Thursday, February 20, 2020

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events >> A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999) (Chicago, IL.)

DCASE News - Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Exhibition Preview
Friday, February 28
Free Admission
This landmark retrospective is the first in the U.S. dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón, the late Cuban visual artist and printmaker who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society of Abaquá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. The exhibition’s 47 prints encompass a wide range of the artist’s graphic production including her signature calligraphy technique, a printing process combining materials of various textures and absorbencies.

Curated by Cristina Vives and organized by the Belkis Ayón Estate, Havana, Cuba, with the Chicago Cultural Center. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California.
February 29 Free Public Programs
11am - Noon
Curator Tricia Van Eck leads a tour of In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North

Noon - 1pm
Curator Cristina Vives and artist Jacqueline Maggi lead a tour of NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)
Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North

1 - 3pm
Artist Luis A. Sahagun and curator Teresa Silva lead a Totemic Doll-Making Workshop in conjunction with Luis A. Sahagun: Both Eagle and Serpent
Learning Lab and Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
Image credit: Nlloro, 1991. Collograph, 215 x 300 cm. Collection of the Belkis Ayón Estate. © Estate of Belkis Ayón, Havana, Cuba. Courtesy of Estate of Belkis Ayón.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events | 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

Museum of Contemporary Photography >> Temporal: Puerto Rican Resistance (Chicago, IL)

Mari B. Robles López, Paro Nacional, julio 24, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) presents Temporal: Puerto Rican Resistance from April 9 – July 3, 2020. Temporal: Puerto Rican Resistance explores Puerto Rico’s contemporary history as an unincorporated territory of the United States. The exhibition traces the continued impact of three recent major events: the enactment of the US federal law titled the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) in 2016 to oversee the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis—which has resulted in detrimental cuts to the island’s public services, the US response to Hurricane María in 2017, and the mass protests in July 2019 that forced the governor's resignation. Artists include Christopher Gregory-Rivera, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Mari B. Robles López, Eduardo Martínez, Ojos Nebulosos, Adriana Parrilla, Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, Erika P. Rodríguez, Edra Soto, SUPAKID, and Rogelio Báez Vega. The exhibition is organized by MoCP curatorial fellow for diversity in the arts Dalina Aimée Perdomo Álvarez.

Temporal takes its name from a Puerto Rican plena song, which roughly translates to “storm.” Plena, a style of music with Afro-Caribbean origins dating back to the early 1900s, has been referred to as the “sung newspaper” of the people and often incorporated into protests chants on the island. The exhibition follows in the storytelling style of this traditional Puerto Rican musical genre, showcasing documentation of protests, life during and after María, and art of the resistance.

The museum’s ground floor galleries will trace the impact of Hurricane María, exploring issues of poor infrastructure and economic sustainability in a financial crisis. Additional galleries will be dedicated to the historic silencing of the independence movement in Puerto Rico, as well as evolution of the Puerto Rican resistance movement, especially in relation to the July 2019 protests.

Highlights of the exhibition include a piece by Chicago-based artist Edra Soto, whose large-scale installation Graft (2020) features viewfinders where visitors can discover Soto’s photographs from the day after Hurricane María. Other notable pieces include works by Mari B. Robles López, whose photograph Paro Nacional, julio 24 (2019) featuring activists banging on pots and pans during a protest will be printed on a collection of four actual pots and pans and displayed on the wall of the gallery. Other works include pieces by the photojournalist Erika P. Rodríguez, whose photographs documenting Puerto Rico during the hurricane and recent protests have frequently appeared in The New York Times.

“The exhibition is an attempt to make sense of the tumultuous recent years the island has had, as well as a contemporary reimagining of the traditional cultural element of plena music and its stories,” said Perdomo Álvarez.

The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2019-2020 exhibition season is generously sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation. Temporal is partially supported by a grant from the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Columbia College Chicago.
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Watch on Public Television Stations and Amazon Prime Video
 From the Golden Globes to Dunkin’ Donuts, from Burger King to Starbucks, the world is waking up to the benefits of a plant-based diet for the climate, human health and the animals. Now, the skyrocketing trend toward plant-based eating is hitting television with a first-of-its-kind vegan cooking show!

New Day New Chef is an entertaining, fast-paced cooking show set to air on Public Television stations throughout the nation and is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

New Day New Chef is hosted by New York Times bestselling author and former CNN Headline News (HLN) host Jane Velez-Mitchell, who is well-known for advocating a vegan lifestyle. Season one features eight episodes of fun, delicious, easy vegan recipes, such as a tantalizing tower of triple-decker veggie burgers, Spicy Stuffed Italian Peppers and a Superwoman bowl of well massaged kale. Love eggs? We show you how to make eggless, zero-cholesterol, deviled eggs that will be a hit at any party!  

“In this New Day of climate and health consciousness, anyone can be a New Chef, and we’ll show you how,” said Eamonn McCrystal, multi-Emmy Award winner and Executive Producer of New Day New Chef. “There’s a new appetite for plant-based food, and we’re serving recipes and information to a large, curious community of foodies and home cooks who want to put their ethics on their plate.”

Each episode features a different celebrity co-host, new chefs and a fresh panel of taste testers eager to sample delicious dishes. From Olympic medalists to movie stars, from muscular body builders to sinewy yoga masters, New Day New Chef entertains Americans while helping them reinvent their diets, boost their energy, lower their carbon footprints and transform their lives with a simple switch to plant-based foods. 

Special guests include some of America’s best-known vegans, including:
  • NBA legend John Salley
  • Olympic medalist and Game Changers star Dotsie Bausch
  • Marco Antonio Regil host of Spanish versions of The Price Is Right, and The Wall
  • Vanderpump Rules star and trans activist Billie Lee
  • TV Chef, Syndicated Radio Host and Producer Elysabeth Alfano
  • 90210’s Christine Elise
  • Annabelle Comes Home actress Katie Sarife
  • Star Trek Into Darkness actress Gianna Simone
  • Supermodel and Producer Katie Cleary
  • SpongeBob and Family Guy voice actress Lori Alan
  • Flip The Script’s Ally Iseman 
  • TV chef Mario Fabbri 
  • Celebrated Los Angeles chefs Babette Davis, the Spork Sisters, and more 
"Food is what unites us," notes Executive Producer, syndicated radio host and TV Chef, Elysabeth Alfano.  "There is no better connection than the connection we experience over cooking together and sharing a meal.  If that meal is healthy for us, the planet and animals, it's a triple win!"  Alfano cooks her recipe of Spicy Stuffed Italian Peppers for Velez-Mitchell and Episode Co-host and Latin podcast sensation, Marco Antonio Regil in episode 5.

New Day New Chef is produced by and in conjunction with JaneUnChained News, a 501c-3 non-profit. The show is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, and on Public TV Stations throughout the U.S. starting this Spring (check local listings).

In addition to CNN Headline News (HLN), host Velez-Mitchell’s television chops include the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, and local Emmy-winning stints at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York.  Jane was also honored by Los Angeles LGBT Pride as Person of the Year 2010. She is the author of four books including the bestselling memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life and founder and chief content editor of JaneUnChained News, a multi-platform social media news outlet.

About Jane UnChained News Network: The Jane UnChained News Network is a 501c3 organization that educates through media.
Elysabeth Alfano: Elysabeth is a TV/Radio Producer and Host, TV Chef and the owner of Fear No ART Productions. (Fear No ART on PBS, The Celebrity Dinner Party, Gray Is the New Blonde, New Day, New Chef, The Silver-Chic Chef.)  With 10 years in TV, film, radio, podcasting and print journalism, and winning awards for same, Elysabeth Alfano launched the Awesome Vegans Podcast and Video Series on WGN Radio in 2018. Her weekly radio show, The Elysabeth Alfano Show: Taking Back Our Health and the Health of the Planet, is the first syndicated, plant-based radio show in the U.S.  She is an Executive Producer and a featured chef in the new TV cooking show, New Day, New Chef. She cooks regularly on TV shows across the country.

Elysabeth develops plant-based recipes for restaurants and food companies looking to enter the plant-based market and is a frequent speaker at food festivals and summits on the physical, mental, business, political and environmental benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. For the full bio, click here.

Velez-Mitchell, Alfano and participants are available for interviews. For more information on New Day New Chef, visit
Copyright © 2020 Elysabeth Alfano, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Upcoming Events @ Silver Eye Center for Photography ( Pittsburgh, PA.)

Silver Eye Center for Photography
Casual Water: A Film by Jacob Koestler
Thursday, February 27th, 2020, 7pm
Join us for the first Channel Silver Eye of 2020!
To kick off a new year of film and video screening, join us for Casual Water, a recent film by Cleveland based artist
Jacob Koestler, which explores the complex relationship between nature, neighborhoods and personal histories. This event is FREE and open to the public, RSVP below.
Film will be shown at 7pm followed by a discussion, doors open at 6pm.
2020 Silver Eye Benefit Auction + Preview Exhibition 
Images, left to right: Jacob Haupt, Pieta, 2016, archival inkjet print; Jessica Labatte, The Bathers, 2018, archival inkjet print
Auction Preview Exhibition Opens: Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Auction Preview Party: Friday, April 10th, 7pm
Benefit Auction: Saturday, May 9th, 11am
Tickets On Sale Now
Images, left to right: Louis Faurer, Penn Station, New York City, 1948/1990, gelatin silver print; Whitney Hubbs, Pretend Self Portrait, 2017, archival inkjet print
Benefit Auction Related Events

Auction Preview Party
Friday, April 10th, 2020, 6:30pm

The Auction Preview Party gives you a chance to see the lots that will be up for bid at the 2020 Benefit Auction. Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while we celebrate the extraordinary selection of contemporary and vintage photography
Preview Party Tickets On Sale Now
Last Five Things I Bought
Friday, April 17th, 2020, 7pm

In the run up to our Auction, join us for a panel discussion about buying and collecting works of art! Panel participants will include: Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography at the Brooklyn Museum, Dan Leers, Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Deborah Bell, owner, Deborah Bell Photographs
Upcoming @ Silver Eye
Channel Silver Eye: TAKE IT DOWN: Recent Films by Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown
Describing and deciphering life in the American South
Thur Apr 23rd, 6:30pm
Ongoing: Barbara Weissberger: Mother
New work by Barbara Weissberger centered around the many interpretations of the word "mother"
Feb 6 - March 21st, 2020
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