Wednesday, February 27, 2019

HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY >> Opening reception: GAZE INTO MY EYES, March 1st, 6-8 pm

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a conceptual art show

Friday, March 1st  *  6 - 8 pm
2019 is our year of introspection. 
We will explore the various ways of seeing deep inside who we are and how we view the world. 
From the lens of a camera, to the interior of a human sculpture, we will learn about ourselves through the eyes of the artist. 

Our first show of the year will focus on the human eye. Too many people in the world avert their eyes when speaking to someone.  Or, if they do look at the other person, they often do not see who is staring back at them. This exercise in concentration will help us to go inward and be more introspective about who we are in the world of other humans, whether it is with friends or family or strangers. 

Be a part of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary's first ever conceptual performance. Inspired by the works of Marina Abramovic, this performance aims to recontextualize the meaning of eye contact and its role in human interaction.

We invite you, our audience, to be participants in an eye gazing exercise. Each will sit for 5 minutes and gaze into the eyes of various star gazers!  Afterwards, you will be provided paper and pencil to write down or draw your feelings about the experience. We will then collect and exhibit these thoughts and musings.  

Can you look someone in the eyes without looking away? 

Explore yourself in the eyes of another.  
Who knows, you may never look at others the same way again!  
Susan Aurinko "Untitled"

Hilton | Asmus is proud to announce that beginning in 2019, we will be serving all beverages in biodegradable and compostable cups to do our part in reducing plastic pollution on our planet.  Please join us this Friday evening for a glass of wine to enjoy fine art, good company and celebrate the beginning of the winter art season.

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HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY, 716 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Chicago Detours Presents “Badass Women of Chicago History” on Fri, 3/22/19 (Chicago, IL.)


Chicago Detours Presents “Badass Women of Chicago History”

Storytelling event celebrates unsung heroines for Women’s History Month

  On the evening of Friday, March 22, tour company Chicago Detours will host “Badass Women of Chicago History,” a live storytelling event celebrating Women’s History Month. For this special presentation at the historic Hideout Inn, lively presenters will share stories of Chicago heroines on the peripheries of history. As these talented performers share their narratives, visual and audio elements like images and songs will help bring the stories to life. Chicago Detours will donate a portion of proceeds from the event to the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

This year’s presenters for the second annual “Badass Women of Chicago History" event are in no particular order: 

  1. City of Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson will use his colorful, personal approach to history to share the larger-than-life tale of nightclub entertainer Texas Guinan’s time in Chicago’s infamous Green Mill.
  2. Presenter Velma Gladney has been motivating and educating audiences through her storytelling for the past twenty years. Velma will tell the inspiring story of Bessie Coleman, an aviation pioneer and the first woman of African American and Native American descent to earn a pilot’s license.
  3. Mary Lu Seidel is a lifelong community organizer and the Director of Community Engagement for Preservation Chicago. She is inspired by the life of Gale Cincotta, whose tireless fight to make housing affordable and equitable for all families made a lasting impact not just in Chicago but across the US.
  4. Writer and artist Laura Hawbaker will tell the story of Leona Woods Marshall, the often overlooked American physicist who was the only woman present at the creation of the world’s first nuclear chain reaction.
  5. Actor, scientist and storyteller Krista Damico will introduce the audience to the godmother of forensic science, Frances Glessner Lee. Her intricately detailed crime scene dioramas made her an expert on homicide investigation.
  6. Elizabeth Harper is a Chicago poet and the host of Elizabeth’s Crazy Little Thing variety show at Phyllis’ Musical Inn. She’ll share how Phyllis Jaskot founded that historic institution in 1954 as a polka bar in what was then Wicker Park’s Polish Broadway.
  7. Julia Berkowitz is an IBEW electrician and recording secretary for the Illinois Labor History Society. She will explore the organizing efforts of women steel workers in the Chicago area in the 1970s.
Chicago Detours’ mission is “To bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know through guided tours of Chicago’s architecture, history and culture.” Executive Director Amanda Scotese and her team expanded on this mission beyond their usual walking and bus tours with the creation of this annual storytelling event. She said, “This event was such a great success last year, and we are excited to offer it again, especially at one of our most beloved historic Chicago venues - the Hideout.”

Originally built in 1881 as a boarding house for nearby factory workers, The Hideout Chicago sits in a cozy wood-frame building encircled by a dump truck parking lot and old brick warehouses. Holding the “Badass Women of Chicago History” event at the Hideout is particularly timely, as the venue currently faces tremendous changes. Private development firm Sterling Bay has purchased most of the industrial property surrounding the Hideout to pave the way for its massive Lincoln Yards development. The Hideout owners and community have expressed concerns regarding the future of this small businesses and the potential changes to the character of the neighborhood.

This special event will take place on Friday, March 22, at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia. Doors will open at 5:30pm, with the show from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets early via

Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. The tour company is a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and is proud to be one of few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

For additional information:
Amanda Scotese

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