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Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago // February 13th – 19th, 2012


Our weekly calendar is a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. The events that we choose are loosely curated based on the information that is put in front of us. If you would like to take advantage of having your event listed on our website please send a press release to nicolettecaldwell(at)sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

 

MONDAY || February 13th, 2012

The Gala 2/13
The Gala is a community of artists. This is our self-titled monthly networking and performance event that happens every 2nd Monday of the month.

The show occurs in 3 parts:
i. Open Mic
ii. Featured Artist Showcase
iii. Open Jam/Cypher

This month we are featuring Impolite Society/emcees, Kid Jungle/dancer, Reels Green/music, avery r. young/poet, Chicago Original/visuals, with house band, Ephelon Trio and host Rico Sisney.

Citypoint Lofts Chicago
110 East 23rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
8:00pm – 12:00am
Arrive at 8:00pm to sign-up!

 

WEDNESDAY || February 15th, 2012

Artist Talk // Displacement with Stanley Tigerman
Stanley Tigerman will give a talk at the Graham Foundation in conjunction with the exhibition on his work, Ceci n’est pas une rêverie: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman.

Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
6:00pm
FREE

FEAST: Opening Reception
Feast surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium. The exhibition examines the history of the artist-orchestrated meal, assessing its roots in early-twentieth century European avant-garde art, its development over the past decades within Western art, and its current global ubiquity. Through a presentation within the Smart Museum and new commissions in public spaces, the exhibition will introduce new artists and contextualize their work in relation to other influential artists, from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramović and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Feast addresses the radical hospitality embodied by these artists and the social, commercial, and political structures that surround the experience of eating together.

The evening features drinks served by artist Tom Marioni as part of his social artwork The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art and a performance by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi.

Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL
7:30pm
Free

2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall Meeting
The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has launched the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 as a call to action for residents and an open invitation to visitors to explore and shape Chicago. Be part of developing Chicago’s history by attending the town hall meetings.

“In one of his first acts as Mayor of Chicago,Rahm Emanuel has directed the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to revisit the Chicago Cultural Plan.” As of January 2012, DCASE launched the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 to identify opportunities for arts and cultural growth for the city. Similar to the 1986 cultural planning process, which involved Chicago citizens as well as cultural, civic and community groups, through citywide community-based planning meetings, the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 will also seek input from various stakeholders and Chicago residents throughout its 50 wards. See the full schedule of meetings here.

Columbia College Chicago
Stage Two- 618 S. Michigan Ave. , 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
6pm – 8pm
Free

Artist Talk with Luftwerk
Learn more about Luftwerk’s process in creating Luminous Field in this conversation led by Lou Mallozzi, Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Executive Director of Experimental Sound Studio.

Luftwerk is the artistic collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, both graduates of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have worked together for over 10 years, presenting their work at cultural institutions, galleries and public venues, nationally and internationally. In 2007, they formed Luftwerk with a focus on new media, video and light design. They have created multi media video installations in locations as diverse as MASS MoCA, JFK Airport, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House.

This winter, Millennium Park is transformed into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form with Luminous Field – an interactive, site-specific video and sound installation by Chicago artists, Luftwerk. Every evening from February 10-20, 2012, Luminous Field illuminates Cloud Gate and its surrounding plaza with dramatic images and colors set to music. Free family programs, concerts and dance performances complement the installation in an adjacent heated tent.

Millennium Park
N. Michigan Ave. & E. Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois 60602
7:00pm
FREE

 

THURSDAY || February 16th, 2012

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
Introduced by Steve Anker, curator and Dean of the School of Film/Video at CalArts. Since the 1940s, San Francisco has been both a haven and inspiration for an influential constellation of moving imagists. “Radical Light” grows out of a decade-long research project into the history of experimental film and video in the Bay Area helmed by curators at the Pacific Film Archive and CalArts. Showcasing a number of recently preserved prints, tonight’s program explores the faces, places, and iconoclastic spirit of the region through films by the Miles Brothers, Jane Belson Conger Shiman, Alice Anne Parker Severson, Dion Vigne, Bruce Bailie, Robert Nelson, Mike Henderson, Scott Stark, and Leslie Thornton.

Followed by a book signing for Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000. Thanks to PFA Collection Curator, Mona Nagai. This program is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the William H. Donner Foundation. Additional Radical Light programs are being presented at Block Cinema (2/2) and Chicago Filmmakers (2/24).

1906–84, multiple directors, USA, 16mm, ca. 82 minutes + discussion

Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
6:00 – 8:00pm

2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall Meeting
The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has launched the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 as a call to action for residents and an open invitation to visitors to explore and shape Chicago. Be part of developing Chicago’s history by attending the town hall meetings.

“In one of his first acts as Mayor of Chicago,Rahm Emanuel has directed the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to revisit the Chicago Cultural Plan.” As of January 2012, DCASE launched the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 to identify opportunities for arts and cultural growth for the city. Similar to the 1986 cultural planning process, which involved Chicago citizens as well as cultural, civic and community groups, through citywide community-based planning meetings, the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 will also seek input from various stakeholders and Chicago residents throughout its 50 wards. See the full schedule of meetings here.

Nicholas Senn High School
Auditorium – 5900 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
6pm – 8pm
Free

Doukan 7002: New work and artist talk by Tom Walther
Please join us for an exciting event happening next week at Doukan 7002.
On Thursday, 16 February, 6:30-8 PM, we will celebrate the completion of Doukan 7002 window-in-residency artist Tom Walther’s new work in our storefront space, during which Tom will give a short talk at 7 PM. Please feel free to BYOB. For more about Tom’s project, please visit our website.

Doukan 7002 is an open space for artistic experimentation and social engagement. Located in the storefront at 7002 North California in West Ridge/West Rogers Park, the site hosts programs including Window-in-Residency, an installation and performance space available to artists for temporary projects and Kenana, a social art practice residency program for emerging artists in Chicago.

Doukan 7002
7002 N. California Ave. (at Lunt)
Chicago, Illinois
6:30 – 8:30pm
FREE // BYOB

 

FRIDAY || February 17th, 2012

The Piranha Club is a supper club
A Midwestern spot where you have a few drinks and make new friends.
The food’s in the middle, round and around, a plate of pickles and a loaf of bread.
We might cook mushrooms, or native grass, a goat’s spleen, or even your shoe.
Piranhas are hungry, but that’s the point, cause so am I and so are you.

The Piranhas will serve you FOOD.
An inaugural FEAST.
A tribute to our ancestors-
The Bone Dinner.

Roots and Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
8:00pm
$40 PAY HERE OR RSVP to rootsandc(at)gmail.com
Capacity: 20 seats

Anointed: Ritual Vessels by Julia Galloway, Seth Green, and Andrew Gilliatt
Rituals permeate almost every known human society and their purposes are as variable as the forms they take. In “Anointed,” three ceramic artists present works that explore different types of symbolic action. Through the overtly ceremonial pots of Seth Green, the clever, domestic creations of Andrew Gilliatt, and the highly decorated vessels of Julia Galloway, viewers not only get a glimpse of the artists’ expressions of ritual, but are challenged to reflect on the ritual activity in their own lives.

Join us on February 17th for an artist reception, refreshments will be served and exhibition contributor Julia Galloway will be in attendance.

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N Ravenswood
Chicago, Illinois 60640
5:00 – 8:00pm
FREE

HITS CLOSE TO HOME
A two-person exhibition featuring HATCH Project artists Daniel Giordan and Carole Hennessy. Curated by Teresa Silva. Nearly four years after the 2008 financial crisis, we continue to experience the upheaval and setbacks that it has imposed, namely on the housing industry. Shuttered and overturned properties have destabilized our fixed meaning of the home’s sense of security and intimacy. HITS CLOSE TO HOME investigates the notions of house and home and their shifting cultural significance in our contemporary moment. Dan Giordan and Carole Hennessy re-present these concepts with image and text and through various materials and processes, to reconsider both the social unit’s fragility and persistence to embody our intimate lives.

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 North Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois 60607
6:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

Closing Reception // Inferences: Works by Abigail Csanda & Allison Spicer
The artists brought together in this show use the ordinary to invoke ideas of community, identity, space, and time. They bring their perspective to a larger audience after careful analysis of the visual world consumed by their eyes. Lines intersect, concepts interwoven, but the bodies of work require the thoughtful participation of the viewer to be successful. With humility, the artists attempt to use art to begin meaningful conversations and the sharing of ideas.

Next Door Chicago
659 West Diversey
Chicago, Illinois 60614
6:00 – 8:00pm
FREE

9th MEASURE
Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite presents 9th MEASURE, a solo exhibition that navigates the relative association of personal identity and societal roles. In her most recent work, Trumbull Fimreite has become a surveyor of self, craving to interpret and organize the worlds around and inside us with text-based wall drawings. In 9th MEASURE, drawings commingle with projected images to embody the rhythm of events and the intuitive patterns in which things in life are learned and experienced.

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 North Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois 60607
6:00 – 9:00om
FREE

arow Collective Presents The Drop Out Kids
This month features titillating watercolors, by Ian Mitchell Wallace, inspired by the the vaginal letter “O”, femininity at its very physical basis, and the art of the tease. Red bodies drip with passionate promiscuity. Your vision is funneled into the tunnel. It will leave you wanting more…it is: “Da Reveal”.

Also headlining is Gianni Onassis in his art debut, beginning with a BANG…immense watercolors swimming with geometrical masked figures! His vision of this series was based from his urban upbringing, tagging in the streets. They are sadness. They are lust. They are emotions in physical form.

On the turntables is Eddie Yang, a.k.a. Bengfang, as he releases his first EP, “The Gossip Hour”! He’s bringing sexy back, spinning, handing out promos, and signing autographs. His genre? It’s a mixture between the bump ‘n breaks of dubstep, the rhythmic intricacy of tech house, and the chill of hip-hop. The cover artwork for the EP is provided by Ian Mitchell Wallace, expanded into a series of provocative prints also on show.

Clothes Optional Vintage
2918 N Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
8:00 – 12:00am
FREE // Suggested Donation

Art Star Denim Trunk Show!
Join us in supporting local artist & designer, Turtel Onli! Onliwear will be showcasing their Art Star Denim Line and offering 25% off this evening only! These hand-painted jean jackets are unique and definitely make a bold statement!

Elephant Room, Inc.
704 S Wabash Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
5:00 – 8:00pm
FREE

Living by Example
Living By Example is an exhibition focusing on the continued rise and growing popularity of Chicago-based artist-run “apartment exhibitions.” For this exhibition Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan are creating a structure within the confines of a traditional gallery space. The Franklin, the name given to the structure, is being built in the form of a modern shed which, once the exhibition is complete, will reside in the backyard of Soto and Sullivan’s home and will act as their version of the common “apartment exhibition” space.

The exhibition featured in The Franklin will consist of work from Soto and Sullivan’s private collection. Artists included in the exhibition are Jeroen Nelemans, Ryan Richey, Ryan Travis Christian, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Deborah Boardman, Dana Carter, Kirsten Leenaars, Zachary Cahill, Ann Toebbe, Melissa Oresky, Alberto Alguilar, Corinne Halbert, Meg Duguid, Heidi Norton, Paul Nudd, Maria Gaspar, Mindy Rose-Schwartz, Eric Brown, Catie Olsen, and Michael Rea.

Northeastern Illinois University
Fine Arts Center Gallery
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

#Crapitalism Listening Party // Panel Discussion
“…Monumental hip-hop is often highly expressive, vivid, risky, and aggressive like no other in its dissection of peoples and motivation. Oh, and full of contradiction (Like its makers). I think #Crapitalism is exemplary in all of these pursuits.” -Emanuel Vinson @emancan

Please join INSIGHT ARTS for Night of Insight : #Crapitalism Listening Party/Panel Discussion as we discuss the critical release by KrisDeLaRash, “#Crapitalism.”

DOWNLOAD #CRAPITALISM -> HERE

The night will include live performances from “#Crapitalism” as well as a panel discussion on U.S. economic policies, the 2012 Presidential Election, the Occupy Movement, and other current events. We invite you to join us and share your perspectives!

Panelists include Craig Hershaw, James Cox, Jasson Perez, Johnathan Fields, KrisDeLaRash.

Rumble Arts Center
3413 W. North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647
7:00 – 10:00pm
FREE

A Collection of Cuban Imagery
At Gallery Swarm Master Cuban Painter, Pedro Pulido hosts, “An International Sensation.” Music by DJ Servoe. Food and wine by the Swarm.

Gallery Swarm
2902 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
7:00 – 10:00pm
FREE

Your Game Bytes
A Group Show featuring each of RGB’s artists taking their love for 8-bit video games and reflecting it through their artwork. Whether it’s Super Mario Bros. Doom, Zombies Ate My Neighbors! Metroid, Galaga, Pitfall, we’ve got it all!

- Play Super Nintendo, Nintendo, and Sega Genesis against your friends!
- Create your own 8-bit character/picture
- Free food/munchiez to keep your video game tank on FULL (PIXELATED CUPCAKES!)
- Free drinks (drink enough and Mario becomes more attractive!)
- Take a look at some great video game art
- Mingle, socialize, network, find a date
- 1UP all your friends!

Now for a wikipedia definition! In computer architecture, 8-bit integers, memory addresses, or other data units are those that are at most 8 bits (1 octet) wide. Also, 8-bit CPU and ALU architectures are those that are based on registers, address buses, or data buses of that size. 8-bit is also a term given to a generation of computers in which 8-bit processors are the norm.

Featuring work by Clone, Abdel “bullet-bill” Morched, Ralph “Bob-Omb” Browne, Node, Adam “Goomba” Mitchell, Glyph “ugh, ugh, ugh” Sputnik, and more!

RGB Lounge
1420 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
7:30 – 10:30pm
FREE

 

SATURDAY || February 18th, 2012

2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall Meeting
The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has launched the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 as a call to action for residents and an open invitation to visitors to explore and shape Chicago. Be part of developing Chicago’s history by attending the town hall meetings.

“In one of his first acts as Mayor of Chicago,Rahm Emanuel has directed the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to revisit the Chicago Cultural Plan.” As of January 2012, DCASE launched the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 to identify opportunities for arts and cultural growth for the city. Similar to the 1986 cultural planning process, which involved Chicago citizens as well as cultural, civic and community groups, through citywide community-based planning meetings, the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 will also seek input from various stakeholders and Chicago residents throughout its 50 wards. See the full schedule of meetings here.

DuSable Museum
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL
10am – 12pm
Free

Arte No es Fácil
Inspired by interviews with Cuban Artists at the 2009 Havana Biennial, Arte No Es Fácil is a project based on creating relationships beyond pictures between Cuba and the U.S. through the manifestation of art. Co-Created by Marilyn Volkman & Danielle Paz, in collaboration with Amor Pirata.

Links Hall
3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, Illinois 60657
8:00pm
$20 General $12 Student and Seniors // PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
*This event also takes place on Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm.

the big stink moves like a moth towards the light
HungryMan Gallery Chicago proudly presents the group show “the big stink moves like a moth towards the light,” featuring work by Ethan Cook, McKeever Donovan, Michael Hunter, Andrew Laumann, Mallory Anita Lawson, Sofia Leiby, John Roebas, Letha Wilson, and Eric Veit. Curated by Robin Juan in collaboration with John Roebas.

The big break is on for tonite
The big freak is lickin’ pipe tonite
The prettiest word is teak
Some of the guys are getting together tonight to read Last of the Mohicans
The big stink moves like a moth towards the light

This show was conceived in John Roebas‘ studio in Philadelphia at the beginning of December based on the curators’ conversation about emerging artists and their work. The works on view represent a wide array of disparate approaches that find common ground in process through time, medium and materiality, and intent, chance. Each of these artists and their works are part of the conversation Roebas and Juan have built. The studio visit is its own forum, not only for presentation, but curation. In some ways, we have materialized ours.

HungryMan Gallery
2135 N. Rockwell
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 10:00pm
FREE

Expressions of LOVE art show
Experience the many expressions of LOVE through the eyes of local artists. Artists include Mari Alcauter, Julieta Alvarez (Flickr: soaringbird), Jacinto Ariza, Jose Calvo, Angel Clark, ROX H (http://rox-h.blogspot.com/), MartinJon, Jackie Orozco, Tim Peters, Dan Rangel (Flickr: tacosnachosburritos) and Rick Testa. Live art by Larry Auld.

Japanese Culture Center
1016 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
7:00 – 10:00pm
Suggested Donation

 

SUNDAY || February 19th, 2012

Anna Kunz: Site Specific Installation @ Terrain

Terrain
704 Highland Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois
2:00 – 4:00pm
FREE

Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt
This one-day workshop is a quick introduction to screen printing onto cotton. Students will come with their own image such as an ink drawing, scanned photograph, or a one-color design made with Photoshop or Illustrator.

Each student will have time to print their design on a handful of garments. This workshop is a fun way to get exposed to the medium and leave with a product that you designed yourself.

Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, Illinois
11:00am – 5:00pm
$50 FEE // MORE INFO HERE

ACCIDENTS IN GRAVITY // New Works by MICHELLE HARRIS
ACCIDENTS IN GRAVITY is an exhibition of prints and sculptures invoking anxieties over trauma and loss, both past and present. On the wall are a series of wax transfer prints based on a photographic series destroyed in a house fire. The prints distort the original works into variations of black and white noise or static suggesting deteriorating vision, fading memories, and absence. The theme of gravity as a force is approached both in the physical sense and in describing the weight of experience. On the floor, an arrangement of objects pairing found and raw elements collected while traveling, sit precariously on top of minimally constructed tables. The materials of wood, porcelain, stainless steel, and coral are repeated as variable elements that present a range of relationships from the intended to the actual function, signifying the roles of observer, collector, and traveler.

ACRE Projects
1913 W. 17th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608
4:00 – 8:00pm
FREE

//THERE’S ALWAYS MORE//

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