Thursday, July 30, 2009

Opening this Weekend (7/31-8/2)

Sup ya'll. First off, below all this bilge water you all know as the weekly gallery crawl is a post introducing the Friday Night Army. They are a group of crawlers I coordinate each week who go out, look, and write about what they see. You should check them out. The makeup of the Army changes each week, so you'll always get a lot of different takes. They are living at The Gallery Crawl and So Much More... temporarily, so enjoy 'em while they're here.

All right, enough of that, here's the crawl...

Bowmanville –
Avram Eisen - 5202 N. Damen. The End of the 80s: SAIC Alum work 85 to 89. Reception 5-9pm.

Bucktown –
Believe Inn - 2043 N. Winchester. Mating Call, work by Chris Silva and Lauren Feece. Reception 6-10 pm.

Logan Square -
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival - 2710 North Sawyer. The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival spans 9 blocks from 2300 North Milwaukee at California Avenue to 3100 North Milwaukee at Ridgeway Avenue. The festivities are centered at the historic Logan Square Centennial Monument, at 2660 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Noon to 11pm.

Per Second Project Gallery - 2827 N Milwaukee Ave. Collaboration from Cole Pierce and Dustin Camilleri, Echo Amphitheater by Roxane Hopper. Opening reception 6-10pm.

The Whistler - 2421 N Milwaukee Ave. Plural's site-specific interactive installation is a visual metaphor of The Whistler, consisting of two parts: 1. a catalog / inventory of all the objects in the bar to be displayed in the front window 2. an interactive light installation that will output different colors based on the average volume of the sound in the bar. Over the course of the night, the color will fluxuate, allowing passerby's to see how active the bar is. Opening: All Night

Loop -
Illinois Institute of Art Gallery 180 - 180 N. Wabash. Work by Nancy Rosen.

River West -
Woman Made Gallery - 685 N. Milwaukee. Her Mark 2010 & Members' Show. Opening reception: 6-9 PM.

South Loop –
Columbia College - Ludington Building, 1104 S Wabash. Fifth Annual Printers' Ball. Free, 5–11pm.

Streeterville -
Aldo Castillo - 675 N. Franklin. 3+3=6, group show. Reception 5:30-8:30pm

West Loop -
Andrew Rafacz - 835 W. Washington Blvd. Second Floor. PUBLIC WORKS, new & recent works by: CHRIS EICHENSEER, JUSTIN FINE, CODY HUDSON, ANDY MUELLER. Opening reception: 6-9pm

Humboldt Park –
Eel Space - 2846 W. North #1A. Devastation and Space: Emily J. Gomez, Snorre Sjononst Henriksen, and Jesal Kapadia. Reception 6-9pm.

Logan Square -
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival - 2710 North Sawyer. The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival spans 9 blocks from 2300 North Milwaukee at California Avenue to 3100 North Milwaukee at Ridgeway Avenue. The festivities are centered at the historic Logan Square Centennial Monument, at 2660 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Noon to 11pm.

River North -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour: This week a representative from Habatat Galleries will lead the tour to: Printworks Gallery, Catherine Gallery, Byron Roche Gallery and Habatat Galleris. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin. 11 AM - 12:30 PM.

Elmhurst -
Elmhurst Art Museum - 150 Cottage Hill. Glass and Steel, group show. Aug. 2-Sept. 6.

Hyde Park -
Home Gallery – 1407 E. 54th Place. The Diorama Show: Brunch Reception. 12-3pm.

Lakeview -
GOLDEN - 816 W. Newport. Closing reception for Concentrate and Ask Again: New Work by Aspen Mays. 3 - 6pm.

Lincoln Park –
Old Town Art Center - 1763 N. North Park Ave. Brother Nature: The Comparative Images of Three Brothers: Andy, Doug, and Mike Kolasinski. Opening reception: 2-5 pm.

Logan Square -
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival - 2710 North Sawyer. The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival spans 9 blocks from 2300 North Milwaukee at California Avenue to 3100 North Milwaukee at Ridgeway Avenue. The festivities are centered at the historic Logan Square Centennial Monument, at 2660 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Noon to 11pm.

Pilsen –
Ben Russell – 1716 S. Morgan. Ben Russell: Burns. Opening 6-10pm.

South Loop -
Spertus Museum - 610 South Michigan Ave. Artist Talk: Sheree Hovsepian on Ground Level Projects. 1 pm

Ukrainian Village -
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art - 2320 W. Chicago. Olexander Dubovyk and Vasily Fedorouk. Reception 2-5pm.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Say "Hello!" to the Friday Night Army!

For those of you who don't already know them, the Friday Night Army is a group of gallery crawlers, similar to yourselves, who sally fourth each week to bring to reviews from the field. They were formerly a feature on Art Talk Chicago, and are soon to find their permanent home at Chicago Art Map (CAM). In the interim, I will be fostering them here, at The Gallery Crawl and So Much More. Please feel free to comment, love 'em or hate 'em.

This week the Friday Night Army brings you:

The Underground Railroad Project at Twelve Galleries
by Jeriah Hildwine

Run, Blago, Run! at the Creative Rescue Organization
By Lee Ann Norman

The Dandelions are Over at Zg Gallery
by MK Meador

Tom Torluemke, Nicole Gordon & Nnenna Okore at the Cultural Center
by Monica LaBelle


The Underground Railroad Project at Twelve Galleries
by Jeriah Hildwine

Meg Onli’s Underground Railroad Project is currently on display at the JULY Gallery, the eleventh of twelve temporary galleries each with a lifespan of one month. Not previously familiar with Meg’s work, I had no idea what to expect when I entered the temporary apartment gallery. One wall was covered with maps, brochures, and handwritten notes; an explanatory brochure explained that these were artifacts from and pertaining to a performance piece in which Meg walked 440 miles, from Rockville, Maryland to Dresen, Ontario. Her walk followed the route of the Underground Railroad, and is described by Meg as being “in search of her blackness.”
A side room features a slideshow of photographic documentation of the walk. As both an avid hiker and a history buff, I found the both documentation and my discussions with the artist very rewarding. Like any performance piece experienced through documentation, a viewer in the gallery can only taste a fraction of the real work.
The exhibition was not without its aesthetic component. In the main room were displayed three 8”x10” inkjet prints of drawings, depicting a runaway slave, a graveyard haunted by a “mammy” figure, and a monument to the escaped slaves. A larger print, 33” x 40”, was displayed with its frame leaned into a corner of the room. The drawing was of Meg, kneeling as in prayer, in a re-creation of a plate from an early edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The apparently casual installation worked well with the humility of the pose, and I also learned that the orientation of the drawing was such that the figure faced north as she prayed.
Meg Onli’s walk (and its accompanying exhibition) deftly sidestep the usual limitations of performance and its documentation. The walk itself is clear evidence that Meg takes her ideas seriously enough to put real work into them. Coupled with this, she’s done her research, and the inclusion of the drawings shows that, like the best conceptual performance artists, she hasn’t lost touch with the aesthetic.

Twelve Galleries is located (this month) at 2156 West 21st Place. For more information, visit

Run, Blago, Run! at the Creative Rescue Organization
By Lee Ann Norman

You may not have realized it, but you are probably familiar with the signature piece in the latest show at Creative Rescue Organization. Perhaps you’ve seen the infamous stenciled figure of the former governor in a tracksuit on the run around town. It is a well-known fact that Rod Blagojevich is an avid runner who could often be seen on the streets training for his next PR. Even though the media coverage surrounding his federal investigation and subsequent impeachment has died down, we still think of him as this shadowy, underworld figure for whom running may have actually have been good strategy.
In this show, artists explored this concept of running literally (re-imagining the original street image) and figuratively (exploring how one who is “on the run” might feel, act, or what activities he would need to do). Through his personal and curatorial practices, Ray Noland (Run, Blago, Run! curator) not only explores the hard places in life – the things that we may not like talking about, and the issues that are difficult to solve – but also works to create avenues for dialogue and conversation. For him, sometimes it’s more about the life an artwork takes on once that idea is released into the world. Run, Blago, Run! was not meant to be a statement on the former governor’s guilt or innocence, but to provide a platform to encourage conversation about a series of sensational events, to engender a response and find an answer to the question of what this saga may look like in a visual context.
Participating artists were found through various means including an open call via Kickstarter as well as relationships Noland made while working on the Obama campaign and themed show, Go Tell Mama. He presented this idea and didn’t give the artists many parameters, but encouraged them to add their own voices to the conversation. With work ranging from photography, graffiti art, mixed media, painting and drawing, and wood, it certainly gives us plenty more to talk about.

The Creative Rescue Organization is located at 1925 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more information, visit

The Dandelions are Over at Zg Gallery
by MK Meador

The solo extravaganza at Zg Gallery was an extensive gathering of the works of Anna Jóelsdóttir, titled "the dandelions are over." With her tried-and-true toolkit of acrylic, flashe, and colored pencil, she works wonders in general and scores vistas that are colorful and engaging. The process must take its sweet time, because the sides of the larger unframed paintings reveal a tally-mark column of dates, not unlike a kid's hatch-marked height in a doorway.
Coming from a former museum worker, the installation "Flood" looked forbidding at first. It is most aptly named, yet with closer look, I was reminded of what a fickle temptress mylar can be. This is the stuff of old school design and is mind-blowingly unforgiving when working with ink of any kind. Jóelsdóttir navigates the medium with wild and sharp strikes of pigment and ink and the result is supple, colorful and deftly accomplished. When I overheard a fellow viewer mumble that the works looked like an "exploded parrot”, and as it turns out, its not too far off the mark - in the best possible way.

Zg Gallery is located at 300 W. Superior St. For more information, visit

Tom Torluemke, Nicole Gordon & Nnenna Okore at the Cultural Center
by Monica LaBelle

If a visit to the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago leaves you wondering what the city’s artists are making lately, head two blocks north the Cultural Center’s Michigan Avenue Galleries.

Tom Torluemke’s mind-bending collages, Nicole Gordon’s fanciful paintings and a large-scale sculpture by Nnenna Okore are there this summer.
Torluemke’s show, “After-Glow,” has the most pieces of the three, and there is no shortage of variation among them. The artist has taken grade-school art-supply standbys like watercolors, construction paper and contact paper and formed them into alternately haunting and positively fantastical images. In “Leafless” (2001), multiple colors of construction paper appear to layer each other to create Rorschach-blot faces matched above corresponding genitals. The skillfully rendered forms contrast with their medium—one typically associated with Elmer’s Glue and safety scissors. In works such as “Struck” (2002), inlaid painted pieces of paper appear to interweave and swirl amid striking color combinations such as royal purple, pitch black and fleshy yellow.
Next door is “Stateless: New Work by Nicole Gordon.” Her two oil paintings remain consistent with her body of work thus far: epic fantasy scenes containing deftly rendered symbols. Here we have monkeys. Each scene has the little guys staring out at us from either a droll scene (“Goodbye Cruel World, I’m Off to Join the Circus,” 2008) or one of fiery horror (“Absolutely Curtains,” 2009). The drapey, tent-like forms in each one are rendered so accurately they make the viewer question whether that is actually fabric on the canvas (it isn’t—she’s just skilled like that). Gordon’s sculpture, a totem pole, features the paintings’ theme. Together, the works have a blatantly allegorical quality about our effect on the environment.
Finally, the one-sculpture exhibition, “Twisted Ambience: An installation by Nnenna Okore,” gives viewers an opportunity to walk right into (and through) the art. The room-consuming, hut-like structure appears to float in space, each curved semblance of a wall holding on to the next for invisible support. Newspaper is twisted, looped and braided with bits of rope and sticks to make these walls. The effect reminds one of Faith Wilding’s room-encompassing, crocheted “Womb Room” (1972). However, the sheer size and shape of it compels the viewer to want to gaze at it from the outside rather than from within it.

The Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington St. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Opening This Weekend (7/24 to 7/26)

Co-Prosperity Sphere - 3219 S Morgan St. Get It Together, show and participatory collage making. 7pm–11:30pm

Creative Rescue Organization - 1925 N. Milwaukee. Run, Blago, Run! Group show. Reception Fri 7/24, 6-9 PM. Sat-Sun 7/25-7/26, noon-7 PM.

Block Museum - 40 Arts Circle Dr. Place & Presence: gallery talk with Debora Wood. 6pm.

Nightingale Theater - 1084 N Milwaukee Ave. Iranian Short Films. Because of media censorship laws within Iran, these films have never been publicly exhibited due to their "inappropriate content" dealing with sexuality, politics, and social taboos. Fri, July 24th at 7 p.m. $5 at the door.

ARC - 832 W. Superior #204. The Chiayi Series, work by Sally Graves Machlis & A Contested Territory, work by Sabba Saleem Syal & The Modern Day Diana, work by Margaret LeJeune & Women, Symbols, and Memories, work by Mary Maughelli. Reception Fri 7/24, 6-9 PM. 7/22-8/14.

Mars - 1139 W. Fulton Mkt. Absolute Fantasy: Sean Williams, Sabina Cosic, and Alan Emerson Hicks. Reception Fri 7/24, 6-9 PM. 7/24-8/22.

Co-Prosperity Sphere - 3219 S Morgan St. Get It Together, show and participatory collage making. 2-5pm

East Bank Storage Facility - 1200 W 35th St. Warehouse Junkies Vol. 1. 1-6pm.

Museum of Contemporary Art - 220 E. Chicago. Constellations: work from the MCA Collection. July 25-Oct. 18.

Twelve Galleries - 2156 West 21st Place, 2nd floor. The Underground Railroad Project, work by Meg Onli. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 25th 7:00-10:00pm

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour: This week a representative from Schneider Gallery will lead the tour to: Perimeter Gallery, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Stephen Daiter Gallery and Schneider Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM: Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin.

Barbara & Barbara - 3144 W. Carroll. Telephone, group show. Reception Sat 7/25, 6-10 PM. 7/25-8/22.

The Suburban - 125 N. Harvey Ave, Oak Park. Keil Borrman: I have not painted in a year. I have been listening to my stereo. With work by: Bel Canto Designs, Malika Green, Alex Jovanovich, Divya Mehra, Virginia Poundstone, Amelia Saddington & David G.A. Stephenson. Opening BBQ with the artists on Sunday, July 26, 2-4pm.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Opening This Weekend (7/17 - 7/19)

Sup ya'll. I'm so glad it's summer. I've been having late night picnics on my lawn. I'm still broker than a damn joke, but that's resulted in me getting very creative with cheap veggies. In the past two days, Ive learned to make 5 new dishes made almost entirely out of zucchini. Mmmm...home-made zuchinni bread. But, never mind, moving right along. My suggestions? Here you go: Second Bedroom, 360See, 2612 Space, Printworks, MoCP, ebersb9, Home, Vega Estates, Hyde Park Art Center...take your pick. Here's the lineup, yo.


Bowmanville –
Avram Eisen - 5202 N. Damen. Wanderer's Eyes, work by Sam Adams. Reception Fri 7/17, 5-9 PM. 7/17-7/29.

Bridgeport -
33 Collective Gallery - 1029 W. 35th St. RADIUS: group exibition of gallery artists. July 17 to August 14, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, July 17 from 7 - 10 pm

Chicago Art Matrix Gallery - 1029 W. 35th St. Adrienne Elise Tarver. July 17 to August 21, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, July 17 from 7 - 10 pm

Medicine Cabinet - 3216 Morgan. Nicholas Peterson, an installation. Fri., July 17, 7-11 p.m.

Second Bedroom - 3216 s. Morgan St. Apt 4R. That You Can Carry: New work by Allison Yasukawa. OPENING: FRIDAY,JULY 17, 7-11pm.

Bucktown -
360See - 1924 N. Damen. Fittingly, Works on and of Paper: group exibition of gallery artists. Reception Fri 7/17, 6-9 PM. 7/17-8/28.

Logan Square -
2612 Space - 2612 W Nelson St. Unusual Suspects, group show. Opening 8-11pm.

Century Guild - 3059 W. Logan. Nitrate and Kinogeists: An exhibition of Silent Film artworks: group shop. July 17-August 16.

River North -
Carl Hammer - 740 N. Wells. Underexposed, group show. Reception Fri 7/17, 6-8 PM. 7/17-8/29.

David Weinberg Gallery - 300 W Superior St. Framework: Sculpture by Bob Emser and photographs by David Weinberg. July 17 - August 29, 2009. Opening Reception Friday, July 17 from 5-8pm

Gallery KH - 311 W. Superior. Michael Fitts & Cristina Guerrero: New Works. Opening July 17th, 5-8pm. 7/17/09 – 9/8/09.

Printworks - 311 W. Superior #105. The Night Bookmobile, work by Audrey Niffeneggger. Reception Fri 7/17, 5-8 PM. 7/17-8/22.

Russell Bowman - 311 W. Superior #115. Masters of Self-Taught Art, group show. Reception Fri 7/17, 5:30-8 PM. 7/17-8/22.

South Loop –
MoCP - 600 S. Michigan. MP3II, an exhibition and subsequent publication of work by three contemporary photographers (Curtis Mann, Stacia Yeapanis, and John Opera) from the museum’s rotating collection, the Midwest Photographers Project. July 17-Sept. 13.

Streeterville -
Aldo Castillo - 675 N. Franklin. High Art: work by the artists of Deadline Projects. Reception Fri 7/17, 5:30-9 PM. 7/17-7/23.

West Loop -
Anne Loucks - 1046 W. Fulton Mkt. Group show: Mark Bowles, Eleanor Miller, and Larry Chait. 7/17-9/8

Carrie Secrist - 835 W. Washington. Ark: work by Matthew Brown. Reception Fri 7/17, 5-7 PM. 7/17-8/15.

ebersb9 - 1359 W. Chicago. Control c, control v: work by Eric Yahnker, Alexis Mackenzie, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Brion Nuda Rosch, Tobacco, Matt Irie, Hilary Pecis, Bjorn Copeland. Curated by Ryan Travis Christian.

Hermosa –
Art on Armitage - 4125 W. Armitage Ave. Cats Inspired
by Cats: installation by Laura Davis. Saturday, July 18, 5 - 8 pm

Hyde Park –
Home Gallery - 1407 E. 54th. The Diorama Show: Work by Elke Claus, Paul Durica, Anders Nilsen, Stan Shellabarger, Dutes Miller, Bert Stabler, and others. Reception Sat 7/18, 6-10 PM. 7/18-8/3.

Pilsen –
Chicago Art Department - 1837 South Halsted. 6 & 7 by Design Boner, work by Jessica Bartlett & Katie Brown. Opening 6-10pm.

Vega Estates - 723 W. 16th Street. Terence Hannum and Irena Knezevic. Opens Saturday, July 18th, 2009 6pm-10pm.

Ravenswood –
Lillstreet - 4401 N. Ravenswood. Drawn and Created, group show. Reception Sat 7/18, 3-6 PM. 7/18-8/16.

River North -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour: This week a representative from Addington Gallery will lead the tour to: Andrew Bae Gallery, Marx Saunders Gallery, Judy A Saslow Gallery and Addington Gallery. 11-12:30. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin

West Loop -
Thomas McCormick Gallery - 835 West Washington Blvd. Starbucks Saturday West Loop Gallery Tour: This week a representative from McCormick Gallery will lead the tour to: Peter Miller Gallery, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Carrie Secrist Gallery and McCormick Gallery. 1:30-3:00pm. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of W. Madison and N. Morgan Sts.

Hyde Park -
Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 South Cornell Avenue. 4 New Shows: Spellbound (work by Michele Feder-Nadoff, Lora Fosberg,Yvette
Kaiser Smith, John Miller) & Matthew Harris: Beyond China &Cody Hudson: Let's Do Some Living After We Die, & Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture curated by Front Forty Press. Receptions: Sunday, July 19, 3-5 pm

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Opening 7/10, 7/11 & 7/12

Sup ya'll. Man, Chicago sure likes to run on a feast or famine schedule, even during gallery "summer vacation." If you've never heard of the gallery "summer vacation," it was described to me by a New York gallerist art Art Chicago as 'the time everyone when everyone who buys art is gone to the Hamptons.' Well I was worried, but this week, my pretties, is at FEAST. There is literally too much good stuff for me to give it all shout-outs right here. If this could be every Friday, I'd be happy. List toppers: Catherine Edelman (go see your Chi-town photographers, including our own Shannon Benine, for those of you at the 'Tute), Dog vs. Cat extravaganza at Swimming Pool (with drunk artists and dog fashion, how could you go wrong), weird-ass tiny embroderies at the Compound in Pilsen, West Loop awesomeness with Packer Schopf, Spoke, 'n ThreeWalls...and that's only Friday. Saturday and Sunday have even more. Go fourth, schmooze, drink, rub shoulder, rub noses, go see some damn art!

Swimming Pool Project Space - 2858 W. Montrose. Dogcat: FBI (Feline Behavioral Institute) vs. Canine Fashion. Dog & cat related work. Dog fashion show at 9pm opening night. Reception Fri 7/10, 8-11 PM. 7/10-8/9.

Fermilab - Wilson Kirk Roads, Batavia. Art in the Abstract: work by Kate Friedman, Guy Bellaver, John Slavik, Shawn Slavik, and Ana Zanic. Reception Fri 7/10, 5-7 PM. 7/9-9/23.

Morpho - 5216 N. Damen. Emerging Artists Summer Exhibit, including work by Jose Romero Jr., Michelle Bates, Mays Mayhew, Beki Borman, Gesualdo Romero, Dan Hein, and many more. Reception Fri 7/10, 6-10 PM. 7/10-7/31.

Eastern Expansion - 244 W. 31st. Philosophical Husband-Tetsuo, sculpture instillation based on 90s Japanese movies. Reception Fri 7/10, 7-10 PM

Rotofugi - 1955 W. Chicago. Michelle Valigura: Slaphappy & Amanda Visell: Volcanoes for Beginners. Reception Fri 7/10, 7-10 PM. 7/10-7/31.

College of Lake County - 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Works on paper by Yumiko Irei-Gokce. 7/10/09 – 8/14/09.

Center on Halsted - 3656 North Halsted. Two show opening this weekend: David Simpson: Where do Gay People Come From? & Likalee: Likalee’s Bionic Heart. $5 suggested donation. Friday, July 10, 2009, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington St. Three shows opening: Tom Torluemke: After Glow, Stateless: New Work by Nicole Gordon & Twisted Ambience: An Installation by Nnenna Okore. Opening 6-8pm.

Finestra Art Space - 410 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 516. Most recent installment of "Integration = Form + Content + Context" featuring an installation of work by Eleanor Himmelfarb entitled "Painting by Halves." Opening reception on Friday, July 10th from 5 - 9 PM.

Second Floor Gallery - 410 South Michigan Avenue. Rich Lo: Evolution of a Landscape: from an organic to conceptual, social landscape. Opening reception 7-9pm.

Tall Grass Arts Association - 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest. Contemporary Sculpture. 7/10 – 9/14.

Chicago Arts District - 1945 S. Halsted, Ste. 101. 2nd FRIDAYS Gallery Night; 35 area galleries open 6-10pm

Compound, The - 1914 S Jefferson St. Embroideries, small work by Peter Frederiksen. Opening reception 6-10pm.

Logsdon 1909 Gallery - 1909 South Halsted Street. "Polymorphic Polymers" Plastics and Video Installations by Renee Shaw aka VJ Poppins. Artist reception and live video performance Friday, July 10th, 2009, 6PM - 10PM.

Fill in the Blank - 5038 N. Lincoln. A Similar Sound, rock posters by Sonnenzimmer, SuperKonductor, and Cricket Press among others. Reception Fri 7/10, 7-11 PM. 7/10-8/7.

Images Gallery - 1823 W. Wilson Ave. RavensHood: Art from the Corridor. Opening reception 6-9pm.

Andrew Bae Gallery – 300 W. Superior St. Announcing the arrival of three new artists, ABG will be hosting a three person show: Jin Yong Jeong, Myung Keun Koh, and collaborators Kyung Sook Koo & Ian Harvey. Opening 5-8pm.

Catherine Edelman Gallery – 300 W. Superior St. The Chicago Project III, including work by Shannon Benine, Philip Dembinski, Bill Guy, Eric Holubow, Julie Meridian, Jason Robinette, James Rotz, David Schalliol, Daniel Shea, Sarah Stonefoot, Leasha Overturf and Alan Thomas. Opening Friday July 10, 5-8 pm

Gruen Galleries - 226 W. Superior. Gallery 1: Connie Lloveras: New Works, paintings, Gallery 2: Group show featuring gallery artists, Gallery 3: African Art. 7/10 – 8/26

I Space - 230 West Superior St. 2nd Floor. FIELDWORK: work by MFAs Michael Collins, Matthew Crowther, Brandice Guerra, Steve
Kluempers, Michael Peyton, Ryan Thompson and Skot Wiedmann. Opening 7/10.

Jean Albano Gallery - 215 W. Superior. Cool: group show of gallery artists. Reception 5:30-7:30pm.

Judy Saslow - 300 W. Superior. Work by Dewey Blocksma, Jamin Jaddua, Krishaun Williams, Stanislov Holaf, and Heinrich Reisenbauer. Reception Fri 7/10, 5-8 PM. 7/10-8/1

Melanee Cooper - 740 N. Franklin. Theresa Handy and Jeremiah Ketner. Reception Fri 7/10, 5-8 PM. 7/10-8/28.

Perimeter Gallery - 210 W. Superior. Greg Murr: Watercolors. 7/10 – 9/3.

Roy Boyd - 739 N. Wells. Dan Ziembo. Reception Fri 7/10, 5-8 PM. 7/10-8/29.

Zg Gallery - 300 W. Superior St. Anna Jóelsdóttir: the dandelions are over, New Paintings & Installation. Opening Reception: FRIDAY, July 10th, 5:30-7:30pm. July 10 – August 15, 2009

Riverside Arts Center - 32 E. Quincy. Carol Phillips and Russell Prather. Reception Fri 7/10, 6-9 PM. 7/10-8/7.

Lenz Studio - 2114 W. Belmont. After the Rain: Tomas Janson, Marianna Kohl, Patricia Rosko, Vanessa Shinmoto, and Rebecca Welbes. Reception Fri 7/10, 5:30-10 PM. 7/10-7/26.

Packer Schopf Gallery - 942 W. Lake Street. SIZE MATTERS!!! features... Rebecca Ringquist, Mark Crisanti, Laurel Roth/Andy Diaz Hope (collaboration), Victoria Fuller, Jenn Wilson, Michael T. Rea, Jud Bergeron, Renee McGinnis, Don Cameron, Catherine Jacobi, David Hooker, Doug Smithenry & Krista Wortendyke - (re):media photographs. Artists' reception Friday from 5 - 8 PM. Friday Jul 10th, 2009

Spoke - 119 N. Peoria, Unit 3D. Please join Karolina Gnatowski for a one time performance of In Memory Of...A Love Story. Enjoy an evening of classic rock, whiskey, puppetry and bitter sweetness as K.G. performs a tragic tale of romance. Taking cues from popular culture, Polish folklore, and psychedelic stage shows k.g. will illustrate the love between herself and her MacBook computer in a star studded pageant. Performance starts at 7:00 sharp. Open from 6-9pm.

ThreeWalls – 119 N. Peoria. Summer Residents Exhibition: Women in Performance. Work by CamLab, Kang-hyun Ahn, Gitte Bog and Susan Lee-Chun. Opens Friday 7/10.

Spudnik Press - 1821 W. Hubbard, suite 308. Resident artists Paul Nudd and Onsmith present Onsmith Dog Stew & Monkey Nudd Wine. Reception Fri 7/10, 6-10 PM. 7/10-8/6

University of Illinois at Chicago African-American Cultural Center - Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted #207. Damon Lamar Reed: Crowne Royal. Reception Fri 7/10, 5-8 PM, artist talk at 6:30 PM. 7/1-7/31.

Silver Room - 1442 N. Milwaukee. Jiba Molei Anderson: The Afrosoul Chronicles. Reception Fri 7/10, 7-11 PM. 7/10-8/10.

Eel Space - 2846 W North Ave #1A. Silent Auction: There will be work by Rebecca Schoenecker, Valerie Snobeck, Maria Gaspar, Ryan Richey, Jason Pallas, Alex Chitty, Geoffrey Hamerlinck, Madeleine Bailey, Stephanie Nadeau, Katharine Lion, Andrew Neher, Kristina Paabus, Jessica Taylor, and many others. 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Mini Dutch - 3111 W Diversey Pkwy, first floor. Selections From the Fabio-Mueller Collection. Mini Dutch is closing it’s doors. Come by and see selections from the collection of gallery owner Lucia Fabio. Opening reception 7-10pm.

Corbett vs. Dempsey - 1120 N. Ashland. Group Show: Big Youth - New Painters from Chicago. Opening reception 5-9pm.

Roots and Culture - 1034 N. Milwaukee. Nah Pop No Style: Work by painters from Baltimore and Providence. Reception Sat 7/11, 6-9 PM. 7/11-8/15.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour: This week a representative from Ann Nathan Gallery will lead the tour to Roy Boyd Gallery, Byron Roche Gallery, Habatat Galleries and Ann Nathan Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM; 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin. FREE.

Tony Wight Gallery - 119 North Peoria Street, #2C. Antoine Catala: Couple in a Garden. No opening reception, show begins Saturday 7/11/09.

Around the Coyote - 1815-25 W Divison St. Group Show: 2nd Annual Joseph Frasca Memorial Works on Paper Juried Exhibition. Opening reception 6-9pm.

Experimental Sound Studio - 5925 N. Ravenswood. Sunday Solos: Tim Daisy. $10 suggested donation, $7 students and ESS members. 2pm.

Evanston Art Center – 2603 Sheridan Rd., Evanston. Evanston Art Center's 2009 Faculty Exhibition. July 12- August 9, 2009. Opening Reception, Sunday, July 12, 1-3:30 p.m.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center - 927 Noyes, Evanston. Mary Porterfield: Life Sentences. Reception Sun 7/12, 3-5 PM, 7/8-8/31.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Opening 7/3, 7/4 & 7/5

All right ya'll...the word of the week is lean, as in lean meat, Lean Cuisine, sparse, barren, etc. WTF? Are we really giving 4th of July weekend over to Taste(lessness) of Chicago and a bunch of half assed explosions at Navy Pier? I would think not,but looking at the line up, it is sadly looking like it. I hope ya'll know that if you want stuff listed here you have to let me know about it, by either sending me the info, or posting it somewhere on line. I've notices a marked decline on in event/opening listings on many of the online data bases I check for info. If you build it, the won't come! I ain't the ghost of Shoeless Joe, damn it. You must tell them if you want them to come. Ok, that's enough of my whining. Ya want to know where to go? No? Ok, move onto the list. Yes? Read on...CO-PRO! There are a million people showing at the SALAD-CHURCH-EXERCISE event. Be there (to eat salad) or be square. And for your Sunday church skipping, I'd head for Julius Caesar or Ben Russell. Just a thought. Go fourth and prosper, my art hungry friends!

East Rogers Park -
Mess Hall - 6932 N. Glenwood. Mike Wolf, COME, AND THEY WILL BUILD IT (with your help): making your own residency circuit. FRIDAY, July 3, 7:00p-10:00p.

Loop -
Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington. After-Glow, Collage and watercolors by Tom Torluemke. July 3-Sept. 27

West Loop -
Architrouve - 1433 W. Chicago. This Is 606, Photos by Ray Pride of the "606" zip code. Reception Fri 7/3, 6-9 PM. 7/3-8/2.

Wicker Park -
Flat Iron Arts Building - 1579 N. Milwaukee. Flat Iron Artists' Association Presents Wicker Park/Bucktown First Fridays, 6-10pm

Bridgeport -
Co-Prosperity Sphere - 3219 S. Morgan. SALAD-CHURCH-EXERCISE: A show about self-improvement through self-denial. Featuring work by: Michael Bancroft, Noah Berlatsky, Dayton Castleman, CThrough Outfit, Chelsea Culp, Derek Erdman, Gina Grafos, Jacob C. Hammes, Jaime Lynn Henderson, Hideous Beast, Thaddeus Kellstadt, Paul Mack, Rachel Pollak, Oliverio Rodriguez, Christopher Santiago, Dewayne Slightweight, Edra Soto, Bert Stabler, Matthew Steinke, Susannah Kite Strang. Curated by Bert Stabler. Opening Saturday, July 4, 2009, 2-6 pm. Massive salad potluck-come hungry!

East Rogers Park -
Mess Hall - 6932 N. Glenwood. COMMUNITY SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOPS. No experience necessary, come and learn. SATURDAY, July 4, 12:00p-4:00p.

Noble Square -
Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3. Jason Adasiewicz, solo vibraphone. Saturday, July 4, 2009, 2 p.m.

Deerfield -
Brushwood Gallery - 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield. Locally Grown: Mixed media exhibition featuring work by Beverly Behrens, Dan Brinkmeier, Vicky Tesmer, Estelle Srivijittakar; Opening reception on Sunday, July 5 from 1-3pm

East Garfield Park -
Julius Cæsar - 3144 West Carroll Avenue, 2G. Hear Here: Kaylee Rae Wyant and Jerome Acks III. July 5-26, 2009. Opens Sunday.

East Rogers Park -
Mess Hall - 6932 N. Glenwood. PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP w/Mike Wolf. Making paper out of corn husks. No experience necessary, come and learn. SUNDAY, July 5,12:00p-6:00p:

Pilsen -
BEN RUSSELL - 1716 S Morgan #2F. BEN RUSSELL presents BEN RUSSELL: RUSE. Including work by MARCO KANE BRAUNSCHWEILER and MARTINE SYMS, PAUL CHAN, MIGUEL CORTEZ, ROXANE HOPPER and JULIE RUDDER, KELLY KACZYNSKI. The performance "NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN" by Roxane Hopper and Julie Rudder will be presented once at 9pm during the opening reception. Paul Chan's video "RE:_THE OPERATION" will only be screened on the 5th of July. July 5 to July 26, 2009. Opening reception: 6-10 pm, July 5, 2009.

Streeterville -
Museum of Contemporary Art - 220 E Chicago Ave. SPECIAL CLOSING PERFORMANCE: Jen & Ira & You at the MCA Meet Buckminster Fuller Meeting the Hippies in Golden Gate Park: A Re-Performance. Sunday, July 5, 2 pm, free with museum admission.