Friday, June 23, 2017

City of Chicago announces new public art in all 50 wards as part of the "Year of Public Art"

 
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Mayor Emanuel Announces New Public Art in All 50 Wards as Part of the "Year of Public Art" in Chicago
The 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project represents a $1 million investment in artist-led community projects in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), joined aldermen and cultural leaders today at the National Museum of Mexican Art to announce the artists participating in the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project. The City of Chicago has commissioned dozens of local artists to create new sculptures, murals and other public artworks in all 50 wards this summer and fall—representing a $1 million investment in artist-led community projects. 50x50 is part of the Year of Public Art, a citywide initiative involving DCASE, the Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Transit Authority and other departments to bring more art into public spaces.

“The Year of Public Art is a celebration of the lasting contributions the arts make to communities across Chicago” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “In every neighborhood in Chicago there are talented artists, working across all mediums, who can add to the cultural fabric of their communities. The 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project is a $1 million investment in Chicago's neighborhoods, building on Chicago's legacy of public art and enabling local artists to share their work with the world."

Additionally, DCASE, in collaboration with the Department of Family and Support Services, have also set aside opportunities for a Public Art Youth Corps paid internship program as part of One Summer Chicago. New in 2017, youth and young adults are being matched with community organizations to work on public art projects in neighborhoods across the city.

“The 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project was initiated to enhance the quality of life throughout Chicago—and to celebrate the legacy and future of Chicago’s public art,” said DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly. “Every neighborhood has talented painters, photographers and sculptors whose work could brighten and enhance our City—and funding from both the Mayor and our Aldermen will make that possible this year, the Year of Public Art.”

Participating 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project artists (and groups of artists)—selected by participating aldermen and the communities they serve—include:

  • John Adduci – Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd)
  • Ruben Aguirre – Ald. Michelle Smith (43rd)
  • Olusola Akintunde – Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd)
  • Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo and Sam Kirk (Team) – Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)
  • Archi-treasures – Ald. Sophia King (4th), Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th)
  • Jim Bachor – Ald. Michelle Harris (8th)
  • RahmaanStatik” Barnes – Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), Ald. Howard Brookins (21st)
  • Nicole Beck – Ald. Jason Ervin (28th)  
  • Steven Carrelli – Ald. Michelle Smith (43rd)
  • Chicago Mosaic School – Ald. Derrick Curtis (18th)     
  • Dorrell Creightney Photography – Ald. Emma Mitts (37th)
  • Erik Debat – Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd)
  • Miguel Del Real – Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st)
  • Mitchell Egly – Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st)            
  • Annette Elliot – Ald. Michelle Smith (43rd)
  • El Paseo Community Garden with Eric J. Garcia, Katia Perez and Diana Solis – Ald. Daniel Solis (25th)        
  • Green Star Movement – Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th). Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)
  • Industry of the Ordinary – Ald. Emma Mitts (37th)
  • Bryant Jones – Ald. David Moore (17th), Ald. Milly Santiago (31st)     
  • Sam Kirk – Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th)
  • BJ Krivanek – Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th)
  • Davis McCarty – Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th), Ald. Joseph A. Moore (49th)              
  • Erica Mott – Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th)         
  • Port Ministries – Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th), Ald. Willie Cochran (20th)
  • Northwest Arts Connection – Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th)
  • Erik Peterson – Ald. Harry Osterman (48th)
  • Cheryl Pope – Ald. Harry Osterman (48th)
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Ald. Michael Scott (24th)
  • SkyArt with Jeff Zimmerman – Ald. Susan Garza (10th)
  • Allison Svoboda – Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th)
  • Territory – Ald. Deb Mell (33rd)
  • Amanda Williams – Ald. Walter Burnett (27th)
  • Bernard Williams – Ald. John Arena (45th)
  • Yollocalli Arts Reach – Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd)

New artworks completed as part of the 50x50 and Public Art Youth Corps initiatives will be dedicated—and Chicago’s iconic artworks will be highlighted—at a citywide Public Art Festival from October 1-31, including a series of neighborhood programs and events.

Managed by DCASE, the 50x50 initiative was inspired by Chicago’s 50 wards and the 50th anniversary of two seminal public artworks: the Picasso in Daley Plaza and the Wall of Respect which once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue on the South Side.

The Year of Public Art is guided by the Mayor’s Chicago Cultural Plan, a citywide vision for art and culture that has incorporated public art into projects at many City departments. There are several upcoming free installations, exhibits and events that will continue throughout the year. These range from installations on the Chicago Riverwalk this summer, to Flying Creatures created by Chicago Public Library YOUmedia teens installed in the fall, to the addition of 15 new Cultural Center Sculptures at each of the Chicago Park District Cultural Centers this winter. CTA will partner with DCASE to install illuminated light boxes later this year at select rail stations. This will expand on CTA’s current collection of public art, which has nearly doubled under the Mayor’s leadership and now includes more than 60 mosaics, art glass and sculptures on all eight rail lines. For more details, please visit cityofchicago.org/yopa.

The Chicago Public Art Collection includes more than 500 works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries, and CTA stations. The Collection provides the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment and enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists. DCASE also administers the City’s Percent-for-Art Ordinance established in 1978, which stipulates that 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating public buildings will be used for public art.

Grant support for the Year of Public Art is provided by Allstate Insurance Company and Terra Foundation for American Art.

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. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.

Chicago SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park - FREE - Saturday, August 26, noon-9:30


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CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE CELEBRATION IN MILLENNIUM PARK ON AUGUST 26 TO FEATURE LOCAL DANCE COMPANIES AND THE FINALE OF A CITYWIDE FOOTWORK AND STEPPIN’ SUMMERDANCE-OFF COMPETITION
 
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) invites dancers of all levels to flock to Millennium Park for the SummerDance Celebration on Saturday, August 26. The festival will feature a full day of dance competitions, social dancing, lessons and performances by local dance companies throughout the park from noon until 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. For a complete schedule, visit chicagosummerdance.org.
 
Leading up to the SummerDance Celebration on August 26 and in conjunction with the Chicago SummerDance series, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will debut the SummerDance-Off competition. Residents are invited to show off their footwork and steppin’ skills at a series of city-wide amateur contests on July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Chicago Park District locations as part of the SummerDance in the Parks program. The winners of each local contest will then compete at the Dance-Off finale at the SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park at Cloud Gate on August 26.
 
The new dance festival also brings a full day of dance competitions, social dancing and performances from noon to 9:30 p.m. Additional highlights include a DJ Dance Party at Cloud Gate, Circle Dance Lessons on the Great Lawn, professional dance performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and much more.
 
SummerDance-Off Neighborhood Competitions
In addition to the nine traditional SummerDance in the Parks programs, DCASE has created four SummerDance-Off competitions that will be hosted by the Chicago Park District. Two competitions will feature footwork, a genre of street dance and related music that originated in Chicago, and two competitions will feature steppin’, a traditional African American dance form born in Chicago. The footwork events are produced in collaboration with Donda’s House, a nonprofit supporting young and aspiring artists in Chicago.
 
SummerDance-Off competitions will be held on Saturday afternoons, 2–5 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:
 
  • July 8 – Footwork at Garfield Park Golden Dome (100 N. Central Park Avenue)
  • July 15 – Steppin’ at Washington Park Refectory (5531 S. Russell Drive)
  • July 22 – Footwork at Hamilton Park Cultural Center (513 W. 72nd Street)
  • July 29 – Steppin’ at Austin Town Hall (5610 W. Lake Street)
 
Online registration for the Dance-Off competitions in the parks will go live on Saturday, July 1 at chicagosummerdance.org. Groups are encouraged to register in advance.  On-site registration will be available at each location.  Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.
 
SummerDance-Off Celebration in Millennium Park Full Schedule
 
Dance Village at Wrigley Square
12–6 p.m.
In collaboration with Audience Architects and SeeChicagoDance, a dance service organization whose mission is to build and engage dance audiences in Chicago and advocate for Chicago dance, the Dance Village will highlight various dance companies, studios and advocacy groups including Ballet Chicago, RE|Dance, MADD Rhythms, Meher Dance Company  and more with expo and performance areas. For a complete schedule, visit chicagosummerdance.org.
 
SummerDance-Off Competition Finales at Cloud Gate Stage
123 p.m.
Finalists from the steppin’ and footwork neighborhood competitions will battle on the dance floor. The winners will perform at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion as part of the Mainstage Show later that evening. The steppin’ competition begins at noon until1:30 p.m., followed by the footwork competition at 1:30 p.m.until 3 p.m.
 
Paul Collins, Circle Dance Lesson on the Great Lawn, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
34 p.m.
This circle dance lesson, led and DJed by Paul Collins on the Great Lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, will encompass Central and Eastern European folk dances and will be a family-friendly, all-ages experience.
 
SummerDance Competition at the Cloud Gate Stage
46 p.m.
The Most Versatile Dancer Contest® is an all-style dance competition with May I Have This Dance. This is an amateur dance contest where couples must prove that they know the most dance styles by dancing whatever the emcee announces for 20 to 30 seconds song clips. To stay alive they should be able to dance at least 3 basic steps, the correct timing, and clear knowledge of each dance. The winners will be selected after the last couple(s) are tapped out and/or have the most cards left.  For complete details visit the website.
 
Mainstage Show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30 p.m.
Five professional local dance companies have been commissioned to make new works for this event. Featured companies, all making their Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage debut are Chicago Dance Crash, Red Clay Dance, The ERA, Brave Soul Movement and Move Me Soul. The evening will also include spotlight dances by the two winners of the SummerDance-Off competitions. 
 
House DJ Dance Party at Cloud Gate Stage
8–9:30 p.m.
After the show, the audience will be led back out to the Cloud Gate Stage where house DJ Kenny Ray will spin music alongside voguers and other local dancers, while attendees dance in front of Cloud Gate.
 
In an effort to spread dancing throughout the city, SummerDance Chicago is the city’s premier dance festival, bringing communities together in a unique, urban dance space all summer long. Chicagoans can take part in dancing and live music every Friday-Sunday, June 23-September 10, in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park and on Thursdays and Saturdays, July 13-September 14 in neighborhood parks throughout the city. For more information about SummerDance, visit chicagosummerdance.org and for details about Night Out in the Parks initiative, visit nightoutintheparks.com.  
 
DANCE ZONES
As part of Chicago SummerDance and Year of Public Art, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District will present DANCE ZONES in six park district locations, July – August with a distinctive work of public art. The DANCE ZONES around the public art will be reserved by Park Supervisors and security as safe spaces to practice dance routines leading up to the four SummerDance-Off competitions during the month of July. Additionally, dance groups and individual dancers are encouraged to submit YouTube videos using the appropriate hashtags and handle tag-ins for a video competition. Hashtags and handles for tagging in posts are: #ChicagoSummerDance, #2017isYOPA, @ChicagoParks. For details visit chicagosummerdance.org.
 
Chicago Park District Dance Zones
Garfield Park - 100 N. Central Park Avenue
Public Art: Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Whirling Dervish
 
Austin Town Hall - 5610 W. Lake Street
Public Art: Austin Collins, Black Wedding Cake
 
Jackson Park - 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
Public Art: Yoko Ono, Sky Landing
 
63rd Street Beach - 63rd Street and Lake Michigan
Public Art: Carolyn Ottmers, Remembrance
 
Piotrowski Park - 4247 W. 31st St
Public Art: Austin Collins, White Wedding Cake
 
Diversey Lakefront – just south of Diversey, east of Lake Shore Drive
Public Art: Indira Johnson, 10,000 Ripples
 
The Chicago SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park is supported by the Chicago Transit Authority. For complete details on all Chicago SummerDance Events, visit chicagosummerdance.org or call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316.
 
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. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Opening Tomorrow, June 23 / 5:30 - 10:00pm / 'Stitched II' / Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia




    Stitched: Part II
    June 23rd – July 22, 2017
    Jose Romussi
    OPENING RECEPTION
    Friday, June 23rd
    5:30 - 10:00pm 
    OPENING RECEPTION
    Friday, June 23rd
    5:30 - 10:00pm 
    Stitched is an exhibition focusing on artwork that makes use of embroidery and stitching techniques. The group show is in two parts, the first part opened Friday, March 24th and the second opens Friday, June 23rd.
    Embroidery, stitching, and other fibers techniques that fall under the category of "craft" have sometimes been viewed as separate or lesser than "fine art" in the arts community as a whole. This is in large part because these techniques and skills are historically associated with women and "domestic tasks", overlooking the intense skill and creativity required to create the artwork. It has been exciting seeing opinions drastically shift about craft —a category many of our artists fall under at the gallery year-round — in recent years. We are thrilled to be highlighting this specific medium and the artists behind it, both female-identifying and not, at Paradigm.
     
    Stitched: Part II will feature works by:
    Adipocere
    Sarah K. Benning
    Sam Gibson
    Katherine Heisler
    Kelly Kozma
    Terézia Krnáčová
    Pam Lethbridge
    Emma Mattson
    Rebecca Reeves
    Louise Riley
    Jose Romussi
    Ginger Rudolph
    Ashley Catharine Smith
    A. W. Sommers
    Corey Stein
    Jess De Wahls
    Irem Yazıcı
    Leading up to and throughout the exhibitions, HAHA Magazine will be featuring each artist, and more about their processes and thoughts behind their work. Artist names above will become clickable one by one as the interviews are published.
    We are thrilled for you all to dive into our biggest feature yet on a specific medium with us!
    Sarah K. Benning Adipocere Allison Sommers, A. W. Sommers, Paradigm Gallery Ashley Catharine Smith, Paradigm Gallery
    Preview photos: Sarah K. Benning, Adipocere, A. W. Sommers, Ashley Catharine Smith
    EXHIBITION HOURS
    Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
    And 7 days a week by appointment
    info@paradigm-gallery.com / (267)266-0073
    Please contact sara@paradigm-gallery.com if you would like to receive the digital collector preview for this exhibition.
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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    David Rockefeller's New York Home Is For Sale!

                      

    The 1920's Manhattan townhouse where David Rockefeller lived since 1948 is for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

    “Live Like a Rockefeller For $32.5 Million”

    The Rockefeller dynasty has been one of America’s wealthiest and most powerful families for over 140 years. Similar to the Kennedys, Vanderbilts and Du Ponts, the Rockefellers are old money, influential in the country’s politics and business and deep pockets for charity.
    The Rockefeller legacy began with brothers John D. and William, who were co-founders of Standard Oil. David Rockefeller was the youngest and last of the six children of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and grandson of the oil magnate John D. Rockefeller when he died in March at age 101 - worth over $3 billion at the time of his death. He was the chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan, owned large real estate holdings and an important art collection that will be auctioned next spring. His wife of 55 years, Peggy, died in 1996. Over their lifetime, David and Peggy gave an estimated $900 million to charity.

    In his will, the bulk of David’s estate went to charity after the family trusts were divided between his five surviving children. Though most properties were donated to historic land preservation trusts or land conservation, several properties were offered first to his children who were welcome to buy them at fair market price. The proceeds would then be added to his charity funds. These properties were the East 65th Street Manhattan townhouse where the couple raised their children along with two properties in Maine and one in Columbia County, New York. If the children passed on the properties they would be placed on the open market. Such is the case with the Manhattan townhouse that David owned for almost 70 years.

    Constructed in 1924 for New York financier, railroad and real estate tycoon Adrian Iselin, the Rockefellers purchased the Georgian-style townhouse on East 65th Street in 1948. With four levels spanning its 40-foot-wide property, the mansion encompasses 9,777 square feet of living space with a basement adding an additional 2,465 square feet. The garden area is planted in mature silver birch trees and shrubs with a moss and brick-paved terrace providing lush green views from inside the home. Arched windows, ornamental cast-iron entry gates and window guards along with the reddish brick exterior add a stately and welcoming entrance to the mansion.
    In the 1970s, society architect Mott Schmidt redesigned the interior in keeping with the Georgian style. He created a well-proportioned layout, large rooms with tall ceilings and windows for entertaining and more intimate rooms for the family. There are eight bedrooms and eleven baths, formal dining and living, a sitting room with garden access, library, eight fireplaces and a large wine vault. In addition to the circular stairway with red carpeting that ascends to the top level with a skylight at the pinnacle, there are six staff rooms and an elevator. Listing agents are Mary Rutherfurd, Paula Del Nunzio and Leslie Coleman of Brown Harris Stevens in New York City; priced at $32.5 million.

    Visit TopTenRealEstateDeals.com for more historic, celebrity and spectacular homes and real estate news.

    Jim James, Jack Johnson & D.A. Pennebaker Gathered at Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary Celebration!


    Jim James and Henry Diltz courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery

    On June 18th, 1967, The Who took the stage at The Monterey Pop Festival. As Pete Townshend was smashing his guitar on stage, a young photographer from Laurel Canyon named Henry Diltz was standing on the side of the stage, watching history being made and capturing it on film as one of the official photographers for the festival.

    Music and history came full circle on June 16th, 17th and 18th, 50 years later on the exact spot of the original festival. On site and the official gallery of Monterey Pop was Morrison Hotel Gallery, the fine art photography gallery co-founded and co-owned by iconic photographer, Henry Diltz - who was there on site at the celebration to take pictures of the performances, meet fans and sign autographs. Henry Diltz gifted a signed print of The Who on stage at the original festival to Jim James (My Morning Jacket) who payed tribute to the band on stage during the festival celebration.
     
    Also on site at the PopUp gallery was legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker. Accompanied by his two sons and grandson, the man who made the Monterey Pop documentary is now the subject of a documentary his family is making of him, at the festival, 50 years later.
     
    The Morrison Hotel Gallery PopUp gallery was the gathering place at the festival, for the legends of the past and the present. Festival creator Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker and his family were there. Iconic producer and manager of the Rolling Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham and singer Jack Johnson were on site at the gallery, as well as photographers Elaine Mayes, Jerry de Wilde, Danny Clinch and Jay Blakesberg, who is new addition to Morrison Hotel Gallery.  
     
    It was history in the making all over again.

    Jack Johnson (r) greeting fan at the Morrison Hotel Gallery PopUp Gallery at Monterey 50th

    Monterey Pop Festival creator Lou Adler and Monterey Pop filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker
    at the Morrison Hotel Gallery PopUp gallery at 50th anniversary celebration

    About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
    Morrison Hotel®Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. The partners just launched a new location at Mick Fleetwood's General Store in Maui, Hawaii.
     
    MHG is the world's leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world's finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today's contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com
     
    Morrison Hotel Gallery
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    Chicago Artists Coalition News




     
    Latest News from Chicago Artists Coalition




    Upcoming Exhibitions

    Stay alive
    The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Stay alive, a solo exhibition of new sculptures by BOLT Resident, Jeffrey Michael Austin
    Arrayed in a deliberate configuration throughout the center of the space, carefully tended plants dare us to question whether they belong. This space is for them, we see. An assiduous steward has furnished light, water, and humidity to address their needs; such is their authority that it feels likely we've wandered in on accident. An initial take on the ostensible "grow operation" commandeering the Chicago Artists Coalition's project space asks, "What else can an exhibition venue be?" A startling alternate to the way a space devoted to the exhibition of art is typically leveraged, Jeffrey Michael Austin's installation signals a moral dimension-- one that appears to reject art's alignment with luxury commodity and embrace instead a utilitarian, even survivalist functionality. 
    Stay alive reveals the artistic voice as subsumed to the survivalist imperative: functionality complicated by sly evidence of the artist's touch. Drawings and words in condensation on mirrors, typically momentary and futile, become permanent through Austin's deft material manipulation. Regarding ourselves in the misted mirrors, furnished for the amplification of both light and self, in what state do we capture our own reflected images? Hilariously, alarmingly: which do we concern ourselves with more?
    --Paola Cabal
    For more information about the artist and exhibition, please click HERE
    Opening reception: Friday, June 23, 2017, 6 - 9pm
    Exhibition dates: June 23 - July 13, 2017
    Image: Jeffrey Michael Austin, Stay alive (detail), 2017, Installation


    Of Memories and Forgetfulness
    The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Of Memories and Forgetfulness, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring artists Caroline Liu, Pooja Pittie, and Brittney Leeanne Williams
    The ability to remember and forget performs an important role in our lives and is linked to the questions we ask ourselves. According to postcolonial theorist, Françoise Verges, "the mechanism of forgetfulness has ramifications far beyond the importance it has played in psychoanalysis." She goes on to quote Sigmund Freud in noting that "forgetfulness is not left to psychic arbitrariness, but that it follows lawful and rational paths." Memory, on the other hand, remains in constant flux, susceptible to the analysis of remembering and forgetting, unaware of its successive distortions, vulnerable to manipulation, predisposed to being long dormant and periodically revivied. Remembering and forgetting almost always occur in tandem. 
    In Of Memories and Forgetfulness, the artists' reclamation of memory, evident in their work, functions as a counter-hegemonic act asserting their agency and subjectivity. Through explorations of identity and personal narrative these artists use memory as a tool of recognition. Utilizing the almost ritualistic form of recalling, this act of remembering solidifies and grounds each artist firmly in the present. Brittney Leanne Williams' work explores remembered narratives of race, invisibility, and state-sponsored violence. Pooja Pittie's abstract paintings recall her ability to move freely while confronting her progressive muscle disability. Caroline Liu's work tackles her short-term memory loss while grappling with feelings of vulnerability. 
    Of Memories and Forgetfulness is curated by Sheridan Tucker
    For more information about the artists, curator, and exhibition, please click HERE. 
    Opening reception: Friday, June 23, 2017, 6 - 9pm
    Exhibition dates: June 23 - July 13, 2017
    Image: Brittney Leeanne Williams, Fray 2, 2016, Acrylic on Paper, 49 x 56 in.

       

    Bank of America Collection & Marshall Field Private Residence
    Thursday, July 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    America corporations and private institutions have a long history of collecting art, but often keep it hidden behind closed doors. In this unique opportunity, U.S. Trust welcomes the Chartwell Collectors Circle to a private tour of Bank of America's Chicago art collection.
    Art historian, curator, and writer Kate Pollasch will lead us through the Bank's collection of Post-War and Contemporary Art to discuss it's Chicago histroy, with works by artists such as Michiko Itatani, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Ray Yoshida. Delve into how and why corporations collect, and explore the grandeur of the Field Building where department store owner Marshall Field once lived, now the home of U.S. Trust.
    Interested in joining Collectors Circle? Learn more here.
    Current members please RSVP here.
    Image: Ray Yoshida; work may not be currently on view

       

    The ANNUAL 2017: The Distance Between Two Points
    Save the Date! The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to announce this year's special exhibition will be extended to three weeks, opening on September 8 and closing on September 28, 2017.
    The CAC is also delighted to announce that artist, writer, and publisher, Caroline Picard will curate this year's exhibition, titled "The Distance Between Two Points."
    The ANNUAL is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by a guest curator, The ANNUAL creates an accessible forum for emerging collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators.
    Image: Assaf Evron, Untitled (S.R. Crown), 2016, archival inkjet print, 40 x 40"



    CAC"s mission and programs are funded by the Alphawood Foundation; Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development; Blick Art Materials; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Chartwell Insurance Services; Chicago Community Trust; DCASE; Dom Capital Group, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; Gensler; Google; Illinois Arts Council Agency; The Jessica and Tim Canning Charitable Fund; JLL; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation; Leveraging Investments in Creativity, Inc. (LINC); PNC Bank; The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Wintrust; and the generosity of members and supporters.


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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    "Bar Rescue" Returns with New Episodes Sunday, July 2 -- Sneak Peeks Enclosed


     
    SPIKE TV’S HIT SERIES “BAR RESCUE” STARRING JON TAFFER RETURNS WITH NEW EPISODES
    BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 2  AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT
     
    Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” returns with all new episodes featuring bar owners across the US looking for one more chance at success.
     
    The fifth season continues as Jon Taffer attempts to resurrect closed neighborhood bar Casual Tap in Chicago, IL by reigniting the passion of the burnt out firefighter who owns it.
     
    For a sneak peek of this episode, click HERE and for a sneak peek of the upcoming season, click HERE.
     
     
         
    EPISODE SNEAK PEEK                                                                                SEASON SNEAK PEEK
     
     
    “Bar Rescue” will feature additional bars in Las Vegas, NV,  Los Angeles, CA, and Chicago, IL throughout the rest of the season.
     
    About “Bar Rescue
     
    “Bar Rescue” returns Sunday, July 2 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT as the fifth season continues with world-renowned bar and nightlife expert Jon Taffer giving failing establishments one last shot at success. From 3 Ball Entertainment, Spike TV’s popular original series follows Taffer as he wields his three decades of experience in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business to help give failing bars nationwide one last chance to transform themselves into profitable businesses. This season, Taffer has already rescued bars in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
     

     
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