping a record while always remaining vulnerable," states Rebecca George, founder of The Art House, a studio workshop and gallery based in Chicago.

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The Art House, located at 3453 N. Albany, offers artist residencies, innovative coursework, advanced support for artist's professional practice, and above all, an environment to flourish as a creative individual. The studio/gallery offers instructional courses for the development of personal momentum and a meaningful connection to one's work while expanding and strengthening the technical language of material and method.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Tue Jan 27 2015

Call for Plants for (Provisional) Park at Co-Prosperity Sphere

Calling all plant lovers and plant parents! (Provisional) Park would like you to place your plants on temporary loan for a project in Bridgeport.

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(Provisional) Park will be a temporary indoor park made up entirely of your wonderful green and tropical houseplants, located inside of Co-Prosperity Sphere at 3219-21 S. Morgan St. The project was created by artist Allyson Packer, who graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a BFA in 2009. The park will free and open to the public March 6-April 3 between 6am and 11pm.

If you would like to lend your plant to Packer for the duration of the park, email provisionalpark@gmail.com to schedule a pick-up or feel free to bring your plants to Co-Prosperity Sphere between 10am and 5pm on Sunday, March 1. Have no fear, your plants will be returned in April once the project is completed!

S. Nicole Lane

Art Mon Jan 19 2015

Lands End Exhibition @ UChicago's Logan Center

Lands End, a new exhibition at University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts curated by Zachary Cahill and Katherine Harvath, focuses on physical boundaries, the human psyche, and a revitalized concept of landscape. The notion of a "beginning" or a boundary of "separation" is displayed in the videography, auditory, painterly, and interactive work by 13 multidisciplinary artists represented in the exhibition.

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Cave of the heart by Theresa Ganz

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Sun Dec 07 2014

Mend Thine Every Flaw Exhibition at Heaven Gallery

Gapers Block1.jpgLocated in the midst of Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, Heaven Gallery is exhibiting the work of Shawn Creeden, Marshall Elliott, and Rachael Starbuck. Heaven, a contemporary art gallery which serves as an exquisite, yet affordable, Vintage Shop during the day, features musicians and visual artists throughout the year. The current exhibition, Mend Thine Every Flaw, is in partnership with Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), a non-profit which offers artists an open platform for discussion, support, and development for their visual practice. The artists featured in the current exhibition at Heaven Gallery are the summer of 2013 artists in residence at ACRE.

The three artists exhibited in the two gallery spaces in Heaven (plus the tiny room on the left, don't miss it!) are focused on video, experimental painting, performance, and sculptural techniques. The works are cohesive in terms of craft and attention; embroidered pieces hang on the walls, a rock is created from pulp, resin and plaster, and a tractor pulls several canvases through mud and muck. Each individual artist in the exhibition features work that invites patience, intimacy and understanding, in conjunction with visual manipulation.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Wed Oct 08 2014

Adam Szymczyk Speaking @ Northwestern University 10/11

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The Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University is hosting a conversation and dialogue with Adam Szymczyk and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev on Oct. 11 at 2pm.

Adam Szymczyk is curating documenta 14, which is one of the known as the world's most significant art exhibitions. Northwestern will be hosting Adam for his first US discussion about his vision and curation of documenta 14.

Documenta 14 is a contemporary art exhibition which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. During this talk, the Polish-born curator and the visiting professor, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, will be discussing the "best frequented contemporary art exhibition." 2012 documenta artistic director Edith Kreeger Wolf will also be joining the talk for her input and background with the show. documenta has shown works from major movements such as Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, the Blaue Reiter and Futurism.

The event is free and open to the public. The conversation will be held in the McCormick Auditorium at the Norris University Center., 1999 Campus Dr. in Evanston.

S. Nicole Lane

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.


S. Nicole Lane

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.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Sun Jul 13 2014

Two Rocks Do Not Make a Duck Exhibition at LVL3

LVL3, the crowd-pleasing alternative gallery space located in the heart of Wicker Park, had its opening reception last night for the exhibition, Two Rocks Do Not Make a Duck. Milano Chow, Sofia Leiby and Malin Gabriella Nordin are the three artists featured in the group show which exhibit detailed drawings, black and white collage and graffiti covered canvases. Typically, LVL3 hosts conceptual artists that spread out onto the floor, their paintings made up of duct tape and crayons or oddly shaped installations that involve teddy bears. Still conceptual, this show appears to be more tame. This is not to be taken the wrong way--this exhibit is absolutely a breath of fresh air, something viewers haven't seen at LVL3 recently.

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Milano Chow, an artist residing in LA, creates large drawings of domesticated settings set through the window pane of a house or a structure. These classical drawings are so precise and so soft that one must take a moment to truly become aware if they are drawings, photographs or digital depictions.

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S. Nicole Lane

Review Mon May 05 2014

Derek Weber @ The Peanut Gallery

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The Peanut Gallery, a small creative space in Humboldt Park, is featuring the artist Derek Weber until May 18 for his exhibition entitled Melting. Weber's work is all-encompassing -- ranging from drawings, video, installation and sound. The exhibition at the Peanut Gallery focuses on the natural world, sensory elements and psychedelia within the work of Weber's various mediums.

Upon entering the space, there is an overhead projector which shoots a surreal and unearthly image onto a white wall, while on the other side a more familiar scene is being displayed -- swimming at Devil's Lake. Throughout the exhibition, familiar, yet hypnagogic images can be examined by the viewer.

Derek Weber's interest in all mediums is something that creates a sensory successful exhibition. He includes CDs, pins, photographs and interactive black lights while walking through Melting.

The Peanut Gallery is free and open to the public. It is located at 1000 N. California Ave.

S. Nicole Lane

Preview Sat Apr 05 2014

Preview of Ross Sawyers @ Hyde Park Art Center

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The Hyde Park Art Center, located at 5020 S Cornell Ave, is a wonderful addition to the Hyde Park neighborhood. The center holds exhibitions as well as artist residencies and classes for adults and children. While walking from the Bridgeport Coffee shop to the opposite side of the center, one cannot help but notice the new and alluring photography exhibition that the art center has recently installed. Typically, their is a large exhibition space which holds artwork, however, this presentation is located in a pathway and smaller gallery space--a perfect chance for us to take in the work of Ross Sawyers, a professor at Columbia College whose project beautifully documents "the rise and fall of the United States housing market."

At first glimpse, these images are abstract, surreal even. In almost every photograph, their is a glowing light drawing the viewer in, however, the light is too bright to fully contemplate what is there. Upon reading further into the images, one can conclude that Sawyers' work is focusing on the abandonment, manipulation and destruction of the housing market in the U.S. Traveling from the beginning to the exhibition until the end, the viewer is able to see the deconstruction of something that so familiar to all of us. In the beginning of his series, he depicts a closed space--claustrophobic and quiet--and by the end the image are torn and and tattered, yet beautiful and exposed.

The exhibition, Model Pictures, will have its opening reception Sunday, April 13 from 3 to 5pm. A gallery talk is also occurring on Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm.

Hyde Park art center is free and located at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. For more information call 773-324-5520

S. Nicole Lane

Preview Fri Mar 21 2014

Photography and Motherhood @ MoCP

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Starting April 18, The Museum of Contemporary Photography will be presenting the works of nine photographers in an exhibition entitled, Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood. The opening reception, held from 5 to 7pm will introduce gender roles, domesticity and identity.

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S. Nicole Lane

Preview Sat Mar 15 2014

UChicago Presents: Art and Anatomy

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Are you intrigued by anatomy and art? Are you interested in (literally) looking inside of yourself? This spring, UChicago Arts will be hosting a multi-venue exhibition entitled Imaging/Imagining that incorporates both the artistic and the scientific history of the body.

This exhibition will be held in various locations across the campus, including the Special Collections Research Center (The Body as Text), the Smart Museum (The Body In Art) and the Crerar Library (The Body as Data). Each space will introduce the history of anatomy in a specialized and organized category. The Body as Text explores the history of medical illustration as well as when the partnership of art and science were separated due to the invention of the x-ray. The Body as Data focuses on modern anatomy and the introduction of computers. The exhibition at the Smart Museum, The Body as Art, focuses on the subjective imagination within the medical illustrations that were once incredibly important for anatomists.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Sat Mar 15 2014

Performance & Spectacle at Second Friday in Pilsen

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Photo by Nicole Lane

The Chicago Arts District in East Pilsen opens its galleries, artists studios and neighborhood shops for local people every second Friday of the month.

Last night, Rooms, a performance space, had its final performance from an ongoing series entitled, RITUAL NO. 10:WAVES. The ritual included two male performers--one was seated and one was pouring water from one bucket to the other. The seated man beat a steady dream-beat while the standing performer transitioned from a platform to the wooden floor. As pictured above, the individual poured water from one bucket to another for three steady hours.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Sat Mar 08 2014

Wicker Park: First Fridays @ The Flat Iron Building

The weather, warming up slightly this week, urged a substantial amount of Chicago makers, gallery goers and visual arts lovers, to the Flat Iron Arts Building last night. I, finally wearing something that wasn't reminiscent of a Christmas Story, trekked out to Wicker Park for the open studios, refreshments and socializing. This was my first time "First Fridays" at Wicker Park; I usually frequent Pilsen for "Second Fridays," instead. However, I am a fan of the area and decided to wander down for a peek at how they run things down at the Flat Iron Building.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Thu Mar 06 2014

East of the Que Village (雀村往东): The Brightest Star in China

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Encircling the Logan Center walls and spreading out like a scroll are the six large projections by the cinematographer and photographer, Yang Fudong. The exhibition, both a film and installation, is titled East of the Que Village, and features a rural area where Fudong grew up.

Upon entering the gallery space, I was struck by black and white film projections on each wall. As I stood in the middle, slowly circling my body to face each screen, I noticed people, rural locations, isolation and most importantly, wild dogs. Lots and lots of ravenous and skeletal dogs--fighting over meat, sanity and space.

As I rotated my body to face each of the projections, I continued to glance back at the dogs. I can't remember if it was their loud growls and bellows that attracted me or their savage existence to simply survive, however, my interest was incredibly sparked for further observation. Once I watched the film for a great amount of time, I began to connect the story between the separate screens. The stray dogs and the humans are all tied together into one, creating a pseudo-documentary which is united because of one young crippled dog.

The East of the Que Village exhibition will be up until to Sunday, March 30 at the Logan Center which is located at 915 E. 60th St. Yang Fudong's film is a documentation of his memories and time spent in his hometown. The dogs were pre-ordered, the locations scouted, but the environment and individuals are very real. Check out more Logan Center events/news on their Facebook and Tumblr page.

S. Nicole Lane

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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Kelly Reaves

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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Kelly Reaves

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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Kelly Reaves

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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Kelly Reaves

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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Kelly Reaves

Free Sat Oct 05 2013

Live lit series That's All She Wrote turns 1!

If you don't know this about me, I co-produce a monthly live lit series called That's All She Wrote with my co-conspirator Angela Benander. Every second Sunday of the month we meet at Swim Cafe (1357 W. Chicago Ave.) and read stories aloud, with featured readers like Samantha Irby, Keith Ecker, Dana Norris, Roger Bonair-Agard, and many others. We'll be celebrating our one year anniversary on Sunday, October 13th with readings from Sarah Hollenbeck, Lindsay Muscato, Byron Roussin, and Martha Bayne. It's going to be fabulous, and we'd love to see you there. Doors open at 7:30pm, stories start at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

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J.H. Palmer

Free Sat Oct 05 2013

Comp Tickets available for this weekend's Signs of Life performances

Signs of Life, a musical about the Czech ghetto Terezin, has made its way from New York for a limited run at the Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln.) This weekend comp tickets are available if you enter the code OCTOBER at checkout. Valid for tonight's (Saturday) performance at 8:30, tomorrow's 3pm performance, and possibly next weekend as well.

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J.H. Palmer

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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Kelly Reaves

News Fri Sep 20 2013

How Much Can You Carry?

DJ Algoriddim is staring at a huge pile of furniture. He has his eyes on a set of bass scoops buried in a corner. By now, he knows the routine. Vince the store manager laid out the rules: You have to dig items out yourself and be able to carry them out the door without assistance -- if you want the 10 dollar deal. With a smile, DJ Algoriddim starts climbing the pile.

Landmark Liquidation

For the past six years Charles McGary has operated the only African-American owned auction house in Chicago. The building on the 8400 block of Cottage Grove is huge. Three floors packed with items bought at estate liquidations and storage auctions. A constant flow of merchandise. The first floor is an auction house and store. The second and third floors are used as warehouse and storage. Charles has decided it's time to close. He could auction everything off -- but he came up with a better idea. Ten dollar entry fee -- all you can carry -- free.

Charles explains.

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Art Thu Sep 19 2013

EDITION Chicago Gives EXPO a Run for its Money

EDITIONChicagoLOGO.jpgWhenever a fair or festival becomes successful, satellite events are soon to follow. And now that the much-hyped EXPO Chicago has gotten a little steam, that's exactly what's happening. This weekend the Chicago Artist Coalition (CAC) and local gallerist Andrew Rafacz have teamed up to create EDITION Chicago with the aim of exhibiting high quality, cutting-edge work that presents new ideas, while remaining financially attainable. Because let's face it, EXPO is bound to have a lot of exciting work on exhibit, but most of us won't be able to buy any of it.

"We are pleased to present such a diverse and respected list of galleries in our first year that proves great contemporary art can be found in all price ranges," said Executive Director of CAC Carolina O. Jayaram. "Not only is the new EDITION Chicago an incredible opportunity to start building an art collection or add to your existing collection, but the satellite fair builds on the exciting momentum surrounding art in Chicago right now that CAC is proud to be an integral part of."

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Kelly Reaves

Art Wed Aug 14 2013

Constantly Consuming Culture to Showcase Work of Little-Known Chicago Artists

The work of eight artists, six of them Chicago-based, will be shown at an exhibit titled Constantly Consuming Culture--The Art Show, September 7-13 on the lower level of 222 N. DesPlaines St.

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None of the artists is represented by galleries or management, although some of their work already has been exhibited. The artists work in various media, including painting, sculpture, found art and video art. Chicago-based artists are John Airo, John Hamilton, Elyse Martin, Gretchen Hasse, Mikey Peterson and John Schedler. Other artists include Serene Toxicat, San Francisco, and Mez Data.

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Nancy Bishop

Dance Mon Aug 12 2013

Dancing & Diversity: Chicago Dancing Festival

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Chicago's summer festival season continues to roll along--and next week, August 20-24, it dances along with the Chicago Dancing Festival, a five-day showcase featuring performances by top local and national dance companies. Co-produced by choreographer Lar Lubovitch and dancer Jay Franke, this diverse, "free-to-all festival," now in its seventh year, will not only be spread across various venues like the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; it will also feature various dance styles including ballet, modern, rhythmic, and more.

This year, the festival's dance card is filled with Chicago staples such as Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and newcomers to the festival include Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Chicago's Natya Dance Theatre.

I recently spoke with Franke about the festival, its diversity, and what makes Chicago's dance community special.

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LaShawn Williams

Literary Fri Jul 26 2013

Four more chances to see Live Lit on the Lake

Founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB Ian Belknap (named Best Literary Event by the Reader and Best Live Reading Series by Chicago Magazine) isn't taking the summer off - he's been busy producing Live Lit on the Lake, which takes place on Thursday and Friday nights through August 9.

The format for Live Lit on the Lake is intended to mirror the "sampler" spirit of Theatre on Lake, which seeks each summer to showcase the best of the past year's storefront theater. LLotL invites some of the city's Live Lit all stars to read certain of their favorite pieces, and have a brief chat with host/curator Ian Belknap about the craft and practice of live lit.

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J.H. Palmer

Film Sun Jul 07 2013

The Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival

Beginning Monday, July 8 through July 31, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in conjunction with the Chicago Tribune Foundation and the Chicago Public Library, will feature "Best of Black Harvest Film Festival," a summer program consisting of a screening series of selected films from past festivals.

The Black Harvest Film Festival, described as "the Midwest's largest and longest-running festival dedicated to telling stories of the black experience," kicks off in Chicago on Friday, August 2; however, film fans, in anticipation of this year's festival, can attend free [select] screenings of previous showings, which will be held at various library locations (Woodson Regional, Legler, North Austin and Douglass) throughout the city.

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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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Around Town Fri Jun 14 2013

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    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Around Town Fri Jun 07 2013

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    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Sun Jun 02 2013

    Intel's Global Tour Comes to Grant Park

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    Experience interactive art from Intel at Grant Park Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 at "Experience Intel. Look Inside." This global tour aims to introduce customers to the Intel's broad array of innovative devices. The Grant Park installation will combine art, film, fashion, music, and interactive performances that are all powered by Ultrabook. The weekend will include an interactive installation from Universal Everything, a gaming experience from Hide & Seek and a visual history of computing by The Office for Creative Research. Bring your old laptops to be recycled and receive a discount coupon redeemable for a new Ultrabook. In addition, several Ultrabooks will be given away to guests every day of the installation. The event is free and open to the public.

    Photo courtesy intel.com

    Caitlin Bergh

    Dance Thu May 30 2013

    Fabulous Ladies (of Fitness): An Interview with FLOF

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    Chicagoans, listen up. Do you like to dance? Are you ready for gorgeous ladies in amazing outfits? Are you ready to hear body-slamming beats that you've been missing for years, or maybe even your whole life? Fabulous Ladies of Fitness (FLOF) is where you need to be. Second Thursdays of every month at Cole's Bar, FLOF hosts a dance party that makes it impossible for you to have a bad time. Using only their dance moves, killer outfits, and their signature blend of '70s lite rock, '80s/'90s R&B and hip-hop, current dance hits (and the occasional TV theme song), FLOF will have you doing amazing line dances that make you feel super hip and also united with your fellow dancers in no time. I had a chance to ask Jennifer Boeder, Molly Kavanaugh and Dorie Silverman--the ladies responsible for this guaranteed feel-good event--about how FLOF got started and how they manage to keep making it more and more fabulous every month.

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    Caitlin Bergh

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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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    Caitlin Bergh

    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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    Kelly Reaves

    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.

    Caitlin Bergh

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Thu Apr 04 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

  • How We Make It: An Art Exhibit and Celebration of Ronnie Cuculich @ Arts of Life
  • Cameron, Chau, and Carrelli @ Packer Schopf
  • Diegesis (UChicago MFA Show #1) @ Logan Center Gallery
  • Fraser Taylor: Solids + Lines @ Room 406
  • Edward Dimendberg: Writing in the Present Tense @ Graham Foundation
  • Noah Barker: Production Courtyard @ LODOS
  • Todd Diederich: Luminous Flux @ Johalla Projects
  • David Hartt: for everyone a garden @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • FORM: ART + floral: CMYK @ Chicago Artists Coalition
  • A strange house in my voice: UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition 2 @ Gallery 400

  • Saturday:

  • McArthur Binion: Ghost: Rhythms @ Kavi Gupta
  • The Young and the Restless @ Vertical Gallery
  • Jesse Butcher & Anthony Romero: Cyclical, Circular. Like Vultures. @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Karolina Gnatowski: Hash Mountain @ The Franklin
  • Emily Severance & Helmut Heiss: Be the party (please don't go) @ slow
  • hArts for Arts 4 @ LVL3

  • Sunday:

  • Alex Jovanovich: Some Poor Girls @ ADDS DONNA

  • Monday:

  • Susan Hiller (Lecture) @ Logan Center for the Arts

  • Wednesday:

  • Guy Ben-Ner (Lecture) @ Logan Center for the Arts
  • The Artist As Philanthropist: Artist-Endowed Foundations as a New Force in Cultural Philanthropy @ Graham Foundation
  • Documentarian Gallery Tour @ Gallery 400

  • Thursday:

  • A Spectre is Haunting: UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition Screening @ Gallery 400
  • SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Rosa Barba Lecture @ Gene Siskel Film Center
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Comedy Fri Mar 15 2013

    The Shit Show: A Tale of Two Ladies and a Hot Dog Man

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    Ever Mainard and Rasa Gierstikas are two Chicago comics and producers who are as similar as they are opposite. Both sassy, loud, and unapologetic, but in totally different ways, they are a unique and dynamic duo when they take the stage to co-host The Shit Show, a free comedy showcase on the last Friday of every month at The Shambles. While Mainard, a cast member at Chicago Underground Comedy, packs her schedule with stand-up, sketch and film, the more focused Gierstikas pours herself entirely into the project that she and Mainard are currently co-producing: The Shit Show. Mainard and Gierstikas have devoted many more hours of planning and decorating to the show than their audience, buzzed from The Shit Show's free Fireball Whiskey shots and delirious from laughing too hard, might ever know. But now they can! Here, the co-producers confess that their "shit show" is much more work than the title suggests, and that their relationship is a bizarre, but functional, business and drinking partnership.

    The Shit Show started as an open mic that was a comedian-favorite on Monday nights, but, since August, you've transformed it into a showcase on the last Friday of every month. What was that transition like?

    Mainard: We knew it would be a little different to run it as a showcase. There's a lot of organizing and a crazy number of press releases to send. We were a little nervous about turnout, but it's been fun watching the show grow more and more.

    Gierstikas: I think since it was an open mic before, we know what we want from the showcase and it transitioned smoothly. I haven't experienced the worst of it yet (except for Ever Mainard).

    How did you two decide to do a show together? What is it like being co-producers?

    Mainard: I met Rasa when I used to go to The Shambles open mic. I thought she hated me and was the meanest person I had ever met. We started working together and the open mic grew from just 7 comics stepping up to the mic to the now 100 people in attendance for the show. [As co-producers], we try and fail at GoogleDocs and then we text a lot. We also meet at The Shambles to talk and plan and drink. We have fun, and then we stay out of each other's lives.

    Gierstikas: [When I met Ever], I thought she was really fun and talented, so it seemed like the logical choice to have her help take over co-hosting The Shambles open mic every week. We're on the same page with what we want from this show and I think we trust each other's judgment.

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    Caitlin Bergh

    Event Fri Mar 08 2013

    ASMP/APA Bar Night -- A Chance to Network

    On the second Wednesday of every month, the American Society of Media Photographers and American Photographic Artists (with the help of either ProGear, Dodd Camera, or Calumet Photographic) turn DeLux Bar and Grill, 669 N. Milwaukee Ave., into Chicago's photography networking headquarters.

    Bar nights are meant to be fun, and this one doesn't disappoint. There are always drink deals and some kind of food provided. It seems one of the sponsors does a prize-draw every time, and a business card is all that's required to enter. Yet, with events like this, I always wonder if professionals are actually forming connections, or if this is just a chance to party on someone else's tab.

    When I asked Brian Eaves, "photographer first," and "digital tech. second to pay the bills," he said that it is a very important event that offers a multitude of opportunities that may not immediately meet the eye. "It's great for networking," he said, "'cause every now and then you do find some good people here that you've never met before." Eaves told me how a whole community of photo-related professionals ranging from makeup artists to printers surface at the allure of a more informal setting.

    This informal setting also offers the opportunity for up and coming artists to rub elbows with the more established folks in order to make the connections that may eventually lead to the coveted photography assistant job.
    The bar night has a long history, beginning before ASMP and APA took the event on, maintained by devoted artists until the present day. "There was always like ten of us that would do this," said Eaves, "Everyone that pretty much worked off of Grand Avenue, between Foster and Damen and south to Lake St. -- we would page each other... everyone would come and just talk."

    The event still sustains that important human element and cultivates the spirit of creation. The next bar night will be Wednesday, Mar. 13 at DeLux Bar and Grill, 669 N. Milwaukee Ave. It's free to go -- bring a business card to enter the drawing.

    Sarah Shuel

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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!

    Kelly Reaves

    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!

    Kelly Reaves

    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.
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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...

    Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Dance Sun Aug 19 2012

    Dance Works: Bolero Chicago and the Chicago Dancing Festival

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    Photo by Araceli Arroyo

    Last Monday evening in an old gymnasium in the Edgewater neighborhood, a group of 30 or so Chicagoans opened multicolored umbrellas in-sync, waved cellphones above their heads like lighters at an outdoor concert, and mimed a quaint, picturesque baseball game. The activities - familiar, universal - were just quick glimpses of Bolero Chicago, the local edition of the acclaimed community-centric dance work. Created by New York-based Larry Keigwin of KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C), Bolero Chicago features anywhere from 30-80 local non-dancers incorporating a variety of different movements to represent Chicago's broad culture and style. The work will be featured along with performances from the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, and national dance companies as part of the 6th annual Chicago Dancing Festival. This year's festival runs from August 20 - 25.

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    Britt Julious

    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)
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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*
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Thu Jun 28 2012

    High Design: Anna Hovet & the ROOF Runway Series

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    The idea of an emerging Chicago fashion community has been one of the inhibiting, not strengthening forces for Chicago designers. "Emerging" suggests a path from A to B or steps a community, a city must take to make it established, respected, and part of the crowd. But the true Chicago creatives think differently, if not practically. Chicago can never be the new New York on a logistical (a lack of manufacturing resources) or cultural (a lack of outlets for exposure) level. But Chicago succeeds in its ability to nurture singular designers and talents. One such designer, Anna Hovet, will present a collection of her past work at the newly-launched ROOF Runway series. Hovet's show takes place tonight, with additional shows running once a month through October 11.

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    Britt Julious

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Tue Jun 19 2012

    Tele Vision Personalities

    Limbic, Impression from Tyler Yager on Vimeo.

    It's not that traditional architectural practices lack a focus on design and the execution of ideas. But after spending time in Tele Vision, the School of the Art Institute's final graduate exhibition featuring works from students in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, and Fashion departments, it is apparent that like other departments in the school, SAIC students value the complete synthesis of the tangible and conceptual.

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    Britt Julious

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Culture Wed May 23 2012

    A Mini MALL

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    Cher Horowitz walks down a hallway wearing a yellow plaid skirt and matching cropped jacket. The outfit -- part schoolgirl innocence, part precise tailoring and professional realness -- is a perfect summary of a film (and a decade) that can be best defined by its lack of classification. Clueless, a film more often recognized for its banter and "Before They Were Famous" celebrities, was radical because it refused to play by the rules. Director and writer Amy Heckerling's film based on Jane Austen's Emma was less a contemporary update and more of an independent, one-of-a-kind "world creation" of youth, debauchery, language and style.

    In their first collection as THE MALL, Ready-to-Stare jewelry designer Alysse Dalessandro and vintage seller Matt Kasin (aka the Gaudy God) created and curated a an Etsy-based concept store of highly aesthetic and idea-driven handmade accessories and vintage clothing inspired by the film as well as other '90s teen cult classics such as Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Spice World. This is not nostalgia, for nostalgia elicits a desire to return to the emotions born in a past era. Rather, THE MALL understands and utilizes the films as important cultural references that are as valuable and inspirational now as they were more than a decade ago. The two will debut their collection this Friday at a launch event at ZaZaZoo Nail Salon.

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    Britt Julious

    Art Fri May 18 2012

    Northwestern to Put Art on Ice

    Thumbnail image for block-logo.pngOn Monday, May 21, Northwestern University's Evanston campus will host a fleeting work of art, erected by students, staff, and faculty and removed by nature. The construction is a recreation of conceptual artist Allan Kaprow's seminal sculpture/performance work, "Fluids," and will entail stacking approximately 375 blocks of ice to build a monumental structure on the Plaza outside the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at 40 Arts Circle Drive.

    Kaprow coined the term, "Happening" to describe an event or situation performed in the name of art. He first conceived of "Fluids" in 1967 and intended it to be staged again by others--creating a shared experience in art through separate happenings. This will mark the first time the project has been reenacted in the Midwest.

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    Janna Dons

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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!
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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!

    Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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

  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Wed Feb 15 2012

    U of Chicago Professors Take to the Stage

    Law and literary enthusiasts unite!

    The University of Chicago's Law School is hosting a two--day conference, Manhood in American Law and Literature, which will serve as a platform for discussion surrounding the issues of sexuality and law within the context of literary works.

    A highlight of the conference is sure to be the two dramatic scenes presented by the school's faculty members. Judge Richard Posner, Professor Jonathan Masur, and Professor Daniel Abebe will perform scenes from The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, by Herman Wouk, followed by performances from Professor Martha Nussbaum and Professor Douglas Baird in The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman.

    The conference will also feature speakers from a variety of fields and universities. Discussions will be anchored in literature, including classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. There will even be a live reading by renowned author, Joyce Carol Oates.

    The conference will take place on UofC's campus on Friday, February 17 through Saturday, February 18. A full schedule of events can be found here.

    The conference is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required, but seating may be limited.

    Janna Dons

    Art Mon Jan 30 2012

    Sticks and Stones in Pilsen

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    From DEER/ GROUND (book), photograph with deer bone shards, tanned deer hide, concrete. Photo courtesy of ACRE & Roxaboxen Exhibitions.

    Remember the controversial interview I posted with Rebecca Beachy a couple years ago? You know... the artist who was making hats out of roadkill? Well, she's graduated now and she's got a solo show opening this Sunday (7-10pm) at Roxaboxen Exhibitions in Pilsen, brought to you by ACRE exhibitions.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Dance Fri Jan 06 2012

    Last Minute Plans: Out on a Limb

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    Emerging choreographers Samantha Allen, Hope Goldman, and Jessie Young will debut a trio of new pieces tonight for two free performance programs titled Out on a Limb.

    Created in collaboration with and performed by dancers Lindsay Reich and Katie Jean Dahlaw, Allen's KJ&L explores the relationship between performers as well as with the audience. With a sound score designed by Casey Swoyer, the performance combines abstract movement and references to other dance forms in search of meaning found through movement.

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    Britt Julious

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Feature Mon Nov 28 2011

    Interview: Ryan Walker

    A documentary about "the most blacklisted author in the history of Iowa," Zielinski toes the line between black comedy, government conspiracy theory, and poignant portrait of the artist as an old man. The film's directors, Ryan Walker and Chase Thompson, embarked upon the film after meeting John M. Zielinski in Columbia, Missouri. I caught up with Ryan to find out more about public access television, conspiracy's funny side, and the man behind the rhetoric.

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    Event Fri Sep 30 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Arts of Life Collaboration Showcase
  • Ravenswood Artwalk (all weekend)
  • Ryan Shultz @ Studio 101
  • P3: Exhibitions For the Senses @ The Thomas Tomc Gallery
  • The Space of the Encounter @ DOVA Temporary
  • 50/50 Pilsen Craft Show (all weekend)
  • 41st Annual East Pilsen Open House
  • Voices of Resistance 10: REVISION @ Marwen
  • Write Now: Artists & Letterforms @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Amanda Gutierrez: Land and Escape @ Cobalt Studio

  • Saturday:

  • Design Harvest Fest (today and tomorrow)
  • It Is What It Is @ SHoP
  • Open Studios @ Wolcott Studios
  • "Painted Video Session" Workshop with ED JR. @ Glass Curtain Gallery
  • Time/Space @ R&D Gallery
  • Aidan Fitzpatrick & Kasia Houlihan: BRING ME CLOSE @ Comfort Station
  • Peanut Gallery FUNdraiser Show @ Cafe Mustache
  • Roxaboxen 24 Hour Horror Film Fest: Horror 101
  • Art Depth's 2nd Annual ART PARTY & 1st open DRAW-A-THON @ Mautene Court

  • Sunday:

  • Veronica Bruce: Environmental Factors @ Julius Caesar
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Wed Sep 28 2011

    CAM Kicks off in Ravenswood This Weekend

    RAW2011-Poster11x17-662x1024.jpgGet a head start on Chicago Artist Month this weekend with the kickoff event -- the Ravenswood Art Walk, which will feature the work of over 200 local artists, including over 40 open studios. This opening night event this Friday will also include live performances and some damn good food by some of Ravenswood's best restaurants.

    The Friday night event will kickoff at 7pm in and around the Ravenswood Event Center (4011 N. Ravenswood), with ample spillage out into the street (Ravenswood Ave. itself will be shut down between Montrose and Sunnyside for a street fair)(Stop by the GB booth!). The fun won't stop Friday, though, so make sure to stop by on Saturday and/or Sunday for more festivities. Bring the kids. Details here. MORE details, including a schedule of performances, can be found here. Click here for a map. Best of all, admission is FREE!

    Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Sep 09 2011

    Art Around Town

    Alright, guys. This is it. This is a big weekend for gallery openings, with many (most?) of them kicking off their fall programming with the best of the best tonight. If you only make it out art-hopping once this year, go tonight.

    Tonight:

  • Michael Hunter: Isn't It Always @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Nathan Vernau: Lovesick @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • Overkill @ The Mission Projects
  • Public School Presents: Homework @ The Family Room
  • Zachary Cahill: USSA 2012: The Orphanage Project @ threewalls
  • Angel Otero: The Dangerous Ability To Fascinate Other People @ Kavi Gupta
  • Stan Shellabarger & Maria Petschnig @ Western Exhibitions
  • Andrew Holmquist: WORLDS COLLIDE! @ Carrie Secrist
  • Harrison, Peltz, Smithenry @ Packer Schopf
  • Steve Hough: Solid Space Liminal @ Zg Gallery
  • Rob Carter: Culte @ ebersmoore
  • Young Contemporaries @ CourtneyBlades
  • Barbara Kasten: Ineluctable @ Tony Wight Gallery
  • Bret Slater: Multinous @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • Jason Robert Bell: Mystical Outlaw Rebel / Baaddaasss Drawings @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • Dan Gunn @ moniquemeloche
  • Ronald Clayton: Keys, Marks and Signs & Julia Katz: Maelstrom @ Addington Gallery
  • All That Also Means To See @ Woman Made Gallery
  • Picture Framing @ 65GRAND
  • Jason Lazarus & Cody Hudson @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
  • Jacob C. Hammes & Lisa Rybovich-Crallé @ Roots & Culture
  • Pre-Renegade Party and Print Sale featuring Moveable Type @ Rar Rar's Workshop
  • Painting Under the Lines: Video Paintings by Nathan Peck @ Chicago Art Department
  • Mutualisms @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • 15th Annual Artist Made Kite Exhibit @ August House Studio

  • Saturday:

  • Daniel Baird and Russell Leng: Ruins @ Hungry Man Gallery
  • Beach Party IV: Forbidden Pair of Dice (The Final Chapter) @ The Hills
  • Jake Myers: Suburban Commando @ Happy Collaborationists
  • The Free Store 2011 @ ACRE Projects
  • Kaylee Rae Wyant: The Spoon River @ Lloyd Dobler Gallery
  • AIR: tasteless, odorless, colorless @ SideCar
  • Jeffrey Forsythe & Dan Tague: The Value of Greed @ Hinge Gallery

  • Sunday:

  • WISHYOUWEREHERE @ ADDS DONNA
  • Mutualisms Symposium @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • dimensional lines: art + dress @ Evanston Art Center
  • 9/11 Exhibit Reception and Commemoration @ South Shore Arts
  • ...and there are surely many more I've missed. Check back on us in a few days -- A/C's newest contributor Natalie Edwards and I will have a recap of the opening chaos, including our two cents on the art we were able to catch glances of while smooshed amongst the drunken hordes.

    Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Sep 02 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Andrea Jablonski & Carolyn Kelley: Arts of Life Kickoff @ Kinzie Studio/Gallery (2010 W. Carroll Ave.)
  • Exquisite Corpse @Fulton Street Collective
  • Laura Berger: Secret Sideshow @ Hazel
  • Marcus Johnson & Alyssa Miserendino: Photo Show @ Flat Iron
  • Fresh Prints @ Star Coffee
  • Hereafterfest 2011 @ Heaven
  • Chicago Jazzfest afterfest @ Logan Square Arts Center (all weekend)
  • African Festival of the Arts @ Washington Park (all weekend)
  • Goshi Pop Up Art Show by Join Creative
  • Roxaboxen Fundraiser: Xina Xurner, Mr. 666, JEROME BAEZ, Panthervision

  • Saturday:

  • Maria's Anniversary Party @ Maria's & Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Brent Houzenga: Remixed Remains @ Pawn Works
  • UBS 12 × 12: New Artists/New Work: Dan Gunn @ MCA
  • Happy Collaborationists w/ Claire Ashley @ Temporary Allegiance
  • End of Summer/Back To School Street Fest @ Urban Art Rereat
  • EQ - Skyn Deep IV "FH2T" Design Competition Opening Reception @ RGB Lounge

  • Sunday:

  • Steven Husby: RUBICON @ Julius Caesar
  • STRÖBEL/travis (closing reception for NEW CATALOGUE/KANDIS WILLIAMS) @ New Capital
  • JETTISON Fall 2011 Issue Release / What's Happening!! @ Longman & Eagle

  • Thursday:

  • CoLaboratory @ Glass Curtain Gallery

  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Thu Sep 01 2011

    What's Happening with Jettison Quarterly

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    Local online and print art publication Jettison Quarterly made a splash at NEXT as part of the larger Art Chicago weekend with their newly formatted print edition of the magazine. Their latest issue -- featuring artist Scott Reeder and former MCA curator Tricia Van Eck -- promises to deliver on locally focused news, art and culture. To celebrate their latest release, the publication will be joining Old Style and Longman & Eagle for a free block party on Kedzie and Schubert. The event will feature a pig roast and dance party with tunes spun by DJs from the ever-popular Windy City Soul Club. The What's Happening!! block party takes place this Sunday, September 4 from 4pm to 10pm.

    Additional copies of Jettison Quarterly will be available Sept. 9 at the Kavi Gupta gallery as part of the opening night for the fall art season, the Renegade Craft Fair on Sept. 10-11, and at various cafes and venues in the city.

    Britt Julious

    Event Fri Aug 26 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • SPLAY @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Lillstreet International Juried Exhibition: Below The Surface
  • Katherine M. Webb: Live Human Target @ Kruger Gallery
  • Joseph Ravens (performance) @ The Polish Triangle
  • All Eyes on Art @ The Boulevard Bash (Logan Square) (All Weekend)
  • Debbie Vasquez & Robert Verran: Arts of Life Exhibit @ minibar Ultra Lounge & Cafe
  • FMEL Workshop "Circuit Bending" by Juanjose Rivas (Dorkbot) @ National Museum of Mexican Arts
  • Slip N Slide: Multi Media Summer Event @ Prak-sis Back yard

  • Saturday:

  • Unspoken Words Art Showcase presented by One Heart One Soul @ Firecat Projects
  • HEROIC: PLEASE! A Night of Performances and Dance party @ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
  • Awakenings Exhibit sponsored by "Active Minds" @ Illinois Institute of Technology's Hermann Hall
  • FMEL Video Proyección : "Frontier Life" @ National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Art On The Lawn @ the coach house
  • Trash & Treasures Low Brow Art Show & Garage Sale behind Revolution Tattoo
  • Food Truck Social @ Ashland & Chicago
  • This is the Same as That @ LVL3
  • Juanjose Rivas (performance) @ The Nightingale
  • Bucktown Arts Fest (today and tomorrow)

  • Sunday:

  • Moving Design and Comfort Station present Fair Warning
  • SCULPTURE GARDEN/PAINTING SHOW @ Iceberg Projects
  • Volker Saul + Timothy Bergstrom @ devening projects + editions

  • Thursday:

  • Talking Pictures @ 23 E. Madison (Pop-Up)
  • Kelly Reaves

    Dance Wed Aug 24 2011

    Dance, Dance, Revolution: Five Years of the Chicago Dancing Festival

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    Todd Rosenberg Photography

    Sunlight filtered in through the windows of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Like past dance companies, the River North Chicago Dance Company used the cozy rehearsal space to finalize 9-Person Precision Ball Passing, a company premiere by Charlie Moulton. Nine dancers stood on a set of black stairs performing a largely upper-body based routine featuring repetitive hand gestures and minor juggling feats with colored balls. The entire routine looked not unlike the clapping games little children practice on school playgrounds.

    On the surface, the movements appear simple, but a closer examination demonstrates how the movements grow increasingly more complicated rhythmically as the routine progresses. Stay calm and carry on was the motto of the routine as additional pressure to stay on the varying beat of the accompanying music demonstrated the various manifestations of contemporary dance.

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    Britt Julious

    Event Fri Aug 19 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Preview & Time Signatures @ CAC
  • Ken Minami: Still Life into Real Life @ Packer Schopf Gallery
  • Alberto Paniaya: Consequence @ 33 Contemporary Gallery
  • Dariusz Labuzek @ Chicago Art Matrix Gallery
  • The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (all weekend)
  • free / not free @ The Center on Halsted
  • Film Screening/last show at Nudge

  • Saturday:

  • Unisono @ Zocalo
  • If and Only If - Necessary and Sufficient Works by Ruyell Ho @ The Bike Room
  • Kegger Benefit for Comfort Station

  • Thursday:

  • Atomic Sketch @ Greeneye
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Aug 12 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Birthday @ Peanut Gallery
  • BUILT Festival (tonight and tomorrow) @ 1767 N. Milwaukee
  • Janice Trecker: Jolt @ Eastern Espansion
  • Thee End Puppetry Troupe with Avant Pop & Folk Music @ Ball Hall

  • Saturday:

  • Garden Craft & Art Fair @ Global Coffee and Cargo
  • Exhibition Closing/ DVD Release/ Performance @ Andrew Rafacz
  • ETERNITY - The Rave and Club Flyer Collection of Bridgette Buckley @ The Storefront
  • Debutante Barbecue and Reading @ Happy Dog Gallery

  • Sunday:

  • Stitchy! @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions

  • Thursday:

  • Byron Gin and Heather Hancock: Lake Effects @ Uncommon Ground
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Aug 05 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Art Bazaar @ Black Cloud Gallery
  • Matt Irie: You are the Vanishing Point @ ebersmoore
  • Process @ Make Space
  • Anna Elizabeth Moore @ MCA 12x12
  • Movie Mojo Film Series @ Cultural Center
  • Sound Craft Series 2: All Night Dub Sessions @ Impala Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Public Collectors: Underground Music Fanzines from the 80s/90s @ The Storefront
  • The Toy Formerly Known As... @ Slow

  • Sunday:

  • Tim Burtonwood (artist talk) @ Hinge Gallery

  • Monday:

  • Peanut Sounds @ Peanut Gallery

  • Tuesday:

  • Platypus Radical Bourgeois Philosophy Film Screenings @ SAIC
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Jul 29 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Stephen Coorlas and Dominic Peternel: Calculated Aesthetic image @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • This Means A Lot @ LOOSE SPACE
  • Paris - Chicago: In Transit @ ARC Gallery
  • Stephen Coorlas & Dominic Peternel: Calulated Aesthetic @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Reframing Ruin: a Prelude to the Bloomingdale Trail photo exhibit @ Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest

  • Saturday:

  • Skewville: Not My Type @ Pawnworks
  • Putney Swope @ Octagon Gallery
  • Peruvian Independence Day Party @ Rio's D'Sudamerica Restaurant

  • Sunday:

  • Holly Murkerson: Landlocked Blue @ Julius Cæsar
  • Undomesticated @ 2787 N Milwaukee Ave.

  • Thursday:

  • Chi-Town Chefs Cook Out @ Campbell Co-Op Garden
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Jul 22 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • New Catalogue and Kandis Williams @ New Capital
  • Heaven Gallery turns 11 @ Heaven Gallery
  • No Coast Outré Presents: Carnaval Croquant @ Belmont Army
  • Reggae Church Fundraiser
  • Color Scheming @ Chicago Artist's Coalition
  • AREA #11:im/migrations Release Party @ Calles Y Sueños

  • Saturday:

  • I'm Happy, and I'm Singing @ Comfort Station
  • Zoe Strauss: On The Beach: Works in Progress Slideshows @ iceberg projects
  • Marissa Perel: For a long time, all I could do was surrender. @ Spoke

  • Thursday:

  • You Should Come: One Night Only @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Kelly Reaves

    Free Mon Jul 18 2011

    Free Movie Tuesdays at the 360

    Movies in the park are charming, but may not be the most comfortable cinematic experience during this heat wave. Fortunately on Tuesdays this summer, threesixty Entertainment is hosting Free Movie Tuesdays at The 360 Theatre, the tent where their production of Peter Pan is currently running. The movies are free and admission is on a first-come first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30pm and the movies start at 7pm.

    The schedule is as follows:
    July 19: Ghostbusters
    July 26: Back to the Future
    August 2: The Karate Kid
    August 9: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    August 16: Sixteen Candles

    The 360 Theatre is located at 650 W. Chicago Ave (in between Halsted St. and the Chicago River).

    Dyan Flores

    Event Fri Jul 15 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Animality @ DOVA Temporary
  • Keepin' it Real @ HungryMan Gallery
  • Philip von Zweck @ 65GRAND
  • Clyde Angel, Gérard Sendrey and the artists of Thresholds: Inspired @ Judy Saslow Gallery
  • 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition @ 33 Contemporary
  • Jeremy Tubbs: Holding Power @ Jennifer Norback Fine Art Inc.

  • Saturday:

  • ADDIS EXPERIENCE @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Roe Ethridge, Margarete Jakschik and Jonas Wood @ Shane Campbell Gallery
  • A Small Forest @ Kunsthalle New
  • Josh Simpson (Artist Talk) @ Block Museum

  • Sunday:

  • Simon Ingram and Doug Melini: Au Plein Air @ The Suburban
  • Aron Gent: Not Quite As Good Because of You @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • Karolina Gnatowski and Diana Guerrero-Maciá: Sea Change @ The Meadow
  • Lori Felker: Zummertapez (screening) @ Roots & Culture
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Jul 08 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • You Better Be Listening: Text in Self-Taught Art @ Intuit
  • Michael Dinges: Artifacts from the Recent Present @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Group Show @ Packer-Schopf Gallery
  • Mark Handforth Plaza Project @ Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Dominick Di Meo: Transfer @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Sioban Lombardi and Gwendolyn Zabicki: The Exceptional Ordinary @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • Destineez Child and BEAST @ New Capital
  • Samuel D. York @ Courtney Blades

  • Saturday:

  • RINGO FEST @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • This Things I Believe: 30 Artists. 30 Minutes. No Censorship. @ Happy Dog Gallery
  • Part Wolf @ What It Is
  • Space Out, Space In @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
  • Kaugummi Books Retrospective @ Golden Age
  • People Don't Like to Read Art @ Western Exhibitions

  • Sunday:

  • US @ BEN RUSSELL
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Tue Jul 05 2011

    Exhibit at John Marshall Recounts Struggle for Civil Rights

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    An iconic image, featured in the exhibit, of Thurgood Marshall and Autherine Lucy en route to the Federal Court in Birmingham, AL in 1954 to fight for her right to attend the University of Alabama.

    By Jonah Newman. All photos by the author.

    Marching Toward Justice: The History of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is on display now at John Marshall Law School, is about much more than the milestone amendment, passed in 1868, which granted automatic citizenship to anyone born in the United States. The colorful, maze-like panels and giant black-and-white photographs cover more than 350 years of African-American history, from the arrival of slaves in the Americas in 1619 through the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended legal segregation.

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    A/C

    Event Sat Jun 25 2011

    Art You Can't Find Anywhere Else

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    Tomorrow afternoon the Hyde Park Art Center hosts part four in their series of neighborhood-centric gallery tours -- Artist-Run Spaces in Garfield Park. Hop on your bike and explore the warehouse artist studios and artist run spaces on the west side. Starting at noon at my favorite coffee shop, The Star Lounge (2521 W. Chicago), the tour will visit some of the city's newest exhibition venues and see the work of emerging artists, followed by a barbecue (at my house!). Visit hydeparkart.org for details (the site says the tour is over at 3 but a little bird (and a bunch of fliers) told me it goes 'till 6pm).

    Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Jun 24 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • DEVILCHILD @ Impala Gallery
  • Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The House @ The Art Institute of Chicago
  • SUMMER 2011: TRANSITION @ The Mission
  • Salvador Jiménez Flores: Plugged Out @ Antena
  • Untitled Document @ Tony Wight Gallery
  • Rafaël Rozendaal (artist's talk) @ The Nightingale
  • Cut, Bit and Curious @ Spudnik Press
  • Michael Sirianni: CTRL @ Johalla Projects
  • Clown Soldier as The Human Cannon Ball @ Pawn Works

  • Saturday:

  • See Me Better Mural Unveiling @ 1528 S. Christiana
  • ACRE Block Party @ ACRE Projects
  • Cameron Crawford: Babies. Babies. No Babies. (armpit) @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM

  • Sunday:

  • Garfield Park Artist-Run Spaces Bike Tour

  • Wednesday:

  • Unfold, apart and together @ GOLDEN

  • Thursday:

  • Go Figure @ Smart Museum of Art
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Thu Jun 23 2011

    WI Rise Up: An Art In These Times Exhibition

    union made.jpgTonight at 7pm, Art In These Times, the community gallery at In These Times' office (2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.), presents a new exhibition of posters and photographs from ongoing labor demonstrations in Wisconsin that began on February 14, 2011. The exhibition is a collaboration with Nicolas Lampert and will feature prints and placards he has collected as an active participant in the labor and community rallies in Madison. The Hard Times Trio, a jazz group which performs classic labor songs, will perform. The artwork will be on display through the summer and fall.

    The exhibition features screenprints and off-set posters from rallies in Madison and Milwaukee and features prints by Nicolas Lampert, Colin Matthes, Eric Drooker, Jesus Barraza, Josh MacPhee, Jesse Graves and others. The photography of Lauren Cumbia (who co-organizes the gallery space with Daniel Tucker), Brandon Pittser and the Public Collectors archive will also be exhibited.

    Check out this recent report from Wisconsin by curator Nicolas Lampert and Dan S. Wang for more information about the movement to defend collective bargaining rights.

    Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Jun 17 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • File Type @ Gallery 400
  • Video Playlist: Intimate Civics and Everyday Explorers @ Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Hang in There @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • New Works: Micheal McGuire, Doug Britt Reyes, Michelle Peterson Albandoz @ Las Manos Gallery
  • Wet Paint: Two @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • Sweet Tooth Bake Sale/Exhibition/Benefit @ Chicago Urban Art Society
  • Impetus @ 33 Contemporary

  • Saturday:

  • Tola Brennan: The great reification of the interior territories @ The Nicole Villeneuve Gallery
  • Minor Art Attack Craft Fair @ Phee Funhouse (2055 W. Erie)
  • Pandora's Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection @ Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Victor Yañez Lazcano: [ALMOST][ABSOLUTELY] @ Mess Hall
  • Instruction Sets @ Autumn Space
  • Hope Esser and Christalena Hughmanick: retracing @ Murdertown
  • Brian Khek and Micah Schippa: 24:7 LX @ Kunsthalle New
  • What's My Line? @ Roots & Culture
  • Olivia Swider and Julia Asherman: HeartBrainLungGut @ Pentagon

  • Sunday:

  • Val Magarian: Blips & Hiccups @ ACRE Projects

  • Thursday:

  • Running Room @ A+D Gallery
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Tue Jun 14 2011

    Here is Where: New Works at Sullivan Galleries

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    Daniel R. Whiteneck

    On the seventh floor of the former Carson Pirie Scott building, the graduating students from the School of the Art Institute's Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO), and Fashion, presented works befitting the classic Louis Sullivan-designed building. Aesthetically speaking, their designs and concepts - ranging from mobile food cart projects to illuminated public art works to multi-functional furniture - are a far cry from Sullivan's steel-framed Chicago landmark. But the goals of the students' designs, often touching upon ideas of recycling, conservation of resources, and streamlined communication, were grounded in multi-generational sustainability.

    "It was a chance to do something really beautiful, really challenging, and a challenge for myself," said Alysse Filipek (BFA 2013), the Grand Prize winner of the Designers of Tomorrow competition. Filipek's work addresses both her personal history in Southern California and her reaction to the harsh, Seasonal Affective Disorder-creating winters of Chicago.

    Other works on view include LOADED: SAIC in Milan, originally presented during the 2011 Milan International Furniture Fair; Industry Partners: Living in a Smart City; a five-year GFRY Design Studio retrospective; and Where is Where, the graduate thesis exhibition.

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    Britt Julious

    Design Tue Jun 14 2011

    Get Your Guerrilla On Tonight

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    Furniture geeks and functional art fans, take heed: the 7th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show is tonight, along with a bevy of exhibitions and parties in the area designed to be visited in tandem. These events take place tonight from 5:30 to 9:30 in the West Loop, with the official truck show at Morlen Sinoway Atelier: 1052 W. Fulton Market St. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. For a map of all the locations participating, click here. Also, (not noted on the map) EBERSMOORE (213 N. Morgan, #3C) is hosting a special exhibition of work by the talented group known as the Dock 6 Collective (works pictured above). For photos of past GTS's, check out this Flickr collection.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Wed Jun 08 2011

    Doe, a Deer

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    In the past year, what has become noticeable in Chicago's emerging and contemporary gallery scene is the ubiquitous and relative importance of Anna Cerniglia's Johalla Projects. The space not only provides ample opportunities for many locally-based artists to exhibit their work. It also provides a unique platform for more experimental and brief artist projects that connect a wider variety of artistic practices than the traditional exhibition.

    In Urban Dwellers, artist Andrea Jablonski in collaboration with Vicki Fuller of VLF Development created and installed large-scale and glittered deer in the empty lot of 1827 North Milwaukee. The deer serve as a reminder for of the original natural surroundings of the area prior to urban development. Urban Dwellers closes June 11.

    Britt Julious

    Art Tue Jun 07 2011

    Last Minute Plans: Directed Reading Series

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    Thomas Roach, 86 plastic chairs uncomfortable to stack but ill, 2011.

    Tonight begins a two-part reading series at Alderman Exhibitions featuring selections from William T. Vollman's short story collection, The Atlas. A companion to the gallery's current exhibition, Thomas Roach: New Drawings, tonight's reading will also include a discussion and reception. Vollman's stories, often quick and glinting descriptions of brief moments in passing, are a compliment to Roach's drawings which often evoke an ethereal and visceral quality. Although the event is free, guests are encouraged to RSVP at info@aldermanexhibitions.com. PDF's of the selected stories are available for each session and copies can be sent to you upon request in the RSVP.

    The Program:
    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 7pm
    William T. Vollmann, The Atlas, PART 1
    Selected stories for Part 1:

    The Back of My Head
    It's Too Difficult to Explain
    Bad Air
    Brandi's Jacket
    Houses

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 7pm
    William T. Vollmann, The Atlas, PART 2
    Selected stories for Part 2:

    The Atlas
    The Rifles
    Where Are You Today
    Last Day at the Bakery

    Alderman Exhibitions is located at 350 North Ogden, 4th floor.

    Britt Julious

    Event Fri Jun 03 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • POLYAMORY @ Noble and Superior Projects
  • Visual Narration: Contemporary Forms of Storytelling @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • The Four D's @ Judy A. Saslow Gallery
  • Strange Harmonies @ Peanut Gallery
  • Heaven Knows @ S&S Project
  • Order + Chaos @ Black Cloud Gallery
  • In Stitches: Smile Now, Cry Later (closing reception) @ Cobalt Studio
  • Unaveilable: There Will Be Tears (performance) @ Packer Schopf Gallery
  • Raul Maldonado: Esta Chido Todo @ Intuit
  • First Friday Free Rogers Park Zine Salon @ Mess Hall
  • Stephanie Owen Solo Show @ Three Birds Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • John Henderson: 12 x 12 @ MCA
  • Priscilla Stadler: Favors @ Mess Hall
  • John Neff Prints Robert Blanchon @ GOLDEN
  • FRIENDS FOREVER: The Legacy of Camp Gay (2001-2005) @ Monument 2
  • "What's Your Art?": Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago @ Cultural Center
  • Jon Aley: Unnatural Disasters @ Comfort Station
  • Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition @ Intuit

  • Sunday:

  • Leeza Meksin and Yevgeniya Baras: Hide @ ADDS DONNA
  • Madeleine Bailey: By The Time The Focus On We Became They I Was Alone @ ACRE Projects
  • If I Do Nothing Nothing Does @ Julius Cæsar
  • Trindlerschinquand: The Shed Performance @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri May 27 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Elina Malkin: Fake Can Be Just as Inefficient @ ACRE Projects
  • Patrick Berran: One Must Eat the Other @ Thomas Robertello Gallery
  • New Fiber @ Monument 2
  • The Stars Are Too High @ Pentagon
  • Angela Piehl: Organic Excess @ ARC Gallery
  • Sequential Art: Comics and Beyond @ ARC Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Mark Bradford @ Museum of Contemporary Art
  • R James Healy: M.16.2 @ What It Is
  • Marian Glebes: No Ball Playing: Objects Of Rebellion And Control @ Mess Hall
  • Tim Louis Graham: an unmurmuring turn @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Kelly Kaczynski and Cori Williams: Impossible Bottle @ Happy Collaborationists' Exhibition Space
  • Frank Piatek Gallery Talk @ Julius Caesar

  • Sunday:

  • Scott Whipkey: The Trilogie Triage @ ACRE Projects
  • George Monteleone: The Hypnogogic Empiric (screening) @ Roots & Culture
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri May 20 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Mark Mulroney: A Hostile Womb @ ebersmoore
  • Vie de Boheme!!!: threewalls' Spring Gala @ Maxim's
  • 3 Floyd's Party/Public Media Institute Benefit @ Maria's & Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Rachel Niffeneger & Paul Nudd: Band of Bikers @ Western Exhibitions
  • Never Let Me Go @ Rhona Hoffman
  • MFA 11 @ DOVA Temporary
  • Will Sieruta: An Extraordinary Ordinariness @ Autumn Space
  • Ceaseless Blooms in Jobless Colors @ Johalla Projects
  • Jasmine Justice: You'll Love Them All for Giving You the Swellest Time You've Ever Had! @ 65GRAND
  • Anthony Pateras Performance @ Graham Foundation
  • Cinematic Bodies @ Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • Studio Conversations @ 33 Contemporary Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Healing Arts Festival @ Multikulti
  • Greg Stimac: Empire @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery
  • Kendell Carter: Liberation Summer @ moniquemeloche
  • Gregg Bordowitz: Talk is the object @ iceberg projects
  • Thomas Roach: New Drawings @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • FLAT 9 @ Floor Length and Tux
  • Brandon Anschultz and Adam Farcus: Ingredients for Humble Magic @ The Hills Esthetic Center

  • Sunday:

  • Stitchy! @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Jessye McDowell: All About You Forever @ ACRE Projects
  • Elon Katz and Kyle Evan: DIDGERIDOO BEAT (performance) @ Monument 2

  • Wednesday:

  • Gary Hill @ Donald Young Gallery
  • Kelly Reaves

    GB store

    Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

    Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

    By Nancy Bishop

    Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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    Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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