Art Picks, Exhibitions, Featured

March Art Picks

A collage illustration of turquoise and light grey stripes on a black background. Image created by Ryan Edmund Thiel.

If you’ve followed us for a while, you know that our Art Picks offer a wide scope of events that are relevant to our audiences because we and the artists, cultural workers, curators, spaces, and projects we support live full lives that know no boundaries. We maintain expansive practices and work toward justice for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities in Chicago and the Midwest.  

Created in collaboration with The Visualist and adapted for social-distancing due to COVID-19, this list offers online exhibitions, streaming events, a list of online collections from Black and LGBTQIA+ archives, and other ways to spend time in the virtual space. 

Featured image: A collage illustration of turquoise and light grey stripes on a black background. Image created by Ryan Edmund Thiel.

This is a growing list, so check back often with new additions.

Through March 21, 2021
K. Kofi Moyo and FESTAC ’77: The Activation of a Black Archive
Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL
Free

March 1-31, 2021
Cozy Warm
Circle Contemporary: 2010 W Carroll Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

March, 2021
POP4 Online Exhibition
Lincoln Square Pottery Studio- Learning Center: Online
Free

Through April 4, 2021
INTERPOLATIONS: Michael K. Paxton
Evanston Art Center: 1717 Central St., Evanston, IL
Free

Mon, March 1, 1pm
On Repatriation
DePaul Art Museum: Online
Free

Mon, March 1, 4pm
Ricardo Basbaum: From Would you like to participate in an artistic experience? to the collective-conversations: some comments on collaborative projects
Krannert Art Museum: Online
Free

Mon, March 1, 6pm
Anatomy of a Story Workshop with Adriana Monsalve
Filter Photo: Online
$65

Mon, March 1, 8:30pm
Place of Assembly: Corbett vs. Hillmer
Experimental Sound Studio: Online
Free

March 2-14, 2021
600 Highwaymen: A THOUSAND WAYS (Part One): A Phone Call
Walker Art Center: Online
Free

March 2-28, 2021 (Multiple Events)
FemFest Goes Digital: #PortraitsOfFemme
Riverwest Femme Fest: Online
Donations Suggested

Tues, March 2, 6:30pm
Pedro Reyes
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Online
Free

Tues, March 2, 7-8pm
Daniel Borzutzky, Cecilia Vicuña, and Edwin Torres
Pilsen Community Books: Online
Free

March 3-6, 2021
BOUNDARYMIND
Roman Susan: 1224 W Loyola Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

March 3-14, 2021
Queer Formality: Brendan Fernandes & Vanessa German
Hook Art: Online
Free

Wed, March 3, 6pm
Voices Across Time: Sharing Women’s Experiences of Re-entry
Block Museum of Art: Online
Free

Wed, March 3, 5pm
Jesús Hilario Reyes & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell in Conversation
Concerned Black Image Makers: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 12:30-5:30pm
Fractures: Creating Around Devastation
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 5pm
The Rise of the Hip Hop South: An OutKasted Theorization
Georgia Souther University: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 4pm
All the World’s Futures: Global Art and Art History in the Wake of COVID-19
Smart Museum of Art: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 5-6pm
“Ask Me Anything” with Amos Kennedy
Spudnik Press: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 6pm
Making Words Things: Alberto Aguilar explores DPAM Museum Collection
DePaul Art Museum: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 6:30pm
The Art and Life of Frida Kahlo
Elastic Arts: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 7:30pm
Julian Otis & Vincent Davis + Molly Jones & Norman Long
Elastic Arts: Online
Free

Thurs, March 4, 8-9pm
Hereaclitus Here Vernon: At the Yellow Windows
Co-Prosperity Sphere: 3219 S Morgan St. Chicago, IL
Free

March 5-April 17, 2021
John Neff: 101
Regards: 2216 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 5, 1-2pm
Cozy Warm: Guest Curator Talk with Katie Kimmel
Circle Contemporary: Online
Free

Fri, March 5, 4-9pm
Megan Diddie & Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero with ColectivoMultipolar: Bodies Immersed
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 5, 6pm
LatinXAmerican Podcast, Episode 7: Alejandro Jiménez-Flores
DePaul Art Museum: Online
Free

Sat, March 6, 6pm
While We’re At It: Online Celebration
6018North: Online
Free

March 6-April 10, 2021
Maia Cruz Palileo
moniquemeloche: 451 N Paulina St. Chicago, IL
Free

March 6-April 24, 2021
USUAL OBJECTS
Carrie Secrist Gallery: 900 W Washington BLVD. Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 6, 12-1:30pm
A Conversation with Artist Kyrin Hobson
South Side Community Art Center: Online
Free

Sat, March 6, 12-4pm
Madeline Gallucci: i am flowering
Space & Time: 3307 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 6, 12-6pm
2021
M. LeBlanc: 3514 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 6, 2pm
DUAL VISION ARTIST ROUNDTABLE WITH THE CURATORS
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD): Online
Free

Sat, March 6, 6pm
Aviva Alter & Marzena Ziejka
Ignition project space: 3839 W Grand Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Sun, March 7, 11am-12:30pm
Choose to Challenge: International Women’s Day Virtual Symposium
Heaven Gallery: Online
Free

Sun, March 7, 5:30-6:30pm
Life in Progress Video Series
AnySquared: Online
Free

March 8-April 15, 2021
Cristal Sabbagh: OOPS! POW! SURPRISE!
Glass Curtain Gallery: 1104 S Wabash Ave
Free

Mon, March 8, 7pm
OPTION: Junius Paul
Experimental Sound Studio: Online
$0-5

Mon, March 8, 6pm
Filmmaking While Femme Roundtable
OTV: Online
Free

Tues, March 9, 12-1pm
Sharon Irish | The Place of Intervention: Social Practice and Cybernetics in Public
Krannert Art Museum: online
Free

Tues, March 9, 1-2pm
Mariame Kaba: Chicago Reparations and the Fight for an Abolitionist Future
Human Rights Lab @ the Pozen Center: Online
Free

March 10 – 14, 2021
AMFM: In Conversation
The Other Art Fair: Online
Free

March 10 – 14, 2021
Girls in Film: Short Film Screenings
The Other Art Fair: Online
Free

March 10- May 26, 2021
Guest Walks with Alberto Aguilar
DePaul Art Museum: online
Free

Wed, March 10, 9-10:15pm
On Wisdom & Vision: Humanities Organizations in Illinois During Covid-19 Virtual Breakfast and Report Release
Illinois Humanities: Online
Free

Wed, March 10, 5:30-6:30pm
Michael Albertus: Property Without Rights: Origins and Consequences of the Property Rights Gap
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores: online
Free

Thurs, March 11, 4pm
Sudden Sound and Nick Rudd Music Experience present Mark Deutsch and the Bazantar
Krannert Art Museum: Online
Free

Thurs, March 11, 7pm
Flowers for Ourselves: Marya Spont-Lemus
Sixty Inches From Center: Online
Free

Thurs, March 11, 6-7pm
OOPS! POW! SURPRISE!: In conversation with Cristal Sabbagh
Glass Curtain Gallery: online
Free

Thurs, March 11, 6-8pm
Chicago As Research
Hyde Park Art Center: Online
Free

March 12- April 10, 2021
Sergio Lucena: The Blue that embraces me…
MARIANE IBRAHIM: 437 N Paulina St. Chicago, IL
Free

March 12 – April 10, 2021
Delisha McKinney: The Never Ends
Elephant Room Gallery: 704 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

March 12 – April 25, 2021
The View From Above/Below
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. #2, Chicago, IL
Free

March 12 – November 14, 2021
Factory Installed 2021
Mattress Factory: 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburg, PA
$15-$20

March 12 – August 15, 2021
Stories of Resistance
Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis: 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO
Free

March 12 – June 13, 2021
Kioto Aoki: Breathe, Fibres of Papers Past
International Museum of Surgical Science: 1524 N. Lakeshore Dr. Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 12, 12pm
Art Talks! Docents in Dialogue – Ayinoluwa Abegunde (’22) & Hyohee Kim (’22)
Block Museum: online
Free

Fri, March 12, 5-9pm
SWIM
Oliva Gallery: 3816 W Ermitage Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 13, 12pm
BIPOC Practice led by ImagineJoy
Don’t You Feel It Too?: online
Free

Sat, March 13, 7pm
Fuller Award: Sandra Cisneros
American Writers Museum
Free

Sat, March 13, 7-11pm
2nd Saturday’s with The Lingo Chicago
Art West: 750 S California Ave, Chicago, IL
$20-$35

Sun, March 14, 1pm
BLT Live: Pamela Council
Black Lunch Table: Online (IG TV)
Free

Mon, March 15, 22, and 29, 7pm
THE QUESTIONS OF CURATING: LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, AND NARRATIVE
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD): Online
$25-150

March 15 – May 15, 2021
Diasporic Rhizome
South Asia Institute: Online
Free

Mon, March 15, 7pm
OPTION: Gabby Fluke-Mogul
Experimental Sound Studio: Online
$0-5

March 15 & March 17, 7-8:30pm
Emotional Historians: A 2 Night Public Reading
Hosted by Jon Sands: Online
Free

Tues, March 16, 7:30-9:30pm
Land As Pleasure Workshop: haydee “hr” souffrant
Online
$10-$20

Tues, March 16, 7:30-8:30pm
Gray Sound: Elizabeth A. Baker
Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry: Online
Free

Tues, March 16, 8-10pm
ST(ART) UP ONLINE: Virtual Party
Elastic Arts: Online
Free

We, March 17, 6-8pm
Art & Activism: Jenny Kendler in conversation with Elizabeth Corr, NRDC
MSU Broad: Online
Free

Wed, March 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Photoshop for Play Workshop
Filter Photo: Online
$45-60

Wed, March 17, 7-9pm
Art and Activism: Jenny Kendler in conversation with Elizabeth Corr, NRDC
MSU Broad: Online
Free

Wed, March 17, 6pm
Flowers for Ourselves: S. Nicole Lane
Sixty Inches From Center: Online
Free

Wed, March 17, 6pm
Flowers for Ourselves: Ireashia M. Bennett
Sixty Inches From Center: Online
Free

Thurs, March 18, 6pm
Screengrab Paintings: Dushko Petrovich
DePaul Art Museum: Online
Free

Thurs, March 18, 6-8pm
Break It Down | Make It Better: Reinvigorating Local Arts Journalism
Mallory Shotwell: Online
$0-$25

Thurs, March 18, 6-7pm
Ground Floor: Excavating the Past and Present: A Panel Discussion
Hyde Park Art Center: Online
Free

Thurs, March 18, 4pm
Kerry James Marshall in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni
New Museum: Online
Free

Fri, March 19, 2-3:30pm
Open Dialogue: adrienne maree brown on How We Talk With Each Other
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Online
Free

Fri, March 19, 3-7pm
Preview 10
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W Fulton St. Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 19, 3-8pm
Survey 2
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W Fulton St. Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 19, 5pm
Call for Proposals: CONNECT Curatorial Projects
\Roots & Culture: online
Free

Fri, March 19, 5-6pm
Let Us Vote! Voting Stations for Those Who Legally Can’t
Ralph Arnold Gallery: 1131 W Sheridan Rd (virtual opening)
Free

Fri, March 19, 7-9pm
Broad Underground: The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni
MSU Broad: Online
Free

Fri, March 19, 8pm
Bricolage ft. Ken Vandermark & Mazen Kerbaj
Elastic Arts: Online
Free

March 20-April 24, 2021
Cameron Gainer and Xie Hongdong
Aspect/Ratio: 864 N Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

March 20, 11am – 2:30pm
COVIDtv x Official Unofficial Voting Station: Online
Free

Sat, March 20, 2021
Take Care, Be Well
Smart Museum of Art: Online
Free

Sat, March 20, 1-2:30pm
ArtSmart: The Pandemic Effect: Creating and Collecting During Covid-19
Diasporal Rhythms: TBD
Free

March 21, 2021-March 13-2022
High Touch
John Michael Kohler Arts Center: 608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI
Free

Tues, March 23, 2-3pm
Talk: Omar Velázquez with Carla Acevedo-Yates
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Online
Free

Thurs, March 25, 12-1pm
Sancho-Madridejos: The Space Within the Fold
MAS Context: Online
Free

Thurs, March 25, 6pm
Frontera y Periferia // Border and Periphery
DePaul Art Museum: Online
Free

Thurs, March 25, 7-8pm
Club de lectura #3: Umami
Pilsen Community Books: Online
Free

Fri, March 26, 6-9pm
Context 2021
Filter Photo: 1821 W Hubbard St. Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 26, 6-7pm
Artist & Curator Talk: Assottos’ Child at the Altar
Haitian American Museum of Chicago: Online
Free

Fri, March 26, 5-6:30pm
An Art Collector’s Conversation with Madeline Murphy Rabb
South Side Community Art Center: Online
Free

Fri, March 26, 12pm
Virtual Conversation: Collection Top Five with Alberto Aguilar and Jorge Lucero
The Art Institute of Chicago: Online
Free

Sat, March 27, 12pm
BIPOC Practice led by ImagineJoy
Don’t You Feel It Too?: online
Free

March 27 – May 1, 2021
Fluid Ground
Julius Caesar: 3311 W. Carroll Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

March 28- July 3, 2021
The METAMORPHOSIS of Gabriel Villa
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Mon, March 29, 7pm
OPTION: Akira Sakata
Experimental Sound Studio: Online
$0-5

Tues, March 30, 6:30-7:30pm
Miranda July in Conversation with Jennifer Reed
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Online
Free

Wed, March 31, 7pm
Artist Talk: Maryam Taghavi
Roman Susan: Online
Free

Wed, March 31, 6-7:30pm
MOVE YOURSELF (ft. Omar Khalil Dyette)
Chicago BIPOC Playwrights
Free

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