Chicago Art Map: Openings Jan 26-29, 2012

Below is a listing from Chicago Art Map of gallery openings taking place this weekend, January 26th – 29th.

-Thursday January, 26th-

UNDRESSED: Women’s Unmentionables of the 1950s and 60s

Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.

Opening reception January 26th, 5-7PM
Closes March 1st

An Exhibition to Showcase women’s undergarments and nightwear of the 1950s and 60s. WHAT: Women’s Unmentionables of the 1950s and 60s is a glimpse at the sometimes provocative, often uncomfortable, and always intriguing under layers and nightwearworn by women during a time of rapid change in fashion. All of the exhibition garments, from bras to nightgowns to petticoats and girdles, are from the Fashion Study Collection and the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. The selection of garments is decidedly classic, elegant, and sexy.


Our No Place – Kelly K. Jones

Gallery X
280 South Columbus Drive

Opening reception January 26th, 4-6PM
Closes February 11th

Kelly K. Jones’ photographs of the North Lawndale neighborhood where she was born and raised aim to challenge our expectations and stereotypes. As both an insider and outsider, the artist explores her personal and complex relationship to place and identity as a white woman growing up and living in a predominantly African-American community. Portraits staged in nature and interior studies offer up figures in which history and intimacy collide. Navigating between the record and the metaphor, Jones’ images of her personal landscape consider issues of culture, race, belonging, and self-image.


Limits of Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 1st Pl. Ave.
South Loop

Opening reception January 26th, 5-7PM 

Join us for an opening reception celebrating The Limits of Photography. Free and open to the public.

-Friday January, 27th-

Not Cool or Stoic

2153 W. 21st St.

Opening reception January 27th, 6-9PM
Closes February 18th

Slow has partnered with ACRE to host Not Cool or Stoic as a part of ACRE’s year-long series of exhibitions by 2011 ACRE summer residents. The exhibition features new work from Chuck Jones and from ACRE resident Matthew Schlagbaum. (image by Matthew Schlagbaum) Colored theory. Not color for color’s sake, but named colors for linguistic associations. Matthew Schlagbaum begins with greyscale, a faux grisaille, and slips in a technicolor magic schism. Unlike the filmic precedent, Matthew is invested neither in generating delight, nor affirming faith in humanity or individuality. More like Matthew is illuminating the shameless manipulations that drive familiar stories. Glittering gold. Black and white and read all over. Chuck Jones, a gorillalike hulking man always decked out in Carhartts and work shoes, spins a yarn with earnest ennui. Deeply sentimental moments become meditational gems. But his laser focus meanders – the moment was truly heart-felt, but Chuck is open enough to respond just as deeply to the next. Follow his lead and you may end up with your emotional guard puddled around your ankles, not knowing the differences between true grit, heart-strings, or even what is funny. Chuck and Matthew both reside somewhere shaken, somewhat glum. Not cool or stoic. Each embraces his own direct emotional responses, and calls upon a viewer to dive into a moment. But each is driven toward a view of reality that pulls back the curtain to reveal something as it is complete with contradictions, flaws and untidy conclusions.


Painted in 2011

EC Gallery
215 N. Aberdeen
West Loop

Opening reception January 27th, 6-8PM
Closes February 25th

The “Painted in 2011” exhibition will display works of Tadeusz Bilecki – a new series of abstract portraits painted on paper with a coating of acrylic mixed with a large amount of water – a technique that adds deformity to the paper giving it a sculptural character.


Andre Butzer:Andre Butzer

Rhona Hoffman Gallery
118 North Peoria St.
West Loop

Opening reception January 27th, 5:00-7:30PM
Closes March 17th



Western Exhibitions
119 N. Peoria St.
West Loop

Opening reception January 27th, 5-8PM
Closes March 10th

David Leggett’s new mixed-media paintings wrestle with complicated feelings towards his two obsessions, painting and hip-hop, as he confronts race, sexuality, fame and class in humorous and ambiguous situations. Melissa Steckbauer’s new photo-based collages are the visual remainder following a personal study in communication and intimate contact, a deviation from the overt sexuality seen in her paintings. Weaved, fringed, puckered, and diced Steckbauer diffuses the status and familiarity of her pictures by manipulating them with naive decoration. Pictures become images and objects; they leave the scope of family albums and are updated within a loose semiotics.

-Saturday January, 28th-

Holding onto Something Slippery

1542 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park

Opening reception January 28th, 6-10PM
Closes February 19th

Jerome Acks, Alika Cooper and Ryan Fenchel. Holding onto Something Slippery renders visible the creation process through a combination of materials and a hybrid of mediums. Jerome Acks manipulates dimensionality and flatness, calling into question the materials and basic, physical elements of his works. Alika Cooper couples patchwork and layering of common fabrics, which portray intimate figures in camouflaged settings. Ryan Fenchel uses notions of craft and display as tools for discovery, accumulating ideas and materials to be arranged in various ways. All artists employ elements of craft, referencing traditional, if not domestic, means of creation in order to express the tensions between their forms.

-Sunday January, 29th-


Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N. Ravenswood

Opening reception January 29th, 8PM

Transmedia and vocal artist Lynn Book, in collaboration with electronic musician and sound artist Shawn Decker, will perform The Phaedra Escapes: a song-cycle that deploys Phaedra as a divining tool to denature the form by way of voluptuous frictions between release and containment, stasis and white hot freedom. Part history and part possibility, Phaedra is both a mythical figure and a contemporary sign of escape. The artists spring her from a Baroque opera where she migrated from Racine’s stage, having threaded through centuries of story, including conflicting fragments that Euripides wrote, lost, then wrote again in ancient Greece. Phaedra becomes the ideal escape body for our time, resonant with multiple histories and radiant with propositions for possible futures.


Joshua Abelow and Alexander Valentine

Devening Projects and Editions
3039 W. Carroll Ave.
Garfield Park

Opening reception January 29th, 4-7PM
Closes March 3rd

Released in 1969, Songs from a Room was Leonard Cohen’s seminal second album; it’s also the title of New York-based artist Joshua Abelow’s first solo exhibition at devening projects editions. Cohen’s release set the stage for a long career as a poet, lyrcist and vocalist with a sound and attitude that was spare and circumscribe. Like the songs on this ablum, Abelow’s paintings have a similar quality of efficiency and use a melodic thread as the foundation for cutting subject matter. At the root of Abelow’s modestly scaled paintings is a prodigious, career-long reconsideration of Modernist idioms. Filtered through a lens of wry self-deprecation, these tough canvases are produced with highly specific chromatic systems and suggest a historical reverence to artists as diverse as William Copley, Francis Picabia and Rene Magritte (particularly works from his Vache period). We are very pleased to show Joshua’s work at this important time in his career. In the off space, devening projects editions presents Blonder Tongue Audio Baton, a collection of editioned portfolios, publications, prints, posters and packages by Chicago artist Alexander Valentine. The title of the exhibition borrows from the name of a 1950’s analog graphic equalizer as well as the name of an album by the Swirlies, a Boston shoe-gaze band from the 1990s. Alex’s experimental work with a small format offset press comes out of a 70s and 80s music and poster culture driven by immediacy and passion. Cheap Xerox prints, ‘zines, ephemera and ads for rock bands have fueled and inspired a developing personal iconography by this important young graphic artist.