Thursday, May 28, 2009

Opening 5/29, 5/30 & 5/31

BLARG! Ok, needed to get that out. For all of you that missed out on the bike tour, you...well...missed out. I'll be givin' it a review soon. For this week, my first shout out is to Three Walls. Their fundraiser, "You Otta Be In Fangs" is a bit pricy, but looks like a whole lotta fun! As for Saturday, check out Believe Inn and what they've done with Ferris and minidutch, seeing as it's one of their last shows. And don't forget, Hyde Park is still rocking all sorts of programming in conjunction with Artist Run Chicago. Horay! Art! Go out and look at it. It is warm, no excuse.

Bucktown -
Around The Coyote - 1234 N Milwaukee Ave. “Sugar” is a multidisciplinary exhibition of art practices devoted to the arenas of computer imaging, digital video, digital sound, interactive media, computer animation, three-dimensional modeling, computer-controlled kinetic sculpture, interactive installations, and computer-aided and algorithmic composition. Participating artists are current students or alumni of the Art and Technology Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.The exhibition was curated by Catherine Forster and Patrick Cunningham (MFA Art & Technology) and made possible by support from Claudia Hart (Art & Technology Faculty). Friday, May 29: Opening Party, 7:30pm- 11pm.

Gold Coast -
Gallery 261 @ The Great Frame Up - 21 W Elm St. “Cut Backs – Small is the new medium,” our first annual 6x6 exhibition at our Elm St. location. This exhibition is open to all forms of 2-D media measuring no more than 6x6 inches including painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic arts, photography, collage etc. Friday, May 29, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Three Walls at the Museum of Surgical Science
- 1524 N Lake Shore Drive. You Oughta be in Fangs, written & directed by Death by Design. A one-of-a-kind event, You Oughta Be in Fangs is an immersive evening where the prohibition era meets the undead, all housed in Chicago’s spectacular International Museum of Surgical Science, at 1524 N Lake Shore Drive. $50 General Admission Tickets in Advance ($70 at the door) 8:30-11:30 PM: General Admission with dessert, and open bar.

Logan Square -
GALAXIE, THE - 2603 W. Barry Ave. The Galaxie invites artists to be creative, be active and be seen in the Square Foot Show. Canvases can be purchased at the Galaxie and transformed into anything you envision. The subject matter, medium and materials used are open to individual interpretation. Opening Reception: Friday, May 29 7-10pm.

Loop -
Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington St. The Cartoons of John T. McCutcheon: Chronicles of a Changing World. Gallery Talk and Opening Reception, 5:30 - 8pm. Chicago Rooms.

Near North -
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - 220 East Chicago Ave. Windy City Rhythms Goes Global: Barbatuques, Jason Samuels Smith, and BAM! 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

Ravenswood -
Upset Collective, The - 4357 N Lincoln Ave. The Upset collective's street-art show and handmade sticker sale highlights more than 70 underground and emerging artists from New York, Chicago and Paris. All stickers are $5, exchanges welcome. 6pm–11pm.

River North -
ARC - 832 W. Superior #204. Bearing Witness: Art As Social Action, Group show curated by Barbara Fish & Procedures for Mending, Work by Jennifer Wilkey exploring what it means to be ill. Reception Fri 5/29, 6-9 PM.

Bucktown -
Believe Inn - 2043 N Winchester Ave. Illustrations, sculptures and performance art by San Francisco–based Porous Walker bring to life parts of John Hughes's Ferris Bueller's Day Off “that were never seen.” Chicago artists Gabe Levinson and Timothy Pigott collaborate. Sat 6pm–10pm

Hyde Park -
Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S Cornell Ave. Please join Alogon and Incubate this Saturday for beer and barbeque! at the Hyde Park Art Center in support of the new credit league! there will be a panel discussion after food and beverages. food starts at 1, discussion starts at 2:30. Saturday, May 30th, 1:00-4:00PM

Logan Square -
minidutch - 3111 W. Diversey. Caroline Picard, Twilight of the Vanities. Opening May 30th from 7-10pm.

Near North -
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - 220 East Chicago Ave. Fuller Gallery Talk: Success and Failure with Michael Rakowitz and Elizabeth Tunstall. 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

River North -
ARC - 832 W. Superior #204. Bearing Witness: Art As Social Action, Group show curated by Barbara Fish & Procedures for Mending, Work by Jennifer Wilkey exploring what it means to be ill. Reception Fri 5/29, 6-9 PM. Barbara Fish discusses the exhibition, Sat 5/30, 2-4 PM. 5/27-6/20.

Marwen - 833 N Orleans St. This annual gala funds Marwen's free visual arts classes, career development and college preparation for underserved Chicago youth. Designed by Gensler, the event includes a live auction and “art experiences” with Marwen students and teaching artists. 6pm.

River West -
Intuit - 756 N Milwaukee Ave. Curator's Talk: Culprits, Innocents and Outsiders—Heartland Visions. Kevin Cole discusses the self-taught 20th-century Ohio artists. 11am.

South Loop -
Museum of Contemporary Photography - 600 S. Michigan Ave. ICE @ MoCP: Concert IV featuring Bridget Kibbey, harp. May 30, 7:30pm. Space is limited; reservations strongly recommended (email or call 312.494.2655).

West Loop -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. West Loop Gallery Tour - This week a representative from McCormick Gallery will lead the tour to: Packer Schopf Gallery, Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery, Linda Warren Gallery and Mars Gallery. 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 946 W. Randolph St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Randolph and Morgan Sts.

Evanston -
Evanston Art Center - 2603 Sheridan Rd. Evanston. From A Position
Opening Reception. From A Position explores the relationship between figures and the grounds which contextualize them. The exhibition has been curated by Maxwell G. Graham for the Contemporary Arts Council. Sunday, May 31, 2009, 1 - 4 pm.

Gold Coast -
Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art - 1012 N. Dearborn. Serene La Femme, Photos by Ted Preuss, ceramics and sculpture by Audry Cramblit and Nancy Pirri, and paintings by Mary Qian celebrating the female form. Reception Fri 5/29, 6-10 PM; open house Sat 5/30, 1-6 PM.

Hyde Park -
Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S Cornell Ave. Suitable Gallery's cookout and videos. Derek Fansler works the Weber during an afternoon of film screenings of Chicago artists, food and drinks, a Bean Bag tossing championship provided by NFA Space and a Ping Pong tournament on a table designed by artist Jo Hormuth presented by Old Gold. May 31 from 12-5 pm.

Renaissance Society - Cobb Hall, 4th floor, 5811 South Ellis Avenue. John Cage’s 4’33” – a lecture/performance by Kyle Gann, music historian, critic and composer. Sunday, May 31, 2:00 pm

Loop -
Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington. Chronicles of a Changing World, Cartoons by John T. McCutcheon, who was an editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Record and Chicago Tribune between 1889 and 1946. Reception Fri 5/29, 6-8 PM, with a talk by curator Tim Samuelson at 5:30 PM. 5/29-8/2.

Wit Hotel, The - 201 N. State. Legends, Lithographs by Jerry Garcia; drawings, paintings, and giclee prints by Grace Slick; giclee prints and serigraphs by Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix; and lithographs, copper etchings, and aqua tints of John Lennon's drawings, signed by Yoko Ono. $2 suggested donation. Fri 5/29, 5-9 PM.

Old Town -
Old Town Art Center - 1763 N. North Park Ave. Student/Faculty Exhibition. Our talented instructors, Robert Brasher, Grace Cole, Tom Francesconi, Didiet Nolet, Phil Renaud, and Kay Smith will exhibit their own work with the drawings and paintings of their students. May 31, 2-5 pm at the Triangle Center.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Opening 5/22, 5/23 & 5/24

Sup ya'll! It's party time again! Lots for ya to feed your little eyes upon. Friday night, Bridgeport is rockin. Be sure to make it to Archer while your down there for Rollervision. As for Saturday, for all of you that are bicycly inclined, there is the West Side Apartment Galleries tour. It's an all afternoon event culminating in a BBQ and video screening. Sweet! But hey, ya don't have to listen to me, check it all out if ya can.

In the words of Voltaire, "I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He told me I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet." There are always more people out there to meet.


Morpho - 5216 N. Damen. Small Works Big Ideas, Work by Marilyn Propp, Cynthia Weiss, Thomas Lucas, and Doug Stapleton. Reception Fri 5/22, 6-10 PM. 5/22-6/22.

Archer - 3012 South Archer Avenue. ROLLERVISION! Performance, music, and video by Patrick Holbrook, Rebecca Schoenecker, and Caitlin Lipinski. Friday, May 22, 2009 at 8:00pm – 12:00am.

Medicine Cabinet - 3216 S Morgan St, Apt. 4R. “Ben Russell.” Russell's performance involves video, “light-sensitive electronics, Michael Jackson at age 13 and a makeshift cloak of invisibility,” so this should be a typical Bridgeport evening. 7pm–11pm

Second Bedroom Project Space - 3216 Morgan. Warm/Cool Decorator, Paintings and sculpture by Ben Brandt. Reception Fri 5/22, 7-11 PM. 5/22-6/12.

Debonair Social Club - 1575 N Milwaukee Ave. A Night of Sight & Sound, Part of the proceeds from this art-and-music extravaganza go to Inspiration Corporation. Laura Pawson, Sarah Lensink and Artbeat Live display new work as several bands, comedy groups and DJs perform. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. 7pm.

College of Lake County - 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. May 22 - July 3: Beth Shadur & Gabriella Boros: Paintings; Beth Shadur's Tikkun Olam series investigates images to express healing. Gabriella Boros's paintings are visual narratives that are both social and political observations

Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington St. The Big World: Recent Art from China. Gregory Knight, DCA Deputy Commissioner for Visual Arts and co-curator of the exhibit, discusses this timely show that focuses on art in mixed media by approximately 20 artists living and working in China today. Gallery Talk 12:15pm & Hands, Photos by Norman Sagansky. Reception Fri 5/22, 5-7:30 PM. 5/22-6/28.

Thomas Masters Gallery - 245 W. North Ave. may 22 - june 14 :
Brenda Barnum, New Paintings. Reception May 22, 5:30-7:30pm.

Cafe Wha Who - 228 W. Chicago. Public Domain, Painted skate decks and other work by Jason Brammer, Steve Amos, Damara Kaminecki, Revise CMW, Steve Cox, and others. Reception Fri 5/22, 6-10 PM. 5/22-6/30.

Russell Bowman - 311 W. Superior #115. Photo-Op (Option/Opportunity), Work by Candida Hofer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lucas Samaras, Joel Sternfeld, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, and William Wegman. Reception Fri 5/22, 5:30-8 PM. 5/22-7/11.


Elmhurst Art Museum - 150 Cottage Hill. Ultra-Realistic Sculpture, Life-size, lifelike human sculptures by Marc Sijan. May 23-July 19.

Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 South Cornell Avenue. Explore the west side apartment galleries on bike with the green caravan led by Jacob C. Hammes and Francesca Wilmott. The tour begins at noon at Roots & Culture (1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and will culminate with a barbeque and video art screenings at mini dutch (3111 West Diversey Ave., 1st floor) Bring your bike and bike helmet! Meet at Roots & Culture at noon. South Siders meet at HPAC at 11am to join the northbound bikers.

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative - 4642 N. Western. May 23: Annual Cash 'N Carry $20 Print and Poster Sale and Hootenanny

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour, Free - guided tour of 4 galleries in the River North district: Russell Bowman Gallery, Nicole Gallery, Printworks and Marx-Saunders Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM; 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin

Insight Arts' Center For New Possibilities - 1505 W Morse Ave. “Thinking in Time: Cross-generational Reflections on Change” Artists in the exhibition include: Gabriella Boros, Steve Cox, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Irena Czumaj, Helga Dangel, Robert Fields, Renaldo Hudson, Mimi Renee Kirkpatrick, Carol Ng-He, Margaret Schlit, Tracy Ann Simmonds, Jeanette Thompson, and Members of the adult art group at Insight Arts. Opening evening performances by Heather Hartley, Lolly Extract, Jenna Dillon, and the Think/Dance Collective. Saturday, May 23, 2009 4:00pm - 6:00pm

barbara&barbara gallery - 1021 N Western Ave. “Laundry.” barbara&barbara celebrates moving to a new location with a group show about laundry. The opening features three musical performances and “live clothes-washing.” Sat 2pm–10pm

Scott Projects - 1542 N Milwaukee Ave #3. Arend deGruyter-Helfer, Aylor Brown, Bailey Salisbury, Carson Fisk-Vittori, May 23, 2009. Opening: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 6 - 10 pm


Mitchell Museum of the American Indian - 3001 Central St. Earthworks: Virtual Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley, Topographic models and other virtual reconstructions of "earthworks" by the ancient mound-building civilizations of the Ohio Valley. May 24-Sept. 13

Thursday, May 14, 2009

OPENINGS: 5/15, 5/16/ & 5/17

Graduation weekend! Horay, I'm done. I need a job. Anyone need their own personal crawling guide? Didn't think so. Well, we'll see how it goes. For right now I'm enjoying having the fam 'n friends in town. Friday is the time for adventures this week, all my best West Loop buddies are open (Warren, Packer, Three Walls, etc.), so that's where I'll be. See ya'll out there. Sorry, no links this week, not enough time. And remember: don't fall down, it causes people to laugh at you.

Experimental Sound Studio - 5925 N. Ravenswood. FRED HOLLAND: Golden Splinters, opening reception at Audible Gallery in ESS
6-9pm w/ special performance by Guillermo Gregorio at 7pm.

33 Collective - 1029 W. 35th. Fifth Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition, Juried show of 50 self-portraits. Reception 5/15, 7-10 PM. 5/15-6/11.

East Bank Artist Studios - East Bank Storage, 1200 W 35th St, at S Racine Ave. Art Walk 2009, Julian Williams and Fred Camper are among the resident artists opening their studios to the public at this annual Bridgeport event. 6pm–10pm, Sat noon–6pm.

University of Chicago, Gordon Center for Integrative Science - 3rd floor atrium, 929 E 57th St. Science in Art: The Drawings of Vesna Jovanovic. The drawings on exhibit were made by using pareidolia (the psychological phenomenon of conjured recognition) to manipulate random patterns in spilled ink. Also included are drawings created by digitally combining scanned X-Rays, MRI scans, and other medical films, which were printed, then altered via ink and graphite. The exhibit will take place in a venue that is usually devoted exclusively to science. This is one in an ongoing series of exhibits titled "Science in Art", organized by graduate students at the University of Chicago in order to bridge the cultural gap between the two fields. Friday, May 15, 2009 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Betty Rymer Gallery - 280 S. Columbus Drive School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Preview SAIC's exhibition "The Art of Connection," which showcases artwork by graduate Art Therapy students and the people they work with at their internships. Artwork in the show reflects the varied settings, populations, and practices of art therapy, and represents the culmination of SAIC's Master of Arts in Art Therapy program. Friday, May 15, 7-9pm

SAIC Ballroom - SAIC, 112 S Michigan Ave. Bruce Mau artist lecture. 4:30pm–6pm

Antenna - 1765 S. Laflin Street 1R. (re)load: new media art in chicago. Artists: Catherine Forster, Amanda Gutierrez, Patrick Lichty, Shane Mecklenburger, Mark L. Franz, Mari Ortiz, Rob Ray, Sara Schnadt, Michael Una. Opening Friday May 15 from 6pm-10pm
May 15 - June 13, 2009

A+D Gallery - 619 S. Wabash. Volume: BFA Fine Art Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago's BFA Fine Art Exhibition has been a tradition since 2001, and represents Fine Art students' completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the culmination of their burgeoning talent within the Art + Design Department's BFA program. Featuring 34 artists working in a variety of media, this exhibition is curated by graduating seniors in the Art History concentration. May 15 - June 13, 2009 Opening Reception May 15, 2009, 4-9 pm

Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts - 1104 S. Wabash, 2nd Fl. The 2009 Interdisciplinary Art Thesis Exhibiton, reception May 15 4-7pm, work by 22 thesis candidates from the MA in Interdisciplinary Arts, the MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, and the MFA in Media Arts.

EC Gallery - 215 N. Aberdeen. TADEUSZ BILECKI, Recent Paintings. May 15 - June 20, 2009. Opening reception for the artist Friday, May 15, 6-9 pm

Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery - 1044 W. Fulton Market St. The (Un)Real City - a group show curated by Stefania Carrozzini (Main
Gallery). S.J. Hart, not a bird nested here (Project Room) Opening Reception: Friday, May 15, 6-9 PM

Linda Warren Gallery - 1052 W. Fulton Market. “Decoys and Wheels of Fortune”, Paula Henderson’s fourth solo exhibition. Please join us on Friday, May 15th, from 6-9 pm for an opening reception with Paula.

Packer Schopf Gallery - 942 W. Lake Street. Mitch O'Connell, Brent Riley and Steve Seeley open this Friday, May 15, 5PM - 8PM.

ThreeWalls - 119 N. Peoria. May 15 - June 19: Jesse McLean;
Opening reception on May 15, and artist talk on May 28.

Accidental Gallery – 1579 N. Milwaukee. Chicago Underground Multimedai Explosion, group show. May 15th, 8pm.

Block Museum of Art - 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL. A panel discussion about Gordon Parks's influence on photography and
film, considering both his artistic and social contributions to the media. Saturday, May 16, 2 to 4 pm

Evanston Art Center - 2603 Sheridan Rd. EVANSTON ART CENTER'S 22nd Spring Benefit Art Auction. Please join us for a Fun, Festive evening of Fine Art, Wine and food! The Gala Party and Live Auction
Saturday May 16, 7 p.m - 10 p.m

Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 South Cornell Avenue. Roots and Culture Kimchi Feast At the Hyde Park Art Center. Saturday, May 16 2-4pm

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour. Free - guided tour of 4 galleries in the River North district. This week a representative from Perimeter Gallery will lead the tour to: Stephen Daiter Gallery, Ann Nathan Gallery, Roy Boyd Gallery and Perimeter Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM; 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin

Catherine Edelman Gallery - 300 W. Superior. May 16 - July 3: Jed Fielding: 30 Years on the Street.

Accidental Gallery - 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue. An Evening in the Mind’s Eye, ARTISTS: Ernest Ramon, Julia Zinn, Kate Roger, Kenny Reed, and many more…JOINT CURATORS: Stewart Hall and Ernest J. Ramon. May 15th, 2009 8 PM. – 10PM

Heaven Gallery - 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor. In That Gold Land, group show. Reception Sat 5/16, 6-10 PM. 5/16-6/20.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center - 927 Noyes. Portraits and Projections, Photographs by Ursula Sokolowska. Reception Sun 5/17, 3-5 PM. 5/12-7/1.

Spertus Museum - 610 S Michigan Ave. Artist Talk: Deb Sokolow. Sun 10am–5pm

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Openingf for F 5/8, S 5/9, & S 5/10!

Things for the doing, my lovely lovelies, as per my suggestions at least: Friday, Bridgeport! Normal Projects is rocking. I know Bridgeport is kind of a pain in the ass to get too, but you should go anyway, they's good peeps down there. On your way through, you can stop in Pilsen, if ya like. They're doing their Friday thing. If you're wanting to stay up north, Roots and Culture on Milwaukee and Spoke 'n Flatfile in the West Loop are where I'd head. Saturday's got Green Lantern, Mini Dutch, Green Bicycle Organization, and Scott Projects for optimal fun-ness, among many other things. As for Sunday, there's only three things, so why not go to all (or perhaps just one of you choosing). That's what I have to say for this round. Over and out.

Normal Projects - 2844 S Normal Ave. “Ben Wolf with Jon Bocksel.” The artists display recent works alongside fellow New Yorker Sarah Morgan. 6pm–9pm

360See - 1924 N. Damen. On the Floor and On the Wall, Three-dimensional fine art, furniture, and design by Matthew Hoffman, Leo Kempf, and others. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-9 PM. 5/8-7/1.

Eyeporium Gallery - 1543 N. Milwaukee Ave. Jason Messinger: The Traveler Blooms - Preview Party, PREVIEW PARTY for "The Traveler Blooms" Chicago Artist Jason Messinger's first solo show in Wicker Park, Chicago Featuring new tile murals, and paintings of watercolor and ink, celebrating the traveler's urge and the garden's delights. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex - 1134 W. Sheridan Rd. Orange Jelly is a large scale installation made from orange sweaters which have been transformed into a fungal invasion of the space. The installation incorporates a dress-form wearing an orange sweater which is partially covered in the same node shapes as the wall. This installation can be viewed from the street and in passing cars. For additional information please contact Renee Prisble Una at

Block Museum of Art - Northwestern Univ., 40 Arts Circle Dr. MFA Thesis Exhibition, k by John Henderson, Aaron Hughes, Casey Lurie, and Jessie Mott. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-8 PM. 5/8-6/21.

DOVA Temporary - 5228 S. Harper. Belleville, MFA thesis exhibition of paintings by Amy Babinec. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-9 PM. 5/8-5/12.

Chicago Art Source - 1871 N. Clybourn, 2nd fl. The Sketchbook Project, The traveling exhibition made up of sketchbooks from artists around the world hits Chicago; here it's part of "From Scratch: Works on Paper," a larger show at Chicago Art Source. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-9 PM. 5/8-6/20.

Finestra Art Space - 410 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 516. Finestra Art Space continues its 2009 curatorial series "Integration: Form
+ Context + Content" with an installation by Aaron Delehanty entitled "Visible City", in which he further explores his belief that advancements in architecture and city design can induce a post, post-industrial revolution treatment of our landscape. The show runs May 4 - 30 with an opening reception on Friday, May 8th
from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Gallery UNO - 410 S. Michigan Av, FAB Building, Suite 541. Barbara Wakefield's show 'Ann Guilford'. This exhibition is a visual representation of a persona. This persona is worked through the use of found materials and fiber. Artist Reception: Friday, May 8th, 4 - 9 pm

Illinois State Museum - 100 W. Randolph #2-100. Across the Divide: Talk, Mike Miller discusses his installation in this group exhibit. Fri., May 8, 12 p.m.

Ossia Fine Arts Space - 410 S. Michigan. Damsels in the Springtime, Work by Alexandra Lex-Danilishen, Kristina Lee, Christine Ilewski, and Emily E. Gray. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-9 PM. 5/8-7/10.

Beverly Arts Center - 2417 W. 111th. 3 Sculptors, Sculpture by Patrick McDonald, Mike Helbing, and John Colson. Reception Fri 5/8, 7-9 PM. 5/8-6/7.

4Art Inc. - 1932 S. Halsted, Unit 100. Phase VII group show. 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Chicago Arts District - 1945 S. Halsted, Ste. 101. The Chicago Arts District co-ordinates 2nd Friday's Gallery Night, the Pilsen East Artist's Open House, and other special programs throughout the year. 35 area galleries open 6-10pm

LOGSDON1909 – 1909 S. Halsted. "No Borders" Curated Group Exhibition. ARTIST RECEPTION: FRIDAY May 8th, 2009, 6PM - 10PM

Vespine - 1907 S. Halsted. Nullipara, Work by Jen Thomas that "explores the societal ramifications of a woman's choice not to have children." Reception Fri 5/8, 7-10 PM. 5/8-5/30.

WithinReason - 1932 S. Halsted #408. Gestures in a Blender, Screen prints and installation by Justin Santora. Reception Fri 5/8, 6:30-9:30 PM. 5/8-5/25.

Roots & Culture - 1034 n Milwaukee Ave. "Frozen Smoke" new work by Sabine Gruffat and Vanesa Zendejas. Opening Friday, May 8th, 6pm-9pm, Through June 6th

Thomas Masters Gallery - 245 W. North Ave. May 8 – June 12:
Susan Hall "Natural World"

Printworks - 311 W. Superior #105. Sorrows of Swans, Works on paper by Eleanor Spiess-Ferris. Reception Fri 5/8, 5-7:3- PM. 5/8-6/3.

Framing Mode & Gallery - 1526 S Wabash. Cesar Conde, Sofia Moreno, Yva Neal, Connie Noyes, Marci Rubin, Basia Toczydlowska, Christian Villacres, Lora Wierzbowski: Satellite. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Film Studies Center, University of Chicago - Cobb Hall, 5811 S Ellis Ave, room 306. Artist Talk: Eduardo Kac. The Internet and bioengineering have shaped Kac's controversial practice. 10:30am–noon

University of Illinois at Chicago African-American Cultural Center - Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted #207. Blak Is Brite; A Performance in Brown, Textile work by Veronica Stein. Reception Fri 5/8, 5-8 PM, with a talk by Stein at 6:15. 5/1-5/31.

FLATFILEgalleries - 217 N. Carpenter. Man Bartlett: Transmission. Through sculptural elements, works on paper, painting, photography, sound installation and scent, Transmission presents a one night only exhibition of recent work by Man Bartlett. 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spoke - 119 N. Peoria, Unit 3D. Spoke Spring Benefit & Soirée. Please join Spoke May 8th from 6-9 p.m. for a night of music, food, drinks, and conversation. Art work & fresh goods by the founders of Spoke will be available for purchase to help raise money to support Spoke and enable the continuation of their mission.

Greenleaf Art Center - 806 W Greenleaf Ave. Spring Thing 2009, More than 50 artists open their studios to the public. 6pm–10pm

GAUCHO SOCIAL CLUB - 1231 N. Greenview Apt# 1R. "MORETHANA THOUSAND,” Drawings by Eric Ashcraft. FRIDAY 05/08 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Silver Room - 1442 N. Milwaukee. Magazine, Collages by Krista Franklin. Reception Fri 5/8, 7-10 PM. 5/8-6/10.

The Green Lantern - 1511 N Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor. IN LIEU OF GIFTS: a solo show by Jenny Walters. Opens May 9th from 7-10pm.

Peter Jones - 1806 W. Cuyler. Dance-a-Go-Go, Work by Shirley Hudson, Walter Fydryck, Mike Pocius, Nancy Bechtol, Maureen Warren, Kevin Moeller, and others. Reception Sat 5/9, 3-6 PM. 5/9-5/17.

Green Bicycle Organization - 1626 N. California. 'Hamartia' featuring recent sculpture and drawing by Daniel G Baird. Opening Saturday, May 9th 7pm - 10pm, with an experimental music performance at 9:30 by The Changeless Round.

Star Lounge Café - 2521 W. Chicago. Jason Brammer, paintings. Reception Sat 5/9, with live painting by Brammer. 5/9-6/30.

Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. Reconstruct, A project of local Chicago artist Rosemary Lee, “Reconstruct” features hand-crafted soft, fabric building blocks that visitors can stack and restack into different structure. At the Hyde Park Art Center Saturday, 9 May 2009.

Lincoln Park Conservatory - 2391 N. Stockton Dr. Florasonic Opening. JULIA MILLER: leave(leaf)/believe: A Meditation on the Complex Intersection between Emotions, Reason, and Faith. Saturday May 9th, 2009, 3-5pm.

Mini Dutch - 3111 W. Diversey. Mini Fair, Local galleries Swimming Pool Project Space, Floor Length and Tux (FLAT), Antena, and Mini Dutch "present their space in miniature form with miniature artwork." Reception Sat 5/9, 7-10 PM. 5/9-5/23.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour. Guided tour of 4 galleries in the River North district: Carl Hammer Gallery, Melanee Cooper Gallery, Byron Roche Gallery and Habatat Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM; 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin

Corbett vs. Dempsey - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3. Please join us this Saturday May 9 at 2pm for an informal talk by Hal Rammel. This event corresponds with the final day of Corbett vs. Dempsey's exhibition of Rammel's recent drawings, DUETS & TRIOS.

SCOTT PROJECTS - 1542 N Milwaukee Ave #3. Thomas Roach
Fun, Natural Fun (Take Off Your Shoes). SECOND VIEWING Saturday, May 9, 2009, 7 - 10 pm.

Whitney Museum of American Art - 1535 N. Ashland. WHAT NOW, Curated by Chloe Seibert And Friends. Saturday, May 9, 2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

The Green Lantern - 1511 N Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor. NAROC!3 Sunday, May 10th : A SCREENING! details TBA; doors open at 7 and will include performance, screenings and a DJ Dance party to follow.

Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. ARTIST'S RUN CHICAGO Exhibition Reception: Sunday, May 10, 3 – 5pm.

he said-she said - 831 S Grove Ave, Oak Park, IL. Video and work on paper by new york artist Guy Richards Smit. May 10-May 31, 2009. Opening Sunday May 10, 6:00-10:00

Merch Mart Insanity (AKA Art Chicago)

I’ve had a few days to decompress from the Thesis Show/Next/Art Chicago/Gallery Party, and my mind is still spinning. Thesis went swimmingly (in more ways that one). The non-stop onslaught of art all weekend, however, was a bit much. I realize now that that’s the reason I’m none to partial to art fairs. It isn’t the soul sucking quality so often attributed to them by many artists, it is simply that there is to much goddamn stuff to see. It got to the point where I was speed walking past booths is some deranged hope of absorbing art through window shopping. I will say, for my part, I found Next for consistently interesting that Art Chicago. Art Chicago, of course, had the “find that famous artists’ work” game, which, like car bingo, is fun but can get tedious after 2 hours. To tell the shameful truth, the best time I had there was at the Antique Fair. I know, poopoo me if you must, but I got a big thing for old stuff. It’s just made so much better and more beautifully. But that is beside the point. Let’s discuss some work I saw, shall we?

First of is Timothy Hutchings. His small video piece “Player vs. Player” was up at Next. It was friggin’ fantastic, like watching some perverse Robert J. Flaherty film. Check out the piece on his website if you didn’t get to see it at the show. Then there was Coke Wisdom O’Neal, with the "Box Series.” I don’t know how many of you ever read Indian in the Cupboard (or how insulting the artist finds this comparison), but that’s what it was for me in, in the best possible way. Socio-cultural work I actually wanted to look at. Good stuff. Chris Ballantyne had some large paintings up. I’m still not sure about this work. It appealed to me ‘cus it felt apocalyptic. On second look, I’m not quite sure, but I still like it. Quietly brooding, to use some frufy language. Then there was Kate Clark. I fell in love with her as soon as I saw it, as anyone who knows my work would understand. It can be hard to do taxidermy and have it work, but she did. My only problem was that I really wanted to pet them. Marcelo Viquez had a group of drawings I really enjoyed. The reminded me of something, I can’t remember what it what, but the made me sad and smile simultaneously. I also enjoyed the Blunt Collective out of Toronto, Michael T. Rea, Marco Bolognesi and Gregory Scott. Probably the best thing I saw upstairs at Art Chicago was the work of Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz. They work as a team, building, then photographing, snow globes with strange scenes going on within. There was a catalog for the work that I stupidly didn’t by. My friend did, and now I feel like an ass for not having a record of that work of my own. Other hits from upstairs: George Boorujy, Vivek Vilasini, and Yong Ho Ji. At the back corner, I found the work of Jason Hackenwerth. You may remember wandering past it, the giant balloon sculpture. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. In person, it felt kitchy and gimmicky. The photographs of people wearing the structures, however, were much more interesting. With a person inside the balloons put is some weird landscape, it went away from circus clown and toward body snatchers, an important step to take.

Well, that’s my take on it, for what it’ worth. I’ll probably update this again later, with Jeriah’s input, come on back if ya care too.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Well hello again all ya'll. Sorry about the lateness of this one, week's been crazy. In case you somehow failed to notice the plethora of free passes floating 'round the interweb, ArtChicago is this weekend. I went to the preview last night. NEXT is definitely worth the look, and if ya like antiques, there's plenty of that too. I'm going to be reviewing the whole kit and kaboodle this weekend, so look out for it if ya care for my smarmy take on the show. As for this weekend, there are a ton of things going on, riding on the coat tails of Art Chicago (or vice versa). Tonight is the MFA opening. If you want to see my work in person, drop by between 8pm and 11pm. Saturday afternoon there are parties going on in both River North and the West Loop, with a free shuttle running back and fourth. That's not all, but that's all I'm writing. See ya'll out there.

Avram Eisen - 5202 N. Damen. May Flower Exhibition, group show. Reception Fri 5/1, 5-9 PM. 5/1-5/31.

A. Okay Official - 3270 N. Clark. Mutts, Group show of custom-built vinyl toys. Reception Fri 5/1, 6-10 PM. 5/1-5/3.

Art on Armitage - 4125 W. Armitage. Rainbow, Installation by Hyun ja Shin inspired by Michael Craig-Martin's "An Oak Tree." May 1-31.

School of the Art Institute Sullivan Galleries - 33 S. State, 7th fl. MFA Graduate Exhibition. Reception Fri 5/1, 8-11 PM. 5/1-5/15.

Galleries Maurice Sternberg - 875 N. Michigan #2850. Without Borders, Work by Adnan Charara. Reception Fri 5/1, 5-8 PM. 5/1-6/30.

Ogilvie/Pertl - 435 E. Illinois #151. Monument and Memory, Work by Dan Addington. Reception Fri 5/1, 5:30-8:30 PM. 5/1-6/1.

REpose Gallery - River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois Street. Two versatile spaces dedicated to promoting and representing the resident artists of Project 465. Featured artwork by Bouba, Sergio Ceron, José Luis Corona, Rory Coyne, Alexandru Darida, Nicole Melanie Davis, Terry Dixon, Predrag Djordjevic, Devin Dobrowolski, Tara Fadenrecht, S. Hill-Sanchez, Rebecca Moy, Hyeseung Shin, and Thomas J. Walther.

International Museum of Surgical Science - 1524 N Lake Shore Dr. Anatomy in the Gallery, New "Anatomy in the Gallery" exhibitions of medically themed contemporary art opening tomorrow at IMSS! These shows contrast two traditional conceptions of human anatomy: the body as an extension of nature and the body as machine. Free, public reception for the artists: Friday, May 1, from 5 to 8 pm The entire museum will be open for viewing during the reception. Both exhibitions will remain on display through July 17, 2009.

ARC - 832 W. Superior #204. Construction—Meditation, Sculptural work by Sonja Weber Gilkey and Iris Goldstein & River of Spirit of Life, Video of a performance/installation piece & Still/Moving, Work by Barbara Stewart Thomas. Reception Fri 5/1, 6-9 PM. 4/29-5/23.

Gallery KH - 311 W. Superior. Contemplations, Abstract paintings by Amy Cannady. Reception Fri 4/24, 5-8. 4/24-5/29.

Instituto Cervantes - 31 W. Ohio. Joan Abello. Reception Fri 5/1, 6 PM. 5/1-7/15.

Schneider - 230 W. Superior. Lalla A. Essaydi, photos. Reception Fri 5/1, 5-7:30 PM. 5/1-6/20.

Woman Made Gallery - 685 N. Milwaukee. Group Exhibition: The Emotional Body & Solo Exhibitions by Lily Mayfield and Elzbieta (Elka) Kazmierczak & Private Collection by Jean Cozier & Artisan Gallery: Physicality.

Museum of Contemporary Photography - Opening Reception, Curator's Tour and Artist Talk: Natasha Egan with Christina Seely, Tim Long and Andrew Harrison. Friday May 1, 5-7pm @ MoCP

Fulton Street Collective - 2000 W. Fulton, second floor. In These Times, group show. Fri., May 1, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

Ukrainian National Museum - 2249 W. Superior. A Kaleidoscope of Vivid Images and Colors, Paintings by Orest Poliszczuk. Reception Fri 5/1, 7 PM. 5/1-5/31.

65Grand - 1378 W. Grand (entrance on Noble). Selections From the Analog Collection, Photo installations by Zoe Crosher. Reception Fri 5/1, 7-10 PM. 5/1-6/13.

Architrouve - 1433 W. Chicago. Absence Presence, Work by Jason Peot and Perry Pollock. Reception Fri 5/1, 6 PM.

Gallery 400 - 400 S. Peoria. Our Literal Speed Exhibition, Installation featuring "Picasso/Braque 1989." Part of the Our Literal Speed conference; see for a complete list of events. Reception Fri 5/1, 8 PM, with performances starting at 8:30. 5/1-5/2.

G.R. N'Namdi - 110 N. Peoria. Richard Hunt, Sculpture. Reception Fri 5/1, 6-9 PM; Hunt discusses his work, Sat 5/2, 2 PM. 5/1-6/30.

Walsh - 118 N. Peoria, 2nd fl. Microcosm, Large-scale photos by Miao Xiaochun. Reception Fri 5/1, 5-8 PM. 5/1-6/13.

Flat Iron Arts Building - 1579 N. Milwaukee. On the first Friday of each month, Flat Iron Artists' Association Presents Wicker Park / Bucktown First Fridays. First Friday of each month: 6-10pm

Gallery 203 - 1579 N. Milwaukee. Science As Art, Work from reclaimed materials by Bohdan Gernaga. Reception Fri 5/1, 6-10 PM. 5/1-5/31.

Novem Life - 1114 N. Ashland. UPSET MAGAZINE & NOVEM STUDIOS PRESENTS: Martha Cooper's 25th Anniversary Edition of Subway Art and Going Postal Book Signing First Ever Chicago Handmade Sticker Exchange--All Stickers $5 and Making Deals Zine Premiere Friday, May 1st 5-10 PM.

Silver Room - 1442 N. Milwaukee. Sandra Ivelisse Antongiori: Closing Reception. Fri., May 1, 7-9 p.m.

The Family Room - 1821 W. Hubbard, ste. 202. The Post Family presents: Trichotillomania, Paintings and sculpture by Rachel Niffenegger. Reception Sat 5/2, 6-11 PM. 5/2-5/16.

Murphy Hill - 3333 W. Arthingon. The Spiritual in Art II, group show. Reception Sat 5/2, 6 PM-midnight. 4/30-6/6.

Renaissance Society - 5811 S Ellis Ave. Curator Hamza Walker offers insights into this group exhibition exploring “various kinds of silence.” Noon, free.

Smart Museum - 5550 S Greenwood Ave. Yours Truly Workshop: The Materiality and Lost Art of Letter Writing Saturday, May 2, 2-4 pm.

Museum of Contemporary Art - 220 East Chicago Ave. Inspired by the atmospheric and sensory experiences of the Olafur Eliasson exhibition, artist Kristin Sabatino leads a class in making sculptures using simple materials such as Plexiglas and special UV tape that create stunning kaleidoscopic effects. Sabatino is a Chicago area painter and silversmith who specializes in murals and one-of-a-kind wearable art. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Roots & Culture - 1034 N MILWAUKEE. R & C 3rd Annual Fundraiser and Art Fair Decompression Party! May 2nd, 8pm- 12am.

Margin - 1915 S. Halsted. Spring Art Show, group show. Reception Sat 5/2, 6-10 PM. 5/2-5/30.

Lillstreet - 4401 N. Ravenswood. Michael Corney and Bart Johnson, ceramics. Reception Sat 5/2, 3-6 PM. 5/2-5/27.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago – West Loop & River North. Gallery Parties Saturday, May 2 - Free River North/W. Loop Shuttles, 6-9pm.

Marx-Saunders Gallery, LTD - 230 W. Superior. Lino Tagliapietra: New Work; Opening reception Sat. May 2, noon

Art Dealers Association of Chicago – West Loop & River North. Gallery Parties Saturday, May 2 - Free River North/W. Loop Shuttles, 6-9pm.

McCormick Gallery - 835 W. Washington. Harold Krisel: Works from the Estate. Reception May 2, 7-9pm.

Monique Meloche - 118 N. Peoria. Roadside, Photos, works on paper, and installation by Joel Ross. Reception Sat 5/2, 6-9 PM. 5/2-6/13.

Packer Schopf Gallery - 942 W. Lake St. We are having a reception for Brian Dettmer and Betsy Stirratt this Saturday night from 6 - 9 PM. Both artists will be in attendance. Catalogs are available for both shows.

Thomas McCormick - 835 W. Washington. Structured/Forms, Paintings and prints by Harold Krisel. Reception Sat 5/2, 7-9 PM. 4/25-5/30.

Revolution Tattoo - 2221 N. Western. Returns & Exchanges, Work by Toby Stanger and Matthew Ryan Sharp. Reception Sat 5/2, 8 PM-midnight. 5/2-6/21.

Scott Projects - 1542 N Milwaukee Ave. “Thomas Roach: Fun, Natural Fun (Take Off Your Shoes).” 6pm–10pm.

Th!nkART - 1530 North Paulina, Suite F. Following a blockbuster opening at Th!nkArt Salon during the first Chicago International Music and Movies festival on March 6th, French rock photographer Richard Bellia is going to be represented by ThinkArt at the Art Chicago international art fair, May 1st - 4th. 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM