Weekend Arts Guide (12/19-12/22 2019)

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

Image Credit: Darth Vader lunchbox artwork by Emi Tolibas, part of Space, In Vaders at Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts.

Twas the weekend before the holidays, and all across WPB people were scurrying for gifts to put under trees. Artists toiled making work like elves, in hopes that you support them and share them as well. Galleries, shops, and bookstores too, within this guide hope to entice you. So read up, get out, and wander this weekend! Happy Holidays to all as we watch the decade end...

Thursday (12/19/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Redlight Chicago Sex Worker Performance Series, vol. 2
Join SWOP-Chicago and Agitator Gallery for another evening of diverse and fabulous sex-worker talent, featuring a film by Sam Bam, performances by Willyum LaBeija, burlesque and drag performances by Clitora Leigh and Lavender Vyxn, and spoken word from Catalina. A suggested donation of $5-10 goes to support SWOP-Chicago.
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Heaven Gallery
Watson & Parcell's 2nd Annual White Christmas Spectacular
Heaven Gallery hosts the 2nd annual White Christmas Spectacular, starring Ethan T. Parcell and Alec Watson. Watson and Parcell play every song from the classic film, relay the plot in great detail, and sit in the warmth of the holiday season through the power of "Christmas Show Business!"

Friday (12/20/2019)

David Leonardis Gallery
Happy Birthday Howard Finster and Friends
David Leonardis Gallery has the privilege of hosting the Happy Birthday Howard Finster and Friends exhibits, celebrating 28 years of the organization, formed when David Leonardis purchased Finster's house and turned it into a museum filled with Finster's art. To celebrate, the gallery will be giving a free black and white, unsigned, Howard Finster print to anyone who attends a reception, as well as being included with any purchase at the DLG this month. DLG will have a selection of Howard Finster's work available and on exhibition alongside works by Pam Dietrich, Matt Geer, Marc Hauser, Peter Hurley, Aly Jados, Andy Kane, Paul Kostabi, Matt Lamb, Mike Lash, David Leonardis, Peter Mars, Chris Makos, Maximilian, Giancarlo Montuschi, Chris Peldo, Larry Singer, Jay Steensma, and Donald Topp. As always, the reception will feature complimentary PBR, red wine, and bottled!
Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Various Businesses
Shop Late on Division Street
Enjoy a relaxed and festive night of shopping at all your favorite Division Street shops, from Paulina to Leavitt, with extended hours! Participating shops include Beadniks, Building Blocks Toy Store, Field & Florist, Foxtrot, Gemini Shop, Mulberry & Me, Neighborly, One Strange Bird, Penelope's, Sorelle Boutique Salon Spa, Sprout San Francisco, Velvet Goldmine, and Your Best Friend Pet Supply. Shops will have special discounts, sips, and sweets available during their extended hours.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (12/21/2019)

AdventureLand Gallery + The Dime
The Sky at Diversey & A Half Dozen Pigeon Stories Open House
Join two galleries, AdventureLand Works on Paper and The Dime, as they hold an open house reception for two shows featuring the work of Tony Fitzpatrick. The open house will include complimentary beer, wine, and snacks along with a healthy serving of holiday cheer!
Open House 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
StoryTime! with guest author Fiona McEntee
Please join Volumes for a special StoryTime with local author Fiona McEntee, an award-winning, nationally recognized immigration lawyer. As an immigrant, mom of two young children, and lawyer who fights for justice every day, Fiona wrote Our American Dream to help explain the importance of a diverse and welcoming America. Our American Dream is the first in a series that celebrates immigrants and immigration, highlighting different immigrant stories and inspired by Fiona’s real-life clients, family, and friends. A portion of the proceeds from Our American Dream will be donated to FWD.us I Stand With Immigrants Initiative, and to the American Immigration Council.
10:00am to 11:00am

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
AdventureLand Gallery is closing out 2019 with new work from Tony Fitzpatrick. A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories will run concurrently with The Sky at Diversey at The Dime. 

The Dime
The Sky at Diversey: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
The Dime is closing out 2019 with new work from Tony Fitzpatrick. The Sky at Diversey will run concurrently with A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories at AdventureLand Gallery. 

Firecat Projects
Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers
Firecat Projects is excited to exhibit new work from artists Alan Lerner and Paul Somers.

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
ND Yarn Company Trunk Show
For the month of December, Firefly will host a trunk show for Austin, TX based ND Yarn Company! ND strives to put forth quality hand-dyed yarns, mostly inspired by nature, with methods that reduce our impact on the environment. The owner, Natalie Dianne Zimmerman is a trained scientist with a degree in microbiology and graduate work in immunology. Her passion for science and love of photography have instilled in her an appreciation of nature that is reflected in her work as in independent dyer and an artist.

Gallery Café
Erasing Borders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Travel and documentary photographer, Tony Menias, brings to light images of faraway lands and cultures to our doorstep for this exhibition.

Heaven Gallery
Petty Biennial.2
Founded in 2016, The Petty Biennial is not a biennial itself, but a multi-site curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. The Petty Biennial engages with pettiness as an act of seizing agency within the telling of one’s own story where one asserts themselves unapologetically and finds solidarity from a community of peers. Further expanding on the first Petty Biennial, this iteration challenges the notion of diasporic communities as a dispersion of ethnicities across the globe—understanding diaspora as a network and community of people across races, geographies, and ethnicities who are impacted and connected through the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. Channeling a heightened social consciousness and spiritual awareness, artists at Heaven Gallery engage with artworks that elucidate the significance of radical imagination as a pathway to paradigm transformation, consciousness expansion, and healing for the diasporic experience. Through practices that span media, these artists explore themes of spirituality, ancestral histories, ritual, alternative realities and re-translate their experiences into manifestations and signifiers found in our current world. Curated by Courtney Cintron, Sabrina Greig, and Adia Sykes, the exhibition features works by Alexandria Eregbu, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Jesus Hilario-Reyes, Luis Sahagun, Edra Soto, Rhonda Weatley, and Santiago X.

Jackson Junge Gallery
A Change of Mind
A Change of Mind by Laura Lee Junge, is a retrospective of her iconic genres encompassing past and present artworks. Not only is Junge a Chicago based artist, but also co-owner of Jackson Junge Gallery which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Through years of exhibiting throughout the country, Junge has established herself as an intoxicating talent on the artistic front. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Junge has become an influential female figure in Chicago’s prominent art scene. Junge explains, “Over the past 10 years my paintings have evolved. The way I think about life and art has changed. I have grown as a painter, yes, but more importantly this exhibition shows how much my mind and way of thinking has changed.”

Langer Over Dickie
Modules and Other Nonsense
Langer Over Dickie is proud to present a series of works by artists Elliot Doughtie and Shir Ende in Modules and Other Nonsense. Utilizing silk screen schematics and a contractor’s magic wand, Doughtie and Ende leverage layering and modulation, illustrating transitional architectures of interior built spaces and constructed identities. Constructed environments and non-vernacular architecture serve as default way-finding scenarios, where persons corral through predetermined transitional territories. While adherence is not the twin of conformity, dominant culture prevails in human-designed public spaces, as it does in the structures behind their walls. Modules and Other Nonsenseilluminates these tenuous relationships without basely appealing to the target of their subtle restraints: the autonomy of human movement and the desires expressed therein. The works in the exhibition perform a surrogacy for bodies traversing transitional spaces. Doughtie and Ende reassert a choreography with an embedded means of fluidity, via layered processes of screen printing and installation interventions. Here, the artists engender unique encounters and orientations that outstrip fixed perimeters and presumed functionalities. 

LVL3 Gallery
Lasting Impressions
Lasting Impressions explores materiality and permanence through works by Gregory Bae, Bailey Hikawa, and Kay Hofmann. Bae addresses topics of consumption and technology through repurposed objects that indulge in his own internal compulsions. Hikawa’s sculptures treat the iPhone as a relic with designs that compliment the body. Hofmann is separating from the unknown through her laborious work of abstracted forms. Bae, Hikawa, and Hofmann’s approaches to their material reflect on the impact of human existence, be it ecological or philosophicalLasting Impressions engages in conversations around persistence and excess while hopefully providing a sense of liberation or release from the effects of late-capitalism.

Little Broken Things
Atlantian Gardens
Join Little Broken Things for our next artist event, Atlantian Gardens, collage art with prints for sale by Chace Wall. Wall says of his work, "my aim is to direct the viewer into a deeper questioning of the mind and the nature of the emergent universe around them."

Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Space, In Vaders 
A new group art show featuring vintage Darth Vader carrying cases painted by various artists. All pieces will be available for purchase. If you're sick of trying to figure out a gift for that Star Wars geek in your life, this is the perfect way to get them something unique, that's also an awesome original art display piece that utilizes a piece of vintage history. The Darth Vader cases were an absolute must back in the 70s and 80s. Now, sadly these cases have lost their main purpose and tend to sit in the shop without much love. So Toy de Jour stockpiled them with help of other local collectors and have passed them out to some of their favorite artists to work with.

Extraction leaves a hole
UGLY is pleased to present Output under a relentless duration leaves an exhaustive hollow; and other ways to say “extraction leaves a hole,” an exhibition featuring Efrat Hakimi and Madeline Gallucci. Extraction leaves a hole debases the proposed relationship between teleological and ontological endeavors in art during this contemporary moment: how does one deploy a convention to further articulate a stake? Under the multitude of strategies for the process of restating an already established idea around a situation indebted to an ideological lineage, Gallucci & Hakimi deploy site-conditioned responses.

Vertical Gallery
Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes
Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes, which commemorates the conclusion of a 13-month-long collaborative public art project celebrating the architecture of the Windy City. eatures work from Chicago’s Pizza In The Rain, who spearheaded the project, alongside efforts from Kate Lewis, Joseph Renda Jr., Matt Wojtan, Kirsten Valentine, Polly Jiménez, Danny Sobor, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Lie. The Landscapes initiative reintroduces and reinvigorates familiar and foreign buildings, urban cityscapes and natural settings. The Vertical exhibit and accompanying book preserve Landscapes for posterity.



Thursday (12/19/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Redlight Chicago Sex Worker Performance Series, vol. 2 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Watson & Parcell's 2nd Annual White Christmas Spectacular - 7:30pm

Friday (12/20/2019)
David Leonardis Gallery: Happy Birthday Howard Finster and Friends - reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Various Businesses: Shop Late on Division Street - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (12/21/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper + The Dime: The Sky at Diversey & A Half Dozen Pigeon Stories Open House - open house 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: StoryTime! with guest author Fiona McEntee - 10:00am to 11:00am

Ongoing Exhibitions 
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
The Dime: The Sky at Diversey: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
Firecat Projects: Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: ND Yarn Company Trunk Show
Gallery Café: Erasing Borders: A Collection of Photographers by Tony Menias
Heaven Gallery: Petty Biennial.2
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind
Langer Over Dickie: Modules and Other Nonsense
LVL3 Gallery: Lasting Impressions
Little Broken Things: Atlantian Gardens
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts: Space, In Vaders
UGLY: Extraction leaves a hole
Vertical Gallery: Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes