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Chicago Art Map: Openings Oct 20-25, 2011

Below is a listing from Chicago Art Map of gallery openings taking place this weekend, October 20th – 25th.

-Thursday October, 20th-

Ethics of Conservation: Panel Discussion

Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Lincoln Park

Opening reception October 20th, 6PM

Chicago Artists Month-   Should artwork be unveiled to the public if the artist’s intention is unknown? This event explores the behind-the-scene decision processes in preserving art and environments by self-taught artists. Part of Chicago Artists Month 2011, this panel will be moderated by Lisa Stone, Guest Curator of From the Wand of the Genii, and Curator of Roger Brown Study Collection. Panelists include: Jim Peters, President and Executive Director of Landmarks Illinois; Terri Yoho, Executive Director of Kohler Foundation, Inc.; and Dr. Charles Smith, self-taught artist. Free and open to the public.

Deborah Stratman: Forces and Gazes

Graham Foundation
4 W. Burton Pl.
Lincoln Park

Opening reception October 20th, 6PM

The Medieval Art of Power in Byzantium Robert Nelson, Yale University

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop

Opening reception October 20th, 6PM

Please join us this week for Echo Effect lectures. Fullerton Hall Free with admission The medieval art of war consists not only of representations of war – a constant in the history of art, but also and more importantly in a visual language that justifies and legitimates the power to wage war and govern a populus. This visual language insinuated itself among medieval viewers in diverse ways in the Middle Ages. This lecture will explore the art of Byzantium through comparisons with the medieval West and the Islamic World. Byzantium devised a seemingly non-militaristic projection of power in its political art of the high Middle Ages, a strategy that has curious analogies in our world. Presented with the Boshell Foundation Lecture Fund.

 

Hand in Glove Conference

Geolofts
3636 S. Iron St. Chicago, IL
Bridgeport

Opening reception October 20th, 7PM
Closes October 23rd, 2PM

The conference is a four day event featuring keynote speaker curator Nato Thompson, panels curated with guest respondents from artist-run culture around the nation, and artist-designed events, parties, food experiences and tours around the city of Chicago. In conjunction with the conference, threewalls will award the 2011 Propellor Fund awards as well as release the third edition of PHONEBOOK. Thursday, October 20: 7 PM: Keynote lecture with Nato Thompson Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery 217 North Carpenter St. Chicago, 60607 Friday October 21: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Regional Art Ecosystems Panel 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch, Open time for discussions/workshops 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Unconventional Residency Programs Panel 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Propeller Fund Award Ceremony and MDW Fair Vernissage (at the Geolofts) Saturday October 22: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Archiving Artist-run History Panel 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch, Open time for discussions/workshops 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fundraising and Organizational Strategies Panel 8: 00 PM Release Party for PHONEBOOK 3 hosted by Salon Saloon at threewalls, FREE Sunday October 23: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Closing continental brunch, remarks by Ted Purves and open discussion on the future of the Alliance of Independent Arts Organizers at threewalls

 

-Friday October, 21st-

RODNEY GRAHAM

Donald Young
224 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 266
Loop

Opening reception October 21st, 5-7PM
Closes November 23rd

 

The Conversation #2

Riverside Arts Center
32 E. Quincy St.
Riverside

Opening reception October 21st
Closes November 19th

Kelli Connell and Betsy Odom| Parallel Play Curated by Anne Harris Opening Reception: 3 – 6pm, Sunday, October 30, 2011 Kelli Connell and Betsy Odom have been together for 7 years, married for two. They share both home and studio. While their work is not collaborative, it’s made in crooked parallel with intersections, rhymes and overlaps. This show is about their mutual brainstorming. Both artists work prolifically in sketchbooks.

 

FADEOUT

Gordon Center for Integrated Science at the University of Chicago
939 East 57th street
Washington Park

Opening reception October 21st, 6-8PM

A collaboration between the artist Granite Amit and statistician and computer scientist Yali Amit. Composed of large-scale digital prints on translucent fabrics and a video of natural interaction animation program. Different experiences of fadeout are explored from the physical, emotional, cognitive and visual perspectives. The loss of a loved one, the loss of memories, changes in transparency, changes in scale or gradual decomposition into elements. The animation program is based on natural interaction: tracking body motion to affect computer output, in this case: text animation, revealing the performer’s role as the real activator and the force behind the dynamics, the appearance and the disappearance of the words. As objects decompose to constituent parts and fade out, different layers of meaning unfold.

 

Adam Ekberg: Transmissions From The Outpost

Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N Morgan St Chicago, IL 60607
West Loop

Opening reception October 21st, 6-8PM
Closes December 3rd

Transmissions From The Outpost further explores Ekberg’s modus operandi; combining materials from the human world inhabiting natural and domestic spaces with highly nuanced uses of light. Among his influences, Ekberg cites his personal experiences as a hospice care-giver, analog radio transmissions heard from desolate locations, and watching a barn burn to the ground as a child. The resulting images transmit his activities and explorations, a life lived on the margins and in the shadows reported back through analog means. Ekberg’s simultaneous absence and presence further communicates a separateness and uncanny luminosity, challenging belief systems and questioning the unseen.

 

Jason Robert Bell: I Believe in Harvey Dent or Three Months in Valparaiso

Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N Morgan St Chicago, IL 60607
West Loop

Opening reception October 21st, 6-8PM
Closes December 3rd

In Bell’s fourth installment of the Tetragrammatron Archive, the artist poses riddles in the form of three sculptural assemblages; Caveman Robot, The City of Monumenta, and The Sword. Monumenta is home base for Caveman Robot, a fictional character created by Bell melding the primitive with the futuristic. Caveman Robot has been the subject of previous projects, comics, animation, object-making, and performances for Bell, but also represents a mascot for a stillborn multi-media million dollar Hollywood deal accompanied by an endless collection of related artifacts. It is a humble symbol for an artist confronting failure in an attempt to fully self-actualize, as experienced during a three month stint in Valparaiso, Chile.

 

Ryan Travis Christian: The River Rats

Western Exhibitions
119 N. Peoria St.
West Loop

Opening reception October 21st, 5-8PM
Closes December 3rd

MDW Fall Showcase

Geolofts
3636 S. Iron St. Chicago, IL
Bridgeport

Opening reception October 21st, 8-11PM
Closes October 23rd

Saturday: Noon to 6pm Sunday: Noon to 6pm $5 entry Chicago: on October 21st- 23rd, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand in Glove Conference and will highlight innovative curatorial and administrative practices happening in independent arts initiatives. The Fall Showcase will focus on the practices of individual artists, offering the opportunity for each artist to mount an ambitious project. The Fall Showcase, like the previous MDW Fair, will also feature an independent arts publisher’s forum.

 

NETWORK

Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th St.
South Chicago

Opening reception October 21st, 7-10PM
Closes November 30th

On occasion of “Turin 2011: 150 years of the Unity of Italy”, the monthly magazine “Italia Arte. Il meglio della cultura e del Made in Italy” (Italy Art. The best of culture and Made in Italy) intends promoting an artistic-cultural exchange with the 33 Contemporary Gallery, leading art gallery of Chicago, directed by Sergio Gomez, to celebrate not just the one hundred and fifty year anniversary of the Unity of Italy which sees Turin, former capital of the Italian Kingdom, absolute star of the celebrations, but also – conceptually – the strong connection that has always linked our country and our connotations to the United States of America, on a path that for more than 150 years has seen the Italian and American populations deeply bound by art, tradition, history, costume and culture. The choice of Turin as the Italian exhibition headquarters for the project was also dictated by the leading role this Piedmont city plays in contemporary art at home and abroad. This partnership is part of a much bigger plan of relations that “Italia Arte” has with the Italian Culture Institutes all over the world, with Museums and Foundations of the United States and Italy, with numerous contemporary Italian artists and with Italian Associations worldwide.

 

Gary Rattigan: Sit, Be Still, and Listen, Because You’re Drunk and We’re at the Edge of the Roof

65Grand
1378 W. Grand Ave.
East Village

Opening reception October 21st, 7-10PM
Closes November 19th

65GRAND is pleased to present Gary Rattigan in his third solo exhibition with the gallery. Borrowing it’s name from the 13th century Persian poet Rumi, “Sit, Be Still, and Listen, Because You’re Drunk and We’re at the Edge of the Roof” is made up of new paintings concerned with beginning and ending. Rattigan states this new body of work is about, “falling into the abyss or rabbit hole and coming out. Starting over.” The paintings on view-predominantly black, made up of deep reds, blues and greens-come from this place of finality. Channeling the likes of Wilde, Twain and Marx (Groucho) his paintings and attitude towards art embody a fatalistic optimism… or an optimistic fatalism. Fortunately, Rattigan works with a sense of humor and an eye toward the future.

 

-Saturday October, 22nd-

Body of Work: The Excavating History Collective in Residence at IMSS

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Gold Coast

Opening reception October 22nd, 6-9PM
Closes December 31st

The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) is pleased to present BODY OF WORK: The Excavating History Collective in Residence, an exhibition of historically inspired site-specific artistic interventions including sculpture, painting, installation, video, sound, and literary works, as well as a series of public programs.

 

Outside Chicago Tour: Rockford Art Museum

Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Lincoln Park

Opening reception October 22nd, 10AM-6PM

Join Intuit on our upcoming tour of the Rockford Art Museum’s collection of Outsider Art. The collection includes work by such artists as Lonnie Holley, Thornton Dial and Purvis Young. Event fee covers round-trip charter bus transportation, lunch, entrance fee and guided tour. Six (6) CPDU’s are available for CPS teachers. $135 / Intuit Members: $100

 

Photographer Timothy O’Sullivan’s American West

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop

Opening reception October 22nd, 11AM

Keith Davis, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Fullerton Hall Free with admission Keith Davis, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, reviews innovative images of the American West along the path of the transcontinental rail route taken by photographer Timothy O’Sullivan for a U.S. Geological survey after the Civil War.

 

David Lefkowitz: solo exhibition

Carrie Secrist Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd.
West Loop

Opening reception October 22nd, 4-7PM
Closes December 10th

 

-Tuesday October, 25th-

The Language of Less (Then and Now): Michael Darling Guided Tour

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Streeterville

Opening reception October 25th, noon

Saturday, October 8, 2011 – Sunday, April 8, 2012 Curator Tour with Michael Darling on Tuesday, October 25. Inspired by the MCA’s rich holdings of Minimalist and postminimalist work of the 1960s and 1970s, this exhibition offers two balanced parts. “Then” is devoted to a fresh look at the work of artists such as Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Richard Serra, and Sol LeWitt, and includes recent acquisitions. “Now” showcases five contemporary artists (Leonor Antunes, Carol Bove, Jason Dodge, Gedi Sibony, Oscar Tuazon) who are working in styles similar to that of their predecessors.