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Exhibitions, performances, screenings, actions and other events to keep you warm and active this month.

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Featured Events + Actions

Thurs, Feb 2, 8:30pm
Art, Now. Act, Now: A Night of Art and Action for Refugee Rights
Constellation Chicago (3111 N Western Ave)
$10, but all are welcome

Fri, Feb 3, 12pm
Rally for the Decolonization of Peoples Everywhere – Chicago

10 S Dearborn St

Sat, Feb 4, 4-7pm
Transition to Power: A Dialogue with On The Real Film
Greenheart Transforms (746 North La Salle St)

Sat, Feb 4, 12-7pm
Black Market Chicago: Presented by #LetUsBreathe
The Promontory (5311 S Lake Park Ave)
Free, but bring $$ to spend

Thur, Feb 9th (More details to come)
The Subject Is Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

Fri, Feb 10, 7-10pm
Art Party: A Valentines Day Craft Fair
Hosted by Tandem Felix Letterpress
Free, but bring $$$ to spend if you can

Fri, Feb 10, 6-10pm
Everyday Rituals: Bridging the Black Secular and the Divine
Rootwork Gallery (645 W 18th St.)

Feb 15, 6pm
Brown Girls Release Party
Chicago Art Department (1932 S Halsted)


February Art Picks

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

Runs through June 25th
Eugene Eda’s Doors for Malcolm X College
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

Thur, Feb 2, 6-7pm
Reading: Our Miss Brooks 100
Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Av)
Tickets Sold Out, but you might be able to get them on standby

Thur, February 2, 6-7pm
Platforms: Brit Barton at the Arts Club

The Arts Club of Chicago (201 E Ontario St)

Thur, February 2, 7-9pm
Glenn Greenwald w/ Moustafa Bayoumi in Chicago
Haymarket Books (5850 South Woodlawn Avenue )
Free event, registration required

Fri, Feb 3, 6:30-9pm
Buried Alive – Works by James C. Harrison – Opening
Elephant Room Gallery – South Loop (704 S Wabash Av)

Sat, Feb 4, 2-5pm
If You Remember, I’ll Remember
Curated by Janet Dees and participating artists Kristine Aono, Samantha Hill, Dario Robleto, and Marie Watt.
Block Museum of Art (40 Arts Circle Drive)

Sat, Feb 4, 6-9pm
Recollection, works by Ben Blount
1100 Florence Av, Evanston

Sat, Feb 4, 7pm
Regina José Galindo [Guatemala]
DfbrL8r (1463 W Chicago Av)

Sat Feb 4, 2-4pm
Chinese New Year Celebration
Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Sat, Feb 4, 7-11pm
AMFM Presents: The Jazz Series
Featuring Freddie Old Soul (Fredrianna Harris), Selah Says III, Krystal Metcalfe, and Rich Jones.
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Ave)


Sat, Feb 4, 1-3pm
Alex Becerra, Sueños Eróticos, Opening
Shane Campbell Gallery (2021 S Wabash Ave)

Fri, Feb 4, 6-9pm
Happening as part of 2nd Floor Rear
In House (3520 W. Armitage Av)

Sat and Sun, Feb 4-5
2nd Floor Rear

Along the CTA Blue Line + Pink Line
Visit for specific locations and times

Sun, Feb 5, 2-5pm
High Water: Kate Hampel @ Terrain
Terrain Exhibitions (704 Highland Ave.)

Sun, Feb 5, 1-4pm
Rest assured, Life Aloud Sounds of Fables Re-Played
Julius Cæsar (3311 W Carroll Ave)

Mon, Feb 6, 4:30pm
Radical Relations: Memory, Objects and the Generation of the Political
Opening and Artist Talk w/ curator Romi Crawford
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S. University Av.)

Wed, Feb 8, 6-8pm
HIV Aids and Race
Alphawood Gallery (2401 N Halsted St)

Wed, Feb 8, 6pm
Alejandro Acierto in Conversation with Anthony Stepter
The Mission (
1431 W Chicago Av)

Wed, Feb 8, 6pm
MCA Live: A.L. Steiner
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave)

Thur, Feb 9, 4:30pm
Joshua Chambers-Letson, “Nina Simone and the work of Minoritarian Performance”
Part of the LGBTQ Studies Project and Artists’ Salon
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (5733 S. University Av)

Thur, Feb 9, 6-7:15pm
Jeffreen Hayes Lecture
Columbia College Chicago (623 S Wabash, Room 204)

Thur, Feb 9; 6:25-9pm
The Story of Many Journeys
Tracing the Refugee Journey from Home to Displacement to Resettlement in the United States
Art Works Project (625 N. Kingsbury Street)
Free, RSVP Required

Thur, Feb 9th, Doors: 5:30pm / Program: 6-7pm
Performing Identity: Karen Finley & Young Jean Lee in Conversation
Moderated by Lisa Lee
Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre (1700 N Halsted St)
Free, RSVP Required

Thur, Feb 9, 6-7pm
Performance and Screening: Rikuro Miyai’s Expanded Cinema
Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Av)
Free Tickets Available

Fri, Feb 10, 6-9pm
Graft – Solo Show by Edra Soto
Sector 2337 + The Green Lantern Press (2337 N Milwaukee Ave)

Fri, Feb 10 6-10pm
Remembrancer: A Project Space installation by Daniel Giles
Sector 2337 + The Green Lantern Press (2337 N Milwaukee Ave)

Sat, Feb 11, 6-9pm
–on the bank of what river?
Featuring Maryam Hosseini, Em Kettner, Eric Lebofsky, Gülşah Mursaloğlu, Kayla Risko, Erin Washington
Roman Susan (1224 W Loyola Ave)

Sat, Feb 11, 5-9pm
Simantikos Dance Chicago’s Celebration of Chicago Art
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 East 60th Street )
$10, performances start at 7:00 pm

Sun, Feb 12, 3-5pm
In Plain Sight and Precariat Opening Event
Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S Cornell Av)

Tues, Feb 14, 8pm-1am
F4F (2846 W 21st St)
$10-15, Get Tickets


Wed, Feb 15, 7:30pm
Story Lab Chicago
The Rugby Club (3614 N Damen Av)

Thur, Feb 16, 6pm
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
A conversation with Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple (77 W Washington St)

Thur, Feb 16, 7pm
Canvas Primer No. 12 (2 Year Anniversary)
Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave)
$10, pre-sale tickets available

Fri, Feb 17, 6-8pm
How to Give Life to a Mountain
DuSable Museum of African American History (
740 E 56th Pl)

Fri, Feb 17, 6-9pm
Solo show runs through March 17th
Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Gallery (5500 St Louis Ave)

Sat, Feb 18, 6-10pm
Featuring Kate Bonner, Jason Gringler, Todd Kelly, Cody Tumblin, Allison Wade
LVL3 (1542 N Milwaukee Ave)

Feb 18, 2pm
Curator Talk: Henry Darger’s Writings
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee Av)

Sun, Feb 19, 1-3pm
Hyde Park Art Center (
5020 S Cornell Av)

Mon, Feb 20, 12pm
Not My President’s Day – Rally (Chicago)
Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 N Wabash Av)
Free, but freedom ain’t free.

Tue, Feb 21, 1-3pm
Black Clay: A Survey of African American Ceramics
Chicago State University President’s Gallery (9501 S King Drive)

Feb 24 – 25, 7pm
Mitsu Salmon & Anna Martine Whitehead, LinkUP Residency Showcase
Links Hall At Constellation (3111 N. Western Av)

February 25-April 27
Historical F(r)ictions: Nicole Marroquin + Andres Hernandez
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

Sat, Feb 25, 11pm
Avery R Young’s “1990(what)”, plus DJ Jarvis Mason
The California Clipper (1002 N California Ave)

Tue, Feb 28, 5:30-7:30pm
Dreams are Colder than Death
Featuring a screening of the film by Arthur Jafa and Kahlil Joseph.
Block Museum of Art (40 Arts Circle Drive)


Featured Image: From Arthur Jafa and Kahlil Joseph’s 2014 documentary Dreams Are Colder Than Death, screening at the Block Museum on Feb 28th.

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