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Weekly Picks: July 14- July 20


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Monday || July 14

Tony Tasset Lecture with Oak Park Art League

In conjunction with the exhibition Off the Grid, the Oak Park Art League presents a special guest lecture by Chicago artist, Tony Tasset, who will be discussing his work Artists Monument, recently featured at the Whitney Museum 2014 Biennial. The multicolored grid of Tasset’s sculpture displays the names of 392,486 modern and contemporary artists, ranging from Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol to emerging artists with a single exhibition to their credit. In partnering big name artists with the nearly unknown, Tasset uses this public monument as an equalizer, artists alphabetically sequenced and hierarchy dispelled.  Seating is limited at this free event
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL  60302
Free to public


Tuesday || July 15


The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College presents Institutionalized, an art exhibition featuring work that explores different institutions – from mental health institutions to the frameworks around consumer culture. The six artists, Robert Ives, MattBodett, Edwin Parker, Gabrielle Jensen, David Merrick, and Yatsu Sada, are part of Alogia Projects, a group with the goal to make challenging and financially accessible artwork. In this exhibition, the artists explore various institutions using photography, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, collage, and text-based works.

Alogia Projects was formed with the idea that art belongs to experience, that the moment of seeing places one in communication. Not all artwork moves or transcends, but artwork can improve and refine the habits of life.Alogia Projects artists are dedicated to making artwork accessible to all who wish to participate.  For more information, visit  The exhibition will run through August 28th.

President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St.
Chicago, IL  60601


Wednesday || July 16

Curating Looseness: Artist Talk with Jason Payne

In conjunction with the Graham Foundation’s current exhibition, “Everything Loose Will Land,” curated by Sylvia Lavin, LA-based architect and designer Jason Payne will explore hybridity, chance, “looseness,” and discuss how these concepts have informed his own experimental design work.

Jason Payne is associate professor of architecture at University of California Los Angeles and Principal ofHirsuta. He received his BArch from Southern California Institute of Architecture and his MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Prior to founding Hirsuta in 2008 he worked as project designer for Reiser + Umemoto/RUR Architects and Daniel Libeskind Studio and partnered on the award-winning office Gnuform. He has held teaching positions at Southern California Institute of Architecture, The Ohio State University, Rice University, Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Bennington College.

Please RSVP here.

Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, IL 60610


Thursday || July 17

Figurative VS Abstract

Thursday is your last day to see this exhibition before the show closes.  Curator and artist Melody Saraniti investigates the relationships that shape artistic practice by inviting artists who work primarily in figuration or abstraction to each select another artist from the other side of the aisle to exhibit alongside them in the gallery. The title for the exhibition comes from the epic battles of 20th century artists acting to define their world view by way of manifesto, exhibition or late night drunken brawl. Using this title as a jumping off point to explore contemporary artistic identity, the exhibition speaks to the fluid relationships among artists and examines the complexity of ways they navigate, appropriate and value the work of others with seemingly oppositional practices.
In the exhibition, the works of Midwestern artists Robin Dluzen and Amanda Joseph highlight how identity can inform artistic practice. Judith Geichman and Larissa Borteh illustrate how an immediate attraction to another’s work can present a new perspective on the possibilities of painting. The intersection of vibrant paintings by Maria Vergara and Cameron Harvey stresses the importance of formal considerations of color, composition and light. Anne Harris and Dana DeGiulio bring the visceral presence of a work to the forefront, setting aside attempts at classifications or hierarchies.

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave
Chicago, IL  60615


Friday || July 18

Zhou B Art Center’s Third Fridays

Our Third Friday opening is an often eclectic and always enthusiastic event featuring gallery openings and open studios for artists from Chicago and abroad. Come and join us for an experience that’s sure to be entertaining. This Third Friday will feature the NEW Curator’s Choice: 10th National Self-Portrait Exhibition, Zhou Brothers: American Period exhibition, as well as exhibits in 33 Contemporary Gallery and 4Art Inc Gallery. Food and beverages will be available in the Centerline Café.

7:00pm – 10:00pm
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th St
Chicago, IL  60609 


Saturday || July 19

The Wrong Story: New Work by Ali Aschman

The Wrong Story is a solo exhibition of relief and silkscreen prints made while Aschman was Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press from March through May, 2014, and an accompanying stop-motion animation created from the printed works. Aschman employs symbolic motifs such as ropes, braids, ladders and hands, which through intuitive association form a fractured narrative about moments of convergence and separation between individuals. She embraces incoherence and ambiguity to communicate the fragmented and uneasy experience of encountering another person’s reality. Limbs detach, bodies open to reveal hidden objects, peculiar figures gather among stepped archways, hesitating to touch, in an endless loop with no discernable climax or resolution. The Wrong Story wavers at the frayed edges of a narrative, unraveling the artist’s desire for both connection and solitude.

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard
Suite 302
Chicago, IL  60622


Sunday || July 20

WAT-AHH! Taking Back the Streets

From July 18th through July 20th, WAT-AHH!, one of the fastest-growing bottled water companies, will be bringing a special traveling art campaign to Chicago:  WAT-AHH! Taking Back the Streets. Working in support of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s National “Drink Up” campaign, the WAT-AAH! Taking Back the Streets traveling art show is being done to encourage everyone, particularly children and teens, to drink more water.

As part of the WAT-AHH! Taking Back the Streets campaign, WAT-AHH! is opening a weekend-long art gallery at Moonlight Studios (1446 W Kinzie St) that will offer up not only specially created pieces by some of the nation’s most recognized street artists, but also showcase new unique WAT-AHH! bottle labels featuring these artists’ work.  On Friday, July 18th, a special children’s workshop will take place, offering creative tips for aspiring artists.


Friday, July 18, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 11:00am to 7:00pm


Moonlight Studios
1446 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60642

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