ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 5th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">At First Fridays, visitors can unwind after work and enjoy an intriguing mix of culture, ranging from live music and performance art to experimental films and hands-on art stations. First Fridays tickets, which include museum admission, live entertainment, and complimentary Wolfgang Puck hors d’oeuvres, are $18 ($13 in advance). The theme for First Fridays in October is <b>Noir</b>.  Music includes spins by DJ Alvin Black II.  Chat about the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jimmy Robert: <i>Vis-à-vis</i></a> exhibition with Curator Naomi Beckwith from 6-7 pm or participate in a scavenger hunt through ground-breaking exhibitions (with a chance to win prizes). Be transformed by mixed-media artists Martin Thoburn and Chris Sandon’s <a href="" rel="nofollow">Exquisite Motion Corpse</a> and eat decadent desserts by <a href="" rel="nofollow">deca restaurant</a>. Doors are open from 6 to 10 pm with a cash bar until 9:30 pm. <strong>Guests must be 21 or older to enter</strong></span><b></b></p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:52:24 +0000 Andrey Bogush, Ryan Feeney, Bea Fremderman - LVL3 Gallery - October 6th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p>LVL3 presents <em>Falling Short</em>, a group show exploring the perceived notions of success and failure within an ideal surrounding that usually becomes littered with imperfection.  By challenging the valid structural organization of materials archetypical to American corporate office design, Bea Fremderman’s work comments on the false sense of freedom within bureaucratic systems of control.  Andrey Bogush digitally alters banal and ordinary subjects to manipulate viewer perceptions of objects and color.  Ryan Feeney’s fascination with identity formed by memory and image culture calls into question one’s understanding of something seen or experienced.  Building on backgrounds in photography, these artists confront the illusion of perfection by employing new media methods and processes.</p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:53:08 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 6th, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The <b>MCA Stage</b> embarks on the third season of its three-year <b>ensemble-in-residence</b> with <b>ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)</b> with three distinct concerts throughout the 2012-13 MCA Stage season. The first is <b>Correspondence: Cage and Boulez</b><i> </i>on<b> </b>October 6, 2012, that explores the music and relationship of John Cage and Pierre Boulez, two iconic 20th-century composers. The concert is presented in conjunction with the centenary of Cage’s birth and the <i>MCA DNA: John Cage</i> exhibition on view September 1, 2012 - March 3, 2013.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:26:21 +0000 J.C. Gabel - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 6th, 2012 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Each month, get to know the work of a different Chicago-based thought leader, meet the artists featured in our Chicago Works exhibition series, and discover those who influence arts and culture in our community.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">The first Culture Catalyst of the season  is J.C. Gabel, founding editor and publisher of <i>STOP SMILING </i>and is presently the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of literary organization <em>The Chicagoan. </em>Gabel also writes regularly for a variety of culture magazines, including, <em>Print,</em> <em>Bookforum, Playboy, The Oxford American, </em>and <em>Wallpaper.</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><em> </em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Beer, wine, other beverages, and light fare are available for purchase at Puck’s Café.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Free for Illinois residents, and for all others free with suggested museum admission.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><em> </em></span></p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:29:30 +0000 Christopher Aque - PEREGRINEPROGRAM - October 7th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM <p>For the cover of The Smiths' first single, Morrissey chose a photograph of a male nude taken in the early 1970s that he found while parsing a semi-art historical survey of male nudes through the ages. The cover cropped the image slightly -- something that all The Smiths' covers ended up doing -- leaving off a little of the model's thighs, and the credit to gay porn pioneer Jim French.<br /><br />Bodies don't just float around; they are anchored by emotional attachments and deep anxieties. They constantly negotiate where their eyes are looking and who they're looking at. The melodrama of identification forms an opaque chain of desire: it lingers in the background, cropped from view, concealed in the service of composure. Until, that is, it breaks through, popping up in any-space, whatever.<br /><br />Christopher Aque lives and works in New York. He received a BA from the University of Chicago in 2009 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. His work has been included in group exhibitions at The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; The Green Gallery at the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; and DOVA Temporary, Chicago. This is his first solo exhibition.<br /><br /># # #<br /><br />PEREGRINEPROGRAM presents <i>Homonyms (for Misfits and Outcasts)</i> by Christopher Aque from October 7 - November 4, 2012.<br />An opening reception will be held Sunday, October 7, from 4 - 6:30 pm.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 01:40:19 +0000 - The Art Institute of Chicago - October 7th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Immerse yourself in the richly creative environment of one of today's most innovative architectural firms with <em>Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects</em>, the first exhibition in the world devoted to the Chicago-based group headed by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. This innovative presentation of the work of Studio Gang Architects (SGA) allows visitors to see how buildings and projects are created, what issues they resolve, and how solutions are shaped. Rightly recognized for such landmark buildings as Chicago's Aqua Tower, SGA is as much a laboratory for ideas and problem-solving as it is an architectural firm. Building brings visitors into that laboratory by examining SGA's built and unbuilt works in an engaging studio-like space.</p> <p>Though best known for Aqua Tower, the undulating 82-story mixed-use high-rise that is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman, Gang is also distinguished by the great diversity of her work, which includes the Hyderabad O2, a high-rise community in Hyderabad, India; the Zhong Bang Village residential towers in Shanghai; an ecological revitalization project for Lincoln Park Zoo's South Pond; and Oculus, a concert venue and public park in Taipei. All of these projects—which reflect the wide range of today's built environment—are marked by an open-minded practice committed to research and experimentation with materials and technologies. Visitors will be able to see beyond the buildings and into the creative process that brought them into being.</p> <p>The exhibition, a custom-made installation designed by SGA in collaboration with curators from the museum's Department of Architecture and Design, echoes the firm's studio-like environment, allowing visitors to see material samples, full-scale project mock-ups, research materials, digital media, and films. <em>Building: Inside Studio Gang</em> Architects truly brings contemporary architecture to life, showing the full lifespan of the creative architectural process—how an idea becomes a building.</p> <p>During the course of this exhibition, two Archi-Salons will engage a host of architects, journalists, and critics in discourse surrounding the contemporary practice of architecture. Held within the gallery space, the two salons will focus on different perspectives that influence current practices. These conversations will be inspired by Studio Gang's work, but ultimately will address larger issues in the field of contemporary architecture.</p> <p><strong>Saturday, November 17, 2:00–4:00 p.m. </strong><br /> Led by <a href="">Iker Gil</a>, director of MAS Studio and editor in chief of MAS Context</p> <p><strong>Saturday, February 2, 2:00–4:00 p.m.</strong><br /> Led by <a href="">Clare Lyster</a>, architect and assistant professor, University of Illinois, Chicago</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Video</a></strong><br /> In this in-depth lecture, award-winning architect Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, discusses the exhibition <em style="font-size: 13.333333969116211px; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Inside Studio Gang Architects </em>and other recent projects.</p> <h4>Sponsors</h4> <p>This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand, Antheus Capital, LLC, the Arcus Foundation, Magellan Development Group, James McHugh Construction Co., the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Architecture &amp; Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.</p> <p>Annual support is provided by the Exhibitions Trust: Goldman Sachs, Kenneth and Anne Griffin, Thomas and Margot Pritzker, the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation, the Trott Family Foundation, and the Woman's Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.</p> <p>Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 19:45:59 +0000 Valerie Snobeck - Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago - October 8th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In a new site-specific installation near the Smart Museum’s entrance, artist Valerie Snobeck (University of Chicago MFA 2008) re-uses construction material to open up broad questions about aesthetics, value, and the built environment. <em>Who Build What Build You </em>centers on debris netting that was previously used in a building project on the University of Chicago’s campus. Such netting serves a function—to catch debris let loose by construction activities—and also behaves as an aesthetic marker of the construction site itself. Snobeck’s work takes this duality as a point of entry.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Snobeck’s interests in the language of structure extend beyond the specific narrative of the material's past use. She is attentive to the interaction between her materials and this new site: the permeability of the netting in contrast to the Museum’s exterior limestone wall; the netting both frames the wall and relies upon it for support. The netting thus speaks to a story of use and reuse, while its outdoor site suggests connections to nearby projects to renovate old buildings or erect new structures. As in much of her recent work, the artist considers the limits of both visibility and production, and a structure of reliance between work and context: “What is it that we are building? What are we rebuilding? What existing structures are we using for support?”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Snobeck’s piece is the third art-banner commissioned as part of the Smart’s annual <a href="">Threshold series</a>.</p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:06:09 +0000 Benjamin Nicholson - Gallery 400 - October 9th, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p>"Geometry, Labyrinths, Crop Circles, and Taboo"</p> <p> Benjamin Nicholson is Associate Professor of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Museum at Altria, New York; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; the Barcelona Center of Contemporary Culture; and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. His publications include <em>The Appliance House</em> and <em>The World: Who Wants It?</em> Nicholson is the recipient of awards from the Graham Foundation, the SOM Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council. He received a Master of Architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and studied at the Architecture Association in London and the Cooper Union in New York.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:16:07 +0000 John Cage - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 9th, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Visitors are invited to walk through the <b><i>MCA DNA: John Cage </i></b>exhibition with <b>Lynne Warren</b>, MCA curator, and learn about the criteria and ideas that guided her selection of Cage’s compositions and artworks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the years Cage returned numerous times to Chicago, where he had lived in the early 1940s, often stopping at the MCA to execute various projects or see friends. On view are scores and books drawn from the over 80 items that represent Cage in the MCA Artists' Books Collection, and ephemeral materials such as letters written to MCA staff and other historical documents that trace Cage's legacy at the MCA.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:32:45 +0000 Doug Stapleton - Chicago Cultural Center - October 11th, 2012 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM <p>This artist's meticulous collages are replete with art historical, religious, and symbolic content, combined in enigmatic, often surreal narratives</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:35:45 +0000 Shimon Attie - Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art - October 11th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Shimon Attie will give a public lecture on Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 pm. A reception precedes the lecture at 5:30 pm.</p> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:31:44 +0000 Jan Tichy - Museum of Contemporary Photography - October 12th, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jan Tichy</strong> (Czech, b. 1974) is collaborating with the Museum of Contemporary Photography for a one-year period to create a museum-wide exhibition based on the museum’s collection of more than 12,000 images and objects. The first stage of the project focuses on the public’s online access to the collection and explores the possibilities of digital archiving. Tichy is working with a group of area MA/MFA graduate students to identify and develop strategies for better access to the online collection database. Using tagging applications, website design strategies and interactive elements, Tichy and the students hope that a larger community will find new ways to access and engage with the artworks housed at the MoCP.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As part of the project, the students are curating digital exhibitions of works from the Museum’s collection that will appear in the Museum’s cornerstone windows on Michigan Avenue beginning in September 2012. Additionally, five international mid-career curators are organizing digital exhibitions that will be shown interspersed with the students’ shows. Participating students include: Barbara Diener and Pat Elifritz from Columbia College Chicago, Adam Paradis and Laura Hart Newlon from the School of the Art Institute, and Jennifer Smoose from the University of Chicago. The participating international curators include: Tessa Praun from Magazin 3, Stockholm, Mabel Wilson from Columbia University, New York with Peter Tolkin, Noam Segal, independent curator in Tel Aviv, Karel Cisar, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, and Noah Simblist from Southern Methodist University, Texas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">These projects culminate in a Museum-wide installation of Tichy’s work. In the Museum’s two main galleries Tichy will explore the photographic principles of image making. The east gallery will be turned into a darkened chamber infused with light streams and dimly lit photographs from the collection that will evoke the idea of the inner workings of a camera apparatus—the space where light is captured on film or by digital sensors. The west gallery will be a brightly lit space of mostly large images—the camera’s output—and will serve as the introduction to the collection and the exhibition. The two galleries will work in tandem to explore the concepts of exposure and development, interior and exterior, creation and reception. In the third downstairs gallery Tichy will install a light projection piece that condenses the luminosity of all 12,000 objects in the collection into an approximately 10-minute long image stream that waxes and wanes in brightness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The museum’s upstairs galleries will be filled with collection works and original videos made by Tichy. Photographs in the mezzanine and stairwell spaces will contain works from the collection that the Museum staff considers to be somewhat forgotten, or underutilized, but still significant. The upstairs gallery/print study room will present the museum’s holdings of the Changing Chicago Project, an ambitious documentary project launched in the late 1980s in which 33 photographers captured the day-to-day life and urban fabric of the City of Chicago. Interspersed throughout the still images in the upstairs galleries will be videos made by Tichy that complement, inform, or serve as responses to the photographs in provocative ways.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jan Tichy works at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, sound and photography; many of his works combine these elements. Using video projection as a time-based source of light, Tichy creates physical and psychic spaces in which he explores themes of concealment, obscurity, and the seen and unseen. Tichy’s use of photography in his work, tempered by his strictly formal and minimalist visual language, results in installations in which the narrative is open to interpretation.</p> <p>This project is generously supported by the David C. &amp; Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:43:12 +0000 Luis Romero, Michael Milano - Roots & Culture - October 12th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Deeply inspired by axiomatic systems, formal logic, conceptual art, and traditional craft processes, the practice of Michael Milano attempts to work out every possibility within a finite set of parameters. He employs the tension generated between the labor of the mind and that of the body, in an attempt to formalize what a conceptual craft might be. Given seven colors, how many ways can they be combine in seven horizontal lines? Generating a pattern that answers this question and the drawings exhaust every permutation within this set of parameters. And while the number of possibilities is ultimately finite, they need not be few. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The works of Luis Romero present an active, open surface and suggest an area that is not visible. Much of his work is constructed through oppositions and cancellations: presence and absence; showing and hiding; physicality and illusion; systems and chance; openness and closure. Many of these drawings look for an ambivalent space.  These drawings can be seen as handmade op art—haptic architecture—fetishes—toys.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Milano is an artist living and working in Chicago. He received a MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. His work explores the structure and logic of weaving, binary systems and other rule-based processes through drawings, books, sound, and video. He has shown at threewalls, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.  He has also co-taught a class at Oxbow and facilitated an early Greek literature study group at the artist collective/study/gallery Adds Donna.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Luis Romero was born in Mexico, raised in Puerto Rico, and has lived in Chicago since 1998. He earned a Post-baccalaureate certificate in 1999 and an MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2001, both from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is part of public and privatecollections in the US and Europe. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:44:55 +0000 Jimmy Roberts - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 13th, 2012 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Every second Saturday the MCA from 11 am to 3 pm at the <b>MCA</b> from October to May families are invited to learn about the art of our time through hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts, Look &amp; Learn stations, and more. The month of October is inspired by <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jimmy Robert</a>’s process, create wearable sculptures and other exciting forms as you fold, unfold, tear, and arrange materials of all sorts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Admission is FREE For families with children 12 and under. Activities are appropriate for all ages.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Children 12 and under eat FREE at Puck’s on Family Day with purchase of one adult entrée per child.</strong></p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:35:54 +0000 Jan Tichy - Museum of Contemporary Photography - October 13th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Exhibiting artist Jan Tichy, and artists and curators Jason Lazarus and Faheem Majeed will have a conversation on artistic practices that deal with collecting and collections.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Faheem Majeed is an artist, curator, and community facilitator. He blends these experiences to create works that focus on institutional critique and exhibitions that leverage collaboration to engage his immediate community, and the broader community, in meaningful dialogue. From 2005–11, Majeed served as Executive Director and Curator for the South Side Community Art Center.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jason Lazarus’s conceptual artworks consider the role of the artist, image, and archive. Several of his bodies of work utilize photographs found in resale shops, pilfered from photomats, or given to him by friends and strangers. For his project and archive <i>Too Hard to Keep</i>, Lazarus put out an open call via the internet for images whose owners found them too painful to keep, or destroy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jan Tichy works at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, sound and photography; many of his works combine these elements. Several of Tichy’s projects, like the exhibition <i>1979:1 —2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection</i>, involve collaborations with museums including the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT; and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, where Tichy engages and creates works inspired by the institutions’ collections, histories, and practices.</p> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 06:33:18 +0000 Christopher Michlig - Devening Projects + Editions - October 14th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The term “urban fabric” refers to everything that makes up the built environment, excluding environmental, economic, functional and sociocultural actualities. Using raw material culled from an archive of merchant posters <strong>Christopher Michlig</strong> collected from LA streets, <em><strong>Patternesque</strong></em> is a group of 16 collages, each a pattern study riffing on idiosyncratic typographic anatomy. While each collage is a distinct composition, common threads run throughout. Referencing and emphasizing the flexible, open-ended nature of the project, the work also suggests the morphology of urban space. Alongside this group of collages, Michlig presents a group of architecture-related relief sculptures. Based on a tradition of architectural model making in which massing models are used to dimensionally summarize the fundamental forms of buildings, Michlig’s “City Plan” relief sculptures interpret typographic space as proposed city plans. Reflective of the spaces from which the original posters were collected, while simultaneously nondescript, each city plan forces a consideration of the power dynamic of language itself as an imagined built environment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Christopher Michlig received his MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 2007 and works in a variety of media including collage, sculpture, film and video. Most recently, he’s been featured in solo projects at Marine Contemporary and Steven Turner Contemporary in LA, Volta 8 in Basel and 1000eventi in Milan. He work has been featured at the Fellows of Contemporary Art in Yellow, curated by Lia Trinka-Browne and in the 2006 L.A. Weekly Biennial. Michlig’s exhibitions have also included Desertshore, curated by Jan Tumlir at Luckman Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles, and Resist Complacency, Consider Urgency, curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts in 2009.</p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 14:05:53 +0000