Episode 597: Marc LeBlanc Returns!

Episode 597: Marc LeBlanc Returns!


A former contributor returns as guest. Marc LeBlanc is back and Chicago could not be more excited. We check in about his adventures in Berlin with Kavi Gupta Gallery and LA with the LA Contemporary, and now what the future M LeBlanc Gallery will be.

We also learn a word with Ryan Peter Miller and discuss the MCA kickstarting Michael Rakowitz’s Enemy Kitchen as part of his mid career retrospective.

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TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (8/17-8/23)

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (8/17-8/23)

1. IOP B+ August 19, 2017, 6-9PM Work by: Selden Paterson POND HOLE Gallery: 2925 N Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL 60618   2. Simpsons Wave August 19, 2017, 7-10PM Work by: Erica Brooks ARC Gallery: 2156 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647   3.  / e August 19, 2017,...

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Episode: 594 Candida Alvarez

In this episode we track the musings and mellifluous tones of Candida Alvarez. Her retrospective is at the Chicago Cultural Center, her work has been included in the Kemper Survey of contemporary abstraction, and her work with COMME des GARÇONS is just about to drop!

We trace the ins and outs of domesticity, abstraction, hallucinatory practices, poetics, Bruce Rauner’s policies towards art and education, and the current Michael Bonesteel controversy at SAIC.

Episode 593: Third Object


This shiny new episode of Bad @ Sports Center spotlights curator Raven Munsell. We chat about her latest curatorial project with 3rd Object, titled Sneaker Boy Dreams, from artist Ashley Teamer. Munsell also sheds some light on the ACRE inspired exhibit at Heaven Gallery, Summer Sessions, before we dive deep into all that is ACRE. And finally, the light at the end of this illuminating tunnel, is a discussion of the dearly departed, bumper sticker bonanza, Trunk Show. All this and not a single bad word.

Episode: 592 P.O.W.E.R. Project and the Comfort Station

Triple Exclamation Points. B@SC presents the top of the call sheet for the P.O.W.E.R. Project. In addition to being the acronym to end all acronyms – Preparation, Organization, Wonderment, Empowerment, Resistance – this project is the brilliant baby of the Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ACLN). Jordan Martins discusses the origin story of the Comfort Station, Felicia Holman spills about her Honey Pot Performance, and Nina Yeboah tells the tale of her project, Africa Reads Chicago.


For this week's THINKS to Think I present to you an artist who shares an interest with myself, one which is becoming more and more popular in a time of alternative facts and disturbing realities, it seems. Here is Max Guy, on tarot:   Dear Keeley, I’ve been...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (8/10-8/17)

1. Sucias August 12, 2017, 7-11PM Work by: Obsidian Bellis, Mimi Chrzanowski, Lisa Czech, Krystal DiFronzo, Inés Estrada, Susana Garcia, Chloe Lewis, Anna Mielniczuk, Jessica Milton, Gabby Mulholland, Mony Nuñez, Olive Panter, and Hiromi Ueyoshi; Performances by...

Thinks: John Ashbery + Cindy Sherman Faceoff

In which we all get in (de)formation, I bring you a moment to revisit the words of poet John Ashbery alongside Cindy Sherman's ever- convex face. Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror, Francesco Mazzola (known as Parmigianino), 1524. Screenshot of Cindy Sherman's recently...


1. Wilderness and Household August 4, 2017, 6-9PM Work by: Yhelena Hall and Michael Hall Roman Susan: 1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626   2. Brotha August 5, 2017, 6-10PM Work by: Black Boy Feelings, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Jeana Lindo, Jonathan Gardenhire,...

Thinks: The Feeling Is Mutual at Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago

Panel discussion with Samantha Belden, Sarah Hiatt, and guest artist David Kasnic: Friday, August 4 at 7 pm at gallery Curator Rebecca Memoli describes The Feeling Is Mutual as an exhibition that “examines the concept of family values through the work of four emerging...

What We Want Is You.

By Randall Szott, I hate baseball. To be a fan of it requires patience, an appreciation for subtlety, and an abundance of attention that I simply can’t muster. Not valuing baseball is just one of many of my character flaws that Ted Purves characteristically saw past...


1. Pound Into Flesh July 29, 2017, 6-9PM Work by: Julie Potratz Slow: 2153 W 21st St, Chicago IL 60608   2. Differences in Permeability July 28, 2017, 8PM Texts prepared by Jordan Martins with readers Allen Moore, Tracy Montes, and Rebecca Himelstein. Comfort...

Thinks: Ina Blom

Appreciating the Weirdness: An Interview with Ina Blom   Ina Blom: If I’m a little bit off, it’s because for some time now I haven’t slept much, after a bad bout of flu. But I’m symptom free now! Keeley Haftner: Yes I’m glad to hear your feeling better, and we’ll...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (7/20-7/26)

1. It’s all Borrowed Time July 22, 2017, 6-10PM Work by: Sofia Moreno The Learning Machine: 3145 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60608   2. Floorplan July 25, 2017, 9-11PM Work by: Julia Dratel Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey #208, Chicago, IL 60647   3. The...