So, it's finally getting warm again. When I first moved here I couldn't understand why people raved about the summer in Chicago. To me it just felt (and still feels) like the inside of a dog's mouth. But after a winter here, I'll rave for the dog mouth weather along with the rest of the choir. Now, the best thing about this development for all us crawlers is that we no longer have to pack around our abominable snow man coats through the galleries. No more sweaty arms or almost knocking over sculptures. Hooray! To celebrate this development, it is time for adventures. There are many to be had this weekend. If you're going out on Friday night, drop by Barbara&Barbara Gallery up in Humboldt park. As for the rest of the weekend, I'm plugging Version09 (and by extension myself). Version started today, and goes through the next week. Saturday and Sunday, ya'll should come down to the Benton House 'n see the NFO XPO, the Free University, the Shelter Corps, and That's What She Said, a show Jeriah curated. If you don't want to go to Bridgeport this weekend (lame!) you can at least for on some gallery tours on Saturday, through River North and the West Loop. As for Sunday, The Renaissance Society in Hyde Park is rocking, that's where I'd go, eh! Mmmm...Strange Brew. Well, see ya'll out there.
Humboldt Park -
barbara&barbara gallery - 1021 N. Western Ave. KIND OF, BUT NOT REALLY, featuring work by Emily Kozik, Alex Zak and Noelle Sharp. April 24 7pm-1am, brownies, drinks & music by Pool Holograph and DJ Psychic Orgy. $2 suggested donation
Hyde Park -
DOVA Temporary - 5228 S. Harper. No Sudden Moves: Mike Schuh and Matthew Metzger: April 24-28. All opening receptions will be held on Friday evenings from 6pm-9pm.
Cornelia Arts Building - 1800 W. Cornelia. Josh Garber, SCOTT SIMONS, Nancy Charak, TRACY SYPERSKI, EMILY ROYNESDAL AND SEVERAL OTHERS: Cornelia Arts Building - OPEN STUDIOS. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Illinois Institute of Art Gallery 180 - 180 N. Wabash. From Nature, A juried exhibition of 21 artists inspired by nature including R.K. Williams, Maggie Meiners, Lyssa Palu-ay, Deanna Krueger, Diane Kunzler, and Audry Cramblit. Reception Fri 4/24, 5:30-7:30 PM.
Thomas Masters - 245 W. North. Geometry as Image, Paintings by Ellen Richman. Reception Fri 4/24, 6-9 PM. 4/24-5/17.
River North -
Adams Fine Art - 715 N. Franklin. Remnants of Splendor, Photos and paintings by Sam Adams and Peter Blair. Reception Fri 4/24, 5-9 PM. 4/24-4/30.
Aldo Castillo Contemporary - 465 E. Illinois. April 24 - May 27: Sergio Garcia: A Journey to Paradise, & Lorna Marsh and Scott Ashley: Critical Times...again. A leader in art investment, exhibition, education and cultural tourism. Opening receptions held 5:30-8:30pm.
Ann Nathan - 212 W. Superior. Unnatural Images II, Surrealistic paintings by Christopher A. Klein. April 24-May 30.
Carl Hammer Gallery - 740 North Wells Street. Carl Hammer Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of Brooklyn based painter, Marc Dennis with a new body of work based on a series of nudes. Re-presenting a distinctly imaginative traditional style of figurative painting, Dennis' images of women address the subversive potential of beauty and pleasure. Exhibition Dates: April 24 - May 30, 2009. Artist's Reception: Friday, April 24, 5:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Gallery KH - 311 W. Superior. Contemplations, Abstract paintings by Amy Cannady. Reception Fri 4/24, 5-8. 4/24-5/29.
Jean Albano Gallery - 215 W. Superior. April 24 – July 3: Gladys Nilsson.
Robert Henry Adams Fine Art - 715 N. Franklin Street. Peter Blair, Sam Adams: Remnants of Splendor. The final show at Adams Fine Art this Friday will feature paintings and photographs by Peter Blair and Sam Adams. The show, titled "Remnants of Splendor," will revolve around images of glorious death. 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Benton House - 3052 S Gratten Avenue. That's What She Said, a group show curated by Jeriah Hildwine. Featuring the work of Stephanie Burke, Elise Goldstein, Annie Heckman, Lauren Sleat, Karen Voltz, Liz Wade & Erin Whitman
Benton House Gymnasium - 3052 S Gratten Avenue. NFO XPO, Free University, and the Shelter Corps. The NFO XPO (pronounced "info expo") brings art groups and community orgs together to exchange information and ideas as well as provide a public platform for each group to present themselves. Participants include: Albert Stabler and Paul Nudd ($heart), Green Lantern, Institute of Socioæsthetic Research ( Daniel Mellis), Alan Moore, Spoke, Antenna, The Space LIC, Reuben Kincaid, Art Shanty Projects, Hui-min Tsen, Marc Arcuri and Ellicott, Joe Baldwin, Laura Miller, Casey Smallwood, Marc Moscato, Hale Ekinci, Michael Coolidge, Andi Sutton and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Amanda Lichtenstein, Evan Plummer and Maritza Mosquera (Letter Writing Revivalists), Grant Newman, Sarah Kenny, Ashly Metcalf, Ray Emerick Studios, Trendbeheer, ChicagoArts, Threewalls, Hungry Brain, Aaron Delehanty, Birdhouse Museum, Jeriah Robert Hildwine, Doug Smithenry, James Jankowiak, Nicholas Schutzenhofer, Stephanie Burke and others.
East Village -
Rotofugi Designer Toy Store and Gallery - 1953 W. Chicago Ave. Tara McPherson: Tara McPherson Signing and Mini-Exhibit. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
C.G. Jung Center - 817 Dempster St., Evanston. April 25: An Evening With Artists, 6-8pm, $15 pre-order, $20 day of (includes wine and cheese reception) Join us as we celebrate four local artists who will have pieces on display at the Center. Hear the artist speak briefly about her creative process.
Near North -
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - 220 East Chicago Ave. Gallery Talk: Geometry with Deborah Stratman and Eric Ellingsen. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
River North -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. Free - guided tour of 4 galleries in the River North district. This week a representative from Schneider Gallery will lead the tour to: Byron Roche Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Ann Nathan Gallery and
Schneider Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM; 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin.
Wicker Park -
Heaven Gallery - 1550 North Milwaukee, 2nd Floor. Cafe Society - The Wrong Place for the Right People. 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
West Loop -
Thomas McCormick Gallery - 835 West Washington Blvd. Starbucks Saturday West Loop Gallery Tour: A free guided tour of 4 galleries in the West Loop gallery district. This week a representative from McCormick Gallery will lead the tour to: Western Exhibitions, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Carrie Secrist Gallery and McCormick Gallery. 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 1001 West Madison Ave. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of W. Madison and N. Morgan Sts.
Experimental Sound Studio - 5925 N. Ravenswood. Sunday Solos: Lynn Book – voice. 2pm, $10 suggested donation, $7 students and ESS members.
Benton House & Gymnasium - 3052 S Gratten Avenue. NFO XPO, Free University, and the Shelter Corps. The NFO XPO (pronounced "info expo") brings art groups and community orgs together to exchange information and ideas as well as provide a public platform for each group to present themselves. Participants include: Albert Stabler and Paul Nudd ($heart), Green Lantern, Institute of Socioæsthetic Research ( Daniel Mellis), Alan Moore, Spoke, Antenna, The Space LIC, Reuben Kincaid, Art Shanty Projects, Hui-min Tsen, Marc Arcuri and Ellicott, Joe Baldwin, Laura Miller, Casey Smallwood, Marc Moscato, Hale Ekinci, Michael Coolidge, Andi Sutton and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Amanda Lichtenstein, Evan Plummer and Maritza Mosquera (Letter Writing Revivalists), Grant Newman, Sarah Kenny, Ashly Metcalf, Ray Emerick Studios, Trendbeheer, ChicagoArts, Threewalls, Hungry Brain, Aaron Delehanty, Birdhouse Museum, Jeriah Robert Hildwine, Doug Smithenry, James Jankowiak, Nicholas Schutzenhofer, Stephanie Burke and others.
East Rogers Park -
Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University - 1001 W. Loyola, Suite 200. Group Show: Senior Exhibition. 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
Evanston Art Center - 2603 Sheridan Rd. April 26 – May 16: Annual Spring Benefit Show: 150 pieces of artwork on display for purchase at out Spring Benefit Auction. Silent auction opening on April 26: 1-4pm
Humboldt Park –
O' Connor Gallery of Art at Dominican University - 7900 West Division Street Lewis Hall. Senior Thesis Exhibition, Group II: co•ter•mi•nous, adjective, having the same boundaries or extent in space, time, or meaning. April 24 - May 1. Opening reception: Sunday, April 26, 4-6p.
Hyde Park -
The Renaissance Society - 5811 South Ellis Avenue. The Renaissance Society presents Several Silences, a group exhibition, April 26 - June 7, 2009. Featuring Lewis Baltz, Manon de Boer, Troy Brauntuch, Paul Dickinson, Ryan Gander, Geissler and Sann, Gran Fury, CM von Hausswolff, Harold Mendez, Jonty Semper, Harry Shearer. Sunday, April 26, 4:00–7:00 pm. Talk between Hamza Walkerand Thomas Trummer from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. This event will take place in Cobb Hall room 307 (directly below the gallery). FREE
North Center –
Peter Jones Gallery - 1806 West Culyer, 2nd Floor. Group Show: Caffeine III - Stimulating work from the Artists' Breakfast Group. 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
Flat Iron Arts Building - 1935 1/2 W. North. Group show, Work by Jewish students from SAIC, Columbia College, and IIT asking, "What does it mean to be a Jewish artist?" Reception Sun 4/26, 3-5 PM