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
EAST ROGERS PARK -
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 email@example.com
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.
HYDE PARK -
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.
LINCOLN PARK -
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.
MORGAN PARK -
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.
NOBLE SQUARE -
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"
RIVER NORTH -
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.
SOUTH LOOP -
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
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE -
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.
WEST LOOP -
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.
WEST ROGERS PARK -
Greenleaf Art Center - 806 W Greenleaf Ave. Spring Thing 2009, More than 50 artists open their studios to the public. 6pm–10pm
WICKER PARK -
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.
GRACELAND WEST -
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.
HUMBOLDT PARK -
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 -
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 -
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.
LOGAN SQUARE -
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.
RIVER NORTH -
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
WICKER PARK -
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 -
Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. ARTIST'S RUN CHICAGO Exhibition Reception: Sunday, May 10, 3 – 5pm.
OAK PARK -
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