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Weekly Picks March 24-30

 

While a new Sixty Inches from Center is in the making, please enjoy our weekly calendar, a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. Events are chosen 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 reuben.westmaas@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org

 

MONDAY || March 24

CORNERSTONE: A Retrospective of Janet Cameron – Paintings, Prints, Album Covers and More

9:00am – 7:00pm
Wilson Abbey
935 W. Wilson
Chicago, IL 60640

Janet Cameron’s solo retrospective had its opening reception last month, but the show will remain open until April 5th.  If you are in Uptown this Monday and feel like checking out the newly remodeled Wilson Abbey, stop by the gallery / performance venue to see the art of one of Cornerstone magazine’s previous art directors.  Wilson Abbey’s inaugural exhibition features a selection of Janet Cameron’s illustrations of book, album, and magazine covers.  Spanning a career of forty years, the exhibition includes oil and watercolor paintings displayed alongside prints and drawings.

TUESDAY || March 25

SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Jennifer Doyle – Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art Lecture

6:00pm
SAIC Columbus Auditorium
280 S. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60603
Free admission 

The upcoming installment of SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program will feature Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English and Co-Chair of the LGBIT Studies at University of California, Riverside.  During her lecture, Doyle will discuss concepts from her most recent publication, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (2013).  In this book, Doyle examines the relationship between contemporary art and identity.  If you would like the opportunity to listen to her speak, and maybe ask her a question about her direction of Queer Lab, swing by the Columbus auditorium Tuesday evening.

 

WEDNESDAY || March 26

Artist Talk: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

Hyde Park Art Center’s current Jackman Goldwasser resident artist, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, is a photographer from New York, and this Wednesday he will be giving an artist talk about his current body of work.  Sepuya’s color photography focuses on the troubling divide between the portrait photographer and his subject.  His portrayal of young men aims “to challenge the diminishment of the portrait photographer and assert the importance of the role of the artist as rooted in time and place.”  Sepuya will be in residence through April 15th.  Also, he will be providing open studio hours on the following dates:

Thursday, March 6 (12-6 pm)
Thursday, March 20 (12-6 pm)
Thursday, April 3 (12-6 pm)
Sunday, April 13 (1-3 pm)

 

THURSDAY || March 27

Opening reception and discussion: Dangerously Explicit: Painting the Gay Male Experience

5 :30p.m. – 9:00 p.m / program at 6:30pm
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago IL, 60637
$20, $15 members and students

Come out to the Chicago History Museum this Thursday night for the opening reception and discussion for Dangerously Explicit: Painting the Gay Male Experience. In its eleventh season with the Chicago History Museum, the “Out at CHM” series looks at the history of Chicago’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.  The upcoming exhibition will feature work of local iconic artists such as Etienne and Roger Brown.  SAIC’s David Getsy will join Jim Vopat and Kate Pollasch-Thames in a group discussion, and DJ Jpeg will spin vintage music during the opening reception.

 

FRIDAY || March 28

Opening Reception: Tracie Ching – Well Read

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Galerie F
2381 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Free to the public

This Friday evening, Galerie F will present D.C.-based artist, Tracie Ching’s solo exhibition of silk screen prints and custom bound books.  According to the event page, Well Read “investigates the relationship between contemporary films and the literary classics from which they are derived… The show itself is a response to the use of source material and the effects that different visual representations have on them over time.”  Silk screen prints and books will be available for purchase during the opening reception, and a portion of all proceeds from the show will be donated to Reading is Fundamental, the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States (rif.org).

 

SATURDAY || March 29

INTUIT – Archiving & Amplifying Chicago’s Experimental Creativity 

7:00pm
INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
765 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60642
Free to the public

This Saturday you should head over to INTUIT on Milwaukee Avenue for a panel discussion and concert that will engage the influence of the Malachi Ritscher Collection.  According to INTUIT’s website, “The discussion and performance will investigate the influence of Malachi Ritscher—the late Chicago-based documentarian, activist, artist, musician, photographer, and supporter of experimental and improvised music whose thousands of audio recordings fill the shelves of the Creative Audio Archive at Experimental Sound Studio.”  The event will be curated and moderated by Marc Fischer, who will be joined by panelists Tempestt Hazel (Sixty’s very own!!!), Peter Margasak, and Michael Zerang.  And don’t miss a live performance by Jim Baker, Jim Becker, Jim Dorling, and Michael Zerang.

 

SUNDAY || March 30

Opening Reception: Noelle Allen – Osmia

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery
32 E. Quincy
Riverside,  IL  60546
If you find yourself out in the suburbs this Sunday afternoon and you are looking for a midday exhibition opening, check out Noelle Allen’s solo show at the Riverside Arts Center’s Freeark Gallery.  The opening reception is at 3:00pm, and the show will run through April 26th.  Osmia (also know as the Mason Bee) is a genus of bees that construct their nests from clay.  The solo exhibition features Allen’s sculptural work, spanning various mediums that include plaster, concrete, resin, wax, and twigs.