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August Art Picks

Our Art Picks are created in collaboration with The Visualist, Chicago’s leading visual arts calendar, and cross-promoted through Windy City Times, one of the longest locally-published LGBTQ weeklies with a national reach. This is a growing list, so check back often for new additions.

Throughout 2018 we will be highlighting exhibitions and events that are part of Art Design Chicago ADC-Abbreviated-Mark-Color-RGB, a year-long celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of art and design, creativity and commerce, organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art. As part of an editorial partnership with Illinois Humanities, Sixty will also be highlighting events that are part of Envisioning Justice 29214950_1698778206852179_8455692137873276928_n, a 19-month project that looks into how Chicagoans and Chicago artists respond to the the impact of incarceration in local communities and how the arts and humanities are used to devise strategies for lessening this impact.

FEATURED

August 4 – 30, 2018
Black Harvest Film Festival 2018
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N State St)
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Thurs, August 2, 6:30-9:30pm
Screening Queers: Homophile Documentary Film Screening
Gerber Hart Library and Archives (6500 N Clark St)
Free

Sat, August 4, 11am-12pm
Black Lesbian Archives Workshop
Affinity Community Services (2850 S Wabash Ave, #108)
Free

Sat, August 11, 12-2pm
Stomping Grounds Open Stage 29214950_1698778206852179_8455692137873276928_n
Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (1100 S Hamilton Ave)
Free

Sat, August 11, 12-3pm
The Art of Flocking Culminating Celebration
Margaret Burroughs Beach (3100 S Lake Shore Dr)
Free

Sat, August 11, 6-9pm
The First Lions ADC-Abbreviated-Mark-Color-RGB
Chopin Theatre (1543 W Division St)
Free

Sun, August 12, 6-7:30pm
Fatimah Asghar: If They Come for Us
Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St)
Free

Sun, August 12, 1-4pm
Color Me Healing: A Radical Coloring Book
Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S Cornell Ave)
Free

Tues, August 14, time TBA
Open House 29214950_1698778206852179_8455692137873276928_n
The Breathing Room Space (1434 W 51st St)
Free

Fri, August 17, 1-3pm
The (Dis)ability Open Mic at the National Poetry Slam
UIC Forum (725 W Roosevelt Rd)
Free

August Art Picks

Through September 30
A Johnson Publishing Story ADC-Abbreviated-Mark-Color-RGB
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Ave)
Free

Wed, August 1, 4-6pm
Community Panel Discussion with Mariela Estrada 29214950_1698778206852179_8455692137873276928_n
OPEN Center for the Arts (2214 S Sacramento Ave)
Free

Wed, August 1, 8-10:30pm
Calid B. Album Listening Party: AfroBang 2
Elastic Arts (3429 W Diversey #208)
Free

Thurs, August 2, 5-7pm
Creativity, Arts and Economic Vitality
Metropolitan Planning Council (140 S Dearborn St, Suite 1400)
Free

Thurs, August 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Carrying A Place Called Home: Artists-in-Residence Panel Discussion
Arts and Public Life (301 E Garfield Blvd)
Free

Fri, August 3, 5-8pm
U.N.I.T.
Roots & Culture (1034 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Fri, August 3, 6-9pm
You will be the archivist of your desires: closing
Chicago Art Department (1932 S Halsted St, Ste 100)
Free

Fri, August 3, 6-9pm
Erin LeAnn Works: Kinship
ACRE Projects (1345 W 19th St)
Free

Fri, August 3, 6-9pm
Structures Manifest
AMFM Gallery (2151 W 21st St)
Free

Fri, August 3, 6-10pm
Traci O’Neal Ellis
Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St)
Free

Sat, August 4, 10am-2pm
Sis, U Belong Here: A Gathering for Black Women
Links Hall (3111 N Western Ave)
Free

Sat, August 4, 10am-7pm
2018 North Lawndale Arts Festival
Douglas Park (1401 S Sacramento Dr)
Free

Sat, August 4, 1-4pm
Our Voices, Our Selves: a Writing/Performance Workshop
Read/Write Library Chicago (914 N California Ave)
Free

Sat, August 4, 11am-2:30pm
Alternatives to Calling Police During Mental Health Crises
Reunion Chicago (2557 W North Ave)
Free

Sat, August 4, 11am-6pm
Soul Saturday
Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S Cornell Ave)
Free

Sat, August 4, 1-6pm
We Are Hip Hop Youth Festival 2018
Dvorak Park (1119 W Cullerton St)
Free

Sat, August 4, 5-8pm
Overlap: Kristen Neveu, Douglas Gates, Raul Ortiz, Curtis Bozif
The Saw Room at The Alley Gallery (1712 Sherman Av, Evanston)
Free

Sat, August 4, 4-6pm
Calumet Sounds Soundwalk with Norman W Long
Calumet Park (9801 S Ave G)
Free

Sun, August 5, 1-3pm
Comfort Society: Sculptures, Animals, Telepathy and More!
Comfort Station Logan Square (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Mon, August 6, 8pm
Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N State St)
$6-11

Tues, August 7, 5:30-8pm
Mwata Bowden
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave)
Free

Tues, August 7, 6-8pm
Victoria Martinez in conversation with Edra Soto
Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) (820 N Michigan Ave)
Free

Wed, August 8, 6:30-8pm
Collective Threads
Arts and Public Life (301 E Garfield Blvd)
Free

Wed, August 8, 7-10pm
Jenn Grossman/ Stuart Jackson/ Amanda Gutiérrez
High Concept Labs (2233 S Throop St)
$10

Thurs, August 9, 7-8pm
Ingrid Rojas Contreras in conversation with Cristina Henriquez
Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St)
Free

Thurs, August 9, 6-9:30pm
Bomba con Buya & Ivelisse Diaz + La Escuelita Bombera De Corazón
Spirit Of Music Garden, Grant Park (601 S. Michigan Ave)
Free

Thurs, August 9, 8-9:45pm
Shorts Program: International Visions
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N State St)
$6-11

Fri, August 10, 6-10pm
Down with Desire
LVL3 Gallery (1542 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 3rd)
Free

Fri, August 10, 6:30pm
A Boy, A Girl, A Dream
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N State St)
$6-11

Fri, August 10, 7-11pm
Jeffrey Michael Austin: Outstanding Balance
Heaven Gallery (1550 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Fri, August 10, 9-11pm
U.N.I.T.Y. Music Night
Roots & Culture (1034 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Sat, August 11
CD Wu and Omar Velazquez: What did Dinosaurs taste like? It Tastes like Pollo Frito.
Shane Campbell Gallery (Lincoln Park)
Free

Sat, August 11, 3-7pm
The First Course with Black and Brown Babes
Homan Square Park (3559 W Arthington St)
Free

Sat, August 11, 6-9pm
Joyce Polance and Chantala Kommanivanh: Landscaped
Elephant Room Gallery (704 S Wabash Ave)
Free

Sat, August 11, 7:30-9pm
U.N.I.T. (E) Screening & Conversation Night
Roots & Culture (1034 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Mon, August 13, 7-9pm
Living Architecture: Working Studios ADC-Abbreviated-Mark-Color-RGB
6018North (6018 N Kenmore Ave)
Free

Mon, August 13, 7pm-1am
National Poetry Slam ! Welcome Party and Benefit !
Debonair Social Club (1575 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Tue, August 14, 6-8pm
Victoria Martinez and Jose Olivarez: Art and Poetry
Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) (820 N Michigan Ave)
Free

Wed, August 15, 6-9pm
Maps & Meaning: Tracing Identity Through The Folded Map Project
Chicago Culture Lab at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (339 E Chicago Ave)
Free

Thurs, August 16, 6-7:30pm
Matana Roberts: Coin Coin 3: River Run Thee
The Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave)
Free

Thurs, August 16, 7:30-10pm
Social Muscle Club
Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery [DFBRL8R] (1029 West 35th St)
Free

Fri, August 17, 4-11pm
Within Walls: Forever Under Surveillance 29214950_1698778206852179_8455692137873276928_n
OPEN Center for the Arts (2214 S Sacramento Ave)
Free

Fri, August 17, 6-9pm
Scenes of Resistance in 1968 Chicago: The Photo Archive of K. Kofi Moyo
The Research House for Asian Art (3217 S. Morgan St)
Free

Sat, August 18, 7:30pm
Tamar-kali and Damon Locks: Demon Fruit Blues and Where Future Unfolds
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave)
$8-15

Sat, August 18, 10pm-3am
Party Noire Presents Black Eutopia
The Promontory (5311 S Lake Park Ave)
$0-15

Wed, August 22, 6-9pm
SummerDance with DJ Agúzate
Humboldt Park (1400 N Sacramento Ave)
Free

Sat, Aug 25, 7pm
INTERMISSIONS: KEYON GASKIN
Renaissance Society (5811 S Ells Av)
Free with RSVP

Sat, August 25, 1-4pm
Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards Ceremony 29214950_1698778206852179_8455692137873276928_n
Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior St)
Free

Sun, August 26, 11am-7pm
Chicago LGBTQ Beach Party 2018
Oakwood Beach (4100 S Lake Shore Dr)
Free 

Mon, August 27, 7-9pm
Living Architecture: Working Studios
6018North (6018 N Kenmore Ave)
Free

August 31- September 13
Minding the Gap
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N State St)
$6-11

Fri, August 31, 12-1pm
Lecture on Charles White: A Retrospective ADC-Abbreviated-Mark-Color-RGB
The Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave)
Free

Fri, August 31, 6-10pm
Work for the People (or Forget About Fred Hampton)
Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St)
Free

Fri, August 31, 7:30-10:30pm
Viva Riva
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Ave)
Free

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Featured Image: From “Work for the People (or Forget About Fred Hampton)” at Co-Prosperity Sphere, opening August 31st and featuring work by Brandon Alvendia, Sofia Cordova, Damon Davies, Jim DeRogatis, Jim Duignan, Chris Duncan, Lise Haller Baggesen Ross, Robby Herbst, Just Seeds, Jason Lazarus, Jesse Malmed, Nicole Marroquin, Jennifer Moon, Emilio Rojas, Anthony Romero and Josh Rios, Stephanie Syjuco, Dan Wang, Work / Play, Derrick Woods-Morrow, and Latham Zearfoss.