ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Ian Pedigo - 65GRAND - April 17th - May 23rd Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:34:06 +0000 Susan Giles, Nancy Lu, Artshop, Charles Happner, Diane Jaderberg, Melika Bass - Hyde Park Art Center - April 19th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Join Hyde Park Art Center to celebrate all current exhibitions with the artists:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Susan Giles:&nbsp;<em>Scenic Overlook</em></p> <p>Nancy Lu Rosenheim:&nbsp;<em>Swallow City</em></p> <p>ArtShop:&nbsp;<em>Creative Possibilities</em></p> <p><em>Nature's Matrix </em>&nbsp;featuring work by Charles Heppner and Diane Jaderberg</p> <p>Closing reception for Melika Bass:&nbsp;<em>The Latest Sun Is&nbsp;Sinking Fast</em></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:45:53 +0000 - Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art - April 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The collection of Walter Koelz, an American zoologist who undertook collecting expeditions in the Western Himalayas during the 1930s, has contributed significantly to our understanding of Himalayan art. In a gallery talk focused on &ldquo;Collecting Culture,&rdquo; which includes many objects from Koelz&rsquo; collection, <a href="" target="_blank">Carla Sinopoli</a>, University of Michigan anthropology faculty member and curator of Asian archaeology at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, will address Koelz&rsquo; collecting practices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Supported by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian Studies Graduate Cluster at Northwestern University.</em></p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:02:00 +0000 Larry Snider - Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art - April 1st 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Chicago-based photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Larry Snider</a>&nbsp;has travelled to regions across Asia, including Ladakh, part of the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir, immersing himself in the landscape and culture and photographing individuals from diverse communities. In conversation with &ldquo;Collecting Paradise&rdquo; curator Robert Linrothe, Snider will share his work and observations of the region, with Linrothe reflecting on the ways in which Ladakh&rsquo;s environment and religious heritage connect to the present.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Supported by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian Studies Graduate Cluster at Northwestern University.</em></p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:00:35 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - March 28th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Choreographer Carrie Hanson&rsquo;s multidisciplinary dance theater project, <em class="first_child">Power Goes</em> (at MCA Stage, Mar 20&ndash;29), investigates the figure of&nbsp;Lyndon Baines Johnson as inspiration and metaphor for a bold inquiry into the relationship between power and social change. In LBJ&rsquo;s time as president, many talked of &ldquo;putting bodies on the line&rdquo; as struggles over civil rights, Vietnam, and other issues raged. In search of understanding the continued relevance of those experiences now&mdash;and how dance offers a unique path to exploring them&mdash;Hanson invites audiences to join her, collaborator&nbsp;Stuart Flack (playwright),&nbsp;Mark K. Updegrove (Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and author of <em>Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency</em>), Michael C. Dawson<strong>&nbsp;</strong>(John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago; founding director of the University&rsquo;s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture;&nbsp;and author of&nbsp;<em>Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies</em>), and S. Elise Archias (Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and author of the upcoming book&nbsp;<em class="last_child">The Concrete Body &ndash; Rainer, Schneemann, Acconci</em>)&nbsp;for a vigorous discussion of power&rsquo;s role in making&mdash;or blocking&mdash;progress toward making the world a better place. Moderated by Michael J. Kramer, historian on the faculty of Northwestern University, editor at the MCA, and dramaturg for The Seldoms.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">About the Speakers</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since founding the Seldoms in 2001, dance artist and educator <strong class="first_child">Carrie Hanson</strong> has created over 25 works for the company and designed multidisciplinary projects with artists working in visual arts, music/sound design, fashion design, and architecture. Under Hanson&rsquo;s direction, The Seldoms have gained a reputation for bold, innovative performances in unusual spaces such as cargo containers and truck depots. <em>Time Out Chicago</em> called their work in a drained Olympic-sized outdoor pool,&nbsp;<em>Giant Fix</em>, one of the best dance moments of the past decade.&nbsp;<em class="last_child">Marchland</em>, their collaboration with visual artist Fraser Taylor, received its world premiere at MCA Stage in 2010. More recently, Hanson&rsquo;s creative work has involved research and embodiment of social, political, environmental issues, and history as a mode of pressing dance and performance to speak to larger public issues. Hanson&rsquo;s work has received a National Performance Network Creation Fund and NEFA National Dance Project Production Award, and she is the recipient of a Chicago Dancemaker&rsquo;s Forum Lab Artists award, two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships and a Ruth Page Award for performance. She was named one of Dance Magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;25 to Watch&rdquo; in 2012.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The plays of <strong class="first_child">Stuart Flack</strong> have been produced at leading theaters in the US, including Southcoast Rep (Costa Mesa, CA), Culture Project (New York), Interact (Philadelphia), Victory Gardens (Chicago), and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (Washington, DC). His plays include <em>Sydney Bechet Killed a Man</em>, <em>Jonathan Wild</em>, <em>Homeland Security</em>, <em>For Eddie</em>, and <em>Floaters</em>. He is currently creating a new play based on <em>Black Like Me</em>, which will premiere as part of Steppenwolf Theatre&rsquo;s 2015 season. He is the former executive director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the largest festival of arts arts and ideas in the US and the former editor and publisher of the <em class="last_child">McKinsey Quarterly</em>, a journal of business, economics, and policy. He is also a guitarist with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">Mark K. Updegrove&nbsp;</strong>is the director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, where, in April 2014, he hosted the Civil Rights Summit which included addresses by President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. He has conducted exclusive interviews with five US Presidents and is the author of <em>Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency</em> (2012), <em>Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis</em> (2009), and <em>Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House</em> (2006). His latest book <em class="last_child">Destiny of Democracy: The Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library</em> will be published February 2015. Currently, Updegrove is working on an authorized book on the relationship between Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">Michael C. Dawson&nbsp;</strong>is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago, where he is also the&nbsp;founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.&nbsp;His books <em>Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics</em> (1994) and <em>Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies</em> (2001) won multiple awards, including <em class="last_child">Black Visions</em> winning the prestigious Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. Dawson has also published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces. He&nbsp;is currently finishing an edited volume, &ldquo;Fragmented Rainbow,&rdquo; on race and civil society in the United States as well as a solo volume, &ldquo;Black Politics in the Early 21st Century.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">S. Elise Archias</strong>&nbsp;is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Her upcoming book&nbsp;<em class="last_child">The Concrete Body &ndash; Rainer, Schneemann, Acconci&nbsp;</em>explores the work of three performance artists from the 1960s who embraced and challenged everyday life in late modernity using bodies as an artistic material. Her research and classes center around modernism, performance art, and contemporary art and ask questions about how abstract ideas come together with the physical world in meaningful ways in 20th&nbsp;and 21st&nbsp;century art and life.</p> <p class="last_child" style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">Michael J. Kramer</strong>&nbsp;holds a visiting assistant professorship at Northwestern University, where he teaches history, American studies, digital humanities, and civic engagement. His book&nbsp;<em class="last_child">The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture&nbsp;</em>was published by Oxford University Press in 2013, and he has written about history, art, culture, and politics for numerous publications. He works as an editor in the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department at the MCA&nbsp;itself. He is also involved with the Chicago Dance History Project, an oral history and archival digital documentation of dance in the Chicago region, and he is the dramaturg for The Seldoms Contemporary Dance Company.</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:57:51 +0000 Group Show - Museum of Contemporary Photography - April 10th 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants will include Shantrelle P. Lewis,&nbsp;exhibition curator; Monica Miller, scholar and author of "Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity"; Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; author Nichelle Gainer; photographer Arteh Odjidja; art historian Amy Mooney and exhibiting artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">2:00-2:30p &nbsp;Introduction with Monica Miller, author of&nbsp;<em style="font-size: 11pt;">Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic</em>&nbsp;<em style="font-size: 11pt;">Identity</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 2:30-3:30p &nbsp;Panel Discussion -&nbsp;<em>The Black Dandy: Cultural and Historic Context</em>&nbsp;with Nichelle Gainer, Naomi Beckwith, Arteh Odjidja, and Amy Mooney</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 3:30-4:00p &nbsp;Coffee break and screening &nbsp;of&nbsp;<em>This is Not a Suit</em>&nbsp;(2010, 7 minutes) by Adrien Sauvage</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 4:00-5:00p Curator and artist conversation with exhibiting artists Radcliffe Royce, Rose Callahan, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Sara Shamsavari, and Ignacio Quiles</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">5:00-6:00p Wine and cheese reception and exhibition viewing with exhibiting artists</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:50:19 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Photography - March 25th - March 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">This annual exhibition, now in its fourteenth year, features works made by teens who participate in Picture Me, an afterschool photography program sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) at three Chicago high schools: Curie Metropolitan High School, Juarez Community Academy, and Nicholas Senn High School. Co-taught by teams of working artists, this program, which serves approximately 90 students each year, cultivates teens as independent artists who gain a strong technical foundation as they work toward developing their own artistic vision and style through independent projects. Examining and discussing the work of professional artists is integral to the program and the curriculum is further enhanced by field trips to the MoCP and other cultural venues and contact with visiting artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The <em>Talking Back: Chicago Youth Respond</em> exhibition runs March 25 - 28th at MoCP.</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:47:07 +0000 Group Show - Vertical Gallery - April 3rd - April 26th <p style="text-align: left;">Vertical Gallery is proud to present presents <strong><em>2 for 2</em></strong>, a group show celebrating our two year anniversary featuring an incredible line-up of artists from around the world each contributing two original works. The exhibition is April 3 - 26, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, 6-10pm.</p> <p><em>2 for 2</em> features new work from: Blek Le Rat (FR), Martin Whatson (NO), Inkie (GB), Chad Hasegawa (US), Presto (BR), Copyright (GB), Tiptoe (US), Olav Mathisen (NO), Mr. Prvrt (US), Tank Petrol (PL), ETNIK (IT), M-City (PL), Static (GB), Bachor (US) and HERA (Herakut) (DE).</p> <p>We are very grateful for all the support we have received from everyone in our neighborhood; art collectors in Chicago and around the world; and the immensely talented artists we have had the privilege to work with over the past two years. We have a very exciting year of shows and wall mural projects planned throughout the city, and are thrilled to start our third year with this amazing line-up for our two year anniversary.</p> <p><em>2 for 2</em> &ndash; Two Year Anniversary Group Show<br />April 3 - 26, 2015<br />Opening reception Friday, April 3, 6-10pm.<br />Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622</p> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:52:57 +0000 Frances Stark - The Art Institute of Chicago - May 21st - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">For more than two decades Frances Stark (American, born 1967) has made a variety of work&mdash;essays, poems, drawings, collages, hand-held videos, mural-sized decals, paintings, PowerPoint presentations, performances, an animated movie, single- and multichannel projections, and iPhone photographs&mdash;about the confluence of her art and her life. More specifically, Stark focuses on the working life of an artist as it converges with the non-working life of an artist, and vice versa; the contiguous spaces of productivity and procrastination; and the simultaneous sensations of pride and doubt. <br /><br />Stark&rsquo;s primary mode is appealingly, even alluringly, confessional, yet this does not mean that her work can be pegged as simply autobiographical. The distinction is key. She is blazingly honest&mdash;indeed, equal parts courageous and audacious&mdash;in her acts of self-assessment and self-exposure. She is likewise honest in her deployment of the confessional mode to assess and expose art-world pressures as well as the pressures and rhetorical devices of self-presentation more broadly. Further, while Stark calls herself &ldquo;pathologically open,&rdquo; her gift for sharing intimate content is part and parcel with her gifts for both formal refinement and manifest theatricality. <br /><br />The word <em>Intimism</em>&mdash;the title of Stark&rsquo;s exhibition&mdash;often refers to late 19th- and early 20th-century French paintings of small-scale, jewel-like domestic interiors, richly decorated and quietly inhabited. But the term can also be more broadly applied&mdash;and is in fact renewed by Stark&rsquo;s work, which invests questions of privacy, affinity, proximity, and communion with both affective and political urgency. <br /><br />This exhibition, part of the <em>focus</em> series, marks the first comprehensive survey of Stark&rsquo;s video and digital production, from her prescient, lo-fi <em>Cat Videos</em>, begun in 1999, through slideshows derived from her current Instagram feed, @therealstarkiller. Framed by early and new works on paper as well as a key selection from the museum&rsquo;s historical holdings, the presentation juxtaposes &ldquo;moving&rdquo; images with &ldquo;static&rdquo; ones. Stark has a gift for balancing intimate content with a sense of theatricality; here the natural allure of the artist&rsquo;s confessional mode is matched by her concerted desire to draw the viewer into varying states of arrest, passage, and attention.</p> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:52:56 +0000