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Monday, November 16, 2020
EXPO CHICAGO >> Online Dispatch Vol. XV | Claudia Wieser in Conversation November 19
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
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.
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’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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Anna Ostoya, Motions Bortolami 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,
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).
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.
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.
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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