Weekend Highlights: Art Events in Chicago

Erica Peplin

Samuel D. York

At Courtney Blades

1324 W Grand Ave.

Closing Reception: Friday, July 8th, 7:00pm—10:00pm

Sioban Lombardi and Gwendolyn Zabicki: The Exceptional Ordinary

At Robert Bills Contemporary

222 N Desplaines St.

Reception: Friday, July 8th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

On View: July 8th – August 2nd

Sioban Lombardi and Gwendolyn Zabicki: The Exceptional Ordinary

Dominick Di Meo: Transfer

At Corbett vs. Dempsey

1120 N Ashland Ave

Reception: Friday, July 8th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

On View: July 8th – August 27th

Mark Handforth Plaza Project

At the Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E Chicago Ave.

Exhibition Opening Day: Friday, July 8th

On View: July 8th – October 10th

Hong Kong-born, Miami-based sculptor Mark Handforth is debuting four new large-scale sculptures at the MCA, all sited on the plaza and the west façade of the building. Handforth typically utilizes materials drawn from everyday civic infrastructure and radically reworks and deforms them into new and exciting configurations.

Space Out, Space In

At Andrew Rafacz Gallery

835 W Washington Blvd.

Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

On View: July 9th – August 13th

Work by Thorne Brandt, Ken Fandell, Young Joon Kwak, Jesse McLean, Shana Moulton, Jon Rafman, Andy Roche, Ben Russell, Jen Stark and Kirsten Stoltmann. Curated by Scott Wolniak.

Part Wolf

At What It Is

1155 S Lyman Ave, Oak Park

Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 3:00pm – 8:00pm

On View: July 9th – July 30th

An exhibition featuring paintings by three Chicago based artists, Jacon Crose, Chris Holmes and Vaughnda Johnson.

People Don’t Like to Read Art

At Western Exhibitions

119 N Peoria St, 2A

Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

On View: July 9th – August 13th

While the use of text in contemporary art is fairly commonplace, the artists in this show move beyond the use of single words and phrases by working with paragraphs, lists, fully-formed narratives and book formats, asking viewers to take the time to actively read the work.

The show includes works from several gallery artists: Nicholas Frank’s framed book pages, Adriane Herman’s printmaking and vinyl appliqué work, John Parot’s paintings, a collage from Mark Wagner, and drawings by Joe Hardesty and Deb Sokolow.

Deb Sokolow from People Don't Like to Read Art


At Ben Russel

1716 S Morgan St, 2F

Reception: Sunday, July 10th, 4:00pm – 9:00pm

On View: July 10th – July 31st

The artists participating in Ben Russel: US represent a veritable smörgåsbord of artistic alliances as drawn across fraternal, familial, romantic, pedagogical, and altruistic lines. Hand-picked for their collective sensibilities and their beguiling confidence in the generative power of directed camaraderie, these are artists that work together because they live/work/love together – they are US, plain and simple.