The Biggest Top 5 You’ve Ever Seen!

February 10, 2010 · Print This Article

Ok, so for those of you who don’t know yet, CAA (College Art Association) has dubbed Chicago worthy for it’s pedagogical adventures, and has settled in our fair city for the weekend. As a member of CAA, I’ll be cruising from lecture to lecture the next few days, trying to suck up as much strange knowledge as I can while the circus is in town. But I’m not the only one excited about the CAA crew. As a result of the conference, just about everyone else in town is trotting out something or other, much of which is AWESOME! As a result, I bring you The Biggest Top 5 You’ve Ever Seen! Rather than picking individual galleries for the Top 5, I’ve corralled a Top 5 of places (in no particular order) you should go this weekend. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

1. Pilsen

The self-proclaimed Chicago Arts District is holding it’s monthly 2nd Fridays round of openings. Here’s the places I’d go if I were you:

Chicago Art Department – 1837 S. Halsted. Cultural Excavation, work by Christopher Piatt, Ben Valentine, Wayne Bertola, Virginia Broersma, Allison Rae Butkus, Seth Gershberg, Jennifer Hines, Jennifer Jackson, Sarah Leitten, Amanda Paulson, Aaron Wooten and others. Reception Friday, from 6-10pm.

ROOMS Gallery – 645 W 18th St. ORACLE:CHANNELING, with Marrakesh & Todd Frugia. Performance Friday, from 8-10pm.

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See Duncan and Richard at CAA on Friday!

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Today marks the start of the 2010 College Art Association (CAA) Conference, the annual conference for college professionals working in the field of visual arts. If you’re in town for the event, don’t miss Duncan MacKenzie and Richard Holland presenting in person on Friday on the topic of “meta-mentors” and the role they play as producers/founders/meta-mentors of the entire Bad at Sports universe! Their panel, titled Meta-Mentoring: Opt Out of Obscurity, will take place on Friday February 12th at 12:30 pm at Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago. Duncan and Richard will be talking about the history of Bad at Sports, the process of putting the show together, the role they play as artists and cultural producers, and so! much! more! So come armed with your questions, your autograph books and 8 x 10 black and white glossies…and get ready to be meta-mentored by Bad at Sports!

Be sure and check out some of the panels listed below, featuring B@S’ fellow contributors, friends, and other groovy folks of note. (For the full schedule of panels at CAA, click here.) PLUS: Students at Columbia College are blogging the entire conference! So we don’t have to! Thank you Columbia College Students!  Without further ado, let the academic hob-nobbing commence!

On Thursday:

Futures of Criticism
Thursday, February 11, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand B, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Lane Relyea, Northwestern University

Criticality, Critique, Critical Practice
Gail Day, University of Leeds
The Critique of the Incitement to Discourse and the Basic Problems of Phenomenology: Two or Three Critical Models in/around Tino Sehgal
David Lewis, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Who Needs an Art Critic: Law and the Space of Writing
Sergio Munoz Sarmiento, Clancco: Art and Law
Historicizing Contemporary Art: The Living, the Dead, and the Undead
Simone Osthoff, Pennsylvania State University
Criticisms, Publics, Communities
Frazer Ward, Smith College

Recent Research in Chicago Architecture
Thursday, February 11, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand A, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: David Theodore Van Zanten, Northwestern University
The Skyscraper Street and Design for the Crowd ca. 1900
Joanna Merwood, Parsons the New School for Design
Marketing the Movies: Chicago Picture Palace Movie Theaters
Rachel Remmel, University of Rochester
A Preliminary Survey of the Chicago Courtyard Apartment Building: The North and West Sides
Michael Rabens, Oklahoma State University
From PWA to CHA: Chicago Architecture and the American Public-Housing Debate
Alison Fisher, Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University
The Inland Steel Building Inside Out
Amanda Douberley, University of Texas at Austin
Aspects of the Civic: Chicago’s Daley Center and Plaza
Sharon Irish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

New Challenges for Art Criticism: Relational Aesthetics, Social Collaborations, and Public Interactivity
Thursday, February 11, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM
Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Kathryn Hixson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Joseph Grigely, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Joao Ribas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Object of Nostalgia
Thursday, February 11, 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chairs: Rene J. Marquez, University of Delaware; Lance Winn, University of Delaware
Installation and Nostalgia: Landscape of Desire

Marlene Alt, Southern Oregon University

Try a Little Tenderness

Pamela L. Fraser, University of Illinois, Chicago

Ah, but It Was Good

Elaine B. Rutherford, College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University

The Interstice between the Sentimental and Cynical Act of Painting
Brian Bishop, Framingham State College
***There is an exhibition titled The Object of Nostalgia running concurrently at Columbia College’s A+D Gallery, curator’s talk and reception on Thursday night at 5:30pm.
On Friday:

***Meta-Mentors: Opt Out of Obscurity***
Friday, February 12, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM
Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chairs: Sabina Ott, Columbia College Chicago; Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University
Curator’s Perspective
Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Suburban
Critic’s Perspective
Corey Postiglione, Columbia College Chicago and “Artforum”
Gallerist’s Perspective
Gosia Koscielak, Koscielak Gallery
Producer’s Perspective
Duncan MacKenzie, Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk
Richard Holland, Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk
On Saturday:

Comics in Art History, Part I
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand CD South, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency ChicagoChairs: Andrei Molotiu, Indiana University, Bloomington; Patricia Mainardi, Graduate Center, City University of New York

James Boaden, University of York: Dick Racy and Nance: The Comic Collages of Jess

Andrei Molotiu, Indiana University, Bloomington: Kirby after Lichtenstein

John P. Hogan, independent artist, Los Angeles: Comic Conceptualism and Critical Comedians: Two Sides of a Wooden Nickel

Simon Grennan, University of the Arts London: Reading Seth through Appropriation Theory


Mark Staff Brandl, University of Zurich: Posthysterical: The Study of Comics Advances a Plurogenic View of Art History

Chicago Galleries Host Four-Part Painting Extravaganza in Conjunction with CAA

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Jon Pestoni

Organized in conjunction with the CAA conference taking place this week/end, this constellation of four Chicago gallery shows on painting is not to be missed. The exhibitions relate to the following panel, taking place this Saturday at CAA:

On Painting
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand A, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Michelle Ann Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ann Craven, Yale University
Anoka Faruqee, California Institute of the Arts
Peter Halley, Yale University
Rebecca Morris, Pasadena City College
Thomas Lawson, California Institute of the Arts
Judy Ledgerwood, Northwestern University
Sabina Ott, Columbia College Chicago
Scott Reeder, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Molly Zuckerman Hartung, independent artist, Chicago
Susanna Coffey, independent artist, New York
Carrie Moyer, Rhode Island School of Design
Jon Pestoni, independent artist

Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Western Exhibitions, Julius Caesar and Shane Campbell Gallery will host exhibitions that feature the work of the 13 painters who comprise CAA’s Studio Art Session: Painting Panel.

From the press release:

“What’s to be done about painting?” is a perennial yet ungraspable question
that continues to spur contemplation and examination within the
contemporary art apparatus. The first sentence to the catalogue essay
accompanying the 1999 exhibition “Examining Pictures,” it is the rhetorical
response to the statement “painting is dead.” This session will investigate
the position of painting and painting practices. It will not only ask:
“what’s to be done about painting” but “how is painting valued?” How does
painting assert its authority? What is painting’s speed? Can painting enact
radical social and cultural critique? What is painting’s place within the
mainstream? How does painting implicate itself in capital?

As a means of examining these questions the artists Carrie Moyer, Ann
Craven, Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Peter Halley, Thomas Lawson, Judy
Ledgerwood, Rebecca Morris, Sabina Ott, Jon Pestoni, Scott Reeder, Molly
Zuckerman Hartung and Michelle Grabner will present a 10 minute position on
painting at the panel. Each of these artists will also exhibit their work
at four Chicago galleries hosting consecutive openings on February 13,
2010.

Please also join the following galleries on the night of the opening, Saturday, February 13:

Rowley Kennerk: (7-10pm): Rebecca Morris, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Mary Heilmann, and Varda Caivano

Julius Caesar (4-7pm): Thomas Lawson, Scott Reeder, Carrie Moyer, and
Michelle Grabner

Shane Campbell Gallery (6-8pm): Ann Craven, Peter Halley, and Jon Pestoni

Western Exhibitions (7-10pm): Anoka Faruqee, Judy Ledgerwwod, Sabina Ott,
Susanna Coffey and Richard Hull.

“The Object of Nostalgia” at CAA and Columbia College A+D Gallery

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This College Art Association panel and accompanying exhibition at Columbia College’s A+ D Gallery looks super-interesting. The CAA panel takes place tomorrow, Thursday February 11th, from 2:30-5:00pm. Afterwards, there will be a reception and a curator’s talk at the A+D Gallery from 5 to 8pm.

The Object of Nostalgia
Curated by René Marquez and Lance Winn

January 14 – February 20, 2010
February 11th, 5-8 pm
Closing Reception with a curators’ talk at 6:30 pm

“Could it be that the Avant Garde, still the dominant discussion in new art, and the self-anointed “breaker” of cultural aesthetic rules, has been the creator of a great number of tacit laws that govern the landscape of contemporary art? What is worthy to speak about when one is making “important” art? The Object of Nostalgia contemplates the nature of “sentimentality” and its conflicted relation to contemporary art. Each of the artists represented copes with nostalgia and the condition of longing in a unique and personal way, eschewing both the cold, universalist demands of Modernism and the distanced superficiality employed by Postmodern practices in favor of personal investigation, private narratives, and the full breadth of creative tools and language available to the artist.

Featuring Marlene Alt, Brian Bishop, Pamela Fraser, Dawn Gavin,Kathy High, Greg Hopkins, Erika Leppmann, Julia Lothrop, Clayton Merrell, Elaine Rutherford, and Raychael Stine.

Clayton Merrill, Supernovaasteroidcometsun, 2008

How to Give a Lawyer a Heart-Attack

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It’s part installation art, part sculpture & part performance art JDS architects: experiencing the void is a proposal for the interior core of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York where a heavy duty orange mesh net is installed like a archimedean screw so people can walk, run, lay and marvel at the space floating 6 stories up in the air.

The installation & sculpture art is obvious, the performance part comes into play when the lawyers standing at the base of the work all fall over dead like dominoes from the mind shattering liability at stake.

So needless to say the odds of this ever happening are much the same as Bad at Sports taking over the reins of MOCA. Which sadly like Leno we are more then willing to do if Mr. Deitch doesn’t quite work out.