An Opening reception can be the best time to meet the artists and share in the excitement of a new show unveiled. Have a glass of wine and see what the work looks like. Perhaps you'll even want to purchase or commission something for yourself!
Fri, 09/11/2015 - 6:00pm
Throughout her global travels, Chicago-based artist Nina Rizzo sees paintings in her surroundings. While many painters identify potential subject matter from the world around them, Rizzo recognizes compositions that resemble the hallmarks of the art historical canon: a monochromatic beach recalling de Kooning’s black-and-white era, or the Albers-esque medieval French gameboard of Jeu de Marelle. This "naturally occurring" formalism appears not only in the landscapes of far-flung locales, but also within the context of the everyday. Rizzo looks even to the walls and floors of the gallery and the studio for formal inspiration.
In “Broken Cabinet,” Chicago artist Doug Fogelson challenges the boundaries between nature and the urban environment. In his camera-less photograms, the artist places found, organic items like coral, coyote claws, moths and fox skulls upon photosensitive materials to create candy-colored shadows of these once living organisms. Bringing the natural world into the manmade, Fogelson calls attention to the impact that mankind has on the environment; exhibiting the photograms beneath shattered glass, the artist highlights the fact that it’s often at the hand of humans that the beauty of nature suffers destruction.
The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaic exhibition Made In Chicago, features the mosaic work of over 25 Chicago residents/students of The Chicago Mosaic School, who's work embodies traditional, classical techniques. In every work the artist has synthesized this ancient language and using their modern voice expresses themselves.
Sat, 09/12/2015 - 4:00pm
Monique Meloche Gallery is pleased to announce our second off the wall season, which will feature the artist Joel Ross. Ross has long engaged dual audiences – both chance onlookers and art gallery visitors – with strategically and surreptitiously installed text-based sculptures and resulting photographs. His work activates our imagination and invites us to stop and consider some of the spaces we travel through or pass by every day: roadways, parking lots, alleys, abandoned buildings, and the dead space behind strip malls. His messages become voices in our heads tempting us to plug the gaps in these short stories, to puzzle out their meaning, and to speculate about their authors.
With THE EVER, a series of site-specific works on public bus benches throughout Chicago’s Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood, Ross offers viewers provocative prompts with phrases like THE HEAVIEST THING YOU EVER TRIED TO MOVE and THE MOST YOU EVER CARED. These voices might be sprouting from cracks in the landscape or directly from the minds of pedestrians or passengers. The signs are, in effect, asking the ubiquitous ‘you’ to fill in the blank. Do you remember holding your breath for an especially long time, trying to move something heavy, or hearing something funny? Our responses help us claim ownership of their subject; these public signs will then become private reflections. Passing by the same sign on subsequent days, viewers might see their contemplations and memories floating above the bus stop. THE EVER suggests the infinite number of answers to the “questions” posed by the text, but also the open-ended, always happening nature of life.
Sat, 09/12/2015 - 5:00pm
Morgan Sims‘ current paintings start with ideas explored by 1970s hard-edge Op Art. His alternative to the pristine surfaces and clean solids of this tradition are modified and enhanced by the use of distressed and organically worked surfaces. Like his predecessors, he starts with a simple, geometric-shaped, linen canvas, and generates a dimensional illusion with line and color. Sims then avoids the temptation to seek perfection, instead introducing layers of striated color and texture that introduce tension between the underlying geometry and the inevitable decay of all physical things.
Sun, 09/13/2015 - 2:00pm
For the entire month of October, in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month, BLACK AGE XVIII: Black Age Heroes & Villains will be housed at the South Side Community Art Center. The Black Age of Comics Movement is returning to the birthplace of its first convention in the Historic Bronzeville district. This show, which first launched in 1993, was conceived in perpetual promotion of the appreciation, collection & celebration of the creators of graphic novels concepts, fine art and other products that are derived from the Urban, or Indie experience. Dr. Auburn E. Ellis will host a lecture on October 10th at 2pm to discuss the impact of Heroes and Villains in contemporary arts practice as it pertains to graphic novels and otherwise.
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 5:00pm
World Premiere: GHOSTGHOSTGHOST
Saturday, October 17, 11am-12:30pm
Meet at parking area just east of the corner of N. Hudson Ave and W. Oak St
GHOSTGHOSTGHOST is a site-specific, participatory movement work choreographed and performed by Columbia College Chicago students, faculty and others, as a response to the remaining physical landscapes of the Cabrini-Green housing development. Visitors willing to participate should wear comfortable clothing that allows for free movement over an extended period of time. A post-performance talk-back with audience-participants will also be held on site.
Vacancy features the work of artist-architects that challenge the identity, value and politics of empty or abandoned space. Through three multi-tiered and multi-located projects led by Andres L. Hernandez, Emmanuel Pratt and Amanda Williams, the notion of “emptiness” is reconceived, redefined and rebuilt. The featured works demonstrate how architectural practice builds on art and activist strategies to address racial, gender and class inequities and to drive social change. The exhibition extends beyond the gallery through site-responsive projects around the city in neighborhoods that have a disproportionate amount of vacant buildings and land, and are further punctuated by a lack of community resources. Projects include aquaponics systems to grow healthy food in any location, built environments of refuge for women of color in the public realm, and performances inspired by the stories of Chicago public housing residents. Though vastly different in content, the artists share strategies that turn the empty into open – as places for building, sharing, remembering and regenerating. The projects in Vacancy seek to catalyze social change and to present open space as a site of imaginative possibility.
Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman
Amanda Williams in collaboration with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: "Harriet’s Refuge: A Safe Passage for Free Movement in Public Space"
Emmanuel Pratt in collaboration with Sweet Water Foundation, McCall Design Group, Katherine Darnstadt / Latent Design, Chantelle Brewer / Ross Barney Architects, Chicago Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE), Max Sansing and Agape Werks: "Constructed Ecology of Absence"
Andres L. Hernandez in collaboration with Urban Vacancy Research Initiative and former residents of the Cabrini-Green Homes: "Cabrini-Green and Other Urban Legends"
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 6:00pm
4Art Gallery is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Salon-style exhibition, curated by both artists and 4Art’s owner, Robin Monique Rios, this exhibition will showcase 23 artists/over 100 works of art, with a modern take on the Salon de Paris. For the past decade 4Art has exhibited a diverse selection of artists, both national and international. 4Art’s mission has been to foster the creative spirit, the importance of community and appreciation for art. So this year we are honored to open the Salon-Style forum in celebration of the gallery’s continued support and dedication in the arts. The importance of this exhibition is in keeping with the history of the Salon de Paris where artists and viewer can be immersed in a genuine conversation about art.
Outside Design, a collateral event of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, will explore the turn in art and design towards biotechnology and ecological systems. Curated by Jonathan Solomon, this show will bring together five firms whose research-based work develops new knowledge at the edges of design practice. These practices—Analog Media Lab (Urbana-Champaign), Ants of the Prairie (Buffalo), The Living (New York), Species of Space (Chicago), and Sweet Water Foundation (Chicago)—pursue projects that move outside of their core of expertise and into the center of other fields. Responding to these dialogic practices, the exhibition will be organized as a series of laboratories installed across the galleries, engaged throughout the fall by students, faculty, and visiting artists and designers. This mode of collaborative experimentation and exchange will continuously transform the gallery space, resulting in new projects and installations and pushing the boundaries of disciplinarity. An ambitious schedule of programs will further activate the space, and connect to local arts and design institutions.
Curated by Jonathan D. Solomon, Outside Design is also a collateral event of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Sat, 09/19/2015 - 11:00am
In 1979, 3 artists from the former Chicago Mural Group collaborated with the Youth Service Project to create a youth-led mural that illustrated the climate of the vibrant, culturally rich, urban neighborhood. This was the first public mural of its kind to incorporate mosaic, sculptural concrete relief work and significant text. Titled Children Are Our Future, the work was inspired by the 1979 International Year of the Child proclamation. The mural included the poetry of participants and community members, statistics on neighborhood employment and justice involvement rates, as well as imagery of the neighborhood culture. This project fostered community involvement, forging inter-generational relationships between the artists, youth participants and community members. Recent urban planning initiatives resulted in the removal of the mural, taking along with it important cultural history. In 2015 the Trust for Public Land invited original artists Catherine Canjandig and John Pitman Weber to re-imagine this innovative work and re-design a mural at the original location. As was done in 1979, this project was created with local youth artists from the Youth Service Project. This project recognizes the importance of space reclamation, inter-generational relationships, youth voice, and youth-led art practices.
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 4:30pm
This exhibition features studio works by three renowned Hispanic artists from Pilsen, known for their monumental public art. The show will include large paintings by Hector Duarte, paintings by Jose L. Pina Morales, and prints by Jose Guerrero. The exhibition will also feature a presentation by Chicago art historian and writer Jeff Huebner on Thursday Sept 24 at 2pm.
Wed, 09/30/2015 - 6:00pm
ACME Hotel Company celebrates Chicago Artists Month with a rotating Instagram Gallery, showcasing unique works from some of Chicago’s as well as the country’s top Instagrammers. As an emerging digital art form, ACME is excited to bring these works to life for the community to interact with the photographs typically only viewed on their iPhone, in a new and personal way. Guests will have the opportunity to meet some of Chicago’s most influential Instagram artists who will be on hand to discuss the inspiration behind their work. All pieces in the exhibition will be available for guests to purchase.
In conjunction with the gallery, guests will also be able to explore ACME’s permanent art installations throughout the hotel. From the vinyl album art adorning its elevators to the hand-painted flying mannequins suspended in ACME’s vintage light well and its most recent project, also in the light well, a graffiti-style art mural stretching three stories high designed to give the flying mannequins a vibrant, more scenic home. Created by one of Chicago’s most acclaimed graffiti artists, Amuse, whose work can also be viewed in the lobby level coffee shop, West Town Bakery. Each work of art exemplifies ACME’s core values dedicated to celebrating self-expression and individuality while also showcasing the highly innovative talents of Chicago’s artist community.
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:00pm
Artist Sarah Fitzsimons’s House is a minimal outline of a life-sized 2-story house. Framed with aluminum poles and joints, the houses connect Chicago’s architecture and Lake Michigan. This life-size 2-story house made with aluminum poles and joints is half on the beach, the other half in the lake. House explores architecture that is physically and psychologically open and exposed. The house does not have roof, walls, or floor: no barriers keep out the wind, rain, sun, and waves, yet it is recognized as a house. As architecture, it blends the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ using only the most minimal lines to define the space of a house within the greater expanse of the landscape.
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 5:00pm
Paredolia is the name given to the perception of finding a familiar pattern where none actually exist. Everyone is familiar with the chaotic patterns found in tree limbs. Upon taking a closer look, those seemingly abstract patterns contain some rather intriguing surprises.
CAS3 weaves together architects, painters, photographers, ceramicists, business leaders and gallery owners with two unique exhibitions from 10/01—11/15, in an influentially edgy part of West Town. CAS3 is the 21st Century Chicago Artists’ Studios3 emulating the architectural legacy of The Chicago School’s embrace of radical, new ideas with CAS3’s 21st Century twist. 10/01 CAS3 hosts artist receptions. 10/24 CAS3 hosts 8 artists/architects explaining their studios, works and future visions.
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 10:00am
The Pilipino American Social Services and Human Resources aka PASS is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that services the Pilipino American and other ethnic groups in their need since 1991. PASS distributes food weekly to qualified families and is an activity center for senior citizens. "Artist.Passion.Ageless.Social.Service" Exhibit features paintings by artist composed of volunteers who manage PASS and the patrons and clients of the center. The participating artists came from different levels of artistic background but share the same PASSION for life. The artists are mostly senior citizen and show that art has no time boundaries thus it is AGELESS.
PASS is a center which is a home away from home and provides SOCIAL and SERVICE needs of the community through art and other activities.
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 4:00pm
"I am happy to find myself in artists' studios often. I'm primarily there to look at their art, but I love to savor the delightful conjunctions of objects and images in those studios - 2- and 3-dimensional collages that both create and result from the powerful artistic charge that is the lifeblood of an artist's studio." - Christopher Rauschenberg
Jennifer Norback Fine Art is honored to announce a special exhibiton coinciding with Chicago Artists Month. "In the Studio" presents an intimate look at the sanctuary, inspiration, and chaos of the artist studio with a revealing series of photographs from celebrated photographer Christopher Rauschenberg. These works will be paired with several noted Chicago artists including Phyllis Bramson, Robert Burnier, and Michael Goro, who will allow the gallery to bring groups to visit their personal studios throughout Chicago Artists Month to experience their process firsthand.
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 5:00pm
Exposition of new paintings and drawings allegorizing diverse human and civil rights events in
the history of the city Chicago and the history of its dwellers.
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 6:00pm
A Group Exhibition by the Membership of ARC Gallery
For this year’s Chicago Artists month, the membership of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is investigating the theme, The City as Studio. Chicago provides a great backdrop for artistic exploration. It is a city of innovation and experimental production. Yet, deeper than that, is the way the city connects to us, through us, and connects us to each other. These connections can be a literal interpretation of the city’s amazing landscape as well as an internal exploration of the threads that weave their way into us…through Chicago’s deep seated culture, sense of home, civic pride (or shame) and family that is unavoidable to escape in a city as proud as Chicago.
Calao 22 Space Presents: Migrations In Black and White
Artist Talk: Sunday, November 1, 2015 from Noon until 3PM
Additional Hours: Saturdays and Sundays - 1PM until 4PM or by appointment
Thursdays and Fridays by Appointment ONLY
Closing Reception: Friday, November 6, 2015 from 6PM until 10PM
From 1910 to 1970 an estimated six million Black Americans ventured from the southern regions of the US to cities like New York, Detroit and Chicago. They wanted to escape the social and economic deficiencies of a slave system that once ended, was replaced with the deplorable racial caste of Jim Crow.
The exhibition Migrations in Black and White takes its cue in part from that movement and specifically speaks to the lack of visibility South side Chicago-based Black artists have in the northern stretch of the city.
The establishment of the Calao 22 Space art gallery in Bucktown freely crosses that divide. The brainchild of artist, curator and (now) third time gallerist Makeba Kedem-DuBose, the space fits into the algorithm of a community that's referred to as Chicago's creative epicenter.
Migrations In Black And White, the gallery's inaugural exhibition flips the script on the racial and artistic implications of the term black and white. Its usage in the show's title is not a reference to race, but a description of the graphic appearance of the works: black and white are the only colors in the pictorial (or structural) plain.
The exhibition features the work of Black artists selected out of over 100 members, uniformly known as Collaborative Mavericks. Collaborative Mavericks was named by Kedem-DuBose, and the artists collective formed as a result of a group of visual artists who bonded during the Farragosto Beach Umbrella project hosted by Lacuna Artists Lofts, Project Remix, and Peroni Beer of Italy in 2013. The artists painted umbrellas were subsequently unveiled at a VIP attended reception at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach, though ironically, most artists in this group, and in general, maintain a studio practice in communities pretty much under-the-radar of Chicago art denizens.
Surprisingly, Migrations in Black and White is not a show about race. It's an appropriate assumption given the fact that it showcases black artists who live in black communities of Chicago, a city with an ugly racial past. Migrations transcends that past by focusing on a broad spectrum of aesthetic and compositional concerns.
Exhibit of algorithmic works, including digital prints, painting, video and performance works, by four pioneers of computer-generated art and new media. Each artist will exhibit several recent works and one early work.
Artists included: Colette Bangert & Jeff Bangert, Roman Verostko, Jean-Pierre Hebert, Paul Hertz.
at PLAY: Rules, Roles, Rituals, explores games, interactivity, performativity, and play in contemporary art practices. at PLAY transforms the gallery into a ‘game shop’, although nothing will be for sale. Original artist-made board games, card decks, puzzles, and role-playing games will be available for the public to play during regular, free open hours. There will be art on display by artists who use elements of games: some make work based on strict rules, others explore identity and solitude through video games, others create interactive experiences for the purpose of education, entertainment, or coercion. Throughout the month, there will be free performance and workshops by local artists and gamers.
This show is a platform for contemporary artists exploring games, gamers exploring contemporary art, and those who are both artists and gamers. It is inspired by the way museums use strategies from games to structure and inform visitor experience, and by the role of games and interactivity in our personal practices.
Corner is a storefront project space created to foster conversation and community in the Avondale neighborhood through immersive visual and performance art installations. Inspired by the writings of John Dewey, Corner creates a platform for artists exploring engagement and interactivity as an alternative to the traditional gallery experience.
During the summer 2015, Transit Residency brought Roman Muradov, a Russian born illustrator and comic-artist living in San Francisco, to Chicago for two weeks where he was in residence at CHIPRC, and taught a workshop “Constrained Comics” to fourteen artists. Our exhibition showcases the resulting illustrations — a linked comic where each submission/panel leads into the next comic — as well as showcasing some of the work Muradov created during his residency.
Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos encapsulates a whole life. It is about celebrating who we are and remembering the ones who brought us here, thus far. Using an assortment of trinkets, doodads, and thingamajiggers worthy of the mightiest junk drawer or flea market bin, artist husband and wife Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn turn collections of random objects into cross-sections of the human head. The show is aptly titled Day of the Heads. The duo says the 17 unique compartmentalized sculptures are meant to be surrealist explorations of portraits created from memories and found objects.
“Escape” embraces the theme of “The City as Studio” as artists Cydney M. Lewis & Sara Dehghan repurpose found materials in order to create inspiring, sculptural works. For this exhibition, the gallery is transformed into a new environment through the abstract repurposing of the discarded. By plumbing the city for material and inspiration, Lewis & Dehghan change our experience of the everyday, giving the mundane a new reality. "Escape" is a reflection on the condition of waste: physical, social and emotional, we are asked to reconsider beauty in what is often ignored. Through the evolution of materials, the artists create a new environment, an imaginary place of hope.
As part of our Art First Fridays in Pilsen we are happy to present Naked Line in Pilsen and Mexico: A Collaboration" between two studios/workshops in two diffrerent cities with a wide range of artists. We are very excited to have this opportunity to show the creative results of using the human figure as inspiration using different materials and techniques in a small format. The city serves us as a well of information to draw and paint from. We use people as our models as we wait for the train, seat at a cafe, park or museum. As artists we see a mass of bodies in their nakedness, their mortality, their reality. It does not have a particularly erotic effect, this x-ray experience...It probably happens because every week, for at least one long session, we seat to draw "from the nude," which is simply the nakedness inside our clothes.
Split Difference (working title) is a group exhibition featuring four Chicago artists whose work tests the expected divisions between designed objects and sculpture. Independently organized by Samantha Topol for Original Features, the exhibition will coincide with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, setting the work of these artists into an international context, and pushing the discourse around distinctions between art and design. Split Difference will be presented in the Jewler’s Building on Wabash Avenue, engaging the history of design and manufacturing that is ongoing in downtown Chicago, and locating the exhibition close to the center of activity for the Architecture Biennial. Three artists are confirmed to participate—Dan Gunn, Sterling Lawrence, and Min Song—and a fourth, Arianna Petrich, is currently pending.
The premise of the exhibition is to set the work of these artists into dialogue with each other, and explore the various ways their work pushes and pulls at conventional expectations of design and sculpture. Some of the questions the exhibition will raise include: What does it signal that these artists of roughly the same generation are making objects that hover somewhere between applied function and pure aesthetics? Is this a particular moment, where a new generation of makers has had enough distance from the development of design as an isolated discipline to comment on this history by re-incorporating it into the language of sculpture? Is this a practice or style that is emerging from Chicago, given the specific history of architecture and design in the city? Finally, what do we do with, and how do we relate to, objects that reference functionality and purposefulness, and yet do not realize that potential in ways that we have come to expect?
Ultimately, I am interested in considering these works as “propositional objects” that suggest a re-organization of space, purpose, and ways of relating—realizing a true potential of both art and design to open new windows of possibility, and reflect new forms of experience. Each of the confirmed artists is utilizing the exhibition as an opportunity to develop and present new work, and one of the central ambitions of the project is to promote their work through presentation, writing, a printed publication, and at least one public artists talk. I am exploring the possibility of the exhibition being a platform for further activity by the community of young Chicago designers, including a pop-up shop featuring the work of between 5-10 Chicago based designers.
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 7:00pm
The Artistic Bombing Crew (ABC) in partnership with the Center for Community Arts Partnerships presents: Permanent Record: Chicago Hip Hop Kulture, an exhibit spanning over 40 years of Hip Hop in Chicago, at the Hairpin Arts Center in Logan Square from October 2nd to October 30th 2015. Permanent Record will present, in a month long run, the evolution of Chicago Hip Hop in an interactive exhibit displaying the elements of Hip Hop culture (graffiti, breakdancing, MCing, and DJing). ABC is one of the revolutionary graffiti crews to introduce the Hip Hop culture to Chicago in the early 80's. Permanent Record, curated by BboyB, and Flash, with ABC, will invite Chicago's community to celebrate Hip Hops past and present.
Each Saturday in October will consist of workshops and panel discussions dedicated to a specific element (Graffiti, Breakdancing, MCing, and DJing). There will be an opening (Friday Oct 2nd) and Closing Party (Friday October 30th) from 7pm - 11pm
Group workshops lead by 1 - 2 guest artist instructors will follow a moderated panel discussion consisting of 4-5 pioneers of a specific element. A tour of Logan Square Graffiti Murals will follow the afternoon workshops.
Fri, Oct. 2nd: Opening Night Gala 7:00 pm -11:00 pm
Sat, Oct. 3rd: Graffiti Panel 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Workshop 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm & Mural Tour 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat, Oct. 10th: Breakdancing Panel 10:00 am -12:00 pm, Workshop 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm & Mural Tour 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat, Oct. 17th: Rapping/MC Panel 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Workshop 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm & Mural Tour 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat, Oct. 24th: DJing Panel 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Workshop 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm & Mural Tour 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri, Oct 30th: Closing party - Jam / cypher session 7:00 pm - 11:00pm
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 8:00pm
Acknowledging and honoring the rich, history and evolution of House music and culture, The Chicago House Institute (C.H.I.) invites you to join the celebration of the exhibit opening of "El Trains and Alley Entrances: Navigating Chicago through House Music". As the inaugural celebration of The Modern Dance Music and Research and Archiving Foundation's year long partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music
View memorabilia, sound, visual art and much more related to Chicago's rich history with House Music and the folk art it has inspired around the world.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 1:00pm
Experience the work of citizens from across the city who make the parks their canvas, their stage, and their space for creative dialogue. This Chicago Park District–Arts and Culture exhibition features work by CAM Featured Artist Erik Boelkens, with Dionne Hawkins, Elaine Mcalurin, John Yost, and others. View the gallery display of Park Portraits from our cultural instructors, youth arts programs, arts partners in residence; and a community organizing data visualization project of park Cultural Centers. Additionally, there will be a series of events taking place in different parks across the city throughout the month, with highly interactive discussions and participatory events that amplify the topics of community creative development; youth as public artists; and design for public play. Participants include: Michael Rohd, Alexandria Eregbu, Free Street Theater, Jim Duignan, and Karen Ford.
The Chicago Park District envisions parks as vital spaces that encourage all Chicagoans to explore the arts and their power to enhance quality of life, neighborhood development, and community dialogue. The Parks have served Chicago artists since their inception with renowned landscape design, physical architecture, and WPA arts programming. The buildings and grounds made way for a tradition of arts programming, classes, and events giving all Chicagoans access to a public studio within walking distance from their homes. Currently the parks are home to over 32 arts organizations, present the performative work of over 1,000 Chicago artists annually through Night Out in the Parks, and offer approximately 3,000 culture and arts classes each year. The parks are the people’s studio.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 2:00pm
The “Ain’t I a Woman, Ain't She a Woman?” art exhibition is the vision of St. Thomas Episcopal Church curate and resident artist, Rev. Shahar Caren Weaver. The theme addresses the plight of diverse African American women who in the 21st century are still living with the question asked by historical activist and abolitionist, Sojourner Truth, in her legendary 1851 speech in Akron, Ohio: “Ain’t I a Woman?” The invited artists are professional women and men, in their field, who will address the theme through painting, collage, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation, and fiber art.
My ancestors are watching(Mój przodek są oglądanie) is an art exhibit combining the Chicago Public Library Polish American Heritage Month Exhibition of Vicki Milewski’s artwork tied to her brother’s Michael Milewski’s sculpture with artists Tim Andrews and Cecil Mcdonald, Jr also represented. My Ancestors are Watching will be informed by the Milewski’s Polish heritage since their Polish father grew up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin and through some magic fell in love with her mother at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Playfully juxtaposing Andrews and Mcdonald’s work to this seeks to honor the memory of Polish American ancestors from Chicago through showing how Chicago has allowed cultures to meet, understand one another and live together through places, play and change.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 3:00pm
Artists of Studio #202 1456 N. Dayton St. will display paintings, collages and drawings of Chicago inspired imagery on October 3rd,10th and 17th 2015. Hours are 3:00pm - 8:00pm.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 4:00pm
This is our studio transformed into a book arts library. We are focusing on words made into matter. Artist's books are an undershown, and unique artist medium, and we hope to create a studio space where viewers can "read" and experience the books in a library setting. It is difficult to show books in a traditional show space. When they are shown in a traditional setting, viewers can only see one page or the cover, and the works are often under glass. This more comfortable library setting will allow the books to be seen as a whole. We will also be featuring two dimensional print and painted art that celebrate both words and the book.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 5:00pm
“Tied” is a solo exhibition by book and paper artist, Yoonshin Park. The show features the artist’s new installation series of abstract waterscapes.
“Tied”, the title of the installation, is a phonetic pun on the rising tides and the paper pages bound by thread.
As the water rises and falls, pages of our daily experience add and subtract to and from our memory.
Our daily life permeates our memory just as the ink is absorbed into each page and create new shapes and patterns onto what once was a clean slate of a blank page.
This site-specific exhibition, titled Worn Articles: Heard, Read, Remembered, is conceived for an historical architectural space that carries a long history of spoken text, written text, and embodied text. The Peoples Church of Chicago, located at 941 W. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, was built as a place of receiving text, a place where words would be heard, internalized, and then put into action. It is where the pioneering preacher Preston Bradley spoke of progressive values, ideas, and envisioned a more just society. Constructed in 1925, the building was designed to serve a congregation of 4,000 people. From his pulpit and over the radio waves, Bradley preached equality and stated his opposition to supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. By the time he retired as the senior pastor of Peoples Church in 1978, both the congregation and the Uptown neighborhood had changed significantly. While the congregation became smaller, the building use changed by opening up to other social services and other denominational churches. Today, the building is known as the Preston Bradley Center and is home to three churches (The Peoples Church and two others), a homeless shelter, the Uptown Art Center, and other arts organizations-- in many ways still maintaining Preston Bradley’s vision.
The specific area we will use for our exhibition space within the church is the second balcony, a level no longer used by the remaining congregation. Its seating and windows, the walls themselves, stand in a state of elegant decay, indicating the many years of attendance and the presence of the individuals and collectives that filled the entire church in days of larger gatherings. If the walls of the Peoples Church could speak of its extended history, what stories would they tell? What words of the past might reverberate from the walls of the second balcony? What secrets does it still hold? What of its past can be traced? Further, what ideas does such a space, which is seldom used these days, evoke in us? How can our artistic responses continue to support and echo the relevance of such a space?
For this exhibition, project leaders Sherry Antonini and Eden Unluata are inviting a group of select artists to find inspiration in the history and the current context of the space, and to respond in the form of work that incorporates aspects of text and of clothing. What essence of those two elements still resonates even when tested, aged, worn, and left behind? What remains important and compelling inside once-grand spaces of intention as they are neglected and (partially) forgotten?
Métier Galleries is an art world élan, caught up in the mix and loving every minute. Our program has an array of immensely talented artists and collaborators who have the vision, talent and the moxie to make their mark in this dynamic, global city. Artist Lynn Tsan uses graphical collage comprised of a series of stand along squares to depict Chicago. Her 24-piece grid is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright emphasizing our city's massive steel bridges, the “El” and the "Loop.” Lynn's new work employs squares as the building blocks for walls and tiles for floors and ceilings. Artist Keith Brownlee’s steel sculpture “Iconoclast,” true to its namesake rests, ironically, as a being to be revered yet allows its admirers to sit upon it, encased in its presence and become a part of the work-of-art. Artist Charlie Thorne’s passion for his space is cut into every splinter of his impressive, intricate “neighborhood in a box” series. He narrows his lens further with a series of micro-sculptures built with precision skill. Meticulous and unique. Artist Rahmon Olugunna’s figurative abstractions bring to life a vibrant mosaic of building color and patterns. A third generation Oshogbo artist Rahmon’s pieces evoke their Nigerian origins demonstrating his skill and the vast artistic landscape of Chicago. Artist Patrick Putze’s newest glitchography is integrated with innovation and examines the dichotomies between architectural space and memory. The (de)construction technique of these images is an exploration of what happens to us as we attempt to recall life’s memories that often remain elusive. Despite the frustration one experiences with problematic memory, this works creates the happy accidents that occur in all our lives. All works of art will be on display at Métier Galleries during the program period.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 6:30pm
"ABIGUOUS REFLECTIONS - JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE"
A GROUP-Exhibit of 50 new works including history scale paintings and sculptures by renowned artist Gerald Griffin, Antonio V. Wade, Candace Hunter, Peter N. Gray, Adedeyo Laoye and Raub Welch. The exhibit will challenge the public to revisit, recognize, and resolve lingering attitudes concerning inclusiveness / exclusiness and the concepts of race / gender within a divese society.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:00pm
Marek Janus of Janus Designer couples traditional European design with modernity without compromising craftsmanship. This jewelry collection is comprised of intricate detailing by hand with the finest gems and metals.
Live At The Loft Music Series is a live, music-based program which provides a perfomance and one-on-one interview platform for emerging Chicago artists. Each showcase takes a look behind the scenes to learn more about the artists and what inspires them to create music. It also allows audience members to hear live music and learn more about each artist's performance calendar. Live At The Loft Music Series is a genre-inclusive listening lounge for the people of Chicago.
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 12:00pm
The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center's Member Gallery presents "Architecture: Form and Feature", on view throughout Chicago Artists Month. "Architecture:..." looks at buildings and structures as pure form, and explores the shift in feeling when these forms/motifs are translated into other objects.
The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center (CIADC) welcomes you to our historic 10,500 SF industrial makerspace facility. Come tour our communal Metalworking, Woodworking, Casting and Technology workspaces, learn about our continuing education and shop access programs, and meet our growing maker community! The opening and closing "Open House" dates will serve as the Rogers Park Arts Alliance "Art Round Trip" / CAM kickoff and closing parties.
Activities each date will include demonstrations in metal forging, aluminum casting, wood turning, and digital fabrication, as well as artists talks by members of the Chicago Sculpture International (as part of the "Sculpture Among Us - Inspiring Communities Through Art" series). There will be "maker" activities for all ages!
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 2:00pm
This dual exhibit examines the rich , often multi-generational historical and active artists creating and residing in the Beverly Morgan Park Historic district in Chicago.
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 3:00pm
This exhibition featured the work of more than 20 artists who will take you on a visual tour of Chicago that only the residents of their neighborhoods are privy to. Artists include Melvin King, Quinton Foreman, Sherman Beck, Sebron Grant, Keith D. Connor and Everett C. Williams.
Every Sunday at 2pm, a neighborhood walk, South Shore: Evolution of the Soul Coast, will start at the South Shore Cultural Center and feature many architectural and historial highlights.
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 5:30pm
The collaborative exhibition "Scenes From A Hidden Life" will feature photographs taken by filmmaker Sara Peak Convery over a period of more than twenty years. These images became integral to creating her documentary "I Never Said I Wasn't Happy". Cyd Peak, associate producer of the film (and sister of the filmmaker) is a writer and her responses to some of the images in the exhibition will be displayed on the wall along with the photographs, providing another response to the shared yet different experience of growing up in the same household.
Thu, 10/08/2015 - 1:00pm
In honor of the 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM), the ENERI Access Series is pleased to present the following innovative, diverse, original and mostly new programming, which celebrates the City of Chicago's designated 2015 theme, "Chicago, The City as Studio":
An A/V Group Music Video produced by ENERI Communications on the City's theme of "Chicago, The City as Studio." This Video will feature the Impressionist-style pastel paintings of Susan Cua (Greenleaf Art Center, Rogers Park), including her Chicago "El Stop" series (www.susancua.com); the artwork of modern graffiti and North Lawndale-based artist Traz Juarez, whose work was recently shot for Spike Lee's upcoming film, "Chiraq"; "Chicago - Millennial Perspective!" by Bright Young Stars and recent college graduates Michael Nguyen, photographer and Lauren Uchima, photographer and blogger; Chicago "on-site" art featuring some of the City's famous buildings, sites and scenes by the late and great painter, remarkable Grace Lai; original music by Cleofe Guangko Casambre, M.D., who is also a painter (www.cleofeguangkocasambremd.com); and landscape, architectural, scenic photography and digital art by Rieny G. Cualoping, who is also serving as the project's creator and curator and the video director.
The ENERI 2015 CAM Video will debut at The Opening Reception for ENERI's "Remarkable Grace - 2015 Part II" Art Exhibit, which will include an Artist's Talk by Edward W. Lai on "The Life and Legacy of Chicago's Remarkable Grace Lai;"(www.gracelai.org) ; Curator's Tour; and a Live Musical Performance by jazz stars Tatsu Aoki, bassist and founder of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, now in its 20th year (www.tatsuaoki.com) and percussion artist Coco Elysses, a member of the AACM. It all takes place Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the newly-opened 16,000 square foot Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library, at 2100 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago. Wight & Company, in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), provided design-build services for the elegant new Chinatown Branch Library.
Sharyne Tu, Executive Director, Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and David Wu, Executive Director, Pui Tak Center, are scheduled to give greetings. Kam L. Liu and Sadie Liu of Kam L. Liu Realty, are scheduled to provide Chinese translation services as needed.
At 3 p.m. that same day, also at the Chinatown Library, the ENERI Access Series is scheduled to present a Feng Shui take on "Chicago, The City as Studio and More!" This fun Feng Shui lecture will feature renowned Psychic/Feng Shui consultant Karen C. Uchima, a member of the national Psi Squad.
The Art Exhibit at the Chinatown Library is scheduled to run October 8 - October 31, 2015. (www.chipublib.org)
The October 8, 2015 programs are scheduled to be emceed by Mr. Chicago himself, Art Norman, Special Contributor, NBC 5 Chicago TV News and Katie Kim, Reporter, NBC 5 Chicago TV News.
ClearImpact Sound and Event Services, Inc. is serving as A/V Sound and Tech Senior Resource. (www.clearimpactsound.com)
The video has a scheduled YouTube release date of October 9, 2015 (moved up from the previously announced date of November 1, 2015), on the enericom Channel.
The October 8, 2015 Opening Reception and programs are underwritten and free and open to the public, but reservations are required by October 6, 2015 due to limited capacity. RSVP@enericom.net . An eventbrite link has been set up to aid in the Registration process at http://eneri10815.eventbrite.com .
The ENERI Access Series is excited to present, "Chicago, The City as Studio." The program reaches across several artistic genres, including original artwork - traditional, modern and digital; original music both live and recorded; video; photography and painting.
Grace Lai (1927-2010) was a colorful Chicago artist who specialized in the historical "on-site" documentation of Chicago's ever-evolving architecture. Her spectacular paintings captured the dramatic demolition and ongoing transformation of Chicago's impressive skyline. Her paintings of pen and ink and watercolor wash are a part of BP Amoco's permanent collection, the Northwestern Hospital art collection, and many private collections. She was also the official artist of the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council in Hillside, Illinois, which housed over 100 originals of her large-scale works. Grace Lai painted views of Chicago specializing in construction projects, in pen and ink and watercolor wash.
She began her career in her late fifties, after her husband Harry Lai, an artist, passed away. While he was alive she worked closely with him in his graphic arts and hand sign-painting business, Acme Studio. After his death in 1985 she attended the same school that he and their son Edward attended, Chicago's American Academy of Art. Grace Lai made history as the oldest student to ever graduate from the Academy. Her renderings of Chicago's Trump Tower (in 2007 and 2008) would end up being the last two paintings she created before she passed away in 2010 at the age of 82. She left her legacy in approximately 200 original paintings that she created, featuring every famous Chicago building in the City, as well as many of its beaches, skies and lake.
PROFILE/EDWARD W. LAI
Edward W. Lai, Harry and Grace Lai's son, and an artist and graphic designer and a graduate of Chicago's American Academy of Art, will present a talk, "The Life and Legacy of Chicago's Remarkable Grace Lai." Grace Lai at one time was a Sunday School teacher in Chicago's Chinatown, and ENERI finds it befitting that one of the first exhibits being presented in the architecturally spectacular new Chinatown library, will showcase her work.
Tatsu Aoki is the founder and Executive Director of Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW), the region's leading presenter of the Asian American cultural arts and the critically acclaimed annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and the Tsukasa Taiko Legacy arts residency project. Aoki is an award winning artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music.
Coco Elysses is a musician, actress, voice-over artist, screenwriter and poet. She is a percussionist, vocalist, arranger, lyricist, and songwriter, and hails from Robbins, Illinois. Elysses began her musical studies with clarinet and viola and has been performing in community theatre since the age of eight. She was a member of the musical ensemble "Samana," the first all-female ensemble to perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival. She leads "El Corazon Negro," an Afro-Latin Jazz ensemble.
Her discography includes “Samana,” “The Tracey King Project,” “AACM 35th Anniversary Concert Series”, Hector Silveira’s” The Young Voice of Cuban Music, ”Nicole Mitchell’s “African Rising,” Raiza’s “Latino Soul,” and her self-titled demo, “Coco Elysses, Wildflower.”
Coco Elysses was a featured musician in the book, “Black Women and Music: More than The Blues,” documenting historical female musicians and “Jazz-A Documentary” featuring several Chicago musicians. Elysses performed with the Great Black Music Ensemble of the AACM in Pisa, Italy for the Insolent Noise Festival, at Millennium Park Chicago for the “Tribute to Fred Anderson,” and with George Lewis at the University of Chicago Artspeaks Festival. She has also performed with Renee Baker’s “Chicago Modern Orchestra Project.” She was a featured artist in “Taiko Legacy 8” at the Museum of Contemporary Art with Tatsu Aoki, “Tsukasa Taiko” and Amy Homma. She also performed with Tatsu Aoki’s “Miyumi Project” at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.
Her poetry is featured in “99 New Poems: A Contemporary Anthology.” She is also a featured essayist in, “America is…Personal Essays for Social Justice.” A few of her noted recordings were in Chile, South America, with Raiza, on their CD, “Latin Soul-EMI” and Nicole Mitchell’s “Africa Rising.”
Coco Elysses is a member of AFTRA-SAG, AEA and the AFM.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
1."Remarkable Grace 2015 - Part II" Art Exhibit - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library
2. "ENERI Access Series Presents: Chicago, The City as Studio" Exhibit Opening Reception, Program, Live Musical Performance and Video Screening -Thursday, October 8, 2015, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Rieny G. Cualoping (Creator, Photographer, Artist, Curator, Director, Producer, Editor) (www.enericom.net) and Edward W. Lai (Artist, Graphic Designer); showcasing Chicago Works by Grace Lai (1927-2010)
3. Related Program:
Original Live Music Performance: ENERI Access Series Presents: Tatsu Aoki Duo on "The City as Studio" (Tatsu Aoki, Founder of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival on Bass) (www.tatsuaoki.com); (www.taikolegacy.com); (www.miyumiproject.com) and Coco Elysses on Conga Drums/Percussion (www.cocoelysses.com);
4. Related Program:
ENERI Access Series Presents: "The City as Studio: The A/V Group Music Video"
Featuring artwork by Susan Cua (Painter/Musician/Poet) (www.susancua.com); Rieny G. Cualoping (Photographer/Creator/Editor) (www.enericom.net); Traz Juarez (Urban Graffiti Artist) with "Chicago: Millennial Perspective!" by Bright Young Stars Michael Nguyen (Photographer) and Lauren Uchima (Photographer); With Original Music on the theme composed by Cleofe Guangko Casambre, M.D.
5. Related Program:
ENERI Access Series Presents: Karen C. Uchima, Psychic/Feng Shui Consultant - Talk on "Chicago, The City as Studio and More!" Thursday, October 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
6. YouTube Release - Friday, October 9, 2015 (New Date) on The enericom Channel
Thu, 10/08/2015 - 5:00pm
Viewing Chicago and the World from Truman College: Expressions in Watercolor " features paintings by artists in the college’s Department of Professional and Personal Development watercolor class- artists from all walks of life who meet on Saturday mornings to paint. The group is always evolving; some members have been meeting and painting for over 20 years while others have joined more recently. Their work comprises portraits, landscapes, still-life and abstract paintings covering a range of subjects.
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 5:00pm
The artists of Envision Unlimited are known for inventive installations that feature a courageous sense of color embedded in deeply textured and densely detailed surfaces. This exhibition features the work of over 50 artists working in 8 studios across Chicago. This collection of drawings, paintings, quilts, ceramics, figures and carpets reflects the environmental concerns of our makers and continues a rich tradition of repurposing people and materials. The art on exhibit is primarily made with repurposed materials by people who have developmental disabilities working in collaborative studio settings.
Gallerique is pleased to exhibit the work of Diana P. Gabriel and Ben Holiday in Studioscapes. Through the use of bright colors, intricate designs and linear marks, the two artists mimic the still, vertical luminosity of Chicago architecture.
Where Holiday's paintings feature detailed skylines and architectural elements, Gabriel's site-specific installations make physical the linear, complex facades found within Holiday's canvases. Through installations that react, attach and shape themselves specifically to the walls they are created within, Gabriel outlines and enhances each space's interior. Mimicking expansive city grids and intricate blueprints, her installations explore and expose the enticing patterns and compositions found in Holiday's paintings.
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 6:00pm
The People’s Pamphlets is a risograph edition of 25 tri-fold pamphlets by contemporary artists. Brochures are not thematically oriented, rather they animate the interests of each individual artist in a wildly disparate, fantastically in-cohesive manner. While digitally distributed media has fast usurped pen and paper as a means of communication, certain public spaces remain deeply hospitable to the dynamism and efficacy of print media. Festivals, welcome centers, information kiosks, transit depots, shopping hubs and the like remain stocked with brochures, bi-folds, tri-folds, pamphlets, fliers, and circulars—all free for the indiscriminate taking. As a curatorial endeavor, the People’s Pamphlets is situated within of history of the artist-brochure in the broader context of artists' books and ephemera, and considers the continued relevance of print within sites of spectacle, tourism or travel – particularly as these spaces themselves continue to digitize. To that end, the project also operates within the broader history of cultural “festivalism” which has deep roots in grand tours, world’s fairs, biennials and, more recently, trade expositions and art fairs. The name is a nod to the Chicago Cultural Center, which was once coined the "People’s Palace" and remains central a destination for culture and…pamphlets. Curated by Jessica Cochran.
Gurl Don’t Be Dumb
Lise Haller Baggesen Ross
Cathy Alva Mooses
Adam Pantić (Pulp & Pastry)
Keiko Nemeth, Richard Schemm and Philip Livingston unite to explore the decoding constructs of nature's geometry and architecture. This exhibition is a multi-pointed awareness of the concept of form following function - asking what is the artist's function in society: decoding surroundings and civilizations which influence us (local storytelling and spirit life buried in our soil), understanding that the land with its minerals and resources become us, translate into us - what we are and where our DNA lineage originates. This collective exhibition taps into these structures - pyramids and buildings which change the structure of energy; visual imagery uniting universal constructs. By integrating local color and forms through gestural interpretations, these images attempt to deconstruct the stream of synthesis. Their canvases and surfaces translate a measured knowledge of ancient structures removing the archaic but bringing forth truth.
“Historias de mi Ama” will be an experimental-narrative show. Through visual, audio, and interactive installations we will create multidimensional, interdisciplinary installations which will explore the lived experiences that shaped our realities as Latinxs. The idea stems from the commonality of paranormal and supernatural existences as an accepted part of everyday life. This commonality manifests itself in the conversations one might have with their family late at night over a cup of “chocolate caliente”. APT 512 is thrilled to create an event that highlights the spaces our community inhabits. Through this exhibition we will help others explore these physical and metaphysical spaces that have molded our culture and defined us as Latinxs.
Crude Creatures presents "The Death of Gallery" Chapter 1 - The Ocean
with Bruce Wilson, Frank Oswald, Gha Sjka, James Chrzan, and Jenny Koehler
The Death of Gallery is a project to challenge gallery's role in contemporary society.
Art is no longer limited as product. There are many different kinds of art which are not only exist as objects but also exist in forms like space, concept, and time which cannot be owned. Also, the growth of internet and social media has changed the notion of art. People are no longer necessary to buy art or visit gallery. People experience art through their digital devices, and they also share the experiences on online. These factors are causing recession on current gallery system, and galleries will no longer able to embrace contemporary art movements if they just remain as art stores. Through the project "The Death of Gallery", Crude Creatures will present series of experimental exhibitions to find new vision in contemporary gallery system.
"The Ocean" is the introductory exhibition of "The Death of Gallery" project. When all small drops converge into one, it becomes an ocean. Contemporary culture is like an ocean; however, it is the ocean formed with distinguishable small drops. It seems like one big flow, but it is actually just an assembly of individual movements. Every single drop argues its own values and perspectives, and it has its own distinctive gestures. The exhibition will be a small example of the contemporary art scene. Crude Creatures will feature five artists who practices their own creative movements, and the composition of different characteristics in their practices will describe how the ocean flows.
Harmonia and her mother, Melodye Benson Rosales have collaborated on a series of new works depicting a collective truth told through monochromatic attitude and dressed in the racialization of Political Correctness.
Strange Bedfellows is an exhibition of paintings by artist Kenrick Mcfarlane, featuring acoustical vibrations by DJ Michael McClean. Together these disparate mediums are shaped to cultivate a heightened sensory experience, predicated on synchronicity within the mundane. Mcfarlane and McClean received their BFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.
Chicago is a studio for lifelong Pilsen resident and printmaker Christopher Urias and his printmaker wife Kathy Steichen. They found their inspiration in lost and recently found family photos of his childhood in Pilsen. Apartments and homes in urban Pilsen in the 1970s and the 2015 Fiesta del Sol neighborhood festival serve as a backdrop for painterly monoprints they created together. Share family, fun, the streets of Pilsen and the lights and scenes of the more that 4 decade old Fiesta del Sol, a neighborhood tradition.
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 7:00pm
This body of work speaks to a hybrid reality, born of an Iranian-US experience – anchored in the artist’s new home, Chicago. As such, the work is grounded in traditional Iranian customs, yet bears a distinct overlay of US/Chicago culture.
The exhibit will come to life via seven storefronts along 18th Street, in Pilsen. It will be comprised of mixed media, including: paintings, installations, sculpture and be very experiential. Using the power of Social media, the viewers will be able to relate to this exhibit and share their own images using #Whisperingwalls during 2 months of this exhibit.
“Wall to Wall” at ArtSpace 1550
From the first Cave painting to the emergence of graffiti art, man has used the wall to preserve the fundamentals of human civilization. Our fascination and dependence on the wall as a site for communicating ideas and feelings, creating aesthetic environments, and chronicling our visual history will be explored in the exhibition "Wall to Wall". Shown at ArtSpace 1550, this exhibition is open to all artists living or working within a 25 mile radius of downtown Chicago. ArtSpace 1550 is a new creative gathering place for the Chicago community and is situated in the center of the West Loop art district. Founded in July of 2015 by Chicago artist and educator Carol Brookes, ArtSpace 1550 is dedicated to providing space for creatives to meet and collaborate while also cultivating community through exhibitions and events. “Wall to Wall” marks our first exhibition, and with support from Chicago Artist Month, we hope to open our doors to Chicago’s creative community and share with them the services we intend to provide as an organization. “Wall to Wall” begins our 2015/16 exhibition program. We accept proposals on a regular basis from emerging Chicago curators and continually work to provide the creative community with a productive and supportive outlet for its endeavors.
SPECIAL EVENT, Carol Brookes Open Studio:
In addition to the “Wall to Wall” exhibition reception, curator and founder Carol Brookes, whose art studio adjoins ArtSpace 1550, will hold an open studio event with the public and provide hands on demonstrations of her own unique process of art making during the exhibition opening. Visitors will see how simple epoxy and industrial materials are transformed into the stunning wall sculptures for which Brookes is known.
Under The Freeway is a one-night event presented by artists Connie Noyes and Marvin Tate. The materials and methods used to produce this project are: Visual art, audio production, audience participation, interviews, and community involvement. The project poses difﬁcult questions by highlighting the interconnected extremes of a classist society.
In order to attend this clandestine event, guests must ﬁnd their way to the location by completing tasks and following guidelines created by the artists. First, everyone must RSVP HERE. If you possess the appropriate means, this will likely seem simple. However, if this is a struggle, please reach out to the artists for assistance.
Follow the website UNDER THE FREEWAY for the latest updates and to find out how you can participate! All ARE WELCOME.
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Under the Freeway was conceived by Noyes after receiving a cardboard box in her studio. Her studio, located at the junction of I-94 and I-55 in Chicago is less than 100 feet from where Chicago’s most invisible citizens make their home. The box arrived at a time when she was engaged with major designers, working on commissions for display in public spaces. "The visual schism between these two worlds was the catalyst for this project." said Noyes. As an artist, Noyes had struggled with the idea of displacement on several occasions, but the actuality of being homelessness is more fear than reality.
Others are not so lucky. Many citizens do not have the appropriate resources to overcome dire life events or escape from extreme poverty. As mental health and addiction programs cease to exist or become less affordable, as jobs are lost, and rents rise, homelessness increases. Even more intrinsic to the problem, our most vulnerable citizens are perceived by many to have no value.
JOIN US for this event UNDER THE FREEWAY!!
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 7:30pm
Liquor, Sausage, and Lies about Her Future is a solo exhibition featuring Robert Sebanc. While contrasting old and new materials, Sebanc makes use of his observations and experiences in the urban landscape along with found objects and photographs to challenge the perception of both meaning and history along with the transformation of memories and materials. The show is primarily comprised of large scale paintings on canvas that create a dialogue between abstract works eluding to urban decay and representational works exploring imagery from found polaroid photographs. Each painting, installation and sculpture engages the viewer to experience the work as both observer and participant. Materiality plays an important role in this relationship, bringing to mind a familiarity with memories, experience that is both tangible and elusive, the urban environment and the narratives within it.
Robert Sebanc is a Painter and Mixed Media Artist living and working in Chicago IL. Sebanc received his B.F.A and M.A.A.E. from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and M.F.A. from the Lesley University College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago IL; Lacuna Artist Lofts, Chicago IL; Windsor Whitney Biennial, New York NY; International Multimedia Artist Exhibition, Rebellion, Museo del Brigantaggio, Itri, Latina, Italy; Backlash, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York City NY; Abstract, Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge IL; Lucid Art Lab, Chicago IL; Revolution 2012, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago IL; Shades of Grey, Studio 659, Whiting IN; Guichard Gallery, Chicago IL; Flag Stop: Alternative contemporary art event, Los Angeles CA.
Locallective is a rotating 5,000 sqft gallery and event space, hosting both public and private events that feature local talent with concentrations in the finest of art, music, fashion, food and drink. Located in Chicago’s eclectic Wicker Park, Locallective Loft accommodates unparalleled urban events in a uniquely converted gallery space.
Sat, 10/10/2015 - 6:00pm
The Kessler Syndrome is a scenario in which the high density of space debris orbiting Earth creates the possibility that a single collision between objects could cause an infinite cascade of collisions, rendering space exploration and the use of satellites unfeasible. The work in this series is comprised of castings of older work, grafts and agglutinations of wood, paint, and acrylic mediums; processes centered around a comparison to the hyperobjectivity of orbital debris.
30 model size billboards featuring artwork by Mujeres Mutantes Art Collective and Chicago's female graffti and street artists. Artists will project how the city shapes their work, hopes, dreams showing that roots no matter how humble can be boundless. A graffiti mural surrounded by a cityscape made of colorful refuse and recycled materials will accompany the exhibition. Opening reception night will feature live painting by exhibiting artists and workshops are scheduled through the month of October.
Best Kept Secrets is an ongoing exhibition celebrating the creativity and innovation of emerging artists through the Chicagoland area. It was created by Chicago artist Angie Redmond Artist.
Sun, 10/11/2015 - 11:30am
Join us for Family Art Day on Saturday October 10th, an afternoon family celebration with the arts, including hands on mask-making and a mural creation by all. Enjoy music, entertainment and refreshments.
Everyone from the Family Art Day is invited to the Art Exhibit Opening on Sunday, October 11th. The mural created on Saturday will be unveiled in the gallery exhibit.
Celebrate the opening reception of the Fall Art Show | Growing Community, in the Gallery at Unity, on Sunday October 11th, featuring live music and refreshments, and the cutting of the birthday cake, celebrating The Gallery at Unity’s first birthday. The Fall Art Show is a juried show, open to all Chicago Artists.
Sun, 10/11/2015 - 12:00pm
The urban fabric of Chicago has always been characterized by the competing forces of infrastructural and engineering marvel and the historically embedded local character of ever evolving communities. The Last Mile project, based in the Jefferson Park and Forest Glen neighborhoods, aims to activate these forces and expand the idea of infrastructure so as to include both the physical and social dimensions and redefine the relationship that exist between structure and agency.
With support from the 45th Ward Alderman Arena’s office, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation, the Good City Group (GCG) along with fellow artists and local residents launch the first of multiple installations and culture walks by taking over an alleyway space connecting the Jefferson Park Transit Center to the neighborhood heart of Jefferson Park. Together, we will use the alleyway’s horizontal and vertical surfaces to discuss and devise map routes for culture walks, from one neighborhood to another and from one mode of transportation to another. Directing this discussion at the very center of Jefferson Park, in the outdoor passage and important link that the alley offers, will allow our group to curate genuine engagement that’s both democratic and open. Conversation will spark from the researched and analyzed concepts that GCG has developed, and design will take shape organically as participants contest and confirm, bringing their own narratives about familiar spaces, people, environment. The Last Mile, created by and for the neighborhood residents, will extend to late spring of 2016. Each installation and culture walk will build upon the previous ones, and develop into a nuanced storyline.
Sun, 10/11/2015 - 1:30pm
The exhibition is created by the Chicago Womens Caucus for Art (CWCA), representing mid-career, established and international artists that offer unique approaches to their artistic discipline in a variety of media. Each artist examines Chicago, its environment and the diversity that makes Chicago so emblematic.
Sun, 10/11/2015 - 2:00pm
The Artists Breakfast Group is a networking and support group of Chicago artists who seek to share information, advice, camaraderie and good conversation. Their show, Caffeine IX, will present recent works by this eclectic group of professional artists. They will partner with the Chicago Society of Artists, to celebrate their first portfolio titled, Chicago. The portfolio is curated by Rene Arceo, teacher, printmaker and artist represented in Pilsen's National Museum of Mexican Art. This collaboration will provide the opportunity to present print-making workshops to a wider audience.
Chicago consists of multilayered, diversified, multilingual areas whose spirit and creative energy defies the boundaries of precincts, neighborhoods and even communities. Chicago is a concept, a gathering of ideas put into action by a people who are fluid, in constant transition, resourceful, original, and all sharing the backdrop of the City as their Studio.
Two groups who characterize this shared visual inspiration are the Artists Breakfast Group and the Chicago Society of Artists. For the first time they will partner with the one another for a shared art exhibit.
The Chicago Society of Artists is premiering its first print portfolio, appropriately titled "Chicago," curated by Rene Arceo, a respected teacher and printmaker, whose work is represented in the National Mexican Art Museum. The show will include new works in print that reflect the Chicago as the subject or inspiration.
Sharing gallery space is Caffeine IX, the Artists Breakfast Group’s annual exhibit featuring new works by the member artists include paintings, mixed media, prints, photography and 3-D work.
This innovative pairing is advantageous to both, since the portfolio would give added exposure to the sale of the portfolio and its artists, and provide workshops during the Caffeine IX exhibit.
Both organizations, the Chicago Society of Artists and the Artists Breakfast Group, have some shared membership who will be participating in the portfolio and the Caffeine IX Exhibit. Some of these members are: Catherine Cajandig, Sandra Holubow, James Mesple, Julia Oehmke, and Sandra Reibscheid.
The exhibit will be held in the Old Town Triangle Association Gallery in the Near North community, but the exhibiting artists live and work in many Chicago neighborhoods.
Thu, 10/15/2015 - 5:00pm
Sights, Sounds and Sensations of the City
Select artists from “Cornelia Arts Building – Where Art Works” exhibiting in the Loop
The city of Chicago boasts over 75 neighborhoods with distinguishing personas experienced through their cuisine, shopping, art, history, architecture and heritage. The common thread is they all bring an element of excitement to the senses. This collection of work focuses on the rich colors, textures and sounds that ebb and flow as one moves about the city.
Sights, Sounds and Sensations of the City is a juried exhibition of work from the Cornelia Arts Building artists that will be on display across town in the State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University, bringing these distinct neighborhoods, known for their appreciation of the arts, together in celebration of Chicago Arts Month. The work will be on display September 1 – December 22, 2015. An artists’ reception will be held October 15, 2015, 5:00-7:00pm.
The Cornelia Arts Building, established in 1986, is one of the largest all-artist studio buildings on Chicago's Northside. Situated in a former ice house built in 1910, the building is the working space of over fifty local artists and artisans, including sculptors, painters, photographers, ceramic artists, print-makers, jewelry designers, textile artisans, and more. Located at 1800 West Cornelia Avenue, the building rests at the border of three distinct Chicago Neighborhoods; Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and North Center. An open house is scheduled for October 2, 2015, 6:00-10:00pm at the Cornelia Arts Building. For more information, visit www.corneliaartsbuilding.com.
The State Street Gallery, established in 2004, is part of Robert Morris University - Illinois’ main campus on the southeast edge of the Loop. The gallery is an outlet for art education and cultural enrichment for the University's students, employees and the surrounding community. The building itself, located at 401 South State Street, has a significant place in Chicago’s architectural history as is was the first downtown department store opened by Sears and Roebuck, Co.
State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University
401 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 6:00 pm
Exhibits and artists’ receptions are FREE and open to the public.
Thu, 10/15/2015 - 6:00pm
Team Art Chicago and Genesis Art Supply will partner up to create an entire series of live open studio sessions with some of Chicago's top artists. The series will be open to the public to view how a live collaborative art exhibit evolves.
Team Art Chicago 's Blank Canvas exhibit will take place at Genesis Art Supply during Chicago Artists month from October 15th-November 6th. The exhibit will open on Thursday October 15th with a gallery filled with blank canvases. Over the course of the following weeks Team Art artists will come in one day at a time and collaborate or individually indulge in paint sessions, turning Genesis into a consistent live open artists studio. Artists will paint their interpretation of "City as Studio". Each artist session will be announced on social media and encourage the public to come and watch. Artists can use the live painting sessions as mini receptions with entertainment and beverages. All different art mediums will be used and explored to demonstrate the broad range of artistic talent this city has to showcase.
All canvases will be completed by Friday November 6th for the Team Art Chicago exhibition. There will be one large canvas left which all artists can work on this evening as well as the public. A final collaborative piece and live music will be performed.
Team Art is a group of artist helping each other sharing our visions, events, art. Their social media platform is place to post your events and art work and ask other members to share, like, and comment. As one person we are strong but as many we are super heroes.
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 5:30pm
MANIFOLD GARDEN is an exploration puzzle game that imagines a universe with a different set of physical
laws. It is set in an architectural environment filled with mysteries, reminiscent of certain M.C.
Escher artworks, where the game player utilizes a unique gravity manipulation mechanic to turn
walls into floors. Players also manipulate perspectives as they navigate mindboggling architecture
designs. The game is being designed by Chicago‐based artist and physicist Willy Chyr and is set to be released on Playstation 4, PC, Mac and Linux in 2016. VGA is organizing an artist residency with UIC Maker Space that will include game development educational workshops for students and the public. The project will culminate in a one weekend exhibition at Mana Contemporary that features prints of game environments, select video and animation, the game itself and a unique, immersive installation environment that places the viewer within a projection of the game itself.
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 6:00pm
The PROXIMITY / Nearness in Space and Time /
FIVE Contemporary Visual Artists Working in Chicago: Iwona Biedermann, Katarzyna Derda, Jola Nawrocka, Lidia Rozmus and Irena Siwek
The exhibition is a visual narrative of FIVE POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS who refuse to be defined exclusively by language as their cultural identity. They assert themselves into being and belonging by creating from within the multicultural experience. Their identity is never static but is always in the making, stimulating the creative exploration. Language and cultural memories can be adopted and translated into images that transcend spoken language.
The presence of the past always alters reality, but our perception of reality leaves a lot to the imagination.What bridges memory of the past with the present is the willingness of artists to confront boundaries and transform them within their work. Art opens new possibilities of understanding the differences and similarities between cultures and people. It keeps us engaged by participating in the dialogue with community where we live and work.
Like a new memory, a new sense of place is created, and the exhibition offers diversity of visual styles:
The poetic and blurry content of Iwona Biedermann’s photographs penetrate the landscape with the passage of time, through long exposures of pinhole camera.
Katarzyna Derda enriches the dark shadows of the lith print with a playful melancholy. Her images resonate with moments of solitary emotions. By placing dolls in urban settings to tell the story, she creates photographs that are imaginative, illusive and unconventional.
It is the layered horizon that divides the canvas in Jola Nawrocka’s paintings and though the proximity is seemingly absent in her work - the journey through the layers connects the viewer closer to its own horizon.
Lidia Rozmus uses an ancient technique of sumi-e (ink and brush) to create abstract paintings. Her work relies on simplicity of thought, action, and form to create works of understated beauty.
Drawings by Irena Siwek transform the ordinary to elevate the simplicity. The creative authenticity of her work is intriguing, engaging, whimsical and introspective.
Our experiences may be different, but within the creative proximity we continue to marvel in the mystery and simply find what is human in all of us.
To celebrate Chicago Artists Month and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Project Onward presents When I Paint My Masterpiece. This group exhibition highlights the artists of Project Onward and other successful artists who are working in progressive studios throughout Chicagoland. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures, and textiles, each of the featured artists' work embraces, defies, and transcends notions of disability. Opening night will feature live musical and theatrical performances featuring individuals with and without disabilities. When I Paint My Masterpiece is supported by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.
each year we sponsor a series of events for local emerging artists. These exhibits give younger artists a chance to show in an established art gallery as well as giving them the background on how to present themselves and the art they represent in a professional manner to assist them in furthering their art careers.
Everyone encounters moments of anxiety, depression, paranoia, confusion, or any of a growing list of symptoms related to mental health. Artists Megan Sterling and Matt Bodett have teamed up with Hamdard Healthcare and the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts to exhibit work that confronts notions of health and healing. Using a variety of 2D media the artists are able to capture glimpses of the moments we all face but cannot find the words to describe.
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 7:00pm
Join us for the anticipated solo exhibition of legendary Chicago artist Marcos Raya. Curated by Sergio Gomez, this exhibition provides an updated and insightful look into the life and work of one of Chicago’s most prolific artists of his generation. An immigrant from Mexico who moved to Chicago at the age of sixteen (1964), Raya has emerged from the Chicago Latino community as a contemporary artist voicing the complexities and socio-political struggles of a world in peril. From his early and humble beginnings of painting street murals, to his current elaborated paintings and installations that now are part of important collections such as Chicago’s MCA, Snite Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Richard Harris Collection among others, Raya continues to articulate a reality beyond geographic borders and into a collective experience that seems increasingly similar across continents. His social commentary penetrates into the fragments of our psyche and questions the norms of our common social practices. Marcos Raya. A Sophisticated Razkuache (the failure of elegance and the triumph of a lack of resources), brings honor to a Chicago-based artist whose affinity and determination to see beyond the status quo, makes him a relevant and important artist in the world today.
Fragments of a ceremonial circumscribing of space are evident in the work of Marcos Raya. Through an extension of his own personal space. Breaking boundaries, his “frontera” is filled with assemblages that takes life from the residue of crisis. His installations operate as both a self portrait and collective history. It is in the context of a merging dual reality of medical and psychological proportions. Repainted furniture, surgical supplies, baroque representations, small reliquaries and the use of plaster cast bodies are all open to his visual commentary. His active space is an aesthetic of abundance and display that presents traces of the ongoing struggles with the urban displacements. Rayas edge is both intimate in a domestic construction and sinister in a SPECTACLE OF PUBLIC DIMENSION. His affinity with surrealism, American pop, Mexican folk and rascuachismo tells the tale of an outsider artist from the inside. An artist who took inspiration from the alleys, streets, cantinas, factories and hospitals shows us the dark side of this very dark world of the 21st Century.
Marcos Raya has shown his work in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Smart Museum of the University of Chicago, the Snite Museum of the University of Notre Dame, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and he was subject of a retrospective in Institution Ospicio Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico and a one man show in London 2013. Marcos Raya will be part of the upcoming exhibition "Surrealism the Configured Life" at Chicago’s MCA in the Fall of 2015
As a psychologist, Dr. Michael Durst’s artwork creates not only beauty for the beholder, but also a state of relaxation and healing. His work is varied: realism, impressionism, abstracts and his Fractal Visions, created using mathematic algorithms, But whatever the style, his artwork evokes an emotional link to the heart-thus the name of his web site: www.HeartscapePaintings.com His artwork showing the vibrancy of Chicago through the eyes of a 21st Century Impressionist.
His exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Cape Town, the Netherlands and India have received rave reviews and gained Dr. Durst international renown. Dr. Durst's Fractal Visions have won hundreds of First Place awards from Fine Art International and Fine Art America.
Art only asks that we not stand still. This exhibit, "Voluptuous Anarchy" is the culmination of 40 years of practice of photography, theater and dance. Its focus is my transition into a multi-media expression involving, video,stills,and sound.
This is the reception for publising my new book, "Diagonal Flying". This book will include
photographs, poems and vues on life framed in my 45 years of studying martial arts.
this book will be published online and in print in a very limited edition.
Mr. Rios is a neighborhood guy. He's lived in West Humboldt Park, a patch of Chicago's west side that floats between Austin and Garfield Park, for as long as anyone can remember. He's an anchor in the community, not only because of his indelible presence as a progressive community member and family man (husband, father, grandfather), but because of the amalgam of outsider pop art that he's manufactured behind his house. Like a horizontal urban totem pole, Mr. Rios's permanent installation gleams behind chainlink fence in a nondescript alley. Combining cartoon characters, namesake license plates, signage, random artifacts, and a crowning pagoda, the patchwork art exhibit wows any onlooker. For years, those who have seen his work are his family members and the neighbors whose garages surround Mr. Rios. But since late 2014, when budding arts space Silent Funny opened its doors, the space's creative directors, who were instantly wowed by the work, always make it a point to show resident artists and gallery attendees Mr. Rios's outdoor exhibit. Based on the unanimously rousing and enthusiastic responses from all who see his work, Silent Funny approached Mr. Rios to find out if he'd be okay with them setting up a show for him as part of Chicago Artists Month 2015. He simply replied: "Anyone who wants to see my art can see my art." Therefore, Silent Funny, a double-wide warehouse space whose west warehouse door opens right up on Mr. Rios's exhibit, or permanent installation, wants to host a show for Mr. Rios where attendees can enter through Silent Funny's front door, walk through the warehouse (which will have information displayed about the artist and celebratory libations like any good art celebration), and enter Mr. Rios's outdoor exhibit through the space's back door onto the alley. The alley entry points will be blocked off on Karlov, Kedvale, and south of Rice so that no thru-traffic will get in the way of people viewing Mr. Rios's work. Coincidentally, Chicago design art gurus Luftwerk have an exhibit set up in Silent Funny's east warehouse through November, so this can run in conjunction with Mr. Rios's show in order to fuse two key elements of Silent Funny’s mission as a mixed-use creative space: to bring blue chip art to West Humboldt Park, and to bring West Humboldt Park to those seeking singular art exhibits.
Sat, 10/17/2015 - 3:00pm
Madame Pilar & Ajani Akinade join forces to present creative works that represent the energy of ritual & tradition expressed through their respective spiritual journeys. Their Exhibition entitled “Yoruba In Me” will showcase Pilar's Paintings & Orisa-inspired Wearable Art as well as Ajani's exquisite Fine Art & Graphic Design images. As residents of urban Chicago, the Artist’s work also reflects the Windy City’s own collage-like diversity of culture and creativity. Pilar & Ajani represent two different aspects of spirituality depicted through their respective artforms; Sango vs. Ochosi, Yin vs. Yang, Male vs. Female, Color vs. Black & White, Abstract vs. Detail. "Yoruba In Me" is a visual dichotomy of artistic proportions.
Sun, 10/18/2015 - 2:30pm
This exhibit takes us into the working studio - the streets of Chicago - of Jesse Howard, Nationally-renowned Chicago-based artist, and winner of the 2015 Juror's Award at the Wright Museum of Beloit; Jesse’s work shows the gritty underside of Chicago’s disenfranchised men, women & children, many of them of color; his works capture how their very existence puts into stark relief the hypocrisy of our national society, made personal here in Chicago.
Fri, 10/23/2015 - 5:00pm
Monuments are deliberate gestures—objects or structures created to commemorate an event, person or era. Their meaning is usually imposed, and they often serve as focal points for aspirational civic and political attributes like valor and sacrifice, or to underscore a foundational political narrative. But their meaning can transform, changing over time as the relevance of their symbolism ebbs and flows due to social and political shifts. Like monuments, architecture and photography are also inflected with a grace of intention, and both have the ability to commemorate or represent a nation, event, time or place. The act of photographing monuments and buildings transforms them, sometimes revealing some of the original qualities and more closely evoking the response that they were originally intended to have. And photographs have an inherent memorial quality. This group exhibition examines the work of international artists, some of whose work addresses actual monuments, some whom look at architecture and its relationship to memory and how its importance and symbolism can shift over time, and others approach the idea of the future monument.
From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry, from the Illinois Institute of Technology to the adaptive reuse of the new Google “campus,” Chicago exemplifies Urban Theorist Jane Jacobs’ statement: “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.” While written in 1961 this quote, from Jacob’s seminal work "The Life and Death of Great American Cities," continues to have resonance today.
Students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts will explore and question this statement through a series of site visits to both everyday and extraordinary architecture and public spaces throughout Chicago. Students will use their research to create site-specific installations throughout our school’s old building that dates from 1903. Through history, theory and practice, students will use Chicago as their “studio,” and the public spaces within their school as a collaborative “canvas” as they analyze the impact of our built environment and how architecture and urban design stifles and inspires innovation.
Fri, 10/23/2015 - 6:00pm
What does it mean to live in an artist community? Bloomingdale Arts Building, designed, owned and managed by artists is twelve years old. The art work on display is a group exhibit with photography that reflects the texture of urban Chicago by Pauline Kochanski. Laura Weathered presents a visual history of the transformation of the vacant industrial space into twenty five work/live spaces. Robert Lopez offers a photographic story that captures social context of neighborhood change. Community TV Network presents a series of short media works by teens over the last twenty years . Film events include a recent feature documentary film about Chicago writer Nelson Algren and Artists in Residence directed by Kelly Luchtman.
The Plein Air Painters of Chicago Show will feature cityscapes and landscapes from throughout the Chicagoland area.
Formed in 2003 by renowned painter, Scott Tallman Powers, the Plein Air Painters of Chicago is an association of like-minded artists who paint together on Saturday mornings in the Chicago area. We are a group (amateur and professional) who paint outside and practice the methods of plein air painting, or painting in the open air, from nature. There are many skill and experience levels within the group. All are welcome.
Each week, we convene at a location in or around Chicago to paint. Location information is distributed via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/37485927294/?fref=ts and through the Palette & Chisel website at www.paletteandchisel.org.
Hunt Tackbary, Director of Showroom Art at Holly Hunt, and Jason Kalajainen, Executive Director of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, will be co-curating and exhibition/art event at FLATSstudio on October 23 in Uptown. Construct will celebrate Chicago Artists Month and the Chicago Architecture Biennial by focusing on new work by young Chicago artists who have been named Luminarts Fellows or were finalists for the fellowship program. The participating artists have proposed work that in some way deals with structures, home, construction, the built environment, or are architectural in nature. Meanwhile, the FLATSstudio exhibition space is very architectural in itself. It is a historic bank lobby that is simultaneously ornate and a bit derelict making it a really interesting backdrop for the work that will be exhibited.
Sat, 10/24/2015 - 12:00pm
A Special Exhibition/Installation titled "Hybrids”. Abstract painters Arielle Marq and Stacey Lee Gee began a unique collaboration. In keeping with this year’s theme “City as Studio”, we began by working from one artist studio to the other, in that we embarked on a series of paintings where one artist begins a painting then surrenders it to the other to continue working. We continue exchanging the paintings until the artwork is fully resolved and realized by both artists. Openness to interchanging our artistic talent created vulnerability that allowed for the creation of something more. Each step is an artistic plateau and each plateau is a statement. Every stage is documented with a series of photographs so the viewer is able to see the full conversation between the artists from start to finish resulting in an artistic hybrid works of art. In working together in this unique way have resulted in a dramatic expansion in our creative processes. Our willingness to expose ourselves by surrendering and exploring our own creative processes each of us, as artists, has formed a true collaborative venture. This collaboration, that is still ongoing, is resulting in true hybrid works of art, which we are excited to show in a hybrid environment.
Sat, 10/24/2015 - 6:00pm
The Woodcut Challenge is a large-scale printmaking project. Artists are asked to use a special set of knives, called gouges, to "draw" into a 40x60'' piece of birch plywood. The block is then rolled with ink and transferred to a sheet of paper, or in this case, canvas, using a piece of heavy machinery (the press!). This technique, called Relief, was invented in China, used by Sumerian merchants, and popularized in the West by European printmakers in the 14th century. Relief printing has played a pivotal role in history, allowing for widespread dissemination of information—for example, the Guttenberg Bible and political broadsides by Jose Guadalupe Posada & others that critiqued the aristocracy and made it possible to organize grassroots labor movements throughout the world.
We have invited twenty artists to each carve their own 40x60'' woodblock, to be printed on canvas and displayed together at Hoofprint Workshop's opening reception for the Woodcut Challenge Portfolio. A majority of the artists are Chicago-based; many live and work just blocks from our studio in Pilsen. Their work varies—some artists focus on mark-making and abstraction, while others address immigration, the politics of food production, and Chicago motifs: what it's like to live and work in the city. A public printing demonstration (Proofing Party!) will be held on Friday, October 2nd, along with tool-sharpening clinics throughout the month. The portfolio will be displayed in its entirety at the opening reception on October 24th.
Tue, 10/27/2015 - 7:00pm
Black girls are among the most significant cultural producers, community connectors,and trendsetters, rarely are their contributions recognized or appreciated. At best, they remain invisible in our public discourse or people assume that all Black girls are doing fine and are “resilient” enough to overcome any structural obstacles put in their way. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Black girls in the United States are in crisis. They face significant barriers to educational achievement, employment opportunities, and economic and political equality. This is because they often have a lack of access to quality schools; experience harsher forms of school discipline than any other group of girls; disproportionately are victims of high rates of interpersonal violence, involvement in the juvenile justice system, and sex trafficking; and are the recipients of deeply embedded racial and gender biases in the media, public policy, and in art work. As SAIC Artist In Residence, photographer Scheherazade Tillet, will collaborate with teen girls living in the North Lawndale community feature photographs of the Black girls themselves. This exhibition, will feature rare images of the stories of the girls and will as see their visual narratives.
Thu, 10/29/2015 - 5:00pm
We are proud of the fact that many of the participants in our programs are artists/creatives and we wanted to use Chicago Artists Month to showcase their talents. The Center for College Access and Success will present the work of teachers who participate in our Arts at the Center of Teaching and Learning program. This is a teacher-artist created and lead exhibition. In addition, artists on staff from the Center will include some of their most current work. This exhibition will include sculpture, paintings, jewelry, and live presentations of music and literature. This is a family friendly event!
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 4:30pm
An 8 x 3 feet stoneware sculpture of an archaic bird, emerging from the surrounding rock, looks at the moon in the process of its own metamorphosis.
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 5:00pm
The paintings in this exhibit depict the victims of organized crime in Mexico. By focusing on specific times and places, they connect us to victims of violence everywhere. The abstract renderings disarm us and draw us until until we recongnize ourselves in these broken bodies and force us to recognize the fragility of our own experience.
Sat, 10/31/2015 - 6:00pm
“Espiritu Monarca” is an educational art exhibit concentrating on the monarch butterfly’s relationship with the popular Mexican celebration, “Day of the Dead” or “Dia de los Muertos”. We would like to share an exhibition that is both educational and visually engaging. It will be a community Dia de los Muertos’ celebration that is both authentic and modern.
As we know, Americans celebrate Halloween by dressing up in scary outfits and passing out candy. What many don’t know is that the origin of “Hallow’s Eve” dates back thousands of years and follows the belief that, for a night, spirits return to the land of the living. While the traditions in most countries include festivities that are meant to ward off the spirits, in Mexico, our traditions are meant to welcome the spirits of our deceased loved ones, we celebrate their lives and the eternal love that we feel for them. The monarch butterfly is thought to carry the souls of our loved ones back to Mexico. The Monarch butterfly takes a journey of thousands of miles that ends in Michoacan, Mexico and represents the journey that we undertake as we travel from the spiritual world to the land of the living. Legenda has it that Hallow’s Eve, October 31st is a day of preparation for November 1st, the big day; when we celebrate the return of the spirit of All Saints followed by November 2nd’s celebration of All Souls Day. Although we call is, “Day of the Dead”, it is really a day that unifies the spirits of both the living and the ones who have passed. This phenomenon is celebrated in Mexico every year and brings about a visually stunning display of flowers, sugar skulls, painted faces and altars meant to commemorate and cherish the lives of the loved ones whose return we are so anxiously awaiting.
Detailed Exhibit Display:
In our décor, we will incorporate traditional materials such as paper mache skeletons, tissue paper flowers, fireless candles, roses, altars and modern take on sugar skulls. We will include important facts and relevant information about the monarch butterfly and its relation to this popular celebration throughout the exhibit.
Our opening exhibition is to include two altars. One that is collaboration between the 7 participating artists and the second altar will be a community altar, in which we will invite visitors to add to it with personal mementos, pictures, notes and/or candles that commemorate their loved ones.
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 5:00pm
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) will open their offices for an exhibit of their major recent works in their downtown offices during selected times in November. AS+GG’s studio space is centered around two interior courtyard spaces that function as central gathering area for staff and guests, and will function as the main space for the exhibit. The exhibit will feature models, illustrations, photographs, and animations of some of the world’s most innovative projects under construction including Expo 2017 in Astana, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Wuhan Greenland Tower in Wuhan, and Chengdu Greenland Tower in Chengdu. Other projects that will be discussed are several of AS+GG experimental concept designs including the Mile-High Tower prototype, the Biophilic tower, the Cube XYZ Gateway, Chicago’s Eco Bridge, the Chicago Decarbonization Plan, and the fascinating live-work, satellite-city concepts being design for outside of Chengdu.
Tue, 11/03/2015 - 6:00pm
GLOBAL DIGITAL CITY - INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY: CHICAGO / BEIJING - is a media installation created by a team of Columbia College media arts students and faculty in collaboration with a team from the Beijing Film Academy. This international collective overcame language and distance barriers during their collaborative experience to produce a technologically advanced interactive documentary installation about landmarks and culture in two great cities, Chicago and Beijing.
Early phases of the project involved virtual collaboration. In January 2015, a delegation of Beijing Film Academy MFA program, students and faculty visited Chicago to become familiar with Columbia College and to learn the use of emerging technologies for documentary applications. Columbia’s team then travelled to Beijing during spring break, March 2015 to capture images and sounds for the final installation. The media teams focused on the rich context of public spaces, producing a series of micro-documentaries in a variety of media formats. These photographic images, sounds and digital video were then categorized using themes, keywords and tags to create a series of interactive pathways that the viewer can navigate using a graphic user interface. The GUI gives each viewer a different experience, allowing viewers to explore thematic paths in each city, or compare and contrast images from the two cities. The result is an interactive non-fiction experience that is “edited on the fly” by the observer.
GLOBAL DIGITAL CITY - INTERACTIVE DOMENTARY: CHICAGO / BEIJING is a pilot interdepartmental project that will lead to new innovations in interactive storytelling, documentary practice, and media curriculum. This is a Columbia Innovation Studio initiative, originated in the Columbia Office of Creative Technology.
Sat, 11/07/2015 - 3:00pm
Composed by Chicago artist Olivia Block and commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio, "Sonambient Pavilion" is a multi-channel sound installation that envelopes listeners at the pasture-like lawn of Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. The project is an homage and a re-activation of two sonambient sound sculptures by Harry Bertoia, located in Aon Plaza across from Pritzker Pavilion. Bertoia referred to his sculptures as "sonambients", outdoor pieces constructed of long, thin vertical metal rods that sway and bump against each other in the wind, creating a shimmering gong-like sound. The sonambients function on visual, architectural and sonic levels simultaneously, and the resulting multivalent experience for the listener/viewer draws attention to surface, perspective, volume, and form; to pedestrian movement in relationship to ground, buildings, and light; and to an ambient, ever-changing, non-linear acoustic experience. In “Sonambient Pavilion,” these sculptures are amplified and combined with electronic manipulations composed by Block, then spatialized into the overhead trellis loudspeaker array. The installation will result in a “canopy of sound” derived from the sonambients, and composed as a fluid sonic architecture superimposed onto the Pritzker Pavilion site. Through the use of transmission and computer technology, the delicate experiential nature of sound in architecture as envisioned by Bertoia gains new dimensions, transposed into an enveloping sonic experience – a built environment of sound.
Fri, 11/13/2015 - 6:00pm
Ten x Ten is a collaborative project between visual artists and musicians. Now in it's fourth and most ambitious iteration, Ten x Ten 2015 is the manifestation of a year-long collaboration involving 10 unique partnerships between musicians and visual artists. Producing organizations Homeroom and Spudnik Press along with Guest Curator Elastic Arts highlight Chicago’s jazz and visual arts communities to investigate how artists across media interpret improvisation.
After meeting their pairs and attending a presentation by Katherine Young and Jordan Martins on the history and practice of audio/visual collaborations at Graphic Notation 101 (2/8/15), each of the 20 distinct contributors explored their artistic practice in a cross-media collaboration with another artist in a series of live visual art and music performances including a Working Performance at Constellation (2/19/15) and a live Recording Performance (3/19/15) at Elastic Arts. Working within the genre of jazz and improvised music, the musicians each arranged and performed new compositions in collaboration with a visual artist. Working in tandem with their musician counterpart, each visual artist developed a new screenprinted artwork. The final product of their collaboration is a limited edition LP and a full-color publication featuring each print, statements by each artist/musician pair that illuminates their collaboration, and a digital download link.
Join Elastic Arts, Homeroom and Spudnik Press for a Ten x Ten 2015 Gallery Reception at Chicago Art Department, 1932 South Halsted on Friday, November 13, 6:00pm-10:00pm. The event will showcase each artist’s print, each available for $100, and include a live performance by four of the accompanying pieces performed by members of the Ten x Ten jazz ensemble.
The vinyl LP, full-color booklet and digital download will be available for $40 in a limited edition of 200. A limited edition of 10, hand-screenprinted and signed 18” square prints by each visual artist will also be available for $100.
SAL ET CORIUM (Salt and Leather) by artist/designer Hvnter Gvtherer, is a collection of wearable leather sculptures presented in a perceptually immersive experience appealing to all five senses - sound, sight, touch, smell and taste.
Fri, 11/13/2015 - 7:00pm
Hundreds of individually carved clay rocks are piled to form a memorial cairn, reminiscent of ancient burial sites found throughout the world. Floating above the cairn is a luminous cloud of small white porcelain tokens. The dark stoneware rocks and the white tokens were hand-carved and shaped by more than 200 women, men and children who have experienced trauma and loss. Together, the bright, hopeful cloud rising above the dark cairn becomes a collective expression of healing.
The rocks and tokens of light are as diverse as the over 200 individuals who made them— men and women, refugees, immigrants, nurses, cancer survivors, blind, formerly incarcerated, victims of rape, mentally ill, and numerous other adults and children. They participated in workshops held in neighborhoods all over Chicagoland. What they have in common are experiences of suffering and hope. As each person expresses their pain in a stoneware rock and their hope in a token of light, they touch their inner depth. When viewers witness the resulting cairn and cloud, they feel the impact of this profound energy.
This exhibit, an Arts Sanctuary event in the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, is the third of many planned during the life of the Cairn Project*. At each installation site an event is held to invite participants and supporters to gather and appreciate their contribution to a project that is literally gaining weight and momentum. At these gatherings BodyCompass Dance Project, directed by Sarah Gottlieb, performs Tones of Belonging, a roaming installation of bodies that takes a hard look at the living effects of sexual trauma, highlighting the body as the keeper of memory, guardian of secrets, and an avenue for strength and forgiveness.
*The Cairn Project includes clay workshops and installations to bring the light of compassion to the darkness of loss, which will continue at various sites throughout the city through 2016. It is directed by clay artist Corinne D. Peterson, co-directed by Marsha Baker, and involves many interns, facilitators, participating agencies and other assistants.
Fri, 11/20/2015 - 6:00pm
Both Gabriel and Rumbolz create structure from things that one might not expect to hold shape. Using thread, space, and light, Gabriel creates site-specific architectural installations. Rumbolz uses obsessive, repetitive mark making to organize words on paper in ink. Together their work is remininescent of all types of both natural and created forms--from flowing water to the matrix.