Weekend Arts Guide (3/12-3/15 2020)
Image Credit: Dread by David Heo as seen in Honey & Smoke, on view now at Vertical Gallery.
This weekend's exhibition openings, happenings, readings, signings, and special events offer a variety of ways to engage and enjoy the arts across Wicker Park Bucktown no matter your personal taste or interests! Read up on our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide for all the info...
*Please note that due to social distancing measures several events listed have been postponed or canceled and some spaces are temporarily closed. Not all changes may be reflected in this guide.*
Amy Lockhart & Maggie Umber Signing
Local treasures, Amy Lockhart and Maggie Umber join forces to celebrate new works at Quimby’s! Animator and cartoonist Amy Lockhart (aka Amy Logheart) will read from and sign her new book, Ditch Life, an absurdist black comedy published via Fantagraphics FU Press imprint. Ditch Life tells the tale of two luckless ditch dwellers as they navigate a shape-shifting pizza box, a botched lobotomy, Hollywood betrayal, celebrity obsession, wealth disparity, and a brood of maggot children who just want to be loved! The book is published in full-color hardcover and also includes a fold-out board game, Females As: Furniture! Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist. Maggie Umber paints, prints and programs comics and she's a co-Founder of the alternative comics publishing label 2dcloud. She’ll be signing a new story, “The Intoxicated” in Now: The New Anthology #8, which will debut at the event and also includes new work from Zuzu, Noah Van Sciver, Tara Booth, and others!
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Fortune Telling with a Crystal Ball
There’s no divination image more recognizable than that of a fortune teller with a crystal ball! This class will feature an introduction to scrying and crystal gazing, including history and a discussion of various methods. Everyone will also receive an original zine with useful information about the topic. Attendees will get hands-on practice and have a chance to purchase their own crystal ball. No previous experience is required, just an open mind. The workshop costs $35 and is led by Kristen Kaniewski, an artist, shaman’s daughter, certified tarot reader, and co-founder of Divination Club - Chicago—a group dedicated to building the local divination community. Get tickets HERE.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Greg Michie: Holler If You Hear Me Illustrated Edition
Join Volumes as they welcome back educator, activist and author Greg Michie with the new 20th anniversary illustrated edition of Holler If You Hear Me. This graphic memoir of teaching in urban America is a brilliant reimagining of the classic text by Gregory Michie, Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students. Michie is joined by illustrator Ryan Alexander-Tanner and 10 artists—most of them young people of color—to bring a fresh, vibrant energy to the original tale of struggle and hope in the classroom. First published in 1999, the text has become one of the most enduring teacher memoirs of our time. Using comics to tell the story, this edition weaves back and forth, like the original, between Michie’s awakening as a young teacher and the first-person stories of his students. Set in 1990s Chicago, but startlingly relevant today, this powerful adaptation of a long-time educator favorite is sure to inspire a new generation of teachers, students, and anyone who is concerned about the future of public education.
6:30pm to 9:00pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Anime Night with Cats: Ponyo
Join the Windy Kitty crew as they share a few of their favorite anime movies with you! Enjoy the movie in the company of kitties and enjoy popcorn and drinks provided by the cafe. BYOB if you want something different than that. Playtime with kitties included before movie starts. This Thursday's screening will feature a showing of Ponyo! Register HERE.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
From a Strange Place + Open 24 Hours
From a Strange Place is a two person exhibition joining the work of Marzena Abrahamik and Jordan Martins to ponder questions of hallucination and psychedelic experience. Abrahamik’s photographs integrate objects and references from her research into both the cultural history of psychotropic substances in the twentieth century as well as the potential these substances have for creating a feeling of connection with nature for those who take them. Martins approaches painting as an intrinsically hallucinogenic practice, using patterns and colors that seek to confound and tease the perceptual faculties of those viewing his surfaces. Running through their varied approaches to materials and image making is a shared attempt at blurring boundaries, destabilizing appearances, and pointing to tensions that exist in the day-to-day. By incorporating signifiers from various communities and discourses that have formed around psychedelic practices, Abrahamik invokes the range of lived experience (with pleasure and pain) that these practices tap into. Martins intertwines processes of photography, collage, and painting to create surfaces reveal subtle distortions of scale, surface and materiality.
Motivated by seeing the excessive amounts of litter and detritus in her neighborhood, Edra created the project Open 24 Hours. The project's name refers to the accumulation of litter visible to everyone, at all times, in East Garfield Park, a historic African American neighborhood in Chicago, where Edra has lived with her husband for over a decade. For this iteration of Open 24 Hours, she will present accumulated documentation material that maps her findings, research, and processes since she started this project in 2017.
This opening includes a DJ set by Sadie Woods, who examines the celebrated voices in pop culture and highlights the aspirations and struggles of cultural experiences encoded in music. Here, Woods DJs a set of anthems and mantras while verbally excavating the socio-political meanings and calls to resistance.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm OPENING RECEPTION CANCELED - REGULAR GALLERY HOURS REMAIN IN EFFECT
Langer Over Dickie
Come celebrate the New Year and coming spring with Langer Over Dickie! Nowruz, or Persian New Year marks the beginning of a new solar year and the arrival of spring. Curated by Elnaz Javani and Ali Seradge—and featuring works by Sahand H. Afshar, Maryam Faridani, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Elnaz Javani, Samantha Rausch, and Timothy Woodbrey—this show highlights the commonalities of spring celebrations between American and Iranian cultures while highlighting contemporary art practices of Chicago based artists from both regions. This exhibition aims to enchant, inspire, and open the door to the spring season. To that end, Langer Over Dickie will also be preparing a New Year’s feast for the opening to be served on custom made ceramics.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Deep Dish: Spring 2020
Deep Dish is back in 2020 with another fun lineup of Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction writers. Plus, Volumes will be celebrating the release of Mary Anne Mohanraj's new book A Feast of Serendib: Recipes from Sri Lanka. Delicious treats will be had and delectable cook books will be available for purchase! Come celebrate the saint of all things Deep Dish by grabbing a copy of her new book! Deep Dish is a quarterly reading series of SFF and Speculative fiction writing. It is one of Volumes favorite nights of the year. This event's lineup includes Sue Burke, Dawn Bonanno, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Steven Silver, Evan Steuber, and Laura Kat Young.
6:30pm to 9:00pm CANCELED
Young Chicago Authors
This slam is an opportunity for youth poets to compete in duos and trios. Each duo or trio must prepare one poem that is 3 minutes or less. Space is limited and non-competing poets will be prioritized. This event is free and open to all and part of Louder Than A Bomb 2020.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Yoga with Cats!
Come and do yoga with Jennifer Lynn le Vine from Zen Yoga Garage in the company of Windy Kitty's sweet, adoptable kittens and cats. Goddess pose with a cat on top? Ummm, yes please! Please bring yoga mat and water, there are only a few extra mats and bottled water for sale. After the 55 min class ya get 30 min of playtime too! All proceeds benefit the kitties!
10:30am to Noon
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Car Wreck by Max Unterhaslberger
Car Wreck by Maximillian Unterhaslberger is a show for the art neophyte and connoisseurs alike. The show includes works on die-cut aluminum municipal signs created using collage, painting, physical and mechanical interventions. Car Wreck is a material investigation into the methods used to create this art. The works are interwoven historical, societal and economic references. Join in to be conflicted and inspired. Prints will be for sale starting at $20 and will be available, first come first served. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Arbor Foundation. Max is a painter, a collage artist currently attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for his BFA, and has also attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati. Max worked for BLDG (Covington,KY) as a mural consultant as well as an Artist in Residence/Gallery Assistant at the late Phyllis Weston’s Gallery (Cincinnati,OH). Max has worked as an assistant for numerous artists such as Maser, The London Police, Ruben Aguirre, Lady Lucx, and Judy Ledgerwood.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
SWOP Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020
Celebrate your local sex-worker artists! Join SWOP-Chicago and Agitator Gallery to observe International Sex Workers Rights Day and open Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020. The exhibition features work by artists Goldie, Grandpa, Healing is imperfecT, Jade (Queer Kink), Julia Arredondo, Morgan Claire Sirene, whyknotrobot, Shaina Skeen, Sia Serafina, Steef, and Wanbli Gamache.
GALLERY CLOSED TEMPORARILY - PROGRAMMING/CONTENT MOVED ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA
HOPE Dies Last: Toni Maugeri
HOPE Dies Last is Toni Maugeri's series of assemblage urban artifacts inspired by people, society and the environment. The artworks are made with words and symbols interwoven with ritual. Each work begins as a tale of empowerment and transformation. As Toni creates her art, the materials delicately twist together layer by layer. She gently encourages a journey of personal crossings that unfold slowly and naturally, in all their glorious grit, for better or worse. Born and raised in Chicago, Toni developed an appreciation for the beauty of urban grit. Her assemblage urban artifacts are made by combining things that have been discarded or not considered beautiful in a conventional way with wood, organics, naturals, metal, fiber, found and charged objects, concrete, encaustic, charring, repurposed and reclaimed materials, paper, spray paint, ink and stain. The materials are assembled with glue and cold connections. Her colors evolve from the materials and she often uses them symbolically. HOPE Dies Last is Toni's first one woman show in Chicago.
Paul Sierra: New Works
Paul Sierra is a storyteller, a literary painter. He equally melds message with the pure art of painting. His works tell of mystic struggles; from coming to terms with life, to the finality of mortality and how that finality affects every day in between.
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Knitcraft and Knittery Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to be hosting Knitcraft and Knittery for their March trunk show! Knitcraft and Knittery is owned and operated by Morgan, a scientist by degree who has found that nothing can compare to being your own boss and getting to create something magical. Morgan considers knitting to be an art form and loves creating rich colorways inspired by nature. Knitcraft and Knittery tries to be as environmentally conscious as possible in their business practices, whether that is through dyeing habits or choice of fiber. The wool they source for dyeing is 100% untreated wool that comes from farms committed to protecting the environment and maintaining sustainable practices.
Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy
Gallery Café is excited to announce Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy. The exhibition features the work of over 15 artists, including Dawn Bertuca, Clare Bollnow, Mercedes Cardenas, Jessica Checkeroski, Jake Collings, Lauren O'Conner, Rodney Duran, Kira Fox, Eric Jimenez, Jeremy Johnson, Kurt Kreissl, Cookie Kwan, Rachel Lechocki, Hanh Nguyen, Ben Oshana, Brandon Perl, Jenna Summa, Katharine Szymanski, Jacob Wayne, and Alison Wheeler.
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Funk Machine
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents The Funk Machine, its second group exhibition of 2020. Literature, film, music, fashion, and fine art have all been influenced by steampunk since the mid-20th century. However, the fundamental inspirations behind steampunk go back to the late 19th century. Authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells wrote inspiring novels filled with steam powered alternative vehicles set in the Victorian era. While using steam power and adopting the past in order to create a new dystopian future, current steampunk romanticizes the grit of history while re-imagining these times with sleek sci-fi elements. The Funk Machine showcases artworks in a variety of media that take viewers through comical takes on steampunk and various visions of a post-apocalyptic Victorian era joyride. Exhibiting artists include Nancy Bechtol, Edita Birschbach, Jake Buntjer, Audry Cramblit, Bruce Holwerda, Karl Jahnke, Laura Lee Junge, Mat Barber Kennedy, Donna Koranek, Karina Llegro, Brian Morgan, Gina Lee Robbins, Tom Robinson, K Smith, Tai Taeoalii, Anna Wasilczuk, and Aaron Wooten.
LVL3 is proud to present something blue, a group exhibition marking their first 10 years as an artist-run space. something blue digs through the archives of LVL3 to welcome back 10 previous artists: Jaime Angelopoulos, Alika Cooper, Amy Feldman, Yowshien Kuo, Ryan Lauderdale, Christopher Meerdo, Adam Milner, Daniel Shea, Soo Shin, and Wyne Veen. LVL3 is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these artists and the impact they’ve had on our programming. To commemorate the past decade, we pay homage to the traditional American 10 year wedding anniversary gift. Tin, aluminum, silver and cyan—the work in this exhibition celebrates something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
Line Dot Editions
Sean Hannaway: Now With More Extra!
Line Dot is thrilled to present Sean Hannaway’s first solo show, Now with More Extra!, featuring a new collection of original paintings on reclaimed rococo-style mirrors. Hannaway is a Chicago born-and-based painter known for his punchy, densely layered style that blends high Renaissance subjects and graffiti aesthetics. The push and pull between his techniques, colors, and influences creates a dynamic tension in his work. A cheeky sense of humor pervades his practice, and is manifest in his use of plastic framed rococo-style mirrors from the 1960s as his canvases. Once obscured by layers of paint, the forms of the mirrors lose their gilded, gaudy essence and become graceful curves and flourishes that seamlessly blend into the final painting. Hannaway daylights as a Creative Director at Leo Burnett and has been featured in three previous shows at Line Dot, all of which sold out.
Little Broken Things
Wires & Fires
Join Little Broken Things for Wires & Fires! Ash Kirby's first ever art show will include colorful art prints of dragons and robots! Popping up with Ash will be Albina Tritina handmade beaded and wire wrapped jewelry. The folks of Little Broken Things are so excited for this event, so stop by and have fun with them! Bring a friend and drink, shop and support all things local!
Roots & Culture
In This House We Laugh: Chelsea A. Flowers & Jesse Meredith with Hex: Voyeur in the Window
In this house we laugh. We laugh at the banal, the stupid, the hidden and the obtuse. What is laughter? It’s visceral. Reactionary. Guttural. It’s the final option when nothing else is left. Does our laughter change in the domestic vs. the public? Where do we proclaim ourselves to ourselves? What parts of our identities do we inherit, which parts did we cultivate, and what did we buy at Target? How do our surroundings affect our ability to contend with difference? Through tangible and digital forms, Chelsea A. Flowers and Jesse Meredith explore laughter, decor, and their ideological reverberations through our physical, virtual, and personal environments.
Voyeur is an investigative series of interior spaces, both experienced and observed. Surveillance culture and performativity as a consequence are central themes of this series. By giving these works attention, the viewer is now the voyeur.
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Toy de Jour and Junk Fed present Walrus Mania, a group exhibition featuring 30 artists working in painting, sculpture, toy art, illustration, and photography. The curated works will pay tribute to the vintage Star Wars Walrus Man action figure. Originally sculpted by Stephen Geddes for the now defunct Kenner toy company and released in 1979 as part of the second wave of Star Wars action figures, Walrus Man is one of the most vividly iconic action figures of its time. With a complementary contrast of orange and blue, flippered feet, and vaguely walrus-like head, the figure is a departure from the character depicted in the film, and remains a favorite among toy collectors. The Walrus Mania exhibit was conceived by visual artist Todd S Rogers, under the moniker Junk Fed, out of a personal obsession with the aesthetics of the original action figure and the creative liberties taken in its design, separating it from the creature seen briefly in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Contributing artists include BattleBabies, The Block Watch, CantinaDanny, Cassie Hart, chooseplastik, Dollar $lice Bootlegs, Galaxxor, Green Plastic Tunnels, Nathan Hamill, Handmade Stuffs, Healeymade, Ironoclast, Jellykoe, Junk Fed, Killer Bootlegs, KrymsynGardImmoral, Lab Monkey Number 9, Mad Monster Lady, ManOrMonster?, Mortar Heads, Mr. Walters, Oscar Cisneros, Pez Banana, poopbird, Super Group Hugs, Terra, The Sucklord, The Tennessee Wolfman, Tiffany Flanagan, and Undead Speed Equipment.
Nick Van Zanten: easily suede
UGLY is pleased to present easily suede, an exhibition featuring new work by Nick Van Zanten. This is Van Zanten’s first exhibition with the gallery and will feature new entries into his Formfit series of abstract/wearable wall-mounted fabric assemblages as well as a series of photograph and sewn compositions.
VIEWABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
David Heo: Honey & Smoke
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present Honey & Smoke, a solo exhibit spotlighting Chicago artist David Heo. Honey & Smoke assembles a series of paintings and collages exploring the underbelly of social settings like bars and nightclubs—after-hours milieus where human interactions can suddenly and irrevocably erupt into animalistic violence. Heo received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; while at SAIC, he frequently employed non-traditional materials like crayons, house paint and construction paper, anticipating the collages on display in Honey & Smoke. Heo mounted his first solo exhibit in Chicago in late 2017; he’s since exhibited in galleries across Chicago as well as London and San Francisco, and collaborated on projects with brands including Lo Rez Brewing, the Ace Hotel and Newcity.
Video Game Art Gallery
System Link: Video Game as Memoir
Video games have historically been a product catered to the player. A focus on engagement, replayability, and general entertainment value has guided design strategies that create impersonal pieces, appealing to the widest range of players possible. While film, music, writing, and other media have historically been vehicles of memoir and personal storytelling, games often maintain a trajectory as products of their audience and not their creator. The voices of the individual artists have recently begun to break through the standards of generalization in the medium, creating stories where players are able to experience the emotional perspectives of the creator. In doing so memoir games reveal that assumptions about the general audience skew toward specific perspectives, and exclude others. VGA Gallery's first exhibition of 2020 seeks to highlight those works, exploring how a range of game makers and artists have translated their personal experiences into the interactive context. Each work is designed to allow the player to understand, empathize with, and connect to other lived realities, using the participatory advantages of video games to express a story as no other medium can. The different projects showcased in System Link: Video Game as Memoir offer different answers to the question “What happens when you let the player of games into your story?”
GALLERY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Quimby's Bookstore: Amy Lockhart & Maggie Umber Signing - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Fortune Telling with a Crystal Ball - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Greg Michie: Holler If You Hear Me Illustrated Edition - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Anime Night with Cats: Ponyo - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Heaven Gallery: From a Strange Place + Open 24 Hours - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm opening reception cancelled - regular gallery hours remain in effect
Langer Over Dickie: Nowruz Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm postponed until further notice
Volumes Bookcafe: Deep Dish: Spring 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm canceled
Young Chicago Authors: Jordan Slam - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Yoga with Cats! - 10:30am to noon
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Car Wreck by Max Unterhaslberger
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: SWOP Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020 - gallery closed temporarily - programming/content moved online & social media
The Dime: HOPE Dies Last: Toni Maugeri
Firecat Projects: Paul Sierra: New Works
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Knitcraft and Knittery Trunk Show
Gallery Café: Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy
Jackson Junge Gallery: The Funk Machine
LVL3 Gallery: something blue
Line Dot Editions: Sean Hannaway: Now With More Extra!
Little Broken Things: Wires & Fires
Roots & Culture: In This House We Laugh: Chelsea A. Flowers & Jesse Meredith with Hex: Voyeur in the Window - temporarily closed
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts: Walrus Mania
UGLY: Nick Van Zanten: easily suede - viewable by appointment only
Vertical Gallery: David Heo: Honey & Smoke
Video Game Art Gallery: System Link: Video Game as Memoir - gallery closed until further notice