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Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence

Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence
Sophia Nahli Allison’s photo series Graduation goes beyond the detached sensationalism of daily headlines to document the ongoing effects of loss and violence on Chicago’s youth. Visiting the schools that victims of violence attended, she photographs the institution as a locus of community and mourning, while highlighting the absence of the  young person that community has lost. The stark... 

Keepsakes of the City: The Polaroid Gallery Show

Keepsakes of the City: The Polaroid Gallery Show
Photographer Sara Stubblefield is this month’s 2nd Friday guest at Oscar Luis Martinez Fine Art Gallery-Studio in Pilsen at 1841 S. Halsted. For the past six months, Stubblefield has embarked on a project to document Chicago’s changing urban landscape using Polaroids. Her images of street art and architectural fragments have a certain glow to them, the ethereal quality of a surfacing memory... 

Archiving with the Arts Incubator

Archiving with the Arts Incubator
For the past two Saturdays, Sixty Inches From Center has been working with the Arts Incubator to document and collect stories from residents and artists of the Washington Park neighborhood. As envisioned by Theaster Gates, the Arts Incubator, which opened in March of 2013, has become a space for artist residencies, arts education, community-based arts projects, as well as exhibitions, performances,... 

Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology

Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology
  For the past seven years, Proyecto Latina has been inspiring women to write and share their stories online and at their reading series on the Southside of Chicago. “Writing is for everyone and it’s important for our stories to have a place where they’re valued,” says Paloma Martinez-Cruz, the editor of the group’s upcoming book, Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology. Founding... 

Art on Armitage:The Bleeding Border

Art on Armitage:The Bleeding Border
Armitage Avenue, west of Pulaski is a bustling street, full of small businesses and foot traffic—the perfect place for the window gallery, Art on Armitage. The most recent display/exhibition is the Bleeding Border by artist Sergio Gomez. In it, he uses powerful imagery to raise awareness  of the dangers children face as they cross the border to be reunited with their parents—an important topic... 

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo 2013

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo 2013
When CAKE (the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) debuted last year, it was the first such festival to take place in Chicago since the mid-’90s. This year, the organizers put together a lineup of more than 200 guests including Onli Studios, whose series Heroes of the Black Age recently celebrated its 20th anniversary; Gabrielle Gamboa, currently adapting the Nathaniel West novel Miss Lonelyhearts;... 

NATO: Protest Art and Portable Murals

NATO: Protest Art and Portable Murals
There’s something exhilarating about protest art, the way it erupts on the street at moments of upheaval and refuses to be ignored. From beautifully designed propaganda posters, to seemingly nonsensical costumes and hastily scrawled signs, protesters flood public spaces with their visual challenges to established paradigms and demand attention in a way that paintings and performance art enclosed... 

Art on the Move: Protest Art from Occupy Chicago marches

Art on the Move: Protest Art from Occupy Chicago marches
Protest art, often handmade, sometimes crude, but always politically expressive is more often thought of as a tool with a message than art in and of itself. Decades after a struggle, however, you can find remnants of those political movements in museums. The exhibition “Vision and Communism” is on display at the Smart Museum of Art. The Art Institute of Chicago is currently showing the exhibition... 

A Toast to Art with Hornswaggler Arts

A Toast to Art with Hornswaggler Arts
With The Hornswaggler Collection Exhibition, Graham Hogan and Joseph Rynkiewicz of Hornswaggler Arts celebrated their two-year adventure in offering creative cocktails at art shows and using donations to purchase works for their private collection. This Oct. 7th exhibition at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, was the first time they’ve publicly displayed their entire collection, which holds over 40 pieces.... 
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