Saturday, September 12, 2020

EXPO CHICAGO >> EXHIBITION Weekend | September 25–27, 2020

On behalf of EXPO CHICAGO, we are pleased to announce EXHIBITION Weekend (September 25–27, 2020) –– a digital initiative showcasing Chicago-based exhibitions, curatorial projects, and artist programs through virtual studio visits, exhibition and gallery tours, and discussions, as well as a new online viewing experience developed by Hook, an online venue for seasoned art collectors and leading galleries. 

EXHIBITION Weekend will activate Chicago's creative communities and provide international audiences the opportunity to engage directly through bespoke digital experiences exploring the city’s top museums, institutions, and galleries.

The complete list of virtual events will be released in the coming days. To view the full press release, click here.
EXHIBITION Weekend Highlights
Nick Cave Print & Art for Justice
Panel Conversation | September 24
The weekend will commence with a conversation featuring artist Nick Cave and philanthropist and Art for Justice founder Agnes Gund discussing the re-release of Cave's limited-edition print for sale in support of Art for Justice. Printed by Landfall Press, this limited-edition print by celebrated Chicago artist Nick Cave alongside Bob Faust renews this historic tradition and EXPO CHICAGO's legacy of supporting mission-driven artists and their works.
2020 Curatorial Forum
Confronting Race & Representation in Museums
Composed of three peer-led Zoom sessions with past participants and new Chicago-based leaders, this special, virtual convening of the Curatorial Forum will center on racial equity in museums and institutions and promote the Forum’s two main goals—advancing civic-minded practice and the role of curators in empowering local art scenes; and promoting collaborations and knowledge-sharing across the US. 
Presented in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI)
2020 Participating Galleries
Underscoring EXPO CHICAGO’s civic commitment, the full list of the galleries, organizations, and alternative project spaces participating in the EXHIBITION Weekend Online viewing platform can be found here and is presented in partnership with Hook—an online venue that brings together seasoned art collectors with established galleries to create a marketplace for viewing, buying, selling, and learning about art.

September in Chicago. By Chicago.

If you are considering a visit or if you want to treat yourself to a cultural staycation here in Chicago, we have special EXHIBITION Weekend hotel rates with our official partners here.


Long Island Singer/Songwriter/Producer Teddy Wender Releases “Peace Will Come” Single/Video


Long Island Singer/Songwriter/Producer Teddy Wender Releases “Peace Will Come” Single/Video
Multi-Talented Keyboardist Paints a Positive Picture for the Future Despite the Current Social Strife in America

September 2020 (New York, NY) — “Peace Will Come”, the new single/video from Long Island based Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Music Industry Executive Teddy Wender, is now available on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Apple Music. 

In six months, our world has irreversibly changed. An invisible virus has ravaged the globe, devastating families and changing the way that humans have behaved since the dawn of time.

Yet despite these isolating and threatening circumstances, millions have come together to remind us that real change comes when we unite during difficult times. The time for peace, safety and equality for ALL people is right now. 

“Peace Will Come” is an anthem of love, peace, equality, and hope. The love child of native New Yorkers, Teddy Wender and Neil Rosengarden, co-produced by Chris “The Fourz” Brown. The result of decades of friendship and brotherhood that can only be sustained by empathy, acceptance, and ultimately love. 

The song implores us to stand beside our brothers and help them out when they are down, and warns us that unless we show a little kindness, we’re setting up for our demise. An essential and pertinent message for our quickly evolving world.

"With the nation being at such crossroads, with over 200,000 deaths due to the pandemic, resulting in millions of jobs lost, and a dramatic rise in racial injustice not seen since the 60’s, political polarization is at an all-time high, peace, love and understanding is all we need now.  It’s time to work together and this song says just that.  Please join us to try to make a better world for our kids.” - Ted Wender

About Teddy Wender

Teddy Wender is a living legend in New York City and a lifelong keyboardist/singer/arranger/producer and songwriter. Teddy, founding member of the New-Wave band 3-D on Polydor Records, who appeared on Saturday Night Live when the cast still included Steve Martin and Bill Murray. 

He’s toured alongside U2, The Ramones, The Cars, J. Geil’s Band, Eddie Money and South Side Johnny. Additionally, Teddy’s played keys for the likes of Ric Derringer, Dr. John, Odetta, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Gordon Waller, Ray Draper, Gary Stewart, Michael Powers and Loudon Wainwright III. 

Teddy’s seen success as a pop songwriter, writing dance hits like, “What The Funk” and “Get Up And Dance” for The Memphis Horns / Doobie Brothers on RCA. He served as a label executive signing blues legend and guitarist Michael Powers and Pop singer Cyndi Phillips to Smooth Records. 

Teddy designed, owned, and operated Data Bank / Big Noise / and Protown Studios, the infamous home to so many hip-hop / R&B and Indie Rock artist for over 30 years. Ted wrote song parodies on Howard Stern’s A&E show, and scored the music for the syndicated TV show Overhaulin’ currently on the Velocity Channel. Ted is currently the keyboardist for Long Island’s Red White & Blues Band.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Poster Premiere // DREAMING GRAND AVENUE world premiere at ChiTown Movies on September 23; opens theatrically Friday, Sept. 25

The world premiere of DREAMING GRAND AVENUE, the latest production from Newcity Chicago Film Project, is Wednesday, September 23 at the ChiTown Movies Drive-In, in partnership with Elevated Films and Music Box Theatre. Learn more. 

Scroll down for the premiere of DREAMING GRAND AVENUE's official poster art.

Maggie (Andrea Londo) and Jimmy (Jackson Rathbone) have never met, but they keep showing up in each other’s dreams. As they navigate memories, traumas, hopes and desires in sleep and the waking world, they’ll discover the truth of their linked destiny with the help of a dream detective, a sleep scientist and the poet Walt Whitman himself.

Written and directed by Hugh Schulze (2013's award-winning Cass), DREAMING GRAND AVENUE stars Rathbone (The Twilight Saga), Londo (Netflix's Narcos), Tony Fitzpatrick (Amazon's Patriot, Chi-Raq) and Wendy Robie (Twin Peaks), DREAMING GRAND AVENUE was produced by Newcity's Chicago Film Project (Signature Move, Knives and Skin).

The September 23 World Premiere will be followed by a Chicago theatrical opening on Friday, September 25. Full release details are below.

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A film by Hugh Schulze
99 minutes / English / USA / Not Rated
Press Kit & Stills

World Premiere!
Wednesday, September 23 at ChiTown Movies Drive-In
in partnership with Elevated Films & Music Box Theatre

Select Cast and Crew in Attendance // Post-Film Q&A
Tickets & More Information

Opens Exclusively in Chicago
Friday, September 25
Music Box Theatre*  // Showplace Icon Cinema
*also playing via Music Box Theatre's virtual cinema

**A screening link is available for reviews, features and interviews.**
Reviews are embargoed until Monday, September 21.
Writer/director Hugh Schulze as well as select cast and crew are available for video/phone interviews. 

Camera crews and media welcome at World Premiere event to cover arrivals, event and post-film Q&A; please reply to this email to make arrangements.
Though they’ve never crossed paths in waking life, Maggie (Andrea Londo) and Jimmy (Jackson Rathbone) keep meeting in dreams, a subconscious realm that both mystifies and confounds. Each recently devastated by loss and struggling to find meaning in any of it, fate has undeniably tied the two dreamers together in ways they don’t yet comprehend. Set in Chicago, a city as magical as any dreamscape and teeming with collective memories, tragedies, hopes and desires, these unresolved traumas—both individual and shared—are no longer wounds to be endured silently, asleep or awake.

In Dreaming Grand Avenue, a film that asks as many questions as it answers, the experience becomes the very way through the confusion, pain and disconnection that haunts us. As Maggie and Jimmy navigate their anguish—with help from a dream detective, a sleep scientist and even the poet Walt Whitman himself—they’ll discover not only the truth of their own linked destiny, but that of the waking world, too.

Written and Directed by Hugh Schulze
Starring Jackson Rathbone, Andrea Londo, Tony Fitzpatrick, Wendy Robie
Produced by Brian Hieggelke, Jan Hieggelke
Cinematography by Christopher Rejano
Edited by Joseph Rabig
Music by Seth Boustead

  World Premiere Info & Tickets
Copyright © 2020 Bright Iris Film Co., All rights reserved.

Silver Eye Center for Photography >> Exhibitions Opening September 15th!

Silver Eye Center for Photography
Exhibitions Opening September 15th, 2020
Two new shows opening by appointment 
Rory Doyle: Delta Hill Riders
September 15th - December 31st, 2020
Images, left to right: Western Light; Air Jordans
Fellowship Award winner Rory Doyle's project, Delta Hill Riders, is an ongoing series which explores the subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta, shedding light on a band of horse riders that have historically been overlooked.
Honorably Mentioned:  Selected Portfolios from Fellowship 20 
September 15th - December 31st, 2020
Images, top to bottom, left to right: Zora J Murff, Untitled, from the publication, At No Point In Between, 2019; Michael Darough, Selling CDs, 2018, Philip Cheung, Camp Nathan Smith, Kandahar City, 2009, Louie Palu, Canadian soldiers building an igloo, Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada; Alex Christopher Williams, Untitled, from the series, Black, Like Paul, 2017
Fellowship 20 Honorable Mentions Alex Christopher Williams, Zora J Murff, Louie Palu, Michael Darough, and Phillip Cheung will show a selection of work along side the Fellowship 20 Award winner Rory Doyle's exhibition, Delta Hill Riders.

Grappling with issues of personal identity, family relationships, systemic racism, climate politics, and the banality of life during wartime, these projects cover a wide array of geographies, display a diverse breadth of photographic talent, and utilize an innovative array of techniques.
Thinking Through Photographs:
Topic 1: Photographs in (1829) 2020

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020, 5:30pm, est
Our first reading group meeting will take place next Tuesday, September 15th, at 5:30pm, est! Our first meeting will be lead by Liz Park, University at Buffalo Art Galleries curator, and will consider photography's place in our contemporary world, and how we consider photography in relation to class, nationality, and regional and world politics.
Below, you can register for the meeting, and submit a question about this week's topic ahead of time!
Photography Around Pittsburgh
In-person and virtual photography related events around the city
Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries
Sep 4, 2020–Mar 14, 2021

The third iteration of the Hillman Photography Initiative (HPI) presents an exhibition of work at the Carnegie Museum of Art by artist Trevor Paglen, a publication, and an interdisciplinary podcast. From the museum, "the exhibition will include a new site-specific commission as well as a sculpture that doubles as a WiFi hotspot and photographs that reveal how AI analyzes and labels photographs of people and places."
You can join artist Trevor Paglen and Carnegie Museum of Art curator Dan Leers as they lead a virtual tour of Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries on September 17th!

Image: CLOUD #902 Scale Invariant Feature Transform; Watershed, 2019, dye sublimation on wallpaper, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
New Work from Pittsburgh Artist Sue Ambramson

Sue Abramson will be speaking about a variety of new photographic projects for the Small Mall x PGH Photo Fair Tiny Talk lecture series on Friday, September 11th @8PM. Abramson also participated in a Freshworks Residency for the Kelly Strayhorn Theater with Mita Ghosa. Their collaborative performance, “Of Lungs and Leaves”, uses movement, imagery, and storytelling to convey experiences of life, death, grief and loss. The video of this performance premiers September 23rd at 7PM on The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh Chanel by City of Asylum. Zoom registration TBA.
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