October Art Picks

October 1, 2016 · Archives, Art Picks, Arts Guide, Featured, Happenings

Festivals, performances, exhibitions, and events happening in the city during October.


October 11-15, 2016
Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art
Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan St) + Various venues
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The Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art, is a unique series of readings, conversations, and performances that happen in Spanish and English featuring renowned authors and visual artists from the US and Mexico. This five-day festival takes place in venues throughout Chicago, October 11-15, 2016.

Headliners include Mexican writers Daniel Saldaña París, Gabriela Jauregui, and Guadalupe Nettel, along with visual artist Jorge Méndez Blake and Lit & Luz writer in residence Luis Felipe Fabre. Lit & Luz: Anti-Static: A Live Magazine Extravaganza will feature debut multimedia collaborations between the artists.

For a full list of Lit & Luz Festival events, visit litluz.com


October 13-27, 2016
52nd Chicago International Film Festival
Various places throughout Chicago
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Seeking out the best in international cinema, the Festival has opened windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago. The films are all Chicago premieres and many are world or U.S. premieres. Most of the films shown at the Festival will not gain a wide release, secure a U.S. distributor, or become available on video. Therefore, the Festival provides local audiences with a unique opportunity to discover a range of films that would otherwise be unavailable to them. In addition, at more than half of the screenings each year, filmgoers have the rare and exciting chance to meet directors, actors, and actresses who introduce their films and hold discussion sessions after the screenings.

Don’t Miss These Films:

9 Rides on Oct 14, 21, 23rd
Black Lives Matter and the Media on Oct 16th
Girls Don’t Fly on Oct 16 & 18th
Layla M on Oct 16, 18, & 20th
I Am Not Your Negro on Oct 20th
Tribute: Steve McQueen on Oct 22nd
Daughters of the Dust on Oct 23rd
Moonlight on October 26th

For the full schedule, visit chicagofilmfestival.com

November Art Picks

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

Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 3-4pm
MCA Talk: Art and Life, A Panel Discussion w/ Hilton Als and Jacqueline Stewart
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave)

Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 2-5pm
Opening Celebration: Five Takes on Tseng Kwong Chi
McCormick Auditorium (1999 Campus Dr, Evanston)

Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 6-9pm
Opening Reception | ‘vi’bes’ new work by Juneer Kibria
Comfort Station Logan Square (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)

Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 7-10pm
The Suffragette Social: A Benefit for Spudnik Press Cooperative
Spudnik Press Cooperative (1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302)

Oct 1-2, 2016
We Want Freedom Film Festival
Uri-Eichen Gallery (2101 S Halsted)

Mon, Oct 3, 2016, 7pm
First Monday Jazz: Steve Coleman & the Five Elements
Arts Incubator (301 E Garfield Blvd.)

Mon, Oct 3, 2016, 7pm
The Corner
The Promontory (5311 S Lake Park Ave)
Featuring RJ Eldridge, Rhea the Second, Bee Kapri, Tall Black Guy & DJ CQQCHIFRUIT

Tues, Oct 4, 2016, 6pm
Representation vs. Exploitation: A Discussion of Human Form
Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S Cornell Ave)

Tue, Oct 4, 2016, 6-10pm
PrEP4Love LIVE Presents: Black Joy
The Promontory (5311 S Lake Park Ave)

Wed, Oct 5, 2016, 6:30pm
Drink & Draw: October 2016–Sticky Politics
Spudnik Press Cooperative (1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302)

Thur, Oct 6, 2016, 3-5pm
Kirsten Leenaars and Fo Wilson: Imagining America Conversation
Haggerty Museum of Art (Milwaukee, WI)

Thurs, Oct 6, 2016, 5:30-8pm
A Taste for Change
Salvage One (1840 W Hubbard St)
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Fri, Oct 7, 2016, 6-10pm
CORNELIA ARTS: Open Studios + 30 Year Birthday
Cornelia Arts Building (1800 W Cornelia Ave)

Fri, Oct 7, 2016, 9:30pm-2am
Heavyweight Soul! w/ Mr. Jaytoo
The Whistler (2421 N Milwaukee Av)

Sat, Oct 8, 2016, 9pm – 3am
Africa HI-FI Official FELAbration 2016
The Promontory (5311 S Lake Park Ave)

Sat, Oct 8, 2016, 3pm
Zine Release for Prescriptions, Issue 04
The Graham Foundation (4 W Burton Pl)
Free with RSVP

Sat, Oct 8, 2016, 7pm
Ours Is Not The Only Planet Earth Has Been
Ballroom Projects (3012 S Archer Ave #3)

Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 7pm
OMSA Heritage Series: Jeff Chang
University Church (5655 S. University Ave)
Free with RSVP

July 21 – October 9, 2016
Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy
Featuring Marissa Lee Benedict and David Reuter, Rosalinda Borcila, Terry Evans, Geissler/Sann, Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost, Steve Rowell & Victoria Sambunaris.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (600 S Michigan Ave)

Sat, Oct 8, 2016, 11am
16th Annual Jazz Brunch w/ Dee Alexander and Tracie Hall
Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center (4450 N Clark)
$22.50-$25, Get Tickets

Tue, Oct 11, 2016, 6pm
Visiting Artist Program: Juliana Huxtable
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium (230 S. Columbus Dr)

Tue, Oct 11, 2016, 7pm
Canvas Primer No. 11
Primer is a reoccurring event that invites speakers from a wide range of creative industries to pitch collaborative needs and opportunities.
Chop Shop (2033 North Ave)
$7 at the door

Oct 14, 2016, 6-10pm
Man, The Times, Man
Featuring Ethan Stuart, Tiptoe, Javier Mayoral, Erik Lundquist, Laura English, That jackass Dont Fret, Pizza In The Rain, Left Handed Wave, Dan Hojnacki, Jourdon Gullett, Kate Lewis and Yarrow Slaps.
Maxwell Collette Gallery (908 N Ashland Ave)


Fri, October 14, from 6 – 9 PM
Inside and Outside Dance / Peter Hurley / paintings (Artist Reception)
Aron Packer Projects at Concord 55 (1355 W Concord Place, at Elston)
Show Hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 12- 5 PM

Sat, Oct 15, 2016, 12-5pm
Englewood Art Fair
Hamilton Park Cultural Center (513 W 72nd Street)

Sat, Oct 15, 2016, 7:30pm
Messages from MamaShip – A Live Performance Experience w/ avery r young
REUNION (2557 W North Ave)

Sat, Oct 16, 2016, 6pm
16th Annual Black Excellence Awards
DuSable Museum (740 E 56th Street)
$15-$36, Get Tickets

Thur, Oct 20, 2016, 7:30pm
The Art of Scale with Aymar Jean Christian
DePaul University Loop Campus (14 E Jackson Blvd, Room LL102)

Thur, Oct 20, 2016, 7-10pm
New Paradigms (Panel Discussion)
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium (230 S. Columbus Dr)
Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, in conversation with Glenn Ligon, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, and Cauleen Smith.
$10-15, Get Tickets

Oct 20, 2016, 7pm
Lecture in Photography: Iké Udé
Ferguson Lecture Hall (600 S Michigan)

Thur, Oct 20, 2016
Public Newsroom Launch Party
Experimental Station (6100 S Blackstone Ave)

Sat, Oct 22, 2016 (Runs through Nov 19)
My Feet Have Lost Memory of Softness (Opening Reception)
The Franklin (3522 W Franklin Blvd)
Featuring work by Rocío Azarloza, Ivana Brenner, Jean Alexander Frater, Michael Rado  and Matt Siber. Curated by Ionit Behar.

Sat, Oct 22, 2016
The Arts Club of Chicago at 100: Centennial Open House
A Celebration of World-Class Music and Art
Arts Club of Chicago (1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302)
Featuring Derrick Adams, Suzanne Bocanegra with Paul Lazar, Mark Dion, Irena Haiduk, Pablo Helguera, Geof Oppenheimer, Walid Raad, & Edra Soto.

Oct 23, 2016, 12-6pm
#ZINEmercado 2016
Comfort Station Logan Square (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)

Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 3-6pm
Rags to Witches
Ragdale Foundation (1260 N Green Bay Road, Lake Forest)
$10-50, Get Tickets

Tue, Oct 25, 2016, 6pm
MCA Talk: New Mythologies for the Future
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave)

Fri, Oct 28, 2016, 5:30pm
Freedom Dreams Closing Reception + Chapbook Release
Pop Up Just Art (PUJA) (729 W. Maxwell St.)

Oct 28 & 29, 2016
what the body knows (World Premiere)
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 South Stony Island)
Choreography and performance by Barak, additional performances by Jerron Herman and live sound score orchestrated by Sadie Rock.
Free with RSVP

Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 6pm
Reading the Black Library with Marcus Samuelsson: Red Rooster Co
Currency Exchange Café (305 E Garfield Blvd)

Oct 29 – Nov 12, 2016
Chicago Humanities Fest: FallFest 16/Speed
Various locations
Prices Vary; Find Tickets



Photo Credit: Juliana Huxtable performance at MoMA, by Julieta Cervantes. Borrowed from SAIC Visiting Artist Program Website