ThinkArt™ is a contemporary art salon featuring established and emerging artists both Chicago-based and internationally celebrated. Built on the legacy of the café society, famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for gathering artists and intellectuals of the day, ThinkArt creates a provocative environment for the exchange of ideas in a digital world. Launched in 2006 by Laurie R. Glenn, the salon creates an intimate and accessible way to appreciate art and to provoke patrons to expand their knowledge of art through discussion, music, poetry readings, and examination. Exhibitions called Aparté™(s) are often held in private residences, as well as galleries and public spaces.
In French, Aparté means “something that is apart.” In English, it plays on the phrase “art and a party in an apartment.” It moves art from the canvas to a dialogue between people about art. The concept has already taken root in other parts of the country, including New York and California, and reflects the growing trend to host exhibitions in homes; evoking the origins of the salon.
“The dialogue that emerges in a salon environment allows us to understand our joint humanity,” Glenn says, “We are trying to create something different than the traditional art gallery experience. Our goal is to have people experience a larger vision of the world through our presentation of art from around the world.”
The first Aparté™ was held at a private residence in Chicago 2005, in partnership with the Paris-based Friedland Rivault Gallery. In June 2006, ThinkArt™ presented Aparté II, featuring artists from Chicago, Paris, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Argentina. Aparté II was presented in conjunction with the well-known Paris-based print house, Atelier Pasnic. Other sponsors and partners included The French Cultural Services of Chicago, The Alliance Française de Chicago, and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise, Inc.