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Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago // February 20th – 26th, 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)

MONDAY || February 20th, 2012

Winter Open House at Rumble Arts Center
Rumble Arts will open its doors to the whole community to come participate in a variety of art activities in the early afternoon, followed by Rumble’s regular Monday programs. Art activities will be lead by both Rumble Arts and Project NIA, a partner organization dedicated to restorative and transformative community-based solutions to youth crime (Feb. 20th is National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners). Rumble Arts programs in the afternoon include Transistions, a free program for youth aged 11 to 14, our all-ages African Drum and Dance, and two of our newer programs: African Drumming and Capoeira.

There will also be free food, including homemade cherry pie in celebration of America’s first president, George Washington (Monday is also President’s Day). Finally, Monday will be the perfect time to come view the I Have a Dream Quilt in our Community Gallery. This quilt was made by attendees of our Martin Luther King celebration in January and is hanging in our Community Gallery throughout February in honor of Black History Month. Rumble’s Winter Open House starts at 1:00 PM and is completely Free. Everybody’s welcome!

Rumble Arts Center
3413 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
1:00 – 8:00pm


TUESDAY || February 21st, 2012

No events listed.


WEDNESDAY || February 22nd, 2012

Marie Aquilino at Graham Foundation
As the rate of natural disasters increases across the world, communities are in critical need of short- and long-term recovery strategies. Marie Aquilino will describe the ways in which some of the world’s most innovative architecture and engineering firms, nonprofits, and research centers are changing how we engage in disaster recovery solutions. Marie will also highlight her recent work in Haiti, where she and her architecture students are designing and building an orphanage and other educational and medical facilities.

This event is co-sponsored by The Graham Foundation, the National Public Housing Museum, and Archeworks.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
FREE // RSVP to reserve a seat HERE 

Micro Media: Handmade and Hyper Local Modes of Communication
Join us for the next SALON in our spring series, Of Other Chicagos! Continuing our discussion with artists and creative thinkers that take their practice out of the studio, this Salon will take on the issue of scale and methods of distribution in the world of “micro-media.” All of the respondents are experimental publishers, producing small-run publications geared towards particular communities of interest. With this conversation we will address the potentialities and limitations of beginning small and staying small as well as engaging with hand-made production to create complex connections between makers and audiences.

threewalls hosts a variety of public programs aimed at engaging audiences in a conversations about the visual arts. The salon program is an open, topical conversation, where the public is invited to participate in a moderated conversation around current issues in contemporary art practice. SALONS invite a group of respondents to be on hand and part of the discussion, but everyone is welcome to come and be apart of the dialog. The SALON 2012 series Of Other Chicagos also highlights Propeller Fund awardees and other artists and creative thinkers who work in the public realm. This spring SALON series is facilitated by Penny Duff.

119 N. Peoria #2C, North
Chicago, IL 60607
7:00 – 9:00pm


THURSDAY || February 23rd, 201

Atomic Sketch February!
The bcd collaborative, featuring rick- along with the Green Eye Lounge; brings you new work from local artists: Jessie Winslow, Anna Todaro, Greg Penrice, Matthew Bremer, Paul Wisniewski, and Czr Prz.

Atomic Sketch Event is a monthly event featuring a panel of established and emerging artists from around Chicago, making and selling art immediately after it’s created at an affordable price. ASE is always free and open to those 21 and older. The Green Eye is located at 2403 W. Homer in Chicago.

Green Eye Lounge
2403 W Homer St.
Chicago, IL 60647
6:00 – 11:00pm


FRIDAY || February 24th, 201

Believe Inn is excited to present a pretty darn neato (please excuse the fancy art-speak) collaborative multimedia installation by Anthony Lewellen, Brian Steckel, Chris Silva, David Cuesta and John Heenan. And the playful art explorations of Chad Kouri, Laura Berger and Luke Ramsey.

As you may know, we have a very small space and our openings get pretty crowded. The installation will take up a good amount of floor space and involves video projections, which a large crowd of people will not be able to help partially obstructing. Due to this we are starting this opening an hour earlier than usual and strongly encouraging you to come observe the installation cycle a couple times, enjoy Chad, Laura & Luke’s great art pieces in the back room, pick which one you would like to purchase (genius marketing tactic), and then continue the party down the street at Firecat Projects. Jason Brammer is having a show of his work there and you will not be disappointed. We hope that you’ll decide that you want to return for our Saturday hours and spend more time with our show – and bring the kids – it will be a fun one!

Believe Inn
2043 N Winchester Ave.
Chicago, IL 6061
6:00 – 10:00pm

15th Annual Bike Winter Art Show
Chicago’s bike community never ceases to amaze us with their unbridled creativity and dedication to all season cycling. Bike Winter’s 15th Anniversary Art Show looks to be fittingly awesome, join us at the opening party to mingle and get a chance to add your input on the city’s bike plan.

Design Charrette
Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020
The Bike Winter Art Show will be one of the last opportunities to provide city planners with valuable public input on which side streets are selected to become Neighborhood Greenways and which main roads get Protected Bike Lanes.

Gala Gallery
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 11:00pm

Ox-Bow presents: Winter Benefit 2012 // It Came from the Lagoon!
This year, a little bit of summer warmth is invading the cold Chicago winter with an art auction and themed dance party–It Came from the Lagoon! The Winter Benefit is at Architectural Artifacts and begins with hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails by City Provisions, beer from Half Acre, followed by a silent and live auction, and ends with a dance party!

Architectural Artifacts, Inc.
4325 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, Illinois 60613
6:30 – 11:30pm
Buy tickets HERE
After 9 PM it’s only $25! Dance party!

Exploring Axis Mundi: The Still Point At The Center of The Turning Universe
Paintings and drawings by Jason Brammer. Beer by Three Floyds and Wine by Red and White Wine.

Firecat Projects
2124 N. Damen
Chicago, Illinois 60647
7:00 – 10:00pm

IPaintMyMind T-Shirt & Art Print Release Party
Join us on Friday, February 24th for the IPMM T-Shirt & Art Print Release Party at Simone’s Bar in Pilsen. We’ll have shirts and prints on-hand for purchase, including a few merch items that won’t be available online!

Come out and celebrate our BRAND NEW Mandala Logo & Logo Text, of which we are incredibly proud. We’ve reserved the lofted area near the DJ booth by the front of the bar!!

DJ Major Taylor in the booth. (He happened to be booked so the coincidence works out well for our ears!)

960 W 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
9:00pm – 2:00am
No Cover Charge


SATURDAY || February 25th, 2012

The Hashbrown at Spudnik Press
The Hashbrown 2012 features 11 Chicago printshops in a cut-throat Chili Cook-Off. Cook-off winners announced at 9:30 pm or when chili runs dry.

Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, Illinois 60622
6:00 – 10:00pm
$10 for 5 tickets
$20 for VIP Package*
Click HERE to purchase tickets // Redeem tickets for chili and tamales
The first 25 guests will receive a commemorative Hashbrown poster

Dan Peterman: Archive (Southside)
Garbage collection, in the field of computer science, is related to the process of memory management. Peterman’s site-specific installation, occupying the library of a historic Hyde Park mansion neighboring the University of Chicago, takes a lower-tech approach to this conjoining of waste and memory. One ton of multicolored, post-consumer plastic boards pose as surrogate books, filling the library shelves and simultaneously tiling the floor. The project establishes a seamless connection between the architectural repurposing of a former waste material and the contemplation of this same material as a type of stored data. In this modest southside archive, an endlessly varied post-consumer color palette and vast reserve of petroleum-derived polymer molecules is offered into our collective memory.

SHoP (Southside Hub of Production)
5638 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60615
6:00 – 10:00pm

Kindred Visions
Celebrating their two year anniversary, the latest show at Blanc Gallery features the work of James Britt, Frankie M. Brown, Jeffrey Daniels, Alexandro Silver, Alexandria Eregbu, DeAndre Harris, Russell Harris, Nicole Harrison, Andres L. Hernandez, Yamani Hernandez, Charles Lewis, Christina Long, Faheem Majeed, Nicole Marroquin and Eve Sanford.

Blanc Gallery
4445 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
6:00 – 9:00pm

Cry, or Don’t // work by Robin Kang
Cry, or Don’t is a site specific installation that responds to the gallery’s architectural history as a former milk bottling plant. Using spilt milk as a metaphor for recent economic events, Kang addresses industrial vacancy and attempts to quiet personal fears through the meditative visual rhythms. Mimicking industrial production through repetition and pattern creation, Robin Kang immerses herself in the process and ideology of specialized labor. Using transparent structures and video projections that highlight absence and the residue of industry, she creates immersive installations that question the process of making and the materiality of experience. Originally from Texas, Robin Kang, is currently a MFA Candidate in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago expected to graduate this spring.

The Milk Factory
907 North Winchester Ave. Rear Apt.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
6:00 – 9:00pm

Bright Lights, Big City: The Art of Modernism in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Closed off for centuries, Japan’s ports were opened to Western trade in the mid-19th century. This opening, as well as the extensive rebuilding effort that took place in the aftermath of the great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, propelled Tokyo and the rest of the country into the modern age and onto the world stage. Western technology and cultural values quickly worked their way into Japanese society. This transformation inspired Japanese artists to create work that illustrated astounding technological advances while capturing the psychological toll modernity imposed on society. Floating World Gallery will discuss the work created by these artists in the seminar Bright Lights, Big City: The Art of Modernism in Japanese Woodblock Prints on Saturday, February 25 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

This seminar, led by Director of Exhibitions Elias Martin, will examine the early period of modern Japanese prints, from 1904 to 1959. The themes of westernization, modernism, and militarism, as well as the sociological concerns of urban planning, identity and gender will be explored through the work of over 40 artists, including Shizuo Fujimori, Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, and Koshiro Onchi. Participants will have a rare opportunity to examine original prints that are often only seen in books or behind museum glass.

Floating World Gallery
1925 N. Halsted
Chicago, Illinois 60614
1:00 – 3:00pm
FREE // RSVP REQUIRED call Elias Martin at 312-587-7800

This House is Not a Home
“… This House is Not a Home curated by Laura Shaeffer and John Preus. The theme for this exhibition was inspired by our temporary residency in the Fenn House, once single family mansion turned rental. SHOP will leave Fenn house in the spring as First Unitarian Church has decided to put the house on the market, and the University being the most likely buyer. SHOP will again become nomadic, and in an embrace of that eventuality we invited artists to propose work that responds to the concept of home writ large, and collapses or amplifies the friction between house and home, between museum and domestic space, between public and private. The exhibition asks what is home to the exiled, the abandoned, the gypsy, the foreclosed…the homeless? What is home within a market that treats a house like a commodity, a stage set for the interchange of social capital? How does an artist address the gap between gated community and housing project? What would homeland security look like? What does this community need right now? Local and international artists responded with work about…”

Music by Zamin and Red Flags host Alberto Aguilar and Dan Peterman in the Hyde Park Kunstverein.

SHoP (Southside Hub of Production)
5638 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
6:00 – 11:00pm

Three Vertices + MRKT Opening
LVL3 presents Three Vertices, a group show in honor of our two year anniversary. Three Vertices focuses on the abundance of triangular shapes appearing in contemporary artworks. This investigation into the shape and form of the triangle seeks to understand its functionality throughout the artists’ work. Alex Ebstein examines modernism and abstraction through a hybrid of painting, drawing and collage, using non-traditional and found materials. Nathan Green illustrates the intuitive nature of contemporary creative techniques and processes while employing methods of craft and construction that explore the formal and structural qualities of abstraction. Clay Hickson’s work explores the intersection between various post-modern influences and the positive sentiments that were central to the attitudes of 1960’s counter culture in order to produce topical manifestations focusing on shape and pattern. Samara Scott demonstrates an interest in texture, pattern and decor, pairing unlikely surfaces, both manmade and natural, with references to icons and symbols of everyday life. Lastly, Kaylee Rae Wyant utilizes the self-conscious nature that is inherently central to the inspiration and expression of most contemporary art, channeling both emotion and cynicism in order to produce works that are concurrently sentimental and carefully constructed.

In conjunction with our two year anniversary exhibition, LVL3 is excited to premier our new publications MRKT, where visitors can acquire artist books, limited editions and ephemera.

1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. 3rd fl.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
6:00 – 10:00pm

Auntie Em’s Mobile Home
Slow has again partnered with ACRE to host Auntie Em’s Mobile Home as a part of ACRE’s year-long series of exhibitions by 2011 ACRE summer residents. This exhibition features new work from ACRE residents Maggie Haas and TJ Proechel.
There is the bleak and the before.

A place in between. Until it gets better. We know the assumptions that go along with the trailer park. Perhaps they just moved into the smaller apartment, or have a home whose toilet functions only by pouring a bucket down the hatch to imitate a flush. They may still host a really awesome dinner party. Even trashy homes embellish; there is decor. There may be pejorative terms like lipstick on a pig, but there is something about improving upon the meager, the ugly and the compromised. Finding beauty where it is. Or making beauty with what you have.

Stories have a way of beginning with few resources, uncertain characters, and unremarkable ethics. There are certain kinds of stories that begin with a character’s hard work. Perhaps the hero will find something from within that will drive her toward a cause, a choice. The act of deciding will better the circumstance. Perhaps the outcome is less clear than better. Good guys enter the adventure out of desperation as often as by choice. Surviving the eye of a storm. And the after.

2153 W 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608
6:00 – 9:00pm

Photography and Art Meet Culture
Join My Daily Escape, Wicked Lens Creative Designs, and My Habanero for a night of photography, art, and culture. This will be a night that will not only showcase amazing art, photography, and culture by very talented individuals but we will also have music and dancing well into the night. We will have delicious pastries courtesy of Panaderia Azucar for all our guests, professional photography on site, beauty pageant finalists representing their own country, and a raffle with many great prizes.

While admission is FREE you can purchase our special of the night for $15.00. This will include a personalized brick oven pizza and a wine passport that will take you to different stations throughout 2 floors and will allow you to try wines from around the world. Keep in mind that a portion of the $15.00 goes to the Emerging Artistic Talent Foundation which is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote the arts by providing exhibition opportunities and educational resources for emerging artists in Chicago.

Al Teatro Ristorante
1801 S. Allport
Chicago, Illinois 60608
8:00pm – 2:00am
Tickets $15 // Purchase your tickets HERE


SUNDAY || February 26th, 2012

More or Less // new works by Matt McWilliams
The final installment of the ACRE Artists solo shows series at Roxaboxen. Matt McWilliams in More or Less is a collection of new works. Oppidan artist who analyzes the world as a critically apathetic cultural anthropologist by manipulating found objects and historically defined paradigms.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 West 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 10:00pm

ALMOST ALWAYS GETTING IT RIGHT is an exhibition of new work from Kate Bowen at ACRE. Set against a backdrop of a rural town surrounded by mountains, this exhibition is centered on an obsessive desire for physical perfection and the potential for such perfection to frustrate entropy and provide relief. Bowen’s work explores common language that is used to construct a narrative as a method for expressing desire, understanding failure and coping with loss. In Almost Always Getting it Right she uses still and moving images to focus on themes beauty, repetition and impossibility.

ACRE Projects
1913 w 17th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608
4:00 – 8:00pm


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