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Event Fri Oct 23 2015

14 Terrifyingly Arty Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Spooky and scary events allow us all a little fun in this so-far warm fall weather. With the witches in place in the hallway and the squirrels already eating the pumpkins on the porch, I hope I'm not the only one looking forward to some bloodcurdling scares this Halloween season. So here's a list of 14 thrilling theater productions and other artistic events (in no particular order) so that you can celebrate Hallow's Eve this year.

1. No One Here But Witches at Uptown Underground

Chicago's only "Retrotainment" venue gives you reason to enjoy burlesque, comedy, circus, magic and the speakeasy lifestyle every night for the rest of October. No One Here But Witches features witch-themed cabaret Monday nights at 7:00pm. Each other 8pm nightly production brings another magical experience at the Uptown Underground featuring "gore-lesque", freak-show striptease, circus arts and more. 21+ Advance reservation recommended. Click here for more information.

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Jen Kraakevik

Art Fri Oct 09 2015

Review: Lynn Peters "Spontaneity Made Concrete" @ Lillstreet Art Center

Fragments of our mind are stitched together to form cohesive memories; the joy of noticing everyday tasks and celebrating them through visual connection, conversation and aesthetics, is the basis of Lynn Peters' sculptural and clay-based work.

Spontaneity Made Concrete, at the Lillstreet Art Center, focused on the narrative surrounding snapshots in life. Her works were mounted on the wall and featured animals, humans and forms that contributed to a collection of several planes that one exists on simultaneously. Additionally, Peters utilizes photography and text to activate the viewer and combine several media as a backdrop to the core of the sculptures. Stolen Moments is a large piece that displays four sculptures, each individually titled, Statue of Liberty, The Thinker, Mona Lisa, and Untitled, a ceramic self-titled sign, and a black-and-white photograph. The piece, in terms of subject matter and presentation, was the most experimental work in the exhibition and encapsulated the idea of imagination, fragmentation and a vision as a source of understanding.The image of the cart, which sits outside of the Ark Thrift Shop in Wicker Park, was the backdrop for the four sculptures on the wall. While the shop is filled with a plethora of clothing, furniture and an assortment of tchotchkes, Peters noted that the cart, outdated and torn, was a symbol for what the Ark is to the neighborhood. What existed inside the cart, similar to inside the Ark, was a mystery of the unknown, a mass of tattered cloth and last year's fashion trends.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Wed Sep 02 2015

Stevie Hanley "Synaesthetica" @ The International Museum of Surgical Science

Synesthesia, by definition, is a "sensation experienced in part of the body other than the part simulated," most commonly associated with music being seen as color. Notable cases for the condition include, David Hockney, Duke Ellington and Vladimir Nabokov.

In the current exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Stevie Hanley, explores everyday experiences and expands the limitations of singular actions to a broader exploration of more than one view, emotion and association. Hanley has translated the medical condition to the form of an art exhibition. His ability to associate color and imagery with personal fear and curious observation is imagined in the exhibition, "Synaesthetica".

The International Museum of Surgical Science is filled with medical tools, equipment, inventions, and history, which contribute to the bizarre and somewhat mystical condition that is observed in the exhibition. Hanley invites viewers into two gallery spaces; both include video projections and installations, only one includes the hum of Dolly Parton.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Wed Aug 26 2015

Peter Skvara's Approaches at Andrew Rafacz Gallery: The Site of Distress at Sea

By Louis Sterrett


I Am Abandoning My Vessel, Peter Skvara, 2015

Peter Skvara's exhibition Approaches, which consists of enamel paintings on mesh, and a collection of debris entitled "Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, and Derelict" is now on display at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in River West. The paintings are based on flag semaphores used for communication between ships, and their meanings are repeated in the titles. Some of the paintings depict significations that might be seen together such as "I Am Drifting / Will You Give Me My Position" (2015, enamel on mesh). Other pieces, however, take on different, stranger meaning as assemblages of statements. One painting reads, "You are Running the Risk of Going Aground / I am Going Ahead"--a callous expression to one in need.

The gallery's press release for the Approaches exhibit mentions beauty and the sublime tied up in the idea of a ship on the infinite expanse of the overwhelming sea. Another way for the sublime to appear, however, is through the striving to generate perfection in the precise lines of the semaphores, which nonetheless reveal the human touch made more palpable in the method of painting as opposed to screen printing.

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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

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 Wed Jun 03 2015

A New Home for ACRE: Interview with Emily Green

The project space, ACRE, is moving to a new, refined, larger-than-life, location at 1345 West 19th St., in Pilsen. The non-profit supports emerging artists and creates a space for ideas, collaboration, and experimentation. While the history of the new-- and simultaneously old--building dates back to a 1930s funeral home, ACRE will utilize the unique interior to create a foundation for future exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, and also will house books from the ACRE archive.

ACRE has received a generous donation but still needs $20,000 to create a suitable space in Chicago. Through Kickstarter, ACRE hopes to raise the remaining money to support their new exhibition and programming space for future residents.

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Wed May 20 2015

Womanness, Chicago Imagists and Emily Dickinson: A Discussion with Venezuelan Artist Jeffly Gabriela Molina

Kruger Gallery Chicago in Lakeview will be presenting the works of Venezuelan artist, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, through June 27 in the solo exhibition, [My Business Is Circumference]. Molina's intimate paintings use domestic spaces to convey a conversation between the familiar and the surreal. Like Eva Hesse, who created grid-based abstractions on paper--a reaction to the male-dominated structures in minimalism in the 1960s--Molina's pieces convey a conversation of seriality and the woman's narrative.

Influenced by female writers--specifically Emily Dickinson's letters to T.W. Higginson--Molina utilizes trompe-l'oeil to visually liken her paintings to literary works, such as stories, poems, essays and letters.

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"To those first feelings that were born with me," 2015. Oil and Pencil on Linen, 36" x 48"

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S. Nicole Lane

Art Tue May 19 2015

An Interview with Jaime Foster: Biophilia @ The Elephant Room Gallery

The paintings of Jaime Foster, a Chicago-based artist, are reminiscent of the waves in Lake Michigan: When the fog has drifted and the overcast sky hangs low above the horizon, the water greets the shore with a kiss-and-go. Many of her pieces are vast--both in scale and in palette. Her work acknowledges the larger landscape--the water, the mountain, and the trees--but the core of her work is in the details--the foam of the water, the snow-covered crevasse, and the vascular tissue of a leaf.

"Philias," stemming from the title of Foster's upcoming solo exhibition, Biophilia, are the attractions and positivity that human beings feel towards the natural world: organisms, species, habitats, etc. Celebrating the "love of life," Foster utilizes her brush and paint to spiritually connect with the wider world around her and expose its awe-inspiring beauty.

Elephant Room Gallery will be featuring Jaime Foster's exhibition, Biophilia, from May 29 until July 3.

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"Enrapture"- 12x12 Acrylic, Watercolor, Ink and Mixed Media on paper

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S. Nicole Lane

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

Call for Artists Tue May 12 2015

Call for Art and Artifacts: Submit to The Barack Obama Presidential Library

Dr. Jorge Lucero, from the University of Illinois, is calling for artifacts, readymade or handmade, to be presented in the exhibition, The Barack Obama Presidential Library. The works submitted will be curated and organized by Lucero and then presented with a descriptive placard that will be written by the contributor of the artifact. The artifacts are made to serve as a dialogue about the 44th presidency. The question arises: "How complex can a history be and who gets to 'write' it?"

The show will be the first exhibition in the new location space of the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), which is now located at 1448 E. 57th St.

The exhibition will be on view for the months of June, July and August. Please submit artifacts before June 1, 2015.

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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 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 Fri Mar 20 2015

An Interview with Luis Sahagun @ Kruger Gallery Chicago

Kruger Gallery Chicago is presenting ESCOMBROS (spanish for "rubble"), which features work from the Chicago-based and Mexican-born artist, Luis Sahagun. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 9pm tonight.

Sahagun's background is rooted in the working class — his grandfather worked in the Chicago Heights steel industry, his father in field work, and Sahagun himself has a strong background in construction. The solo exhibition features large-scale paintings on cardboard, as well as installation and video pieces, which emulate his background as a Mexican-American growing up Chicago Heights.

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The series includes 20 textured pieces that thrive as self-portraits and self-reflection in terms of youth, labor and experience. Chains, metal, fabric, concrete, cardboard and wax make up the "anthropological site that represents a community" and expands on the concept of identity vs. material. Luis' intimate relationship to his work, not only through his physical touch, but through his autobiographical self, creates a penetrating visual narrative of a community.

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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

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 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

Preview Tue Nov 04 2014

Mint & Serf: Support, Therapy and Instability

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Never in our wildest dreams did we think that graffiti and street art would be making its way into art galleries -- from the streets to the white walls, running from the law to running into Shepard Fairy. Since the 1980s, graffiti has found a nice warm home inside of the ever-changing and always surprising, contemporary art world.

Mint & Serf, the art duo from NYC will showcase their large scale paintings at the Maxwell Colette Gallery in their Chicago debut of, "Support, Therapy and Instability." The relationship between contemporary art and graffiti is also one that in constant flux and one that makes a memorable conversation. Mint & Serf are two artists who are combining these two worlds in the form of a canvas and a spray can. Utilizing the raw forms that graffiti art thrive around, Mint & Serf have created canvases which reflect buildings in a city or an underpass that has been decorated and adorned with bold lettering and ripped flyers from a previous life.

The collaborative duo layers tags, neutral tones, metallic paint ink and paper for their active and lively pieces which both reflect fine arts and street art.

The opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 7 from 6pm-9pm at Maxwell Colette Gallery, 908 N. Ashland Ave. The exhibition will be up until Dec. 31. Hours for the gallery are Wednesday through Saturday, noon until 6pm. For more information contact 312-496-3153 or email gallery@maxwellcolette.com.

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Art Tue Sep 30 2014

FLATS Studio Opening Reception: Gravity

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

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

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

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

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


S. Nicole Lane

Art Tue Aug 12 2014

See the Many 'Hats' of Dr. Seuss This Fall

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"Oh, the places you'll go" and things you'll see this September at the exciting Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! exhibit at Water Tower Place. As part of the national touring exhibition of the famous author's collections, attendees will be treated to a look inside Dr. Seuss's hidden treasures from his estate, on display for the first time. From paintings to towering feathered hats, this display shows off some of the most whimsical creations of the beloved children's writer.

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Megan Daley

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 28 2014

Lyp Sinc Show @ Defibrillator Gallery

unnamed.jpgThe performance gallery, Defibrillator, will be presenting their annual April Fools Day fundraiser, the Lyp Sinc Show, on Tuesday, April 1. This unique art gallery focuses on performance art. The gallery hosts an International Performance Art Festival annually, entitled, RAPID PULSE, June 1-10. The festival presents a total of 28 international and local performance artists for a series of 10 days. The Lyp Sinc Show occurs as a fundraiser for the artists meals, materials and housing for RAPID PULSE. There will be a total of 13 artists/groups at the Lip Sinc Show, which kicks off at 7pm.

Silky Jumbo will be the host for the evening and Jordan Jaymes will be the DJ.

Defibrillator Art Gallery is located at 1136 N. Milwaukee Ave. The gallery requests a $10 donation at the door, refreshments are included. Call 773-609-1137 for more information.

Additional events include No Lights, No Lycra, a weekly dance party in the dark. The next one will occur Monday, March 31 at 8:15pm.

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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Photo courtesy of UCHICAGOArts

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 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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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

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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Event Sat Sep 28 2013

EXPO Chicago, the Homegrown High Art Mothership

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A second EXPO Chicago has now come and gone, passing through Navy Pier like an electrical storm, this time buzzing with a few new satellites -- countless gallery openings and open studios, but also medium-scale alternative fairs like the econo-centric EDITION at the Chicago Artists Coalition and the grassroots, street-oriented Fountain Art Fair at Mana Contemporary, all within five miles of Navy Pier. It's nice to see this happening... hopefully the city will be blowing up like Miami during Art Basel by next year. Or maybe we like to keep things a little more low-key in Chicago. In any case:

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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 Around Town Thu Jul 04 2013

Art Around Town

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

Tonight (Thursday):

  • Matthew Hoffman: Independence @ Comfort Station

  • Saturday:

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

    Art Around Town

    Tonight (Thursday):

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

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Tuesday:

  • Chicago Works: José Lerma @ The MCA

  • Thursday:

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

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Monday:

  • Lumpen Release Party
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    Art Around Town Thu May 30 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Thursday:

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

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

  • The Chic Boutique Chicago @ ADDS DONNA

  • Tuesday:

  • Art is the Word (workshop) @ Peanut Gallery

  • Wednesday:

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

  • Thursday:

  • Elusive Emporium @ Block 37 (through Sunday)
  • Atomic Sketch @ Green Eye
  • MULTIPLICES: Collaborative reading + response @ threewalls
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    Art Around Town Thu May 16 2013

    Art Around Town

    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 Around Town Fri May 10 2013

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Monday:

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

  • Tuesday

  • Art is the Word (workshop) @ Peanut Gallery

  • Wednesday:

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

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Monday:

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

  • Wednesday:

  • The Artist's Life: Edgar Arceneaux in conversation with Sabina Ott @ Arts Incubator in Washington Park
  • New Street Agenda @ International Art Drops
  • 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
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    Art Around Town Thu Apr 18 2013

    Art Around Town

    Friday:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

  • Nina Palomba: Better Left Unsaid @ Peanut Gallery

  • Monday:

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

  • Wednesday:

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

  • Thursday:

  • April Atomic Sketch @ Green Eye Lounge
  • Tzuchien Tho: Nothing Just Isn't (what it used to be): The Void and Structure (Lecture) @ Gallery 400
  • 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
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    Art Fri Mar 22 2013

    Art on Armitage: Up-cycled Art Finds Its Way to April's Window Display

    Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for PRESS RELEASE photo - Nebulous Connections - Peterson_Ng_Sell.jpgIn the constant hustle and bustle of today's society,
    artists Stacy Peterson, Pei San Ng, and Amie Sell have decided to tackle the intricate web of human connections in their Art on Armitage installation: Nebulous Connections.

    From April 5-30, Art on Armitage, 4125 W. Armitage, will be featuring an eco-friendly window art exhibit in celebration of the modern era of unity, harmony, and prosperity.

    Inspired by a trip to Creative Reuse Warehouse with the goal to use "up-cycled" materials, these artists created a nebulous cloud of recycled industrial hardware and metal wires. The piece plays on modern communication and acts as a visual representation of how people work together to create communities, social networks, and how molecular structures build. Using the individual recycled pieces, a wholeness or oneness is created.

    An artist's reception from 6am-8pm on April 6th will welcome Artists Stacy Peterson, Pei San Ng, Amie Sell, and you! Meet these artists and better understand their installation.

    A reception featuring the installation's artists will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 6pm-8pm; for more information, be sure to check out Art on Armitage.

    Lauren Haberman

    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

    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 Wed Feb 20 2013

    EXPO Chicago Returns This September

    expochgo.jpgComing this September, come on out for EXPO Chicago's EXPO Art Week 2013 (Sept. 16-22) in conjunction with Choose Chicago and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This four-day event will be held in Navy Pier's Festival Hall and will host over 120 leading international galleries providing visitors with a mix of contemporary/modern art and design. Meanwhile, art and cultural festivities will take place all over the city.

    During the Expo, keep and eye out and partake in citywide exhibits, gallery openings, installations, public art projects, music, theater and dance performances, and special dining experiences for residents and visiting international cultural tourists.

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    Lauren Haberman

    Art Fri Feb 15 2013

    Tiny Roman Susan Gallery's Rogers Park Art Injection

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    Oasis, 2013, fiber and paper, Kate Arford and Kristin Abhalter" photo by Nathan Smith

    By Troy Pieper

    What may be the city's smallest commercial art gallery has taken up residence in a mixed use building near the Loyola Red Line stop. The 200-square foot space has an unfamiliar shape. Its floor is sunk several feet below street-level, the gallery's six walls of various lengths join at odd angles, the bathroom door is three steps above everything. "It's perfect," says founder and director Kristin Abhalter. Named for her grandparents, "a creative force that was incredibly supportive of me," the Roman Susan gallery has a mission to be a similar force in the Rogers Park neighborhood and in the arts in Chicago.

    On the Day of the Dead last year, Roman Susan opened its door to what Abhalter describes as a bustling Rogers Park art community. When she noticed the for-rent sign, she had already been thinking about establishing a public destination in her neighborhood to show art and simply connect to residents and local artists. In the age of social media, physical spaces open to everyone are essential to engaging residents in their community and warding off the degradation of networks that provide personal contact with like-minded individuals.

    And already, the gallery seems to be building a name for itself doing just that. Artists from Rogers Park and around Chicago have exhibited work at Roman Susan, and the number of visitors to the gallery continues to increase. The building at 1224 W. Loyola Ave., also home to a hodgepodge of eccentric specialty shops, sees considerable foot traffic. Residents like 70-year-old Kate Walsh, a practicing dancer, stop on the way to the train and chat with Abhalter about art or Rogers Park history, and some have shown their work at Roman Susan.

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    A/C

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    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 Sun Nov 04 2012

    A Return to Form: SOFA 2012

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    Norman Mooney. AMBER STAR No. 2

    SOFA is a fair of history. This is evident upon first entering Festival Hall at Navy Pier and was especially noticeable on opening night of the 19-year-old fair. Unlike the weariness masked as over-jubilant fervor of the inaugural EXPO CHICAGO, the spirit of SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) is born out its familiarity for visitors and for collectors.

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    Britt Julious

    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 Wed Oct 31 2012

    High Design for the Right Now: Bivouac at the MCA

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    Installation view, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac, MCA Chicago. October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013. Photo © Studio Bouroullec

    Truly great design is invisible. It exists outside of our day-to-day interactions, instead seamlessly blending into everything else we do - the work, the play, the relaxation at home. You don't want a designed object to insert itself in the things you need to do, only help facilitate what happens from morning to night.

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    Britt Julious

    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
  • Kelly Reaves

    Museums Thu Oct 11 2012

    Experience India's Great Kings

    maharaja.jpgMaharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts opens at The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., next Wednesday, Oct. 17, and continues until Feb. 3, 2013. The exhibition, which was organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, will make the final stop on its world tour in Chicago.

    The exhibition welcomes attendees to step into the colorful and exquisite realm of India's maharajas, who ruled the large nation from the 1700s to the 1940s. Their absolute rule, including immense military and religious influence, caused them to play a significant role in both the cultural and political history of India. To this day, they are still a very important national symbol.

    Maharaja teaches its visitors the rich background behind India's royal duty, including stringent expectations and guidelines.

    The exhibition features over 200 regal artifacts, including ornate jewelry, instruments, artwork, clothing, furniture, and weaponry. Experience the decadence first-hand by viewing the bejeweled every-day objects of India's "great kings."

    Admission to Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts is included in The Field Museum's Discovery and All-Access passes.

    Brianna Kelly

    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

    Art Wed Aug 22 2012

    Open Call for Emerging, Local Chicago Artists

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    From Sentient City by Laura Elayne Miller

    Earlier this year, I wrote about one of the more interesting and independent project spaces in Chicago, SUB-MISSION. The space is below THE MISSION, an art gallery located in the East Village and featuring the work of local, national, and international art of the Americas. SUB-MISSION exclusively features Chicago artists and gives them a space to create unique, one-of-a-kind installation work that engages their community and the featured artists on the main level.

    THE MISSION recently announced their open call for new local artists to exhibit in this subterranean space. The deadline for the next round of artists is October 15. More information about submission guidelines is available on their site. For additional questions, contact Sarah Syman by email at: sarah@themissionprojects.com.

    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

    Photography Fri Jun 29 2012

    Opening: Vivian Maier: Vintage Prints

    Vivian Maier self-portrait
    Untitled (Self-portrait), Vivian Maier
    Gelatin silver print, no date
    3 3/8" x 3 1/4"

    Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., 3rd floor, opens an exhibition of more than 50 of Vivian Maier's original photographic prints from the collection of Ron Slattery tonight, June 29, from 5pm to 8pm.

    Vivian Maier, as you may recall, was a North Shore nanny whose passion was street photography. Her brilliant artistry only came to light after her death, when large portions of her output was sold at auction and collectors of street and vernacular photography took notice. Slattery was one of the collectors who purchased prints at that auction in 2007, while others have exhibited their collections and produced books, he has kept his stash of photos a secret until now. The vintage prints in this show, all no larger than drug store snapshots, have never been exhibited to the public.

    Interestingly, gallery co-founder Jim Dempsey knew Vivian Maier in real life. When he was manager of the old Film Center, she was a regular film-goer. Dempsey nicknamed her "Frau Blucher" for her heavy accent and idiosyncrasies, but over time became a friend.

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    Andrew Huff

    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

    Art Wed Jun 06 2012

    Body Works: The Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival

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    Image of Saiko Kase courtesy of the artist

    Chicago is a city historically-rich in the practice of performance art. But like many artistic practices that were once prominent in the city, it is only now that this history is being recognized on a grander scale. Featuring a mix of 29 local, national, and international performing artists, the first Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival aims to address both the city's emerging practitioners of performance art as well as the eclectic array of seasoned performers across the globe. The festival runs through June 10 at various venues across the city.

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    Britt Julious

    Art Tue May 29 2012

    On Making Things Matter: Strategies For Preservation @ SHoP

    by Albert Stabler

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    Bruce Nauman's "Cast of the Space Under My Chair" is a pretty good rebus for a lot of postwar art. A cast concrete block bearing the rectilinear impression of nondescript legs and a seat, it disposes of concerns with high-tech functionality, high-fashion prettiness, or high-concept intangibility. Precious without being at all special or unique, it recalls a moment and a space that can be recorded but not retrieved, just an oddly pointless fossil of the industrial-design era. Much the same could be said of the thrust of contemporaneous Pop, Minimalist, and Fluxus artwork, currents which have resurfaced in the last decade.

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    A/C

    Street Art Fri May 18 2012

    Galerie F: Walk-Ins Welcome

    The cool cats over at FugScreen screenprinting studios have a conundrum (albeit a pretty good one to have): too much art, not enough space. So they're opening a gallery in Logan Square this July to exhibit the best work that's run through their hands by their cohorts. With a focus on poster and street art, Galerie F has a unique ethic: fully functional six days of the week, all day long, with no appointments required. In other words, an "open door gallery". This is important to them because they want to be accessible -- they want people to be able to wander in and browse at their own pace. And as cool as Chicago's plethora of artist-run, DIY spaces are, you just can't do that at most of them.

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    Kelly Reaves

    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 Mon Apr 30 2012

    Subterranean Experiments

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    Laura Elayne Miller describes the process of her work as an "archaelogical dig." Before creating any new work in mediums ranging from sculpture to filmmaking to printmaking (and many others), Miller must collect, read, look, listen, and jump into the themes and ideas of her work. In her latest work - an "artistic cartography" of her three interpretations of sensory experience and space - entitled Sentient Space at THE MISSION, Miller based the creation on a prototype from two years ago.

    "I just find it really interesting that you could take the structure of cartography or the idea of concrete data or elements from environment, space, and place to combine that with metaphor and experiential ideas."

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    Britt Julious

    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 Thu Apr 26 2012

    Ring Around the Rosie

    Opening tomorrow at Linda Warren Gallery, Tom Torluemke's Ring Around the Rosie looks at life, packages it all up in beautiful colors, and presents it for us in all of its odd, conflicting and contradicting glory. As a seasoned artist Tom brings to the table maturity, deep exploration and a goofiness all his own, and to really appreciate it you would need to spend time absorbing what he has to offer in this, his first solo show at Linda Warren Projects. Also opening there tomorrow is Living Dead Girls, which features the work of Jeriah Hildwine. This group of paintings presents a body of work, created over the period of five years, that emanates from a slew of pop cultural influences.

     

    MartinJon

    Review Tue Apr 24 2012

    Beautiful Bombsites: Alison Ruttan at ADDS DONNA

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    Installation view at ADDS DONNA. Photo courtesy of the artist.


    Why make ceramic vases when you can construct realistic model cities instead and methodically destroy them? After all, if you've ever turned clay on a wheel, you know it really just wants to slump back into the lump from whence it came. In Natural Disaster, Allison Ruttan embraces ceramic's uncooperative nature, building intricate structures and craftily deconstructing them so that they look just like tiny versions of the bombsites we see on the news. Or, for a Chicagoan, like Cabrini Green looked a couple years ago. Despite the title of the show, Ruttan urges viewers to keep in mind that these are not accidents of nature but man made acts of destruction.

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    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

    Art Around Town Fri Mar 02 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Tuesday

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

  • Thursday:

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

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Wednesday:

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

  • Thursday:

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

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

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Around Town Fri Feb 17 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Wednesday:

  • Art21 Season 6 Advance Screening @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Around Town Fri Feb 03 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Tuesday:

  • BIG THINGS Pop-Up Market @ Public Works
  • Kelly Reaves

    Gallery Wed Feb 01 2012

    Game On at OhNo!DoomArcade's First 2012 Exhibit

        

    I've checked in on OhNo!Doom's website since November for any events worth highlighting and always wound up disappointed on a calendar for 2011. I feared that the little gallery that could might have called it quits until I recently spotted a Facebook feed from them that read, "DOOM IS NEAR," and was filled with the same excitement I felt when I heard Bueller is back. Now, it's Facebook official.

    Saturday, Feb. 11, marks OhNo!Doom's [temporary] name change to OhNo!Arcade and opening of its first 2012 exhibit, titled Super Button Mashers, a gamer tribute. The night will feature works from several local and import artists such as, Jeremiah Ketner, Aya Kakeda, Alex Willan (top right) and many more, as they present original art inspired by game console classics.

    Accompanying the art will be local accents of food from the Duck N Roll truck, music from Saskrotch & Kkrusty, coffee from The Wormhole, and beer from start-up brewery LowDive.

    Doors will be open from 6pm to 10pm.

    Ricardo Villarreal

    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.

    Continue reading this entry »

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Around Town Fri Jan 27 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday:

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Monday:

  • Form Fit Lecture Series: Kelly Kaczynski @ Gallery 400 Lecture Room
  • Kelly Reaves

    Art Around Town Fri Jan 20 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

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

  • Saturday

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

  • Sunday:

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

  • Wednesday:

  • Paul D'Amato @ DePaul Art Museum

  • Thursday:

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

  • Kelly Reaves

    Gallery Thu Jan 19 2012

    Two Premiere Exhibitions, One Venue

    The Chicago Artist's Coalition (CAC) is at it again, providing a creative haven for emerging artists struggling to gather the resources needed to make their art a reality.

    Two shows open tomorrow in their remarkably transformative space, the HATCH Projects, located in the gallery-riddled West Loop on 217 N. Carpenter.

    The first is a solo show, Ascent, featuring artist Homa Shojaie. The second exhibit is the result of a collaboration between CAC and their resident HATCH Project artists, the Twelve Galleries Project, and the ladies of Quite Strong.

    Continue reading this entry »

    Alexa DeTogne

    Event Fri Jan 13 2012

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Wayne White: Spark in the Void @ Packer Schopf Gallery
  • F*ck Em @ FM*Gallery
  • Scented Illusions: Avon and Art @ S&S Project Gallery
  • New Formalisms 2 @ 65 Grand
  • Tarantisimo Summit Art Show @ Reversible Eye
  • ACRE Presents: Emily Clayton & Eileen Meuller @ Roots & Culture
  • Laura Mackin: 120 Years @ threewalls
  • MR. SMITH GOES TO ROXABOXEN with PERFORMANCE BY ONO @ Roxaboxen
  • I Shall Be Released @ Union St. Gallery
  • PROOF Book Release Party // Works by the 2010 UIC MFA Grads @ SHoP
  • David "Netherland" van Alphen: New Work @ Rotofugi
  • SUPERSTRUCTURES @ Mission Projects
  • Structures: Art, Music & Awesomeness @ New Wave Coffee

  • Saturday:

  • Life As It Really Is (screening) @ ADDS DONNA
  • Mark Booth performance @ Devening Projects
  • Group Exhibition @ Hinge Gallery
  • Tax and Record Keeping Workshop for Artists @ Chicago Artist Coalition
  • Best Of Cast And Crew Show @ RGB Lounge
  • Aay Preston-Myint: I'M HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS @ Happy Collaborationists

  • Sunday:

  • CHICAGO PHOTOGRAPHER Second Annual Vivian Maier FILM WALK @ (meet at) Caribou Coffee
  • COURTNEY WEBER: OTHER FLOWERS @ ACRE

  • Thursday:

  • BRAIN FRAME 4 @ Happy Dog
  • Kelly Reaves

    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

    Event Fri Dec 16 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Matt Sauermilch: The Process of Wooding Out @ Heaven
  • Don't Eat the Snow Show @ Happy Dog Gallery
  • Après-Ski Party @ Maria's
  • GURL DON'T BE DUMB presents STICKLIP @ Upstairs Gallery
  • Elliot Reed: Till The World Ends @ Kirk's Apartment
  • 3rd Fridays @ Zhou B. Art Center

  • Saturday:

  • Anthony Elms, Edie Fake and Andy Roche: Center for Experimental Lectures @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Ding Dong @ Terrain
  • Karsten Lund: Strange Weather, Vague Suspicions @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM
  • Jake Myers: Short Court @ it'sa_pony projects
  • Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections (open house) @ the Arts Club
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Dec 09 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • John Riepenhoff @ Western Exhibitions
  • High Design Holiday @ Re-Building Exchange
  • Ryan Szeszycki: Contralands of Yore @ Star Coffee Lounge
  • Tell Tale Signs @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • W.M. FitzPatrick: Survey @ Casualiving
  • ACRE Country Fair @ Heaven Gallery
  • Mini Logan Square @ Comfort Station
  • Of Us: Experiments in Interaction @ Mess Hall
  • Emmett Kerrigan and Lora Fosberg @ Linda Warren Projects
  • Project Onward Holiday Sale and Portrait Slam! @ Chicago Cultural Center (Saturday too)
  • Curator Talk: Demands, Attacks and Declarations @ Center for Book & Paper Arts
  • STA Holiday Party @ Center for Book @ Paper Arts
  • Sze Lin Pang presents: An Exhibition of International Artists @ Roots & Culture
  • ARTIFACT @ Chicago Artist Coalition
  • The Precession Art Auction & Fundraiser Party @ HOME
  • Samantha Bittman: Perceptual Notions @ Thomas Robertello

  • Saturday:

  • Emily Green:Decompositions @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Tony Lewis @ Autumn Space Gallery
  • FLAT 11 @ Floor Length and Tux
  • Artist Talk with Cole Pierce & Rusty Shackleford @ Hinge Gallery
  • The Holiday Pop-Up Shop @ Firebelly Design Studio
  • Cooperative Image Group and Glassworks Bazaar & Benefit @ Chicago Hot Glass
  • Facets Holiday Warehouse Sale (tomorrow too)

  • Sunday:

  • Danielle Gustafson-Sundell: songs that start with i @ JULIUS CAESAR
  • Christopher Meerdo //// STALEMATE \\\\ @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Mark Booth: THE SEA IS REPRESENTED BY AN IRREGULAR SHAPE @ Devening Projects & Editions

  • Wednesday:

  • Semi-Permanent Program @ Gallery 400
  • Holiday Party @ Hinge Gallery

  • Thursday:

  • Jordan Martins: Strange Attractions @ Elastic Vision Gallery
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Dec 02 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Bob Jones: Mountains and Matter @ 65 Grand
  • Stephen Flemister: Profiles, Hallucinations & Tokens
  • HOLD FAST TO DREAMS @ Believe Inn
  • ART+DESIGN @ Las Manos Gallery
  • Riva Lehrer: Mirror Shards @ Printworks Gallery
  • Tony Fitzpatrick: Nickel History: The Nation of Heat @ Firecat Projects
  • 003 ON THE LAM : XIAO TSE @ This Is Not The Studio
  • Personal Project Art Show @ DEFIBRILLATOR Gallery
  • Patron "Simply Perfect' Art Project @ Gallery@220
  • Text, Drugs and Rock & Roll [an International Group Show] @ Maxwell Colette Gallery
  • 36th Annual Holiday Party @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • NiINE! Exhibition/Benefit @ Chicago Art Department
  • And Off They Went @ DOVETAIL Chicago

  • Saturday:

  • PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS @ Donald Young Gallery
  • Steven Frost and David Hartwell: Joint Disassembly @ Robert Bills Contemporary
  • Greg Kelley: Soft Delete/Purgative Dryness @ Graham Foundation
  • What's Your Art? Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago @ Chicago Cultural Center
  • Industry of the Ordinary Connect with David Hockney @ AIC Price Auditorium
  • AREA Chicago's 5th Annual Wants & Needs Auction @ Rumble Arts Center
  • Party...With An Artist @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

  • Sunday:

  • I am the Queen @ LVL3
  • Sales 101 for Artists Part 1 @ Official Flourish Studios
  • Zacharias Abubeker: A FEW METAPHORS FOR DISTANCE @ ACRE Projects
  • Communal Aesthetics Vs. Communal Practices: A Panel Discussion @ Iceberg Projects
  • Kelly Reaves

    Sixty Inches from Center Wed Nov 23 2011

    Moments of Possibility - An Interview with Dave Murray

    By Amanda Mead*

    In September, I attended an exhibit at the LVL3 Gallery titled This is the Same as That, a joint exhibit between New York artist Letha Wilson and Chicago artist Dave Murray. The show dealt with examining the real and the unreal, the physical and the imagined. The exhibit included photography, sculpture, and installation that dealt with the duality of materiality and material limitations.

    So in October, over the din of silverware scrapes and the clank of beers at the Exchequer Pub (a supposed SAIC graduate student spot), I was finally was able to interview Dave Murray between his trips from North and South East Asia stopping in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, and his next trip to India and the Middle East including stops in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kuwait, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. As the Assistant Director of International Admissions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dave's job involves grand travels. In a few weeks he will be traveling to Portugal and Turkey.

    Our conversation varied from kindergarten to the Tower of Babel, and in between we had some great discussion about art.

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    A/C

    Event Fri Nov 18 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • HUNGRY BELLOWS OF THE MINOTAUR @ FM*Gallery
  • GOMEZ/WILSON: Windows & Mirrors @ New Capital
  • CURRENT @ 33 Contemporary
  • Mind and Reality @ Roxaboxen
  • Tantalized: 20 Paintings by Andrew Ek and Dana Toft @ VG
  • Head @ Slow
  • Tilo Schulz, Artist Talk @ University of Chicago
  • ANGELICIES: A Look at the Moderna Day Angel @ Jackson Junge Gallery
  • LEVEL EATER 2 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Seth Sher: Nominal Mystique @ The Hills
  • Connie Noyes: Pink Space @ Blanc Gallery

  • Saturday:

  • Stephanie Brooks: Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. @ Terrain
  • Public Collectors: Collection Show and Tell with Ricki Hill @ Gallery 400
  • Marilyn Manson Without the Makeup @ 1dM
  • Recursion @ 2612 Space
  • Roots & Culture 5th Anniversary Party
  • Elliot Reed: 'Till The World Ends @ Lemonspace
  • FOTA's Fall Fair: Art Lab @ Reynold's Club
  • The DIY Trunk Show @ Broadway Armory
  • CAMP @ Octagon Gallery
  • Karen Reimer: The Domestic Partnership of Heaven and Hell @ moniquemeloche
  • Tony Tasset & Sayre Gomez @ Kavi Gupta

  • Sunday:

  • Jim Ricks: Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want @ Peanut Gallery
  • Coppice and Andrew Furse present Apiary @ Packer-Schopf Gallery
  • Caleb Yono Lecture @ Julius Caesar
  • JOSHUA SAMPSON / A DEVICE FOR SEEING @ ACRE
  • Stitchy! @ Roxaboxen
  • Play: New Work by David Linneweh & Leslie Mutchler @ What it is
  • Spudnik Press Cooperative: Portfolio Review
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Nov 11 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Read/Write Library Opening Celebration
  • Warrior's unite....!! @ Q4/MultiKulti
  • Division|Collective presents NETCAFE
  • Boogie Art II @ The Fountainhead
  • Marwen's Art Fair 2011
  • Amos Kennedy Print Sale & Screening of Proceed & Be Bold @ Lillstreet Art Center
  • Lift A Glass Wine Tasting & Auction @ Chicago Urban Art Society
  • Rahmaan Statik: Creative Liberation @ RGB Lounge
  • Fine Arts Building Studios' Second Fridays Open Studios
  • HOLOCENE OVERKILL @ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
  • Lumpen 20th Anniversary Party + Release of The Chairman @ Maria's
  • TEEBS @ Pawn Works & Lady Luck After Party @ Beauty Bar
  • Scott Jarrett: In the Lining @ Heaven
  • Art Sale @ Comet Vintage

  • Saturday:

  • Family Tattoo Art Show
  • [BUY LOCAL IN PILSEN] CRAFT FAIR @ Chicago Urban Art Society
  • "Aqua Interlude & Reflection" Glass Mosaic Project @ Columbus Dr. & Roosevelt (underpass)
  • they go on whistling @ Crawlspace
  • Faheem Majeed @ Iceberg Projects
  • Mike Pocius: Mike's Kind of Town, One Town That Won't Let You Down @ Cobalt Studio
  • COWBOY // New Work by Yasi Ghanbari @ ACRE Projects
  • CLAIRE ASHLEY: SOLO DISCO @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Comedy: Stand-Up & Improve @ Roxaboxen
  • Beverly Art Center Competition & Exhibition

  • Sunday:

  • SYMPOSIUM: THE HOME IN/AS COMMUNITY @ Hyde Park Art Center
  • The Renaissance Society's Fall Poetry Reading Series
  • Rebecca George: Bunny Paintings @ Portage ARTSpace

  • Thursday:

  • Artist Talk and Open Gallery Night: Antonia Contro @ Cultural Center
  • Kelly Reaves

    Sixty Inches from Center Thu Nov 10 2011

    Spoke Exit Interview: Part 1

    By Zachary Johnson*

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    Kristin Mariani, "A Sample of Making", 2009. Spoke, Chicago, IL. (Photo courtesy of Spoke)

    Spoke, a mixed project and studio space in the West Loop closed its doors in August after hosting over forty artist projects, events, experiments, and residencies in its nearly three years of programming. What always struck me about Spoke was how public its programming was. Once while wandering around their building at 119 N. Peoria, I knocked on their door and was soon let into the middle of an artist's project under construction. I assumed I was interrupting, but the artists chatted with me, explaining their project, and inviting me to stay if I had time. Visiting a later opening, I was taken back by the SAIC cheerleaders, mini-marching band, fake sports mascots, and kooky drum major who had crammed into Spoke's small project space to accompany "Game On", their interactive opening full of nonsensical artist-made games. Through art parades, beer making projects, international collaborations, and more, Spoke's programming proved to be unique, surprising, and full of variety.

    Continue reading this entry »

    A/C

    Event Fri Nov 04 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • MATIAS: Somewhere Between Right and Wrong There Is Nothing Left @ Alderman Exhibitions
  • Adrift @ David Weinberg Photography
  • Aftermath @ BOLT Residency Project Space
  • Brian Dettmer: Paperback @ Packer Schopf
  • Jamie Adams & jin soo kim @ Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • Noland + Csicsko @ Judy A. Saslow Gallery
  • Paints, pigments & knives: SOFA hospitality night
  • Dawson and Hoffman @ Addington Gallery
  • Melanie Parke: Looking Through Windows @ Anne Loucks Gallery
  • Artist Talk with Ivan Lo @ Elephant Room
  • Winter Showcase Group Art Show @ Inkling
  • CAC presents Aftermath & Pine Feather Period
  • A Paler Shade of Yellow: Larry Lee at Kirk's Apartment
  • First Friday Art Salons: Art & Technology @ Art Lab 123
  • The Female State @ Links Hall
  • Archival Impulse @ Gallery 400

  • Saturday:

  • Ron Terada: Being There @ MCA
  • Post Synapse: New Work by Joe Anderson @ Space 1858
  • Dealing with New Demands @ Comfort Station
  • Gozamos' Día de los Muertos Party @ Chicago Art Department
  • Cole Pierce & Rusty Shackleford @ Hinge Gallery

  • Sunday:

  • Mike Edison Reading // Performance // Book Launch @ The Renaissance Society
  • L. Lee Junge & M. Jackson Artist Talk @ Jackson Junge Gallery
  • Open House @ Rumble Arts
  • WAX/WANE // New work by Liz McCarthy @ ACRE
  • TWIRL // Opening Reception and Performance @ JULIUS CÆSAR
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Oct 07 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Mark Palmen: Geist @ The Meadow
  • New Ways: An Exhibition of Ragdale Fellowship Artists @ Coalition Gallery
  • Space Division Open Studios
  • UK/Chicago @ British Consulate Residence
  • Nancy Holt: Sightlines @ Graham Foundation
  • threewalls presents the Waldorf Panels on Sculpture @ Andrew Rafacz
  • The Future's Past: Exhibition & Installations // Opening Reception and Trolley Tour @ Blanc Gallery
  • Form in Flora II Sculpture Show (all weekend) @ Lincoln Park Conservatory
  • BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER: Fifteen years of Alkaline Trio designs by Heather Gabel @ Johalla Projects
  • Hornswaggler Collection Exhibition @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Friends of Transit Print Invitational Reception @ I am Logan Square Gallery
  • Michelle Simon: Fabulous Friends @ Inkling
  • The Jacket Show @ SmArt Gallery
  • Meat for the Siren: New Paintings by Christian Rieben @ Gallery Uno
  • Element Flux @ Jackson Junge Gallery
  • Ann Toebbe @ MCA UBS 12x12

  • Saturday:

  • Project Onward Portrait Slam @ Cultural Center
  • Mining the Wasteland: Land Art's Legacy in Contemporary Art and Politics @ Graham Foundation
  • James Gallagher: Frequent Fits @ Pawnworks
  • Jessica Taylor Caponigro: But the Dust Came In @ Happy Collaborationists
  • Songs for October, a seance with Zachary Cahill @ threewalls
  • Mandy Cano Vilalobos: Voces @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • CURATORS' SHOWCASE EXHIBIT @ Arts Center, Logan Square/Avondale
  • North Park Art Walk (all weekend) @ Koh-Varilla Guild
  • Karolina Gnatowski: Tie Dyes on the Sunrise @ The Bike Room

  • Sunday:

  • Locals Only @ Peanut Gallery
  • The Caffeine Exhibit by the Breakfast Group @ Old Town Art Center
  • Ooh La La Chicago @ ARC Gallery
  • Historic Chicago Re-Imagined @ The Belmont by Reside
  • Kelly Reaves

    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

    Art Mon Sep 19 2011

    Glass Curtain's CoLaboratory Puts the Art in Your Hands

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    photo courtesy of Columbia College

    Columbia College's Glass Curtain Gallery has taken interactive art to another level with their current exhibition, CoLaboratory. Two artist collaboratives - ED JR. and (f)utility projects have joined forces to create a site specific video installation with moveable screens that, although quite beautiful in its own right, is made manifest by you - the visitor. Visitors are invited to adjust the structures on which video projections are shown, amending and re-forming the evolving images as they move. If that's not enough interaction for you, check out one of ED JR.'s free, public workshops at the gallery (Thursday, September 22, 6-8pm; Saturday October 1, 3-5pm; Thursday October 27, 6-8pm), where you can get your hands dirty and be featured in a video, which will be later projected in the space.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri Sep 16 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • UPLIFT @ Believe Inn
  • MOS Meet & Greet Gallery Show @ Zhou B. Art Center
  • Dock 6 Collective Presents Fall Design and Art Series
  • ART WAR @ Treasure Town (tonight and tomorrow)
  • OUT OF SITE: 3 CARD MOLLY -- a mobile performance along Milwaukee Ave.
  • Ballad of the Tattooed Lady: New Works by Ellen Greene @ Firecat Projects
  • ROREM/ZENDEJAS @ New Capital
  • Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements @ Eckhart Park (all weekend)
  • Jennifer Sowinski: Knot the News You Know @ Mess Hall
  • Unveil Chicago @ The Art Museo at the InterContinental
  • Bruce Nauman: Combinations Described (Chicago) @ Donald Young
  • Group Show @ Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Saturday:

  • Stan SHELLABARGER // Gallery Talk @ Western Exhibitions
  • FLAT 10 (FBI 3) @ Floor Length N Tux
  • SPLAY Closing Party and Performance Events @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • South Side Community Art Center Auction @ Blanc Gallery
  • Meeting Of Styles Chicago 2011 @ Wall of Style (today & tomorrow)
  • Coalition Arts Fair @ 91st St.
  • Paper Exhibition @ Las Manos Gallery
  • Poets @ Kunz,Vis,Projects
  • Art on Track 2011 @ Adams & Wabash CTA Platform
  • RE: CHICAGO @ Depaul Art Museum
  • Joe Zucker: The Grid Paintings @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

  • Sunday:

  • Stitchy! @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • "Friday Night Somewhere" Season Finale Screening Party! @ Peanut Gallery
  • Kelly Reaves

    Feature Wed Sep 14 2011

    The Friday Night Art Crawl Roundup; A.K.A. "The View", but with Art

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    The crowd at Tony Wight

    Last Friday several galleries around the city kicked off their fall programming with opening exhibitions featuring work by their crème de la crème. A/C writers Natalie Edwards and Kelly Reaves each spent the night frantically hopping from show to show, trying to absorb as much of it as they could, with their powers combined. Here are their impressions:

    Overkill @ The Mission Projects:*

    Kelly: This is an engaging, quality group video show in a cool, new(ish) space. The first piece that confronts you upon your entering the gallery is chopped up footage of Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard. She is on two "battling" monitors, which you can stand between, walk between, or awkwardly squeeze around. I believe one Whitney is only singing "I" and the other is only singing "you". I thoroughly enjoyed it and it looked like other people were enjoying it, too. I would have liked to stand between the monitors but, at least on the opening night, the amusement proved too popular for my tight schedule.

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    A/C

    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

    Gallery Fri Sep 09 2011

    Walter Fydryck at Prospectus Gallery

    This Saturday, after the big opening night of the art season, you might want to get a bit of the hair of the dog down at Prospectus Gallery in Pilsen. Walter Fydryck has been working on a new series of drawings that features prominently in this one man show. For a long time Walter has been inventing and perfecting a process of painting on Plexiglas, a few of these are present and help to understand the place where the drawings are coming from.

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    MartinJon

    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

    Event Tue Aug 30 2011

    MDW Part Two + Hand-in-Glove Conference

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    The wildly popular and successful MDW Fair of last spring is happening again this October 21-23 at the Geolofts. Formed as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls, the MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area -- basically what NEXT was eight or nine years ago, but on a larger scale.

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    Kelly Reaves

    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

    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

    Benefit Mon Aug 15 2011

    Kegs Stands for Comfort Station

    kegger.jpgThere's a lot going on this weekend but if you haven't cemented your Saturday plans yet, consider going to Comfort Station's kegger. Perhaps the best (and most obvious) abandoned-building-turned-art space ever, Comfort Station took over the little building in the heart/crotch of Logan Square that was vacant for so long, it became invisible to most of us.

    Their party this Saturday will feature music, food by Homage Street food truck, face-painting, croquet, ping-pong, quirky film and slide show screenings, and, of course, good-ole' outdoor boozing. A suggested $10 donation gets you a cup for a night of Revolution beer. All proceeds from your donation benefit Comfort Station -- they're raising funds for storm windows to extend their active year into the cooler months and track lighting to keep spotlights on the artwork.

    The party is this Saturday, August 20 from 6pm to midnight-ish at Comfort Station: The Keel/Coulson Sideyard @ 3016 W. Logan Blvd. For details, click here.

    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

    Art Thu Aug 11 2011

    Shipping and Handling: BUILT Festival

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    Although the more underground, independent, and emerging Chicago art scenes and artists might be overshadowed by larger fairs and urban coasts, alternative events still foster and support local practitioners. BUILT Festival, a two-day event founded by Chicago artists Tristan J.M. Hummel and co-produced by David Dvorak, allows contemporary artists and curators the space to transform unusual, transportable, and seemingly temporary environments - shipping containers - into alternative and guerrilla venues in an empty lot on Milwaukee avenue.

    The theme for this initial festival is "urban culture" and audiences will get the chance to witness more than 100 projects, exhibitions, and performances inside and surrounding these containers from local spaces and institutions such as the Chicago Urban Art Society, Spudnik Press, and the Chicago Artists Coalition. In addition to the array of visual and performative art projects, visitors can listen to music by musicians and DJ's such as White Mystery, Raj Mahal, and Tim Zawada.

    Tickets for BUILT Festival can be purchased online or at the door for $10. All-weekend BUILT VIP passes are also available online today and include $6 worth of drink tickets. BUILT Festival takes place in the empty lot at 1767 N. Milwaukee this Friday from 5:00pm-10:30pm and Saturday from 12:00pm-10:30pm.

    Britt Julious

    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

    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

    Art Tue Jul 12 2011

    Opening Reception: Keepin' It Real

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    This Friday HungryMan Gallery presents the group show Keepin' it Real, featuring the work of Petra Cortright, Thomson Dryjanski, Derek Frech and Bob Myaing, Aaron Graham, and Mac Katter.

    The relevancy of internet context within a physical exhibition is a new challenge for our generation of art makers and curators. Keepin' it Real examines the possibilities and difficulties presented by work that exists in dual realms, the physical and the digital, as well as the opportunities and limitations of a curatorial process entirely reliant on e-mail, chat and internet surfing.

    Opening Reception 7 - 11pm, this Friday July 15
    Closing Reception 4 - 7pm, Sunday August 21
    Open Sundays 12 - 5pm

    Michelle D. Villarreal

    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

    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 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

    Event Fri Jun 10 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Drawings @ Valerie Carberry Gallery
  • Pia Howell: Cool Ranch @ Golden Age
  • Caroline Picard: Happiness Machines @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Wow and Flutter: Dynamic Range in Analog Art @ Johalla Projects
  • Trail Mix: Navigating the Visual Tradition of Nature @ Coalition Gallery
  • Divining Landscapes: New Sculptures by Robert MacNeill @ 2nd FL Gallery
  • Ian Ferguson: MIND BLIZZARD: CHICAGO @ Creative Go-Round
  • Informed @ Star Coffee Lounge

  • Saturday:

  • Brandon Alvendia: Thoughts Unsaid Then Forgotten @ Mess Hall
  • Ryan Thompson: Dark Flight @ DIG
  • Gregg Bordowitz and Stephanie Brooks @ iceberg projects
  • Noah Furman: Frankenstein's Raga @ The Hills Esthetic Center
  • Artist Reception and Open House @ Korean Cultural Center of Chicago

  • Sunday:

  • R.E.H. Gordon: The Observants @ ACRE Projects
  • Stitchy! Sewing Party @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Messin' with Texas @ Hyde Park Art Center

  • Also (furniture nerds): Don't forget about the Guerrilla Truck Show on Tuesday and NeoCon, which goes Monday through Wednesday at the Merchandise Mart.

    Kelly Reaves

    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

    Art Mon Jun 06 2011

    A Sense of Place Brings a Little Italy to Chicago

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    Carl Baratta: "The Hills Click & Wave, the Lake, Still, Creeps", 2009; Egg tempera on board


    The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago celebrates the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and the long-standing friendship between the U.S. and Italy with a new art exhibition, A Sense of Place, presented in conjunction with the 2011 Venice Biennale, Italy@150 and the AIC's Highlights of Italian Art exhibit.

    Continue reading this entry »

    Kelly Reaves

    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

    Art Fri May 27 2011

    The Grid: Community Supported Art at Threewalls


    Nonprofit arts organization Threewalls is connecting artists and collectors by adapting a model better known for supporting local farmers.

    About The Grid

    The Grid is a series profiling Chicago businesses, subcultures and landscapes. These short, lyrical documentaries aspire to be art cinema, ethnographies and experiments in form. Ben Kolak and Brian Ashby's directorial debut, Scrappers, won Best Documentary at the 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival and made Roger Ebert's top 10 list of documentary films in 2010. Editor Dave Nagel is a recent University of Chicago graduate.

    David Schalliol

    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

    Event Fri May 13 2011

    Art Around Town

    Tonight:

  • Chicago Street Art Show @ Chicago Urban Art Society
  • Monica Rezman, Rebecca Rinquist & Kevin Veara @ Packer Schopf Gallery
  • Claire Arctander: SHYALATOR @ Plaines Project
  • In Stitches: Smile Now, Cry Later @ Cobalt Studio
  • Drink, Draw, Destroy @ HPAC
  • Brendan Meara and Frank Heath: Bcc: @ Roots & Culture
  • Saturday:

  • Gabriel Specter: Repeat Offender @ Pawn Works
  • A Happy Collaborationists Hypothesis: Sleepover
  • Fulton Market Gallery Walk
  • All Alone Beweep My Outcast State @ Kruger Gallery
  • Sunday:

  • William J. O'Brien @ The Renaissance Society
  • Lydia Anne McCarthy: SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS @ ACRE Projects
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Fri May 06 2011

    Art Around Town

    If you want to see some art, here's where to go:

    Tonight:

  • While All Such Things End @ WASTE
  • Gabrielle Garland @ DOVA Temporary
  • Systems Variable @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions
  • Betsy Odom: Registry and Montgomery Perry Smith Milking @ threewalls
  • Incantation @ Peanut Gallery
  • KEVIN MALELLA: BEFORE VINYL SKYLINES @ Plaines Project
  • Saturday:

  • Aliza Morell: Transcandescent @ Comfort Station
  • Matthew Metzger: Nocturne @ Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Milan Redux @ Object Design League
  • REBUS @ BEN RUSSELL
  • Richard Artschwager: In the Driver's Seat @ Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • A Rod Stewart Little Richard Prince Charles Manson Family @ LVL3
  • is the move @ Paperjaw
  • TWEEN @ Octagon
  • Lenox-Lenox: IF OUR WORLD PROTECTS @ Monument 2
  • Andy Roche: RIFFIN' @ Roots & Culture
  • Steppenwolf's GALA
  • Sunday:

  • Frank Piatek: Lecture Notes, Working Drawing, Ludibrium World Trees That Float @ Julius Cæsar
  • Kelly Reaves

    Event Thu Apr 28 2011

    Art Around Town

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    On the Make did such a great job with their annual Art Guide (released today), I figured I'd just link to that this week, rather than try to do all the work they already did all over again.

    So here it is: On the Make's Art Guide.

    Pretty awesome, huh?

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Wed Apr 20 2011

    A Different Kind of Art Fair

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    Chicago's largest art fair, Art Chicago, has taken a hit in recent years due to mismanagement and other logistical issues. For the local art community, the fair - now a massive four-day event encompassing multiple floors of the Merchandise Mart - often isolates or ignores the eclectic, diverse, and ever-changing Chicago and Midwest-based art galleries, publications, and institutions.

    Three of Chicago's most celebrated art entities-- threewalls, Roots and Culture, and Public Media Institute-- present the MDW Fair, a celebration and gathering of Chicagoland area independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, publishers, and artist groups, and something of a response to the much larger fair which takes place the following weekend. Running April 23 and 24, the fair aims to "demonstrate the diversity, strength, and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region."

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    Gallery Fri Apr 15 2011

    Art Around Town

    Today:

    Saturday:

    Sunday:

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    Art Fri Apr 08 2011

    Social Butterfly

    Go see some art! Have some wine! See and be seen!

    Tonight:

    Saturday:

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Wed Apr 06 2011

    Common Sense, Chicago

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    Sheila Pepe, Common Sense, Artisterium 3, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, 2010

    Brooklyn-based artist Sheila Pepe's ongoing and traveling installation performance, Common Sense, makes its fifth stop in Chicago at Oak Park's he said, she said. Thus far, the performance has traveled to CAHM in Houston; Testsite/Fluent-Colab in Austin, Texas; Artisterium 3, in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia; and Carroll and Sons in Boston.

    The participatory exhibition is yet another example of the gallery's ongoing effort to engage audiences in a conversation about art and culture. Incorporating ideas of abstraction and construction, the large-scale crochet "drawing" allows audiences to participate in the work by unraveling the material to be used for their own creations. As well, this is another chance for art lovers to venture to the burgeoning and eclectic art community growing in the diverse suburb of Oak Park.

    Common Sense, Chicago opens April 9 at 6pm and runs through May 14. he said, she said is located at 216 North Harvey Avenue, Apt. #1 in Oak Park.

    Britt Julious / Comments (1)

    Art Fri Apr 01 2011

    Big Art Weekend

    A whole lot of art to see this weekend:

    Tonight:

    Saturday:

    Sunday:

    Kelly Reaves

    Gallery Thu Mar 24 2011

    Weekend Art

    If you're looking to see some art, here's a good place to start:

    Friday:

    Also, check out the Chicago Zine Fest going on at Columbia College Friday and Saturday.

    Saturday:

    Sunday:

    Holla if you've got stuff to add. Have a great weekend!

    Kelly Reaves

    Street Art Tue Mar 22 2011

    Art is Everywhere

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    A Gaia poster bomb on 18th Street; photo courtesy of the artist

    Internationally lauded street artist, Gaia, is officially here-- all over the place. A series of projects showcasing Gaia's work around town, collectively titled GAIA: Resplendent Semblance launched a few weeks ago with a bunch of work pasted up all over the city, a collection of work at Pawn Works (which opened last Friday) and a show of new, large scale paintings and collages at Maxwell Colette Gallery, which will open this Friday.

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    Photography Fri Mar 18 2011

    Making it Look Easy

    This review was submitted by Anna Wolak.

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    Steve Schapiro: "Jodie on Couch" (1975); photo courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery.


    To have Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese secure brilliant, attractive actors as your subjects, to have the perfect movie set as your background, to have the lighting already flawlessly arranged for each shot, then for the two famous directors to invite you in to capture it all on film - that is a photographer's dream. Steve Schapiro is a lucky bastard.

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    A/C

    Event Fri Mar 18 2011

    Out About Town

    Here is a comprehensive list of artsy options for the weekend. These are mostly all opening receptions, with a few performances, benefits and artist lectures thrown in. Most of the events today start around 5 or 6pm, but some of the Saturday and Sunday events start earlier. Click on the links for details. See you around!

    Tonight:

    Saturday:

    Sunday:

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    Photography Tue Mar 15 2011

    Get Your Hands on Some Black & White Gold

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    Vivian Maier, Self-portrait, 1968; silver gelatin print - available now through Russell Bowman Art Advisory

    There has been a lot of talk (and a little controversy) about nanny-cum-street photographer, Vivian Maier, whose work was discovered in 2007 when storage units containing it were emptied due to late payment and the work was sold to an auction house. Maybe you've even seen her exhibition at the Cultural Center (up through April 3). In a sense, she is our new Henry Darger--a talented Chicago-based outsider artist whose work has earned her posthumous fame. The difference is that her work is genuine documentation of the city and the people in it rather than the zany imaginings of a madman (not that there's anything wrong with that).

    But just like the prices for Darger's work rapidly skyrocketed, Maier's are on their way up, and now you have a chance at a piece of the pie.

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    Art Mon Mar 14 2011

    Conrad Freiburg: It Is What It Isn't at HPAC

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    MartinJon

    Art Fri Mar 11 2011

    Art All Over the Place

    It's Friday! It's sunny and beautiful out! Let's go see some art!

    Here are some options:

    Also, tomorrow we've got Karen Bovinich & EJ Hill's There is no I in it opening at The Hills Esthetic Center and Candida Alvarez's Black/Dinner Napkin Paintings opening at Peregrine Program.

    Don't say I didn't warn you.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Thu Mar 10 2011

    Local Love

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    painting by Charlie Megna

    Do you remember the profile I wrote of Charlie Megna last year? No?

    Well this kid's got spirit, and in the year since that profile was written his work has developed into some INSANE s*%t. He has progressed from painting pigeons and two-flats to battles between tube-sock wearing devil children with rainbow juice for blood. I guess that's just what happens when you lock yourself up in a studio with a bunch of toxic chemicals every day for an extended period of time.

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    Art Thu Mar 10 2011

    One Year Edit @ Golden Age

    lindman_600.1.jpgLocal artist book shop and exhibition space Golden Age continues to present a strong line-up of curated and solo exhibitions. For their latest, New York City-based artist Erik Lindman will be in attendance for the opening of his latest solo exhibition, One Year Edit. Constructed of cast-offs from other paintings, Lindman's four unique abstract works combine varying surfaces with more formal compositions. As Golden Age co-director Marco Kane Braunschweiler noted, "You go out, find your subject in the world, come back, edit out what doesn't work and if you've done what you've intended, you present something resonant. It's a bold and cutting edge way of working because it doesn't present any hint of the artist as a traditional, avant-garde painter."

    One Year Edit opens Friday, March 11, from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibition runs through April 17. Golden Age is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

    Britt Julious

    Art Thu Mar 10 2011

    The Renaissance Society Presents Age of Aquarius


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    Filmmaker Amy Grappell has featured works in Sundance film fest, winning honorable mention. She has also shown work at SXSW, Rotterdam film fest, and among many others. Now, she will be presenting work at University of Chicago's contemporary art gallery The Renaissance Society.
    The opening reception will take place this Sunday (March 13) from 4pm to 7pm, and will include a discussion with Grappell from 5pm to 6pm, in room 307 at Cobb Hall.

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    Michelle D. Villarreal

    Art Thu Mar 10 2011

    Patterns & Portraits

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    This Saturday The Garden is hosting a one night event from 8pm to 1am that will feature too many talented Chicago artists and musicians to wrap your head around. Brett Manning (a girl), is the curator along with the help of others. This isn't an event to miss and then cry about later when you hear all your friends were there. It is a small world after all.

    Visit the P&P blog for more information.

    Michelle D. Villarreal / Comments (1)

    Art Wed Mar 09 2011

    Drama Queen

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    image courtesy of Gallery 400

    If you're looking for a little lively art talk today, look no further than UIC's Gallery 400. Today at 5pm they're hosting an artist's talk with Kalup Linzy-- a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes videos, performances, and music. I am not familiar with his work but it sounds like a lot of fun, and (potentially) part of the Post Black movement-- one of the most exiting contemporary art movements, albeit underrepresented. (Pulled from the press release:)

    His satirical narratives--inspired by soap operas, telenovelas and Hollywood melodramas--deal with race, sexuality, gender, class, and the art world itself. Serving as writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor, he performs, often in drag, a series of memorable, defiant characters. Simultaneously salacious and poignant, Linzy's works fuse dramatic intensity with melodramatic irony and gut-busting comedy.

    Gallery 400 is located at 400 S. Peoria St. in the West Loop. For more information about Linzy, visit his website.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Tue Mar 08 2011

    Chinatsu Ikeda @ Nicole Villeneuve Gallery

    This review was submitted by Daniel Schmid.

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    The recent rainy Friday evening did not detract from the opening of SAIC MFA-alum Chinatsu Ikeda's solo show at the Nicole Villeneuve Gallery being well attended. Indeed, the weather seemed an appropriate fit for Ikeda's paintings, some of which feature falling rain and snow, and are made up of tiny washy marks.

    The show, comprised of eight recent works on canvas and paper, ranges from oil to watercolor. A particularly strong example of what can perhaps be described as a contemporary interpretation of impressionistic mark-making can be found in an untitled oil painting featuring a clown-like figure situated between a fork and a spoon. The picture is enveloped in a variety of Ikeda's tiny marks that could be falling rain or snow, but in areas alternate between resembling popcorn or rice (further evidenced by a tiny orange bowl in the lower left corner). Elsewhere these same marks help to form the face and arms of the figure-- notably the figure's broad, bright red lips.

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    Art Wed Mar 02 2011

    Matthew Austin at Johalla Projects

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    Leaving through the back door (first photograph of the trip), silver gelatin print, 2010

    ACRE, in conjunction with Johalla Projects, presents TALKING WITH FEAR ABOUT DYING TOMORROW, a solo exhibition of new works by Chicago-based artist and educator Matthew Austin. The latest installment in ACRE's year-long series of solo exhibition by 2010 ACRE summer residents, Austin's new work was born out of a month-long road trip following his summer residency.

    In his series of photographs, Austin carves into trees or poses for a tourist photo as a means of exploring and documenting the ways in which an individual interacts with his or her environment. Austin reiterates personal messages and tangible artifacts of an individual experience as a way to highlight the universality of such interactions.

    In addition to the photographs, Austin will be releasing an edition of news prints and a monograph of new work. On Saturday at 4 pm, Austin will also exhibition his first contribution to HomeSchool, a traveling institution for experimental pedagogy.

    Matthew Austin: TALKING WITH FEAR ABOUT DYING TOMORROW opens Friday, March 4 from 7 - 10 pm. The exhibition closes this Saturday, March 5. Johalla Projects is located at 1561 N Milwaukee and is open Thursday, March 3 from 3 - 7 pm and Saturday, March 5 from 1 - 6 pm.

    Britt Julious

    Art Thu Feb 10 2011

    Nicholas Knight: Declaimed @ 65GRAND

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    Taking Pictures (Marilyn), (2007)


    In Nicholas Knight's latest solo exhibition, Declaimed, at 65GRAND, the artist subtly re-purposes images or the idea of the image to create one unified whole. The image become something new and complete, even as it breaks down the context of and the relationship between the audience and the image itself. His works are re-purposed both tangibly and symbolically.

    We live in a world of "declaimed" images and as Knight reiterates in works such as Double Dramatization (2010) and Screen Images Simulated (Youthful Hercules) (2010), it is a matter of breaking down and rediscovering (perhaps even creating) the truth out of the inauthentic image. The questions of authenticity also play a main role in Knight's images: What is true and not true? Are we as cognizant of the false images and ideas that stem from these images as we imagine?

    In other, non-photographic works, Knight breaks down the idea of the image to its most singular of definitions: forms captured. Each new piece in the exhibition becomes more and more difficult to identify as just prints or as manipulated images from Knight's psyche. Knight responds to the idea of the manipulated image, in turn making something that is "untrue" but still tangible.

    Declaimed closes this Saturday. 65GRAND is open Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 5:30 pm, or by appointment. The gallery is located at 1369 West Grand.

    Britt Julious

    Gallery Sat Jan 22 2011

    Heads on Poles

    headsonpoles.jpgThe current show that is up at Western Exhibitions was created from a simple call to artists by Paul Nudd and Scott Wolniak, who requested "Heads on Poles". What they got is exactly what you might expect them to have gotten, a few politically driven works, a number that had environmental overtones and some just fun, off the wall pieces. Making your way through the gallery presents a pretty interesting problem. As we all know, we are not supposed to touch the art even if we want to, it is hard not to be reminded that if these were actually dismembered heads on poles, that the same rule would most likely apply.

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    MartinJon

    Art Mon Jan 10 2011

    Heather Hancock: Imagining Mind

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    Realize7, (2011), by Heather Hancock, glass, 24k gold smalti, grout, paint on cement board

    For her latest solo exhibition, local artist Heather Hancock created three mixed media works addressing the "constructed nature of the cognitive moment." Materials such as glass, paint, and 24 karat gold smalti are used to create unified experiences born out of the sensations of the emotional and physical world.

    In many of her works, Hancock incorporates and emphasizes the power of glass as a material to literally reflect and figuratively channel meaning for the viewer. For Imagining Mind, Hancock uses the glass to explore ideas of focused attention, narrative, and the autobiographical self.

    Imagining Mind
    runs through February 10 at the Montgomery Ward Gallery as part of the UIC Student Center East, 750 South Halsted.

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    Art Tue Jan 04 2011

    David Weinberg Gallery Final Exhibition

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    Dylan Vitone, Roller Rink (detail view)

    The final exhibition at Chicago's inimitable David Weinberg Gallery opens this Friday, January 7, from 5 - 8 pm. The salon-style exhibition, titled The Collective, features work by the gallery's 21 artists including Weinberg along with other local and national artists such as David Burdeny, Amanda Friedman, and Dylan Vitone. The complete list of participating artists is available at the gallery's website. The gallery also dedicated a significant amount of its time to creating free and educational programs for third through 12th grade students to foster greater discussion and insight into the Chicago arts community.

    The Collective runs through February 18.

    Britt Julious

    Art Sat Dec 11 2010

    The Masters of the Poster

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    Although they originally began as industrial advertising, lithograph posters soon found a hungry audience of collectors who viewed the works as art. The lithograph posters helped define the Belle Epoche period in France. Jules Chéret's print shop printed smaller (yet aesthetically accurate) versions of these posters, known as Les Maîtres de l'Affiche (The Masters of the Poster).

    For their latest exhibition, the Zygman Voss Gallery presents Les Maîtres de l'Affiche. The exhibition features 55 original lithographs from the Belle Epoche period by such masters as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, and Jules Chéret. Les Maîtres de l'Affiche opens tonight from 5 to 7 pm at Zygman Voss Gallery, 222 W Superior, 1E. This event is free. RSVP here.

    Britt Julious

    Art Thu Dec 09 2010

    Select Media Festival Begins Tonight

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    SMF7, 2008. Photo by Eric Bartholomew.

    Inspired by artists and designers who use available analog and digital tools to communicate complex data from the everyday to the very obscure, the Public Media Institute presents Select Media Festival 9: Infoporn II this weekend as an homage to their love for data visualization. A selection of works from around the world takes form in installations, a publication library, interactive projects, and infographics. The exhibition itself will be viewable at Co-Prosperity Sphere for two days only: Friday, Dec. 10 from 7pm to 1am and Saturday Dec. 11 from 2 to 9pm.

    Tonight they open SMF9: Infoporn II with the release of their own contribution to the information overload, Proximity Magazine: Issue 008. Themed "Education as Art," their newest issue is a 230-page opus and represents their latest and greatest effort in publishing. Stop by the release party at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar to get a copy at a discount ($10), enjoy some beverages and meet the creators/contributors to the issue.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Call for Artists Wed Nov 03 2010

    Call for Artists: Facebook @ Peanut Gallery

    facebook.jpgPeanut Gallery is currently accepting submissions for their next show, Facebook. If you have art dealing with issues like privacy on the internet, relationships sabotaged by social networking, or portraits of other people's cats that have their own FB pages, now is your chance to show it. Or, consider this an opportunity to make something new. All mediums accepted by all people, though the show is curated so send stuff you're proud of. Send jpegs to peanutgallerychicago@gmail.com by November 15. Send questions there, too. While you're at it, why not follow Peanut Gallery on Facebook?

    Kelly Reaves

    Feature Mon Oct 25 2010

    What We Do Is (Unintentionally) Secret

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    Beidler Elementary students performing at the "Forms of Spectacle and Solutions to Vacancy" Unveiling Ceremony. All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.

    Everyone knows the story of gentrification. Artists and other progressive people move to low-income neighborhoods looking for a good deal on a big space in the city. This attracts investors and developers, and the next thing you know, the original occupants of the neighborhood — including small businesses, families and even the artists themselves — are priced out of their homes to make room for culturally bankrupt replacements. The charm of the neighborhood is beaten out of it.

    Because of the housing market crash, along with foreclosures, the gentrification process has pretty much come to a halt in many parts of the city. A classic case of this in Chicago, for better of worse, is Garfield Park. Real estate in the neighborhood was highly sought after during the real estate boom because of its proximity to downtown and to the CTA and Metra trains, as well as the beloved Garfield Park Conservatory and the sprawling park itself, but has since been given up on by many developers. Now it is home to clusters of vacant lots and buildings, but what a lot of people don't realize is that a surprising number of the buildings that are occupied are occupied by artists. Not just any artists, either. Artists who aren't afraid to take risks, who dance to the beat of their own drums, who make some of the most engaging work and eclectic work around.

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    Art Wed Oct 20 2010

    Free Things, Thingys, Thingies?

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    Gallery 400 recently tweeted that on the last day of Stephanie Syjuco's exhibition, Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies), viewers can walk away with one of the sculptures, no strings attached. Syjuco's handmade sculptures were designed by users of Google's SketchUp, a free 3-D modeling program. We can't say for certain whether or not this is true, but it is certainly a good excuse to catch the show before it closes this Saturday.

    Gallery 400 is located at 400 South Peoria, and is open this Thursday and Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday, from 12pm to 6pm.

    Britt Julious

    Comics Tue Oct 19 2010

    Kickstart Comic Art

    Your friendly Bucktown comic emporium (and according to Chicago Magazine, Best New Comic Book Store), Challengers Comics, is trying to open a gallery -- and they need your help.

    Rose Lannin

    Art Sat Oct 16 2010

    Wendy White: French Cuts @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery

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    Fond de Raquette, 2010, by Wendy White

    Wendy White can't be contained. Her large scale works - part painting, part sculpture, part literary word play - are so enigmatic that the Andrew Rafacz gallery space, the location of her latest Chicago solo exhibition, seems small, downright tiny in comparison. This is not a reflection of the gallery itself, but rather a testament to White's vision. Even her newest work, recognizably smaller in scale and shown for the first time in gallery two, are constructed and manipulated in the same vein as the showstopping first four works that one encounters upon entering the gallery, take up space and demand a more active participation from the viewer.

    FRENCH CUTS is not only an examination into the practice (and purpose) of painting in the contemporary art world. It also serves a more direct purpose, throwing various areas of artistic practice (the literary, the visual) together to formulate a more visceral and tangible experience for the viewer. White's works are immediate.

    FRENCH CUTS closes Saturday, October 23 at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery (835 W Washington). The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 11am to 6pm, and Saturday, from 11am to 5pm.

    Britt Julious

    Art Wed Oct 13 2010

    Bridgeport Art Walk This Weekend

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    Version Fest @ Co-Prosperity Sphere in 2007, photo courtesy of Co-Pro

    Bridgeport is home to a surprisingly bustling artistic community, from Co-Prosperity Sphere, run by the Public Media Institute to the Zhou B. Art Center. In an effort to raise awareness of that fact, the cultural spaces down there have teamed together for a "Bridgeport Art Walk" this weekend. At least seven (but probably more) exhibition/production spaces will open up to the public for us to meander around and gawk at their wares. The CAR website says that the walk will kick off each day (Friday, Oct. 15, Saturday and Sunday) at the Bridgeport Art Center at 1200 W 35th Street with the artists of Eastbank studios and then scatter throughout the neighborhood.

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    Gallery Fri Oct 08 2010

    Vacation Group Art Show Opening @ Peanut Gallery

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    Daniel Schmid

    The new gallery I co-run, Peanut Gallery, has a new show opening tonight-- a vacation-themed group show with paintings, drawings and photographs by twelve local artists:

    BONUS: A performance by the majestic Brandon Howe during the opening reception, tonight from 7 to 10 at Peanut Gallery: 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Rm. 345.

    This is a great show with a lot of unpredictable art by enthusiastic local artists. I'd love to see you at the opening, but if you can't make it the show will be up for a month by appointment.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Mon Sep 20 2010

    Joey Fauerso Stole my Heart in the Little Room at Western Exhibitions

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    All photos courtesy of Western Exhibitions and the artist.

    I went around to a bunch of gallery openings the Friday before last and have been stewing on what I saw since then. The work I keep going back to is Joey Fauerso's installation in Gallery 2 at Western Exhibitions. First of all, the videos are funny. LOL funny. But what made me stick around after the initial giggles was the awkward sexual desperation Fauerso was able to express with this work. There is something very human about it. Or maybe animal. Either way, this work seems to have a heartbeat.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Art Thu Sep 09 2010

    R'Fuah: New Works by Max Kauffman Opens Tomorrow

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    Kauffman, "Untitled" (New Nest), photo courtesy of the artist

    Denver folk artist Max Kauffman makes art about things that seem like they deserve to have art made about them. His new solo show, which opens tomorrow night at Pawn Works, is about the things we hold dear-- our beliefs, our idols, our relics and our nostalgic ephemera. He is interested in what these things actually represent and why we, as human beings, become so attached to them. How do inanimate objects garner so much strength and importance? He believes we are actually "pulling on the strength within ourselves, our thoughts and spirits, when we look to these things."

    With this collection of his work, titled R'fuah, he poses the question: "Does this renewal, this evolution of this cycle of spirit and material make us more or less human? By putting our faith in objects, are we overpowering or overpowered?"

    R'fuah will feature new mixed media paintings on paper and wood, ceramic works and a site-specific installation. The opening for this exhibit will be from tomorrow, Friday September 10 from 6 to 10pm at Pawn Works: 1050 N. Damen Ave. If you miss the opening, the show will be up through October 10 by appointment.

    Kelly Reaves

    Gallery Thu Sep 02 2010

    Call for Artists: VACATION @ Peanut Gallery

    Peanut Gallery, the gallery in the Flat Iron building that I recently opened with collaborator Charlie Megna is looking for art to show in October, in a group show devoted to vacation. What did you do this summer?

    Submit jpegs to peanutgallerychicago@gmail.com by Monday, September 27. Please only submit work that will be available for exhibition in Chicago in October, that you can deliver to the gallery by Monday, October 4. This is a curated show, but we welcome work of any media by anyone, as long as we can get it through the door. We'll get back to you by September 28 and let you know if we can show your work. Please email us with questions. Thanks!

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Wed Aug 04 2010

    August is Mystical Month

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    Photo courtesy of The Network of Crowded Art

    Mysticism and folklore are really hot right now. Don't believe me? There are two art shows opening in August that flirt with those themes. First, Hey, We're All Beginners Here! opens at Roots and Culture on Friday. The show, organized by The Network of Crowded Art is inspired by a multi-headed hydra in that it utilizes multiple voices and activities to "illuminate our historical moment and paths into the future." Through a series of workshops, field trips, performances and exhibitions, the events at Roots and Culture are designed to make you think about what we're doing here on earth (I think.) Hey, We're All Beginners Here is a trans-temporal, trans-spatial, trans-disciplinary exhibition (a big show!) of mutating, mutable work by a cast of talented marginal characters. Among those contributing are Robin Hustle, Sarah Kavage, Pennie Brinson, Salem Collo-Julin, Sarah Ross, Red76, Sarah Smizz, Courtney Moran, and Park McArthur. The exhibition includes drawings, an open stage and pulpit, a book making work shop, good food, video, wheat grass, and a bike ride to Schaumburg.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Gallery Sat Jul 31 2010

    True Love on the Sidewalk on Randolph

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    photo courtesy of Thomas Robertello Gallery

    If you find yourself in the West Loop at some point over the next month make sure to stop by Thomas Robertello Gallery at 939 W. Randolph and check out the collaborative video by Brooklyn-based artists Jason Robert Bell and Marni Kotak playing continuously in their storefront window today through September 6. The video, titled "Double Face Fantasy" (named after John and Yoko's final record, Double Fantasy) shows the faces of a pair of lovers performing a narcissistic-yet-romantic duet. Presented as a moving diptych, each artist finger paints the other's face, revealing a self-portrait of the painter. Using the application of paint to uncover flesh, the lovers find themselves quite literally emerging through the eyes of their soulmate. Romantic, huh? The press release says the video is best viewed from the sidewalk after dark, so go there after a dinner date at The Publican or Blackbird or somewhere and you may just seal the deal.

    Kelly Reaves

    Gallery Wed Jul 14 2010

    The Art of Touring Stops at Johalla Projects on Friday

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    "The Van" by Andrea Jablonski of local band Rabid Rabbit

    So there's this book called "Art of Touring" that came out recently filled with art, photos, writing and other goodies made by members of touring bands while on the road. It's been getting a lot of positive attention lately, so local artist/musician Andrea Jablonski and Johalla Project's Anna Cerniglia have curated a show opening at JP on Friday, showcasing some of the art from the book plus a plethora of fresh art and ephemera made by local musicians. Artists include members of The Ponys, Mucca Pazza, Califone, Wilco and Flosstradamus among many others.

    When you're out and about on Friday stop by the opening of the show. It'll be at Johalla Proects (1561 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from 7 to 11pm. If you miss the opening, the show will stay up through August 7 for you to check out. Also, keep your ears peeled for an interview that WBEZ's 848 did with the curators and a few of the artists in the gallery yesterday.

    Kelly Reaves

    Gallery Tue Jun 22 2010

    Get Out There

    If you are an artist looking for an exhibition space and/or looking to get more involved in the local artistic community this may be a good opportunity for you: The Chicago Artist's Coalition is currently accepting applications for their year-long CAC Coalition Gallery program. "Collaborative by design, entrepreneurial in spirit," says their press release, "CAC Coalition Gallery is a unique opportunity for Chicago artists to empower their careers by teaching them to run all aspects of a professional gallery while enjoying substantial support from CAC and a group of professional curators who will be invited to participate."

    Twenty artists will be selected to exclusively participate in the program and exhibit in the space for a year. Rent and utilities are $65 a month (not bad for prime Wicker Park real estate) and you'll have to be actively involved in all aspects of the operation of the gallery. In exchange you'll get your work out there, learn about the logistics of running a gallery, and you'll make some friends.

    The clock is ticking, though. Applications are due June 30. Click here for details.

    Kelly Reaves

    Photography Mon Jun 21 2010

    Aaron Fowler's OCEAN @ HungryMan Gallery

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    Fowler's "Ocean"

    Last Friday at HungryMan Gallery, (2135 North Rockwell Street,) Aaron Fowler's opening reception of OCEAN debuted. Curated by Jason Lazarus, this show is a conglomeration of Fowler's photography created over an extended period of time. Running until July 11, a commonality extracted from OCEAN is the avenue of mnemonic transition of time which recalls the passage of travel as the measure of memories encapsulated.

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    Hiba Ali

    Art Thu Jun 10 2010

    Review: Noble & Superior Projects' Sense Objects

    Up until July 7, Sense Objects exhibition at Noble and Superior opened this past Friday. The show consisted of a photo series and installation dealing with depiction through performative action and interactive perception of objects. Both works dealt with experience in contrasting manners, one through documentation, the other through experience.

    Through the classic lens of black and white photography, Kate O'Neill's work does what it depicts. In her series, Third Law, she subjects the body into positions of oppressive banality. These portraits consist of a body, usually hers, in a posed position with part of the body either hidden or out of the frame. Hints of theatricality appear because all of the images are spontaneous but posed pictures based on performances. Through a cyclical point of view in Third Law, a critique of the "boring" is reiterated. Since this series is based on performances, the momentary element is present but her compositions are all too simplistic. Why try so hard to be boring? This series gave me nothing to remember it by except the fact that it bored me. As a young art consumer I was not attracted to these compositions.

    In contrast to O'Neill's series, Rebecca Kressley's installation ON THE SOUTH LOCK OVER SHINE was one I was interested in experiencing. She has accumulated a plethora of natural but processed materials meticulously arranged on the space's floor. The scent of the peppercorn and mint was not pungent but begged the viewer to kneel onto the floor to waft in this unique mixture of glass shards and earth. The fragrance like the installation isn't permanent, ephemeral by design because the moment of experience, like the installation, is temporary. A sound loop, "Dragging the Hound," ran in the background, subtle but ostensible because of its striking low pulse. A deep whistle echoes in the room and creates a vibrancy that ties together the artifacts of the piece. It amplifies the fact that one is still present in this quasi environment. The reminiscence of nature conglomerated with man-made articles is vivified in this installation.

    Hiba Ali

    Art Fri Apr 30 2010

    Good Tunes for a Great Cause


    Humboldt Park's glorious yet hanging-on-by-a-thread art/culture venue, Quennect 4, has put together a benefit music compilation that promises to be thoroughly awesome, and you can get a sneak peek at it today through Bandcamp, and you'll be able to download the whole thing there on May 7 with a download code. There are two ways to get a download code. Either make a donation to Q4 on Kickstarter (which is one of the best ways to spend your money that I can think of) or attend the Compilation Release on Friday, May 7 at Elastic Arts.

    The May 7 event will feature live music by the Chicago Gypsy Experiment ( Eyes Manouche/Ode mashup ), Rambos, and Wake Up Siouxsie. You can also expect special guest performers, and raffles for Q4 artwork. It starts at 9pm and is an all ages event. They are asking for an $8 donation which will get you admission plus a download of the compilation. No one, however, will be turned away for lack of funds.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Art Tue Apr 20 2010

    Last Chance to See a Good Show

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    "Doodle Chips," 2009, acrylic, enamel, ink, pencil & glue on wood

    Last week I spent some time roaming around my usual handful of West Loop Galleries and didn't have much trouble picking out a favorite show-- New York artist Cordy Ryman's Tempest at Kavi Gupta.

    I had a feeling I would like this show ahead of time when I got the press release with an image of "Doodle Chips." It's just so nice-- painting on wood chips, tracing the growth rings with pen and paint. It's so big and little at the same time. And it's easy on the eyes, too.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Photography Thu Apr 01 2010

    Bureaucratics at the University of Chicago


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    Constantino Ayaviri Castro (b.1950), previously a construction worker, is a police officer third class for the municipality of Tinguipaya, Tomás Frías province. The police station does not have a phone, car or typewriter.
    Monthly salary: 800 bolivianos ($189)

    Bureaucratics, an exhibition by Dutch photographer Jan Banning, opens this Friday in the University of Chicago's Harper Commons, 1116 E. 59th Street. The 50 images in the exhibition are the result of years of photographing bureaucrats behind their desks on five continents. Banning's photographs express the relationship between bureaucratic work, identity and the state, all the while maintaining the cultural and institutional differences of each represented bureaucracy.

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    David Schalliol

    Art Thu Mar 25 2010

    Richard Hull's Pretty New Blobs

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    Hull's "Night and Day", 2009, photo courtesy of Western Exhibitions

    Be sure to check out local favorite Richard Hull's new work at Western Exhibitions tomorrow night. The opening reception is from 5 to 8pm and the show will stay up through May 1. Click here for more information.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Thu Mar 18 2010

    Who Says Politics and Art Don't Mix?

    This is just a reminder... don't forget to go to the highly anticipated 50 Alderman/50 Artists show opening tomorrow night at Johalla Projects (1561 N. Milwaukee) from 7 to 11pm.

    It should be a lively show-- 50 artists volunteered to make portraits of their alderman for it in an effort to raise awareness of local politics within the art world. Old Style is sponsoring the opening, too, so you can have a undeniably, unapologetically Chicago experience at this show. Don't miss it. If you do, though, the show will be up through April 2.

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    "Gene and Richard" by Phineas X. Jones

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Sat Mar 06 2010

    Liminal: New Paintings by Trine Bumiller

    bumiller-genuis_loci_g.jpgTrine Bumiller, who currently has a show Zg Gallery in River North, paints trees. You may think that that is nothing to write home about but I would beg to differ. Trine's paintings are more than just trees, they are meditations on nature. These paintings, which are made up of multiple panels, utilize memory and some very keen observational skills Trine transports us to another place entirely.

    bumiller-divergent_39x72_n.jpgSkillfully using layers upon layers of paint, Trine recreates a stillness you may have experienced, just before you realized you strayed too far from your hiking party. That is the moment we are reminded, by something ethereal, that everything is going to work out, which is all too often just before you are thrust back into reality and panic sets in. The same attributes that created the stillness, multiple layers, soft edges and silhouettes also create movement within her work. Subtle, and ever so sexy, the paintings breath, shifting their color and mood to tug at our memory and allow us to settle into these images.

    Up until April 10th you have plenty of time to experience this show, and I would defiantly recommend that you do. Zg gallery is located at 300 W Superior in River North and is open from 10a to 5:30pm Tuesday thru Saturday.

    MartinJon

    Art Thu Mar 04 2010

    Eugene Richards' A Procession of Them: The Plight of the Mentally Disabled

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    The eyes of the mentally ill are lost but not vacant, as they stare past visitors who enter Eugene Richards' exhibit at the Gage Gallery of Roosevelt University, titled A Procession of Them: The Plight of the Mentally Disabled. Through his volunteer work with the human rights organization Mental Disability Rights International, Richards experienced and photographed the nightmare of concentration camp like conditions, serving to hold the mentally ill in countries including Mexico, Argentina, Hungary, Paraguay, and Kosovo.

    "There's an old woman who's been here about forty years, left over from the past," describes a grandmotherly woman who should be in a warm bed, surrounded by loving friends and relatives at the end of her life. Instead she stands alone in Richards' photo, completely forgotten by the outside world. Quotes from prisoners and others involved in the travesty of these institutions scatter the walls, and offer further emotional context to the incomprehensible reality confronted by this series of photographs.

    Eugene Richards, an award winning documentary photographer, does not allow the trauma of this situation to escape the eyes and hearts of viewers. In one photo, he captures a young boy whose stump leg has been tied to a window and is unable to leave his bed. Another presents men being wiped down with a gloved hand as freezing water bathes them like dogs in the communal showers. They stand shivering and helpless, without towels to dry off.

    A Procession of Them is frightening, but real. Although not a view of life that is enjoyable to experience, the effect that Richards succeeds in creating is powerfully unavoidable. The words of a patient capture the impact best- "I don't like it here. It feels like a prison that kills."

    Eugene Richards' exhibit is up in Gage Gallery at 18 S. Michigan Ave until May 14th.

    Britany Robinson

    Art Wed Feb 24 2010

    Nathaniel Russell at Home Gallery

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    Nathaniel Russell has had shows in New York, LA, San Francisco, and now decorating the walls of the home of a family of four- as the most recent exhibition titled NOWS at Home Gallery in Hyde Park, run by Andrew Nord and Laura Schaeffer.

    Russell's artist statement provides a unique and encompassing view of the eclecticism of his work. Created in a "mind map" format, a practice used by graphic designers to create a sense of brand or identity on a project, he starts with the word "Oneness" and branches out to such random musings as "Old Men", "Hippies", "Dust", "Library" and "Mystery Lights." Visitors can wander throughout the living room, kitchen, hallways, and master bedroom of Home Gallery and find traces of these many random influences in Russell's work. He works mostly with pen and ink, but also has a sculptural display of made-up books with illustrated covers, and some screen-printed material as well.

    Russell's style has a very 1970's feel- inspired by the decade's advertising and popular posters. His frequent combination of images and words reflects a background in graphic design, as well as his repeated focus on books and literature. Chicagoans may find another 70's style link in that some of his work seems tied to the Imagist movement that occurred in Chicago at that time- particularly one ink drawing that involves bizarrely proportioned, spindly cowgirls with blue skin and giant red hats, titled "Agnes Lake Memorial Summer Program for Girls Survival Guide." In an interview he did with Schafer, who runs Home Gallery, Russell discussed his fascination with cowboys and cowgirls as the "American Knights"

    NOWS remains on display at Home Gallery until the closing brunch and reception this Sunday, February 28th from 12-3pm. Home Gallery is located at 1407 E. 54th Place, in Hyde Park.

    Britany Robinson

    Art Wed Feb 10 2010

    Painter's Paintings for Painting's Sake

    Do you like paintings? Well then pay attention: this Saturday the 13th, four Chicago galleries will open exhibits of exceptional paintings by 13 artists, (who are all, as far as I know, currently working in Chicago.) This is in conjunction with the College Art Association's annual conference convening in our wonderful city this week.

    The festivities will kick off at the ungodly hour of 9:30am with a panel discussion on the state of painting at the Hyatt Regency. A glorious team of local painters/academics will address questions such as: What's to be done about painting? How is painting valued? How does painting assert its authority? What is painting's speed? Can painting enact radical social and cultural critique? What is painting's place within the mainstream? And how does painting implicate itself in capital?

    After that, each of the artists on the panel will exhibit their work at four Chicago galleries that afternoon, starting at JULIUS CÆSAR at 4pm, continuing to Shane Campbell Gallery at 6pm, and ending at the 119 N Peoria Building in the West Loop at Rowley Kennerk Gallery and Western Exhibitions, from 7 to 10pm.

    I am particularly exited about the Painter's Paintings show at Western Exhibitions, which will feature new work by the talented Carl Baratta and Nicholas Frank, among others. Visit the individual galleries' websites for specific information about each of the exhibitions. Don't miss these!

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    Carl Baratta's "These Hands Around Your Neck, Like Flames To A House", courtesy of Western Exhibitions

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Wed Feb 03 2010

    Cellphone Photography is SO 2010

    Almost every day I discover a new cellphone artist. It started with the iPhone Therefore iArt show last month, and hasn't stopped since. Remember when people were complaining about how digital photography allows "just anyone" to be an artist? Now, cellphone cameras allow anyone to be an artist, at any time, without even requiring the forethought of bringing a camera with you when you leave the house.

    Sure, this means we're all going to be exposed to even more crappy art. But every once in a while, we'll run into some nice stuff that is beautiful in its spontaneity, like Jeremy Edwards' From the Pocket photos and Sarah Best's Daily Photos series, which will be exhibited at Antena Gallery in Pilsen, opening on February 19.

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    Photo by Sarah Best

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    Art Thu Jan 28 2010

    Guided Tours of River North/ West Loop Galleries

    MexcianRetablosatByronRoche.jpgIt's a relaxing way to spend your Saturdays: Chicago Gallery News leads a free tour every Saturday (rain, snow or shine) through various River North galleries and every sixth Saturday (the next taking place on Jan. 30) they host a guided West Loop gallery tour.

    So that means this Saturday, there are two tours to choose from--or do both.

    The River North Tour will meet at Starbucks, 750 N. Franklin St. at 11am and will be lead by Addington Gallery. The tour will be showcasing Byron Roche Gallery, 750 N. Franklin St. (which opens Jan. 30 and will be Roche's last showing in this space), Ken Saunders Gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Jennifer Norback Gallery, 215 W. Huron St. and then Addington Gallery, 704 N. Wells St.

    The West Loop Tour will be lead by Thomas McCormick Gallery and will visit and meet at Walsh Gallery, 118 N. Peoria St., 2nd floor, at 1:30pm. The tour will continue to Dubhe Carreno Gallery, in the same building; Western Exhibitions, 119 N Peoria St.; and then Thomas McCormick Gallery, W. Washington Blvd.

    The tours are free and no reservations are required. For more information visit the Chicago Gallery News website for art tour details.

    *The photo above is "Mexcian Retablos" at Byron Roche Gallery

    John Lendman

    Art Mon Jan 18 2010

    Laura Letinsky at Monique Meloche

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    Letinsky's "Untitled #19" courtesy of Monique Meloche Gallery

    Before Laura Letinsky's opening last Saturday, I hadn't been in Monique Meloche's new location on the west side of nightlife mecca, Wicker Park. I assumed it would be a giant space that showcased her stamp on the art scene, especially when I looked in from the outside and saw the 10 by 25 foot, psychedelic mural by Assume Vivid Astro Focus in the window that certainly didn't suggest modesty. However, I was baffled when I realized Letinsky's show was comprised of only five photos. Five! I am so impressed by Meloche's confidence and ability to surprise.

    Letinsky is a still life photographer. But these photos are not Cezanne's apples and pears. They are delicately morbid, always suggesting something slightly depraved has taken place just before the photo was taken. The pictures involve objects like fruit, eggs, oysters, birds, and unidentifiable furry creatures, all gutted or skinned. However, Letinsky's meticulous placement of these objects indicates care on the artist's part and ere on the side of quixotic rather than gore.

    This show is titled The Dog and the Wolf which partly refers to the French phrase L'heure entre chien et loup--the time when both dog and wolf are seen when dusk becomes night. Unlike Letinsky's last photos, set in daylight, these have a beautifully melancholic atmosphere when set at dusk. Almost always, there lies a wrinkled white tablecloth beneath the objects, adding texture and shadow. Dead flowers and wine stains add a nostalgic and romantic approach to these photos as well. Letinsky also has an unsettling talent for skewing perspective, shoving the table to the very foreground and leaving an uncomfortably large, grey background or giving the tables an apocryphal lack of depth.

    Exhibiting only five photos invited in depth analysis of the photographs that perhaps a larger show would not have afforded. Letinksy's work is both inviting and confrontational and simply put, really really good. The show closes on March 13, 2010.

    Whitney Stoepel

    Art Tue Jan 12 2010

    Last Chance to Submit Work for Chasing Two Rabbits

    On February 26 and 27, threewalls gallery will host Chasing Two Rabbits as part of a two week animation festival featuring animation programs curated by local and national artists. Chasing Two Rabbits is a special event curated by Sonia Yoon and Shannon Stratton that pairs animators with live performances by sound artists and musicians.

    Inspired by the experimental films of Norman McLaren, who combined abstract imagery (including scratching and painting into the film stock in earlier work, as well as paper cut-outs and live action and dance) with imaginative music and sound, Chasing Two Rabbits acts to pair artists in both genres to produce a unique event with sound and vision illuminating each other.

    Currently threewalls is looking for proposals from both animators and sound artists and/or musicians who would like their work to be matched up with each other's. Pairings will be chosen from submissions, with animations provided to musicians and sound artists to review and score for live performance in February.

    Animators can submit pieces for sound, no longer than 10 minutes in length, on DVD. Sound artists can send audio files (mp3, aiff, wav) on CD to Chasing Two Rabbits, c/o threewalls, 119 N Peoria #2D, Chicago, IL, 60607 or can send files or links to Shannon and Sonia c/o rabbits@three-walls.org. Materials must be submitted by this Friday, January 15.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Fri Jan 08 2010

    He Man, Moby Dick, and Ventriloquism Oh My

    Three interesting shows of paintings and drawings open tonight at Packer Schopf Gallery. Jason Lahr shows DEATHMETALHIPPIEKILLER, Tim Vermeulen shows Moby Dick, and Gene Hamilton shows Vent Figure Fun! (Ventriloquist Dummy Portraits).

    According to the press release, "Jason Lahr's [work] integrates darkly comic texts with appropriated images, creating shifting narratives of working class male identity as influenced by popular culture." In other words, you might say he makes "dude art." He might be a masculinist! (Yes, it's a real thing.) Either way, I'm intrigued. Gene Hamilton-- an artist, actor, and ventriloquist, presents us with very creepy and strangely hilarious dummy paintings. Tim Vermeulen is showing Moby Dick paintings-- small, figurative, autobiographical work, inspired by the epic novel, addressing giant themes of existence and consciousness. Although the subjects are heavy, the paintings appear lighthearted and are fun to examine. The aesthetic is similar to the Hamilton paintings in their detailed, colorful, almost "outsider" rendering, but the heady subjects seem very insider.

    This show looks like it will be colorful-- literally and figuratively-- and good enough to warrant trudging through the snow this afternoon to attend the opening (from 5-7pm). Have no fear, though, if you miss the opening you've got until February 13 to check it out. Packer Schopf gallery is located at 942 W. Lake Street. Visit their website for more information about the show and the gallery's hours.

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    Gene Hamilton at work, photo courtesy of Packer Schopf and the artist

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    Art Wed Jan 06 2010

    A Fresh Coat of New Artists

    Wet_Paint_320x180.gifThe Zhou B. Art Center, a rather new art studio in Bridgeport, has high expectations and even deeper ambitions in stake for Chicago's contemporary artist community.

    Gallery owners and brothers, Shan Zuo and Da Huang Zhou's latest exhibition celebrates young artists from all over the United States, featuring recent MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recipients working in the medium of contemporary painting. The National Wet Paint Exhibition, a reference to the collective of fresh artists, starts January 15 at the 87,000 square-foot gallery--a gallery that houses several exhibition spaces, artist studios, a café and even an art store.

    Think of Wet Paint as a representation of contemporary art graduate programs across the country, seeking to display resulting innovations in painting materials, techniques and methods. There's even a free multimedia iPhone app to keep patrons up to date on the artists and their exhibitions.

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    John Lendman

    Art Mon Jan 04 2010

    iPhone Therefore I Art

    Technology has done wonderful things for art. One of my personal favorite new tools is the cell phone camera, as I have never been in the habit of carrying a camera around, and I used to miss priceless photo opportunities on a daily basis. Now, when I see a car on fire, a porch with 15 tricycles on it, or a girl peeing in the middle of the sidewalk in Wicker Park, I whip out my phone and capture it instantly. When I do, I amuse myself by deeming it art, and apparently I'm not the only one.

    The Chicago Art Department has organized an exhibition of new art made with iPhones, most likely because there's so darn much of it. Plus, if you think about it, we are in the midst of an incredible technological revolution and iPhone art is a symptom of this distinct moment in time (whether you like it or not). And that's pretty cool.

    The show, amusingly titled iPhone Therefore I Art, is the culmination of a class led by CAD artist Mike Nourse, in which ten local artists met weekly, working towards a completed project in the forms of photo, digital sketching (finger painting), animation, sound, and video--all made with iPhones, of course. For this exhibition, in addition to local artists, Nourse brought in iPhone artists from as far away as Russia, Norway, Spain, France, and Germany. The end-result is a comprehensive investigation and celebration of this fancy new tool. iPhone Therefore I Art addresses issues dealing both the identity of the artists using iPhones and the identity of art itself. Check out the show to see how the ubiquitous iPhone has worked its way into contemporary art, and to imagine where it will go next.

    iPhone Therefore I Art opens this Friday, January 8, at Chicago Art Department (1837 S. Halsted). The public reception is from 6-10pm.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Fri Jan 01 2010

    Kid Stuff

    archiecard1.jpg"Weatherbee's Revenge," a solo show by California-bred New York artist Mark Mulroney is opening at ebersmoore gallery next Friday. The work, though "dirty" in nature, has a clean, pop sensibility that makes it massively appealing. You must admit, Mulroney makes reliving the horrors of adolescence kind of fun.

    The press release for the show opens with Mulroney explaining how a book about puberty scarred him as a child. He describes how his youthful imagination completely misconstrued the information given him: "My theory was as follows...If you are ever to shower with another boy this giant sperm would erupt from your stomach, fall to the floor of the shower and lay there wet and smiling all the while whistling a little tune."

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    Kelly Reaves

    Art Sat Dec 26 2009

    The Free Store Needs Your Stuff

    Starting on January 26, UIC's Gallery 400 is hosting The Free Store, a nomadic, temporary store full of free stuff that moves around the city. It only works, though, if it has stuff in it. If you've got something to get rid of, perhaps a Christmas fruitcake or an ugly sweater, drop it off so it can be art for a little while. Then, if it's lucky, someone will take it home and love it in a way you never could.

    Items can be dropped off at Gallery 400 during open hours beginning January 5. Pick-ups can be arranged for some items or larger collections on a case-by-case basis. For questions on what items and services are acceptable, or to try and arrange a pick-up, you can contact The Free Store directly through their website or by calling 773-562-1428. They want anything and everything except people, animals, toxic stuff, and illegal stuff. Gallery 400 is located at 400 S. Peoria.

    Kelly Reaves

    Art Wed Dec 16 2009

    "Architecture of Crisis" Last Exhibit at I Space

    If you've never been to I Space Gallery in River North before, go see "Architecture of Crisis" before it closes this Saturday along with the gallery itself. "Architecture of Crisis," co-curated by Beat Steuri, Julie Larsen and Roger Hubeli with the help of U of I architecture students, rethinks how to use existing housing materials to benefit the environment. This reexamination is important considering there is a potential surplus of 22 million vacant homes due the housing bubble and economic crash in the coming months.

    In yesterday's Sun-Times, Hubeli said "In America, standard construction is harmful to the environment on so many levels. Not only do we use cheap materials that are not sustainable, but we also have created an illusion of value."

    The show is a bittersweet elucidation on the current state of real estate that coincides with the closing of the University of Illinois' I Space Gallery in River North. In October, I spoke with Mary Antonakos, the gallery's director since its opening 18 years ago. With all the budget cuts, she explained, they just couldn't afford to run the gallery anymore and they were out of solutions.

    The show and gallery's last day is Saturday, December 19th. It is free.

    Whitney Stoepel

    Art Thu Dec 10 2009

    The Gregory Battcock Archive

    battcock.jpg For a guy who doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, Gregory Battcock had a very interesting life, and an equally interesting death. Born in 1937, Battcock was a painter in the early 1960s who found his way into several of Andy Warhol's films (he starred in "Horse" and "Drunk"), and later he became a critic with eclectic interests--he wrote about minimalism and performance and video art as well as the aesthetics of ocean liners. He lived a short life, though, and was found dead on Christmas day in 1980 on the balcony of his San Juan condo. He was stabbed 102 times.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Art Thu Dec 10 2009

    Garage Spaces is Dead

    Funeral is the third and final installation at the temporary alternative art space, Garage Spaces. Perhaps you remember the last one, Stolen, which received a lot of press. Funeral opens tomorrow, Friday, December 11 at 5pm and closes the same night at 10pm.

    For Funeral, artists and curators Mike Bancroft and Evan Plummer will complete the series with a performance that poses a dialogue on the culture and commerce of death in contemporary America. Garage Spaces will be recreated as a funeral home/parlor to mourn the death of Garage Spaces. Viewers can participate in the performance, if they want, by communally mourning their losses in life.

    Garage Spaces is located at 1337 North Maplewood Ave. Admission is free. Call 773-216-5580 for more information.

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    Art Mon Nov 16 2009

    Opportunity for the Arts

    The directors of Home Gallery, in Hyde Park, have an exciting and interesting pilot event coming up called the Op Shop. The name refers to Opportunity Shop, and the idea here is to open a temporary space where artists can bring their work, as well as services and ideas, in order to barter, sell and openly exchange. I don't want to give the impression that this is a just retail space, although that is one aspect of what will happen within this space. Artists are being encouraged to be a part of this event organically, utilizing the space to create a dynamic and evolving installation. All mediums are welcome, so artists may host a workshop, lessons, or performances as well as sell paintings or sculptures.

    Another aspect of this pilot project, which, if all goes well there will be more of, is to work in conjunction with property owners, bringing attention to their vacant spaces while helping to keep the Op Shop's costs down. This will also attract new consumers to an area and will aid in revitalizing neighborhood shops that may have seen a drop in sales over the past few months. This Op Shop will be located in a vacant space currently owned by Mac Properties in Hyde Park at 1613 E. 55th St.

    If you are interested in participating in The Op Shop, you should contact the Laura Shaeffer immediately. They are also looking for people to donate time to help run the space during its open hours.

    laura.shaeffer@gmail.com
    www.thelarch.org

    The planned timed and days for this event are as follows

    Dates: 11/27 Fri - 12/31 Thu
    Visitor hours: 11am-7pm, Thu-Sun,
    Evenings, coinciding with events.

    Opening reception: 11/27 Fri, from 6-10 p.m.
    Silent Auction: 12/5 Sat from 6-10 p.m
    Closing party: 12/31 Thu from 6-10 p.m.

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    Art Sun Nov 08 2009

    Torn Pages Needs Whole Bills

    The Torn Pages Show is a Chicago collaboration of artists and writers teaming up to write and draw "pages torn from our most favorite imaginary books": eleven children's stories of their own invention. Artist-writer pairs include Joe Meno & Cody Hudson, Amy Guth & Pea-Be, Zach Dodson & Allison Dunn Burque, and more.

    The show is set to open at OhNo!Doom Collective in early 2010, but curator Josh Lucas hopes to immortalize the original tales in a small, full-color book. Like many other creative types, he's using Kickstarter. Help the Torn Pages show reach their $2,100 goal by December 5th -- they're currently a little under halfway there.

    Donate here. Preview images and excerpts from the show after the jump.

    Continue reading this entry »

    Rose Lannin

    Art Thu Oct 08 2009

    Robyn O'Neil at Tony Wight

    59_roonsinkinginstallweb.jpgTony Wight Gallery is very quiet right now, like the stark silence after a tornado passes through, but the scene is much less cluttered. In the front room, Robyn O'Neil's giant graphite drawings hang on the walls, floating in clean, white frames, with plenty of breathing room between them. They depict post-apocalyptic scenes, which, without a familiarity with her previous work, might just look like textural investigations of hair and water. In the back room, her small drawings continue the same style and theme, but more intimately, and an upside-down ship and a cluster of pyramids are added to the mix.

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    Kelly Reaves

    Art Wed Sep 30 2009

    The Cat IS the Hat

    cathat.jpgIf you were at the West Loop gallery openings on Sept. 11, you may have noticed a girl walking around with a dead cat on her head. As it turns out, the girl is an artist, an MFA student at UIC, and her name is Rebecca Beachy. The cat hat is one of her new pieces. I paid her a studio visit last week, and we talked about her work.

    Kelly Reaves: Did you know that if you google "West Loop gallery openings," one of the first things that comes up is Alicia Eler's post on Chicago Now about you and your taxidermied cat hat?

    Rebecca Beachy: Yeah, I saw that but I didn't know that it comes up when you google the art openings.

    KR: Yep. You were at number three the first time I checked it but today you've moved up to the top. And your hat was also mentioned in an article on Art Talk Chicago about the openings. So I think it was a hit. How did you come up with the idea to make the hat?

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    History Wed Aug 19 2009

    Our Mexican Cousin

    Still basking in the glow of Lincoln's bicentennial, the Chicago History Museum plans on celebrating two influential presidents struck with the perils of turbulent change--The U.S.'s Abraham Lincoln and Mexico's Benito Juárez.
    Lincolned.jpg
    The dual exhibitions, opening October 10, will tell the stories of how the then-contemporaries helped transform and unite their countries during the 1800's.

    Lincoln's exhibition, "Abraham Lincoln Transformed," is geared towards his radical steps to end slavery and extend equal citizenship rights, featuring more than 150 original artifacts, including fan and hate mail sent to Lincoln during his time in office. Juárez' exhibition, "The Making of Modern Mexico," on the other hand is co-curated by the National Museum of Mexican Art, displaying more than 25 artifacts never before exhibited in the United States, including a bronze Juárez death mask. Juárez' exhibit will also highlight his devotion to equal citizenship rights and economic development in Mexico, among other accomplishments. Both will have their signature top hats on display.

    The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., will allow admission October 10th and 11th for anyone presenting miniature copper plaques of Lincoln.

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    Flickr Feature Fri Jul 31 2009

    Photo Feature: Dan Rybicky

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    Dan Rybicky took this picture of Katrina by Mark McGinnis at the "Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture" group show currently up in the Hyde Park Arts Center.

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    Gallery Wed Jul 15 2009

    Free Art Events in August

    Dip into the art scene next month with two free gallery events, both brought to you by the Art Dealers Association of Chicago.

    Take a free guided tour during lunch Saturday, Aug. 1, in the River North Gallery District. From 11am to 12:30pm, the Starbucks Saturday Guided Art Tour will bring you to the Printworks Gallery, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Byron Roche Gallery and Habatat Galleries. Meet at the Starbucks at 750 N. Franklin St.

    From 5 to 7pm Aug. 6, stop by galleries in River North and West Loop to explore art, meet friends and enjoy some refreshments.

    For more information on either of these events, visit chicagoartdealers.org or call 312-649-0065.

    Margo O'Hara

    Art Mon Feb 09 2009

    You Decide: the Future of the Hyde Park Art Center

    Among cultural centers dramatically affected by the economic downturn, the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) has been particularly affected. In anticipation of even rougher times, the Board of Directors has reduced its budget by 15% for 2009 and four employees -- a quarter of the staff -- have been laid off. In response, the HPAC is holding a public forum tonight in which they "want your questions, reactions and suggestions to changes at the Center." The event starts at 6pm in its 4833 rph space, 5020 S. Cornell.

    David Schalliol

    Art Tue Jan 06 2009

    Fiber Artist Karen Reimer Guesting at MCA Stitch n' Bitch

    There's a great opportunity at the Museum of Contemporary Art for some stitching, bitching and conversation with the great artist Karen Reimer.

    image001.jpgFrom 5:30 to 8pm at the MCA's Puck Café, knitters and hookers (crocheters) will be getting together with guest artist Karen Reimer to share techniques and stories and some good wintery bitching.

    Check out more of Reimer's conceptual fiber art including embroidery here, here (LOVE the Equal packet and crossword puzzle) and here.

    Kristin Barrick

    Gallery Thu Dec 04 2008

    Gallery Closings and Passings

    The Contemporary Art Workshop mounts its final exhibition this Friday, Dec. 5, with a reception from 5:30pm to 9pm celebrating the opening of "The End" by Matt Davis and John Lyon, and honoring CAW's 60-year history. The exhibition runs through Jan. 23; the Workshop remains open until April 30.

    32nd and Urban, a street art gallery at 3201 S. Halsted in Bridgeport, is closing due to the down-turning economy and the opening of a new police station across the street. "Our new neighbors are making it difficult for us to continue what we do," owners Peter Kepha and Lauren Pacheco said in an email. They are searching for a new space, but in the meantime will be throwing a $5 fundraiser/closing party this Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10pm to 3am, with DJs and live art
    installations. Should be a fun, bittersweet time.

    There will be a memorial show for artist Patrick W. Welch this Saturday from 6pm to 9pm at 1407 E. 54th Pl. in Hyde Park. The show will exhibit his micromentalist paintings from 1997 to 2007. Call 773-363-5935 for more information.

    Andrew Huff

    Gallery Wed Nov 19 2008

    Green Lantern Raises Fun(ds)

    On November 22, The Green Lantern Gallery and Press throws its first-ever fundraiser. Since opening three and a half years ago, the Wicker Park-based institution--run by Caroline Picard and a dedicated volunteer staff--has exhibited art, screened films, published books, started a monthly literary podcast, and hosted readings and live music events. (I even saw a mind-blowing breakdancing performance in the gallery space a couple years ago. Amazing.)

    Given the range of programming and The Green Lantern's desire for sustainability (not to mention the current state of the economy), the staff decided it was an appropriate time for a fundraiser. Says Picard, "I want to make sure that we can continue as a venue for independent media and emerging or marginalized art."

    The fundraiser is an all-day affair. From noon to 1:30pm, the gallery hosts a crepe breakfast and mimosas (in exchange for donations). From noon to 9pm, there will be a silent auction featuring a range of artworks by friends of The Green Lantern. From 6 to 9pm, the gallery hosts a cocktail party, followed by live music from 9 to 1am, featuring The Lanterns, lowland, and Joan of Arc.

    The event entry fee is $12. For $25, you can get show admission and free drinks. For $40, you can get show admisison, free drinks, and annual membership to The Green Lantern.

    Saturday, November 22, 12pm-1am
    The Green Lantern / 1511 N. Milwaukee, Second Floor

    Laura Pearson

    Gallery Mon Sep 08 2008

    DvA Gallery: End of an Era

    DvA Gallery is closing its Lincoln Park location after five years, and merging with Rotofugi Toy Store & Gallery. David van Alphen will be taking the position of Gallery Curator at Rotofugi in order to devote more time to caring for his son Jack, diagnosed with Down Syndrome. David's other venture, Slingshot! Press, a source for limited edition affordable prints, will continue to bring top notch underground artists to your collection. DvA Gallery's Going Away Party will be held Saturday, September 13th from 6-9pm, and the last official day will be Sunday, September 28th. Be sure to stop by and say hello and goodbye to one of the more interesting underground artist galleries in Chicago.

    DvA Gallery is located at 2568 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Rotofugi Toy Store & Gallery is located at 1953-55 W. Chicago Ave.


    Christian Scheuer

    Art Thu Aug 07 2008

    Funeral for a Medium

    While the final nail isn't yet laid in the Polariod coffin, a group of Chicagoans and New Yorkers are contemplating its and our demise in "Death + Extinction: A Polaroid Exhibition" at the Chicago Art Department. A selection of 250 of the 300 photographs taken for Before I Die I Want To, a project by Nichole Kenney and K.S. Rives, will be on display until the end of the month.

    David Schalliol

    Art Thu Jul 24 2008

    Treehouse in the Gallery

    treehouse.jpgWalk into Three Walls Gallery right now and you'll wonder if the insurance agent has been by yet. A fallen oak tree with a treehouse in it fills the space, seemingly dropped there by some magical tornado.

    The installation is the work of Material Exchange, entitled The way things drag their futures around. Although it looks like the tree is intact, F News' Untitled blog reveals that it was brought in in pieces and carefully reassembled, with bark hiding the seams. The piece is on display through Aug. 2.

    Andrew Huff

    Art Wed Jul 23 2008

    This Show Will Glow

    On Friday, July 25, those non-elitist kids at the Country Club Chicago play host to GLOW, a show organized by local button makers Busy Beaver and featuring glow-in-the-dark buttons for their Button-o-matic button vending machine. Contributing artists include Bird Machine poster artist Jay Ryan, pattern designer Julia Rothman, Angry Youth Comix artist Johnny R., Chicago painter Derek Erdman, California painter Jacob Magraw, artist Alex Jovanovich, illustrator Kevin Hooyman, L.A.-based design collective Quietlife, Chicago rain-cloud street artist Sonny, and Milwaukee poster makers Little Friends of Printmaking. This show only lasts two days, so don't be lackadaisical in planning to attend. 6-10 p.m. 1100 N. Damen.

    Lauri Apple

    Art Sat Jun 21 2008

    52 Works of Art

    Matthew Schommers has owned the same deck of old-timey, paper playing cards since he was a little kid. Six years ago, he began transforming the cards into a series of art works – the results of which were on display Friday night at AllRise Gallery on N. Milwaukee. The most striking aspect of the series was the variety of lines Schommers used: Some portraits were raw and choppy, while others – particularly his portraits of women, and decapitated characters of both sexes – showed smooth, rounded curves. And a few drawings drew inspiration directly from pin-up posters of the 1950s. Schommers' show was the last at AllRise’s current location; the gallery's first show at its new location at 1370 W.Grand Ave. will feature the works of Chantala Kommanivanh on Friday, July 11.

    Lauri Apple

    Gallery Wed Jun 04 2008

    First Friday First Peeks

    This Friday more than 20 Chicago-area galleries will be holding receptions to open new exhibits. Chicago Gallery News has an alphabetical list and maps of who and what will be shown across the city. If you can’t pick just one to visit, Art View in Lakeview also takes place this weekend and gives you the opportunity to be shuttled from gallery to gallery to sample art and wine all for the amazing price of nothing. Not to be outdone, Saturday and Sunday offer the 61st annual 57th Street Art Fair.

    If you can’t make it out this weekend, Gallery News also lists openings through August.

    Of course, other events are listed in Slowdown.

    Jamie Smith

    Gallery Fri May 30 2008

    Mary Bell Closes, Becomes Gallery KH

    khgallery.jpgGalleries come and go, but few have the staying power of Mary Bell Galleries. Founded 32 years ago by its namesake, the gallery was one of the pioneers of the River North arts district. Bell first opened her gallery in 1979 on Hubbard Street before moving it to 740 N. Franklin.

    However, time has caught up with Mary Bell, and she recently made the decision to sell the gallery to Lissa Kivisto and Kristen Hagan, who have moved it to a new space and transformed it into Gallery KH with the help of Mary Bell veteran Shannon Rather. The new gallery makes its debut next Friday, June 6, from 5pm to 8pm with a reception for the show "Tribute," which is, yes, a tribute to the history of the its predecessor, featuring the latest work by 27 of the gallery's core contemporary artists. More information on Gallery KH's website.

    Andrew Huff

    Gallery Thu May 08 2008

    Catastrophe!

    Next Wednesday the Oriental Institute is offering a free tour of its special exhibit Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past. This guided tour (the only one they have planned for the next few months) will give you the opportunity to speak with archeologist and co-curator Katharyn Hanson as she leads you through the gallery. The exhibit chronicles the initial looting of the Iraq National Museum and the on-going and heartbreaking damage that is being done to Iraq's cultural heritage as a result of the conflict there.

    The Oriental Institute and its staff have been incredibly active since the beginning of the war in the efforts to prevent looting and protect the integrity of Iraqi archeological sites and artifacts, many of which date back to the very beginning of civilization. In addition to the exhibit going on through the end of the year, they host a database of objects that the Iraq Museum is believed to have contained that includes pictures and information about the objects' status. If you can't get enough of marveling at solid gold vases and man's earliest musical instruments, check out their recently released book "Antiquities Under Siege." It admittedly contains fewer pictures but has more suggestions on how to keep something like this from happening again.

    The tour begins at 12:15 next Wednesday the 15th. The Oriental Institute is located in Hyde Park at 1155 East 58th Street. If you can't make the tour you can still view the exhibit from now until December 31 during the museum's normal business hours.

    Jamie Smith

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