This is a slightly abbreviated edition of our weekly post, due to the craziness that is VersionFest happening all weekend long. So much to see/do!

Thursday: (tonight!)

  • The Society for Contemporary Art presents: Cameron Jamie

Artist Talk
April 23, 2009 6-7 p.m.
Price Auditorium
The Art Institute of Chicago
(312) 443-3630
$20/$15 for Society for Contemporary Art members, free for staff and students. Please call for more information.

From the press release: “Cameron Jamie investigates ritualistic practices, mythologies, and folkloric traditions that lie at the fringe of popular culture. Best known for his films, Jamie works across media, incorporating drawing, sculpture, photography, and performance in his exhibitions.”


  • Response: Art and the Art of Criticism

Friday April 24th 5-7pm
I space
230 West Superior St.,
Chicago, IL 60654

Work by Fred Camper and Adelheid Mers; Janina Ciezadlo and Silvia Malagrino; Alicia Eler and Carrie Schneider; Jason Foumberg and Carol Jackson; Claire Wolf Krantz and Claire Prussian; Corey Postiglione and Duncan MacKenzie with Christian Kuras; Lane Relyea and Conrad Bakker; Polly Ullrich and Christopher Meerdo; Lori Waxman and Dianna Frid.




  • Several Silences


April 26th, 2009 at 4 pm, discussion from 5-6pm

Renaissance Society
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Via the Ren’s website: “Titled after an essay by the late philosopher and literary theoretician Jean-Francois Lyotard, Several Silences is a group exhibition exploring various kinds of silence. As a discourse, the aesthetic of silence has been thoroughly domesticated within the visual arts. Although silence as a discourse in art arose out of conditions calling for the negation of art, it has subsequently become familiar subject matter no longer operating as the avant-garde ideal it once was. This is not to say silence has lost significance. If anything, it has become a more potent antidote to a culture of distraction. Silence, however, is not the absence of communication. It is dialectically opposed to communication, so that one sustains and supports the other. Inextricably bound to communication, which it tacitly evokes, silence itself is a form of communication with many meanings. There are voluntary and involuntary silences–some comfortable, others not. There is Cage’s silence, which calls for the distinction between clinical and ambient silences. There is silence as conscious omission or redaction. And then there is memorial silence.”
There will be a talk between Hamza Walker, curator of the exhibition, and Thomas Trummer, curator and Project Manager for the Siemens Arts Program, Munich, Germany, from 5 – 6 pm.
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