Friday, October 30, 2009

Opening this Weekend (10/30-11/1)

HALLOWEEN! I fucking love Halloween. This year Jeriah and I are going out as bats with White-Nose Disease. But that is unimportant to ya'll. I'm rather busy, so that's as much jolly banter as you get this week.

Friday 30 –
FR Works on Paper - 1513 N. Western Ave. Uncommon Times, Common Places. 10/30-12/1. Reception 5-8pm.

Smart Museum of Art - 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Soul of the Heartland: Chicago Religion, Nature, and Food. Reception 12pm.

Temple Sholom of Chicago - 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. Penny Feuerstein. Reception 5:30 pm.

Chicago Photography Center - 3301 N. Lincoln Ave. Means Without End. Reception 6:30pm.

Homey Gallery - 3656 N. Lincoln. Special reception for Lionel Treboit. Reception 6-9pm. RSVP required.

Sullivan Galleries - 33 S State St. 1) Keeping Still: Jolie Cota Flink, Kate Roger, & Anthony Creeden 2) Fall Undergraduate Exhibition. 10/30-11/14. Reception 7-9pm.

Gallery KH - 311 W. Superior St. Uncommon Times, Common Places, work by Scott Addis. Reception 5-8pm.

Roy Boyd - 739 N. Wells. Metamorphoses, work by Brigitte Riesebrodt. 10/30/09-1/5/10. Reception 5-8pm.

Columbia College - 1104 South Wabash, 8th fl. Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas: Lecture and Book Signing. One time event, 6pm.

Ogilvie/Pertl - 435 E. Illinois #151. Common Layers: New Work by Shawn and John Slavik. Reception 5:30pm.

REpose Gallery - 435 East Illinois Street, Ste. 130 & 131. Derivatives, group exibition. 10/30-11/27. Reception 6-9pm.

Avram Eisen - 5202 N. Damen. Colette Wright Adams and Janet Metzger. 10/30-11/24. Reception 5-10pm.

ebersmoore – 213 N Morgan, #3C. Rob Carter: Stone on Stone. 10/30-11/28. Reception: 6-9pm.

Spoke Gallery – 119 N. Peoria St. Pencils2Pixels: Design Show. 10/16-10/31. Closing reception 5-9pm.

St. Paul's Cultural Center - 2215 W. North Ave. Exquisite: A Series of Corpses. One night event: 7-10pm.

Saturday 31 –
Art On Armitage - 4125 W. Armitage Ave. Pate Conaway: Weave & Lucia Herrera: Day of the Dead Altar. Reception 3-7pm.

Gallery Provocateur - 2125 N. Rockwell. Hellraiser, work by Clive Barker, Richard Haugh, Gigi Gross, and others. 10/31/09-1/31/10.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 750 N Franklin St. Saturday Gallery Tour: Schneider Gallery, Andrew Bae Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery and Jean Albano Gallery. Corner of Chicago and Franklin. 11am-12:30pm.

Andrew Rafacz Gallery - 835 W. Washington Blvd.

Parking Space - 1448 N Leavitt St. Helter Sculpture, group exhibition. Reception 4pm.

Sunday 1 –
Brushwood Gallery Ryerson Woods - 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield. William Marvin: Wild Grace. 11/1 – 12/22.

Spertus Museum - 610 S. Michigan Ave. Artist Talk: Jason Lazarus. One time event, lecture begins at 1pm.

ThreeWalls – 119 N. Peoria. Lecture by Anthony Elms, part of “In Search of the Mundane.”

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Snack Time!

Saturday, 10/24

Home: Home is perhaps the most aptly-named apartment gallery in Chicago; every time I visit (okay, this was my second time) I have felt like I was being welcomed into the abode of a dear friend, albeit one I just met. The snacks here truly transcend the best-case expectation of gallery nibbles, and are a real cornucopia. I can't possibly hope to remember everything, there was so much, but Steph took a picture!

Reviewing the picture, I remember now: they had freakin' EDAMAME! Who has edamame at an art opening? Home Gallery, that's who! Best gallery snack EVER! (Except for that one time Aron Packer ordered pizza, which was a crazy one-time fluke that I still don't understand. And this time I had steak tartar at an opening in Baltimore, which is even less explicable.) Three types of cheese, and crackers to carry the cheese! All of them good! Two awesome hard cheeses, maybe Parmesan and/or Romano and/or something else, plus crazy freakin' soft cheese...was it chevre? Bri bri, you want chevre? Lover?

Olives, grapes, and apples! I was like a Roman Emperor! Hey wait, I see a fourth cheese in the picture! I think that's brie. I don't remember that one. And in the distance I think those are blue corn chips and salsa. I think I ate some but I honestly don't remember, there was so much. (Steph enjoyed the blue corn chips, they are all she ate here.)

Home Gallery, for the second time now, you have truly blown me away with your delicious snacks. I wish I had more time to stay and enjoy your snacks, and just hang out. I also wish I hadn't just eaten an Italian sandwich from Potbelly; I would have skipped dinner if I'd known your snacks were going to be so awesome. As it was I had a bunch anyway and got my bloat on.

secondBEDROOM and Medicine Cabinet: The kitchen table had a paper sign on it, reading "BEER," with an arrow pointed at the fridge. The clear invitation to take beer from the fridge was greatly appreciated. There were several choices; we opted for the Miller High Life because the case was already open and it came in a camo can, though not the Realtree-type we enjoyed on our Busch at Knob Creek. Thanks for the beer!

Barbara and Barbara: AWESOME SNACKS! There were two basic zones of snack distribution here. We hit the back room first, where wine was served (sadly I abstained as I was driving, but Steph enjoyed a glass of red; they put her name on her cup so as to avoid waste and confustion). The back room also featured chips, guacamole, salsa, crackers and if I remember correctly, hummus. There was definitely hummus in the front room, both roasted red pepper and plain I think, as well as FREAKIN MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES!!! HOLY CRAP!!! These were awesome, and Steph was an even bigger fan of them than I was! Thanks for all the snacks, B&B! You do really love us!

MVSEVM: I saw people drinking beers, but it was pretty packed back towards the kitchen from where they might have been getting them (and where there might have been snacks), so although I attended this gallery, I have to rate its snack time performance as a total mystery.

Sunday, 10/25

Sunday, Stephanie and I went to the West Carrol Studio Building, where our good friend Annie Heckman had invited us to show our work in the hallway outside her studio. There were lots of snacks! Also, I showed this painting.

Annie had a veggie tray with dip, Halloween Oreos that were "immediately consumed" (Steph's phrase, I didn't even see 'em), chips, the "big two" types of hummus (again, roasted red pepper and regular), wasabi peas, honey roasted peanuts, and probably a bunch of other stuff I don't remember. Later, Dan Godston showed up with dried apricots and pineapple, chocolate, and maybe some other stuff. The other studios had lots of great snacks, too! There were Sun Chips and other chips and guac and so on.

Katrina Chamberlin had a pretty amazing spread, including cheesecake! Man, I love cheesecake so much! Somehow I resisted the temptation to plow face-first into the dish and eat the whole thing right in front of everyone without even using my hands. In fact, I somehow avoided having any of it at all, which let me tell you, I'm not sure why that happened. Was it the big, heavy glass lid over the dish? Was it the blessing I saw her performing while serving that, that made me reluctant to just dig in? I'm not sure. Katrina, why didn't I eat your cheesecake?

According to our host, Annie Heckman, the landlord had requested that no alcohol be served to visitors. Let me state, for the record, that Annie conscientiously obeyed this edict. The response to this policy by others present, however, reminded me of the following passage from Special Warfare, Special Weapons, by Kevin Dockery:

"As we were getting down into the firing position, the [Marine] Lieutenant sounded off. 'There will be no automatic fire on this range,' he said. 'Everything will be semiautomatic fire only.' That was a big of a mistake on his part.

'Lock and load one magazine. Ready on the left? Ready on the right? Ready on the firing line! Shooters, you may commence fire!' We all just raised our heads a little bit and looked up and down at each other. At the command 'Commence fire' all of us switched over to automatic and let that magazine rip. The Lieutenant immediately confiscated all of the weapons and threw us off the base."

When the West Carroll Studio Building open studios closed at 7:00, Steph and I followed Dan Godston over to his place at the Switching Station Artist's Lofts, so I could pick up a piece I'd left with him for the Synesthetic Plan of Chicago. We got there and some guy yelled, "Hey Dan, come get something to eat!" Dan invited us to join him, and so after I picked up my piece, we heaped up paper plates with chicken stir-fry, spaghetti and meatballs, salad, chips, and dip. (There was also something like peach pie with whipped topping, but man, I made the classic mistake of gorging myself and not leaving room for dessert!) So that's how the night ended, with me stuffing my face full of meatballs etc. while Dan gave us a tour of the building. Thanks, Dan!

Man, there are a lot of great snacks out there. And there's a lot of great art, too. So get out there, get your drunk on (but please, not if you're driving!), and get yourself some snacks. And see some art! It's good for you!

This is Jeriah, last surviving officer of the Nostromo, signing off.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Criticism Is Needed In Chicago, Perhaps?

Ok, all you out there in TV land, here is your chance to have your voice heard. I know this sounds pretentious, but shut the fuck up, I'm actually trying to help. So...I've talked to a lot of the up and coming, emerging, young, what-ever-you-want-to-call-us, people, and it seems like what people are wanting is criticism. Not fluff, not "here is the show I went to, and here is a soft opinion", and not "this is fucking stupid hipster art, avoid this place at all costs" slander, but actually some thoughtful, critical, and necessarily harsh/objective criticism. Is this what you people actually want? Huh? Is it? Well FUCKING SAY SO!

When I say "criticism," I mean the type of criticism which meets the following criteria:

1. Balanced, in that it gives each work of art a fair shake, rather than plain fluff or mean-spirited dismissal,

2. Grounded in at least a passing knowledge of art history, catching significant references and noting notable precedents,

3. Intelligent, logical, reasoned, and researched, advancing propositions and supporting them with evidence or arguments, rather than simply stating one's taste or opinion,

4. Contextualized within the local art scene, and informed by an awareness thereof, for example Chicago's rich assortment of apartment galleries and alternative spaces, the differences in character between neighborhoods, etc.

For examples of the type of criticism I am talking about, see the writings of Jerry Saltz, Donald Kuspit, Lori Waxman, Dominique Nahas, Clement Greenberg, Dave Hickey, etc. Since I imagine I would have a hard time getting these people to come out to every opening I list, on account of their being too busy, too geographically distant, or too dead, the criticism would be written not by these famous names, but by our peers: local Chicago artists, emergent critics and curators, and intelligent and eloquent folk who are just plain interested in art.

There is a major lack of art criticism in this city, I understand that, and it sucks. We have very few actual professional critics, and those we do have on the books don't have the time or the interest in looking at and talking about the vast majority of the art out there. Do you want that to change? Well, say so. As some of you may know, I run not only this blog, but I also write for Bad at Sports, as well as managing the Friday Night Army, a group of people who write about art for Art Talk Chicago and Chicago Art Map. If there is a call for more criticism, ACTUAL CRITICISM, that isn't going to result in juvenile retribution (it has happened), I can make that happen. I just want to know, do you want it? This is as blog, comment, let me know. I want to help the Chicago art scene, that's why I started this shit. So....?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Snack Time!

By Jeriah Hildwine, Snack Enthusiast

Art does not follow the supply-and-demand model of other economies; rather, individual artists and galleries compete with one another in a sort of reverse economy, where they vie for the attention of the viewing public, whose attention creates the value that allows some artists to command incredible prices for their artworks, while others would be hard pressed to give their work away. Therefore, galleries often host opening receptions, intended to generate interest in the work on exhibit. While commercial galleries are primarily seeking to attract the attention of collectors, the attention-based model of the art market requires that they chum the waters, encouraging visitors and viewers far larger in number than the relatively few collectors who might actually purchase a work of art.

An opening (or in some cases closing) reception is generally hosted on a Friday evening, and certain conventions are commonplace: there is no pressure to buy, no sales pitch, just an open invitation to come in and look at the work. It's usually crowded, often with people you know, if only from other art openings. And sometimes, there's snacks.

The refreshments served at an art opening may or may not tell you anything about the gallery and the art. Booze is commonplace. The traditional offering of a choice of red or white wine is standard in River North, and is common in the West Loop and elsewhere. Beer is more common in the West Loop, in other neighborhoods, and in alternative spaces, apartment galleries, non-profits, etc. Grolsch sponsors some art spaces, providing them with beer to serve, particularly in the galleries on Peoria in the West Loop.

Aside from the booze, some galleries offer non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks. While beverages are standard, the offering of snacks is more hit-or-miss. Many galleries offer no snacks at all; when offered, they can range from a bowl of peanuts to an elaborate buffet; Nicole Gallery practically fed everyone dinner on the season opening night.

Last night saw a number of apartment galleries and project spaces, which are sort of a separate animal when it comes to refreshments. I've come to expect (and much appreciate) a can of macrobrew lager as the standard beverage offering at an apartment gallery. The four spaces we visited last night ran the who gamut of snack offerings, from the simple can of beer to some pleasant surprises.

Antena had a large and chaotic setup; numerous assorted bottles of wine featured prominently. It appeared that there was also Old Style and some sort of cookie-like snack items. Stephanie and I each had a different type of red wine, both of which were fine, but neither of which I remember. The cups were large but we didn't have much as we had to drive.

Ebersmoore, formerly ebersb9 but now renamed and relocated to a beautiful (and much larger) space in the West Loop, served Old Style, the local favorite. This is what I've come to think of as the standard apartment gallery offering. I appreciate it: it's democratic, populist, it says, "We're not trying to be a blue-chip gallery, we want to be a more approachable space for the common viewer." It's unpretentious, down-to-earth, and in touch with its audience.

Concertina Gallery, a curator-run exhibition space in Logan Square, served Pabst Blue Ribbon. I associate PBR with the West Coast; when I was in college in California, PBR and Olympia were the cheap party beers of choice. (Natural Ice was generally regarded as inferior; we called it "Snatchral.") In graduate school at MICA in Baltimore, it was National Bohemian ("Natty Boh"), and here in Chicago Old Style seems to reign supreme. Concertina's offering of PBR was a pleasant blast from my past. And Frank would approve:

Come on. I wancha to meet a frienda mine.
Raymond, get enough beer for Ben too.

Okay Frank.

(to Jeffrey)
What kinda beer do you like?

(just says it)


Last but far from least, Noble and Superior Projects, a new apartment gallery opening its inaugural exhibition, apparently knows the importance both of making a good first impression, and of snacks. In addition to the de rigeur selection of red and white wine, they served Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer, quite a good beer despite its self-deprecating name. It's gotten mixed reviews but I thought it was certainly a refreshing change of pace from the usual canned lagers and fliptop Grolsch I associate with "gallery beers." For non-alcoholic selections they had two-liter bottles of seltzer and what might have been ginger ale.

Not only did Noble and Superior offer a better-than-average beverage selection, they also served an array of snacks, both sweet and savory. For sweets there were cookies (possibly sugar cookies), and savory snacks included peanuts (both dry roasted and honey glazed), baby carrots, three types of crackers (Triscuits, Cheez-Its, and water bicuits), and three types of cheese (a flavorful medium cheddar, a pepper jack, and another mild white cheese). I tried everything and found the Triscuit-and-cheddar combination most compelling. Aspiring apartment galleries could do far worse than to follow Noble and Superior's example.

Of course, it's ultimately about the art, but snacks and booze don't hurt. They're the consolation prize when the work on show is sub-par, and they facilitate our enjoyment when the work is top-notch. While galleries, whether commercial, apartment, or otherwise, rightly place their primary focus on displaying work in line with their curatorial vision, their offerings of snacks and booze are an important secondary consideration. I hope to continue to review the snacks offered by the art spaces I visit in the future, on a more-or-less weekly basis. Get out there, see some art, get your drunk on, and eat some snacks!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Opening this friggin weekend: 10/23-10/25

So apparently the stars have aligned for apartment galleries, because, I shit you not, there are 7 of the opening (and closing) this weekend. My goal, as an amusement and 'cus I haven't been to some of 'em. Now, perhaps there is some apartment gallery consortium in Chicago that I don't know about that plans these things and all of you out there in TV land muffling laughter at my unawareness of this "weekend of the apartment" but whatever. Here's ya'lls crawl. Keep the change, ya filthy animal.

Friday 23rd
Greenleaf Art Center - 1806 W. Greenleaf Ave. control Z, work by Karen Perl. Reception 6pm.

Floating World - 1925 N. Halsted. Luminous Form, work by Yozo Hamaguchi. 10/23-11/30. Reception 6-10pm.

Concertina Gallery - 2351 N. Milwaukee Ave. Australia, work by Anthea Behm & Aron Gent. 10/23-11/15. Reception 7-10pm.

Irish American Heritage Center - 4626 N Knox Ave. Samhain/Day of the Dead: Artists' Ofrendas. 10/23-11/15. Reception 6-9pm.

UIC Medical Campus - 835 S. Wolcott. Gestures, work by Rine Boyer. Reception 6-9pm.

Antenna - 1765 S. Laflin Street 1R. Zombie: A Mindless Affair, created by Edra Soto & Irene Perez on the Project Wall Space. 10/23-11/21. Reception 6-10pm.

Anne Loucks Gallery - 1046 W Fulton Market. Images, work by Dennis Campay. 10/23-12/8. Reception 5-8pm.

Rhona Hoffman Gallery - 118 N Peoria St. Fred Sandback. 10/23-12/19. Reception 5-7:30pm.

Thomas Robertello - 939 W Randolph St. Stream, work by John Delk. 10/23-12/5. Reception 5-8pm.

Noble & Superior Projects - 1418 W Superior St. Double Fantasy, work by Ivan Lozano and Kate Brock. 10/23-11/18. Reception 6-10pm.

Heaven Gallery - 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd fl. The Yield: 2009 Resident Exhibition. Reception 7pm.

Saturday 24th
Swimming Pool Project Space - 2858 W. Montrose. John Chiara and Sean McFarland. 10/24-11/29. Reception 6-10pm.

secondBEDROOM + medicine cabinet - 3216 S. Morgan St. Apt 4R. After Effects, work by Thad Kellstadt in the secondBEDROOM & Side Effects, work by Jesse Mclean in the medicine cabinet. Reception 7-11pm.

April 7s Custom Frame Shop - 2636 W Chicago Ave. Fragments From The Future, work by Jason Brammer. 10/24/09-1/7/10. Reception 7-11pm.

Barbara & Barbara - 1021 N. Western. The Trunk Show, group show. Reception 7-10pm.

MVSEVM – 1626 N. California #2. 2.10242009, group show. 10/24-11/14. Reception 6-10pm.

Home Gallery - 1407 E. 54th. Deedee Davis and Casey Roberts. 10/24-11/15. Reception 6-9pm.

Murphy Hill Gallery - 3333 W Arthington St. Frederick Ross Owens & Everett C. Williams. Closing reception 5-10pm.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 750 N Franklin St. Gallery Tour: Perimeter Gallery, Melanee Cooper Gallery, Russell Bowman Art Advisory and Habatat Galleries. Meet at Starbucks at the corner of Chicago and Franklin. 11am-12:30pm.

Zygman Voss - 222 W. Superior. Aliza Nahor. 10/24-11/30.

Sunday 25th
East Garfield Park Art Walk and Open Studios – Garfield Park. Open studios at Switching Station Artist Lofts: 15 S. Homan (at Madison), Albany Carroll Artist Studios: 319 N. Albany, West Carroll Artist Studios: 3200 W. Carroll, 3311 Carroll Artist Building: 3322 W. Carroll & Arthur Swirgon, Ltd: 320 S. California. One day event 12-7pm.

Golden Gallery - 816 W Newport Ave. Marginal Waters, work by Doug Ischar. Closing reception 3pm.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Opening 10/15, 10/16, 10/17

Hey ya'll. Sorry about the lack of links (there aren't going to be any today either), but I am a busy-ass person, so some things fall by the wayside. I'll try to pick it back up in the future (hell, if a get drunk and inspired tonight, I may come back and do it). But that is beside the point. Kentucky went AWESOME, for those of you who are curious. The dude I tazed (recreationally, of course) last year was there, we hung out and drank some beer (RealTree camoed Busch, to be exact) while his buddies started their camp fire with road flairs. I love Kentucky. But this is also beside the point. ART, that's the point, right? It's still Chicago Artist Month, for whatever that's worth (not a lot in my book, just seems like a excuse to trot out lame dog and pony shows without a lot of actual benefit to the art community, but why do I got to be a hater?), so there is still a glut of stuff going on. Here's your list, my friends. If you see me out this weekend and I yell something obscene at you, don't worry, it's just Kentucky wearing off. Did I mention I love Kentucky?

The List!

Friday – 16th
33 Collective - 1029 W. 35th. Interaction, group show. 10/16-11/14. Reception 7-10pm.

4Art - 1029 W. 35th Street #403. 404 Error: File Not Found, group show. 10/16-11/1. Reception 7-10pm.

Art Matrix Gallery - 1029 W. 35th. St. 3rd Fl. Mays Mayhew. Reception 7-10pm.

Co-Prosperity Sphere - 3219 S. Morgan St. Jenni Rope and Friends. Reception 7-10pm.

East Bank Artist Studios - 1200 W 35th St. Collective Conversations in Clay: Merging Media, group show. 10/16-10/17. Reception 6-10pm.

Eastern Expansion - 244 W. 31st St. Snowbirds, work by Ryan Mandell. 10/16-11/12. Reception 6-9pm.

Zhou B Art Center - 1029 W. 35th. Communicate, work by Myke Adams. 10/16-11/14. Reception 7-10pm.

65Grand - 1378 W Grand Ave. David Corbett. 10/16-11/14. Reception 7-10pm.

Gallery 1837 - 1837 W Grand Ave. Flora and Fauna, work by Sharon Bladholm. 10/16-12/4. Reception 6-9pm.

Art Center Highland Park, The - 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park. Day of the Dead, group show & As the Spirit Moves You, curated by Aldo Castillo. 10/16-11/13. Reception 6:30-9pm.

Northeastern Illinois University Art Gallery - 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. Fast Forward, group show. 10/5-10/30. Reception 6-9pm.

Smart Museum of Art - 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Space + Values = Place: Building a Sense of Place in Chicago Poetry, discussion with Bill Savage. Talk at 12pm.

Art Institute of Chicago – Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan. Contemporary Art at the AIC: Case Studies of Selected Works on View, a group lecture with Donna DeSalvo, Theodora Vischer, Joan Simon, Carroll Dunham, Briony Fer, Richard Powell, Ana Maria Torres. Lecture from 10:30am-5pm.

Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - 100 W Randolph St., 2nd Fl. An Offering of Beauty to the Living and Dead, work by Julie Wishmeyer. 10/15-10/17. Reception 9am-3pm.

Corbett vs. Dempsey - 1120 N. Ashland, 3rd fl. The Murmur of Pearls, work by Gina Litherland. 10/16-11/20. Reception 5-9pm.

National Museum of Mexican Art - 1852 West 19th St. Rastros y Cronicas: the Women of Juarz, group show. 10/16/09-2/14/10. Reception 6-8pm.

Prospectus - 1210 W. 18th. Made in Pilsen IV, group show. 10/16-12/20. Reception 5-10pm.

Addington Gallery - 704 N. Wells St. Counterpoint, work by Julia Katz and Joan Holleb. 10/16-11/20. Reception 5-8pm.

Carl Hammer Gallery - 740 N. Wells St. Kilroy’s Delight, work by CJ Pyle. 10/16-11/28. Reception 5:30-8pm.

Gruen Galleries - 226 W. Superior. Venice, work by Tom Parish. 10/16-11/18. Reception 5-8pm.

I Space - 230 W. Superior St., 2nd fl. Made in China, work by Erik M. Hemingway and Allison Warren. 10/16-11/14. Reception 5-7pm.

Judy Saslow - 300 W. Superior. Band of Outsiders, work by Clyde Angel, Christine Sefolosha, and Michael Smith. 10/16-12/1. Reception 5-8pm.

Perimeter - 210 W. Superior St. Dollface, work by Lia Cook & Waves of Thought, work by Vanessa L. Smith. 10/16-11/14. Reception 5-8pm.

Printworks - 311 W. Superior St. #105. Drawings by Robert Schultz. 10/16-11/28. Reception 5-7:30pm.

Stephen Daiter - 311 W. Superior #408. Private Views - Public Spaces, work by Barbara Crane. 10/16-12/12. Reception 5-8pm.

Woman Made Gallery - 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Beatrice Fisher & Mirando al Sur: Looking South. 10/16-11/12. Reception 6-9pm.

Aldo Castillo - 675 N. Franklin St. Surfaces, work by Lorna Marsh. 10/16-11/28. Reception 5:30-8:30pm.

Linda Warren Gallery - 1052 W. Fulton Market. Cine Ave, work by Emmett Kerrigan & FRONT PORCH DISASTERS AND OTHER OPEN SECRETS, work by Lora Fosberg (in the Project Room). 10/16-11/28. Reception 6-9pm.

Packer Schopf Gallery – 942 W. Lake St. As the World Burns, work by David Buckingham & Allegiance, work by Jerry Bleem & Damn Nation, work by Curtis Readel. Reception 5-8pm.

ThreeWalls – 119 N. Peoria. New Knowledge, an opening event for In Search of the Mundane, work by Randall Szott and InCUBATE. 10/16-11/8. Trivia from 6-9pm.

Western Exhibitions - 119 N. Peoria St. Superfreaks, work by Eric Lebofsky & A Wildness of Edges, work by Melissa Oresky. 10/16-11/13. Reception 5-8pm.

Eyeporium Gallery - 1543 N Milwaukee Ave. The Dolls of “J”, work by Joyce Owens, JoJo Baby, and Joe Mazza. 10/16-11/7. Reception 7-9pm.

Heaven Gallery – 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Fl. NOTICE – CLOSED. 9/25-10/17. Closing reception 6-9pm.

Saturday – 17th
Art In My Back Yard - 4201 N. Elston Ave. BUY LAND, group exhibition. 10/2-10/30. Reception 12-4pm.

Know Art Gallery - 3036 N. Sawyer. Empowerment and Transformation, work by Camilo Quitze Quintana, Rene R. MontaƱez, Iris Iris Pasic, Liz Farias, Julia Rochholz and Tracy Kostenbader. 10/17-10/31. Reception 1-6pm.

Palette and Chisel - 1012 North Dearborn St. HUB: Converging Divergence, work by Anastasia Mak, Benton Lenz, Brad Pogatetz, Deirdre Fox, Helena Engel, and Peter Gray. Reception 5:30-8:30pm.

He Said-She Said - 216 North Harvey Avenue, Oak Park. Carroll Dunham: Drawings. 10/17-11/14. Reception 6-8pm.

Antenna - 1765 S. Laflin Street 1R. Pilsen Open Studios: work by Jenny Priego, Miguel Cortez, Jaime Mendoza. 10/17-10/18. Reception 12-7pm.

Colby Gallery - 1626 W. 18th St. Contemporary Cuban Visions, group exibition. 10/17-11/17. Reception 11am-8pm.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour: Byron Roche Gallery, Judy A Saslow Gallery, Carl Hammer Gallery and Addington Gallery. Meet at Chicago & Franklin. Tour from 11am-12:30pm.

Nicole Gallery - 230 W. Huron St. Sapphire and Crystals: Routes to Roots, group show. 10/16-12/12. Reception 4-7pm.

Sunday - 18th
Experimental Sound Studio - 5925 N. Ravenswood Ave. Sunday Solos: Jason Adasiwicz. Performance at 2pm.

Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S. Cornell Ave. (Re)Collect, group show. 10/18/09-2/14/10.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hey there all ya'll out in TV land. Sorry I haven't said much to ya in a while, I've been busy. So, supposedly it's "Chicago Artist Month." Now in a city that prides itself on the sheer number of "festivals" it can cram into a year (no matter how mind-numbingly trite), this kind of feels like National Chili Month, or National Ergonomics Month (which, I'll have you know, October is as well). But whatever, don't look a cheesy gift festival in the mouth, right? There is a lot of art going on. Quite a line up for the weekend. Check out Packer Schopf on Sunday if you want to see some staples of the Chi Art community trotting out there wares (I mean this is the best way possible). Unfortunately (well, ok, fortunately, I'm really excited), I am making my annual pilgrimage to the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot this weekend, so I won't be around for the fun. Drink a plastic cup of cheap wine for me, and remember kids, DON'T SPILL BOOZE ON THE ART!

Friday 10/9

Avram Eisen - 5202 N. Damen. Muses Etcetera, work by Bert Menco and Danny Mansmith. 10/9-10/28. Reception 5-9pm.

Morpho - 5216 N. Damen. Ian Sherwin and Peggy McNamara. 10/9-10/30. Reception 6-9pm.

Garage Spaces - 1337 N Maplewood Ave. Garage Spaces opens with Stolen, work by Roberto Cardenas, Bert Stabler, Mike Bancroft, Maria Perkovic, Evan Plummer, Bridget Bancroft, Alex Inglizian, Gabriel Carrasquillo, Experimental Sound Studio Artists, and more. Reception 5-10pm.

Storefront Studios - 1138 N. California Ave. Virtue Real. Reception 6-9pm.

Center on Halsted - 3656 N. Halsted. Virtual Rainbow. 10/9-11/15. Reception 6:30-9:30 pm.

Charnel House Chicago - 3421 W. Fullerton Ave. Seeing in Tongues, work by Duffy O'Connor, Sari Maxfield, Victoria Szilagyi, Anna Liljas, and April Jouse. 10/9-10/28. Reception 6-9pm.

Hungry Man - 2135 N. Rockwell. Liquid Gold, work by Ogi Merzier Designs. Reception 7-11pm.

Chicago Cultural Center – 78 E. Washington. Project Onward Open House. 10/9-10/10. Reception 3-6pm.

Fine Arts Building - 410 S. Michigan. Intrigue and Novelty, work by Christine Caluya, Amber Gunn Gauthier, Nadya Kwandibens, Linda Lomahaftewa, Erica Lord, America Meredith, Rose B. Simpson, and Debra Yepa-Pappan. 10/9-12/20. Reception 5-9pm.

Finestra Art Space - 410 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 516. Diverging Mergers, work by Karen Tichy and Brenda G. Thomas. 10/3-10/30. Reception 5-9pm.

Illinois Institute of Art Gallery 180 - 180 N. Wabash. Red, group show. 9/14-11/11. Reception 5:30-7:30pm.

Richard Gray - 875 N. Michigan Ave. Installations, work by Jan Tichy. 10/9-11/25. Reception 6-9pm.

Polish Museum of America - 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. Give a Wrinkle, Give a Story. Reception 7-10pm.

Chicago Mosaic School - 1800 W. Cuyler. Reveal, work by Sue Coombs, Margy Cottingham, Laura Rendlen, and Wendy Gray Raven. 10/9-11/25. Reception 6-9pm.

Thomas Masters - 245 W. North. Acre, work by Tim Anderson. 10/9-11/15. Reception 6-9pm.

Chicago Arts District - 1945 S. Halsted. 2nd Fridays Gallery Night. Receptions 6-10pm.

Logsdon 1909 Gallery – 1909 South Halsted St. Jack Girard and Lawrence Tarpey: Recient Works. 10/9-11/7. Reception 6-10pm.

Black Walnut - 220 N. Aberdeen. Autumnal Assimilation, work by Cheryl Holz, Maureen Gasek, Erin Waser, and Tim Schreier. 10/1-10/30. Reception 6-9pm.

LivingRoom - 1530 W. Superior. Ever Epic, work by Tanya Hastings Gill. 10/9-11/14. Reception 5-8pm.

University of Illinois at Chicago African-American Cultural Center - Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted #207. Conceptual Tensions, work by Pearlie Taylor. 10/1-10/31. Reception 6-8pm.

Saint Paul's Cultural Center - 2215 W. North. Binary, group show. 10/9-11/7. Reception 6pm-12am.

Silver Room, The - 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Featured artist and DJ. Reception 7-10pm.

Saturday 10/10
East Bank Building - 1200 W. 35th. Collective Conversations in Clay: Merging Media, group exhibition. 10/10-10/17. Reception 6-10pm.

Eel Space - 2846 W. North #1A. Embodiment, work by Nikki Renee Anderson, Madeleine Bailey, Alex Chitty, Lauren Gregory, Isabelle Schiltz, and Chris Tourre. 10/10-11/1. Reception 6-9pm.

Loop CTA Train – Adams/Wabash Loop Station. Art on Track, group exibition on a CTA train. One day event: 11am-8pm. FOR PURE FUCKING WEIRDNESS SAKE

A Place For Us - 5629 W. 63rd St. Darkness of Light, work by Jim Sorfleet. 10/10-12/30. Reception 6pm.

Antenna - 1765 S. Laflin Street 1R. James Jankowiak & Mike Nourse. Closing Reception 12-5pm.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 750 N Franklin St. Saturday Gallery Tour: Roy Boyd Gallery, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Ann Nathan Gallery and Printworks Gallery. Tour 11am-12:30pm.

Newberry Library - 60 W. Walton. With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition. 10-10-12/19.

Arts of Life - 2010 W Carroll Ave. Kinzie Corridor Art Walk. One day only: 12-8pm.

Chrome Gallery – 14621/2 N. Milwaukee Ave. Wicker Women, work by Jennifer Bisbing. 10/9-10/30. Reception 6-9pm.

Happy Dog - 1542 N. Milwaukee, 2nd fl. Hands On, work by Arielle Bielak, Damien James, Sarah Perez, Holly Sabin, Michael Una, and more. One night event, 6-11pm.

Sunday 10/11
Elmhurst College Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace - 200 W. Park. Annual Alumni Exhibition. 10/10-11/7. Reception 5-7pm.

Home Gallery – 1407 E. 54th Pl. Travelling, work by Patrick Ftizgerald. Closing Reception 12-3pm.

Kunz, Vis, Gonzalez - 2324 W Montana, in the garage. Abnormalformal 1, work by Racer Le Van, Martina Nehrling, Pamela Fraser, Rick Therrio, Ivan Brunetti, Peter Dunham, David X. Levine, Amy Fefldman and others. 10/11-10/31. Reception 6-9pm.

Old Town Art Center - 1763 N. North Park Ave. Image, Imagination, and Imagery, work by Norman Baugher. 10/11-11/5. Reception 2-5pm.

Packer Schopf - 942 W. Lake. Industry of the Ordinary, work by Dawoud Bey, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Tony Tasset, Natasha Egan, and Paul Klein. Reception 5-8pm.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Opening 10/2, 10/3, 10/4

Friday 10/2/09
Andersonville –
Las Manos - 5220 N. Clark. Joe Boudreau and Michelle Peterson-Albandoz. 10/2-11/2. Reception 7-11pm.

Bowmanville –
Morpho - 5216 N. Damen. 2StoryCity, work by Andrew Steiner and Emily Rapport. Reception 6-10pm.

East Rogers Park –
Loyola Univ. Crown Center Gallery - 1001 W. Loyola, 2nd fl. Nervenet, work by Henrik Drescher. 10/2-11/14. Reception 5:30-7:30pm.

Irving Park -
Art in My Back Yard - 4201 N. Elston. Buy Land, group show. 10/2-10/30. Reception 6-9pm.

Lakeview -
Center on Halsted - 3656 North Halsted. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY. 10/2-10/30. Reception 6-9pm.

Life Force Arts Center - 3148 N. Lincoln. Emergence Of The Divine Feminine. 10/2-10/31. Reception 5pm.

Lakeview East –
Looseleaf Lounge - 2915 N. Broadway. Kara Cochran. 10/2-11/5. Reception 6:30-10pm.

Logan Square -
Art on Armitage - 4125 W. Armitage Ave. Work by Pate Conaway. 10/2-10/31. Reception 6-9pm.

Cole's - 2338 N. Milwaukee. Collective, Interactive, and Live Participatory Art. 10/2-11/15. Reception 6-11pm.

Near North –
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - 220 East Chicago Ave. 12x12: Maria Gaspar. Reception 6-10pm.

Palette and Chisel - 1012 North Dearborn. Observations, group show. Reception 5-8pm.

New Eastside -
Ogilvie/Pertl - 435 E. Illinois #151. Common Layers, work by John and Shawn Slavik & Group Show, work by Dan Addington, Robert Gadomski, Ron Starr, Ginny Sykes, and Robert Winslow. 10/2-10/30. Reception 5:30-8:30pm.

Ravenswood -
Fill in the Blank - 5038 N. Lincoln Ave. For the Time Beings, work by Rachael McHan & Dustin Covert. 10/2-10/31. Reception 7-11pm.

Images Gallery - 1823 West Wilson Ave. PixCell, group show. Reception 6-9pm.

River North -
ARC - 832 W. Superior #204. Collaboration, group show. 9/30-10/23. Reception 6-9pm.

Streeterville –
Repose - 435 E. Illinois. Exchange Project, work by Bouba, Rory Coyne, Predrag Djordjevic, Tara Fadenrecht, S. Hill-Sanchez, Hyeseung Shin, Tom Walther. Reception 6-9pm.

River East Art Center - 435 E. Illinois. The Exchange Project, group show & Exposed. 10/2-1127. Reception 6-9pm.

West Loop -
Architrouve, The - 1433 West Chicago Ave. Under the Viaduct, work by Josh Binder, Augustina Droze, Anne Farley-Gaines, Stephan Giannini, Layne Jackson, Michelle Scott, and Plamen Yordanov. 10/2-11/15. Reception 6-9pm.

Wicker Park -
Eyeporium - 1543 N. Milwaukee. Umurbrogol, work by Wesley Kimler. 10/2-11/14. Reception 7-10pm.

Flat Iron Arts Building - 1579 North Milwaukee, Studio 341. Points of View Art Competition and Show. 10/2-10/18. Reception 6-10pm.

Sapere Art/Intuitive Works - 1579 North Milwaukee, Studio 341. Atom Basham New Works, group show. Reception 6-9pm.

Tom Robinson Studio/Gallery - 2416 W. North Ave. Ethereal Fauna: The Artist’s Muse, group exibition. 10/2-11/14. Reception 5-9pm.

Saturday 10/3/09
Lawndale –
Murphy Hill - 3333 W. Arthingon. Art Across Cultures, group show. 9/30-11/7. Reception 6-10pm.

Little Village –
Liz Long Gallery & Urban Art Retreat - 1957 S. Spaulding. Chicago Black Artists Show, group show. 10/3-11/21. Reception 1-4pm.

Logan Square –
Elastic - 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave. Vibrational Sound Narratives, group show. Reception 6pm-12am.

North Center -
Homey Gallery - 3656 N. Lincoln Ave. Work by Andrea Harris. 10/3-10/28. Reception 6-9pm.

River North -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 730 N. Franklin Street Ste. 004. Saturday Art Gallery Tour: Schneider Gallery, Jean Albano Gallery, Perimeter Gallery and Ken
Saunders Gallery. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin. Tour from11-12:30am.

South Loop -
Prairie Avenue Gallery - 1900 S. Prairie Ave. Group Show, work by Elizabeth Buchanan, Duk Ju Linda Kim, Sharon Vitali , Karen Wohlberg, Yvette Kaiser-Smith, Elke Klaus. Reception 5-9pm.

Ukrainian Village -
Barbara & Barbara - 1021 N. Western. With Our Forces Combined, work by Josh Sigmon and Kid Douche, Onsmith and Nudd, and Cheri Charlton and Genevieve Waller. 10/3-10/18. Reception 7-10pm.

United Center Park -
Spudnik Press - 1821 W. Hubbard, suite 308. Strangers, work by Sanya Glisic and Mischa Kegan. 10/3-10/30. Reception 7-10pm.

West Loop -
Big City Swing - 1012 West Randolph. Prosthetic Community. Reception 6pm-12am

Sunday 10/4/09
Elmhurst -
Elmhurst Art Museum - 150 Cottage Hill Ave. Contemporary Works from the Cleve Carney Collection, group show. Reception 4-6pm.

Evanston -
Evanston Art Center - 2603 Sheridan Rd. Once Upon a Time and Now, work by Patty Carroll, Teresa Mucha-James, Stacee Kalmanovsky, Bonnie Klehr, Julie Laffin, Erik Lowe, Casey Riordan-Millard, Mitch O Connell, Alex O Neal, Deborah Simon, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and curated by Susan Sensemann and Barbara Blades. 10/4-11/8. Reception 5-8pm.

Lincoln Square -
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative - 4642 N. Western. The Exquisite Matrix, group show. 10/4-10/31. Reception 1-4pm.

Pilsen -
Northwestern Univ. Dittmar Gallery - 1999 Campus Dr. Unearthed, work by Kristy Deetz and Joseph Pintz. 10/4-10/30. Reception 3-5:30pm.

West Loop -
Spoke - 119 N. Peoria, Unit 3D. Schubertiad, an evening of performance. One night event, beginning at 3:30pm.