ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, Alexandro Segade - Gallery 400 - September 5th - October 18th <p class="p1">August 15, 2014&mdash;Chicago, IL&mdash; Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected</p> <p class="p1">in the Creative Impulse is an exhibition by My Barbarian collective who are artists Malik Gaines,</p> <p class="p1">Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade. Founded in Los Angeles in 2000, My Barbarian</p> <p class="p1">combines elements of theater and visual art to create interdisciplinary works in video, music,</p> <p class="p1">performance, drawing, and sculpture. Their solo exhibition at Gallery 400 includes a live</p> <p class="p1">staging of the group&rsquo;s interpretation of Bertolt Brecht&rsquo;s 1932 play, The Mother, and a</p> <p class="p1">video, Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative</p> <p class="p1">Impulse (2013). Hand-made masks and drawings associated with this performance will activate</p> <p class="p1">the gallery space for the show's duration.</p> <p class="p1">In their adaptation of The Mother, My Barbarian tells the story of a working-class mother who</p> <p class="p1">becomes increasingly radicalized on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution. While looking at the</p> <p class="p1">role of the woman as a mother, worker, and revolutionary in the modern world, the play</p> <p class="p1">considers the role of art within capitalist constraints and promotes the critical roles artists can</p> <p class="p1">perform. The video Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative</p> <p class="p1">Impulse (2013), stages playful scenarios that convey both continuity and change in feminist,</p> <p class="p1">conceptual artistic, and familial projects as they move through generations. In a series of</p> <p class="p1">interconnected "short films," Gaines, Gordon, and Segade perform with their own mothers as</p> <p class="p1">well as influential artists Eleanor Antin and Mary Kelly, enacting a personal and political</p> <p class="p1">matrilineage.</p> <p class="p2">This multifaceted exhibit explores historical and contemporary interests in feminism, the</p> <p class="p2">symbolism of motherhood and love, as well as My Barbarian&rsquo;s own experiences as children,</p> <p class="p2">parents, and workers. The title of the exhibition borrows from the post- World War II document</p> <p class="p2">the &ldquo;Universal Declaration of Human Rights,&rdquo; (co-authored by Eleanor Roosevelt) which was</p> <p class="p2">the first expression of global human rights and Melanie Klein&rsquo;s 1929 essay &ldquo;Infantile Anxiety</p> <p class="p2">Situations Reflected in a Work of Art and the Creative Impulse,&rdquo; which investigated the way</p> <p class="p2">children relate to their mothers through objects and play. Utilizing camp humor, fantasy, and</p> <p class="p2">jarring aesthetic juxtapositions, My Barbarian brings a playful yet critical eye to their</p> <p class="p2">investigation of serious artistic, social, and political issues.</p> <p class="p2">Related Programs:</p> <p class="p1">Friday September 5, 5:00pm-8:00pm - Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations</p> <p class="p1">Reflected in the Creative Impulse opening reception + Performance by Malik Gaines at</p> <p class="p1">6:30pm</p> <p class="p1">Friday September 19, 7:00-9:00pm &ndash; My Barbarian Performance: An adaptation of Berthold</p> <p class="p1">Brecht's The Mother</p> <p class="p1">Saturday September 20, 3:00p-5:00pm &ndash; My Barbarian Performance: An adaptation of</p> <p class="p1">Berthold Brecht's The Mother</p> <p class="p1">Wednesday October 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm &ndash; Chicago Filmmakers Screening: Half Suffocated</p> <p class="p1">Saturday October 11, 4-6pm &ndash; Film Screening and performance: A Feminist Perspective on</p> <p class="p1">Gun Violence in Chicago featuring work by Lonnie Edwards, Michael Paulucci, Cheryl</p> <p class="p1">Pope and young poets</p> <p class="p1">Saturday October 18 2:00pm-4:00pm &ndash; Mothernism Panel featuring Elise Archias, Lise</p> <p class="p1">Haller Baggesen Ross and Hamza Walker</p> <p class="p2">Tours:</p> <p class="p1">Gallery 400 offers guided tours for groups of all ages. Tours are free of charge but require</p> <p class="p1">reservation. Please complete our online form (accessible at to</p> <p class="p2">schedule a tour of Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the</p> <p class="p1">Creative Impulse. For more information, or to discuss the specific needs and interests of your</p> <p class="p1">group, please contact us at 312 996 6114 or</p> <p class="p1">Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse is</p> <p class="p1">supported by the School of Art &amp; Art History, the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts,</p> <p class="p1">University of Illinois at Chicago and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The</p> <p class="p1">Daryl Gerber Stokols and Jeff Stokols Voices Series Fund provides general support to Gallery</p> <p class="p1">400. Support for the opening reception provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company and Dark</p> <p class="p1">Horse Wine.</p> <p class="p1">***</p> <p class="p1">Founded in 1983, Gallery 400 is one of the nation's most vibrant university galleries,</p> <p class="p1">showcasing work at the leading edge of contemporary art, architecture, and design. The</p> <p class="p1">Gallery's program of exhibitions, lectures, film and video screenings, and performances</p> <p class="p1">features interdisciplinary and experimental practices. Operating within the School of Art and Art</p> <p class="p1">History in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at</p> <p class="p1">Chicago (UIC), Gallery 400 endeavors to make the arts and its practitioners accessible to a</p> <p class="p1">broad spectrum of the public and to cultivate a variety of cultural and intellectual perspectives.</p> <p class="p1">Gallery 400 is recognized for its support of the creation of new work, the diversity of its</p> <p class="p1">programs and participants, and the development of experimental models for multidisciplinary</p> <p class="p1">exhibition.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:46:18 +0000 Eliza Myrie, Daniel Giles - Roots & Culture - September 12th - October 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">Using drawing, sculpture, photography, video and performance; Daniel Giles and Eliza Myrie engage in the study of the historical narratives two distinct cultural objects. go/figure features works that enact material processes as acts of translation and research. Giles and Myrie deconstruct and re-picture objects whose mythologies and representations invoke discrepancies of value, labor and points of origin.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:18:15 +0000 Mickalene Thomas - Kavi Gupta Gallery - September 19th - November 15th <p style="text-align: justify;">Mickalene Thomas&rsquo; first solo exhibition, I was born to do great things, at Kavi Gupta Gallery Chicago will continue her explorations of her mother and muse, Sandra Bush. Following her film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman (2012), the exhibition acts as a portrait of the artist&rsquo;s mother through her belongings. Taking the form of a domestic installation, Thomas will exhibit a series of bronze works cast from these personal items. Carrying great significance to both her mother and herself, these articles of clothing and jewelry are destroyed through this process of casting and are preserved and transformed into highly finished objects of nostalgia and memory.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:08:22 +0000 Glenn Kaino - Kavi Gupta Chicago - Elizabeth Street - September 19th - December 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">Glenn Kaino&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at Kavi Gupta, Leviathan, continues his engagement with cultural upheaval and takes inspiration from the physical and ephemeral marks and objects left behind in sites of cultural riots and conflicts. Using debris from specific sites where conflict has done away with urban landscape or reduced it to ruins, Kaino presents a series of sculptural works that engage and transform this material into an archeological survey of contemporary cultural conflict. By highlighting the ongoing and circular destruction of society and its structures, these works emphasize a poetic and empathetic response to the consistent transformation of subjects, places and conditions of life under social change.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:58:38 +0000 Nayland Blake, Claire Pentecost - Iceberg Projects - September 13th - October 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Iceberg Projects is proud to present&nbsp;Polypersephony, a two-person exhibition featuring new works investigating concepts of underground by Claire Pentecost and Nayland Blake.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:49:19 +0000 Dominick Di Meo - Corbett vs. Dempsey - September 5th - October 11th Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:33:15 +0000 Eugene Von Bruenchenhein - Carl Hammer Gallery - September 5th - October 25th Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:25:04 +0000 Austin Eddy, Beth Stuart, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine - LVL3 Gallery - October 4th - November 2nd <p>LVL3 is proud to present&nbsp;<em>Rendering Emblems</em>, a three-person exhibition featuring Austin Eddy, Beth Stuart, and Olivier Kosta-Th&eacute;faine. Eddy&rsquo;s works question the history of painting, and he finds his answers through creating via play. Stuart&rsquo;s influence of feminist art and criticism often finds its way back into her work, transposing misshapen and awkward forms into delicate compositions. As a self-taught artist, Kosta-Th&eacute;faine takes his ideas from the city and streets, drawing in new discoveries from neglected places into his work.&nbsp;<em>Rendering Emblems</em>&nbsp;brings together the practices of these three artists, from three different countries, intertwined by their critical engagement with painting.</p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:03:20 +0000 - Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago - September 27th - December 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">What makes an object a sculpture? The immersive exhibition&nbsp;<em>Carved, Cast, Crumpled</em>investigates the essential qualities of three-dimensional art across historical and cultural contexts, questioning what it means to be in the presence of an object.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is the first in a series of special projects celebrating the Smart Museum of Art's 40th anniversary. Comprised entirely of three-dimensional works and a handful of drawings by sculptors, it showcases a foundational component of the Museum&rsquo;s collection, one that can be traced back to the Joel Starrels, Jr. Memorial Collection of modern sculpture that was featured in the Smart&rsquo;s inaugural exhibition in the fall of 1974.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition takes over the entirety of the Museum, transforming both spaces normally dedicated to temporary exhibitions as well as those that are home to longer-standing installations of the Smart&rsquo;s collection. Highlights include small-scale sculptures by modern masters like Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz, and Henry Moore; ancient Chinese&nbsp;<em>mingqi</em>tomb figures and Buddhist devotional statues; European bronzes of princes,&nbsp;<em>putti</em>, and classical heroes; and boundary-breaking work by contemporary artists including Magdalena Abakanowicz, John Chamberlain, Robert Irwin, and H. C. Westermann. Through roughly chronological presentations as well as unexpected juxtapositions of objects,&nbsp;<em>Carved, Cast, Crumpled</em>&nbsp;explores the notion of sculpture in all its forms.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:52:17 +0000 Group Show - Shane Campbell Gallery - August 23rd - October 4th <p style="text-align: justify;">Shane Campbell Gallery is pleased to present &ldquo;New Image Painting&rdquo; at the gallery&rsquo;s Milwaukee Avenue location. This exhibition uses the historic exhibitions, &ldquo;New Image Painting&rdquo; at the Whitney Museum in 1978 and &ldquo;Bad Painting&rdquo; at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, also in 1978, as a platform for featuring artists whose current work engages the concerns argued by these two shows. Both of these exhibitions served as a critique of dominant styles at the time by introducing de-skilled aesthetics, art-historical sources, and personal narrative, among other qualities as a means of offering an alternative to tired abstract and minimal art. Recently, a form of anemic abstract painting has occupied too much space within contemporary art and needs to get out of the way. This type of work serves as a placeholder for value and is satisfied with its blankness that offers a site for infinitely shallow projection on the part of the viewer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">New Image Painting is clearly back, although painters may not self-identify with the term. It&rsquo;s useful as an organizing principle in that it offers a platform from which to critique the prevalence of anemic abstraction and algorithmic art, styles that have become almost anonymous in their distancing of authorship and their soulless execution. Through the recovery of characteristics associated with &ldquo;New Image&rdquo; and &ldquo;Bad&rdquo; painting, current painters have demonstrated a desire to claim the personal, narration, figuration, and art history as worthy of representation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:26:43 +0000 Bryan Zanisnik - Aspect Ratio - September 5th - October 18th <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:05:06 +0000