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LUFT BALLOONS CELEBRATES NEW STUDIO WITH LARGER-THAN-LIFE OUTDOOR BALLOON INSTALLATION AND COMMUNITY ACTIVATION
commemorate Luft Balloons’ move to their new Old Town studio, community
members are invited to visit and participate in a contest with prizes
including a $1,000 balloon installation.
Known for spreading joy across the city of Chicago, Luft Balloonswill
celebrate the grand opening of its new studio, 345 W. Armitage Ave.,
from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. Community members will be invited to
visit Luft Balloons’ new location to enjoy a massive, colorful,
outdoor balloon installation made of 3,500 balloons, and to take part in
a contest with the opportunity to win prizes from Luft Balloons. Founded by Elaine Frei in 2016, Luft Balloons
creates large, bold, balloon installations for events of all sizes and
kinds, inside and out, and has worked with high-profile brands such as
the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Nike, Eataly, Nordstrom, BHLDN,
and many more.
During the grand opening celebration, Luft Balloons
will invite guests to visit, while practicing social distancing, and
employees will distribute inflated mini balloons with safety pins to pop
for a surprise discount on a future order. Discounts will include
20-50% off, a free balloon burst, and the grand prize, a $1,000
“I founded Luft Balloons with the inspiration to "bring the joy"
to people around me. Balloons make people happy, they just do, and at
Luft Balloons, we are able to take something as simple as a balloon and
create magnificent works of art,” said Elaine Frei, founder of Luft Balloons.
“I am grateful that Luft Balloons has come so far over the years, and
thankful for the support of my amazing team and community. We look
forward to celebrating the opening of our new studio with the city of
Since the company’s founding, Luft Balloons
has grown from its original location to the 3,000 sq. ft. studio and
store in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. The shop sells bespoke
helium-ﬁlled balloon bouquets from their curated balloon collection as
well as assembles artsy air-ﬁlled balloon décor - think a smaller-scale
piece of Luft Balloons’ installations, arranged and inﬂated and
ready to pick up and hang. Orders are available for pick up or delivery
in the Chicago area.
in 2016, Luft Balloons was conceived by Elaine Frei, a designer
obsessed with using objects to create three-dimensional
experiences. Luft Balloons offers helium balloon designs from their
Chicago studio, 345 W. Armitage Ave., and sells balloons online. Luft
Balloons also offer over-the-top balloon installations for weddings,
corporate events, baby showers, small businesses, and more. For more
information, please visit https://www.luftballoonstore.com/.
**A screening link and advanced copies are available for review.** Filmmaker Robert Jury and select cast (Gerety, Shire, Brown and others) are available for interviews.
Praise for WORKING MAN
"Poignant and pertinent...that we have [Working Man] right now is particularly heartening and important.”
—Pete Hammond, Deadline
"Quietly magnificent and deeply resonant...Gerety delivers a performance that is simply great."
—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times
"An impressive debut...the kind of movie that used to
be common but that has largely vanished in the United States, along with
the world it portrays."
—Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"An introspective portrait...the simple familiarity of the visuals strikes an honest note.”
—Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
"Working Man is a confident expression of moving on, opening up, and learning to live again."
-Robert Daniels, 812 Film Reviews
ABOUT THE FILM When the last factory in a small Rust Belt
town closes its doors, an unlikely hero emerges in dutiful, quiet
Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety). A career employee of the factory, the
aging Allery can’t reconcile how to live a life simply sitting at home
doing nothing, and against the advice and pleas of his loving wife, Iola
(Talia Shire), he forms an unlikely friendship with his charismatic
neighbor, Walter Brewer (Billy Brown), in order to revive the defunct
factory. As their community rallies around them – and as their former
corporate bosses strategize how to implode this unexpected movement –
Allery learns that he might be something he never thought possible: a
Filmed in Chicago in 20 days (plus one day in Joliet), locations in the
film include Makray Manufacturing in Norridge; Ed's Way Food Mart in
Forest Park; and Las Palmas Restaurant in Wicker Park. The film's
ensemble cast is populated entirely by Chicago talent, including Bea
Cordelia ("The T"), Patrese McClain (Widows), Kristen Fitzgerald (the upcoming Killing Eleanor and Artistic Director at A Red Orchid Theatre) and J. Salome Martinez (The Messenger, Goodman's A Christmas Carol).
Written and Directed by Robert Jury Starring Peter Gerety, Talia Shire, Billy Brown Produced by Clark Peterson, Robert Jury, Maya Emelle and Lovell Holder Executive Produced by Katherine Eslao, Tim Ranzetta, Lee V. Stiff and Morgan R. Stiff Edited by Morgan Halsey
by Franklin Sirmans (Pérez Art Museum Miami), this panel focused on the
art of AfriCOBRA members Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, and Gerald
Williams. Presented in alignment with the Terra Foundation's Art Design
Chicago exhibitions The Time is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side, 1960–1980 at the Smart Museum of Art and The Art and Influence of Dr. Margaret Burroughs at the DuSable Museum of African American History, which focused on artists working in and out of the Black Arts Movement.
Kandis Williams’ two-channel video installation Eurydice (2018),
installed at the 2018 edition of EXPO VIDEO curated by Anna Gritz (KW
Institute for Contemporary Art), takes the ancient myth of Orpheus and
Eurydice as a starting point to anchor the artist’s personal
investigation into how Western visual imagination has shaped the
construction of blackness and American culture. Understanding this
immateriality as the flip side of an overt concept of physicality,
Williams traces the entrapment of black bodies in a feedback loop of
fetishization and erasure.
new project by Carrie Mae Weems (Syracuse University Artist in
Residence) raises public awareness about COVID-19 among people of
color—who have been disproportionately impacted by the deadly virus—by
promoting preventative measures and dispelling harmful falsehoods, while
also paying homage to front-line and essential workers who have placed
themselves in harm’s way.
The first phase of the Syracuse rollout is a series of billboards that
have debuted in targeted city neighborhoods. These will be followed by
PSAs on local radio stations and on social media platforms. In addition,
a series of promotional items will be made available at community
centers, COVID-19 testing sites, food banks, grocery stores and
churches. Materials will be produced in English, Spanish and Onondaga
language. Eventually, Weems hopes to expand the project to other cities
across the country.
current COVID 19 pandemic has necessitated a drastic reframing of how
art education is approached and accessed. Following the end of the
first semester/ term of online learning, Gallery 400, in partnership
with the BFA in Art Education program at UIC’s School of Art & Art
History, will host a series of conversations to explore how art
education has adapted to a virtual learning environment.
On Thursday, June 18 from 4 - 5:30pm join Carolina
Ibarra (Orozco Academy, Fine Arts & Sciences Elementary School), Jen
De Los Reyes (Associate Director, UIC School of Art & Art
History), Caroline Kent (Assistant Professor, Northwestern
University), Scott Sikkema, Mark Diaz & Joseph Spilberg (Chicago
Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)) to explore the the various ways
in which artists/art educators have ‘pivoted' in response to the
Chicago Art for Black Futures
raises funds for black-led organizations through the sale of prints,
drawings, lightweight flatworks and editioned media. Available artworks
are those that uniquely challenge systems of oppression, offer a
visuality which poses a reorientation of our current state, or shares
language of care and healing. The goal is to raise at minimum $5,000 to
support Assata’s Daughters,
a Black woman, femme, gender non-binary, young person-directed
organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition. Chicago Art for
Black Futures will run fthrough June 19th. A Juneteenth capsule
organized by Adia Sykes will be available on June 19th. The fundraiser
is devised by Stephanie Koch, Maggie Wong, Alden Burke, Curtis Miller
and Chris Reeves.
Pallid Carrier, opening June 27, 2020, marks PATRON’s first
exhibition with Chicago-based artist Alice Tippit. The title of the
exhibition gestures towards the name of a type of carrier snail that
gathers material as it moves across the ocean floor, cementing objects,
shells, and even other sea life to the surface of its own shell. The
exhibition marks the first for the gallery in its efforts to reopen, in
addition to the first show that will align with a soon to be announced
initiative and structural change for PATRON, which focuses on being more
active in our social advocacy and support. A percentage of all sales
from exhibitions from this point forward will be donated to
organizations and charitable causes of the artist’s choosing. For this
exhibition, Alice Tippit has chosen The Brave Space Alliance.
Claire Oliver Gallery has begun selling limited edition posters online
through a new online room. The first poster the New York City-based
gallery is selling in their “Art is for Everyone” series is a Bisa
Butler’s work titled "I Am Not Your Negro". Proceeds from the sales of
$50 poster will benefit Harlem Grown,
a nonprofit that supports local restaurants and homeless shelters that
have been adversely affected by the New York City’s shutdown and the
Earth Issue’s Freedom Fundraiser is a print sale created to raise funds
for bail contributions and to support organisations fighting for social
justice. The fundraiser features work donated by more than 80 artists
and photographers around the world. 100% of proceeds after printing and
shipping will be donated to the organizations on Bail Funds: George
Floyd and the 4Front Project, a UK based youth organization that
empowers young people to fight for justice, peace and freedom.
For 2020, Propeller Fund is adapting its annual project-based
re-granting program to now focus on providing short-term financial
support to artists who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Open to
artists in the Chicagoland area with a practice grounded in the visual
arts, Propeller Impact Fund will distribute $500 unrestricted, one-time
grants over four rounds of applications. The $500 grants are disbursed
the month following each application deadline. A total amount of $56,000
will be disbursed over the four rounds. Propeller Impact Fund welcomes
all eligible artists to apply, with priority consideration for
communities that are impacted disproportionately including: ALAANA
artists (African descendent, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native American),
d/Deaf and disabled artists, LGBTQ2SIA+ artists, and gender
non-conforming and non-binary artists. Round two funding opens June 22 at 9am CDT and closes June 25, 2020 at 5pm CDT.
6018North is pleased to announce an online workshop on art criticism.
The workshop's aim is twofold: to contribute to the development of
Chicago-area writers who engage critically with contemporary art, and in
the longer term, to bring contemporary art to new audiences.Ten writers
will hone and advance their art writing, criticism, and practical
skills. Workshop leader Lise McKean, with a group of guest speakers and
one-on-one editors including Tempestt Hazel, Susan Snodgrass, Kate
Sierzputowski, and Agnieszka Gratza, will provide readings and
assignments to expand the conversation about the art form and to offer
one-on-one feedback on your writing. The workshop will meet weekly for
seven sessions. Workshop participants will receive a $150 honorarium.
Selection is limited to Chicago-area writers that can attend all of the
sessions. Application Deadline: Saturday, June 20. Course Dates: Wednesdays from July 8 to August 19 from 6:30-8:30 PM