This week my Top 5 in actually a Top 4. Why? ‘Cus I say so damn it!Â I’ll probably be out of town on Saturday, but luckily, my Top 4 are all on Friday. So, without further ado…
1. The First Five Years at 65Grand
We all know the city gives shit to apartment galleries, even though it was recently discovered that the city itself didn’t even have its own damn story straight on what was illegal and what wasn’t. Well, unfortunately, Bill was one of those that ended up with the shi..ahem…short end of the stick. This is your last chance to see 65Grand in its original incarnation, and get an overview of the last five years of exhibitions.
65Grand is located at, well, you figure it out. Reception is from 7pm to 1am.
2. The Intuitive Photography of Jay King and Lee Balterman at Stephen Daiter Gallery
Daiter presenting more of the work he does best. I’ve really come to love Stephen Daiter Gallery over the last year. Street and personal photography spanning a 60 year period by Chicago natives Jay King and Lee Balterman.
Stephen Daiter Gallery is located at 230 W. Superior St. Reception is from 5-8pm.
3. Iâ€™ll Be Your Mirror at Spoke
From the venue that brought puppies into the gallery (I shit you not, it was awesome), comes another round of strangness. The artists of Iâ€™ll Be Your Mirror, and I quote, “will focus their energy on exploring the possibilities of mutually beneficial relationships rooted in conversation, exchange and sincerity.” Included in the exhibition are Lise Haller Baggesen and Anni Holm of Chicago, Gitte Bog of Mexico City, Gudrun Hasle and Berit NÃ¸rgaard of Copenhagen.
Spoke is located at 119 N Peoria St. #3D. Reception is from 5-8pm.
4. About Face at Thomas Robertello Gallery
An amazing show dealing with the face. Don’t miss it, you will be sad if you do. Including works by Jason Robert Bell, Cody Critcheloe (SSION), John Delk, Scott Fife, Emily Noelle Lambert , Nikki S Lee , Noelle Mason, Mike Nudelman, Ed Paschke, Grant Schexnider, Travis Leroy Southworth, and Julie Weitz.
Thomas Robertello GalleryÂ is located at 939 W. Randolph St. Reception is from 5-8pm.
R.I.P. Louise Bourgeois and Dennis Hopper. A depressing weekend two-fer. Well, what can ya do? My solution: go get drunk off free gallery booze and look at some weird shit. Mmmm…box wine.
Perhaps some archaic chromatherapy to cure what ails you. Two shows opening at IMSS: Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani’s Chromatherapy and Carolyn Bernstein’s Yew Tree Project.
The International Museum of Surgical Science is located at 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. Reception is Friday, from 5-8pm.
Another exciting paring at the corner of Noble and Superior. This round they present Kate O’Neill’s Third Law and Rebecca Kressleyâ€™s ON THE SOUTH LOCK OVER SHINE.
Noble & Superior Projects is located at 1418 W. Superior St. Reception is Friday, from 6-10pm.
New work at ThreeWalls by Chicago-based artist Eric Fleischauer, including video and an artist book.
Threewalls is located at 119 N. Peoria St., #2A. Reception is Friday, from 6-9pm.
A quick turn around from last week’s show for another collaboration. This weekend Natalie Labriola and J. Patrick Walsh create Our First Sixty-Nine. How intriguing.
Monument 2 Gallery is located at 2007 N. Point St. Reception is Saturday, from 6-10pm.
Another chronologically, numerically titled show from the MVSEVM kids of Humboldt Park. The dance card is packed for this one, including the work of: Chad Kouri, Rachel Niffenegger, Jes Takla, Omair Hussain, Brookhart Jonquil, Robert Andrade, Luke Willard, Scott Jarrett, Carson Fisk-Vittori and Mark Beasley.
MVSEVM is located at 1626 N California Ave, #2. Reception is Saturday, from 6-10pm.
Sorry for the missed week, I was rocking out in the lovely and exhausting Yosemite, climbing waterfalls, almost falling to my death (I shit you not, and it was completely my fault), looking at Pileated Woodpeckers (the Woody Woodpecker ones), drinking lots of Tecate and burning lots and lots of firewood. But now I’m back. It’s getting into that summer session, where things get lean. But as always quantity does not indicate quality, and following that, I give you my weekend picks. Mmmm, tasty!
Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S Cornell Ave. Crit Friday, from 6-8pm.
Your last opportunity to see this month long event created by artist Kimmy Noonen.
Art on Armitage is located at 4125 W. Armitage Ave. Closing reception Friday, from 6-9pm.
How long has it been since you visited Lloyd Dobler Gallery? It’s been a while for me, so I’m heading back to one of the first galleries I visited in Chicago, and still one of my favorites.Solo show of Sebastian Vallejo.
Lloyd Dobler Gallery is located at 1545 W Division St, 2nd Fl. Reception Friday, from 6-10pm.
Monument 2 Gallery is located at 2007 N. Point St. Reception Saturday, from 6-10pm.
I’d make a joke about the title if it weren’t already such a depressing fucking joke. Bound to be some good work though. Work by Deborah Stratman, Jim Zimpel, Jesse Avina, Daniel Baird, Jake Myers and the Pentagon Education Collective.
Pentagon is located at 961 W 19th St., 1F. Reception Saturday, from 7-11pm.
1. Whim Jobs at WELIVEINNY$LA
Work by Ellen Nielsen.
WELIVEINNY$LAÂ is located at 1801 S Peoria St. Reception Friday, 7-10pm. Show runs 5/14-6/4.
2. After Eggleston at Black Market
Work by Yvette Marie Dostatni and Alexandra Dietz.
Black Market is located at 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. Reception Friday, 6-9pm. Show runs 5/14-5/31.
3. Messing With Jane: Excavating History at Hull-House at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Organized by Professor Rebecca Keller and including the work of Liene Bosque-Muller, Chiara Galimberti, Elise Goldstein, Maral Hashemi, Rebecca Hernandez, Allison Jenetopulos, Sarah Legow, Erin Obradovich, Hannah Merry Shaw and Cori Williams.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is located at 800 S. Halsted St. Reception Friday, 5-7pm. Show runs 5/14-5/21.
4. Live Forever at Concertina Gallery
Work by Marty Burns, Dave Dyment, Elise Goldstein, Megan Hildebrandt,
Jason Lazarus, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, and Ruben Nusz. The final show at Concertina.
Concertina Gallery is located at 2351 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd fl. Reception Saturday 7-10pm. Show runs 5/15-5/26.
A screening of works by Steve Reinke.
Roots & Culture is located at 1034 N Milwaukee Ave. Screenings run from Saturday at 8pm to Sunday at 10pm.
The madness of Artopolis is over my friends, and I’m glad for it, it was a long weekend. But this by no means indicates a lack of awesome art. This weekend is surprisingly busy, and here’s what I think shouldn’t be missed:
1. Immersioni/Immersions at Johalla Projects
A primarily, though not exclusively,Â video based exhibition jointly curated by Anna Cerniglia and Susanna Horvatovicova, and featuring the work of Elise Blue, Ben Russell, Rakele Tombini, and Chiara Tommasi.
Johalla Projects is located at 1561 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd fl. Opening Reception Friday, from 7-11pm.
2. Alphabetization at Noble & Superior Projects
An exploration of language curated by Ania Szremski, and featuring the work of Brandon Alvendia, Scott Carter, Eric Fleischauer, Brookhart Jonquil and Daniel Lavitt.
Noble & Superior Projects is located at 1418 W. Superior St. Opening Reception Friday, from 6-10pm.
3. The Home Front: What You Can Do! at Pritzker Military Library
WWII motivational propaganda posters. Have you started your war garden?
Pritzker Military Library is located at 610 N. Fairbanks Ct., 2nd fl. Show begins May 7th.
4. Flat 6 at Floor Length and Tux
Experiments in spicy with Jon Bollo, Luca Scala, Jonathan Ozik, Matty Colston, Catie Olson, and EC Brown.
Floor Length and Tux is located at 2332 W. Augusta, #3. Reception Saturday, beginning at 7pm, DJ at 11pm.
5. As you pass by and cast an eye as you are now so once was I at Western Exhibitions
Creepy sculpture and flat work by Rachel Niffenegger. John Parot’s show Hobbies also opens at Western Ex.
Western Exhibitions is located at 119 N Peoria St. 2A. Reception Saturday, from 5-8pm.