ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 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 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Julia Hechtman - Devening Projects + Editions - October 14th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">devening projects + editions invites you to<i> Patternesque</i>, an installation of new collages and sculpture by Christopher Michlig. In the off space, we're featuring Julia Hechtman's new project, <i>What's His is Mine</i>. Opening on Sunday, October 14, from 4-7pm, it's the second solo exhibition in the gallery for both artists. Christopher and Julia will be attending the opening.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Julia Hechtman's</strong> work organizes and re-frames the contradictions that make up her life experiences. The process builds suspense and creates tension between absence and presence, the urban and the natural and between the authentic and the invented. Her interests range from the everyday to the spectacular; it's her goal to capture these moments at each end of this spectrum in every work. In <strong><i>What's His is Mine</i></strong>, she uses material passed down from her late father in a series of still-life images that bring a past and distant connection fully into the present. Her father passed away when she was 15; his effects, particularly gear from his time in the army during WWII, now become the vehicle through which she processes their relationship and its role in her current life and practice. Like much of her recent work, this project bypasses the spectacular in order to locate and identify the sublime in the small-scale and the overlooked. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Julia Hechtman</strong> is an interdisciplinary artist based in NYC and Boston. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from Syracuse University. She has shown her work nationally and internationally in exhibitions that include <em>Second Nature</em> at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, <em>Chain Letter</em> at Samson and <em>Vast Vistas: Landscape in New Media</em> at CyberArts, in Massachusetts; <em>Gravity Matters and Shadowy Folds</em> at dok25a in Dusseldorf, Germany; and <em>Irrationalism</em> at devening projects + editions, among many others. Her videos are part of the Video Data Bank's collection in Chicago and have been screened recently in London's 52nd Film Festival, at City Art Rooms in Auckland, NZ and at The Artist Foundation in Boston. She teaches at Northeastern University; this past summer she taught an interdisciplinary, intensive studio course at The Burren College of Art in Ireland as part of Northeastern's study abroad program.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:38:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Chicago Cultural Center - October 15th, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p><b>Fashion Focus Chicago 2012</b> returns for its eighth year <b>October 15-21</b> for a week-long celebration of Chicago's thriving fashion industry while showcasing some of its top designers. Highlights include three headlining runway shows in Millennium Park and fashion events at various locations around the city. Fashion Focus will feature a variety of free and affordable industry happenings, shopping and designer events.</p> <p>The kick-off event will be on <b>Monday, October 15</b> and will highlight Chicago's fashion design schools at <b>Dress Code</b> in the Chicago Cultural Center beginning at 7:00 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:04:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Gallery 400 - October 16th, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p>“The History, Theory, and Practice of Prime Numbers”</p> <p>Karen Reimer’s site-specific installation at Gallery 400 is the latest entry in her ongoing series <em>Endless Set</em> (begun 2007), in which appliquéd pillowcases marry hand-sewn fabric's domesticity to the infiniteness of the prime number sequence. In this lecture, Professor Ramin Takloo-Bighash provides insight into the mathematical concept of the prime number—a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself. From Euclid's <em>Elements</em> to Carl Sagan’s <em>Contact</em>, he explains why prime numbers are so frequently the subject of popular fascination, illuminating both their captivating history and current relevance.</p> <p>Takloo-Bighash is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining UIC’s faculty in 2007, he worked at Princeton University first as an instructor and then as an assistant professor. He is the co-author of <em>An Invitation to Modern Number Theory</em> (with Steven J. Miller, Princeton University Press, 2006). Takloo-Bighash received a BS from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, both in Mathematics.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:49:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Kirsten Leenaars - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 16th, 2012 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM <p style="text-align: justify;"> In 2011, as part of the exhibition <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/past/2012/260" rel="nofollow"><em>Without You I’m Nothing: Art and its Audience</em></a>, artist Kirsten Leenaars produced <em>On Our Way to Tomorrow</em>, a soap opera based on real-life drama that was filmed on location using MCA staff and visitors as the core actors and extras. While the characters are fully fictionalized, scripts and improvisations were based on their actual positions at the museum. Leenaars is joined in conversation by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, to discuss excerpts from the soap opera series.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Leenaars was named a 2012 break out artist by Newcity’s art editor Jason Foumberg. Leenaars is a Chicago-based artist born and raised in the Netherlands. She is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute Chicago member of the Threewalls Artist Advisory Board and the 6018 North board.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:39:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Nick Briz - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 16th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>MCA: Internet Superheroes: Art and Technology</b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Chicago Dirty New Media: Round Robin </b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">October 16, 2012 6pm</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bottom level of the MCA parking garage</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">FREE for Illinois residents</p> <p> </p> <p>Every third Tuesday of the month, explore the intersection between art, technology and the internet along with the MCA as we meet the brilliant minds who make the virtual world more interesting. This October, a real-time audio and video performance event celebrates the Dirty New Media movement in Chicago. Dirty New Media artists utilize hacked electronics and improvisation to create works of art that are so wrong they’re right.</p> <p> </p> <p>Feel free to stop in and chat with folks as they prep their circuits and setup which begins at 4pm. This event is organized in collaboration with Nick Briz, a new-media artist, educator, and organizer whose work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions, including the FILE Media Arts Festival (Rio de Janeiro, BR); Miami Art Basel and is currently based in Chicago.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:40:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - The Oriental Institute at University of Chicago - October 16th, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This fall, visitors to the Oriental Institute Museum will be able to step back in time to discover the world of birds in ancient Egypt as they stroll through an exhibit that recreates the feel of a marsh from the Nile, and see videos of birds flying overhead while the sounds of birds calling to each other resonate in the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Birds played a vital role in the lives of the ancient Egyptians and they were a focus of religion. They were such an important part of the culture that they were mummified as offerings at temples; several mummified birds will be on display at the special exhibition, Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt that will be presented from October 16, 2012, to July 28, 2013, in the Marshall and Doris Holleb Family Special Exhibit Gallery at the museum, 1155 E. 58th St. on the campus of the University of Chicago. It is the first exhibit to be mounted in the United States that explores the role of birds in ancient Egypt.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibit includes forty artifacts that emphasize how omnipresent birds were in ancient Egyptian culture. Those birds included ducks, ibises, and other waterfowl as well as eagles, vultures, and falcons, and more exotic birds such as ostriches. Some birds lived in the wild along the Nile while others were domesticated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibit showcases mainly objects from the Oriental Institute, many of which have never been exhibited, such as the legs for a folding stool that are beautifully inlaid in ivory in imitation of duck heads, the mummy of an eagle with remains of gilding, and a small bronze coffin topped with a figure of a falcon wearing a crown .</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The show also includes treasures from other museums. From the Art Institute of Chicago is a bronze statue of the falcon-headed god Re-Horakhty dating to about 700 BC. The Brooklyn Museum has sent a spectacular coffin for an ibis mummy decorated with gold, silver, and rock crystal, while the Field Museum of Natural History loaned a stone monument incised with an image of the enthroned king in the form of a falcon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Exhibit curator and Egyptologist-naturalist Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer said, "just as the Nile River and its annual flood brought agricultural bounty to Egypt and gave rise to a powerful civilization, these waters also provided a haven for millions of birds migrating between Eurasia and Africa each spring and fall. The regular passage of such huge numbers of birds greatly influenced the lives of ancient Egyptians, who saw these feathered visitors as living symbols of fertility, life, and regeneration."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The significance of birds will be illustrated by tracing their impact on the ancient Egyptians from birth to death. Some Egyptian creation myths recounted how all creatures on earth ultimately emerged from an egg, represented in the exhibit by a magnificent ancient ostrich egg. At the end of life, they were buried in a coffin, which was also called an egg, creating a never-ending cycle of life, death, and rebirth based on bird imagery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The soul of the deceased was shown as a human-headed bird. A delicate painted statue of such a composite figure in the exhibit represents an individual's quest for eternal contact with the world of the living. Many of the gods took the form of birds, probably because of their superhuman ability to soar through the sky and follow the path of the life-giving sun.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Egyptians themselves could be portrayed as birds with human hands raised in adoration of their king who was shown as a falcon, the incarnation of the "Living Horus on Earth." Oriental Institute Director Gil Stein commented, "Our new exhibit explores the role of birds at the interface between nature and culture, and in doing so gives us a new understanding of the ways that the ancient Egyptians experienced and gave meaning to the world around them."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibit traces bird imagery and symbolism through religion, images of the king, the economic exploitation of birds for their feathers and flesh, birds as protective deities, the incorporation of more than sixty species of birds into hieroglyphic writing, and images of birds on objects of daily life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A special feature of the exhibit is a discussion of the role of bird mummies in religion. In the first millennium BC, mummified animals, especially birds, were an important part of religious devotions, and catacombs for animal mummies were established throughout Egypt. A single catacomb near Cairo is estimated to have held at least two million bird mummies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In collaboration with the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Field Museum, Bailleul-LeSuer CT scanned ten bird mummies from the collection of the Oriental Institute, allowing her to identify the species and also to study the way they were mummified. Oriental Institute Chief Curator Jack Green commented, "The bird mummies are particularly fascinating. They give us a glimpse into the religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and, with the help of modern technology, new insights into the birds themselves including some quite unexpected findings." Among those surprises was the discovery that a beautifully wrapped mummy did not in fact contain the remains of a complete bird, but only a few bones.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A fully illustrated catalog, edited by Bailleul-LeSuer, accompanies the exhibit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A variety of public programs will be held in conjunction with the show. On Saturday, November 10, a free public symposium, co-sponsored by the Oriental Institute and the Audubon Society, will explore the role of birds in ancient Egypt. Speakers include Bailleul-LeSuer; Foy Scalf, a Ph.D. candidate in Egyptology at the University of Chicago; John Wyatt, an independent researcher and specialist in African birds and mammals; Gay Robins, an art historian from Emory University, and a representative from the Audubon Society.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bailleul-LeSuer will give free gallery tours on October 17 and November 14 and she will lead a birdwatching walk in Jackson Park on October 21. On December 16, the film "Pale Male," about a red-tailed hawk's life in Manhattan, will be screened. For more information about programs, go to http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum/, or call 773 702 9507.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:31:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Margaret Lindauer, Brigid Globensky, Joe Becker, Georgina Valverde - Gallery 400 - October 17th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">With growing emphasis on the social and cultural roles of today’s institutions, education and visitor experience is increasingly important for museum and exhibition professionals. Four speakers will put forth their diverse experiences in the field and open up forum for discussion. Professor of Art History and Museum Studies <strong>Margaret Lindauer</strong> will present her research on the social, cultural, and curatorial implications of museums’ identification as educational institutions. Senior Director of Education at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) <strong>Brigid Globensky</strong>, interested in recent trends of education galleries that center on visitor experience, will use MAM’s Kohl Education Center as a case study to explore how such centers change visitors’ perceptions of art institutions. <strong>Joe Becker</strong>, Associate Professor Emeritus in UIC’s Department of Educational Psychology, and artist and Teacher Programs Coordinator at the Art Institute of Chicago <strong>Georgina Valverde</strong>, will present a project that explores implications of using art’s explorative nature to lead pedagogic theory.</p> <h6 style="text-align: justify;">This lecture is presented by UIC’s MA program in <a target="_blank" title="http://www.uic.edu/depts/arch/ah/museumstudies" href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/arch/ah/museumstudies">Museum and Exhibition Studies</a> and is co-sponsored by Gallery 400.</h6> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:19:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Steve McQueen - The Art Institute of Chicago - October 19th, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The first American museum survey of the work of Steve McQueen presents 15 installations, including one world premiere.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Steve McQueen has had a 20-year career as a visual artist working primarily in moving images and is widely recognized as the director of the unflinching feature films <em>Hunger</em> (2008) and <em>Shame</em> (2011). As the holder of the largest collection of work by McQueen in any museum in the United States, the Art Institute of Chicago is proud to present, in the first large-scale survey ever devoted to the artist, 15 of his works, including one created specially for the exhibition and on view for the first time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in London in 1969 to West Indian immigrants, McQueen made his first major work, <em>Bear</em>, in 1993 as he was completing his studies in the visual arts at Goldsmiths College. In the following two decades, he has produced a steady stream of evocative moving-image installations that blend elements of contemporary life and social commentary. His subject matter varies widely—meditations on immigration and diaspora, hip-hop culture, mining conditions in Africa, gun violence in Britain—but is always underscored by an emphasis on the individual body, often his own, as the surface on which contemporary life is written. Just as emphatically, McQueen uses film to explore the very essence of the medium itself. Distilled into contrasts between light and darkness, motion and stillness, and sound and silence, McQueen’s installations are formally rich and multifaceted, redrawing the boundaries between fine art and filmmaking. Also included in the exhibition and on view for the first time outside the United Kingdom is <em>Queen and Country</em> (2006), a project composed of stamps bearing portraits of the British men and women who lost their lives in Iraq, which McQueen completed as an official British war artist.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">McQueen won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1999 and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2009. In 2011, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the visual arts. The Art Institute is the only museum in the country presenting this exhibition, which will travel to Switzerland in 2013.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:30:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Stew - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 20th, 2012 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p>Join Stew, the Tony Award-winning creator and star of Broadway’s rock musical <em>Passing Strange</em> and his band as they perform a new song cycle inspired by their experiences of and perspectives about Chicago. The work is being developed during a summer MCA Stage residency and is performed along with songs from their 2012 album, <em>Making It</em>. Stew’s concerts limbo between rock show and theater and the musical influences range from funk, baroque ’60s pop, lounge music, ’80s synth pop, classic Tin Pan Alley, and psychedelic rock.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:58:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 20th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;" class="first_child"><em class="first_child">Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac</em> is a mid-career exhibition of work by two of the most exciting and innovative designers working today. Born and based in France, the Bouroullecs bring high-tech manufacturing ideas to standard furniture and design formats, such as the communal kitchen table and the basic dining chair, resulting in timeless, straightforward products devoid of trendy gimmicks. The brothers not only design elegant and beautiful objects—chairs, sofas, lamps, tables, and dishware—but they also develop pioneering hybrid forms that defy categorization as they shape space in clever new ways. The title of the show is inspired by this multipurpose hybridity, as a <em class="last_child">bivouac</em> is a lightweight encampment or shelter that can be adapted to its environment just as Bouroullec products are activated by their end-users and the spaces they inhabit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Many of the Bouroullecs’ products can be described as “microarchitecture”—items larger than furniture but smaller than architecture. Their award-winning <em class="first_child">Algues</em> are molded plastic branches that can be snapped together to make translucent and organic screens. Their pressed felt <em>Clouds</em> can be slotted together to make multifaceted, colorful walls or enclosures. In <em class="last_child">Bivouac</em>, the MCA galleries are enlivened and divided by these products, including specially designed pedestals on which the brothers’ smaller-scale works are displayed. This signature approach to interior space creates a rich and immersive environment in which to view objects large and small from across their career.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Bouroullecs work with the largest and most influential manufacturers in the design field—including Kartell, Vitra, Ligne Roset, Kvadrat, Cappellini, Magis, and Hans Grohe—to invent innovative solutions for cost saving, sustainability, and the preservation of traditional craft techniques. As such, <em class="first_child last_child">Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac</em> continues MCA Chicago’s longstanding commitment to presenting architecture and design–themed exhibitions that point to relevant issues of our time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou–Metz and is overseen in Chicago by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> <p></p> <p>The exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou–Metz and is overseen in Chicago by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:10:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Johanna Burton - Gallery 400 - October 21st, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Johanna Burton will deliver the keynote address for "In Sight/On View: The Museum as Site of Inquiry," a graduate student symposium presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago Art History Graduate Student Association. </p> <p>Johanna Burton is an art historian, critic, and curator who is widely considered a leading scholar of contemporary art. She is internationally recognized for her critical writing on contemporary art and artists. Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and publications, including <em>Artforum</em>, <em>Art Journal</em>, <em>October</em>, and <em>Texte Zur Kunst</em>, as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues for institutions throughout the world. Burton has curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions, including <em>Anti-Establishment</em> at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2012 and <em>Sherrie Levine: Mayhem</em> at the Whitney Museum in 2011. She is currently working with curator Anne Ellegood on an exhibition for the Hammer Museum in 2014, exploring the intersection of institutional critique and the practice of appropriation. Burton is the newly appointed Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum in New York, a position she will begin in 2013. She is currently Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Burton holds multiple master's degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York University, and Princeton University, where she is completing her doctorate in art history.</p> <h6>This program is co-presented by the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.</h6> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 06:59:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Luis Gispert - Gallery 400 - October 23rd, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Luis Gispert (born 1972) is a sculptor and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. His multi-media work focuses on youth culture, hip hop, and Cuban-American history. Gispert has exhibited in solo shows at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Otereo Plassert Gallery, Los Angeles; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Mary Boone Gallery, New York; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA; and the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, among others. He has been included in group exhibitions at Centro Arti Visive, Pescheria, Italy; On Stellar Rays Gallery, New York; the National Museum of Poznan, Poland; Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Shanghai MoCA, China; Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco; and the Royal Academy of Art, London, among others. Gispert has been the recipient of a Cintas Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. He has also lectured widely at many universities in the United States and Canada. Gispert earned a BFA in film from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University.</p> <h6>Form Fit is a lecture series organized by University of Illinois at Chicago MFA graduates in which local artists, curators, and other contemporary art practitioners present on their work. This series is free and open to the public.</h6> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 06:57:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Josh Abrams - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 23rd, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><b>MCA: Face the Strange: New Music from Chicago and Beyond: Josh Abrams’ Natural Information Society</b></p> <p>Tuesday October 23, 2012 6pm, Puck’s Cafe</p> <p>Free for Illinois residents</p> <p>Josh Abrams, a native Philadelphian, has been on the Chicago scene for over 15 years. Working with jazz experimentalist legends Roscoe Mitchell and Bill Dixon to hip hop artists such as Prefuse 73 and The Roots, he includes low-key eclectic jams and psych-folk improvisation in his music. Musicians perform one-hour sets of new, experimental, rock, and electronic music. This event is programmed in collaboration with Matthew Hale Clark and Jeremy Lemos of the band White/Light.</p> <p> </p> <p>This is part of the monthly Face the Strange music series from October-May.</p> <p> </p> <p>Light fair, beer, wine, and beverages are available for purchase at Puck’s Express Counter.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:48:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Tim Parsons, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - October 23rd, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">As part of the in-gallery conversation series centered on the exhibition Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac, this talk focuses on how the objects within a space contribute towards its atmosphere. The Bouroullecs’ work has a calming presence, but is executed with extreme  technical rigor. A modular approach is also in evidence; the designers enabling the end user to reconfigure the objects to suit their needs and desires.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tim Parsons is a designer, design writer, and Associate Professor of Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A graduate of the Masters program in Design Products at London’s Royal College of Art under Ron Arad, Jasper Morrison, and Konstantin Grcic, he has gone on to teach product design for more than 10 years at universities in Britain and America. As a designer, he has worked with manufacturers in Britain and Europe and exhibited widely, including at The Design Museum, London and MCA Chicago. He has contributed articles and essays to publications including Blueprint, ICON, Crafts and Phaidon’s Design Classics and his book <em class="first_child">Thinking:Objects: Contemporary Approaches to Product Design</em> was published in 2009 by AVA Academia. Parsons maintains the design writing blog, <span class="last_child">Object Thinking</span></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:44:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Marc Pascale - Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art - October 24th, 2012 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join the Art Institute of Chicago's Mark Pascale at 10 am on Wednesday, October 24 as he traces the development of drawing and the artists who expanded the definition and practice of the art form. Light morning fare served at 9:30 am.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This event is free for Block Museum members; $10 for nonmembers. To register, email <br /> e-forsgren@northwestern.edu. Inquire about campus parking when registering.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pascale's talk is part of <strong>Educating the Eye</strong>, an ongoing series of programs designed to sharpen your knowledge and appreciation of different art media.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:48:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list