ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Group Show - Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - October 5th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p><em><strong>Fragile Relations: Art, Nature and Environment</strong> </em>highlights the work of 13 Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment. Artists include: Denise Bellezzo, prints; Barbara Cooper, sculpture; Jeff Crisman, photography; Mary Ellen Crouteau, mixed media; Marjorie David, digital imaging; Donna Hapac, sculpture; Carole Komarek, sculpture; Nora Lloyd, photography; Alex Lopez, installation; Xavier Nuez, photography; Jean Sousa, photography; Michele Stutts, mixed media; and Toby Zallman, sculpture.</p> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 05:34:45 +0000 Group Show - Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - October 5th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><em>some DIALOGUE </em></strong>highlights work by interdisciplinary artists from Dialogue Chicago. Artists from  variety of disciplines - including painting, sculpture, print-making, photography, installation and mixed media present work. Artists include: Robert Burnier, Chris D. Smith, Bonnie Davis, Casey Sills, Mara Baker, Rob Mueller, Selene Plum, Anne Hayden Stevens, Cynthia Pacyk, Olivia Petrides, Roberta Meier, Margot Bergman, Joseph Perz, Micheal Finnegan, Linda Robinson Gordon, Susan Smith Trees, Tom Miller, Michelle Stone and Sarah Krepp.</span></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:15:05 +0000 - 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 Group Show - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - Sullivan Galleries - October 5th, 2012 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Generating and visualizing ideas is an important part of any artistic process. It can be especially challenging for those artists working in the dimensional world as they contend with issues of materiality, structure, scale, space, site, labor, time, and expense. <em>Drawings for Sculpture</em>, curated by SAIC faculty Carolyn Ottmers, explores the various ways in which sculptors use drawing as an opportunity to play, research, and communicate their concepts before committing them to three dimensions. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 20th International Sculpture Conference being held in Chicago October 4–6 and features work by SAIC faculty and alumni including: Marissa Lee Benedict, Juan Angel Chávez, Yong Choi, Preston Jackson, David R. Nelson, Carolyn Ottmers, A. Laurie Palmer, Stephen Reber, Richard Rezac, and Frances Whitehead. The show will also serve as an informational hub for Plural Zone, a series of sculptural interventions and performances happening across SAIC’s campus throughout the fall semester, coordinated by SAIC visiting artist Torkwase Dyson.</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 05:01:37 +0000 Shellie Flemming, Joan Livingstone, Nicholas Lowe, Chris Sullivan - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - Sullivan Galleries - October 5th, 2012 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>This exhibition features select projects by SAIC faculty who are returning from their sabbatical leaves, including Shellie Flemming, Joan Livingstone, Nicholas Lowe, and Chris Sullivan. Special lectures and screenings by other returning faculty are presented throughout the fall semester in conjunction with this exhibition.</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 05:05:23 +0000 - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - Sullivan Galleries - October 5th, 2012 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition of the <a href="" title="">Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project</a> (CTJM) presents more than 70 submitted proposals for memorializing documented cases of torture by the Chicago Police. Over the past year CTJM held workshops, lectures, and round tables to share knowledge about this history and to consider the forms memorialization might take. Responses to CTJM's open call include proposals by artists, architects, writers, educators, and justice-seekers all over the world. By exhibiting and distributing these speculative monuments and artworks, CTJM seeks to honor the survivors, their family members, and the affected communities, while amplifying the voices calling for justice. CTJM organizers include SAIC faculty Kevin Kaempf, A. Laurie Palmer, Mary Patten, Sarah Ross, and Ellen Rothenberg, as well as other Chicago-area artists, educators, activists, and attorneys Dorothy Burge, Sali Vickie Casanova, Adam Green, Alice Kim, Carla Mayer, Joey Mogul, Amy Partridge, Ben Stagl, Brett Stockdill, and Jan Susler.</p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:59:08 +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 Frank Jackowlak, Sandra Steinbrecher, Ron Gordon - Thomas Masters Gallery - October 6th, 2012 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">“<em><strong>Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows</strong></em>” puts her work in the context of her life during her highly creative period from the 1950s through the 1970s. The photographs were chosen from nearly 300 images appearing in a book to be released in September, also titled Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. A correlating exhibition, “Vivian Maier’s Chicago,” will also be opening in early September at the nearby Chicago History Museum.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Maier’s work was discovered in 2007 when boxes of abandoned prints, negatives and undeveloped film were sold in an auction in Chicago. In a few years she has gone from an unknown artist to the creator of images that now play a significant role in the history of photography. Maier shot many of her most iconic pictures while working as a nanny for suburban Chicago families, a job that allowed her to travel, as shown in her photographs of New York, South Dakota, Florida and California, as well as the rural pastures of Southern France.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> In addition to her characteristic street portraiture, this exhibit will feature a prolific catalog of images that show an artist with relentless curiosity that worked in a vast range of subjects and styles. Maier’s unique ability to brilliantly capture the zeitgeist is particularly apparent shots of Chicago’s famous Maxwell Street and in protest scenes shot during the social unrest of 1968. Echoing the chapters in the upcoming Vivian Maier book, the exhibition’s photographs are organized in sections: “Snapshots,” “America,” “Day,” “Maxwell,” “Beach,” “1968,” “Downtown,” “Walks,” and “Night.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Saturday, September 15, 2pm: <br /> </b>Gallery Talk with Art Critic James Yood<b> <br /> <br /> Saturday, September 29, 2pm: <br /> </b>Film Screening (2-3 short films) - The films will include the following:</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Vivian Maier, Photographer directed by Tom Palazzolo, written by Jack Helbig, and edited by Michael Bullis, with Judith Hoppe playing the voice of Vivian Maier</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> The Vivian Maier Photography Project directed by Aaron Cahan<b><br /> <br /> Saturday, October 6, 2pm: <br /> </b>Photography Group Panel Discussion: Moderated by Pamela Bannos, Photographer and Distinguished Lecturer at Northwestern University; </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> with the panel consisting of master gelatin silver printers, Ron Gordon &amp; Sandra Steinbrecher (Gordon &amp; Steinbrecher print Vivian Maier's work); photographer, Frank Jackowiak (he put a group together at the College of DuPage to process Maier's undeveloped film)<b><br /> <br /> Saturday, October 13, 2pm: <br /> </b></span>Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, Book Talk with Richard Cahan &amp; Michael Williams of CityFiles Press <br /><b> </b></p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 12:49:13 +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