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Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago // February 6th – 12th, 2012

Our weekly calendar is a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. The events that we choose are loosely curated 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 nicolettecaldwell(at)

TUESDAY || February 7th, 2012

The Big Big City: Chicago, A Pop Up Art Market
Art & culture blog, BIG THINGS, invites you to a pop-up art market supporting our favorite Chicago artists and designers. Come meet the talent behind Chicago’s best jewelry, printed matter, photographs, vintage clothing, art & design objects:

The Post Family
Debbie Carlos / Dante Carlos
Boyfren Girlfren
Jeremy Edwards
Hawkeye Vintage
I’m Smitten
La Chanteuse Vintage
Nourishing Notes
Up in the Air Somewhere
The Yellow Bookstore

Join us for drinks and snacks by Red Hen Bread as we raffle off prizes from Revolution Brewing Co. and our vendors to benefit 826Chi, our neighborhood non-profit writing and tutoring center. This event is the first installation of BIG BIG CITY, a yearlong series of events celebrating and connecting the vibrant arts communities of the USA.

Public Works Gallery
1539 N. Damen, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois
5:00 — 9:00pm

Mr. Nudd at the MCA
Please join Paul Nudd as he unveils yet another chapter from his forthcoming art education book “Teachings to Relieve Your Inner Slug”. This activity will focus on collage, otherwise known as “the highest form of art”. The materials will be primarily xeroxed fright masks and celebrity gossip magazines. This event may or may not turn into an art contest. Prizes will be given regardless.

Not a trained artist? Not to worry! This free-form activity guarantees a laid back hands-on art encounter for creative types of all sorts. So don’t be a cheese-whistle, come on out! Don’t forget your BFF! Seniors welcome!!!

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
6:00 — 8:00pm

Archeworks Lecture Series: Emmanuel Pratt
Emmanuel Pratt is Director of the new Aquaponics Center at Chicago State University, and Executive Director of the Milwaukee-based Sweet Water Foundation, which develops intergenerational and interdisciplinary educational programming for sustainability. Sweet Water’s project-based learning process in Milwaukee and Chicago stresses the historical, technological, artistic, and cultural components of urban agriculture and aquaculture.

Emmanuel’s professional and academic work has involved explorations and investigations in such topics as urbanization, race/identity, gentrification, and most recently transformative processes of community development through intersections of food security and sustainable design innovation. His ongoing “Mycelia Project” — an innovative educational collaboration with Chicago Public Schools, Urban Gateways, and the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation — seeks to unite Chicago communities through experimental projects that promote hands-on learning about food, soil, water and energy sustainability.

Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
77 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
$5 Suggested donation

WEDNESDAY || February 8th, 2012

OFFICE/SPACE by Matt Hollis and ART@WAR
“You should expect to see a dancer around every corner. This series photographs dance in non-traditional spaces. I want to take dancers out of the studio. Freedom & flexibility are so important to me, because the process of photographing a dancer is a dynamic and fluid. “When they move, you must move.”

Join Matthew Hollis, Blake Russell and so many others at the beautiful High Concept Laboratories space for an exhibition of Hollis’ newest series of photography, improvisational dance demonstration, interactive installation, standard & experimental music compilation.

Hollis has worked with a growing number of emerging and established dance makers as well as theatre or dance performance groups like The Hypocrites, Redmoon Theatre, Striding Lion, The Inconvenience, Winifred Haun & Dancers, The Leopold Group, We Stand Sideways and many creations for Sarah Church as seen at

High Concept Laboratories
Location: TBD
8:00 — 12:00am
FREE // Limited food and drink will be provided


Laura Mackin Artist Talk & Artist Veronica Bruce Closing 
Join us this Thursday at 7pm for an artist talk by current SOLO (and spring CSA 2011) artist Laura Mackin and special vewing and closing of Veronica Bruce, outgoing artist-in-research resident.

For her threewalls’ exhibition 120 Years, Mackin has worked with two physical collections of images: a collection of home movies (1946-2006) by a man named Dean and a collection of postcards from 1910-1968 predominantly mailed to a woman named Mrs. Ernest. With only these two collections to build from, Mackin remixes these materials into comparative grids, diptychs, collages and maps (both static and moving image) that look at landscape and travel through the idiosyncratic perspective of the vernacular. However ‘unknown’ to us the original authors or owners of the archives might be, Mackin’s nuanced and elegant treatment of these collections render characters from otherwise ambiguous materials while simultaneously furnishing a kind of elegiac lens with which to consider “America.”

Laura Mackin has exhibited her work nationally, including solo shows in Nashville, TN; Portland, OR; and Chicago. Her work has been written about in Time Out Chicago,, Newcity, and the Chicago Reader. Curatorial projects include directing Giftshop Project Space in Chicago and co-directing the H. Lewis Gallery in Baltimore, MD. Mackin received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current exhibition has been covered by Newcity, The Chicago Tribune and 60 Inches from Center. 120 Years is on view until February 25th.

Veronica Bruce works across multiple disciplines of sculpture, photography, painting and hybrids of these genres with the vocabulary of painting at the core. During her residency with threewalls she plans to continue this practice of observation, play and interaction with materials, while also working towards establishing a connection for artists to give and take “unwanted” materials at Chicago facilities.

119 N. Peoria #2C
Chicago, IL 60607

Starting with our next show “Quad Core” opening on Thursday February 9th, 2012, we will be producing exhibitions and events from our new location in the Loop. We’re working with the Chicago Loop Alliance through the Pop Up Art Program to host exhibitions at the new space through 2012. We have invited Book Club organized by Kimberly Kim to collaborate with What It Is at our new location. Book Club features artist books, zines and other multiples. Contextual texts, art books, critical writing and other works will be available. Kimberly Kim recently had a hippie revelation that everything is connected and influences each other while studying for her Quantum Mechanics exam. Kim makes artist books, photography and video installations. She was raised in South Korea, currently lives and studies in Chicago.

Our first exhibition at the new space will be “Quad Core” a group show featuring Theodore Darst, Paul Hertz, Selena Jones and Sabina Ott. It opens on Thursday February 9th and runs through March 10th, 2012. “Quad Core” exhibits four different artists whose core processes connect aesthetically and conceptually in interesting and surprising ways. Artists include Theodore Darst, Paul Hertz, Selena Jones and Sabina Ott.

What It Is
23 East Madison
Chicago, Illinois
5:30 — 8:30pm

Poems and Pictures: A Renaissance in the Art of the Book (1946-1981)
This exhibition, originally organized for the The Center for Books Arts by Kyle Schlesinger, features books, paintings, collages, periodicals, and ephemera that explore fundamental relationships between form and content; seeing and reading; writing and drawing; and the extraordinary occasions when these things and activities fuse, introducing a third element.

Poets, artists, and collaborators in this exhibition include Wallace Berman, Joe Brainard, Robert Creeley, Jim Dine, Johanna Drucker, Philip Guston, Joanne Kyger, Emily McVarish, Karen Randall, Larry Rivers, George Schneeman, and many more. Together they share in the common objective of bringing bold new writing into print where commercial presses fear to tread, and to do so with imagination and intelligence.

Center for Book & Paper Arts (CBPA)
1104 South Wabash, 2nd Fl,
Chicago, IL 60605
5:00 — 7:00pm

Pop-Up Art Loop // February Gallery Walk
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Pop-Up Art Loop invites you to a special February gallery walk, as artists share their passion and love for the creative endeavors in which they engage.

Don’t be bashful. Bring along that special someone and show them your love with a screen-printed Valentine’s Day card (you can make your own with the help of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative). Or plant a “smooch” in front of one of our nine galleries — including the newest, the former Borders Books on State Street, which will showcase the vibrant work of artists Liz Miller and Baltazar Castillo.

To keep you warm, we’ll have plenty of coffee, hot chocolate and wine on hand at each of the walk-in galleries. And as always, the walk is free.

220 S. Wabash Ave – So, How Long Did it Take You To Cut That?,
ANNEX, 208 S. Wabash Ave – Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
108 N. State St. (Block 37, First Floor) – In Opposition
23 E. Madison St – Quad Core
Chicago, Illinois
5:00 – 9:00pm

FRIDAY || FEBRUARY 10th, 2012

Luftwerk will transform Millennium Park into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form with the park’s first-ever site-specific video and sound installation. “Luminous Field” will illuminate Cloud Gate – aka “The Bean” — and the surrounding AT&T Plaza with dramatic images and colors set to music composed by Owen Clayton Condon, of the local avant-garde classical ensemble Third Coast Percussion, performing live on Sunday, February 12 at 7PM.

Millenium Park
201 E. Randoph
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 10:00pm

a new work by Roberta Lima in collaboration with Fearghus Ó Conchúir. In the performance and installation ReBirth, the body is used, bruised, and scratched, yet it remains strong. The dialogue it establishes points out the historical use and traces of human bodies in the process and products of architectural construction. Reception to follow with DJ Anthony Romero.

1136 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
Suggested donation

Short Court: Tropical Aesthletics
Prepare for fun in the synthetic sun at Short Court: Tropical Aesthletics! A sporting event and painting exhibition all in one! HOT!HOT!HOT!

This collision of spectacles has it all. Attendees can challenge a pair of professional volleyball players for the chance to WIN $100! Chicago’s best painters will display event-specific works on the walls surrounding the court!!Muy Caliente! Imbibe exotic tropical beverages from the Cabana! !Muy Caliente! DJ set by wurkstep pioneers SICH MANG! !Muy Caliente! Sun Lamps, Palm Trees, Coastal Wildlife, Sun Block, and Sand!

The sandy lines dividing spectators, artists, and athletes will be
smoothed over by all feet that make their way to this one night event
at Antena.

Painters include: Adam Farcus, Adam Grossi, Alberto Aguilar, AlexBradley Cohen, Angeline Evans, Brian Wadford, Caroline Carlsmith, CoryGlick, Edra Soto, EC Brown, Irene Perez, Jeriah Hildwine, JimPapadopoulos, Kevin Jennings, Nicole Northway, Pamela Fraser, Philipvon Zweck, Thad Kellstadt, Vincent Dermody

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
6:00 — 10:00pm

Yollocalli Gallery Opening Reception
URBAN POP: Art Inspired by the Streets. Featuring NACO & ROHO. Their work includes wheat pasting as well as art on canvas, with political and pop culture undertones.

1401 West 18th Street
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 — 8:00pm

1 Year Anniversary of Escapism!!!!
One year ago a group of local artists came together to help support each others artistic endeavors and had an art show at Maya Essence. Since then we have stuck together and formed an artist collective now known as Escapism.

Come celebrate with us on our 1st Anniversary at our home base Maya Essence. There will be great music, delicious refreshments, fantastic and affordable art, and lots of amazing people.

Maya Essence
4357 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
7:00 — 11:00pm

Opening Reception for Jeremy Tinder
Jeremy Tinder is a Chicago-based artist. He primarily makes paintings and comics. Jeremy teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Marwen Foundation, and Evanston Art Center. He is a proud member of both the collborative comics collective Trubble Club and the installation/performance group Paintallica.

This will be Jeremy’s third solo exhibit at Rotofugi Gallery, plus he has a toy line, “Tinder Toys,” in development with Rotofugi & Squibbles Ink that will be released in 2012.

Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
7:00 — 10:00pm

Moneyworth Art Opening and Trunk Show
Join Kokorokoko in welcoming local artist Moneyworth! Come to our first event of 2012. For one night only, rap and r&b prayer candles will be for sale (as featured in the Chicago Reader’s holiday gift guide) as well as Kokorokoko’s forever dope selection of the hottest vintage finds from the 80s and 90s! Light a candle in homage to Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Rick Ross, Left Eye and more. Beer and wine will be served; BYOB is cool too!

1112 N. Ashland
Chicago, Illinois
5:00 — 9:00pm

AA Bronson // Artist Talk
AA Bronson is an artist living and working in New York City. In the sixties, he left University with a group of friends to found a free school, a commune, and an underground newspaper. This led him into an adventure with gestalt therapy, radical education, and independent publishing. In 1969 he formed the artists’ group General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal; for the next 25 years they lived and worked together to produce the living artwork of their being together, undertaking over 100 solo exhibitions, and countless group shows and temporary public art projects. They were known for their magazine FILE (1972-1989), their unrelenting production of low-cost multiples, and their early involvement in punk, queer theory, AIDS activism, and other manifestations of the other.

In 1974 they founded Art Metropole, Toronto, a distribution center and archive for artists’ books, audio, video, and multiples, which they conceived as the shop and archive for their Gesamtkunstwerk: The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion, a kind of meta-museum. From 1987 through 1994, they focused their work on the subject of AIDS. Since his partners died in 1994, AA has produced work focused on the subject of death, grieving, and healing, most recently his performance series Invocation of the Queer Spirits.

From 2004 to 2010 he was the Director of Printed Matter, Inc. in New York City, founding the annual NY Art Book Fair in 2006, of which he is now Director. He also founded and co-directs the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In 2008 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2011 he was named a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government.

University of Chicago, Classics Building, room 110
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois
4:30 — 5:30pm

Inaugural opening of Gala Gallery, a unique space to Chicago committed to seasoned and emerging artists for exhibitions, in an environment that welcomes all communities and walks of life. Inside Gala is also the working studio of Tyrue “Slang” Jones. In between exhibition receptions the gallery will also host workshops for the West Town community and beyond.

Chicagoan born and raised, Slang’s influence spans from studying the styles of the classic masters of the past 2 centuries to the urban avaunt-garde art form of Graffiti where he rose to become one of the leading figures in the the city’s early 80’s movement.

Slang’s drive can best be described as the commitment to capture, as images, the thoughts that reverberate inside his mind. His work has adorned the corporate walls of the MTV main offices in Time Square. Commercial clientele also includes Viacom’s VH1 and Nickelodeon, BBDO, Leo Burnett, Allstate and Universal Music Group, etc. His work has been collected by celebrity collectors as well as private collectors.

TRUE LOVE concentrates on the power of confident line work and denotes a marriage of instinct and structure. Drawing on narrative and active imaging, Jones’ new work is in consistent reference to and irreverence for the traditional Graffiti praxis. The work is broadly accessible, subtle and revelatory. It brings to attention the power of intuition in the hands of a master within a concentrated, contemporary aesthetic. The philosophy of the work is subsequently evident in the plan for Gala itself, which is committed to quarterly exhibitions.

GALA Gallery
1000 N. MILWAUKEE AVE. Floor 1
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 — 10:00pm

“Isaz: Ice is bark of rivers” Aron Gent, Nick Ostoff, Sophia Rauch
The Hills Esthetic Center hosts “Isaz: Ice is bark of rivers”, an exhibition of new painting by Aron Gent, Nick Ostoff, and Sophia Rauch. The exhibition closes on March 4th. The word “Isaz” is a German translation of the i-rune, the pre-Latin Germanic character meaning ice. Each character in this alphabet stands for a concept or object and is explained by a poem, the Icelandic version above serves as an abstract compass for viewing the works collected in this show.

Often considered a boring topic of small talk, weather conditions, particularly temperature, have an imbedded dialogic relationship within painting; its light, space and mood. The artists in this exhibition approach architecture, surfaces, color temperature and emotion from unique conceptual perspectives and varying artistic backgrounds. Uniting the work is a tactile sensitivity to the formal language of painting and the use of subtle difference to point in the direction of renewal.

The Hills Esthetic Center
128 N. Campbell Ave
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 — 10:00pm

Closing Reception // Scented Illusions: Avon and Art
Scented Illusions: a multi-disciplinary exhibition. Bringing together a bizarre collection of Avon perfume bottles with the work of
contemporary artists.

The selected art works and objects on display offer transformations of their subject matter, dissolving recognizable forms into artificiality and illusion. The installation of Avon bottles, around which the the exhibition is based, has been assembled by co-curators Alice Kain and Jonathan Sommer. This piece, using the outre theme of Avon bottles, encourages a playful interpretation for the rest of the exhibition. We invite the viewer to consume the sights and smells without longing for
meaning, instead to be entertained by the collision of artistic media displayed in the S&S Project gallery space.

S&S Project Gallery
3147 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL
6:00 — 10:00pm

In “Reasons to Cut Into the Earth,” Heidi Norton takes these traditional studio materials and cast them into the earth, layering plants and other life inside. Above, “Page 5”, is an excerpt from a chapter in “Art in the Earth: A Field Guide from the Soil to the Studio”, an artist book that will be included in the exhibition. Heidi is collaborating on this book project with writer Monica Westin. One version, using appropriated album boxes, will take the form of an artist monograph and field guide. A second variation will be available as a limited edition artist book.

Johalla Projects
1821 West Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622
6:00 — 10:00pm


Anthony Marcos Rea // The Ones I Remember
My artwork extends itself from an internal investigation of memories, male role models and the location of men in both urban and rural spaces that influenced how I perceived what it means to be a man. Through photographic portraiture I have attempted to catalogue the locations where I witnessed these men (together) in working-class, cultural and queer groups. By merging these sites of contention I am attempting to recreate the ongoing tension between my desires in men as a queer man of color and the vulnerabilities within my identity developed by these early constructions of masculinity.

As a young boy I quickly became aware of gay cruising parks and locations in and around urban centers where family gatherings and picnics were taking place. Through portraits of men in local forest preserves and parks, I am isolating the individual from the group, focusing on each person’s identity within a recreated location and moment in order to reconstruct conflicting relationships and overlapping layers of masculinity and sexuality, class and ethnicity, hidden and visible spaces.

Repeatedly the landscape and surfaces are part of my art-making and thought process. Here I construct landmasses; organic forming surfaces and topographical studies of imagined cities through intricate line-work. The collage and assemblage of appropriated pages of magazines are an extension of my interest in the layers of information found within surfaces. Whether photographs, drawings or appropriated images, my work relates to an understanding of what was and what can be in the construction of identity and surfaces.

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St, STOREFRONT
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 — 9:00pm

Small-Scale Lifestyles 2 // New Work by Min Song
In conjunction with Small-Scale Lifestyles currently on view at Seerveld Gallery, Small-Scale Lifestyles 2 at Happy Collaborationists considers modes of display and the ethics of site-specific works. Special attention is paid to materials located in both the domestic and the institutional that mimic and suggest things other than themselves, highlighting in the instance of the show the mutation that occur in the process of translation of designated material of wealth to an economical, democratic copy of the former.

Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space
1254 N. Noble
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 — 10:00pm

Benefit Concert at SHOP Featuring: Zamin
SHOP is proud to present Zamin! This band is awe inspiring, don’t miss it! But if you can’t make it, come to hear them on the 25th of February, best: come to both dates!

Zeshan Bagewadi – Vocals
Charlotte Malin – Violin
Genevieve Guimond – Cello
Josh Fink – Bass
Eric Seligman – Guitar
Dave Eisenreich – Percussion

“Zamin is a very interesting young band from Chicago, fronted by Zeshan Bagewadi, a fluid vocal marvel with European and Indian classical training. The sextet’s niche is mixing Indian vocal techniques with underpinnings of less-exotic U.S. musics — usually classical and folk, but also a bit of rock and light jazz. Zamin crafts tight polyglot post-pop three-minute songs that are downright commercial at times, even though they are sung in Urdu and other Indian languages. It’s all acoustic music, a blend of Bagewadi’s supple and amazing vocals with cello, stand-up bass, guitar and various hand drums.”
– Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune

5638 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 — 10:00pm
$5 suggested donation

SUNDAY || FEBRUARY 12th, 2012

Stitchy is a sewing party for people of all skill levels! Sewing, knitting, crocheting, whatever you do or want to do, you can do it at Stitchy! Bring a project to work on (new or in-progress). We’ll have a few machines, but we always enco…urage people to bring extras if they can. We have snacks too!

Special Guests: Emily Green and Tara Hill

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W. 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 — 10:00


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