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Weekly Picks: August 25 – 31


Monday || August 25

Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging, and the Future – Photographs by Judah Passow

Award-winning documentary photographer Judah Passow spent a year photographing Scotland’s Jewish community, producing a portrait that captures the complexity and diversity of the Scottish Jewish life at the beginning of the 21st century.

Based in London, Judah Passow has been working on assignments for American and European magazines and newspapers since 1978.  His work has appeared in publications including the Guardian, the Observer, and the Independent in Britain;TimeNewsweek, and the New York Times in America; Der Spiegel and Die Zeit in Germany, and L’Express in France.  A winner of four World Press Photo awards for his coverage of conflict in the Middle East, his photographs have been exhibited in London, York, Leeds, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Paris, Arles, Perpignan, Tel Aviv, New York, and Washington DC.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S Michigan Avenue
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605


Tuesday || August 26

Artist Talk: Matthew Groves

Come out Tuesday evening at 7pm for an artist talk by ceramicist Matthew Groves. This is the eighth installment of the 2014 Lillstreet Artists Lecture Series.  Originally from England, Matthew has been based in the Chicago for the last sixteen years. Matthew gained his undergraduate degree in ceramics from Staffordshire University, and his Master’s Degree in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art. Before becoming a full time studio artist and educator, Matthew made it his vocation to be a professional fine art and design technician, in colleges, universities, private workshops and museums.

Figurative and narrative, Matthew Groves sculptures do not represent or illustrate any one particular moment or event, rather they interweave many significant milieus, associations and obsessions. Whilst they incorporate recognizable elements, it is Groves intention that the meaning of the works should never be described or interpreted in any strict or absolute terms, and should be dependent upon the viewer’s own poetic imaginings. Groves
preoccupation with figuration stems from a keen interest in historical forms and a desire to ask new questions and raise fresh perspectives on contemporary ceramics practices. For more visit: 

Lillstreet Loft
4437 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640


Wednesday || August 27

Remembering Kirk Magnus

This Wednesday, swing by the Nevica Project to view a special preview of pottery by Kirk Mangus.  Kirk Mangus served as head of the ceramics program at the Kent State University School of Art from 1985 until his death in 2013. Collected nationally and internationally, he was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, four Ohio Arts Council fellowships, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship, and a McKnight fellowship residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Mangus taught ceramics at Alfred University Summer School, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the University of Georgia’s Cortona (Italy) program, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Appalachian Center for Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Peters Valley Craft Center and numerous other institutions. He was a lecturer, visiting artist and resident artist in China, Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Finland, Lithuania, Canada and throughout the United States.

The Nevica Project
3717 N. Ravenswood #115
Chicago, IL 60613


Thursday || August 28

Skull Junkies: Rebirth

33 Martyrs dark Art Collective presents “Skull Junkies: Rebirth” with an opening reception Thursday August 28th at 7:00pm.  The show runs through September 2014.  The fine art exhibit showcases an all Chicago cast of artists and their interpretation of the skull featuring artwork by: John Airo, Jenny Bee, Ken Carrano, Robert Donis/PoorKidOne, Rob Goodkind, Lady India, Angel Onofre, Kelly D.Pelka/Paranoidgirl, JoeCantDraw, Joseph Rade, Luke Smarto, G Edwin Taylor, and James Zark.

33 Martyrs is a dark art collective co-founded by Ken Carrano and Joseph Rade who met at a convention back in 2011. Originally on opposite ends of the artist alley, they ended up being neighbors that weekend during the three day event selling their art side by side. Art was naturally the common ground for conversation that served as a foundation into similar interests centered on music, movies, ideas and thoughts that continue today. Two years in the making they have not looked back and achieved what is a reality today, a dark art collective under the name 33 MARTYRS. They believe things happen for a reason, and since they met it continues to evolve everyday with no boundaries, containing the passion, heart, blood and sweat to deliver a message through their art for the world to observe.

3740 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60613


Friday || August 29

A.R.T. (AntiRetroviral Therapy): Francisco Avina Exhibition

During his HCL residency and up to today, Francisco has journaled about what it’s been like living as an HIV-positive man. He is now writing a piece based on these experiences and creating a one man dance and theater performance called ART, which stands forantiretroviral therapy. In ART, Francisco will examine the layers and questions that arise from the paradigm shift in which a person living with HIV is no longer given a death sentence but instead lives a full life with a manageable one-pill-a-day regimen. How does a person LIVE with HIV? Francisco will draw inspiration from his personal story and hopes to shed light on the important questions such as implications of karma, when to divulge the information to friends, family and lovers, and forgiveness (especially for himself).

Through his research and writing during rehearsals, Francisco will find ways to frame ART through the lens of dance, storytelling, and Soundesign. His aim is to take the viewer on his unique journey while also finding parallels with others’ stories and creating material that resonates on some level with everyone.

Francisco has been working as a dancer and choreographer in a wide range of aesthetic and content styles for more than two decades. Francisco began his 23 year-long career in Hollywood. His list of professional experience includes movies, television, music videos and contemporary concert dance. Some of the more noteworthy artists he has performed with are Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Alejandra Guzman and Elton John. Francisco moved to Chicago to dance with Hubbard Street 2 Dance Company, then graduated to the main company for two seasons. Francisco has also been a company member of River North Dance Chicago, Ron De Jesus Dance and the boundary pushing, Lucky Plush Productions, who he still works with today. Francisco’s choreographic credits include Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hubbard Street 2, Thodos Dance Company, Ron De Jesus Dance and Dance Works Chicago. One of his biggest projects to date was Yo Mexico. This project was a multimedia event that included 350 artist and was viewed by 1.5 million people during a live broadcast. This event celebrated Mexico’s centennial anniversary celebration of its independence at the footsteps of the Cathedral and National Palace. Because Francisco has such a diverse and storied career, he is able to draw from all these experiences as a performer and choreographer to create a new and exciting fusion of many different influences. Francisco looks to create works that are accessible yet thought-provoking. Francisco has learned to combine elements of the commercial and art realms by imbuing subtle nuance and crafting artistry from his experience with contemporary dance.

High Concept Laboratories
2233 S. Throop St.
4th Floor HCL Studios
Chicago, IL 60608
Tickets $18


Saturday || August 30

Recombinant Stare Exhibition

Come out this Saturday for the opening reception for “Recombinant Stare” –  an exhibition that pulls together strands from Kevin Riordan’s Stare Press, particularly Stare Magazine, a publication focusing on irreverent and arresting graphic art and writing that ran from 1976-1991. The show consists of issues of the magazine as well as books, posters, press sheets, photostats, and photographs. It also brings together recent and selected publications and works by some of the many Stare contributors, including Wayne Bertola, Mike Brehm, Elroy Christy, Peter Hannan, BradleyLastname, Jean Riordan and the late Fritz Wolfmeyer. The show will be accompanied by the publication of a printed book that is part catalog and part transgression against the encrypted order of cataloguing. Stare steps on toes and gets up your nose by throwing its flyweight around without leaving the ground.

The Annex at Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard
Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622


Sunday || August 31

11:11 – 2-Day Screening event

Kitchen Space is pleased to announce 11:11, a two day screening event featuring video work from artists and film makers throughout the world. We will be utilizing every room of the apartment, including night time backyard viewings starting at 8:00pm! We will be screening work from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday with a midday break for conversations and critiques. So feel free to come with ideas or work in progress to talk about with a large group of artists! We will also be hosting a cocktail hour before the screening moves to the backyard for the evening. Throughout the space, we’ll also have work up from many talented painters, sculptors, and photographers.

Snuggle up next to pillows handmade by Meg Guttman and enjoy popcorn from bowls made by artists CynthiaSchuch & Steve Juras and performance work by Erik Salgado and Richard Medina.

11:00AM Saturday – 11:00PM Sunday
Kitchen Space
2716 N. Monticello Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

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