While there is always a lot happening on the weekends, here are some of the events we at Sixty suggest you check out. Click event names and locations for more information about each event. And for more, check out some of our favorite links to Chicago art calendars at the very bottom.
FRIDAY || May 20, 2011
May Craft Up
This Friday join the creators of the Chicago Church of Craft as they teach two different envelope crafts. Using a little soap, water, and food coloring, you can dye envelopes by popping the color right onto them! What says spring like a little color? They will also be making the most of those beautiful, neglected patterns found on the insides of security envelopes. Bring your old security envelopes and get ready for what they call upcycling! Refreshments will be served.
2917 1/2 N. Broadway
6pm – 8pm
JIRM & FEDZ Exhibition and El Gato Negro Fundraiser
Join Yollocalli as they celebrate the opening of JIRM and FEDZ art show, hold a fundraiser for “El Gato Negro”, and preview the completed mosaic mural created for the Children’s Memorial Hospital. Tamales, pastries, T-Shirts, and stickers will be available.
Yollocalli Arts Reach
1401 W 18th St.
6pm – 8pm
Free, donations for El Gato Negro are suggested
TO ART & PROFIT | Come As You Are: Re-Imagining Art with a Conscience (Friday and Saturday)
The final weekend explores how we can create work that is socially relevant, appealing, and entertaining while sustaining our livelihoods as artists. Can we create new systems of value and new models of socially accountable and affordable art production? Collaborating Artists include Silvita Diaz Brown, Nicole Garneau & Lani Montreal; Nicole LeGette; The Ladies Ring Shout, Ayako Kato & David Boykin; and with Special Guests Joel Valentin-Martinez & Liz Zastrow.
3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Suite 207
TICKETS $15/ $12 ONLINE/$10 STUDENTS/SENIORS
Compositions by Dayo Laoye
Join Yoruba native and long-time Chicago resident Dayo Laoye during this semi-retrospective of paintings, drawings that illustrate the waves of his practice through everything from portraits of Yoruban Priestesses to experiments with the possibilities of paint with pure abstraction and charcoal/pastel portraits of local Chicagoans. While showing work that he has done over decades, the show will also exhibit how his work has evolved through the more recent works on display. “Without trying to blow my own trumpet this exhibition will show the viewer how freer my style is getting.” – Dayo Laoye
South Side Community Art Center
3831 S Michigan
6pm – 9pm
SATURDAY || May 21, 2011
John Neff (Performance in print and process)
Equal parts exhibition and performance, John Neff Prints Robert Blanchon will be in process at Golden Gallery from May 18 to June 25, 2011. The show will revolve around Blanchon’s 1995 photo-based conceptual work Untitled (aroma / 1981), a collection of advertisements for queer sex products selected by Blanchon from pre-AIDS gay publications. For this two stage exhibition, Neff will first display the extant posthumously printed components of Untitled and then, within the gallery space, use those remnants to recreate negative transparencies and – this time unfixed and sure to fade – sepia prints. Additional components of the project will include Blanchon’s 1998 Glass Horse, a copy-and-print stand by Neff based on that sculpture and a modified, limited edition, bookwork altering the Robert Blanchon catalog published by Visual AIDS in 2006.
3319 N. Broadway
1pm – 4pm
Wort Workshop Series #4: Spoke Project Residency
Only two more left in this series of refreshing residency events with Chris Tourre. Join him this weekend for a family-friendly demonstration in creating Lilac Soda. As an extension of the beer-brewing component of his residency, Tourre is inviting you to bring your home-grown ingredients and he will work to incorporate them into future brews. Bring food and drinks to share and Tourre will take care of the rest.
Spoke Artist Residency Project Space
119 N. Peoria Street #3D
12pm – 3pm
Stop by Floor Length and Tux to see new work by Kristen Romaniszak, Brandon Heuser, Catie Olson and EC Brown. The work in this new exhibition is the direct spawn of the FLAT 9 Prelude exhibit presented at the MDW Fair this past April. “Earlier themes of fly-fishing, fish personifications, fire prescriptionists and The Wizard of Oz will mutate to include even more fishing, controlled burning and hard-working union bras.”
Floor Length and Tux
2332 W. Augusta #3F
7pm – 10pm
INGREDIENTS FOR HUMBLE MAGIC // new work by BRANDON ANSCHULTZ & ADAM FARCUS
The material improvisation of Brandon Anschultz meets the inquisitive creations of Adam Farcus at The Hills Esthetic Center for this weekend’s ACRE Projects exhibition. Can’t make the opening? You’re in luck because Adam will be giving a Reading/Performance the following day at 1pm. Not to be missed!
The Hills Esthetic Center
128 N Campbell Ave
7pm – 11pm
SUNDAY || May 22, 2011
TO ART & PROFIT | Come As You Are: Re-Imagining Art with a Conscience // Neighborhood Spectacle & Panel
Join panelists Henry Cervantes (Youth Peer Organizer at Telpochcalli Community Education Project), Fathom DJ (DJ and music stylist), David Feiner (Producing Artistic Director, Albany Park Theater Project), Roell Schmidt (Director of Links Hall), Lisa Biggs (Performer, playwright and director researching theatre programs for incarcerated women), Evin Marie (playwright and owner of The Maekeen Room) for a discussion that will close the To Art & Profit Performance Festival.
Southside Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave
GAME NIGHT Fundraiser for 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Throwing down to support the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival art galleries! It’s GAME NIGHT featuring the Scrabble Showdown, a tournament to separate the weak from the bold and see who is the true triple word master! —- If you’re not into doing battle through scrabble: bring your favorite game! —- If you don’t like games, join the fun: mix, mingle, and support the festival art galleries, and you might meet your match. Win raffle prizes donated by local businesses!
2338 N Milwaukee, Chicago
8pm – 11:30pm
Free ($15 registration for the Scrabble Showdown)
CAD West | Art Garage Sale
It’s spring cleaning time and Chicago Art Department is opening their doors to friends for an open studio, BBQ and ART GARAGE SALE. Tons of art, materials, equipment and all kinds of other random stuff will be for sale. There will also be food on the grill and some colds brews to keep you chill. And since you’re there, this is a perfect opportunity to check out the studio and see if you are interested in joining the CAD as a Resident Artist. If you have ANYTHING you’d like to donate to the sale, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can drop it off on Saturday May 21, from 12pm-6pm.
Chicago Art Department Studio
1732 W Hubbard St
12pm – 6pm
//THERE’S ALWAYS MORE//