A graphic, editorial overview of art, artists, and visual art events, found in and around Chicago over the course of the preceding month. All artwork copyright original artists; all photography copyright Paul Germanos.
Thelonious Elliot and Wray Morgan Herbert-King @ ACRE Projects
Above: Theo Elliot at left; Morgan Herbert-King at right; opening night at ACRE Projects.
Thelonious Elliot and Wray Morgan Herbert-King
“Moving a Hole”
January 20 â€“ February 4
1913 W. 17th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Dmitry Samarov @ Chicago Public Library
Above: “Algren” 2012
Above: “Morandi” 2011, top; “Entrapment” 2012, bottom.
January 11 – March 1, 2013
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
Goshka Macuga @ Smart Museum of Art
Above: Exhibition closing and curator talk (MCA curator Dieter Roelstraete, left, and Smart curator Stephanie Smith, right) January 13, 2013
“Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not,” panel 2
(wool tapestry from photo collage, approx. 11 x 38 feet, half of diptych)
December 13, 2012 â€“ January 13, 2013
Smart Museum of Art (lobby)
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Robert Chase Heishman @ Roots & Culture
Above: Robert Chase Heishman with artwork at Roots & Culture, opening night.
Robert Chase Heishman
January 18 – February 16, 2013
Roots & Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Curated by Eric May, Stephanie Cristello and Allison Glenn
Artwork by Robert Chase Heishman, Jessica Labatte, Alistair Matthews, and Liz Nielsen
R. H. Quaytman @ The Renaissance Society
Above: Peeking inside the piece “Public Space/Two Audiences”
R. H. Quaytman
“Passing Through The Opposite of What It Approaches, Chapter 25″
January 6 â€“ February 17, 2013
The Renaissance Society
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Deborah Baker @ Packer Gallery
Above: Cotton on linen, embroidery, under glass, framed.
January 11 – February 16
Packer Schopf Gallery
942 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Sarah Mendelsohn @ The Plaines Project
Above: Sarah Mendelsohn with her artwork at The Plaines Project, opening night.
January 19 â€“ February 8, 2013
The Plaines Project
1822 S. Desplaines St.
Tom Torluemke @ Hyde Park Art Center
Above: Tom Torluemke with his horrific vision of environmental degradation, shot at the opening reception.
“Fearsome Fable â€“ Tolerable Truth”
January 20, 2013 â€“ April 28, 2013
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
Teruko Nimura @ Roxaboxen Exhibitions / ACRE Projects
Above: Hummingbird in flight, floral origami aim, installation at Roxaboxen.
“Potentialities,” a two-person show with Milcah Bassel
January 20 – February 1, 2013
Roxaboxen Exhibitions / ACRE Projects
2130 W. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Scott Hocking @ Chicago Artistsâ€™ Coalition
Above: Scott Hocking with artwork at opening reception for “EXCHANGE: Chicago-Detroit”
CHICAGO: Chicago Artistsâ€™ Coalition, Chicago IL
January 11 – 31, 2013
DETROIT: Cave Gallery and Public Pool, Detroit, MI
February 23 – March 16, 2013
Chicago Artistsâ€™ Coalition,
217 N. Carpenter Street,
Chicago IL 60607
Edie Fake @ Thomas Robertello
Above: Edie Fake at opening reception; artwork in background.
January 4 – February 16, 2013
Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Lauren Payne and Erin Washington @ Johalla Projects / ACRE Projects
Above: Lauren Payne and Erin Washington’s collaborative installation, opening night.
Above: Jenny Kendler (ACRE Board of Directors) left; Lauren Payne, right; opening night.
Lauren Payne and Erin Washington
“As Above So Below”
January 25 – 31, 2013
Johalla Projects / ACRE Projects
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 209
Harvey Moon @ Hauser Gallery
Above: Harvey Moon with “drawing machine” installed in gallery, opening night.
January 25 – March 22, 2013
230 W. Superior St.
Paul Germanos: Born November 30, 1967, Cook County, Illinois. Immigrant grandparents, NYC. High school cross country numerals and track letter. Certified by the State of Illinois as a peace officer. Licensed by the City of Chicago as a taxi driver. Attended the School of the Art Institute 1987-1989. Studied the history of political philosophy with the students of Leo Strauss from 2000-2005. Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Motorcyclist.
1. People, Places, and Things at Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Work by John Opera.
Andrew Rafacz Gallery is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd. Reception Friday, 6-8pm.
2. ANDERSON/MURPHY/NIELSEN at NEW CAPITOL
Work by Justin Anderson, Liz Nielsen, and Clive Murphy.
NEW CAPITAL is located at 3114 W. Carroll. Reception Saturday, 7-10pm.
3. QUIET ECHO ON LOUD WIND at ACRE Projects
Work by Sofia Leiby, Laura Hart Newlon, and Hilary Baldwin.
ACRE Projects is located at 1913 W. 17th St. Reception Sunday, 4-8pm.
4. Chicago at WHAT IT IS
Work by Teresa Albor.
WHAT IT IS is located at 23 East Madison. Reception Friday, 5-8pm.
5. Uterus at the Renaissance Society
Work by Danh Vo.
The Renaissance Society is located at 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall 418. Reception Sunday 4-7pm.
This week’s newsbits
While you were busy getting high on bath salts this week, it was announced that international badass and Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder is set to begin making Chicagoâ€™s largest public artworkâ€¦ever.
From the press release:
[The artist and a team of workers] will install, piece-by-piece, Color Jam, Stockholderâ€™s three-dimensional vinyl artwork containing flashes of color and geometric shapes that spill from building facades onto the sidewalk and streets, commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance.
The piece will be surrounding buildings, sidewalks and streets at the intersection of State and Adams Streets in the Chicago Loop.
The official â€œopeningâ€ of Color Jam will be on Tuesday, June 5th at 10 am.
Press release fun facts:
Color Jam is the largest public artwork in Chicagoâ€™s history and the largest contiguous vinyl project in the U.S. It is composed of over 76,000 square feet of colored vinylâ€”enough material to make 50,000 vinyl records, wrap over 130 city buses or cover one and a half football fields. Printing Color Jam on a standard HP home printer would require 2,100 ink cartridges and 180 hours of continuous printing.
Follow the live streaming at www.colorjamchicago.com. The public artwork will be at the intersection of State and Adams Streets from June 5 through September 30, 2012.
Susanne Ghez, who has led The Renaissance Society since 1973, has informed the Board of Directors of The Renaissance Society of her intention to step down from her position as Executive Director and Chief Curator in January 2013.
Throughout her 40 year tenure, Ghez has introduced Chicago to many groundbreaking artists, including Robert Smithson Joseph Kosuth, Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, Arturo Herrera, Laura Letinsky, and Kara Walker. Understanding the necessity of the artist catalogue, she decided to expand the museumâ€™s publication program and helped to facilitate the museumâ€™s digital archive and website.
From 1999 to 2002, she served as co-curator of Documenta 11 and continued to widen the international scope on Chicago arts. In 2002, Ghez was awarded the 2002 International Lifetime Achievement Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.
The Renaissance Society is an internationally renowned non-collecting museum of contemporary art located on the campus of The University of Chicago, at 5811 South Ellis Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60637. The board of The Renaissance Society has formed a transition committee that is working with executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim to identify the museumâ€™s next leader.
1. I Give You All My Money at The Renaissance Society
Work by Cathy Wilkes.
The Renaissance Society is located at 5811 S Ellis Ave. Reception Sunday, 4-7pm.
2. STUCK UP at maxwell colette gallery
“A selected history of alternative & pop culture told through stickers.”
maxwell colette gallery is located at 908 N. Ashland Ave. Reception Friday, 6-10pm.
3. Anagram City at Golden Gallery
Work by Joseph Cassan, Julia Fish, Kevin Killian, Jessica Labatte, John Neff, and B. Wurtz.
Golden Gallery is located at 3319 N Broadway. Reception Saturday, 6-9pm.
4. Quarterly Site #9: Support, hosted by HATCH Projects at Coalition Gallery
Work by HATCH Projects artists and Quite Strong Lust List designers
Coalition Gallery is located at 217 N. Carpenter St. Reception Friday, 6-9pm.
5. Global Cities, Model Worlds + The World Finder at Gallery 400
Work by Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, Sarah Ross and Pocket Guide to Hell members Paul Durica, Michelle Faust, Kenneth Morrison, Sayward Schoonmaker, and Nat Ward.
Gallery 400 is located at 400 S. Peoria St. Reception Friday, 5-8pm.