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March Art Picks

Image: A digital illustration of a Black femme person closing their eyes while facing towards the viewer. The person has purple hair and wears a yellow shirt. Text reads: "Women's History Month" towards the bottom of the composition. Image by Teshika Silver.

Featured image: A digital illustration of a Black femme person closing their eyes while facing towards the viewer. The person has purple hair and wears a yellow shirt. Text reads: “Women’s History Month” towards the bottom of the composition. Image by Teshika Silver.

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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, Chicago’s leading visual arts calendar. Click here to get our Art Picks and latest articles delivered to your inbox monthly. This is a growing list, so check back often with new additions.

To learn more about this month’s featured illustrator Teshika Silver, read her recent interview!

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Tues, March 1, 12:15-1:15pm
Bani Abidi
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Online
Free

March 2-12, 6-7pm
Re/Connect
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
$30-110

Wed, March 2, 4pm (EST)
Futura2000 in Conversation with Zephyr and Carlo McCormick
Wexner Center for the Arts: 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH
Free

Wed, March 2, 7-10pm
Avreeayl Ra – Healing Arts Initiative: Meditation in Motion
Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago, IL
$15

March 3-June 26, 2022
Beautiful Diaspora / You Are Not the Lesser Part
Museum of Contemporary Photography: 600 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, March 3, 12pm
In Conversation: Artists Johny Pitts, Damon Locks, Citlali Fabián
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Online
Free

Thurs, March 3, 12:30-1:30pm
Exhibition Gallery Talk: A Site of Struggle with Leslie Harris and Miriam Petty
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Thurs, March 3, 5-9pm
Girl Power and A Herstory of Women Filmmakers
Walker Art Center: 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN
Free

Thurs, March 3, 6-7pm
stef m. shuster: Trans Medicine
Gene Siskel Film Center: 164 N State St., Chicago, IL
$12

Thurs, March 3, 6-8pm
An Evening with Meriem Bennani
57th Street Books: Online
Free

Thurs, March 3, 7pm
Environments of Struggle: Crystal Z. Campbell and Christopher Harris
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Thurs, March 3, 7pm
Kelly O’Connor Mcnees “The Myth of Surrender”
The Book Cellar: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, March 3, 8pm
Orla Tinsley Reading
Subterranean Books: Online
Free

March 4-31, 2022
Varsity Art XXVI
Art Saint Louis: 1223 Pine St, St. Louis, MO
Free

March 4-April 9, 2022
SAM JAFFE: Muscle Memory
65GRAND: 3252 W North Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 4, 12pm
In Conversation: Artists Xyza Cruz Bacani, Jessica Chou, Farah Salem
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Online
Free

Fri, March 4, 5-8pm
Inspired to Inspire: Artwork by Michigan City Area Schools Art Teachers
Lubeznik Center for the Arts: 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City, IN
Free

Fri, March 4, 5-8pm
LatinXAmerican
Lubeznik Center for the Arts: 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City, IN
Free

Fri, March 4, 6pm (EST)
Kris Graves: A Southern Horror
Tube Factory artspace: 3125 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN
Free

Fri, March 4, 6pm (EST)
Gallery Show
Hoy Polloy: 1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, IN
Free

Fri, March 4, 6-9pm
Vikesh Kapoor: See You at Home
Filter Space: 1821 W Hubbard St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 4, 6-9pm
Erica McKeehen: Authoring Allure
The Martin: 2500 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 4, 7pm
Flesh to Spirit: Materiality and Abstraction in Black Experimental Film
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Fri, March 4, 9pm
The Arab Blues
Hungry Brain: 2319 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL
$10

March 5-April 22, 2022
Stan VanDerBeek
DOCUMENT: 1709 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 5, 11am
Curatorial Talk and Activations: Assembly Required
Pulitzer Arts Foundation Wordmark: 3716 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Free

Sat, March 5, 12pm
mama.film/The Big Read Short Film Series
Wichita Art Museum: Online
Free

Sat, March 5, 1-4pm
The Shine of Black Skin – Contemporary Silverpoint from a Black Artist’s Perspective
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 5, 3-5pm
Ayanah Moor: I Wish I Could Be You More Often: Reception and Artist Discussion
Cleve Carney Museum of Art: 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL
Free

Sat, March 5, 4-5:30pm
When I Am Through With You There Won’t be Anything Left
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: 724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
Free

Sat, March 5, 4:20 & 8pm
HOT MESS!
Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago, IL
$15

Sat, March 5, 8pm
Bessie, Billie & Nina – Pioneering Women in Jazz
The Sheldon: 3648 Washington Blvd, Saint Louis, MO
$15-40


Sun, March 6, 1-4pm
Verena Brassel, Bob Nonnemacher, Sandra Perlow, Cole Pierce: 4 Solo Shows
Evanston Art Center: 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL
Free

Sun, March 6, 1-4pm
Dr. Yaoundé Olu: Black Field / White Field
Evanston Art Center: 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL
Free

Sun, March 6, 5-6:45pm
Moving Forward Together: A Climate Scientist’s Vision for Collaboration
Weinberg Newton Gallery: 688 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

March 7-12, 2022
Eileen Mueller
Roman Susan: 1224 W Loyola Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Mon, March 7, 6-7:30pm
The New Futurists: On Afro-Indigenous and Latinx-Futurism
Hyde Park Art Center: Online
Free

Tues, March 8, 2pm
In Conversation: Artist Kelvin Haizel and Dr. Robert Hanserd
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Online
Free

Tues, March 8, 6-7pm
Abby Seiff: Troubling the Water
57th Street Books: Online
Free

Wed, March 9, 6pm
X as Intersection: Latinx Artists in Conversation
National Museum of Mexican Art: Online
Free

Wed, March 9, 6pm (EST)
400Forward
Wexner Center for the Arts: Online
Free

Wed, March 9, 6-7:30pm
Art, Activism, and Contemporary Resonances of the 1935 NAACP exhibition “An Art Commentary on Lynching”
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Wed, March 9, 7-8pm
Public Assembly: Bodily Autonomy part 2
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: 724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
Free

March 10-April 21, 2022
DAP Collective: YOU ARE A(NTI)RACIST
Glass Curtain Gallery: 1104 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

March 10-August 7, 2022
Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, & Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, March 10, 6-8pm
An Evening with Andy Slater
Gene Siskel Film Center: 164 N State St., Chicago, IL
$12

Thurs, March 10, 6:30-9pm
In-Person Performance: Present Music “Ablaze”
Milwaukee Art Museum: 700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI
$17-$22

Thurs, March 10, 7-8pm
Open Door Reading Series: Viola Lee, Jen Steele, Helene Achanzar & Hinisha Malone
Poetry Foundation: Online
Free

Thurs, March 10, 8pm
Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Hungry Brain: 2319 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL
$10

Fri, March 11, 5-10pm
Refinecltv Presents: PLANET HER Women’s History Month Bazaar Celebration!
Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 
$12

Fri, March 11, 5-9pm
Azadeh Gholizadeh & Elnaz Javani: Phonetic Fragments
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 11, 5-10pm
56/Milwaukee
Oliva Gallery: 3816 W Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 11, 6-9pm
Determined to Resist
5 Points Art Gallery: 3514 N Port Washington Ave, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Fri, March 11, 6-9pm
Marvin Tate + Prophet Blackman: Birds of Paradise
5 Points Art Gallery: 3514 N Port Washington Ave, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Fri, March 11, 6-9pm
Allen Moore: A Vibe Called Death
Cleaner Gallery + Projects: 1856 N Richmond St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 11, 6-9pm
Daija Guy: In Transition
The Martin: 2500 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 11, 6-10pm
GLOW UP
Hairpin Arts Center: 2810 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, March 11, 7-9pm
Side Yard Sounds presents: Mad Myth
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
$15

Fri, March 11, 7:30pm
SOUTH LOOP SPARK PLUG
The Dance Center Columbia College: 1306 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
$10-30

March 12-April 23, 2022
ARNOLD J. KEMP: TALKING TO THE SUN
M. LeBlanc: 3514 W Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 12, 6-9pm
Discussing Allure: a panel on sex work, burlesque & bodily autonomy
The Martin: 2500 W Chicago Ave
Free

Sat, March 12, 6-10pm
Linen, Silk, and Pearls
LVL3 Gallery: 1542 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free


March 13-April 28, 2022
Illinois High School Art Annual Exhibitions
The Bridgeport Art Center: 1200 W 35th St., Chicago, IL
Free

March 13-April 23, 2022
You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on
Devening Projects: 3039 West Carroll Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

March 13-April 23, 2022
Sean Sullivan: In the shade of the tree
Devening Projects: 3039 West Carroll Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

March 13-April 23, 2022
Figures, Grounds
Western Exhibitions: 1709 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

March 13-April 23, 2022
Lilli Carré
Western Exhibitions: 1709 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sun, March 13, 7pm
cola, wombo, fran
Sleeping Village: 3734 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL
$15-18

Mon, March 13, 6:30-7:30pm
The Billboard: A Play About Abortion Book Launch and Discussion
Haymarket House: 800 West Buena Avenue, Chicago, IL
$0-$5

Tues, March 15, 7pm
Virtual Conversation: Rachel Krantz (OPEN) & Jessica Fern (POLYSECURE)
Women & Children First Bookstore: Online
Free

Wed, March 16, 7pm
Artist Talk: Olive Stefanski
Roman Susan: Online
Free

March 18-April 14, 2022
This Too Shall Pass
Ralph Arnold Gallery: 1131 W Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL
Free

March 18-April 30, 2022
Dana Lynn Harper: Field Guides
The Sculpture Center: 1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, OH
Free

March 18-June 5, 2022
Robert Banks & Dexter Davis
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland: 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Free

March 18-August 28, 2022
Currents 121: Oscar Murillo
Saint Louis Art Museum: One Fine Arts Dr, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
Free

Fri, March 18, 6-9pm
C.J. Pyle: Skin Tight
Epiphany Center for the Arts: 201 S Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 19, 1pm (EST)
Viewpoints: Woori Sori (Our Voice) Responds to Who Was this Built to Protect
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland: 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Free

Sat, March 19, 1:30-2:30pm
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Architecture
Elmhurst Art Museum: 150 Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst, IL
Free

Sat, March 19, 3-6pm
Laura Lynn Hsieh: Mahjong and Dumplings
Chinese American Museum of Chicago: 238 W 23rd St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 19, 6-8pm
Sound Healing with Jason and Cassandra
International College of Surgeons: 1516 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, March 19, 6-9pm
Austin Osman Spare: Psychopathia Sexualis
Iceberg Projects: 7714 N Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL
Free


Sun, March 20, 2-3pm
Archiving 101 with Skyla Hearn of The Blackivists
Sixty Inches From Center: Online
Free

Sun, March 20, 3-5pm
CATAPULT: Magic Shadows!
Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts: 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, IL
Free

Mon, March 21, 12pm
Art on a Monday: Trish VanOsdel
Wichita Art Museum: 1400 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS
$35

Tue, March 22, 6:30pm
CSO All-Access Chamber Music: Civitas Ensemble
Kehrein Center for the Arts: 5628 W Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL
Free

Tue, March 22, 7pm (EST)
Mad Royal Film Festival 2022
Wexner Center for the Arts: 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH
Free

Tue, March 22, 7-8:30pm
Exploring Death, Grief and Trauma Reading Group
LATITUDE: Online
Free

Thurs, March 24, 6-7pm
Mike Amezcua: Making Mexican Chicago
57th Street Books: Online
Free

Thurs, March 24, 6pm
Opening Reception: Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art
21c Museum Hotel: 55 East Ontario St., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, March 24, 6-8pm(EST)
Science of Grief: Poetry Workshop and Reading
MSU Broad: Online
Free

Fri, March 25,12:30pm
Virtual Event: The Sex Lives of African Women: Self-Discovery, Freedom, and Healing by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Women & Children First Bookstore: Online
Free

Fri, March 25, 7-8pm
Conversation with Composer Terence Blanchard
First United Methodist Church of Chicago: 77 W Washington St., Chicago, IL
$0-20

March 26-May 7, 2022
Jinn Bronwen Lee
Regards: 2216 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

March 26-July 10, 2022
Theodora Allen Saturnine: A Tale of Today
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum: 40 E Erie St., Chicago, IL
Free with admission

Sat, March 26, 1:30-2:30pm
DANCE PAMOJA CHALLENGE
Red Clay Dance Company: Online
Free

Sat, March 26, 6-8pm(EST)
Artist Talk: Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron
SPACES: 2900 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH
Free

Sat, March 26, 6-9pm
Mary King: Curious Home and Soap Is A Noun
Epiphany Center for the Arts: 201 S Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Tue, March 29, 1-1:30pm
Voices: Sarah Schulman
Gallery 400: online
Free

Thurs, March 31, 12-1:15pm
Barak adé Soleil
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: online
Free

Thurs, March 31, 6-8pm
An Evening with Dani and Sheilah ReStack
Gene Siskel Film Center: 164 N State St
$12


Through March 1, 2022
Mayumi Lake and Stacia Yeapanis: The Bigger the Fear and Despair
Riverside Arts Center FlexSpace: 32 E Quincy St, Riverside, IL
Free

Through March 3, 2022
Tyrrell Winston: Hail Mary
Library Street Collective: 1274 Library Street, Detroit, MI
Free

Through March 5, 2022
Mobile Makers Chicago: Shape Makers
The Arts Club of Chicago: 201 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 6, 2022
Damon Freed: Town & Country
Bruno David Gallery: 7513 Forsyth Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO
Free

Through March 6, 2022
Kioto Aoki and Pamela Ramos: Sixth Planet from the Sun
LVL3: 1542 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 11, 2022
Carlos Barberena – I Have Been a Stranger in my Own Land
Latina Arts Inc: 1028 S 9TH ST., Milwaukee, WI
Free

Through March 12, 2022
Flor, Manal Kara, & Caleb Yono: THEM
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 12, 2022
Crip*
Gallery 400: 400 S. Peoria St, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 13, 2022
Confluence
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Ave #2, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 13, 2022
ON DRAWING DRAWING ON: Ten Years of Fellowship at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
Logan Center Exhibitions: 915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 13, 2022
Powerful Women II: Contemporary Art From the Eiteljorg Collection
Eiteljorg Museum: 500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 
$8-$15

Through March 19, 2022
Tomokazu Matsuyama: The Best Part About Us
Kavi Gupta Gallery: 219 N Elizabeth St, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 20, 2022
I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: 724 S. 12th St., Omaha, NE
Free

Through March 20, 2022
The Regional
Contemporary Arts Center: 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH
Free

Through March 26, 2022
Darin Latimer: SuperDeath pt. 1 (Let it Bleed)
Elephant Room Gallery: 704 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 26, 2022
THE UNDERWORLD: George Crump
South Side Community Art Center: 3831 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 26, 2022
Uncommon Prints x Common Matrices
Woman Made Gallery: 2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 27, 2022
Holly Murkerson: syn-
Goldfinch Gallery: 319 N. Albany, Chicago, IL
Free

Through March 27, 2022
drék davis
Swope Art Museum: 25 South 7th St., Terre Haute, IN
Free

Through March 27, 2022
An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain
Milwaukee Art Museum: 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee, WI
$17-$22

Through March 28, 2022
FEMME
FLXST Contemporary: 2251 S Michigan Ave., Suite 220, Chicago, IL
Free


About the illustrator: Teshika Silver is a freelance illustrator, designer, teaching artist and spiritual cultural worker spending time and living freely in Washington Park, Chicago. Follow her work on Instagram @astratesh.