A look into the thriving artist community that’s been built in Springfield in the shadow of inevitable demolition.
Exhibitions, screenings, performances, actions and other events to get on your calendar this month.
Two filmmakers on the division of expertise in their collaboration and how they make art, love and a relationship work.
On collaboration, shared living space, trial collaborations and how they make art, love and a relationship work.
On sharing space, inspiration in times of keyboard depression and how they make writing, love and a relationship work.
A discussion with newly Brooklyn-based artist duo on where it all started and how they make art, love and a relationship work.
A conversation with Sky Cubacub, the designer behind Rebirth Garments, a QueerCrip clothing line for all abilities, sexualities, sizes, and colors.
An illustrated recollection of On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Vancouver at DePaul Art Museum.
One of the members of The Era Footwork Crew tells the story of how he got involved in Chicago Footwork and the moment he took his work internationally.
After attending a Ritual Workshop at F4F (Femme 4 Femme), writer Ida Cuttler speaks with Lyra Hill about magic and the role of ritual before her move to LA.
Libyans sometimes refer to being arrested and taken away without warning as being “taken behind the sun.” This interview series celebrates—through conversations with formerly-incarcerated artists and their allies—the ways in which an artistic, creative life can transmute the impact and redefine the legacy of an experience within the Prison Industrial Complex. In 1984, Vincent Wade was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, based on a confession tortured out of him by Chicago police detectives. He spent 31 years in state prison, teaching and working as an artist in every available medium, sharpening his skills for the day he would walk free. On August 14, 2015—years after proof of systematic torture and coercion by the Chicago Police Department was uncovered—Vincent was finally released. While groups like Chicago Torture Justice Memorials continue to fight on behalf of Chicago police torture survivors, Vincent remains focused on the thing that got him through more than three decades behind bars: his art. We sat down just south of Washington Park to talk about Vincent’s artistic mentors, his …
A review of the most recent show at The Franklin in Garfield Park.
Photographer + archivist looks back on a trip to meet and deliver supplies to the water protectors at Standing Rock.
Exhibitions, performances, screenings, actions and other events to keep you warm and active this month.
Download our list of 30+ local and national justice-focused organizations and host your own Transition to Power screening and Action Session.
The poems ‘Painted over paintings,’ ‘Series,’ ‘Over simple plain doubt,’ and ‘does your lady body ever freak you out’.
Get a first look at the episodes of Transition To Power, the latest documentary film series by On The Real Film on artists in the election aftermath.
An audio interview with the Kenya-born and Chicago-based dynamic musician behind the albums Cloud High Vybes and Pocket Juice.
One of the city’s rising artists, curators, and DJs discusses his part in curating a new monthly performance series at Comfort Station, creating inclusive spaces, and art in the age of Trump.
An interview about their experience at Mill Hill and being asked to leave for questioning the ethics of the residency’s approach to social practice.
A look back on 32 years of work, play, ethos, and process with the former Associate Curator and Director of Education at the Renaissance Society.
A series of interviews that reveal how a creative life can transmute the impact and redefine the legacy of an experience within the Prison Industrial Complex.
A look into the latest series of publications out of Half Letter Press by Public Collectors.
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 conversation with Chicago burlesque dancer and performance artist about coming out to her family, facing toxic masculinity in the nightclub scene, and performing the black body.
There are limits to how far artists can push works of art, but few test them as forcefully as Sadie Benning. Benning’s installation on view now at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society attempts to give viewers a Shared Eye on US politics and history, conjuring a kind of collective memory through the rhythmic sequencing of panels and our subjective interpretations of their interpolations. That aim might already be a mouthful, but Benning does not stop there. Taking leeway with what she calls the “complexities” of visual media, she wanders far afield into contemporary art’s hottest clichés. Cut up and reassembled from digital snapshots, found photos, trinkets, and painted segments, Benning’s panels collapse and expand media. As physical objects, they are neither here nor there, neither the one nor the other. Unfortunately, the artist takes the same postmodern tack to their subject matter, willing it to hover in the ether and float away at first sight. The operative word here might be “edgy.” Work that cannot be defined as belonging to any one medium is in …
An interview with the organizer of this New York-born, now Chicago based all-female dance party.
Closing out the year with a reflection on the mixed feelings of the art fair experience in comic form.
A conversation about hip-hop, Hairy Who, and his approach to tackling race and gender issues with David Leggett. Part two of a two-part series.
A list of art, performance, talks, and other events happening across Chicago.