ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:54:35 +0000 M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:52:23 +0000 M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:33:17 +0000 M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:24:12 +0000 M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th <p>ACRYLICS ON PAPER</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:18:35 +0000 Raushan Togabayeva - Gallery Uno - February 1st - April 27th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:35:16 +0000 - Chicago Art Department - April 11th - April 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">Chicago Art Department is pleased to present design work from The School of the Art Institute. Held in the CAD East Gallery (1932 South Halsted #100), this exhibition will feature BFA and MFA artists, &nbsp;celebrating&nbsp;design of many kinds including print, digital, 2D, 3D, and object works. </p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:31:30 +0000 Ryan Travis Christian - Western Exhibitions - April 25th - June 6th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:25:56 +0000 Elena Feijoo, Jesse Malmed, Jonathan Loïc Rogers, Julie Potratz - Gallery 400 - April 15th - April 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">The fifth in a series of five UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through idiosyncratic siting and citing, we offer an articulation of the spaces between spaces. Using video, photography, sculpture, installation and performance, liminalities in language, home, identity, and humor are traced. Unnaming the nameable, we think through the way these ideas, images and objects feel and feel through the way they make us think.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Interested in the futile obsession to define one&rsquo;s identity, <strong>Elena Feijoo</strong> investigates the social and political constructs that are used to determine cultural legitimacy within differing but often overlapping communities. Drawing from her personal experience as the child of culturally diverse parents, Ms. Feijoo creates mixed media sculptures, videos, and installations that attempt to illuminate the physical, mental, and emotional space in between established cultural communities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Embracing video, performance, text, occasional objects and the overlaps and gaps thereof,<strong> Jesse Malmed</strong> works and plays in creative reading, studied density, the one-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, citation, and human voice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Julie Potratz</strong> is a performance artist whose skits, videos, and celebrity impersonations, humorously investigate themes of identity, power dynamics, personae, and all the psychological bumps and bruises acquired along the way. Her work merges the body and sculpture, by utilizing hand&shy;made props and wearable sculptures, in a way that makes these two components inseparable.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Focusing on the actions or instances that create, define or give importance to space, <strong>Jonathan&nbsp;Lo&iuml;c Rogers</strong> works in photography, video, and installation too.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:20:45 +0000 - Evanston Art Center - April 27th - May 17th <p style="text-align: justify;">Mark your calendars for our upcoming Benefit - <strong>Saturday Night, May 17</strong> at the Evanston Art Center. TICKETS $100 per person, $75 35-years old and younger</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">6:30pm - fine art auction featuring a Live Auction (8pm Live Auction begins)&nbsp;of a selection of artist-made books fashioned specifically for our Benefit, an Experience Auction,&nbsp;wine, food and more fun!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All auction items will be on view in the galleries for preview and&nbsp;advanced silent auction bidding&nbsp;from April 27 at 1pm until May 17 at 3pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Proceeds from the auction benefit the Evanston Art Center's exhibition, scholarship and community outreach programming.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:16:51 +0000 Jennifer Mills, Rebecca Gray Smith - Bert Green Fine Art - May 3rd - June 21st <p class="PageHead100 f-fp" style="text-align: justify;">Rebecca Gray Smith</p> <p class="TextJustified" style="text-align: justify;">The Alphabet is a complete series of etchings, letters A-Z plus two repeated letters for a total of 28 images. The series was begun in fits and starts over a 25 year period, originally intended as a response to the AIDS crisis. It has recently been completed, and was printed at Anchor Graphics in Chicago. These works explore the presence of death in all human endeavor, using traditional signifiers of mortality such as the skeleton as a primary actor and subject. Each letter corresponds to a specific fatal actiivity or malady, highlighting the act of existence as a high risk actiivity fraught with peril.</p> <p class="PageHead100 f-fp" style="text-align: justify;">Jennifer Mills</p> <p class="TextJustified" style="text-align: justify;">Jennifer Mills&rsquo; artworks are rooted in traditional humor; she uses novelty items such as rubber chickens, whoopee cushions, fake dog poop, etc., as conceptual source material, then recreates them from scratch as unique, handmade versions, and serializes them. The repetition of forms, still all unique and not identical, retain their original humorous characteristics but overlap with and satirize the serious contemplation of fine art objects. It is rare for fine art to explore humor, and even more so, for art to be outright funny, but Mills manages to achieve this.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:07:45 +0000 - Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago - March 25th - June 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;">For centuries, depicting the body has been essential to practitioners of art as well as medicine. Drawing the human form is a fundamental component of art pedagogy, while medical doctors have long relied on anatomical illustrations to understand what goes on inside the body. Yet the advent of advanced imaging technology now allows us to see structures and processes that were long inaccessible to the eye, taking away the artist&rsquo;s &ldquo;hand&rdquo; and reducing the role of subjective imagination.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by physicians at the University of Chicago, this exhibition gathers images of the body from a range of historical periods and considers the extent to which they conform to established representational conventions or seem instead to reflect the artist&rsquo;s own observations or expressive goals.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Other themes to be considered are the enduring role of figure drawing in academic art study; the relation between artistic and scientific abstraction; the depiction of bodily suffering in wartime; and what art and medicine have to offer each other in the pursuit of accuracy, humanity, and empathy, when it comes to representing the body.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:34:22 +0000 Michael Rakowitz - The Oriental Institute at University of Chicago - March 18th - May 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (2007 to present) unfolds as an intricate narrative about the artifacts stolen from the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, in the aftermath of the US invasion of April 2003; the current status of their whereabouts; and the series of events surrounding the invasion, the plundering, and related protagonists. The centerpiece of the project is an ongoing series of sculptures that represent an attempt to reconstruct looted and stolen archaeological artifacts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The title takes its name from a translation of <em>Aj-ibur-shapu</em>, the ancient Babylonian processional way that ran through the Ishtar Gate in Babylon. Drawings (featured on a pamphlet accompanying the exhibit) tell the story of how the gate was excavated in Iraq in 1902&ndash;1914 by German archaeologist Robert Koldewey. Glazed bricks from the gate and processional way were used (alongside modern bricks) to create an architectural reconstruction in Berlin. Later reconstructions at the ancient city of Babylon were created by Saddam Hussein as a monument to his own sovereignty. A reconstructed Ishtar Gate at Babylon has been frequently photographed and posted on the Internet by US servicemen recently stationed in Iraq.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The reconstructions in Rakowitz&rsquo;s work are made from the packaging of Middle Eastern foodstuffs and local Arabic newspapers, moments of cultural visibility found in cities across the United States. The objects were created together with a team of assistants who used the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago&rsquo;s 2003 &ldquo;Lost Treasures of Iraq&rdquo; database as a resource, as well as information posted on Interpol&rsquo;s website.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Lost Treasures of Iraq&rdquo; was launched in April 2003 after the looting and ransacking of Iraq's National Museum and Library. In addition to materials from the Oriental Institute&rsquo;s own expeditions its database included photographs and object descriptions supplied by scholars, expeditions, and archives from all over the world. At a time when the true extent of Iraq's war-related losses was unknown, "Lost Treasures" attempted to document what was known about Iraq's museum collections and library collections to help law enforcement and custom officials in the recovery of missing items. Subsequent inventories confirmed that numerous pieces listed on "Lost Treasures" were either missing, damaged, or destroyed during the looting. Although many pieces were accounted for or recovered later on, thousands of items still remain at large.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The items represented by Rakowitz are a selection of all of the above: some are safe or are being restored, while others remain lost or in pieces. The reconstructions, including some new artworks, are displayed immediately opposite the original statues from the Oriental Institute&rsquo;s collection, which were part of an original formal division with the Iraq Museum in the late 1920s&ndash;1930s. Reunited yet still divided, the reconstructed statues and their original counterparts stand face-to-face in the Mesopotamian gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibit is part of an ongoing commitment to recuperate the thousands of objects that are still missing. It coincides with the eleventh anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum (April 10&ndash;12, 2003). It is also an opportunity to remember the life and work of Donny George (1950&ndash;2011), former director of the Iraq Museum and tireless campaigner for the heritage of Iraq.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:27:36 +0000 - The Oriental Institute at University of Chicago - April 8th - January 4th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">All cultures across time have tried to honor and commemorate their dead. The exhibit In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East, shows how the living cared for the dead and how the ancients conceptualized the idea of the human soul in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The show is built around two themes: the offering of food and drink on regular occasions to nourish the dead in the afterlife, and the use of two or three-dimensional effigies of the dead, often made of stone, to preserve their memory and to provide a means of interaction between the living and the dead.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibit is motivated by the discovery of an inscribed funerary monument by the Oriental Institute&rsquo;s Neubauer Expedition to Zincirli, Turkey, in 2008. The monument, dating to about 735 BC, is carved with an image of a man named Katumuwa seated before a table heaped with offerings and with a lengthy inscription in Aramaic, a language widely used in the Middle East at that time. The text proved to be the longest known memorial inscription of its type. It revealed the until then unknown practice of enacting annual sacrifices for the soul of the deceased and that Katumuwa&rsquo;s spirit was believed to reside in the monument itself. Dr. Virginia Herrmann, part of the team that discovered the stela and co-curator of the exhibit, commented: &ldquo;The text gave us a whole new understanding of the ancient belief system in eastern Turkey and northern Syria. Although Katumuwa knew that the realm of the dead could be a cruel and lonely place, the rituals he describes that his family would enact on his behalf would give him a happy afterlife.&rdquo; Before the discovery of the stela it was not understood that in that region, banquet scenes depicted on other monuments were in fact special pleas to the viewer to make annual offerings of animal sacrifices and grapes or wine to the deceased and that those offerings were directed not only to the deceased, but also to local gods. The biblical commandment to &ldquo;Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long&rdquo; (Exodus 20:12), is rooted in the tradition expressed by the Katumuwa text.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The text also revealed that the rituals took place not just at the grave or in the home, but in a special-purpose private mortuary chapel next door to a temple &ndash; exactly the setting where the Katumuwa stela was discovered.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The stela itself is in the Gaziantep Archaeological Museum in eastern Turkey, but a precise facsimile has been produced for the exhibit. A video produced by Travis Saul in collaboration with Herrmann and her colleague and exhibit co-curator, Oriental Institute Associate Professor David Schloen, provides background on the site of Zincirli, the discovery of the stela, a recreation of the rituals enacted to commemorate the soul of Katumuwa, and a recitation of the text in Aramaic and English.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Other sections of the exhibit explore how this type of commemoration and communication with the dead was enacted, the importance of banquet scenes, and how the concept of the soul differed in ancient Egypt, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine. Artifacts include a stone plaque from Mesopotamia that shows a banquet, an Egyptian wooden model of men preparing food that was thought to provide sustenance eternally for the deceased, and stone schematic figures of men that were probably houses for the soul of the dead, the last on loan from the University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Museum of Archaeology. Other key objects will be loaned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rituals of remembrance of lost loved ones will be familiar to every visitor to this exhibition. Understanding how the ancients considered and prepared for mortality and worked to preserve the memories of their loved ones will prompt reflection on how contemporary society contends with these same issues. An epilogue to the exhibit features modern objects of commemoration from different cultures, reminding the visitor that rituals that link the living and the dead continue to be a part of how people throughout the world continue to mourn and venerate their ancestors.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:19:14 +0000 - Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) - July 19th - October 19th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Crossings and Dwellings</em> commemorates both the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014) and a century of women's education at Loyola-Mundelein (1914-2014).<br /> <br /> Using historical maps, books, documents, objects and textiles, <em>Crossing and Dwellings</em> tells the story of nineteenth-century European Jesuits and women religious who arrived on the country&rsquo;s expanding western frontier to serve both Native American and urban immigrant populations. The exhibition will include liturgical and educational treasures, including a pair of celestial and terrestrial globes by Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571&ndash;1638), approximately one hundred pencil drawings made by Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799&ndash;1868), maps drawn by Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. (1801-1873), and vestments and clothing gifted to De Smet by Native Americans. The exhibition will also examine the pioneering role of the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in Chicago educational institutions, including several schools of Holy Family parish, Immaculata High School, and Mundelein College.<br /> <br /> Lenders to the exhibition include the Midwest Jesuit Archives, the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, and the Sacred Heart Archives, St. Louis, Missouri; the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles, Missouri; the BVM Archives at Mt. Carmel, Dubuque, Iowa; the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee; and Chicago institutions, including the Newberry Library; University of Illinois at Chicago/Hull House; Holy Family parish; St. Ignatius College Prep; and Loyola University's Department of Special Collections and the Women's Leadership Archives (Mundelein College).<br /> <br /> The exhibition is curated by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago and Ellen Skerrett, Chicago historian and author. <em>Crossings and Dwellings</em> is sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:08:30 +0000 Kenneth Gerleve - Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) - February 15th - June 15th <p style="text-align: justify;">Combining elements of children&rsquo;s picture books with Gothic tales, local artist Kenneth Gerleve presents a thirty two-panel narrative installation. The work is a tale of a family of spiritualist mediums who live inside a house built for otherworldly communication. Similar to the work of Edward Gorey, the installation is macabre yet humorous, while acknowledging death and celebrating life. <em>Summerland</em> is excerpted from a larger work in progress, an experimental, serialized graphic novel, <em>The Osiris Mechanism</em>. The exhibition features atmospheric instrumental music written and performed by local musician Ross Crean.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:03:59 +0000