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Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago: April 23rd – April 29th, 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)


MONDAY || April 23rd, 2012

Please join us Monday, April 23rd, at 6pm for an artist talk by Laurel Nakadate at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 east 60th Street, in the Performance Penthouse, 9th floor.

Laurel Nakadate is a photographer, video artist and filmmaker. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA, The Yerba Buena, The Getty Museum, and The Reina Sofia. In 2009, her first feature film, STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to be featured in New Directors/ New Films at The Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. Her second feature film, THE WOLF KNIFE, premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival and was nominated for a 2010 Gotham Independent Film Award and a 2011 Independent Spirit Award. Her ten-year survey show, “Only the Lonely”, was on view at MoMA P.S.1 from January through August, 2011. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art gallery, the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Princeton University Art Museum, the Saatchi Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and other private collections in the US and abroad. She is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects and lives in New York City.

University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 east 60th Street (Performance Penthouse, 9th floor)
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 7:15p

Live Painting with Poetry Schmoetry
Royce remains as “the BORATION experiment” to man the easel, and painting will commence as poetry comes to the Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery this very last Monday that the Colorboration Project Gallery will be open in Chicago till next year when Tali and Royce return.

Come on out and listen to poets of every size, shape and gender grace the stage while Royce paints. Poets will include but will not be limited to, and of course in no particular order are: Eric Brice, Billy Tuggle, Sid Yiddish, Rick Neuhaus, Elizabeth Harper, GPA, Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels, Tom Roby & Jenene Ravensloot and a few other mad surprises!

Come support the real deal.

Pop Up Loop Space
208 S. Wabash
Chicago, Illinois
8:00 – 10:30p


TUESDAY || April 24th, 2012

Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall
The town hall will focus on individual artists, supporting organizations and initiatives.

As part of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ongoing conversations about Chicago’s 2012 Cultural Plan, Ellen Stone Belic Institute Executive Director, Jane M. Saks and fellow Cultural Advisory committee members Juan Chavez, Theaster Gates, and Roell Schmidt will host a town hall with Ed Marszewski focused on individual artists.

The plan will deliver a set of recommendations to support the arts and artists throughout the city, as well as enhance economic growth and Chicago’s reputation as a global cultural destination.

Come out and be a part of developing Chicago’s Cultural Plan!

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL
6:30 – 8:30p

Tehching Hsieh
Born in Taiwan in 1950, Tehching Hsieh began work on his iconic series of One Year Performances starting in the late 1970s. Using long durations, making art and life simultaneous, Hsieh spent one year locked in a cage, one year punching a time clock every hour, one year completely outdoors, and one year tied to another person. For his final performance piece, Thirteen Year Plan, Hsieh intentionally retreated from the art world between 1986–99, setting a tone of sustained invisibility. Since 2000, having been released from the restriction of not showing his work during the 13-year period, Hsieh has exhibited and lectured in North and South America, Asia, and Europe, including major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2010 Hsieh was included in the Liverpool Biennial in the United Kingdom and the Gwangju Biennial in South Korea.

Rubloff Auditorium in the AIC
230 S. Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 9:00p

Lori Felker Artist Talk at the Apple Store
Lori Felker will be showing clips from her new work, giving a tour of the Varible Area Television Network, talking about being a filmmaker/teacher/projectionist/programmer and explaining her love (and addiction to?) multiplicity….in public!

Apple Store Lincoln Park
801 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
7:00 – 8:00p


WEDNESDAY || April 25th, 2012

Social Media for Creatives: Using Word-of-Mouth to Promote Your Work
Who says artists have to starve? In today’s volatile marketplace artists, already accustomed to thinking creatively, may have an advantage over the rest of the population.

Admission is $15 per person and includes the opportunity to network following the panel with wine by Telegraph, appetizers from Letizia’s Fiore and live music.

The social media panelists include Lehia Franklin Acox, public relations &
marketing consultant; Clayton Smith, Content Manager,; Justyn Howard, CEO and Founder, Sprout Social; Nelson Carvajal, independent digital filmmaker. The panel will be moderated by Ryan Singer of 37signals. Ryan is a contributor to “Signal vs. Noise”, a blog with over 130,000 readers and writes regularly to 11,000 followers on Twitter. Discussions promise to be insightful, lively and engaging, with ample time for the audience to ask questions. Guests can also mix and mingle with food, drink and live musical entertainment.

Hairpin Arts Center
2800 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 9:00p
Admission: $15

Aide-Mémoire: A lecture-performance by Uriel Orlow
Weaving together salvaged film clips, artist Uriel Orlow will present his multi-media masterpiece “Aide-Mémoire” at the Hokin Lecture Hall on April 25 at 6 pm.

The show, which runs in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s current exhibition, “Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance,” is part slideshow and part obscure history lesson, blending distant places and times to create a pictorial narrative merging the past, present and future.

Known for his modular multi-media installations, Orlow collects evidence from different times, locations and events. In “Aide-Mémoire,” he uses these salvaged materials to create a narrative addressing history and memory, and how each can haunt a person. In his reconstructed pictorial landscapes, Orlow references such seemingly disparate sites as Biblical Mount Ararat, a Ghost Town in Northern Armenia on the site of an earthquake, and a Kurdish village in Turkey built out of the rubble of an ancient Armenian monastery.

Hokin Lecture Hall
623 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 9:00p


THURSDAY || April 26th, 2012

Kenana: New work by Riley Henderson – Zebadiah Arrington – Noel Morical
Artists in Doukan 7002′s Kenana social art practice residency program exhibit new work inspired by engagement with the community and the unique neighborhood of Chicago’s West Rogers Park. Kenana is supported by a Social Entrepreneurship Fund grant from One Chicago, One Nation, which brings together Chicagoans of diverse faiths and cultures to get to know one another by addressing local needs. One Chicago, One Nation is a partnership of One Nation, The Chicago Community Trust, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).

Exhibition dates: Thursday, 26 April – Saturday, 26 May / Hours: Saturdays, 12-5, and by appointment.

Doukan 7002
7002 North California
Chicago, IL

Vitrine Exhibition
VITRINE is an off-campus art event curated and organized by SAIC students from Arts Admin 4244, produced in partnership with the Chicago Loop Alliance and their Pop Up Loop Program.

Inland Steel Building
More information coming soon …

Critical Encounters Student Showcase: Rights, Radicals, + Revolutions
Celebrate over 200 students’ work that has creatively and critically engaged with this year’s focus on rights, radicals, and revolutions. 2D, 3D, and digital installations with presentations and performances scheduled all day.
Free coffee served at 11am.

Columbia College Chicago
1104 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605
11:00a – 7:00p

Atomic Sketch Event April
Join us Thursday April 26th for the next installment of the Atomic Sketch Event! Atomic Sketch Event is a monthly event featuring a panel of established and emerging artists from around Chicago, making and selling art immediately after it’s created at an affordable price.

This month’s featured panelists include:

Kendra Taylor
Sandra D
Jana Kinsman
Dave Losso

For those who have never been, our panel of artists will create original works of art through the night and put them on the wall for sale at extremely affordable prices. In addition to the panel, drop-in artists are always welcome to bring their materials and sell their work. It’s a great chance for up-and-coming artists to get recognized and for up-and-coming collectors to start or continue a great art collection.

The Green Eye Lounge
2403 W. Homer
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 11:00p
21 +


FRIDAY || April 27th, 2012

The Imaginary Realm
Gallery Swarm is proud to host Chicago’s own Chris Thiel. Her works of imaginary painted mixed collage is very unique, whimsical, edgy and personal to the artist.

Gallery Swarm
2902 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
7:00 – 10:00p

Sentient Space: A Topography of The Senses
Sentient Space is an envisioned environment depicting the sensory experience of space and place. Utilizing the methodology of cartography, a large-scale painting represents the elevations of sensory data and is combined with mixed-media sculptures hovering the highest peaks in the map, which expose the many layers of sensation. The audience is invited to journey through this imagined landscape, this life-sized mapping, to encounter the visual metaphors of our both personal and collective experience as sentient beings.

This installation is the first project of Laura Elayne Miller’s new body of work, entitled Nomadic Mythologies. As we embody and perceive an array of contemporary mythologies, they are inherently rooted in history, memory, and cultural pastiche. Sentient Space lives within this concept, as a visualization of our humanness through sensory experience, articulated through a transgression of geographical form and mythological sculptural expressions of such perception.

The Mission
1431 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
6:00 – 9:00p

The Middle
Chicago Artists’ Coalition presents THE MIDDLE featuring the work of HATCH Projects’ artists Amanda Greive and Erik Peterson, curated by Jessica Cochran. Opening Reception featuring Amanda Greive: April 13, 6-9pm. A Meal in the Middle with Greive + Peterson (Invite Only): April 22, 5pm. Opening Reception featuring Erik Peterson: April 27, 6-9pm. Exhibition Dates: April 13-May 3.

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 – 9:00pm

Justificaciòn a priori
THE MISSION is pleased to present Justificaciòn a priori, an exhibition comprised of nine new objects and drawings by Argentine artist Gustavo Dìaz. In his first solo exhibition in the United States, Dìaz attempts to reconcile the two unique schools of thought to which he subscribes, those of art and science. His diverse educational background- which includes studies in scientific research, philosophy, sculpture, music, architecture and design- has encouraged this theoretical and intellectual approach to art making.

The work of Gustavo Diaz sits at the intersection of aesthetics and science. Preoccupied with the microcosmic – with rendering the minute, subatomic, and fractalized underpinnings of the universe visible – the Argentina-based artist eschews the facile and the dogmatic. In his work, the modernist utopianism and universalism of post-war Argentine abstraction, is annihilated. In place of modernism’s simplified forms and colors, Diaz offers – whether in intricately assembled three-dimensional acrylic reliefs or in painstakingly rendered pencil drawings of rhizomatic structures – multi-layered, de-centered, and boundless compositions that require, in his terms, engagement with the work’s “intimate complexity.” Ultimately, this complex intimacy not only discards any localism, regionalism, or nationalism but also has the promise to yield an inversion of the universalism so prominently and starkly featured in the concrete-constructivist tradition that dominated much of Latin American abstract art in the twentieth-century.

1431 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
6:00 – 9:00p

Tom Torluemke and Jeriah Hildwine
Linda Warren Projects is proud to announce the opening of two first time solo exhibitions at the gallery – multidisciplinary artist Tom Torluemke’s “Ring Around the Rosie”, in Gallery Y and O, and the representational, realist, figurer painter Jeriah Hildwine’s “Living Dead Girls” in Gallery X. In these wildly fantastical shows, both artists push the boundaries of their imaginations, mediums, and skills, to a dizzying breadth and depth. Ascribing their influences to both the personal and cultural, they flirt with a gamut of emotions and ideas and employ fully intended mechanisms to engage the viewer in an extraordinarily powerful visual experience. Full of shock and awe, humor and folly, passion and violence, sex, love, beauty, ugliness, hope and despair – their underlying stories, whether based in reality or merely in fantasy, expound on universals that relate to us all.

Torluemke, a true art savant, insanely prolific and versatile, breathes creative life into every breathing moment of his existence and moves masterfully, like a whirling dervish, from medium to medium and style to style. From representation, to abstraction, to narration and political cartooning; from painting to paper cutouts; from collage to sculpture in all forms and materials, Torluemke fearlessly and viscerally responds to his every mood and instinct with an offering of art. Some works are autobiographical, while others more relate to the sheer horror and absurdities of the contemporaneous world around us. Some are a bit of both, and others, a celebration of form, beauty and material.

Linda Warren Projects
327 North Aberdeen, Suite 151
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 – 9:00p

TROUBLE Prints and Paintings by Nicholas Sistler
“Trouble” Shapes Unconventional Perspective on Vintage Erotica artist Nicholas Sistler plumbs the depths of the Kinsey Institute and brings old photos to a new light. In each moodily suggestive piece, artist Nicholas Sistler incorporates vintage photo images gathered from the collection of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. An accompanying installation is designed to enhance the seductive nature of the artwork, which exposes power relationships as expressed through sexual situations. The artist will be present for the opening reception, Friday, April 27, 7-10 p.m.

Firecat Projects
2124 N. Damen
Chicago, IL 60647
7:00 – 10:00p

I CAN DO THAT // Closing Reception
“I can do that.” –Everyone, ever.

Ahhh, the four most frequently uttered words in the art world. Commonly the cause of much frustration and eye-rolling among artists, art historians, and art lovers, this [occasionally hubristic, occasionally accurate] assertion is usually countered with the retort, “But you didn’t do it.” Oftentimes, it is the concept behind a work of art that lends that work significance and meaning. Other times, some art really does suck.

What if we give you, o’ self-appointed art critic, the opportunity to play an active role in creating the kind of work that you so vocally long to see?

I CAN DO THAT is the highly anticipated follow-up to last fall’s acclaimed EXQUISITE CORPSE show. At this independently run exhibition, in front of each piece will be the art supplies the show’s artists used to create their respective works.

Variable Space
1564 N. Damen
Chicago, IL
7:00 – 10:00p

Opening Reception: Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)
Join Gallery 400 for the opening reception of “Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations). Exploring color as both a formal and a social force, “Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)” arrays artworks around the gallery according to a loosely organized color spectrum. Envisioned by the artist-curators as an environment—a landscape—the project is created not only from works using spectral color, but also from instances of achromatic, invisible (infared, thermal, supernatural), and variable (metallic, iridescent) color in art. “Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)” reveals and embodies how artists navigate the complex interactions between colors, histories, references, and sensations.

Featured artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Ali Bailey, John Baldessari, Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada, Zachary Buchner, Tyree Callahan, Anne Collier, Jacob Dahlgren, Jose Dávila, Gaylen Gerber, Adam Grossi, Gary Hill, Rashid Johnson, Anna Kunz, Judy Ledgerwood, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Richard Mosse

Gallery 400
400 S Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60622
5:00 – 7:00p

Jeriah Hildwine: Living Dead Girls at Linda Warren Projects
More info coming soon …

Linda Warren Gallery
327 N. Aberdeen, Suite 151
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 – 9:00p


SATURDAY || April 28th, 2012

Envision Cermak Creative Industry District
Archeworks invites you to share your community insights and help create a vision for the future of the Cermak Creative Industry District between Pilsen and Chinatown! To RSVP contact or visit their Facebook Page. Food and refreshments will be served.

Archeworks is engaging in a City-led effort to transform an isolated industrial corridor into a new district for the creative industries. The proposed Cermak Creative Industries District, which borders the communities of Chinatown and Pilsen, will provide a mix of work spaces and collaborative opportunities for diverse enterprises that are part of Chicago’s expanding creative industries sector. The Archeworks design team, COLL Chicago, is focused on a series of design challenges that lay important groundwork during the District’s predevelopment phase. Our goal is to inspire new thinking and to help the City set a new standard for a world class creative business hub that attracts and spawns businesses across the creative sectors. This Archeworks initiative is also closely aligned with the City’s long-range goal of building the capacity of cultural districts as a city-wide economic engine and developing new models for cultural economic development that strengthen neighborhood economies.

Cermak Creative Industry District
500 West Cermak Avenue, Suite 511
Chicago, Illinois 60616
4:00 – 7:00p

The Sun Doesn’t Show through the Mist until Noon
Alderman Exhibitions is pleased to present The Sun Doesn’t Show through the Mist until Noon, an exhibition of weavings by Christy Matson. This will be the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery.

In this new body of work, Christy Matson activates rhythmic sequences that simultaneously reference an early modernist aesthetic and the preceding ethnographic patterns by which many twentieth-century painters and sculptors were influenced.

The culmination of a process of translation from sketches in marker to full-scale weavings in cotton, linen, cashmere, and tencel, the fields of color within the woven patterns retain the marks of the artist’s hand as it telegraphs through the work of the shuttle. The reinsertion of the casualness of the sketches into the weavings highlights the importance of the idiosyncrasies in Matson’s process and use of color. The breaks or glitches in the self-inscribed systems destabilize the grid and underscore the tension between necessity and monotony in the structure of a plan.

Alderman Exhibitions
1138 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
5:00 – 8:00p

A group exhibition featuring works by Andrew J. Hannigan, Dawn Cardona, Edyta Stepien, John Herndon, Lauren Feece, Maria Gaspar, Max Kauffman, Revise, Sam Kirk, Shannon Kerrigan, Tyrue “Slang” Jones, & Victor Lopez.

Believe Inn
2043 N. Winchester Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
6:00 – 10:00p

South Side Arts Bike Tour
Interested in the South Side arts scene? Like to ride bikes? Come explore the South Side landscape while learning about some of the wonderful art programs and organizations the community has to offer! This arts bike tour will take cyclists through Chicago’s South Side to four major arts organizations where participants will tour art spaces and exhibitions, as well as attend special presentations.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited on this special tour.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
11:00a – 3:00p
RSVP Required: E-mail logancenter (at) by 5pm on Wednesday, April 25.

R&C Annual Spring Benefit Bash
Art fair or no art fair, the last Saturday in April is still a great night for the best party of the year! Featuring “Taqueria de Jefe”, with tacos by Jonathan “Z-Dog” Zaragoza. A full bar with beer by Half Acre. Kate Ruggeri (Reckless Records) & Ross Kelly (Kokorokoko, Night Moves.) And most importantly live and silent auctions hosted by MC DMac (Duncan MacKenzie) featuring the finest works by R & C’s talented friends!

Roots & Culture
1034 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
7:00 – 11:00p
$40 at the door or $30 in advance

2012 IMPACT Performance Festival at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Join us for two nights of graduate thesis performances by:

Caitlin Baucom
Erica Gressman
Jacob King
Heeran Lee
Mikey McParlane
Joni Murphy
Natalia Redbird Nicholson
Katherine Trimble

Guest MC Robin Deacon and Guest Producers: Jillian Soto and Anthony Romero.

Free and open to the public!

SAIC Performance Space
280 South Columbus Drive (Columbus 012, lower level)
Chicago, IL

Portraiture in Japanese woodblock prints dates back to the origins of the artform. The earliest prints were portraits executed in the mid 1600s as advertisements for kimono boutiques or for Geisha houses. Often hand-colored, these early works captured the imagination of patrons, collectors and artists alike, firmly taking root within the tradition. A significant evolution transpired in the subsequent three hundred years of printmaking. Portraits moved beyond their mundane utilitarian origins and developed as a means for individual artistic ideas to proliferate. Moreover, Japanese artists interested in political and sociological changes exploited the portrait to disseminate their own agendas, while others, sympathetic to established governmental policies of the time, utilized the portrait to reinforce traditional Japanese decorum.

Floating World Gallery
1925 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
1:00 – 3:00p


SUNDAY || April 29th, 2012

Gay guys experience growing up differently than straight guys. Sometimes this results in prolonged adolescences. Nicholas Wylie and Todd King, who both grew up gay, have some new work that looks at how they’ve experienced this phenomenon. The second of ACRE’s series of 2012 staff shows, Puer Aeternus promises to be a little juvenile and a little queer.

King’s new suite of 2D fiber work abstractly reflects stories of his first girlfriend’s tongue, the anxiety of surname transmission and other (mildly traumatic) character defining moments in his early history. In a sense, he views these stories as a celebration; because without each tiny piece, the entire infrastructure would surely crumble.

Wylie employs less subtle references in drawings, video and sculpture to the historical and fictional heroes of his adolescence, and whines about the dearth of their real-world counterparts. He worries about 15th century anticipations of enlightenment in Dürer’s Nuremberg, and the similarly paradigmatically tenuous 1st century Ephesus. He finds in comic books exclamations that echo his saudade for metanarative. All this to say: he is afraid to jettison the vestiges of Christian, Trotskyist and Mutant confederations of his teen years.

ACRE Projects
1913 W. 17th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
4:00 – 8:00p

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