Last night I attended the staff preview for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. The first floor has a Cy Twombly show and a photo show. I don’t think that either of the rooms that these shows were hung in do much justice for the new wing. The ceilings are rather low and there is a lot of work to be seen in such a small space, which makes the museum feel narrow. I didn’t have a chance to see the film video new media section which will be showing a Steve McQueen piece. I was really into Gaylen Gerber’s piece “Backdrop” which consists of large sheets of photo paper pinned to the wall. The photographs are then hung on top of the piece.
The third floor houses the Contemporary collection from 1960 to present. This is where you get the picturesque views of Millennium Park. Yes, there is a lot of light and architecturally it really is a beautiful space to see work. My only gripe is that some of the rooms are filled with too much work. I like to have space to see each piece by itself or see a couple of pieces and how they play off each other. Viewing four pieces in all four walls plus a Calder mobile above you can feel claustrophobic, and causes all of the pieces to meld into one. This made me consider, however, the $18 admission fee to the museum and the average visitor. I would prefer more thoughtfully installed work, but it may be a more bang for your buck situation for the museum.
The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing opens May 16th
May 8- June 6, 2009
Roots and Culture
1034 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622
In her Video Animations, Sabine Gruffat experiments with live-rendered computer animation and unexpectedly combines it with analog signal processes dating back to early video art techniques. Vanesa Zendejas will exhibit a suite of new paintings and drawings that “collect and redistribute patterns and textures.”
Jenny Walters: In Lieu Of Gifts
May 9-June 13, 2009
1511 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
“Evoking a consciousness of nostalgia and absence, Walters’ work probes the idea that identity often exists in a fluid state. It is in this investigation into stages of uncertainty–the doubling, dividing and interchanging of the self–that she so adeptly creates a visual experience of the uncanny or a sense of helplessness evoked by the anxiety of unknown emotions.” via the press release
Michael Coolidge: Free Bowl Excursions on the City of Chicago (Or, a socio-recreational approach to the art of land use interpretation)
Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and The Everyday (InCUBATE)
2129 N. Rockwell St.
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Michael Coolidge, Guest Chef and InCUBATE person-in-residence, presents… Free Bowl Excursions on the City of Chicago (Or, a socio-recreational approach to the art of land use interpretation). $10 per person includes brunch by Sunday Soup.
Artists Run Chicago
May 10-July 5, 2009
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
“Artists Run Chicago is an exhibition showcasing the energy and audacity of some of the most noteworthy artist-run spaces that have influenced the Chicago contemporary art scene over the past decade. Chicago has long been known for cultivating a strong entrepreneurial/Do-It-Yourself spirit in business and the arts. The participating artist-run venues have transformed storefronts, sheds, apartments, lofts, industrial warehouses, garages and roving spaces into contemporary art galleries testing the notion of “exhibition” while complicating the definition of art. Coinciding with the Hyde Park Art Center’s 70th anniversary, Artists Run Chicago reconnects the Art Center to its beginnings as an artist-run space by showcasing spaces that continue the legacy.”
Featuring: 1/Quarterly, 65GRAND, Alogon, Antena, artLedge, Butchershop, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Devening projects + editions, Deluxe Projects, Dogmatic, Fraction Workspace, Fucking Good Art (FGA), Green Lantern, He Said-She Said, HungryMan, joymore, Julius Caesar, Law Office, LiveBox, Margin Gallery, Medicine Cabinet/Second Bedroom Project Space, mini dutch, Modest Contemporary Art Projects, NFAVONZWECK. Space, Normal Projects, Old Gold, Polvo, Roots & Culture, Scott Projects, Standard, Suitable, Swimming Pool Projects, Teti, The Suburban. With special contributions by Imperfect Articles, INCUBATE, Mess Hall, Seven Three Split, and ThreeWalls.
Screening at the opening: If I record this now, I won’t forget you in the future
A video show to represent the Swimming Pool Project Space. Â It includes 8 video artists: Rob Carter, Julie Lequin, Lauren Gregory, Lisa Majer, Aspen Mays, Michael Robinson, Oli Rodriguez, and Aaron Hoffman.
Check out the website for an extensive list of events including kimchi demonstrations, bike tours, cookouts, screenings and more.
Or my posts on it, anyway. A few more passing images from the second day I spent at NEXT….I apologize for not linking directly to any artists or galleries here–I’m having trouble getting the WordPress desktop to align images and text properly and I can’t figure out a way to insert links into captions at the moment.
Thanks so much to photographer Vanessa Churchill, who took these super-hot action shots from Tara Strickstein‘s” Jelly Roll: The Spectacle” performances at NEXT and has allowed us to post them here.
Goffo, the show of prints, multiples, artist’s books and editions at NEXT, was terrific. Lots of affordable art, presesented in a casual, laid-back, communal atmosphere. My favorite part of the Fair.