December Art Picks

December 1, 2016 · Art Picks, Arts Guide, Featured

A list of art, performance, talks, and other events happening across Chicago.

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Mon, Dec 12, 6:30pm
Wrote One: A Gathering of Arts Writers + Media Makers in Chicago
Rootwork Gallery (645 W 18th)

Wed, Dec 15, 6:30pm
Movement Matters: The Integral Necessity of Dance Criticism
High Concept Labs (2233 S. Throop St.)
$10 suggested, RSVP

December Art Picks

We update this list throughout the month, so check back often.

Fri, Dec 2, 6pm
Amor Fati (Opening Reception)
Anansi kNOwBody, Angela Davis Fegan, Bryan C. McVey, Cassandra Stadnicki, John Steck Jr., and Woomin Kim
Chicago Artists Coalition (217 N Carpenter St)

Fri, Dec 2, 6pm
Preview 6: We’ve Met Before (Opening Reception)
Featuring Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Annette Hur, Ginger Krebs, Hương Ngô, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Juan Camilo Guzmán, Kaveri Raina, Luis Sahagun, Mayumi Lake, and Yvette Mayorga
Chicago Artists Coalition (217 N Carpenter St)

Fri, Dec 2, 6pm
NEW AGE NOW: Art Auction
Featuring Claire Ashley, Rebecca Beachy, Rami George, Sofia Leiby, Heather Mekkelson, Michael Milano, Aay Preston-Myint, Edra Soto, Hui-min Tsen, Andrew Yang, and Philip von Zweck.
Sector 2337 + Green Lantern Press (2337 N Milwaukee Av)

Dec 3 – 31st
iDon’t: Robert Burnier, Alex Chitty, Diego Leclery, Mican Morgan, Alison Ruttan, Chris Smith, Jenn Smith
Slow (2153 W  21st St)

Runs through April 2, 2017
Art AIDS America Chicago
Alphawood Gallery (2401 N Halsted St)

Featured Programs:
Sat, Dec 3, 10am – 1pm
Opening Lectures, Panels + Performances
with Avery R Young and Joseph Ravens
Alphawood Gallery (2401 N Halsted St)

Dec 9 – Dec 17
Queer, Ill + Okay
Oracle Productions (1802 W Berenice)

Dec 3-4, 11am – 6pm
Renegade Craft Fair
Bridgeport Art Center (1200 West 35th St)

Sat, Dec 3, 3pm
Bystander Intervention and De-Escalation Tactics Workshop with Jes Skolnik
Elastic Arts (3429 W Diversey #208)

Dec 3, 11-5pm, Dec 4, 12pm
Holiday Pop-Up Market
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N Milwaukee Av)

Sat, Dec 3, 12-1pm
Hoyun Son Richter + Josh Rios in Conversation
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

Sat, Dec 3, 12-2pm
Taller de derechos/Know your rights workshop
Rudy Lozano Chicago Public Library (1805 S Loomis St)

Sat, Dec 3, 2-3pm
Animated Kwanzaa films by Carol Munday Lawrence
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts  (915 E 60th St)

Sat, Dec 3, 2-4pm
Agonizing, then Organizing Round 2
Grace Episcopal Church (637 S Dearborn)

Sat, Dec 3, 6-9pm
Glyph // Mairead Case, Lindsay Deifik, and Laura Judkis
ACRE (1345 W. 19th St)

Sat, Dec 3, 6-9pm
Sweet Betweens
Hume (3242 W Armitage Ave)

Sat, Dec 3, 7:30pm; Sun, Dec 4, 2pm
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 20th Anniversary Kickoff Performance
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E 60th St)
$45-$150, Get Tickets

Sat, Dec 3, 8pm
Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St)

Sun, Dec 4th, 12pm
[Old/New] Psychedelic Providence
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago (319 N Albany)

Sun, Dec 4 – Feb 19, 2017
Jan Tichy: Installation No. 21
Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Av)

Sun, Dec 4, 12pm
National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W 19th St)
Free, but bring yo $$

Sun, Dec 4, 3-6pm (Artist talk at 5pm)
Good Machines: Taylor Hokanson, Richard Holland, Eric Lunde, Niki Passath, Jesse Seay, & Philip von Zweck
The Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden (32 East Quincy St, Riverside)

Sun, Dec 4, 1pm
Gil Riley: Arena
Julius Cæsar (3311 W Carroll Ave)

Sun, Dec 4, 3-4:30pm
Robyn C. Spencer – “The Revolution Has Come” – Jane Rhodes
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores (5751 S Woodlawn Ave)

Mon, Dec 5, 6pm
Love Liberation: 50 Years of Black Panther Party History
Saieh Hall for Economics (5757 S University Av)

Mon, Dec 5, 8:30pm
Salonathon: Beholder
Beauty Bar Chicago (1444 W. Chicago Av)
Free, RSVP

Tue, Dec 6, 6pm
MCA Talk: The Rational Dress Society presents A History of Count
Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E Chicago Av)

Wed, Dec 7, 7pm
How To Make It In Chicago
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S Michigan Ave)

Wed, Dec 7, 6pm
Community Organizing Series: Strategy & Campaign Development
Chicago Freedom School (719 S State St)
$35 at the door, dinner provided

Wed, Dec 7, 5:30pm
Artists’ Guide to Mental Health
Chicago Artists Coalition (217 N Carpenter St)
$5, Get Tickets

Dec 7-10th
Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater
Links Hall (3111 N Western Av) + Sector 2337 (2337 N Milwaukee Av) 
$10-30, Get Tickets

Wed, Dec 7, 7pm
DJ Ayana Contreras
Boleo (122 W. Monroe Street, 15th Fl)

Wed, Dec 7, 9pm
Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Everybodies
The Empty Bottle (1035 N Western Av)

Wed, Dec 7, 7:30pm
Live Talk: Don’t Mourn, Organize
Uncommon Ground (1401 W Devon Av)
$12, Get Tickets

Thur, Dec 8, 6pm
Artist Talk with Designer Norman Teague
Blanc Gallery (4445 S King Dr)

Thur, Dec 8, 8pm
Zine Fest Karaoke Fundraiser
Beauty Bar Chicago (1444 W Chicago)

Thurs, Dec 8, 8pm
Therapy Sessions
Hungry Brain (2319 W Belmont Av)

Thur, Dec 8, 7pm
American in Transition: Official Launch Party
Reunion (2557 W North Ave)
$10-20 at the door

Fri, Dec 9, 6pm
The Leaving: An Exhibition of Taking and Leaving Behind
Work by Andrea R. Sanchez
Rootwork Gallery (645 W 18th St)

Fri, Dec 9, 7pm
Car Town
Adventureland Gallery (1513 N Western Ave)

Fri, Dec 9, 7pm
The Crisis of Representation, Illustrated with Plants + Flowers
Curated by Hamza Walker
Fernwey Gallery (916 N Damen Ave)

Fri, Dec 9, 7pm
AMFM Presents: The Jazz Series Holidaze
La Catrina Cafe (
1011 W 18th St)

Fri, Dec 9, 6pm
Being There
ADDS DONNA (3252 West North Avenue)

Fri, Dec 9, 2pm
Lecture: Delinda Collier
Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Av, Price Auditorium)
Free with museum admission

Fri, Dec 9, 7pm
Lana Crooks & Andrew Bell – Opening Reception
Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery (2780 N Lincoln Av)

Fri, Dec 9, 7pm
Not Just Another Pretty Face
Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S Cornell Av)

Fri, Dec 9, 5pm, Sat Dec 10, 10am
Outsider, Ethnographic and Folk Art Pop-Up Sale
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N Milwaukee Av)

Fri, Dec 9, 6-10pm
Chicago Art Department (1932 S Halsted St)

Fri, Dec 9, 8:30pm
Orisha Dance Chicago with Iré Elese Abure – Global Dance Party
Old Town School of Folk Music (4545 N Lincoln Ave)
$12, Get Tickets

Fri, Dec 9 – Sun, Dec 11
Harlem Fine Art Show Chicago
Life Creative (1655 W Walnut St)
$20 – $50, Get Tickets

Sat, Dec 10
Welcome to The End
The Franklin (3522 W Franklin)

Dec 10-11, 3pm each day
VOICES HEARD: Expressions Of Visionary Black Women
A 2 Day Festival curated by Nicolle Mitchell
The Promontory (5311 S Lake Park Ave)
$10-20, Get Tickets

Dec 10-11, 1-5pm each day
Vends + Vibes 2016: An Arts Marketplace
Arts + Public Life (301 E Garfield Blvd)

Sat, Dec 10, 12pm
Merry Mercado
The Mission (1431 W Chicago Av)

Sat, Dec 10, 5pm
Black + Brown: AfroQbano, Jennifer Ligaya, Viktor le. Givens, and Sherwin Ovid 
Currency Exchange Cafe

Sat, Dec 10, 6pm
Prints of Unusual Size Opening Reception
Hoofprint Workshop (2433 S. Oakley Av)

Sat, Dec 10, 6:30pm
The Science of Walking Through Windows, Barry Dwyer
Elephant Room Gallery – South Loop (704 S Wabash Ave)

Sat, Dec 10, 1-3pm
Shane Campbell Gallery (2021 S Wabash)

Sat, Dec 10, 2pm
Artist Talk: Edgar Arceneaux
Depaul Art Museum (935 West Fullerton Av)

Sat, Dec 10, 9pm
Artform: Discussion/Exhibit/Loft Party
Elastic Arts (3429 W Diversey)
$10, Get Tickets

Sun, Dec 11, 11am
Chicago Intersectionality Action Committee Meeting
Schubas (3159 N. Southport Av)

Sun, Dec 11, 5pm
Etc Records + Dark Matter Series Presents: Electronic Buffet
Elastic Arts (3429 W Diversey #208)

Sun, Dec 11, 8:30pm
Séance, V. 13: We Call Forth America, the living
Iceberg Projects (7714 N Sheridan Rd.)

Sun, Dec 11, 12pm
Beauty Breaks: Session 7 | Affirmations
F4F (2846 W 21st St)
**Beauty Breaks is EXCLUSIVELY for black-identified folks, folks of the African diaspora and Afrodesciendentes.**

Mon, Dec 12, 8pm
Kahil El’ Zabar, David Murray and Harrison Bankhead
HotHouse presents at the Alhambra Palace Restaurant (1240 West Randolph)
$25, Get Tickets

Tue, Dec 13, 5pm
Making Matters, Hosted by Rape Victim Advocates
The Awakenings Foundation (4001 N Ravenswood Av)

Tue, Dec 13, 6pm
MCA Talk: Kimberly Drew and Rashayla Marie Brown
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Av)

Tue, Dec 13, 6pm
Observe, Experiment, Speculate: Parsons & Charlesworth in Conversation
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

Wed, Dec 14, 8pm
GrindHouse: Decadent Asylum & Silverhead
Comfort Film (2579 N Milwaukee Av)

Fri, Dec 16, 6pm
Embroidered 13: Pop-up Show
Featuring Alice Lam, Brooks Golden, Brian Steckel, CHema Skandal!, Cujo Dah, Johnny Sampson, KASHINK, Max Sansing, Randi Drozd, Thor Goodlife, Tom Bold & Uriel Correa.
Pilsen Outpost (1958 W 21st St)

Sun, Dec 18, 2pm
Between Dreams and Kings – Luis Sahagun @ Terrain
Terrain Exhibitions (704 Highland Ave., Oak Park)

Sun, Dec 18, 1pm
Forms of Exchange
SHoP (244 Lake St, Oak Park)

Sun Dec 18, 12pm
Cold Color
The Hermosa Walls (2306 N. Keeler Av)

Mon, Dec 19
It’s Happening!
Links Hall (3111 N Western Av)
$8 Suggested Donation

Mon, Dec 19, 7pm
Cipher Conduit Linguistics
Phantom Gallery Chicago (436 E 47th St)

Thur, Dec 22, 9pm
Anti-Fascist Jingle Jam w/ Bora Bora and Cookbook
Quenchers Saloon (2401 N Western Av)
$10, Get Tickets

Closing Soon or Eventually

Closes Jan 8, 2017
Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016
Curated by Faheem Majeed
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N Milwaukee Av)

Closes Jan 8, 2017
Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination
Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E Chicago Ave)
Free on Tuesdays

Closes Jan 8, 2017
Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington)

Closes Jan 8, 2017
Quest for the Marvelous: Krista Franklin
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington)

Closes Jan 13, 2017
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society (5701 S. Woodlawn Av)

Closes Jan 14, 2017
SAPPHIRE: Anna Elise Johnson, Jason Pallas, Deb Sokolow, and Danh Vō
Weinberg/Newton Gallery (300 W Superior St)

Closes Jan 22, 2017
Women Hold Up Half the Sky
Co-Presented by Illinois Holocaust Museum + YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (9603 Woods Dr, Skokie)

Closes Jan 31, 2017
Glenn Ligon: A Small Band
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Av)

Closes Feb 17, 2017
Featuring Yaw Agyeman, Wesley Clark, Nathaniel Donnett, Shané K. Gooding, Esau McGhee, Johana Moscoso, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Ellington Robinson, Stacy-Lynn Waddell, Rhonda Wheatley and Wilmer Wilson IV.
Glass Curtain Gallery (1104 S Wabash Av)

Image: Jesse Seay, “Red Rubber Bands,” 2011. Photo: David Ottinger. From the show Good Machines at the Riverside Art Center Freeark Gallery.