ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 MADSEN MINAX - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - November 25th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Chicago-based artist Madsen Minax presents a&nbsp;program of short, experimental films in response to the exhibition<a href="" target="_blank"><em class="first_child last_child"> Body&nbsp;Doubles</em></a>. The program is copresented by Chicago-based artists Latham&nbsp;Zearfoss and Aay Preston-Myint.</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">About the Films</span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em class="first_child last_child">My Most Handsome Monster</em> documents two separate BDSM scenarios and morphs&nbsp;the landscapes in which they take place. The scenarios collide with&nbsp;archival family footage, landscape meditation, and voice-over narration to&nbsp;suggest a state of suspended engagement, a state of waiting, a gesture&nbsp;toward both collective histories and imagined futures.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Set in a post-industrial &ldquo;Neverland&rdquo; of worn-down row houses, looming&nbsp;factories, and desolate seashores, a rabble of disenfranchised gender and&nbsp;age ambiguous youths explore their own vulnerabilities and put pressure on&nbsp;what it means to grow up. Misadventures, which include impromptu races,&nbsp;nighttime spooning, cheating card games, attempts at hypnotism, pocketknife&nbsp;haircuts, and sexual fantasies, all function as a means for the characters to&nbsp;attempt knowing one another. Through a series of vignettes, <em class="first_child last_child">The Year I&nbsp;Broke My Voice</em> offers an alternative perspective on coming of age that emphasizes perpetual states of becoming&nbsp;over conventions of linear development into adulthood.</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">About the Artist and Copresenters</span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong class="first_child last_child">Madsen Minax</strong> received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago&nbsp;(2005), an MFA from Northwestern University (2012), was a Core Fellow at&nbsp;the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2012&ndash;14), and was in residence at the&nbsp;Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). Madsen&rsquo;s works have&nbsp;shown at REDCAT in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New&nbsp;York, Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, the British Film Institute in&nbsp;London, and the public Library of Amsterdam. Additionally&nbsp;works have aired on national and international television, including PBS&nbsp;and CBC. Madsen is currently a visiting faculty member at the University of Memphis.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong class="first_child">Aay Preston-Myint</strong> is an artist, printmaker, and educator based in Chicago. His practice currently employs visual and collaborative strategies to&nbsp;investigate memory, memorial, self-reflection, and self-projection within&nbsp;the context of queer community and history. In addition to his own work in&nbsp;interdisciplinary media, he is a founder of No Coast, an artist partnership&nbsp;that prints and distributes affordable contemporary artwork, serves as a DJ&nbsp;and organizer for Chances Dances, a party that supports and showcases the&nbsp;work of queer artists in Chicago, and is an editor-in-chief of an online&nbsp;and print journal called <em class="last_child">Monsters and Dust</em>.</span></p> <p class="last_child" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong class="first_child last_child">Latham Zearfoss</strong> is an artist and cultural producer living and working in&nbsp;Chicago. His artwork often centers on reclaiming historical and&nbsp;mythological texts, and revising them to incorporate radical notions of&nbsp;love and sex, possibility and probability. His commitment to art and&nbsp;activism has manifested itself in the creation of sporadic, temporary utopias&nbsp;like Pilot TV and Chances Dances. Latham graduated from the School of the&nbsp;Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2008 and the University of Illinois&nbsp;at Chicago with an MFA in 2011. He has exhibited his work throughout the US and internationally.</span></p> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:03:20 +0000 Latham Zearfoss, Aay Preston-Myint - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - December 2nd 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p class="first_child" style="text-align: justify;">Ambient music artist Bastardgeist performs live in the MCA Atrium.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bastardgeist&rsquo;s performance is part of a series of programs copresented by Chicago-based artists Latham Zearfoss and Aay Preston-Myint in response to the exhibition <a href="" target="_blank"><em class="first_child last_child">Body Doubles</em></a>.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">About the Artist</h3> <p class="last_child" style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child last_child">Bastardgeist</strong> is an ongoing orchestral experiment conceived by Chicago-based artist and performer Joel Midden. Over the course of two full-length albums and one EP Midden has employed the use of hypnotic kalimba cycles, warm string arrangements, haunted samples, and ethereal vocals to weave a distinct, minimalist fabric. His work deals with the subtext of social conditioning and the performative nature of personal history.</p> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:03:35 +0000 Sam Jaffe - 65GRAND - December 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:47:22 +0000 alexander herzog, Justin Witte - Roots & Culture - December 5th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">After completing 4 years of making his hand-gesture painting series, Alexander Herzog has moved to the scab paintings series. With analogue and digital tools, elements of the hand-gesture paintings are cut out and digested in a new space. Elements that were once dense with action, line and color, are re-figured into a space where they are abbreviated, fragmented, and patchy, like scabs on a body after a trauma.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Justin Witte&rsquo;s materially saturated works in Golden Rut were all developed from cropped compositions taken from comic books published between 1987 and 1993. The built up surfaces of the paintings and Witte's use of different substrates behind the work pushes and pulls at the edges of the picture plane and plays with the space between the painting as image and the painting as object. <br /> <br /> Alexander Herzog lives and works in Chicago IL. His work has been exhibited at the The Suburban, Oak Park, IL, The Poor Farm, Manawa, WI, Green Gallery, Yale School of Art, &ldquo;Why did the Chicken Cross the Road&rdquo;, New Haven, CT, and Lloyd Dobler in Chicago among others.<br /> <br /> Justin Witte is an artist, and arts organizer in Chicago. He has a basement studio, and ground floor house that contains two daughters and one fellow artist.</p> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:43:12 +0000 - The Art Institute of Chicago - December 6th 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This&nbsp;interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets. Using imaginary figures or creatures and characters inspired by artworks in the Art Institute&rsquo;s collection&mdash;including <em>The Temptation of St. Anthony</em>, the centerpiece of <em><a href="" target="_blank">Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor</a></em>&mdash;novice puppeteers can experiment with ways to create puppets, develop stories, and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances.</p> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:14:28 +0000 Mathias Poledna - Renaissance Society - December 7th 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Los Angeles-based artist Mathias Poledna&rsquo;s practice is concerned with the production and circulation of images.&nbsp;Drawing on a panoramic range of interests, from the music of post-punk to 1930s-style animation, his concise, highly formalized films reveal a complex tension between the visuals and their critical and cultural implications.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For his exhibition at the Renaissance Society, Poledna creates an installation that juxtaposes a new moving image work with&nbsp;a site-specific intervention reflecting the architectural and institutional setting of the venue.</p> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:26:17 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - December 9th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, leads a tour on <a class="first_child last_child" title="Anne Collier" href="" target="_blank">Anne Collier</a>.</p> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:10:14 +0000 Group Show - Hyde Park Art Center - December 12th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Ground Floor</em> brings together work by Chicago&rsquo;s most promising emerging talent, offering a single destination to discover the spectrum of artists whose work demands to be seen and supported. <em>Ground Floor</em>&mdash;so named because it provides a crucial platform for young artists and fills the entire lower level of the Art Center&mdash;is an ongoing biennial project. Based on nominations by respected members of the arts community, Hyde Park Art Center&rsquo;s Exhibitions Committee of artists and curators select work by recent graduates from each of Chicago&rsquo;s nationally top ranked Master of Fine Art programs: Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is co-curated by the Exhibition Committee including Dawoud Bey (Chair),&nbsp;Michelle Grabner, Caroline Picard, and Daniel Sauter, Allison Peters Quinn and other members of the Art Center staff.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition catalogue that increases the visibility of Ground Floor artists outside of Chicago willbe released during the run of the show. &nbsp;It will feature critical writing that allows artists to receive valuable, documented feedback about their work and will cultivate new critical voices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Get a first look at work by all 20 artists at the Art Center&rsquo;s booth (# 814) at EXPO CHICAGO, September 18-21.&nbsp;For more information on EXPO CHICAGO, visit;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Galleries 1 &amp; 2, the Cleve E. Carney Gallery and the Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery</strong></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:36:19 +0000 Richard Hunt - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - December 18th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div class="thecontent"> <div class="columns"> <div class="column firstcolumn"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), a longtime resident of Chicago and one of the city&rsquo;s most accomplished artists, has contributed significantly to the history of abstract sculpture. Hunt turns eighty in 2015, and the MCA celebrates his life and artistic achievements with an MCA DNA exhibition of his sculptures and drawings, dating from the 1950s through the 1990s. These works reflect the development of Hunt&rsquo;s style&mdash;from smaller objects made of welded scrap materials to monumentally scaled metal sculptures. Throughout his career, Hunt has used bronze and steel in his sculptures to explore lyrical forms, the sublime possibilities of abstraction, and the reconciliation of the organic and the industrial. Presenting a selection of Hunt&rsquo;s drawings as well, the exhibition highlights his cultivation of linear gestures and a sense of movement in his work in both media.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hunt&rsquo;s career, which spans more than fifty years and continues today, began with early success, at the time largely unprecedented for a young artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired one of Hunt&rsquo;s sculptures in 1957, when he was still a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and mounted a retrospective of his work in 1971, when Hunt was only thirty-five. Hunt has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, fifteen honorary degrees, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, New Jersey. In addition, he has completed more than 120 major public commissions around the US and Chicago is home to thirty-five of his public sculptures, including works at Midway Airport and the historic State of Illinois Building. Hunt&rsquo;s exhibition at the MCA is accompanied by an interactive map locating his public commissions, as well as a new video, produced by the MCA, that features Hunt discussing his work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is organized by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:07:57 +0000