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July Art Picks

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Save the date for The Visualist’s fundraiser, Bake Sale, on Saturday, July 27th, 7-11pm at Read/Write Library Chicago (914 N California Ave).

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

July Art Picks

Fri, June 28, 7-11pm
Alternate Space: A Simulated Art Fair
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N. Milwaukee Av
Free

Mon, July 1, 6-8pm
Fibers Night and the Wandering Uterus Project Workshop
PO Box Collective: 6900 N Glenwood Ave
Free

Mon, July 1, 6:30-9pm
Chicago Design Milestones 1920–2019
150 Media Stream: 150 N Riverside Plaza
Free

Fri, July 5, 6-9pm
B.LEN: CONDUIT 2: A Ribbon in the Sky
Blanc Gallery: 4445 S King Dr
Free

Fri, July 5, 6-9pm
Isaac Rafael Galvan: DREAM WORK
Humboldt Park Boathouse Gallery: 1301 N Sacramento Blvd
Free

Fri, July 5, 6-10pm
Ricardo Xavier Serment: Round One: Primera Caída
Pilsen Outpost: 1637 W 18th St
Free

July 6 – Aug 15
Thrown Stone, Spitten Image: Mark Blanchard, Cass Davis, kwabena foli, and Kelly Kristin Jones
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W. Fulton St
Free

Sat, July 6, 9am-1pm
Las Topo Chicas Patio Pop-Up
Build Coffee: 6100 S Blackstone Ave
Free

Sat, July 6, 11am-1pm
Processing the Unthinkable: Community Roundtable
Stony Island Arts Bank: 6760 S Stony Island Ave
Free

Sat, July 6, 1-3pm
Andrea Carlson: Interruptions by Native Artists
Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab: 78 E Washington St
Free

Sat, July 6, 2pm
Tours of The Legacy of Chicago Dance
Newberry Library: 60 W Walton St
Free

Sat, July 6, 3:30-6:30pm
Black Panther Film Series (6)
Stony Island Arts Bank: 6760 S Stony Island Ave
Free

Sat, July 6, 4-6pm
FMSBWTÖZÄU PGGIV-..?MÜ (FOR STEPHEN FOSTER)
Shane Campbell Gallery: 2021 S Wabash Ave
Free

Sat, July 6, 6-8pm
Body Keeps the Score: A Reading Night
Mana Contemporary Chicago: 2233 S Throop St
Free

Sat, July 6, 7-9pm
American Girl Doll Chapbook Release
Volumes Bookcafe: 1474 N Milwaukee Ave
Free

Sat, July 6, 8-11pm
Benefit for Chicago Community Bond Fund
Okay Gallery: 2215 S Union St, #406
$10

Sun, July 7, 2pm
¡Vamos al Museo!
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free with museum admission

Sun, July 7, 3-5pm
Slow-Res: a Free and Self-Taught MFA Community
Read/Write Library: 914 N California Ave
Free

Sun, July 7, 5-8pm
Hyun Jung Jun: Teyo’s Lightshield
Fresh Bread: email freshbreadgallery@gmail.com for address
Free

Mon, July 8, 6-7:30pm
My Pressure Suit: A Presentation and Dialogue With Dark Matter
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Ave
Free

Mon, July 8, 7pm
Ada Cheng: Straight to the Heart!
Read/Write Library: 914 N California Ave
Free

Tue, July 9, 6-8pm
Creative Community: Artist Talk & Workshop by Oda Hekiun
Hairpin Arts Center: 2810 N Milwaukee Ave
Free

Wed, July 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Richard “Richie” Parks
SAIC at Homan Square: 906 S Homan Ave
Free

Wed, July 10, 5:30-7pm
Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Thurs, July 11, 5-7pm
As Long As We Remember
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E 60th St
Free

Thurs, July 11, 6pm
Open Sessions with BraveSoul Movement
Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative: 1456 E 70th St
Free

Thurs, July 11, 6-8pm
Mev Luna: Far from the distance we see: Closing Reception
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W Fulton St
Free

Thurs, July 11, 6-9pm
Kara Jackson: Bloodstone Cowboy
Young Chicago Authors: 1180 N Milwaukee Ave
Free

Thurs, July 11, 6-9pm
Rear View Mirror Sessions: Death of Disco
Green Line Performing Arts Center: 329 E Garfield Blvd
Free

Fri, July 12, 7-10pm
Tender Alchemists
Basic Studios: 3551 W Diversey Ave
Free

Fri, July 12, 5-8pm
Whit Forrester and Roni Packer: Coning
Aspect/Ratio: 864 N Ashland Ave
Free

Fri, July 12, 5-7:30pm
Martha Tuttle
Rhona Hoffman Gallery: 1711 W Chicago Ave
Free

Fri, July 12, 6-9pm
OTV Cycle 4 Celebration
Stage 18 Chicago: 2558 W 16th St
$15

Fri, July 12, 6-9pm
Jon Veal: Blonde Judas
Chicago Art Department: 1932 S Halsted St
Free

Fri, July 12, 7pm
La Politique des Autres: Short Films by Agnès Varda (Program II)
Filmfront: 1740 W 18th St
$8-10

Fri, July 12, 7pm
Screening: Yara Travieso: La Medea
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
$8-10

Fri, July 12, 6-10pm
Zakkiyyah Najeebah: Relearning With Mentions
Chicago Art Department: 1932 S Halsted St
Free

Fri, July 12, 6-10pm
Graham v Connor 1989. Fighting Police Violence in Chicago
Uri-Eichen Gallery: 2101 S Halsted St
Free

July 13-14, 2019
Barrio Arts Fest
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture: 3015 W Division St
$0-5

Sat, July 13, 1-2pm
Gentrification without Art Displacement Talk
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N. Milwaukee Av
Free

Sat, July 13, 9am-7pm
Juan Molina Hernández: autoretrato o piel vieja y lo que sobra de una manda cumplida (self-portrait or old skin and remnants of a prayer answered)
Roman Susan: 1224 W Loyola Ave
Free

Sat, July 13, 3-5pm
The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful
Hyde Park Art Center
Free

Sat, July 13, 12-2pm
Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart
FIRST AID COMICS: 1617 East 55th St
Free

Sat, July 13, 2-3pm
The Hippest Trip In America: Soul Train
Stony Island Arts Bank: 6760 S Stony Island Ave
Free

Sat, July 13, 2-5pm
Manifestations: Artist Talk
One After 909: 906 N Ashland Ave
Free

Sat, July 13, 4-6pm
Naimah Thomas: Wounded Healer
Build Coffee: 6100 S Blackstone Ave
Free

Sat, July 13, 6-9pm
80 Years Young: A Birthday Party Bash for Hyde Park Art Center
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Ave
Free

July 13 – July 20
Garbage Fyre Festival
Milwaukee, WI

Sun, July 14, 6:30-9:30pm
Dual Queer Zine Release Party
Ojo De Fortuna: 2024 S Ashland Ave
Free

Sun, July 14, 3-4:30pm
Cathy Hsiao and Lakshmi Ramgopal: Mala/Maalai
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Mon, July 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Poets for Reproductive Justice
Young Chicago Authors: 1180 N Milwaukee Ave
Free

Tues, July 16, 5-7pm
Memory Magic: A Journaling and Manifesting Workshop
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E 60th St
Free

Tues, July 16, 6-8pm
Creative Community: Daisaku Ueno & Hiroshi Mehata Artist Talk
Hairpin Arts Center: 2810 N Milwaukee Ave
Free

Wed, July 17, 6-7:30pm
Creative Community: Daisaku Ueno & Hiroshi Mehata Artist Talk
Spudnik Press Cooperative: 1821 W Hubbard St
Free

Wed, July 17, 6-8pm
TIES
Stony Island Arts Bank: 6760 S Stony Island Ave
Free

Wed, July 17, 7:30-9pm
Speaking Truths Series: Straddling the Borderland
National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial: 2831 W Lawrence Ave
$5

Wed, July 17, 7:30-10pm
AirGo Live! with guests Tasha and Eve L. Ewing
Green Line Performing Arts Center: 329 E Garfield Blvd
Free

Thurs, July 18, 5-7pm
Go Down Moses
Museum of Contemporary Photography: 600 S Michigan Ave
Free

Thurs, July 18, 6-7pm
Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores: 5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Free

Thurs, July 18, 6-7pm
Jesse Malmed: Been Theres Then
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Thurs, July 18, 6-8pm
Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen: Feeling Shapey
Gallery 400: 400 S Peoria St
Free

Thurs, July 18, 6-8pm
Post-Studio: Keith Nelson in Conversation with Shane McAdams
Haggerty Museum of Art: 1234 W Tory Hill Street, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Fri, July 19, 10pm – 1am
Official Pitchfork Aftershow with Title TK DJs & Sasha No Disco
Smartbar: 3730 N Clark St
$6-10

Fri, July 19, 5-8pm
Mutant Dust Bunnies
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Av
Free

Fri, July 19, 12-1pm
Eric J. Garcia: The Bald Eagle’s Toupee: Curator’s Tour
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Fri, July 19, 6-8pm
Serious Vanity
One After 909: 906 N Ashland Ave
Free

Fri, July 19, 6-9pm
Brian Hofmeister: Permutations
Center on Halsted: 3656 N Halsted St
Free

Fri, July 19, 7-9pm
Stonewall 50, A Celebration
Call Bar: 1547 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Free

Fri, July 19, 7-9pm
Cuban Visions 4: Emerging Women Filmmakers
Full Spectrum Features: 2936 N Southport Ave
$10-14

Fri, July 19, 5-9pm
Summer Gallery Night at MIAD
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design: 273 E Erie St, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Fri, July 19, 6-9pm
GET READY WITH ME: Sam Jaffe At Vital Signs, MKE
Vital Signs
Free

Fri, July 19, 6-9pm
Modern Love
Scout Gallery: 1104 W. Mitchell Street, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Fri, July 19, 5-8pm
Var Collective Exhibition 2019 | AIR Reopening
Var Gallery & Studios: 643 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Fri, July 19, 5-7pm
Flesh, Temporal & Eternal: Debo Mouloudji & Jamaal Clarke
Artist talk on July 24th
Nō Studios: 1037 W McKinley Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Free

July 19-20, 2019
Jenna Youngwood: Firmament
Panel Discussion with Shane Walsh & Kate Mothes (YoungSpace)
The Alice Wilds: 900 S 5th St, Ste 102, Milwaukee, WI
Free

July 19-20, 2019
Arts @ Large Community Center Grand Opening
Arts @ Large: 1100 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI
Free

July 20-21, 2019
ComplexCon Chicago
McCormick Place: 2301 S Martin Luther King Dr
$80-600

Sat, July 20, 9am-1pm
Books for the Imprisoned! Patio Pop-Up
Build Coffee: 6100 S Blackstone Ave
Free

Sat, July 20, 12-10pm
The 16th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party
5235 S Harper Ct
Free

Sat, July 20, 1-3pm
SSW Workshop: Mapping for Journalism
Experimental Sound Studio: 6100 S Blackstone Ave
Free

Sat, July 20, 6pm
Julie Kooser: Spectrum: An Exploration of Gender
Positive Space Studios: 3520 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Sat, July 20, 9pm
AMFM Presents A Pitchfork Music Festival Aftershow with Dua Saleh + more
The Empty Bottle: 1035 N Western Ave
$10-15

Sat, July 20,
Rafael Francisco Salas, For God and Country (Artist Talk)
Portrait Society Gallery: 207 E Buffalo St, Ste 526, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Sat, July 20, 2-3pm
SPARK A Material Studios Exhibition Curator and Artist Talk
Frank Juarez Gallery: 207 E Buffalo St., Ste 600, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Sun, July 21, 10:30am-5pm
Block Party 2019
The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S Michigan Ave
Free

Sun, July 21, 2:30-4pm
Inside the Suitcases She Carries
The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S Michigan Ave
Free

Sun, July 21, 3-5pm
Norman W. Long, Andrew Clinkman, Lia Kohl
Experimental Sound Studio: 5925 N Ravenswood Ave
Free

Mon, July 22, 5-7pm
SOARS (Story of a Rape Survivor) Multimedia Performance
SAIC MacLean Ballroom: 112 S Michigan Ave
Free

July 25 – July 28
2019 Newberry Library Book Fair
Newberry Library: 60 W Walton St
Free

July 25 – August 3
Still/Here: Manifesting joy and survival
Various Locations (listed below)
Free

  • Thurs, July 25th, 6pm @ South Shore Cultural Center
  • Sat, July 27th, 3pm @ Humboldt Park
  • Thurs, August 1st, 6pm @ Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th St.
  • Sat, August 3rd, 3pm @ Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave.

Thurs, July 25, 5:30-7:30pm
Black and Brown Lives in Green Spaces
DuSable Museum of African American History: 740 E 56th Pl
Free

Thurs, July 25, 5:30-7pm
The Modern Art of Tarot
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave
Free

Thurs, July 25, 6-8pm
Diane Simpson: Architecture in Motion
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts: 4 W Burton Pl
Free

Thurs, July 25, 7-8pm
Verónica Gerber Bicecci: EMPTY SET
Volumes Bookcafe: 1474 N Milwaukee Ave
Free

Fri, July 26, 6-10pm
Works on Paper
Grace Jane Projects: 3203 S Halsted
Free

Fri, July 26, 6-8pm
Amid Kinship: Jarvis Boyland, Brandon Breaux , and Amina Ross
Arts and Public Life: 301 E Garfield Blvd
Free

Fri, July 26, 6-8pm
Soundtrack: CQQCHiFRUIT Dentata (Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Free

Fri, July 26, 6-10pm
Mom told me to go play downstairs
Yours Truly: 833 e center street, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Fri, July 26, 7-10pm
LUNA presents: SOL
Genesis: 720 North Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI
Free

July 27-28, 2019
LA&M Kinky Rummage Sale
Leather Archives & Museum: 6418 N Greenview Ave
Free

July 27-28, 2019
BANTU FEST 2019
Midway Plaisance, Chicago (in Hyde Park, by the University of Chicago): 1130 Midway Plaissance
Free

July 27, 3-10om + July 28, 3-9pm
Fiesta de la Luna
Ojo De Fortuna: 2024 S Ashland Ave
Free

Sat, July 27, 9am-8pm
Compound Yellow YART SALE!
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St, Oak Park
Free

Sat, July 27, 12-8pm
Second Annual Back Alley Jazz
7300 Block of S Paxton Ave
Free

Sat, July 27, 1-3pm
Land Justice Workshop – Family Action Day!
First Nations Garden: Wilson and Pulaski
Free

Sat, July 27, 3-8pm
Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party
National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W 19th St
Free

Sat, July 27, 4-5pm
On Style and Democratic Design with NO SESSO and Universal Standard
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave,
$8-15

Sat, July 27, 7-11pm
Bake Sale
Read/Write Library Chicago: 914 N California Ave
$20

Sun, July 28, 7pm
Art Is Bonfire (Last Sundays)
Promontory Point: 5491 S Shore Dr
Free

Fri, July 31, 6-8pm
Indiana Green 10th Anniversary
Cedarburg Cultural Center: W62N546 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI
Free

Wed, July 31, 6-8pm
Spirit of the Waves: Performance (for Albert)
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts: 4 W Burton Pl
Free

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Featured Image: Flyer for The Visualist’s fundraiser, Bake Sale, on Saturday, July 27th, 7-11pm at Read/Write Library Chicago (914 N California Ave), featuring baked goods by 062, ACRE Kitchen, ADDS DONNA, Agitator Co-operative Gallery, Aspect/Ratio, boundary, Chicago Arts Writers, Compound Yellow, Filmfront, EXTRA Projects, Ground Level Platform, Happy Gallery, Ignition Project Space, Insatiable, Jackson Junge Gallery, Julius Caesar, LVL3, MICKEY, North Pole Exhibitions, Ohklahomo, PATRON, Riverside Art Center, Roman Susan, Slow, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Threewalls, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, and more.