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Week Ends, Art Begins || April 22th – 24th

There’s so much art happening this weekend that we at Sixty Inches From Center wanted to provide you with a list of some of the events on our radar.


FRIDAY || April 22, 2011

The New New Chicagoans
As the kick off to Version 11 and a re-engagement of the 2005 exhibition New Chicagoans, Public Media Institute’s New New Chicagoans exhibition will feature the work of over a dozen established Chicago artists who are solid signs of a promising future for our city. New New Chicagoans will feature the work of Mike Andrews, Dayton Castleman, Ryan Travis Christian, Paul Cowan, Ryan Duggan, Stephen Eichhorn, Edie Fake, Aron Gent, Cody Hudson, Matthew Hoffman, Thad Kellstadt, Jason Lazarus, Rachael Marszewski, Paul Nudd, Rachel Niffenegger, Josue Pellot, Josh Reames, Anna Shteynshleyger, Sonnenzimmer, Greg Stimac, and Christine Tarkowski.

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street
7pm-1am
$5 (Free before 9pm)

 

TIME – Portrait of History: Zhou Brothers New Works
The internationally renowned Zhou Brothers exhibit their newest painting series that reveal their vision and myth. They recently unveiled a painting at the White House to President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China. They invite you to join them on a journey through their artistic career.

Zhou B Art Center
1029 West 35th Street
6pm – 10pm
Free

 

Gozamos 1 Year Anniv. Party w/ ZZK + Sonorama
Celebrate the one year anniversary of Gozamos at Zizek, a club from Buenos Aires, Argentina dedicated to the emerging sounds of Hip Hop, Dancehall, Reggaetón, Cumbia, Bastard Pop, Mashups, and more.

8fifty8
858 W. Lake
9pm- 2am
21+
$5 in advance, $15 at the door

 

BEFORE VINYL SKYLINES // new works by KEVIN MALELLA
Make your way to The Plaines Project to see the latest work from photographer Kevin Malella who explores the “urban and industrial landscapes through cyanotype photograms of plant object arrangements. In this project, Malella continues his interests in both the collaboration and struggle between natural processes and human persistence as well as their perceived dissonance by which our physical world is shaped.”

The Plaines Project
1822 S Desplaines Street
6pm – 9pm
Free

The Painting Show
Las Manos Gallery presents “The Painting Show” featuring artists Chuck Meyers, E.C. Rolwing, Monika Wulfers, Matthew Best, Andrea Jensen, Jeffrey Sanderson and Brad Nelson. Monika Wulfers uses lines as objective units of visual reality. The random vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines are a theme in her work which includes the creation of notebooks, films, slides, ink drawings and paintings. The outlines generate values, which are used to determine any number of lines in her composition. Her linear configurations form unique works within a larger body of possibilities.

Opening on Friday April 22nd from 7pm -10pm. Exhibition runs from April 22nd through June 5th.

Las Manos Gallery
5220 North Clark Street
7pm – 10pm
Free

Christopher Jarred  |  “Searching For Balance”
Emerging Chicago painter Christopher Jarred will be presenting his latest work in addition to giving an artist talk about his background and how his career has progressed over time.

University Of Illinois In Chicago (UIC)
Addams Hall – Room 207
830 S Halsted Street
5pm – 8pm (Artist Talk at 6pm)
Free

 

Tale of 2 Cities: Chicago + Detroit
Six filmmakers from Chicago and six from Detroit’s films are presented in video installations. Their short and feature length documentaries, experimental films, and social exposes stand as communication about social and cultural relevance. The show moderates this cross city conversation. The Filmmakers featured in the show are Jack Cronin (Detroit), Brandon Walley (Detroit), Orlando Ford (Detroit), Oren Goldenburg (Detroit), Nicole Macdonald (Detroit), Bill Brown (Detroit), Tom Palazzollo (Chicago), James Gallant & Vern Cummins (Chicago), Ronit Bezalel (Chicago), Carmine Cervi (Chicago), Todd Lillethun (Chicago) and Sree Nallamothu. Official exhibit website.

Chicago Urban Art Society
2229 South Halsted Street
6pm – 9pm
Free

 

SATURDAY || April 23, 2011

The MDW Fair: Visual Arts Landing in Chicago
What is the MDW Fair? They said it best: “Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls have created The MDW Fair, a first annual gathering of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, publishers and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. With over 50 participants, The MDW Fair demonstrates the diversity, strength and vision of the people and places that make up the rich art ecology of our region.” Who knows–you might even see Sixty Inches From Center there.

Geolofts
3636 S Iron Street
1pm – 6pm
$5

 

Communal Earth Dinner
Celebrate the start of the spring growing season with Rumble Arts! There will be seasonal smalls plates, a live music showcase, and local artists’ gallery.

Rumble Arts Center
3413 W North Avenue
6pm – 9pm
Suggested Donation: $20

 

MDW Fair Afterparty
After the party there’s the afterparty! Take a trip over to Co-Prosperity Sphere after the first day of the MDW Fair to unwind. You’ll get to check out the New New New Chicagoans Exhibition if you haven’t already, experience performances by Casual Encounter, onYou & I Kong Kult, listen to some tunes by DJ Mr. E and enjoy some Hornswaggler creations.

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street
7pm-1am
$5 (Free before 9pm)

 

SUNDAY || April 24, 2011

WORMHOLE // new works by LAUREN BECK & SOPHIA DIXON
Have you been to ACRE Projects yet? This would be a good Sunday to make that move. Yale University alumnae Lauren Beck and Sophia Frydman Dixon will be showing their most recent works on paper and in video.

ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th Street
4pm – 8pm
Free

 

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT || Ongoing Art Fundraisers

To Art & Profit IndieGoGo Campaign
$1 can go a LONG way! Your contribution to this fundraising campaign will go towards artist’s fees, rehearsal space, marketing and festival documentation costs. You can also show your support by attending the final installment of the To Art & Profit Performance Festival, Come As You Are: Re-Imagining Art with a Conscience, from May 20th through May 22nd.


Print Sale Fundraiser // Victor Yañez-Lazcano
Ever want to help produce an exhibition? To raise funds for his solo show at Mess Hall on June 18th, artist Victor Yañez-Lazcano is having a print sale of works from the ongoing series “de”.  Not only will you contribute to the success of the show, but you will also get a nice souvenir for your generosity.

 

ACRE Residency Kickstarter Campaign
Artists gotta eat! Open your wallet for this fundraiser and your donation will go towards feeding ACRE residents and the residency’s support of the local economy through the purchasing of locally grown ingredients and kitchen equipment.