Monday, November 16, 2020

EXPO CHICAGO >> Online Dispatch Vol. XV | Claudia Wieser in Conversation November 19


Vol. XV — November 2020
Panel Discussion: Claudia Wieser in Conversation 
Thursday, November 19 at 12pm
Register for the event

Join the Smart Museum of Art and EXPO CHICAGO for a live-streamed discussion with Claudia Wieser.

During this event, Wieser reflects on the myriad influences that inform her work—from the democratic stage of ancient Roman forums to the esoteric principles of Bauhaus craftsmanship—to produce immersive spatial installations.

In conversation with artist Claudia Wieser are Jennifer Carty, Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum, and Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

The program is moderated by Christine Mehring, Adjunct Curator at the Smart Museum and Mary L. Block Professor of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago.

This discussion is presented by the Smart Museum of Art in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO. 

This Week in Programming and Exhibitions
Art on theMART
Joffrey Ballet, Art Institute of Chicago, Arts of Life
November 12 - December 30, 2020

Art on theMART will resume projections on November 12 with the Joffrey Ballet featuring production images from The Nutcracker set to music from Tchaikovsky; the Art Institute of Chicago presenting images from Monet and Bisa Butler; and Arts of Life showing a compilation of their artists’ images, animated together as a video projection. The 30-minute program of projections will be shown nightly at 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. through December 30. Presented in partnership with Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Bisa Butler, Portraits
Art Institute of Chicago
November 16, 2020 - April 19, 2021

Bisa Butler’s portrait quilts vividly capture personal and historical narratives of Black life. She strategically uses textiles—a traditionally marginalized medium—to interrogate the historical marginalization of her subjects while using scale and subtle detail to convey her subjects’ complex individuality. Together, Butler’s quilts present an expansive view of history through their engagement with themes such as family, community, migration, the promise of youth, and artistic and intellectual legacies. 

> purchase tickets
What Does Democracy Look Like?
Museum of Contemporary Photography
October 1 - December 23, 2020

As a lead up to the 2020 presidential election, the MoCP invited seven faculty members from various departments at Columbia College Chicago to mine the MoCP’s permanent collection of 16,000 objects. Each curator has interpreted the museum’s collection to consider what democracy means to them, and how photographic images record and shape our understanding of current and historical events.

> reserve your exhibition ticket
Aki Sasamoto, Performance Attempt #2 + #3
Japan Society 
November 19 + December 3, 2020

Artist Aki Sasamoto and collaborators at Yale School of Art participate in three evenings of improvisational performances followed by conversations with invited guests. Performance Attempt #2 on November 19 will feature a Q&A with Felipe Arturo and Performance Attempt #3 on December 3 will feature a Q&A with Kyle Dancewicz. You can purchase tickets for both nights below.

> purchase tickets

Gallery Features
Carl Cheng, John Doe Co. Presents New Alternative Channel
Philip Martin Gallery 
November 5 - November 17, 2020

In 1974, at the end of the oil crisis, the height of Watergate, and in the last years of America's military involvement in Vietnam, John Doe Co. - Carl Cheng's intentionally anonymous corporate DBA - produced a series of "Alternative Televisions" crafted per its corporate literature "for highest definition viewing of new alternative channel." Today, John Doe Co.'s Alternative Televisions feature LED lights that illuminate their highly detailed interiors with a range of colors. They combine natural elements like stones, machine-made plastic plants and "samples" - small sculptures made from the materials Cheng found foraging on the beaches and in the woods of not only California, but also Japan, Indonesia and India, where he lived and worked throughout the early 1970s.

> view online exhibition
Alina Grasmann, Sculpting in Time
Fridman Gallery
November 15 - December 20, 2020

Alina Grasmann’s masterful large-scale paintings, combine imaginary, real, and emotional places. The paintings reflect the artist’s fascination with American architecture, landscape, mythology, cinema, literature, and otherworldly illusion. In Sculpting in Time bizarre dreams are set against the backdrop of the experimental desert town of Arcosanti, Arizona, a site of visionary utopia and a relic that embodies its future as well as its past. Inside its rooms, Grasmann leads the viewer through an imaginarium of items and objects arranged as a cabinet of curiosities that reject clear symbolism, lending the scenes to be explored and filled with subjective meaning. Sculpting In Time is the name of the creative manifesto written by the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, whose visual language shares an enigmatic quality with Grasmann’s work. 

> view more works from the exhibition
Amanda Williams, What black is this you say?
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
November 6 - December 19, 2020

What black is this you say? is a multi-platform color project conceived on June 2, 2020, otherwise known as Blackout Tuesday, as Amanda Williams reconsidered social media protest and the “black out” of communication. Starting on June 3rd, Williams identified a different “black” each day via her personal Instagram. The ubiquity of the platform was used to imagine black as nuanced and highly variable, and to reject black as monolithic. Funny, poignant and sometimes-site-specific captions accompany each post. The resulting feed is an expanse of black shades, textures and colloquialisms from personal and collective histories.

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Anna Ostoya, Motions
November 7 - December 19, 2020

In Motions, Anna Ostoya advances the process she used in (UN)MADE (After Frenhofer) (2017), which she painted after spontaneously sketching the outline of her own body directly onto a canvas. The artist began the new works as a series of large-scale sketches which she then photographed and redrew into compositions. Groups of figures form a procession through various emotional and aesthetic universes, recalling the sequential elaborations of her earlier series, for example Transpositions (2014). The result is a series that reveals Ostoya's distinct style and methods, invoking diverse art-historical traditions and alternating between a planned and unplanned creative process that freely employs painting, photography, and collage.

> view more works from the exhibition

Partner + Advocacy Spotlight
Art Funders Forum Annual Summit 

Join our friends at Arts Funders Forum (AFF) for their second annual AFF Summit — an interactive virtual convening on the future of arts funding. AFF is committed to exploring important issues through the eyes of artists, institutions, community organizers, foundations, and next-generation philanthropists. Some of the leaders featured in AFF's 2020 program include: Claude Grunitzky (Trustee, MASS MoCA; Founder, TRUE Africa), Kemi Ilesanmi (Executive Director, The Laundromat Project), Shaun Leonardo (Artist), Anna Raginskaya (Financial Advisor, Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley).

 > register

Rapid Response: RE-VISION
Illinois Humanities 

Join Illinois Humanities for the sixth installment and nationwide edition of their Envisioning Justice Rapid Response Series, created to share short, original videos featuring perspectives and reflections from humanists, artists, and community organizers working in system-impacted communities during this complex time. With support from the Art for Justice Fund, curators Baz Dreisinger, C.T. Mexica, Mahogany L. Browne, and Tyra Patterson host a collection of video contributions from inside and outside of prison, inside and outside of Illinois, and inside and outside of the United States. Originally aired November 11, 2020.

 > watch full presentation here

What We're Reading This Week
How Do You Stage a Biennial Now? Jacob Fabricius’s Portrait of Busan
By: Andrew Russeth
Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Tsitsi Dangarembga in Conversation
By: Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast
The Path Forward Interview Series | Vincent Uribe
By: Melissa Cowley Wolf
Claudia Wieser Artist Profile

By: Tagesspiegel

Maria Gaspar’s Power of Place 
SAIC Magazine Fall 2020

On September 24, 2020 artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust joined representatives from grantee organizations of the Art for Justice Fund Gabrielle Lyon (Illinois Humanities) and Quintin Williams (Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights) for a conversation on issues relating to mass incarceration, freedom, advocacy, and structural inequity. The conversation, which has been transcribed and edited in partnership with Ocula Magazine, took place in honor of a limited-edition print produced by Cave and Faust, commissioned by EXPO Chicago for the last edition of the exposition. 

> view full article
> buy limited-edition print
The Nick Cave and Art for Justice Fund Roundtable took place as a part of our first-ever digital initiative, EXHIBITION Weekend (September 25 – 27). EXPO CHICAGO is grateful for the support of sponsors Chartwell Insurance and Terry Dowd, Inc. 
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