Six Chicago Art Openings Not to Be Missed (Oct 30-Nov1)

FRIDAY OCTOBER 30

1. Grand RE/Opening Party

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
4912 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor will kick off the festivities by runnning a celebratory print through the press at 3:15, so stop by for the photo op! There will be mask making for the kids, print demos, spiced cider and a big honkin’ CAKE! Make an offering to the print alter. Pull a screen print. Come celebrate the brand new printshop with us in our new digs at 4912 N Western Avenue.

Note – lots of free parkng on both sides of Western Avenue. Northbound Lincoln and Western busses both drop you in front of the studio. The Western Ave Brown line El stop is a 4 minute walk away.

Do not park in our neighbor’s lots – you could be towed!
For map and directions, go to our website: www.chicagoprintmakers.com

2. ARTIST TALKS: ACTIVISM

The Leroy Neiman Center
37 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603

ARTIST TALKS is a student-run, student-focused series of presentations, readings, film screenings, and performances hosted by the student group, Artists Known As. Artists Known As is now accepting proposals for the first set of presentations, which will center on the topic of ACTIVISM.

Do you as an artist, maker, or student engage in forms of activism within your work?

Students who wish to apply to give an Artist Talk should send their presentation proposals to zarrin@saic.edu. Proposals should include your name, a brief description of your presentation and a short bio to be read the day of the event. DEADLINE: 12PM Oct 27, 2015.

ARTIST TALKS: ACTIVISM will be held on October 30th on the first floor or the LeRoy Neiman Center. Open to Public with form of ID.

3. Thomas Grünfeld, Almanac with Hedwig Eberle

Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N Ashland Ave, Fl 3rd, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Based in Cologne, Germany, Grünfeld has been an enigmatic, lurking presence on the European contemporary art scene since emerging in the 1980s. His sculptural and wall-hanging works approach the uncanny from the place where perversity meets sleekness, occupying the leather-worn spot where surrealism collides with modernist design. A series of upholstered objects, for instance, may reasonably be mistaken for mid-century furniture, but upon closer inspection they have been twisted out of their functionality into something strange and unfamiliar. In a long running series of felt paintings and room-dividing screens, Grünfeld deals with the challenge of image-making, swatches of pure color at once resolutely abstract and at the same time hinting at or more directly conjuring a represented object. Other wall-hanging works include the “egg” pieces, which are flat oval pieces that have been dotted with prosthetic eyes. Perhaps his best known works are what he calls the “misfits,” taxidermied animal parts that have been recombined to make a new beast, plausible but impossible. In Almanac, CvsD presents a range of Grünfeld’s works, including egg, felt, screen, upholstery, and a misfit that combines a nutria, donkey, and swan. The exhibition is accompanied by an accordion fold booklet in the style of Italian barbershop magazines, replete with a calendar.

4. Collision by Cesar Conde

University Church Chicago
5655 S University Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60637

University Church will host an art exhibit by Cesar Conde, a Filipino-American artist. “Collision” highlights 8 pieces from two of his works, “In the Hood,” and “The Bang Bang Project,” that challenge popular depictions of African Americans and their impact on public perception and police violence You are invited to Community Opening Day, Friday, October 30, from 7-9:30 pm at University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue. These large-scale paintings will hang in our sanctuary for the first two weeks of November.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

5. Halloween Hyde Park Harvest Show

1448 East 57th Street Chicago IL

Come down to Hyde Park to see a magical and surreal show of art. Support the SHoP which have graciously allowed us to show our works in such a wonderful space!

*Featuring the work of 9 visual artists!
*Performance Artist!
*Donation Based
*Refreshments Served
*Music

Performance at 9pm
Artists walk through and mini discussion at 10:00pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

6. Anne Harris – Opening Reception

Cultivator

4636 North Ravenswood #204, Chicago, Illinois 60640

Cultivator is pleased to present Coddled and Bruised, a solo exhibition of work by Anne Harris. Known for ephemeral figurative paintings, often self-portraits, that push against conventions of portraiture and beauty, Harris states:

“I’ve been painting and drawing these malleable self-portraits for the last 25 years. Self-perception is so murky—we see through the lens of our expectations. It seems my life’s work is built around an anxious slippage of self-confidence that started about age 12, a combination of self-awareness and self-misunderstanding…. “

This exhibition merges two bodies of work that are ongoing in the artist’s studio. There are refined fictitious portraits that Harris calls eyelid paintings, referring to that convex, fragile membrane as their “operating metaphor.” These are pitted against the project Figuring Ground – essentially painted drawings made with oil and acrylic paint on very heavy paper. They’re blunt, graphic, and play with a visual fundamental – the figure/ground relationship – while parsing an existential question: if figure shapes ground and ground shapes figure, how do we shape our world, and how does our world shape us? (Notably, Harris began making these in reaction to the death of her mother.) Whether slow or fast, fine or crude, this work all shares compressed space and pressurized feeling, a color-light quality ranging from wan to acidic, and an enigmatic psychology–the sense that explicit revelation is somehow masked, hidden just beneath skin that is both human and paint.

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