March 21, 2009, 8pm
3219 S Morgan St
$10 Suggested Donation.
The good people that bring you Proximity Magazine are having a release party this Saturday for their two new publications. If you can make it you should go. It looks to be a fun time.
“Please come and help us raise funds to pay for Version>09 Immodest Proposals. We will be giving to everyone who attends a complementary copy of our new publishing projects, Matériel and the new Pr poster/newsletter.
We will be hosting an evening of performances and displaying pages from Matériel on the gallery walls. Musical performances by Casual Encounter , Caw! Caw! (not cawcaw) and a few secret super special guest stars.”
Thursday, March 19, 6:00 pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago Il 60601
via Conversations at the Edge
Best known for his Nintendo game cartridge hacks, multi-media trickster Cory Arcangel uses new and vintage computers, sound, performance, and the web to recontextualize popular figures (Super Mario Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel) and aesthetic systems (the instructional video, adult contemporary music, the “artist talk”) in subversively comedic ways. This evening, he’ll provide an overview of his practice, possibly including his Super Mario movies, the epic and aptly titled performance piece “Bruce Springsteen Born to Run Glockenspiel Addendum,” and an archetypal “experimental film,” complete with digital scratches and Final Cut Pro countdown. Co-presented by SAIC’s Parlor Room. 1998–2008, Cory Arcangel, USA, multiple formats, ca. 60 min.
If you’re in Chicago tonight go check out LOADED: Hunting Culture In America at the Glass Curtain Gallery. It’s co-currated by BAS own Audrey Mast.
“For millennia, we’ve slaked our taste for protein by hunting and killing other animals. But over the last century or so, as hunting has gradually become superfluous to survival (at least in this country), it has taken on a new role as a moral battleground. American hunting culture –– with its roots in notions of rugged individualism, the frontier spirit, and dominance over nature –– has become an aesthetic and a lifestyle choice, steeped in regional and family traditions. The works in Loaded: Hunting Culture in America take a deliberately ambivalent view toward the morality of hunting and address the subject as social, cultural, and artistic phenomenon, ideally nudging viewers to question their own preconceptions regarding hunting. These artists provoke a conversation, with the veracity of hunting as a backdrop, about how we interact with the natural world, particularly as Americans.”
LOADED includes work by:
David Buckingham, Kimberley Hart, Bob Lantz, Erika Larsen, Mathieu Lévesque, Brian Lesteberg, Diana Guerrero-Macía, Zoe Sheehan Saldana, Shaun Slifer, Jenn Wilson, Josh Winegar…and more!
LOADED is curated by Audrey Mast and Ann Wiens
Exhibition runs March 18 – April 29, 2009
Glass Curtain Gallery is at 1104 S Wabash, 1st Floor
Gallery Hours: M,T,W,F 9am-5pm, TH 9am – 7pm
Free and Open to the Public
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m.
“Based in New York, Gareth James is a British artist and writer whose work often addresses the physical and technological substructures of economic and political systems, of which Artforum says, ‘(James) seems less concerned with articulating meanings then with devising a way of making and representing that is commensurate with-and therefore perhaps capable of capturing and resisting-the diffuse, nonlinear, and extra-linguistic logic by which those systems operate.”
All lectures occur at SAIC Auditorium, 280 South Columbus Drive unless
otherwise indicated. Admission is $5 for general public, $3 for
students and seniors, and FREE for SAIC/AIC faculty, staff, and students.
This past weekend I went to an “apartment show” here in New York. I was expecting the younger crowd, and of course, cheap beer instead of wine, a slightly later and over exuberant crowd, but I’ve got to pull out the Chicago street cred when I say that New York does not know how to run an apartment gallery like the Second City. Chicago has a long standing reputation of succesful alternatives to commercial gallery spaces, but they are in no way a sideshow to the main event.
What I saw here in New York is clearly respectable in the Tom Marioni sense, but I’ve got to stand my ground. Some things are better left to the midwest.