Friday, October 09, 2020

EXPO CHICAGO >> EXHIBITION Weekend | Full Public Program Now Available Online

 
 
EXHIBITION Weekend: Full Public Program Now Available Online
NOW LIVE | EXHIBITION Weekend: Public Program  

Mirroring the structure of Chicago’s art world, EXHIBITION Weekend straddled the commercial, institutional, and alternative facets of artistic practice unique to the city. Engaging the exposition’s local and global audience, this innovative digital platform, developed in collaboration with Hook, was complemented by live streaming public and VIP programs—including intimate glimpses into leading Chicago artists’ studios, convenings for established and aspiring collectors, an edition of the Curatorial Forum in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI), and virtual programming with museums and institutions. 

View all panels and discussions a part of the Chicago-centric series online here.

Full Public Program 
Virtual Panel
EXHIBITION Weekend Kick-off: Nick Cave & Art for Justice
September 24, 2020 | 1pm CDT

Panelists | Nick Cave and Bob Faust (Artists; Co-Founders, Facility), Gabrielle Lyon (Illinois Humanities), and Quintin Williams (Heartland Alliance). Introduction by Agnes Gund (Art for Justice).

Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust join representatives of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights and Illinois Humanities, grantees of the Art for Justice Fund, for a conversation about mass incarceration and freedom. Co-hosted by EXPO CHICAGO and Marketplace Partner Artsy, the proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition print produced by Cave and Faust and commissioned by EXPO CHICAGO, will benefit the Art for Justice Fund, Facility Foundation, and EXPO CHICAGO’s Curatorial Initiatives, presented in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI). The limited-edition print can be purchased here. Presented in partnership with Ocula.

         

Facility, Nick Cave and Bob Faust. 2019 Limited-Edition Print.Limited Edition of 200. 9 color lithograph. 30 in x 21 in, 76.2 x 53.3 cm. Signed by the artist.
Virtual Panel
Art Funders Forum: Remake the Model—Leadership and Ethics in the Arts
September 25, 2020 | 2pm CDT

PanelistsDeborah Fisher (A Blade of Grass), Frederick Janka (Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation), and Lori Fogarty (Oakland Museum of California). Moderated by Melissa Cowley Wolf (Art Funders Forum, MCW Projects).

Presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, the Arts Funders Forum (AFF) hosts this interactive virtual conversation as part of the Remake the Model series, examining how art funders can advance ethical leadership throughout the cultural sector and beyond. As the industry continues to evaluate its commitment to social justice, broaden its audiences, and develop new funding models to survive through the crises of 2020, how can art funders drive positive change at the board level and beyond?
 

> watch here
 
Virtual Tour & Panel 
Artist-Led Gallery Tour: Jim Lutes at GRAY
September 25, 2020 | 4pm CDT

Jim Lutes and Hamza Walker

For over four decades Chicago-based artist Jim Lutes has produced a varied yet unmistakable body of work that explores the specific tensions between figuration and painterly abstraction. Often discussed in the context of Chicago Imagism, Lutes’ distinct style draws from an expansive set of art historical sources that blends elements of West Coast Funk, Abstract Expressionism, and postmodern appropriation. Join the artist for a virtual tour and intimate conversation giving the viewer a deeper understanding of Lutes’ recent works and current exhibition, Solo, No Solo, at GRAY.  Presented in partnership with Chartwell. 
         

Jim Lutes, Inconvenient Protuberance (Detail). Courtesy of GRAY
Virtual Performance
Art Institute of Chicago Presents Virtual Artists Connect: Angel Bat Dawid
September 25, 2020 | 6pm CDT

Join Chicago clarinetist, composer, and “spiritual jazz soothsayer” Angel Bat Dawid for the premiere of her new composition “Peace: A Suite for Skylanding, A Mended Petal Odyssey.” This program features a recorded performance of the piece in Jackson Park by a seven member intergenerational ensemble of Southside musicians, and a live conversation with Angel Bat Dawid about her work—a musical tribute to Yoko Ono’s landmark for peace and Chicago’s South Side. Hosted by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Angel Bat Dawid. Photo by Juri Hiensch.

> coming soon
 
Virtual Performance
Screening: LITANY Part II: Issue (of Blood) — Presented by Rebuild Foundation
September 25, 2020 | 7:30pm CDT

By Po’Chop aka Jenn Freeman

EXPO CHICAGO partners with the Rebuild Foundation to present Part II of LITANY, a five-part dance film manifested and performed by Chicago Dancemakers Forum artist in residence Po’Chop aka Jenn Freeman. Created in collaboration with Jordan Phelps of VAM Studio, LITANY uses brown paper and imagination to create new worlds full of rumbling anger and playful humor. LITANY Part II | Issue (of blood) is a prayer performed in a Bronzeville lot. It is the embodiment of Audre’s Lorde’s definition of erotic reimagined as the holy spirit. It is the deconstruction of our ideas of praise and worship. It is the edifying of womanhood & femininity. 

Po’Chop aka Jenn Freeman, still from LITANY Part II: Issue (of Blood), 2020.
Virtual Panel
Barbara Kasten: On Blueness 
September 26, 2020 | 1pm CDT

Join EXPO CHICAGO Artistic Director and author Stephanie Cristello for this intimate conversation with renowned Chicago-based artist Barbara Kasten. Working for over 40 years, Kasten often uses mirrors, lights, and props for conceptually-based pieces that are inspired by the act of recording a three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional plane. This talk will focus on the materials and architectures explored in the upcoming book Barbara Kasten: Architecture and Film (2015–2020) (Skira, 2021). Presented in partnership with Chartwell and Ocula. Presented in partnership with Chartwell and Ocula.
         

Barbara Kasten, Photogenic Painting, Untitled 75/21 (detail image), 1975, Cyanotype Photogram, 30x40in, Unique
Virtual Panel
A Tale of Today: Nate Young & Mika Horibuchi
September 26, 2020 | 2:30pm CDT

Featuring artists Nate Young (moniquemeloche) and Mika Horibuchi (PATRON) with Kekeli Sumah (Driehaus Museum), Ann Lui (Future Film), and Ross Jordan (Jane Addams Hull House Museum), this panel will explore how historic house museums can leverage their architectures and legacies to connect the past with the present, focusing on the site-specific work of Young and Horibuchi, now on view at the Driehaus Museum. Presented in partnership with Northern Trust.

Installation view, A Tale of Today: Mika Horibuchi and Nate Young, at the Driehaus Museum, 2020. Photo: Michael Tropea.

> watch here
Virtual Tour & Panel
Artist-Led Gallery Tour: Brendan Fernandes at moniquemeloche
September 26, 2020 | 2:30pm CDT

The Kenyan-born Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes works at the intersection of dance and visual arts, often addressing issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest, and other forms of collective movement. Join this virtual walk-through of the artist’s multidisciplinary work on view at moniquemeloche and their EXHIBITION Weekend viewing room, alongside an intimate conversation over Zoom. Presented in partnership with Chartwell.


Brendan Fernandes, "The Master and Form," The 2019 Whitney Biennial, New York, 2019. Performance / Installation: scaffolding, carpets, ropes, and teak wood and leather sculptures all in collaboration with Norman Kelley, Architects; choreography for 5 dancers; costuming and audio. Originally commissioned by the Graham Foundation, Chicago. Image courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Photography: Matthew Carasell

> watch here
 

Accessibility  

All video coverage and content above can be made accessible for viewers using the closed captions feature on Youtube, the platform hosting all EXHIBITION Weekend panel discussions. Please note, these automatic captions are generated by machine learning algorithms, so the quality of the captions may vary. YouTube is constantly improving its speech recognition technology.

If you have any questions about accessibility at EXPO CHICAGO or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please contact Steve Thompson at sthompson@expochicago.com








           
 





 

City of Chicago is Looking for the Perfect Christmas Tree

 

 

The 107th Annual Christmas Tree will return to Millennium Park

 

  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are looking for a tree to grace Millennium Park and serve as the City’s “official” Christmas tree this holiday season. Nominations for trees from the Chicagoland area will be accepted at dcase@cityofchicago.org through Friday, October 23. The City of Chicago’s 107th Christmas Tree will shine this holiday season in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St.

 

All nominated trees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 45 feet or taller;

  • Be located less than 50 miles from Chicago’s Loop, but preference will be given to trees within 15 miles of Chicago; and

  • Preferably, be a Norway Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough.

Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

 

All submissions sent to dcase@cityofchicago.org need to include:

  • The owner(s) name, address, phone and email;

  • A brief description of why the tree should be Chicago’s official Christmas Tree including any background information on the tree that makes it special; and

  • At least two photographs (one from afar and one up close).

 

For complete details, please visit MillenniumPark.org.

 

Millennium Park is open daily, 8am to 9pm, including the Great Lawn area with social distancing circles. Visitors are required to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings. Visit MillenniumPark.org to plan your visit - including where to enter/exit the park and which facilities are open. For information about Millennium Park, visit MillenniumPark.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium Park).

 

Millennium Park holiday programs are produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and presented by Powering Chicago IBEW 134/NECA, with support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority.  

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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.

 

Powering Chicago IBEW134/NECA

Powering Chicago brings together the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 electricians and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) of the City of Chicago, Powering Chicago is an electrical industry labor-management partnership (LMCC) that invests in consistently better construction, better careers and better communities within the metro Chicago region.

 

Millennium Park Foundation

The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic nonprofit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction, and curation of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free, accessible and equitable venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.

 

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER >> Opening today: F11 AND BE THERE; COMING SOON: Frederick Wiseman's CITY HALL; BAMAKO, and more




GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER’scFILM CENTER FROM YOUR SOFA 

NEW FILMS OPENING THIS WEEK: Doc about Buzz Uzzle, under-appreciated photographer of iconic photos, F11 AND BE THERE; and Zoom extravaganza, CINEMA ‘62 A GO-GO


UPCOMING STREAMING FILMS INCLUDE: critically acclaimed political drama, BAMAKO; “light as a feather” Italian comedy, CITIZENS OF THE WORLD; 

Galacian crime story, FIRE WILL COME; and 

Frederick Wiseman’s masterful new doc, CITY HALL


FILMS OF BLACK INTEREST: 

MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE; BAMAKO; JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE



CHICAGO--The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) continues Film Center from Your Sofa: Stay Connected and Stream with Us



OPENING THIS WEEK in Film Center from Your Sofa:

The following film is available to be streamed starting Friday, October 9 or Saturday, October 10: 


F11 AND BE THERE

2020, JETHRO WATERS, USA, 84 MIN.

10/9-indefinite 

For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King Jr. to Woodstock to America's small towns and back roads, Uzzle's photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art. Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors, Henri Cartier-Bresson. An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, F11 AND BE THERE captures the life and artistry of Uzzle, including his current portrait work with the African American community in Eastern North Carolina. [CC] 



CINEMA ‘62 A GO-GO

10/10 at 5pm CT only
Vitagraph Films 360 presents "Cinema '62 A-Go-Go" a 100 minute virtual multi-media extravaganza for film and pop culture lovers - based on the book Cinema '62: The Greatest Year at the Movies. This unique virtual experience features special guests, film talk, musical performances, cocktails, a cascade of memories… and YES, we will be dancing "The Twist" with Chubby Checker!



COMING SOON in Film Center from Your Sofa:

Note that links of new releases will not become active until midnight the day the films open, unless “Pre-sale option” is specified. 


BAMAKO

2006, ADERRAHMANE SISSOKO, MALI/USA/FRANCE

WITH AÏSSA MAÏGA, TIÉCOURA TRAORÉ

10/16 - indefinite 

This critically acclaimed political drama—filled with a lush mix of warm colors and impassioned music—offers a unique opportunity for audiences to become familiar with contemporary Africa. An extraordinary trial is taking place in a residential courtyard in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. African citizens have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank, blamed for perpetuating so many of the continent's woes. Meanwhile, daily life in the courtyard presses forward. Melé, a lounge singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up; a security guard's gun goes missing; a young man lies ill; a wedding procession passes through; and women keep everything rolling—dyeing fabric, minding children, spinning cotton, and speaking their minds. Co-executive produced by Danny Glover (who also has a cameo in the film). 


FIRE WILL COME

(O QUE ARDE)

2019, Oliver Laxe, Spain/France/Luxembourg, 85 min.

Amador Arias, Benedicta Sánchez

10/23 - indefinite

Convicted arsonist Amador Coro has been serving time for having set a devastating forest fire.  When he gets out, nobody is waiting for him.  He returns to his hometown, a small village hidden in the rural Galician mountains, where neighbors and former friends eye him with suspicion.  Living a socially isolated life with his mother Benedicta and their three cows, he settles into the rhythm of the seasons, until one night a horrific, fast-spreading fire rips across the heavily-wooded mountain-sides of the region.  In Galician and Spanish with English subtitles. 



CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

(LONTANO LONTANO)

2019, GIANNI DI GREGORIO, ITALY, 92 MIN.
WITH GIORGIO COLANGELI, ENNIO FANTASTICHINI, GIANNI DI GREGORIO

10/23 - indefinite

In the vein of his sleeper hit MID-AUGUST LUNCH, director Di Gregorio crafts yet another entertaining and poetic comedy pulsing with life. Three Italians in their seventies, all dealing with their own problems, suddenly decide to quit their beloved Rome to settle abroad. But where? This is the first question of one too many. The Professor, retired after teaching Latin his whole life, is getting bored. Giorgetto, one of the last true Romans, struggles to make ends meet every month. Attilio, an antiques dealer and hippie, wants to once again experience the delights of his youthful travels. Things will change, but not quite as expected. In Italian with English subtitles.


CITY HALL

2020, Frederick Wiseman, USA, 275 min.

11/6 - indefinite

City government touches upon almost every aspect of our lives. Most of us take for granted necessary services like sanitation, veterans affairs, elder support, parks, licensing bureaus, recordkeeping, as well a myriad of other activities that support the citizenry.  In CITY HALL, through a series of his trademark masterfully edited vignettes, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (EX LIBRIS, NATIONAL GALLERY) explores the inner-workings of the government of his native Boston.  Headed by earnest, progressive Mayor Martin Walsh, a diverse, passionate network of public servants works to keep Boston running while grappling with pressing issues like racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness.  



CONTINUING in our Film Center From Your Sofa series:

These film titles are still available to be streamed in our Film Center from Your Sofa series. They have an open-ended end dates, unless otherwise specified: 


STILL LIFE

(SAN XIA HAO LAN ZHOU)

2006, Jia Zhang-ke, China/Hong Kong, 108 min.

With Zhao Tao, Lan Zhou


MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE

2020, Alan Govenar, USA, 86 min.


THE DISRUPTED

2020, Sarah Colt and Josh Gleason, USA, 91 min.


A CHEF’S VOYAGE 

2020, RÉMI ANFOSSO AND JASON MATZNER, USA, 90 MIN.


THE ARTIST’S WIFE 

2019, TOM DOLBY, USA, 94 MIN.

WITH LENA OLIN, BRUCE DERN


BLACKBIRD

2019, ROGER MICHELL, USA/UK, 97 MIN.

WITH SUSAN SARANDON, SAM NEILL, KATE WINSLET, MIA WASIKOWSKA


SAUL & RUBY'S HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BAND

2020, TOD LENDING, USA, 81 MIN.

 

GOD OF THE PIANO
2019, ITAY TAL, ISRAEL, 80 MIN.
WITH NAAMA PREIS, ANDY LEVI


OUR TIME MACHINE 

2019, S. LEO CHIANG AND YANG SUN, CHINA/USA, 86 MIN.


SEASONS OF CHANGE ON HENRY’S FARM 

2019, Ines Sommer, USA, 83 min. 

 

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE 

2020, DAWN PORTER, USA, 96 MIN.



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Note the following about Film Center from Your Sofa:

  • All of our streaming films have open-ended end dates, unless otherwise specified. 

  • Films marked “cc” are available in a closed-caption format. 

  • Panorama Latinx” refers to films that are part of our Panorama Latinx initiative, dedicated to year-round Latin American film programming.  

  • The Film Center’s “Screen to Screen filmmaker/cast Q&As are noted beneath each associated film. These virtual discussions with directors and special guests are moderated by respected film critics, filmmakers, and lecturers.

  • These are films the Film Center has screened in the past, would have been screening now, or reflect the venue’s critically acclaimed programming.

  • Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what one would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.

  • Please note that viewers will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa; having a Film Center account will not apply.

  • Because the Film Center is connecting audience members to a variety of platforms, member or any other discounts for streaming cannot be offered. For memberships that were active when we closed on March 16, the Film Center will provide a three-month extension.

  • If patrons are experiencing difficulties with streaming links, they should send a message through the Film Center’s Facebook page or to filmcenter@saic.edu.



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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience that has grown to over 100,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,700 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

 

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.



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Lori Hile
Coordinator of Media and Community Engagement
Gene Siskel Film Center
of the School of the Art Institute
164 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

773-746-5127 (personal cell phone; please using sparingly; text first if possible)
312-332-5859 (fax)
312-846-2600 (main number)
312-846-2800 (movie hotline)

Programming at the GSFC is currently suspended due to COVID-19. 
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