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Week Ends, Art Begins || October 7th – October 9th

FRIDAY || October 7th, 2011

The Future’s Past: Exhibition & Installations // Opening Reception and Trolley Tour
The Future’s Past is a pilot curatorial project that consists of several public window installations and a collaborative exhibition completed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois. It combines new technology and new media to create an introductory glimpse into the histories of Chicago’s Black Metropolis that can be found in a variety of locations, including the archives of the member institutions of the BMRC. For this project information from the archives and other sources will be pulled and curated into five light and image installations in windows based on significant art and culture locations along South Parkway, which is now King Drive, between 35th Street and 47th Street. This particular stretch of land was chosen because it holds some of the richest history in Chicago. Many musicians, performers, writers, journalists and activists who shaped the Chicago we know today built their enterprises and solidified their undeniable talents within the spaces and on the stages of South Parkway.

The exhibition at Blanc Gallery serves as a starting point and the space that brings together the wide reach of this project. Work by artists Stephen Flemister, Krista Franklin, Emmanuel Pratt and Amanda Williams who individually and collaboratively created visual responses to the historic locations and the premise of The Future’s Past, in addition to a selection of research materials and technological components will be on view through November 11th.

Blanc Gallery
4445 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 9:00pm

FREE

Form in Flora II Sculpture Show: Opening Reception at Lincoln Park Conservatory
Stroll through  Lincoln Park Conservatory and see over 20 works inspired by nature created by members of Chicago Sculpture International.  Whether nature is our muse, a source of environmental awareness, or a way to explore the senses, the public will thrill to see these works emerge from the lush foliage. Sculptures will be displayed in the show house as well as on the grounds.

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 North Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614-3419
5:00 – 7:00pm

FREE

BLACK & WHITE & RED ALLOVER: A VISUAL HISTORY, 15 YEARS OF ALKALINE TRIO BY HEATHER GABEL
Heather Gabel has long been known as the artist behind the macabre imagery of Chicago’s punk legends Alkaline Trio. For over fifteen years, Gabel has been combining skeletons, lace, blood, back-alley surgery, and the style of a depressed-but-classy European great-grandmother to create one of the most enduring, stylish, and instantly recognizable branding campaigns in underground music.

Now, Heather Gabel is bringing a show to Chicago’s Johalla Projects that features a retrospective of her own work as well as her work with the band, exposing the genesis of her iconic Alkaline Trio designs. The installation will include the original xeroxed/ hand drawn / cut/ pasted t shirt designs for the Alkaline Trio plus notes, album art, old photos, and sketches all pulled from Heather’s archives and displayed in classic ‘high school kid bedroom wall flyer collection’ style.

Johalla Projects
1821 W. Hubbard St, Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60622
7:00 – 10:00pm

FREE

Hornswaggler Collection Exhibition
For one night only, Hornswaggler Arts celebrates two years of hand-crafted cocktails, opening exhibitions and collected works. On Friday October 7th, 2011, we’ll be exhibiting the Hornswaggler Collection in its entirety at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in scenic Bridgeport. Over forty collected works will be on display, and as always we’ll have delicious cocktails at the ready. This event will also mark the debut of the Hornswaggler… Lending Library, a short-term loan program where works from the Hornswaggler Collection are made available to the public.

Helping us christen this exciting new chapter in Hornswaggler history will be Arcade Brewery. They’ll be on hand all night serving up their tasty community inspired craft beers. The show will be up for one night only, so come on down and say howdy.

The Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219-21 South Morgan Street
Chicago Illinois, 60608
6:00 – 10:00pm

FREE

CAC Works on Paper Residency
We’re honored to be a part of Chicago Artists’ Month! Come check us out for great work and hors d’oeuvres! Accessible by the central elevators to the 15th floor. Follow signs for our suite from there! Artists in this residency include Zach Mory, Alexandra (ATYL) Lee, Lisa Goesling, Jaime Lynn Henderson, Mark Moleski and Allison Svoboda.

The Merchandise Mart, Suite 1562
Chicago, IL
4:00 – 6:00pm

FREE

Friends of Transit Print Invitational Reception
We are excited to showcase the work of local printmakers such as Celene Aubry (Moongirl Productions), Marie Galloway (Monkey-Rope Press), Dan Grzeca, Cj Hungerman, Kathleen Judge (Judgeworks), Matthew Messmer, Rebecca Ann Rakstad (Rar Rar Press), Jen Thomas (Veronica Press), Sarah F. Vogel (Slow Industries), and Hamilton Museum of Wood Type and Printing, in Wisconsin, to name a few.

The theme of this show continues to explore Transit’s love of travel. Sales support our efforts to help artists find time and space to focus on making new bodies of work.

I Am Logan Square gallery
2644 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 8:30pm

FREE

threewalls presents the Waldorf Panels on Sculpture
Join us for threewalls’ guest program as part of Jason Lazarus’ The Search at Andrew Rafacz Gallery!

In collaboration with Soberscove Press.

In the Spring of 1965, dozens of New York artists met for the two-part, invitation-only Waldorf Panels on Sculpture. Organized by Phillip Pavia, the proceedings of The Waldorf Panels on Sculpture were published in issue #6 of his magazine, IT IS. The discussions touch on a wide range of s…culptural issues ranging from the status of found objects to thoughts on spontaneity vs. design to the expanding definition of sculpture to perspectives on Surrealism and Pop Art…and the list goes on….These transcripts, reprinted for the first time since their 1965 original publication by Soberscove Press, a project by Chicago-based sculptor Julia Klein, convey a strong sense of a genre–and an artworld–in transition. In the dialogic spirit of Jason Lazarus’ The Search, threewalls presents a reinterpretation of Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldebburg, Phillip Pavia, George Segal, George Sugarman, and James Wines’ historic art conversation performed by Chicago female sculptors including Jesse Harrod, Heather Mekkelson, Sara Schnadt, Meg Duguid, Martine Syms, and more on the steps of the ziggurat.

Copies of The Waldorf Panels on Sculpture will be for sale at the event and available thereafter at threewalls.

Andrew Rafacz Gallery
835 W. Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 7:30pm

FREE

New Ways: An Exhibition of Ragdale Fellowship Artists
Ragdale is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of resident artists who have been awarded visual art residency fellowships within the past five years. Fellowships to Ragdale include two weeks of uninterrupted time and space to work on individual projects. A wide range of work in various media was developed during the artists’ stay, some of which will be presented in the exhibition.

Ragdale fellowships have been funded …by generous foundation support and individual gifts. This includes 3Arts, the Joyce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many individual and private contributions. The event is free and open to the general public.

Coalition Gallery, Chicago
217 N. Carpenter
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 8:00pm

FREE

Opening reception: “Fabulous Friends” by Michelle Simon
Fabulous Friends are lovely creatures who harness and channel their innermost human identities. They read books, drink beer and even dress in drag from time to time. Fabulous Friends come in all shapes and sizes and all walks of life. Every creature has a Fabulous Friend counterpart beneath their ordinary identities, but it is our job to look deeper and discover them.

Michelle Simon uses a combination of silkscreening and painting to bring her creatures to life.

Inkling
2917 1/2 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL
7:00 – 11:00pm

FREE

The Jacket Show

SmArt Gallery
4717 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL
7:00 – 10:00pm

FREE

Meat for the Siren: New Paintings by Christian Rieben
Somewhere between abstraction and representation, somewhere between darkness and the light, somewhere between smart and dumb, Christian Rieben’s paintings offer a glimpse into a world between realities. What is this world? Is it a world of the pre-Modern, with its grisaille and mythologies? Or is it the world of today, with its graphic sensibility and self-absorption? Perhaps it is a psychic space outside of time’s conventions.

This is Christian’s third show for Gallery UNO; he exhibits his work in both the United States and Europe.

Gallery Uno
Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Il 60605
5:00 – 9:00pm

FREE

“ELEMENT FLUX” – OPENING RECEPTION & EXHIBIT
“Element Flux” begins as an investigation by Chicago area artists of the classic elements: earth, wind, fire and water. Artists were invited to create visual manifestations of one or more of these elements, invent new ones, or reference the modern day elements in the scientific periodic table.

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois
6:00pm

FREE

SATURDAY || OCTOBER 8th, 2011

James Gallagher ‘Frequent Fits’
Captivated by the secret behavior of human beings, James Gallagher’s newest exhibition ‘Frequent Fits’ features examples of some of his strongest works and most gracious attempts at freezing time and revealing to the viewer a world of which is unknown.

Join us on Saturday October 8, 2011 as we kick off Chicago Artists Month with an Opening Reception for James Gallagher, ‘Frequent Fits’.

Pawn Works
1050 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL
7:00 – 10:00pm

FREE

But the Dust Came In, new work by Jessica Taylor Caponigro
In our fourth curated series, NOSTALGIA, Happy Collaborationists have selected six artists to consider poignant memories and produce work that will connect their audience to their past. Memories and stories from our past hold great power and create self defining characteristics, when artists re-engage with these narrative and re-represent them they create new stories and new bonds through shared experiences.

Caponigro’s most recent body of work examines patterns and circumstances from film adaptations of classic literature. While the books are carefully chosen according to a multitude of ever changing criteria, the nature of literature guarantees that not just the artist, but a larger audience has the possibility of shared, albeit varied, experience.

Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space
1254 N Noble
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 10:00pm

FREE

Songs for October, a seance with Zachary Cahill

Seance/”Performance”/General Transmigration. Vol.5
Doors open at 11 PM, Seance starts a little before midnight

threewalls
119 N peoria St. #2C
Chicago, IL
11:00pm – 1:00am

FREE

Voces : Mandy Cano Vilalobos
Voces (“Voices”) is a performative installation that addresses the mass femicide of Chihuahua, Mexico. An ongoing act of mourning and protest, I silently sit to the side of the gallery, embroidering the names of individual murder victims into white blouses. Beginning with the first documented victims in 1993, every woman is commemorated with pink thread, referencing the pink crosses that hav…e been erected and painted throughout the city by those who mourn the dead. As the shirts fill the center of the room, memorial shrines and missing person posters line the walls.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 9:00pm

FREE

CURATORS’ SHOWCASE EXHIBIT
Featuring the work of local artists who are also curators and  “Light on Lines” live light and sound installation produced by Ryan Scheidt (of AnySquared Projects) with audio collaborator, Wes Imel. October 8th-November 20th, gallery hours Sat & Sun 1-4 p

Arts Center, Logan Square-Avondale
2800 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor (at Diversey/Kimball)
Chicago IL 60618
4:30 – 6:30pm

FREE

North Park Art Walk
The 2nd North Park Art Walk, a Chicago Artists Month (CAM) “featured program,” takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2011, from noon to 6 pm in Chicago’s newest emerging art zone along the 5500 block of North Kedzie and the 3200 block of West Bryn Mawr on Chicago’s northwest side. Children can paint outdoor murals and make kites at the art walk. …Local restaurants will offer food and drink specials. Check-in is at Koh-Varilla Guild, 5518 N. Kedzie.

Koh-Varilla Guild
5518 N. Kedzie Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Begins Saturday 12:00pm – Ends Sunday 5:00pm

FREE

Form in Flora II Sculpture Show
Stroll through  Lincoln Park Conservatory and see over 20 works inspired by nature created by members of Chicago Sculpture International.  Whether nature is our muse, a source of environmental awareness, or a way to explore the senses, the public will thrill to see these works emerge from the lush foliage. Sculptures will be displayed in the show house as well as on the grounds.

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 North Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614-3419
9:00am – 5:00pm

FREE

SUNDAY || OCTOBER 9th, 2011

“Historic Chicago Re-Imagined”
Get ready to re-imagine Chicago’s architectural structures built during the Victorian Era. See how artist Ruth Sackheim uses bold color, traditional media, and digital media to transform, yet pay homage to, well-known and lesser-known sights in and near the heart of the city. Experience a modern take on Alta Vista Terrace, nicknamed the “Street of Forty Doors,” and the El, which has been called both “Chicago’s Eiffel Tower” and …“Chicago’s Railroad in the Sky.” Consider how the places that transformed Chicago over one hundred years ago impact our dreams and emotions today.

The Belmont by Reside
3170 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60657
October 9th 8:00am – November 30th, 10:00pm

FREE

North Park Art Walk
The 2nd North Park Art Walk, a Chicago Artists Month (CAM) “featured program,” takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2011, from noon to 6 pm in Chicago’s newest emerging art zone along the 5500 block of North Kedzie and the 3200 block of West Bryn Mawr on Chicago’s northwest side. Children can paint outdoor murals and make kites at the art walk. …Local restaurants will offer food and drink specials. Check-in is at Koh-Varilla Guild, 5518 N. Kedzie.

Koh-Varilla Guild
5518 N. Kedzie Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Begins Saturday 12:00pm – Ends Sunday 5:00pm

FREE

Form in Flora II Sculpture Show
Stroll through  Lincoln Park Conservatory and see over 20 works inspired by nature created by members of Chicago Sculpture International.  Whether nature is our muse, a source of environmental awareness, or a way to explore the senses, the public will thrill to see these works emerge from the lush foliage. Sculptures will be displayed in the show house as well as on the grounds.

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 North Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614-3419
9:00am – 5:00pm

FREE

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