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.
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.
Just doing my part to spread the word around….
From the Pilsen Open Studios website:
18th St. Pilsen Open Studios Fundraiser/Silent Auction
Thursday June 18 from 6pm to 9:30pm
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART
1852 W. 19th Street
Tickets are available at the door or email firstname.lastname@example.org
18th St. Pilsen Open Studios is an artist run art walk that takes place during the third weekend in October to celebrate Chicago Artist Month. For the last 5 years artists, galleries, spaces and cafes open their doors during special hours. Over 30 spaces, 60+ artists from Western Ave. to May St. and from 16th St. to 24th St.
We are happy to announce our fundraiser, Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the National Mexican Museum of Art, starting at 6 pm to 9:30 pm. There will be a silent and live auction with great artists donating their work who come from different parts of the world: United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico and reside in the Pilsen area, or are invited to participate. This year we are featuring outstanding artists in the community who deserve recognition for their dedication, these are John Pitt Weber, Hector Duarte and Diana Solis. Other artists participating are: Robert Valadez, Salvador Jimenez, Alejandro Jimenez, Gabriel Villa, Angel Silva, Diana Solis, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Guillermo Delgado, Magda Dejose, Patricia Peixoto, Roberto Ferreyra, Cesar Casas, Mark Nelson, Montserrat Alsina, Hector Duarte, Omar Valencia, Miguel Cortez, John Pitman Weber, Alejandro Romero, Eufemio Pulido, Alexy Garza, Victoria Cervantes, Pablo Serrano, Mariko Ventura, Miguel Angel Ramirez, Mario Jimenez, Expresiones-Artisticas and many more talented artists.
Foods and drinks provided by Mundial, Jumping Bean, Café Mestizo, Chef Victor Arrellano, La fogata, Chicago Mex Grill and other local cafes and restaurants.
Special preview presentation by Nina Yharid, performing artist visiting from Mexico, Pros Arts, Tarima Son and other surprising short performances throghout the night.
Ticket prices are:
$25 for adults
$40 per couple
kids 12 and under: FREE