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THE SUB-MISSION is pleased to present Cul-De-Sac\, a site-specific installation by Dí\;az Lewis Collaborative. Alejandro Figueredo Dí\;az-Perera&rsquo\;s and Cara Megan Lewis&rsquo\; collab orative practice investigates how political relationships and cultural dist inctions between their two countries &ndash\; Cuba and the United States &n dash\; manifest on a micro- or personal level. Informed by political rhetor ic\, immigration and property rights\, Dí\;az Lewis dissects relevant themes from two very distinct and often opposing angles. An opening recept ion will be held on Friday\, May 8 from 6 to 8pm. The show continues throug h Saturday\, June 27\, 2015.

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Cul-De-Sac co nsists of a rotating video projection of panoramic footage filmed at a subd ivision consisting of more than 100 houses in the same state of constructio n. Because of special permits and legal property issues\, The Links at Pebb le Creek in Le Claire\, Iowa was required to be constructed all at once wit h a single developer obligated to build and sell all homes on speculation. The network of uninhabited\, cookie cutter cul-de-sacs appear in an ambiguo us state of either construction or destruction\, resembling a ghost town or a Hollywood stage more than a master planned community.

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Accompanying the video projection is a timeless music box melody from Czech composer Bedrich Smetana&rsquo\;s set of symphonic poems M&aacut e\; Vlast (My Fatherland). The audio implies a rich and varied history and offers a counterpoint to the cultural void depicted in the video foota ge. The combination of the Old World melody with the New World construction evokes a choreography in which the houses themselves are seeking an authen tic history and sense of place. The video exposes the skeleton of a yet-to- be populated\, already-scripted homogenous society that prizes superficial appearance over true quality.

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Alejandro Fig ueredo Dí\;az-Perera (Cuba) received an MFA in the Departmen t of Visual Arts from Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in 2014 and Cara Megan Lewis (Chicago) received an MA in Curatorial Practice f rom California College of the Arts in 2007. Together they have performed pr ivate art actions from Varadero\, Cuba to Hong Kong. Their participation in Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival 2014 marked their first pub lic performance together. Also in 2014\, Dí\;az Lewis realized perfor mances through Defibrillator Gallery\, Antena Space and Aspect/Ratio Galler y (Chicago).

DTEND:20150627 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150508 GEO:41.8960393;-87.6636428 LOCATION:THE MISSION\,1431 W. Chicago Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Cul-De-Sac\, Diaz Lewis UID:381838 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150508T200000 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150508T180000 GEO:41.8960393;-87.6636428 LOCATION:THE MISSION\,1431 W. Chicago Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Cul-De-Sac\, Diaz Lewis UID:381839 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

THE MISSION is pleased to present Points in Space\, an exhibition of recent sculptures by Susan Giles. Giles&rsquo\; process e xplores representations of lived experiences in relation to the built envir onment. She reflects on the symbolic power of verticality and aerial perspe ctive in contrast to the vernacular aesthetic of phone cameras\, Google Str eet View and social media. Giles selects and isolates fragments of iconic a rchitecture in the same way that tourists&rsquo\; photographs privilege the most distinctive and recognizable elements of a place. An opening receptio n will be held on Friday\, May 8 from 6 to 8pm. The show continues through Saturday\, June 27\, 2015.

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Points in Space features small-scale sculptures that combine intricate paper models of ico nic architecture &ndash\; assembled from found and original patterns &ndash \; with raw concrete bases resembling everyday infrastructure such as viadu cts\, columns and bridge supports. The exhibition also showcases a larger s cale sculpture of two towers in Prague: the Zizkov Television Tower and the steeple from the Church of Saint Procopius\, formerly the tallest tower in Prague. Constructed of concrete\, paper and a wooden scaffold-like support \, the two structures are presented at equal heights. Giles&rsquo\; formal comparison of the two structures conversely suggests opposing perspectives\ ; the church continues to point toward the heavens\, while the television t ower returns our gaze to Earth.

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This desire to capture\, manipulate\, and own architecture is the driving f orce behind the scale of Susan Giles&rsquo\;s intricate sculptures. Her min iature buildings mimic the form of a souvenir\, allowing a perceived owners hip of the architectural forms tourists collect as objects of their travels . Giles gives a tangibility to these buildings formed out of drawing paper\ , allowing one to imagine they have been manipulated by their own hand\, de signed for their own home. The sculptures lay perched upon or skewed atop c oncrete &ndash\; the materials a balance of potential ideas against the rea lities of a bleak quotidian material. The concrete reflects the grounding f eatures of a city perpetually passed over by tourists\, the viaducts and co lumns that lay far below the commonly photographed spires\, minarets\, and antennae that yearn to poke through the sky above.

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 \;- Kate Sierzputowski

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 \;< span style="text-align: left\;">An exhibition brochure featuring an essay b y Chicago-based writer and art journalist Kate Sierzputowski will accompany the show.

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 \; Large-scale wooden sculpt ures by Susan Giles can be seen in a concurrent exhibition\, Scenic Ove rlook\, at Hyde Park Art Center through July 26\, 2015.

DTEND:20150627 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150508 GEO:41.8960393;-87.6636428 LOCATION:THE MISSION\,1431 W. Chicago Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Points in Space \, Susan Giles UID:381836 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150508T200000 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150508T180000 GEO:41.8960393;-87.6636428 LOCATION:THE MISSION\,1431 W. Chicago Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Points in Space \, Susan Giles UID:381837 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

After Today \;includes seven artists&rsquo\; pr ojects that respond to the city of Chicago's social\, political\, and econo mic conditions. At this moment of rapid change and political debate&mdash\; with increasing income inequality\, in the long wake of the 2008 recession\ , as neighborhoods across the city continue to transform\, with the rise of labor movements\, as the tech sector expands in Chicago\, with the transfo rmations of Chicago&rsquo\;s public sector\, as wider attention is paid to police violence\, and given the long story of race in the city&mdash\;the a rtist&rsquo\;s address the city's changes and its possible future. The seve n artists\, all Chicago-based\, use a variety of organization and material strategies and focus on topics that range across economic effects\, collect ive action\, and how the past and present condition desires for the future& mdash\;with a number of projects highlighting aspects of the city&rsquo\;s criminal justice system.

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From sculptures incorporating fabrics dyed with the plants surrounding foreclosed homes to audio stories of families affected by the Cook County Jail to a sculpture and photographic portraitur e project that is designed as a tool to achieve collective goals\, the arti sts&rsquo\; works mark a specific moment in the city&mdash\;the time we liv e in&mdash\;but also address a time that is informed by both the past and f uture. From where we are now standing (and looking) these seem to be the fa teful\, decisive\, significant moments defining Chicago and how we can live together here.

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After Today \;is part of an ongoing se ries of exhibitions and events\, \;Standard of Living\, that e xplore shifts in economies and in work. Topics covered in the series includ e how and where economic exchange takes place\, new models for sustainable economies\, employment-driven migration\, and relationships between place\, work\, and economic viability\, among others. A key component of this seri es is community involvement. Partnerships\, relationships\, and dialogues w ith community organizations\, labor unions\, and artists help guide the dev elopment of exhibitions and events.

DTEND:20150808 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150508 GEO:41.876198;-87.649932 LOCATION:Gallery 400\,UIC College of Architecture and Art 400 S. Peoria Str eet (Art and Design Hall\, First Floor) \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:After Today\, Marianne Fairbanks\, Fultonia\, 96 Acres\, Jason Laza rus\, Cauleen Smith\, Jan Tichy\, Amanda Williams UID:381573 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150508T200000 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150508T170000 GEO:41.876198;-87.649932 LOCATION:Gallery 400\,UIC College of Architecture and Art 400 S. Peoria Str eet (Art and Design Hall\, First Floor) \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:After Today\, 96 Acres\, Marianne Fairbanks\, Fultonia\, Jason Laza rus\, Cauleen Smith\, Jan Tichy\, Amanda Williams UID:381574 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Vertical Gallery is proud to present the debut US solo show of London artist Dean Zeus Colman. Zeus draws inspiration from urban cultur e to create dynamic\, experimental compositions that have re-defined graffi ti art.

Captivated by the hip-hop scene of the 80s\, he began expressing his creative talents on the street using walls\, trains\, and o pen spaces as his galleries. His latest work represents an innovative fusio n of graffiti techniques and typography\, fine art and sculpture\, and refl ect both his background on the streets and his formal training at Chelsea C ollege of Art.

The exhibition is May 2 - 30\, 2015\, with an o pening reception with the artist on Saturday\, May 2\, 6-10pm.

DTEND:20150530 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150502 GEO:41.8998836;-87.6873403 LOCATION:Vertical Gallery\,1016 N Western Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Vertical Gallery presents Dean ZEUS Colman \, Dean Zeus Colman UID:381445 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150502T220000 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150502T180000 GEO:41.8998836;-87.6873403 LOCATION:Vertical Gallery\,1016 N Western Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Vertical Gallery presents Dean ZEUS Colman \, Dean Zeus Colman UID:381446 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20150829 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150627 GEO:41.89405;-87.651427 LOCATION:Shane Campbell Gallery\,673 North Milwaukee Avenue \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Tony Lewis UID:381316 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150627T200000 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150627T180000 GEO:41.89405;-87.651427 LOCATION:Shane Campbell Gallery\,673 North Milwaukee Avenue \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Tony Lewis UID:381317 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

In conjunction with "keep ing secrets: fetish in african art"\, Rhona Hoffman Gallery is ple ased to present evoking spirit. Contemporary artists in this group exhibition have been selected for the ways in which they investigate the p ractice of placing spiritual significance on objects or the act of translat ing an imbued essence from a material. Moving beyond the physical reality o f the works\, this exhibition resurrects the esoteric power that shapes our connection to artwork. \;

Evoking Spirit unpacks t he human tendency to be drawn by the power of an object. This magnetic pull is challenged in the selected artworks through the deconstruction\, celebr ation\, or reversal of the composition of an object&rsquo\;s essence.

Artists Pascale Marthine Tayou\, Huma Bhabha\, and Pier Paolo Calzola ri utilize mixed media\, natural elements\, and discarded commercial materi als in their work to awaken a deeper spirit and perceived power in a displa ced setting.

Conversely\, sculptures by Xavier Toubes and Patric ia Rieger exist in poetic spaces and attempt to capture intangible elements such as beauty\, imagination\, and self- perception. Meanwhile\, David Sch utter renders his physical encounter with canonical paintings through re-pe rforming their surface from memory\, an act of phenomenological study of th e art object&rsquo\;s power.

Artists Robert Heinecken and Luis G ispert have taken a more critical approach\, questioning the thrust of desi re and power embodied by commercial objects. Anne Wilson unravels issues of history\, domesticity\, and social ritual in her fiber-based conceptual ar t practice. By awakening the specters in each artist's practice\, this exhi bition brings to light their explorations in issues of authenticity\, desir e\, and memory.

DTEND:20150530 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150424 GEO:41.883811;-87.6501229 LOCATION:Rhona Hoffman Gallery\,118 North Peoria St. \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Evoking Spirit: Contemporary Art in Dialogue with Keeping Secrets\, Huma Bhabha\, Pier Paolo Calzolari\, Luis Gispert\, Robert Heinecken\, Pat ricia Rieger\, David Schutter\, Pascale Marthine Tayou\, Xavier Toubes\, An ne Wilson UID:381314 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150421T193000 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150421T170000 GEO:41.883811;-87.6501229 LOCATION:Rhona Hoffman Gallery\,118 North Peoria St. \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Evoking Spirit: Contemporary Art in Dialogue with Keeping Secrets\, Huma Bhabha\, Pier Paolo Calzolari\, Luis Gispert\, Robert Heinecken\, Pat ricia Rieger\, David Schutter\, Pascale Marthine Tayou\, Xavier Toubes\, An ne Wilson UID:381315 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

The collaborative exhibition b etween Douglas Dawson Gallery and Rhona Hoffman Gallery explores the comple x role of fetish in traditional African culture. While often misunderstood in the West\, fetish in the context of African art is used to define the ob jects used by traditional animistic African cultures to control and dissemi nate the powerful secret knowledge that kept society in balance with the da ngerous spirit world.

Until recently many African cultures maint ained secret societies into which young males were initiated\, usually upon reaching puberty\, and instructed in the secret knowledge and rituals nece ssary for maintaining social cohesion. Associated with the societies were o bjects imbued with particular powers that functioned as tools for the peril ous negotiations between worlds. Early Europeans viewed such objects with g reat derision on both religious and aesthetic grounds. Only with the evolut ion of the vocabulary of 20th century modern art has the fetish object been seen in a new perspective. \;

Many fetish objects' conceptu al foundations are understood\, if ever in totality\, by a select few matur e members of a given cult and meaning is gradually dispensed often in metap horic or symbolic narrative. They are a physical manifestation of abstract knowledge and in that sense have a certain affinity with 20th century Weste rn sculpture and modern art. \;

Fetish objects were also cre ated on a more personal level apart from the secret societies. Individual s upplicants commissioned specific\, and often very personal\, fetish objects in collaboration with the shaman to address a particular objective\; healt h\, defense from spells\, pregnancy\, or divination. The object would be ta ken to the altar of the supplicant where sacrifices would be made and acts of veneration performed\; rich\, crusty\, layered surfaces are physical tra ces of their personal history. \;

The majority of the approx imately fifty objects and textiles in this exhibition are from West and Cen tral Africa. They include both figurative and abstract sculpture\, masks\, ceramics\, textiles and iron and copper alloy pieces used in divination.

Rhona Hoffman Gallery is an ideal context to present this enigmati c art form\; African fetish\, to a new and receptive audience. While we can not know the exact meaning of most of these objects they nonetheless projec t a profound sense of power\, mystery\, and art that is very accessible to the 21st century eye.

The exhibition of fetish objects takes pla ce at Rhona Hoffman Gallery\, Chicago.
Fetish-related textiles will be on display at Douglas Dawson Gallery.

DTEND:20150530 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150424 GEO:41.883811;-87.6501229 LOCATION:Rhona Hoffman Gallery\,118 North Peoria St. \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:keeping secrets: fetish in african art Douglas Dawson at Rhona Hoff man Gallery UID:381312 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150424T193000 DTSTAMP:20150427T041536 DTSTART:20150424T170000 GEO:41.883811;-87.6501229 LOCATION:Rhona Hoffman Gallery\,118 North Peoria St. \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:keeping secrets: fetish in african art Douglas Dawson at Rhona Hoff man Gallery UID:381313 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR