Top 5 Weekend Picks! (4/29-5/1)

April 29, 2011 · Print This Article

Ok, so as a foregone conclusion, you should be attending Artropolis, the collective term for all thing art at the Merchandise Mart this weekend. If you don’t have a free pass yet, get one, they are every where. Making a Top 5 for this weekend is easy and hard, because it’s obvious and obscure. Here is the obvious. For the obscure, just ask, talk, communicate. This weekend, of any per year, is your opportunity to find something new, on your own, if you are willing to look, talk, and listen. Good luck with the madness.

1. River North and West Loop Gallery Tours

Been living under a rock? Or just too proud to amble into the established districts? Here is your opportunity to see everything in RN and WL in one fail swoop. Free trolleys Saturday from the Merch Mart to RN, and from RN to WL. Check it.

2. Thesis Shows

Chicago is practically vomiting MFA programs. This weekend, no less than three are opening for your enjoyment. Hit up:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Columbia College

University of Illinois Chicago

3. Firecat Project Space

Tony Fitzpatrick presents his next selection at his new independent and “no commission” space, Joe Amrhein: A Fallibility of Perception.

4. Studio 1020

The Studio, usually a pretty insular place, is putting on Fuck Art Chicago, a pretty obvious statement. It does promise to be an interesting alternative, featuring around 30 artists who’s work is bounded by the constraint of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. The Studio is located at 1020 N. Marshfield in Chicago.

5. Oak Park Garage Adventure

A two-for-one opportunity, to see an opening at The Suburban (Sara Greenberger Rafferty and Ruby Sky Stiler) and Shane Campbell-Oak Park (Zak Kitnick and Valerie Snobeck)

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