Art Picks

July 25, 2016 · Art Picks, Arts Guide, Featured

These are the exhibitions, performances, and events we’re excited about…

There’s a lot to see and do. These are some of the ones happening around the city that we’d like to call out. We add new things throughout the month to our Art Picks list and also to our general calendar.

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July 22, 2016 (Through Aug 11)
A Fine Line
Featuring Austen Brown, Alex Calhoun, Angela Davis Fegan, curated by Kate Pollasch.
Chicago Artists Coalition

Aug 4, 6pm
This room is a work made up of people
with Alberto Aguilar
Art Institute (Classroom 5/Museum Education/Modern Wing, 159 E Monroe St)

Aug 5, 2016, 6-9pm
The Great Migration In Three Movements
Featuring David Anthony Geary.
Blanc Gallery (4445 S. King Dr.)

Aug 5 – 13, 2016
Featuring so many folks. Click for the list.
COLLABORACTION (1579 N. Milwaukee Av.)


Aug 6, 2016, 3-6pm
Talk and Tour: The Art of Illumination
Featuring curator Michal Raz-Russo, archivist Kate Hadley Toftness, artist Faheem Majeed, and photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz.
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Ave)

Aug 6, 2016, 8pm – 10pm
Super 8 Lives! 
Featuring Karen Johannesen, Irving Gamboa, Lorena Barrera Enciso, Amir George, Lorenzo Gattorna, Molly Hewitt, Lori Felker, A.J. McClenon, Emily Esperanza, KaSandra Faye Skistad.
Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark)

Aug 6, 2016, 12-1pm
Neha Vedpathak in conversation with Srikanth Reddy
Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior St)

Aug 6, 2016, 4-5:30pm
Beer Summit: Counting and Counted
A series of conversations that explore issues related to the future Barack Obama Presidential Library, artistic production, and issues of politics, hosted by curator Ross Stanton Jordan.
Heartland Cafe (7000 N Glenwood Ave)

Aug 6, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
Back to Our Foundations
Featuring Seana Higgins, Charity White, Jenna Kernel, Clara Hoag, Laura Collins, Amanda Paulson, Lauren Jacklin, Jennifer Cronin, Amanda Kowalski, Robbie Vermillion, Vivian Zapata, Carmen Egolf, Jordan McGirk, Jonathan Pacheco, Lauren Brescia, and Kelly Enskat.
C.C.’s Art Garage/Elephant Room Gallery (2727 S Mary St.)

Aug 6, 2016, 10pm – 3am
Juke These Days: All City Footwork Battle (Dance)
Featuring Deejay Earl (Teklife CREW), DJ MANNY, DJ SE∇EN SIX (Tribe National inc.), Jalen Tog Barnes (TOG), #MUCHOCULO DJ’s (PRANAS, Fatboy, DJ Demchuk).
Subterranean (2011 W. North Av.)
$8 in advance

Aug 6, 10am – 8pm
Takin’ It To The Streets (Festival)
Click the link for the featured lineup.
Marquette Park (6734 S. Kedzie Av.)
$5 Suggested Donation

Aug 7, 2016, 5pm
A March for Abolition of Systemic Oppression and Our Freedom
Organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago Youth.
Wrigley Square (201 E Randolph St)

Aug 9, 2016, 4pm – 4am
Brown Girls Party Scene
Featuring Brown Girls all around Chicago and brought to you by the Brown Girls crew.
The Dojo

RSVP for the address. (Note: This event is only for people of color)

Aug 11, 2016, 6-9pm
Best of Chicago
Celebrate the very best Chicago has to offer with Chicago Magazine.
Morgan Manufacturing (401 N Morgan)
$65, Get Tickets

Aug 12, 2016, 6-8pm
Macula Blues by Oscar Moya
National Museum of Mexican Art

Aug 13, 2016
Party Noire
A day party celebrating Black culture, creativity, and joy, hosted by Nick Alder, Lauren Ash, and DJ Rae Chardonnay.
The Promontory (5311 S Lake Park Ave)

Aug 13, 2016, 6-10pm
Opening Reception: Limits within Limits 
LVL3 (1542 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 3)

Aug 13, 2016,  8:30pm
Binge On…Indie TV with Aymar Jean Christian
Featuring films produced and selected by Open TV-beta.
Bronzeville Artist Lofts (436 E. 47th St)

Free, RSVP

Aug 18, 2016, 6pm
Artist Talk: Alberto Aguilar
Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave)
Free with museum admission

Aug 18, 2016, 6-8pm
Hot Seven: Chicago Breakdown (Exhibition)
Featuring Janice Bond, Ricardo Gamboa, Amanda Gutiérrez, Roberto Martinez, Oli Rodriguez, Darryl Terrell, and Darius Thomas. Curated by Sadie Woods.
Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N State St)

Aug 18, 2016, 6-8pm
Breakbeat Poets Present: the now & next generation of hip hop writers, artists, and emcees
A reading featuring Fatima Asghar, Mahnoor Jamal, and Yameen Saima.
Bucketfeet (1647 N Damen Ave)

Aug 19, 2016, 4-7pm
Red, Black, and Zine with Shani Crowe

A two-part zine making and portrait taking workshop
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Ave)

Aug 19, 2016, 6-9pm
Jaclyn Jacunski: Start Together
Chicago Artist Coalition (217 N Carpenter St)

Aug 19, 2016, 6-9pm
Ethno / Graphic
Featuring work by Yaloo, Jon Chambers, and Cassandra Stadnicki. Curated by Brett Swinney.
Chicago Artist Coalition (217 N Carpenter St)

Aug 21, 2016, 10:30pm
Summer Friends: Black Lives Matter Benefit Show
Second City ETC Theater (230 W North Ave)
Get Tickets

Aug 23, 2016, 7-10pm
Two Queens in a Kitchen: Screening + Potluck
Reunion Chicago (2557 W. North Ave)

Aug 23, 2016, 6:30pm

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Purple Rain
Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St)

Aug 25, 2016, 7-10pm
At the River I Stand, introduced by Huey Copeland
A film screening with South Side Projections.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E 60th St)

Aug 26, 2016, 6-9pm
Reality Check: Directions in Contemporary Art Since Ukrainian Independence
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (2320 W Chicago Ave)

Aug 26, 2016, 6-9pm
Maria Gaspar: On the Border of What is Formless and Monstrous
Experimental Sound Studio (5925 N Ravenswood Ave)

Aug 27, 2016, 7pm
A Reading
Burke Bindbeutel, Marc Fischer, Dan Gleason, Gregory Jacobsen, Virginia Montgomery and Gabriel Wallace will read words in front of you.
Space Oddities (1007 N. California)


Aug 29, 2016, 5:30pm
Yollocali Fundraiser! (21+)
Featuring all kinds of good things. Click for more info.
Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom

$15 – Get Tickets



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