Expo Weekend Arts Guide (9/19-9/22 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: September 19, 2019 - September 22, 2019

Image Credit: Summer Shadows VII by Helen Dannelly, on view in the exhibition BLUE opening at Jackson Junge Gallery this weekend.

This weekend is EXPO Chicago and that means that the arts are alive all around the city this weekend! And Wicker Park Bucktown is no exception. Numerous openings, happenings, and special events will be going on all around the neighborhoods. If you're looking for your post-EXPO art fix, look no further than one of our numerous galleries! We've got everything you need to know to over-saturate your senses with all of the art you can get in this WPB Expo Weekend Arts Guide...

Thursday (9/19/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Physician Talk with Dr. Gregory Primus
In coordination with the exhibit Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Medical Experiences in 21st Century USA, Orthopedic Surgeon Gregory Primus will give a presentation on joint replacement and stem cell research. Primus has practiced surgery for 18 years. He completed his graduation from University Of Chicago, Pritzker School Of Medicine in 2001. Previously, he was a wide receiver in the NFL, playing one year with the Denver Broncos and two seasons with the Chicago Bears. In May of 2019, Dr. Primus was a partner in launching Premier Health Urgent Care and OCC-Health Center, an urgent care facility in the Southside’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Kevin Coval & Jessica Hopper
Celebrate the release of Kevin Coval's new book Everything Must Go with an intimate night with author Coval and Jessica Hopper. Coval and Hopper will be discussing Wicker Park, their books and the changing of a neighborhood, good and bad. Each ticket comes with a copy of Coval's new book. Tickets available HERE.
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (9/20/2019)

Firecat Projects
Nelson W. Armour: The Identity Project
In leaving his house of 35 years, Armour tried detaching himself from his T-shirts, hats, and other apparel, but was hampered by the memories. They contained too many of the stories and phases of his life. In these self-portraits, Armour is portrayed as an “everyman,” an archetype of people everywhere. The clothes we wear identify ourselves. The tee goes further; it states and projects, either whimsically or seriously. Why has the T-shirt and hat become so universal? Why do we directly advertise our egos and embrace our idols and causes? What are we trying to say?
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

FireFly Fiber Arts Studio
Why Knot Fibers Trunk Show
FireFly is partnering up with Nina Chicago to bring you a double trouble trunk show with shop favorite indie dyer Why Not Fibers! Trunks shows will be hosted at both Nina and FireFly, with unique custom colors and bases at each location. Dyer Kat will be visiting FireFly for the Wind and Unwind Maker Night from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
1:30pm to 8:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents BLUE, its fourth and final group exhibition of the 2019 season. The exhibition showcases 50 works of art featuring painting, photography and sculpture by 35 American artists from all over the United States exploring the multi-faceted visual and conceptual interpretations of the color blue. Blue, one of the three primary colors, has evolved over time to symbolize an array of definition and appears everywhere in our daily lives. The color of the sky, bodies of water, stones, various flora, and the like have inspired creativity for millennia. Not only does this hue appear in a tangible capacity, it is also used in association with abstract and ephemeral descriptions such as sadness, tranquility, death and inspiration in an amalgam of ways. Exhibiting artists include Sam Arnold, Ryan Blume, Kevin Connaughton, Helen Dannelly, David Decesaris, Dimitre, Faye Earnest, RenO Franczek, Carol Hamilton, Fletcher Hayes, M. Jackson, Jason E. Jones, Rita Dianni Kaleel, Kurt Kreissl, Richard Laurent, Cynthia J. Lee, Paula Loomis, Kelly Mathews, Joan Mclane, James Mesplé, David Moenkhaus, Julie Rivera, Peter E. Russell, Samuel Schwindt, Kristi Sloniger, Smith, Richard Sperry, John Stillmunks, Jim Storrs, Jill Sutton, Pearlie Taylor, Ken Tremback, Cristinia Velazquez, and Derek Walter.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Video Game Art Gallery
Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History
Based out of Chala, India, Studio Oleomingus is a two-person game studio known for their visually stunning and narrative-driven games and about the history of India, post-colonialism, and a generative approach toward blending fact and fiction. This exhibition will bring together the various parts of "Somewhere," a ongoing video game epic in several episodes. "Somewhere" is a videogame adaptation of an anthology by the Gujarati playwright Mir UmarHassan, about the search for a mythical city called Kayamgadh. Set in nineteenth century British Colonial India, it traces the lives of several people as they search for a fabled journal which charts a route to Kayamgadh. This exhibition will be Oleomingus’ first in America and will include debut work that has not been previously released to the public.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Paint Nite With Cats!
Come and play with your inner Purrcasso in the company of other like minded peeps—cat lovers! Laugh as the cats walk across your masterpieces and judge your painting skills! All ages over 16 and skill levels welcome. All supplies included. Tickets available HERE.
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday (9/21/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Performance & Video Event - Everything Has Changed
This evening will feature video, music and performance by artists who have experienced — or are experiencing — life changing health care experiences. Participating artists include Jessica Fenlon, Jennifer Hochgesang and Mimi Wallam, Brianne LaPelusa, Carole McCurdy, Stephanie Sinuk, Kinnari Vora, and Sid Yiddish. This happening runs in conjunction with Agitator's current exhibitions Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA.
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Batman Day 2019
It's Batman Day 2019! It's time to celebrate all things Caped Crusader! All things Dark Knight! All things World's Greatest Detective! And that means... A free exclusive Batman comic! Free Batman Sketches from Stephanie Mided and Luke Smarto! 20% off all Batman products! Batman-themed cosplay! Batman-themed temporary tattoos! And MORE!
11:00am to 5:00pm

David Leonardis Gallery
Fall Show
DLG's September show includes new art works from a collection of working artists. Donald Topp has new Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls in. Tinkerbell is the new arrival. Aly Jados has done a vibrant and enthralling series of Monster paintings. Dave Alton has new Pop Crayola crayon drawings. Paul Kostabi has a series of captivating mixed media paintings. Larry Singer is new to the gallery, and his photos of rock and roll legends, the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and many more. The feature wall is decked out with a Peter Hurley, a Peter Mars, a Dave Alton, 6 Matt Lambs, and 10 Chris Peldo’s! So come in or send an email and collect some of the art available at the DLG!
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

FireFly Fiber Arts Studio
Why Knot Fibers Trunk Show
FireFly is partnering up with Nina Chicago to bring you a double trouble trunk show with shop favorite indie dyer Why Not Fibers! Trunks shows will be hosted at both Nina and FireFly, with unique custom colors and bases at each location.
Noon to 6:00pm

Langer Over Dickie
Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
Jonathan Korotko is an artist who works with fiber in sculptural form. In his current practice, Korotko examines the intersections of aesthetics coming from his own familial history and what an empowering queer aesthetic might look like today. As a maker, Korotko thinks of ways to allow people to connect to a sense of political agency and community through aesthetic form. He is interested in ways objects can be just as influential as people in one’s coming of age. He wants people to think about the significance of style as part of political mobilization in queer history. Korotko is interested in camp aesthetics as a form of play that distorts traditional norms of appearance, drawn to and identifying with certain objects: flamboyant ones, feminine ones. If viewers see his objects and are drawn to them, he wants the viewer to feel affirmed in their desires or fantasies. There is no shame in this.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Line Dot Editions
Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities
Curated by Chicago's own Czr Prz, Darts on a Map brings together a diverse selection of contemporary artistic talent from all over the globe. The lineup of top established and emerging artists includes 2 Alas, Ava Grey Designs, Sarah Best, Denial, Joe Iurato, Ian Kuali'i, Kevin Ledo, Marka27, Ozmo, Pixel Pancho, Czr Prz, Michael Reeder, Nicole Salgar, Rachel Strum, and Marina Zumi.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Sucklord in Chicago: It's the Same Old Style
The one and only Super Sucklord, famous New York pop artist and Chinatown supervillain, is gracing Chicago with his dubious presence for one action-packed day of bootleg toys, hip-hop, and refined conversation. The Sucklord will be making three separate appearances in the afternoon and evening. All events are free. Exclusive figure release and a retrospective show will be hosted at Toy de Jour. For a very limited time, the Sucklord 68: Old Style Bootleg Figure will be available at this event. The Sucklord will be on hand to sign pieces and take photos. A small retrospective of recent Suckadelic Investigations framed works will also be on display and available to purchase. Supplies are limited! Get there on time! End the evening with an after party and mixtape release! RSVP HERE.
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
Readily described as an installation deploying images, objects and structures, they have yet to be named by their dogs, anonymous canine artists tapped Caroline Jacobson and Andrew Hunt to facilitate reflections on desirability, self-expression and autonomy. The “works” own our beloved artists through their conscription of Hunt & Jacobson to produce images in their doggedness, dollness and humanness.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Art Story Time
Join us for Art Story Time with Miss Jen, a Gems Academy Chicago art teacher. She sings, reads, teaches and guides the children to create a new and fun art project every month.
10:00am to 11:00am

Sunday (9/22/2019)

FireFly Fiber Arts Studio
Why Knot Fibers Trunk Show
FireFly is partnering up with Nina Chicago to bring you a double trouble trunk show with shop favorite indie dyer Why Not Fibers! Trunks shows will be hosted at both Nina and FireFly, with unique custom colors and bases at each location. Dyer Kat will be stopping by FireFly for CraftTea Sunday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
Noon to 6:00pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. The market will feature musical performances by Ryan burns from 10:00am to noon, and from Joe and the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. Chiro One will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions 

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Profit and Loss by Mason Pott
"Throughout my youth, the Sears Tower was a beacon of economic prosperity and a symbol of corporate superpower; the tallest building in the world was the physical representation of the size and magnitude of its namesake corporation, Sears Roebuck and Company. The Sears Tower became an instant landmark, as iconic as Comiskey Park, Chicago-style hot dogs, and the ivy of Wrigley Field. As I grew up, Chicago changed faster than my ability to understand the greater implications of those events. The sale of the Sears Tower to The Willis Group is the first memory I have of an iconic American company succumbing to the changing nature of the worldwide economy. Sears was one of the biggest companies in the world, but with its size, it became inflexible and could not adapt to the strategies of new, growing, competitors. The piecemeal sell-off of the American economy to burgeoning foreign entities started slowly, and has continued until the present day. Today, we are lucky to find an American company with the strength and influence to become a modern icon, like Sears Roebuck and Company once was. And with this, I can’t help but notice that sometimes, in pursuit of profit, we witness the loss of the American Dream." -statement by Mason Pott

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA
Everything Has Changed features work by artists who have experienced, or are experiencing, life changing health care experiences. The exhibit includes 2D & 3D work, performance and video. Curated by Gretchen Hasse, the exhibition features artists Salvador Campos, Sara Peak Convery, Perry Danis, Tanuja Jagernauth, Micah Dillman, Jessica Fenlon, Michael Gallagher, Jennifer Hochesang and Mimi Wallman, Megan Keating, Brianne LaPelusa, Carole McCurdy, Chuck McNally, Frederick Nitsch, Hamsen Peeler, Mason Pott, Zoë Sapienza, Sara Sinuk, Stephanie Sinuk, Brett Taylor, Kinnari Vora, Rachel Wallis, Patrick Wilkins, and Sid Yiddish.

The Dime
Interpersonal Spaces: New Work by Dave Roth
Interpersonal Spaces represents a return to form for Roth. His last solo show in 2007 was met with critical recognition. The intervening years have been devoted to the development of a new visual language and subject matter. Interpersonal Spaces is a show about the ways in which people interact and the emotional territories which inform those interactions. The show runs through September 28.

Gallery Cafe
Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined
Sam Lynn focuses on the idea of abstracting landscapes in her solo show at Gallery Cafe. All art will be for sale, as well as hand painted jewelry.

Heaven Gallery
Knows No Bounds
Immersive. Experiential. Activation. Sensorial. Ever increasingly, descriptors such as these are being used to express and construct the contemporary art-going experience. Trendy pop-ups dubbed as art museums are intensifying the tendency and lending to an expectation and misperception that to feel emotion or to share a connection with art it must be touched, stepped on, laid upon or even jumped into. Through a shared and intimate knowledge of material and subject matter, Knows No Bounds seeks to recalibrate the act of experiencing art, as we know it today. An engagement in which lingering observation is welcomed for its innate ability to spark any infinite number of internal associations for the viewer, bringing all bounds tumbling down. Curated by Denise Joseph, the exhibition features the work of Zachary Buchner, Rachel Eng, Crystal Gregory, Phillip Maisel, Jaclyn Mednicov, Ben Pederson, Mike Rea, and Gwendolyn Zabicki.

LVL3 Gallery
Question and Answer
LVL3 is proud to present Question and Answer, a two-person exhibition featuring Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Roni Packer. Barrois Jr. prompts conversation through didactic compositions of printer matter and peripheral materials. Packer searches for a generative material presence by making connections with form and color. If Barrois Jr. creates relationships through differences, Packer’s work may manifest as the similarities.

Little Broken Things
Samuel Murphy: Jitters, You've got the
Samuel Murphy presents new works of personal reflection through social anxiety, including reworked paintings, stickers, and photography.

Rainbo Club
Holly Murkerson & Michael Vallera
New photographic works by Holly Murkerson and Michael Vallera.

Roots & Culture
The Way You Talk + Queen's Throat
The Way You Talk is a selection of four series of works including text based paintings and ceramic sculptures made by Jory Drew, who has pulled from a personal archive of audio and written recordings between himself and former sexual and romantic partners. He is concerned with the nature of love and the capitalization of desire through media, technology, and art. Combining critical theory, pornography, and contemporary pop-cultural themes with auto-biographical experiences, Drew chronicles his own sexual promiscuity, emotions, and relationships through interdisciplinary methods modeled after commercial ad campaigns, teen-idol ephemera, and abstract formalism.
In Queen's Throat, drag and figuration act as an intersection between the work of artists Caleb Yono and Zachary Hutchinson, and a method of engagement in their relationship. Yono’s paintings depict a chromatic world of high-femme figures entranced and bewitched by desire. Hutchinson’s sculptures are new works created for this installation. The artist’s experience with  previous work creating masks, dolls, and, dresses, take a new form inspired by Yono’s  paintings and the work of Greer Lankton experienced in person while working as a docent.

The Silver Room
Works by Myron Laban
Myron Laban is a visual artist most known for his CTA Project and Uplift pieces. In 2017 he was named "best new visual artist" by Chicago Reader and has been featured on WGN and WCIU. Myron has incorporated his art in the community with organizations such as Sip of Hope, SocialWorks, and Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.

Vertical Gallery
Vertical Gallery presents LAX/ORD II, curated by Thinkspace. The exhibition will feature 100 artists who've been asked to work within the same space confines of 12×12 inches and left to their own devices from there. This collection helps to showcase just how vast and varied the New Contemporary Movement is, from portrait based works to the more fantastical, from landscapes to design based abstract works. The exhibition will also include more of a taste of the local Chicago art scene. JC Rivera will have a site-specific mural on the back wall of the gallery to help accent the group show that will be installed on the gallery’s adjacent side walls.