ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>ACRYLICS ON PAPER</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:18:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:24:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:30:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:52:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:54:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Levan Stepanyan - Josef Glimer Gallery - April 18th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Due to popular demand and new acquisitions,<span style="color: #003366;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.josefglimergallery.com/Levan.html" rel="nofollow"><strong><em><span style="color: #003366;">Levan&nbsp;Stepanyan: Investigating the Mundane</span></em></strong></a>&nbsp;has been extended through April 27.&nbsp;Join us on&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #003366;">April 18</span></strong>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #003366;">5-8 pm</span></strong>&nbsp;for the exhibit's&nbsp;closing reception, featuring several new additions to our Levan&nbsp;Stepanyan&nbsp;collection.</p> <p>Levan Stepanyan grew up among artists in Old Tbilisi in Georgia. He graduated from the Tbilisi Art School, the Tbilisi&nbsp;Toidze&nbsp;College of Fine Arts and the&nbsp;TbilisiAcademy of Art, studying both two-dimensional media and sculpture. In 1994, political turmoil forced the artist to immigrate with his family to Israel, where he became a prominent figure in painting and design.</p> <p>Stepanyan&rsquo;s&nbsp;characters exist in introspective isolation and interact without connecting&mdash;a wary and insightful prediction of societal&nbsp;self-centeredness, a disintegration of personal attachment. His figures display sculptural qualities reminiscent of European Cubism and indigenous Georgian monumental art. Art critic&nbsp;GalinaPodolski, Ph.D. notes that&nbsp;Stepanyan's&nbsp;everyday scenes of contemporary living &ldquo;impart an impression of fragments arbitrarily pulled out from the current of life,&rdquo; inserting contemplation and&nbsp;aesthetic&nbsp;intrigue into the most overlooked steps of daily routine.</p> <p><em>Levan&nbsp;Stepanyan: Investigating the Mundane</em>&nbsp;will be on display through April 27 at Josef&nbsp;Glimer&nbsp;Gallery, 207 W. Superior, Suite 200. For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.josefglimergallery.com/Levan.html" rel="nofollow"><span style="color: #003366;">www.josefglimergallery.com</span></a>, call 312-787-4640 or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@josefglimergallery.com" rel="nofollow"><span style="color: #003366;">info@josefglimergallery.com</span></a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:55:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Group Show - Zhou B Art Center - April 18th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p>Event Description:<br /><br />Fixation is an exhibition and a publication of art and poetry focused<br />on the physical/psychological preoccupation or obsession over an<br />object or subject. The exhibition explores the subject of fixation as<br />a continuos and elusive preoccupation of our human experience<br />through written and visual art. The curators invited 24 artists and<br />17 poets to create works based on their understanding and<br />perception of the theme of fixation. The result is a group exhibition<br />including painting, drawing, photography and poetry. Each work<br />brings light to the artist's own preoccupations unearthed by his/her<br />personal fixations.<br /><br />&nbsp;Fixation takes place in a gallery setting, print and digital formats.<br />The exhibition is curated by Sergio Gomez of Chicago&rsquo;s Zhou B Art<br />Center (www.zhoubartcenter.com) and Didi Menendez of<br />PoetsArtists Magazine (www.poetsandartists.com).</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:56:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - April 19th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In this annual exhibition, Masters of Fine Arts graduates in the School of Art&nbsp;+&nbsp;Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign present works that represent the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in studio art and design. Marking a meaningful step further into the art world, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the artists' exceptional creativity, curiosity, and inventiveness.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:59:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Barbara Aubin - Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - April 25th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions</strong> is an ongoing program that highlights work by accomplished artists in four separate exhibits. The artists are selected by four fine arts curators from various sites of the state-wide Illinois State Museum system. Exhibition runs from April 14 through August 15, 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Barbara Aubin</strong> (Chicago IL) has created incredibly complex and beautiful visual landscapes for over four decades. Her watercolor and collage compositions originate out of autobiographical sources, but draw on surrealist vocabulary and a strong feminist perspective to create dream-like and potent images of subconscious reality. Curated by Jane Stevens, Associate Curator of Art, ISM Chicago Gallery.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:57:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Guy Benson - Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - April 25th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions</strong> is an ongoing program that highlights work by accomplished artists in four separate exhibits. The artists are selected by four fine arts curators from various sites of the state-wide Illinois State Museum system. Exhibition runs from April 14 through August 15, 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Guy Benson</strong> (Evanston IL) paints symbols and shapes in ordered patterns that banter in a conspiracy between precise rendering and visual riot. His intimate paintings and works on paper resemble fragments of a pictorial language, but any syntax or meaning is confounded by their formal abstraction and playful wit. Curated by Doug Stapleton, Assistant Curator of Art, ISM Chicago Gallery</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:56:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Julia Haw - Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - April 25th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions</strong> is an ongoing program that highlights work by accomplished artists in four separate exhibits. The artists are selected by four fine arts curators from various sites of the statewide Illinois State Museum system.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Julia Haw's</strong> (Chicago IL) object based and figurative paintings and drawings are confrontations with the self, the psyche and the audience. Many of her subjects are veiled, instruments of separation and protection, and also a surrealist device that transports the image outside of autobiography into a broader reading of loss, survival and memory. Curated by John Lustig, Director of the ISM Lockport Gallery.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:02:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Thom Walen - Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - April 25th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions</strong> is an ongoing program that highlights work by accomplished artists in four separate exhibits. The artists are selected by four fine arts curators from various sites of the statewide Illinois State Museum system.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Thom Whalen&rsquo;s</strong> (Chatham IL) art has a glow like stained glass; a psychedelic, highly crafted world of writhing sensual forms stretched taught across the picture plane. Whether monochromatic or with saturated color, Whalen's paintings hard peddle the art of horror vacui, punctuating every square inch of the canvas with graphically stunning imagery. Curated by Robert Sill, Assistant Director of Art, ISM Springfield.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:36:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - Sullivan Galleries - April 25th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>The <em>MFA Show</em> is the culminating presentation of MFA candidates and an opportunity for new and ambitious work to be presented to the public. For four months, graduating MFAs work with a team of three distinguished Guest Curators and 11 Graduate Curatorial Assistants to envision the exhibition. This invested approach allows for dialogue, process, and collaborative decision-making to bring the <em>MFA Show</em> to fruition over time. This year's Guest Curators are Naomi Beckwith (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Sarah Urist Green (Curator and Host, <em>The Art Assignment</em>), and Cortney Lederer (MFA 2009&mdash;Director of Exhibitions and Residencies, Chicago Artists Coalition).</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:16:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Ryan Travis Christian - Western Exhibitions - April 25th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:25:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Evanston Art Center - April 27th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mark your calendars for our upcoming Benefit - <strong>Saturday Night, May 17</strong> at the Evanston Art Center. TICKETS $100 per person, $75 35-years old and younger</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">6:30pm - fine art auction featuring a Live Auction (8pm Live Auction begins)&nbsp;of a selection of artist-made books fashioned specifically for our Benefit, an Experience Auction,&nbsp;wine, food and more fun!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All auction items will be on view in the galleries for preview and&nbsp;advanced silent auction bidding&nbsp;from April 27 at 1pm until May 17 at 3pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Proceeds from the auction benefit the Evanston Art Center's exhibition, scholarship and community outreach programming.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:16:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Jennifer Mills, Rebecca Gray Smith - Bert Green Fine Art - May 3rd 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="PageHead100 f-fp" style="text-align: justify;">Rebecca Gray Smith</p> <p class="TextJustified" style="text-align: justify;">The Alphabet is a complete series of etchings, letters A-Z plus two repeated letters for a total of 28 images. The series was begun in fits and starts over a 25 year period, originally intended as a response to the AIDS crisis. It has recently been completed, and was printed at Anchor Graphics in Chicago. These works explore the presence of death in all human endeavor, using traditional signifiers of mortality such as the skeleton as a primary actor and subject. Each letter corresponds to a specific fatal actiivity or malady, highlighting the act of existence as a high risk actiivity fraught with peril.</p> <p class="PageHead100 f-fp" style="text-align: justify;">Jennifer Mills</p> <p class="TextJustified" style="text-align: justify;">Jennifer Mills&rsquo; artworks are rooted in traditional humor; she uses novelty items such as rubber chickens, whoopee cushions, fake dog poop, etc., as conceptual source material, then recreates them from scratch as unique, handmade versions, and serializes them. The repetition of forms, still all unique and not identical, retain their original humorous characteristics but overlap with and satirize the serious contemplation of fine art objects. It is rare for fine art to explore humor, and even more so, for art to be outright funny, but Mills manages to achieve this.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:07:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list