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January Art Picks

Tender as the Language at Ignition project space

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The image above is by Yesenia Bello from the exhibition Tender as the language, an ACRE show at Ignition project space, opening on January 17th.

This is a growing list, so check back often for new additions.

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Thurs, Jan 2, 7-10pm
Listen Up! Story Night
The Pilsen Art House: 1756 W 19th St
Free

Fri, Jan 3, 5-8pm
Tracing Faults
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W Fulton St
Free

Fri, Jan 3, 6-9pm
Lucid
Gallery Studio Oh!: 4839 N Damen Ave
Free

Sat, Jan 4, 9-10am
Genealogy and Local History Orientation
Newberry Library: 60 W Walton St
Free

Sat, Jan 4, 10am-6pm
4 Día de Los Reyes Mercado at Que4 Radio
2643 W Chicago Ave
Free

Sat, Jan 4, 11;30am-5pm
Writer’s Studio Write-In at the Arts Incubator
Arts Incubator: 301 E Garfield Blvd
Free

Sat, Jan 4, 12-5pm
Sis, U Belong Here: Manifest 2020
6018NORTH: 6018 N Kenmore Ave
Donation

Mon, Jan 6, 7-9pm
Nance Klehm: Soil-Look, Soil-Listen
Inga: 1740 W 18th St
Free

Tue, Jan 7, 12-1pm
Curator Tour: Water After All
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Tue, Jan 7, 6-7:30pm
American Sign Language Tour and Tea: Direct Message
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Wed, Jan 8, 5:30-8pm
Growing Cities Film Screening + Panel
Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N Central Park Ave
Free

Wed, Jan 8, 7-10pm
Anthony Sims: Embodying the Black Experience Through Performance
Links Hall: 3111 N Western Ave
Free

Thurs, Jan 9, 12-1pm
Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury
The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S Michigan Ave
Free

Thurs, Jan 9, 6-7pm
Claire Finch: Kathy Acker (1971-1975)
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores: 5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Free

Thurs, Jan 9, 6-8pm
Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts: 4 W Burton Pl
Free

Thurs, Jan 9, 6-8pm
Edo: Memories Museum
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E 60th St
Free

Thurs, Jan 9, 6:30-8pm
From Here to There: Artist Talk: Stories That Move Us
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership: 610 S Michigan Ave
Free

Thurs, Jan 9, 6:30-8pm
L1 Creative Business Accelerator Applicant Info Session and Tour
Green Line Performing Arts Center: 329 E Garfield Blvd
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 12-6pm
Radical Print Shop with William Estrada
PO Box Collective: 6900 N Glenwood Ave
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 7-9pm
Re: Acker
M. LeBlanc: 3514 W Fullerton Av
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 5-7:30pm
Gordon Parks: This Land Is Your Land
Rhona Hoffman Gallery: 1711 W Chicago Ave
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 5-8pm
This Scrim Became One
Aspect/Ratio: 864 N Ashland Ave
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 6-9pm
Gloria Bravo: La Resistencia
ARC Gallery: 1463 W Chicago Ave
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 6-10pm
Comfortably Bananas
Vault Gallerie: 2015 S Laflin St
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 6-10pm
Dean La Prairie: Messenger
Uri-Eichen Gallery: 2101 S Halsted St
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 6-10pm
Alexandra Antoine: Nou La
Chicago Art Department: 1926 S Halsted St
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 6-10pm
The Petty Biennial.2
NYCH Gallery: 2025 S Laflin St
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 6-9pm
Beyond Reach: Selva Aparicio & Valentina Zamfirescu
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Av
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 5-8pm
Female Trouble & The Tapestries
Western Exhibitions: 1709 W Chicago Av
Free

Fri, Jan 10, 7-10pm
Intimacies and Influence
Open House Chicago: 740 N Ogden Av
Free

Sat, Jan 11, 12-1pm
Remember Where You Are: Curator’s Tour
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Sat, Jan 11, 1:30-2:30pm
Exhibition Tour by Phyllis Bramson
Elmhurst Art Museum: 150 S Cottage Hill Ave
Free

Sat, Jan 11, 5-8pm
Silke Otto-Knapp: In the waiting room
The Renaissance Society: 5811 S Ellis Av
Free

Sun, Jan 12, 11am-2pm
Closing Reception: Benjamin Larose
Material: 2025 W Belmont Av
Free

Tue, Jan 14, 6-7:30pm
How and Why to Write and Publish a Memoir
Harold Washington Library: 400 S Peoria St
Free

Tue, Jan 14, 6-8pm
Home Video Day
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Wed, Jan 15, 6-8pm
Surviving the Mic: Writing Workshop
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Ave
Free

Wed, Jan 15, 6:36pm
United in Anger (Jim Hubbard, 2012)
No Nation: 1542 N Milwaukee Av, Fl 2
Free

Thurs, Jan 16, 5-6:30pm
Diane Simpson
Art Theory Practice, at Northwestern University: 1880 Campus Dr, Evanston
Free

Thurs, Jan 16, 6-7:30pm
Continuous Span: Christie Helm, Danielle Andress, Charlie Manion, Jessica Pierotti, Noelle Africh, and Monica Plioplyte
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Av
Free

Thurs, Jan 16, 7pm
Elizabeth Bradfield & Antonia Contro: Theorem
Poetry Foundation: 61 W Superior St
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 3-4pm
All Mushrooms Are Magic
Harold Washington Library: 400 S State St
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 5-8pm
Spring 2020 Exhibitions at the 5th Floor Gallery
5th Floor Gallery: 929 W Harrison St
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 5-9pm
Annual Clearance Sale!
Project Onward: 1200 W 35th St Fl 4
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 5-8pm
New Formations: Nicolás Combarro, Hannah Hughes and Lilly Lulay, Aimée Beaubien
Catherine Edelman Gallery: 1637 W Chicago Av
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 6-9pm
Tender as the Language
Ignition Project Space: 3839 W Grand Ave
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 5-8pm
Bettina von Zwehl: Meditations in an Emergency
Catherine Edelman Gallery: 1637 W Chicago Av
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 7-10pm
Backyard Stories
062: 1029 W 35th St
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 5-9pm
Okunola Jeyifous: S is for Soul Sister
Arts Incubator: 301 E Garfield Blvd
Free

Fri, Jan 17, 6-8pm
Kuumba Lynx Open Mic
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Sat, Jan 18, 9-10am
Newberry 101: An Introduction to Research at the Newberry
Newberry Library: 60 W Walton St
Free

Sat, Jan 18, 5-8pm
Shannon Finley: END OF LINE
Carrie Secrist Gallery: 835 W Washington Blvd
Free

Sat, Jan 18, 6-9pm
José Santiago Pérez: Palacios (fantasy structures)
Roman Susan: 1224 W Loyola Ave
Free

Sat, Jan 18, 3-6pm
Staged Reading of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
Historical Quaker House: 5615 S Woodlawn Av
Free

Sat, Jan 18, 12-2pm
Petty Biennial.2: Align & Manifest Workshop
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Av
Free

Sun, Jan 19, 9pm-4am
For Frankie! A Celebration of his 65th Birthday
Metro Chicago: 3730 N Clark St
$20

Sun, Jan 19, 3-6pm
Anne Harris: Thirty-nine Eyelids
Goldfinch: 319 N Albany Av
Free

Mon, Jan 20, 6-8pm
Forms and Features: Ode (Poetry Foundation)
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St
Free

Tue, Jan 21, 7pm
Open Door Series: Patrick Durgin & Kristiana Rae Colón
Poetry Foundation: 61 W Superior St
Free

January 21-April 5, 2020
Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection
Block Museum of Art: 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Free

Wed, Jan 22, 6:30-8pm
Tax Tips for Artists & Freelancers
LATITUDE: 1821 W Hubbard St, Ste 207
Free

Wed, Jan 22, 6:30-8pm
Know Your Rights: A Toolkit for Cultural Producers
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W Fulton St
Donation

Wed, Jan 22, 6pm
West Side Wednesdays Open Mic
MLK Exhibit Center: 1558 South Hamlin
Free

Thurs, Jan 23, 7pm
Cinema 53: The Graduates with Bernardo Ruiz and Eve Ewing
Harper Theater: 5238 S Harper Ave
Free

Thur, Jan 23, 7-10pm
Rafiki, introduced by Erin Moore
Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E 60th St
Free

Fri, Jan 24, 6-9pm
Velvet
Leather Archives & Museum: 6418 N Greenview Av
Free

Fri, Jan 24, 6pm
Harold Mendez: The years now
Logan Center Exhibitions: 915 E 60th St
Free

Fri, Jan 24, 7-8:30pm
A Night with the Shabistan Film Archive
The Block Museum: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston
Free
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Fri, Jan 24, 5-8pm
Return to the Everywhere
Weinberg/Newton Gallery: 688 N Milwaukee Ave
Free

Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, 2pm
Tiny Vibrating Strings @ Rhino Fest 2020
Prop Prop Thtr: 3502 N Elston Av
$15

Sat, Jan 25, 3pm
HERstory of Hairatage
Haitian American Museum of Chicago: 4654 N Racine Av
Free

Sun, Jan 26, 1:30-3pm
Panel Discussion: Azadeh Hussaini, ‘ArchiWalls’
Evanston Art Center: 1717 Central St
Free

Sun, Jan 26, 1-3pm
Reading the Black Library: Jonathan Holloway and avery r young
Stony Island Arts Bank: 6760 S Stony Island Av
Free

Mon, Jan 27, 6 pm
Exhibitions for Social Justice Discussion with Elena Gonzales and Michael Christiano
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy: 1307 E 60th St
Free

Tues, Jan 28, 12-1pm
Becoming the Breeze: Curator Tour
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Tues, Jan 28, 6-7:30pm
In Progress: Mlondi Zondi
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Wed, Jan 29, 6-7pm
Gallery Tour in American Sign Language
The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S Michigan Ave
Free

Wed, Jan 29, 6-7:30pm
Gallery Talk with Julia Fish, Sarah Herda, and Dan Wheeler
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Wed, Jan 29, 4-7pm
Slowly, With Care Reception + Talk
O’Connor Art Gallery (Dominican University): 7900 Division St, River Forest
Free

Thurs, Jan 30, 8-9pm
Ligia Lewis Water Will (in Melody)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
$10-30

Thurs, Jan 30, 7pm
We Tell Film Series: Environments of Race and Place
Logan Center for the ArtsL 915 E 60th St
Free

Thurs, Jan 30, 6-7:30pm
Creative Capital Award Info Session
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Av
Free

Thurs, Jan 30, 6-8pm
Five Works: Cathy Hsiao Opening
Mana Contemporary: 2233 S Throop St
Free

Thurs, Jan 30, 6-8pm
What I really want to tell you…
Mana Contemporary: 2233 S Throop St
Free

Fri, Jan 31, 6-8pm
Soundtrack: Jared Brown
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Fri, Jan 31, 10am
Afro-Instrumentality
Open Studio Project: 903 Sherman Ave, Evanston
Free

Fri, Jan 31, 7-11pm
In A Room With Many Windows: Gwendolyn Zabicki
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Av
Free

Fri, Jan 31, 7-11pm
Presence and Absence
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Av
Free

Fri, Jan 31, 7-9pm
Twice as Nice (1989) with Jessie Maple
The Block Museum: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston
Free

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Featured Image: Taken from the exhibition Tender as the language, an ACRE exhibition at Ignition project space, opening on January 17th. In the image a hand holds onto a small grey and yellow circle at the lower right side, a white and orange piece of fabric wrapped around the upper right side, pulling to the left of the image. All set against a dark grey background.