TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (1/16-1/22)

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (1/16-1/22)

1. Bobbi Meier: Strange Etiquette January 17th, 2020 6-10PM Work by: Bobbi Meier salonlb: 1010 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609   2. Time Stamp January 17th, 2020 6-9PM Work by: Skye Tanai, Gyae Kim, Logan Kruidenier, Cain Baum Parlour and Ramp: 2130 W 21st St, Chicago,...

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Episode 714: The Leather Archives and Museum


Bad at Sports Center starts off 2020 with nothing less than VELVET, the upcoming Guest Artist Gallery (GAG) exhibition at The Leather Archives and Museum (LAM). Artists Caleb Yono and Melissa Hespelt join us live in the studio along with LAM’s archivist Mel Leverich and curator, Vicente Ugartechea. Our hosts Brian and Dana learn about the expansive, community focused kink and fetish collection at the Archive, as well as how Yono and Hespelt and have navigated their glamorous gender queer collaboration to produce the first GAG of the year. VELVET opens January 24th from 6pm-9PM at the Leather Archives and Museum (21+ only). More information at

Episode 713: Jenn Smith


Jenn Smith talks Evangelicana, archival fevers and painting — all on view in her exhibition Soup Kite Laser Church at Flatland — with Brian and Jesse. Mining her evangelical Christian background, Jenn’s work offers a unique view into the material and ephemeral histories of these communities, bringing to light their pamphlets, the pro wresting ads, the rock groups, the felt board fuzzies, usb kitsch, etc. with a deft touch that’s playful, humane and mysterious all at once. Oh, and fifty-one books about Christian puppetry (in the work Fifty-one Books About Christian Puppetry).

Episode 712: Michael Lopez


Michael Lopez sits down with Ryan and Jesse to talk about his ever-shifting exhibition at Adler & Floyd, his new zine The Cat Monster, The Apartment People, A Place for My Creatures to Play and his practice generally in this ever-shifting exhibition of talking. Mike is a sculptor, performer, writer, drawer, animator polymath type whose work deals with work; with money; with personal history; with material reuse, refuse and refusal; with mess and form; with the funny and the sad.

Episode 711: Kyle Schlie

And, we’re back! Chicago artists’ artist Kyle Schlie sits down with Jesse and Brian to talk about his current exhibition at Stanley Brown Jewelist, the Globe Al Chemical Company, the expanded soap opera By Way of Today (through which he collaborates with Cameron Gibson and a cast of literal dozens) and his distinctive parafictive hand-hewn conceptualism. Kyle’s work is generous, wide-ranging and just a little mysterious, and the conversation matches that. Take a listen and head to Stanley Brown Jewelist to see an immersive museological study that comes with snacks, a merch table and some easy-listening country western to tap your toes to (and that is turned on by tapping too).

Episode 710: Curator Kate Sierzputowski and artists Danielle Rosen and Dominique Knowles


Megafauna hosts, Jesse Malmed and Ryan Peter Miller, hold an animated exchange with curator Kate Sierzputowski and artists Danielle Rosen and Dominique Knowles, discussing The Intuitive Language of an Extended Hand, an exhibition currently on display at Julius Ceasar, which also features artist Emilie Gossiaux. In the spirit of the exhibition, the conversation decries the anthropocentric hierarchy of non-human and human animals, exploring the mutual care between the not-so-distinct classifications of beings.


1. Female Trouble January 10th, 2020 5-8PM Work by: Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Lilli Carré, Quinza Najm, Kathryn Refi, Francis Waite Western Exhibitions: 1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622   2. Siera Hyte: Breath Commuter January 11th, 2020 5-8PM Work by: Siera Hyte...


1. Latham Zearfoss: Very Fine on Both Sides January 3rd, 2020 5-8PM Work by: Latham Zearfoss Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612   2. Screening: Mother Art Tells her Story January 8th, 2020 7-8PM Work by: Mother Art Hyde Park Art Center:...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (12/19-12/25)

1. Kidlat Tahimik: Perfumed Nightmare December 21st, 2019 5-8PM Work by: Kidlat Tahimik PO Box Collective: 6900 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626   2. Dorothée Munyneza Work in Progress Show December 19th, 2019 6-8PM Work by: Dorothée Munyneza Experimental Station:...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (12/12-12/18)

1. Susan Snodgrass: Inside the Matrix December 16th, 2019 7-9PM Work by: Susan Snodgrass Inga: 1740 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608   2. Stacza Lipinski and Paul Nudd: Gush December 15th, 2019 12-4PM Work by: Stacza Lipinski, Paul Nudd (curated by Debra Kayes) Tiger...

Review: Institutional Garbage

It’s December. The time of year when all the ‘Best Ofs’ and just-in-time-for-Christmas reviews spill out from the internet, beckoning you to consider your engagement with the year just passed. In January of this year, I was invited to “write something” about...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (12/5-12/11)

1. Jenyu Wang: Boyfriend December 5th, 2019 4-7PM Work by: Jenyu Wang Leather Archives and Museum: 6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626   2. Benjamin Larose: I’ll See You When You Get Here December 8th, 2019 11AM-2PM Work by: Benjamin Larose Material Exhibitions:...

Mauricio Forero on what’s freeing

Mauricio Forero, Souths & Norths Riverside Art Center, Riverside, Illinois Expectations were running high by the time Mauricio Forero and I met to talk about Souths & Norths, his recent exhibition at the Riverside Arts Center. Souths & Norths was a...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (11/28-12/4)

1. Friendsgiving Party November 28th, 2019 7-9PM Ground Level Platform: 2001 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608   2. For the Time Being December 1st, 2019 5-8PM Work by: Lish Atchison-Roeder, Sarah Baker, Ashley Bradley, Lark Erickson, Caroline Feyling, Emma Rose...

Mirror Around the Corner

An artist’s take on the Venice Biennale, as experienced during Venice’s highest floods in 50 years Keeley Haftner, November 22, 2019   I found myself a viewer of the Venice Biennale during this year’s epic flood. How does art premised around current political and...