Wednesday, August 20, 2014
FROM SCULPTURE TO 50 YEARS OF FILM, FROM CHICAGO TO BERLIN, DCASE FALL/WINTER EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE FOR ALL (Chicago)
Don’t miss these exciting exhibits at the Chicago Cultural Center, Expo 72 and
City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
This fall and winter, the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, will host five new FREE exhibitions, showcasing several Chicago-based artists—including internationally renowned sculptor Richard Hunt—and one artist currently working and living in Berlin. Exhibitions at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph Street) and City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower (806 N. Michigan Avenue) will include a celebration of the Chicago International Film Festival’s 50th Anniversary and the first in an occasional series of Social Practice exhibitions and programming.
Chicago Cultural Center Exhibitions:
A six-decade survey devoted to the work of celebrated Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt will be on display December 6 – March 8, 2015 in Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North, at the Chicago Cultural Center. (Preview is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) Hunt is one of the country’s most prolific artists, with over 100 commissioned works installed in public buildings, parks, university campuses and urban plazas. This survey will be drawn largely from the artist’s own collection and will include sculptures dating from the mid-1950s, when he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to the present and will feature studies for major commissions on which he is presently at work. The exhibition will focus on the variety of Hunt’s approaches to his work and his working methods, and examine the essential qualities of lyricism, movement and physicality in his oeuvre.
Also at the Chicago Cultural Center this fall/winter, Sabina Ott: here and there and pink melon joy, August 30 – January 4, 2015 in the Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North (Preview is scheduled for Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.), is a site-specific installation of new works that creates a transformative psychic journey, turning three enormously windowed spaces overlooking Millennium Park into a mysterious and mystical hybrid environment. Suffering, fear, pleasure and transformation are evoked via the interaction with objects while sound and video play with material interpretations of text that describe transformational journeys, such as The World is Round by Gertrude Stein and Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The artist gallery talk for Sabina Ott will take place on October 9, 2014.
With a twist toward the absurd and theatrical, Patricia Rieger isolates characters and spaces to suggest drama while maintaining ambiguity in All The Names: Patricia Rieger September 13 – January 4, 2015 in the Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor. (Preview is scheduled for Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) Rieger creates images in sculpture and paintings with situations of seeming opposition: quiet and movement, private and public, ordinary and extraordinary, spiritual and banal, pleasure and comfort, creating tension and a poetic construction. She is intrigued with the poetics hidden in the mundane and every day. The artist gallery talk for Patricia Rieger will take place on December 9, 2014.
Topography of Tension: Frank Connet, September 13 – January 4, 2015 in the Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor, continues Connet’s 20-year fascination with the dye-resist technique of mokume shibori. The technique is ordinarily used to create patterns on a fabric surface. However, the sewn and tied bundles, full of tension and potential have often held as much sculptural interest as the images they create. He works intuitively and informally, letting the work unfold as naturally as possible. The artist gallery talk for Frank Connet will take place November 13, 2014. (Preview is scheduled for Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Over the course of several days, Drury Brennan will create a site-specific installation on the walls of the Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor, titled DIE WELT (The World), opening September 13 – January 4, 2015. (Preview is scheduled for Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) Brennan’s creative trajectory has taken him from being a jazz drummer and beat producer in Los Angeles to a stint studying photography and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to his current study and practice of calligraphy in Berlin. His works seeks to recombine music, art and poetry in new ways, seeking to elicit visceral responses from the viewer. This exhibition marks his solo international museum show debut.
Continuing through November 2 is CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design in Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North. Curated by Rick Valicenti with displays designed by Tim Parsons, CHGO DSGN is a major exhibition of recent object and graphic design by 100+ of the city’s leading designers. Gallery Talks with Rick Valicenti will be offered on the first Thursday and second Saturday of each month through November 2 in Exhibit Hall: Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. And Panel Discussions moderated by Rick Valicenti in Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North, will take place 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 (“Collaborations at the Intersection of Design and Art” featuring Ugo Casati & Jonathan Nesci, Felicia Ferrone & Christopher Gentner and Tim Parsons & Jessica Charlesworth) and Saturday, October 11 (“Speculative Design” with David Hartt & James Goggin, Jay Sae Jung Oh, Renata Graw & Jeremiah Chiu of Plural and Ania Jaworska).
Hebru Brantley: Parade Day Rain will be on display in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North, through September 23. Brantley, a Bronzeville-native living and working in Chicago, explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and gifts and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings create an immersive environment for the viewer.
Finally, permanent exhibit Stand Up for Landmarks! Protests, Posters & Pictures will be on display in the Landmark Chicago Gallery, 1st Floor North – featuring images, artifacts and ephemera relating to saving landmarks in Chicago.
The Chicago Cultural Center will also continue its Studio Artist in Residence program this fall/winter in the Garland Gallery, 1st Floor South. Current Artist in Residence Monika Neuland has transformed the space into a vibrant public studio. Visitors are invited to become a part of Social Fiber by engaging with the artist, weaving, spinning or perusing the library through September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday – or by appointment. This program aims to support Chicago’s visual artists and curators in their creative process and to increase the diversity of expression and representation in the larger artistic community in Chicago, through a generous grant from The Joyce Foundation.
All exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (1st Floor galleries open at 9 a.m. Monday – Saturdays.); closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For more information, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org; like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @ChiCulturCenter.
Expo 72 Exhibitions:
Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph Street) will host the Chicago International Film Festival 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “Because Everybody Loves Movies,” September 4 – October 30. The exhibit includes an expansive display of posters, images and videos from the Festival’s venerable five-decade history. Upon entering, visitors will be greeted by the iconic “eyes” logo that has been the Festival’s logo since 1970. And along one wall, guests will enjoy an assortment of photographs by Victor Skrebneski of the many film industry icons who have attended the Festival throughout the years, including Sigourney Weaver, Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles, Kathleen Turner, Robin Williams, Bette Davis, Colleen Moore, Oliver Stone, Dennis Hopper, Liv Ullmann and others. Also included in the exhibit are archival Festival trailers voiced by Ken Nordine, as well as interviews with celebrity honorees and Festival guests. Rounding out the exhibit will be photos of past Festivals and a colorful mosaic comprised of posters from other international film festivals, speaking to cinema’s global reach. For more information about the Chicago International Film Festival (October 9-23, 2014), visit chicagofilmfestival.com.
November 15 – February 28, 2015, Expo 72 will also host Rolled, Stoned & Inked: 25 Years of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. (Opening reception is scheduled for November 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) All sorts of inksters have pulled etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, monotypes and screen prints at the CPC, Chicago’s longest-running independent print shop. The exhibition will include prints by Carlos Cortez, Tony Fitzpatrick, David Driesbach, Michael Goro and John Himmelfarb, among others. Live printmaking demonstrations will occur in the gallery on a weekly basis (schedule TBD). For more information about the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, visit chicagoprintmakers.com.
All exhibitions at Expo 72 are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ChicagoDCASE
City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower Exhibitions:
The first in an occasional series of Social Practice exhibitions and programming, For the Common Good: Emmanuel Pratt and Nancy Klehm will engage broad cultural and social issues on local and national platforms within the expanded notions of contemporary art. The City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Avenue, will host the exhibit opening in early November – January 11, 2015. Restoring vitality to marginalized areas, partnering with residents and exploring the resilient power of plants and natural systems within the urban environment are among their mutual concerns. The exhibition includes a functioning aquaponics system and a demonstration mushroom bioremediation habitat.
Jason Reblando: New Deal Utopias has been extended through November 1. During the Great Depression, the U.S. government built three planned communities of Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin. In photographing these “Greenbelt Towns,” the artist explores the New Deal vision to resettle displaced farmers and poor urban dwellers in model cities which unified the best elements of “town” and “country.”
All exhibitions at City Gallery are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery hours are Daily, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Holidays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is FREE. For information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ChicagoDCASE.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors