A growing list of exhibitions, talks, art fairs, book releases, performances, concerts, celebrations, and more happening during the art season opening month.
Sprung is the only way to describe all of the exhibitions, film screenings, performances, concerts, workshops, and events happening this month.
Your regular serving of exhibitions, talks, screenings, performances and other events happening around Chicago this month.
Edra Soto has transformed the Commons at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) with her work Open 24 Hours into a beautiful place filled with remnants of histories that gives birth to transcultural discourse and new meaning. Fittingly, Soto’s culturally charged work is the inaugural project for this new “civically engaged space” at the MCA. As I walk in to the Commons to attend Edra Soto’s artist talk, there are installations of intricately designed, custom-made display structures that stand like pillars, shelf after shelf holding up empty bottles of all different shapes and sizes; the translucence of the greens and browns of the bottles providing a striking contrast to the opaque white of the shells that adorn their surfaces. Edra Soto informs the audience that she collected these bottles, and continues to do so, in her neighborhood of East Garfield Park. She picks them up, washes them, removes their labels—she cares about these bottles as objects. She sees something in them. They are not pieces of trash to be discarded and forgotten, they are pieces …
A list of film screenings, exhibitions, talks, performances, readings, and more to get you through the cold and snow this month.
A massive list of openings, events, concerts, festivals, fairs, biennials, and performances happening as part of Chicago’s 2017 art season opener.
A panel that brings together a handful of the newest galleries around the city that are making space for and showing work by emerging and established artists.
Join us on April 22nd for a panel featuring Fontaine Capel (Hume), Maggie Crowley + Javier Bosques (Produce Model Gallery), Tracie Hall (Rootwork Gallery), Claudine Isé (Goldfinch), Mashuska Matthews + Torie McMillan (+ Gallery), moderated by Caroline Picard (Sector 2337).
Exhibitions, performances, screenings, actions and other events to keep you warm and active this month.
Scrolling, swiping, and clicking are the only tactile skills required to engage with Institutional Garbage, a web-based exhibition produced by Sector 2337 and the Hyde Park Art Center. These actions, performed by a mouse, keyboard, or the tap of a finger, make a ritual out of interacting with exhibitions presented in the digital sphere. Co-curated by Caroline Picard and Lara Schoorl, Institutional Garbage conceptually tears down the institutional walls of the art world, from elite academic spaces to donor-run museums, to showcase “the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions.”  As the title insinuates, the show makes a point to draw attention to the seemingly imperfect “trash” of 41 artists, writers, and curators. Lara Schoorl, a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and current publicity manager at Sector 2337, states that the exhibition aims to “elevate the connotation of trash,” attempting to understand it as a crucial component of the creative journey through the art world. Schoorl described in detail how this innovative rendition of a virtual exhibition initially “started …
An interview with artist, curator, and co-founder of The Franklin in Garfield Park for Connect Hyde Park Arts Festival.