Weekend Arts Guide (7/18-7/21 2019)
Image Credit: Work by David Krzeminski, featured in Jackson Junge's One Wall exhibition.
The weekend gets a head start with exhibition openings and events starting on Thursday night! These happenings, receptions, signings, and exhibitions keep on rolling all through the weekend, so be sure you get out and support the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown while you're enjoying the summer weather. Not sure where to start? No problem! We've got you covered with the latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Ecological Restoration Informed by Young Fossils
In this science outreach series, scientists present different scientific topics to the general public in a laid back atmosphere in an art gallery. Scientists, environmental managers, and the public increasingly appreciate the many stresses that humans exert on natural biological systems, both on land and in the sea. Professor Kidwell will explain why we now know that natural skeletal remains are reliable records, and provide examples of how paleo-ecological insights are changing ideas on what “natural” used to be and thus on how best to conserve and recover ecosystem health for the future. Free event with vegan snacks and a donation bar.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
CHIPRC's Zine Club: International Zine Month Edition
July is International Zine Month! CHIPRC’s Zine Club is commemorating this global celebration of self-publishing with an exploration of zines from other countries. Bring your favorite titles from outside the United States and join us for a fun discussion and snacks at Chicago’s only book club-style event for people who read zines. Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are welcome!
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Hypertext Review Spring 2019 Book Launch & Reading
Hell yes! It's the Spring 2019 edition of Hypertext Review! Help us celebrate with cake and readings by our contributors. Support Hypertext Magazine & Studio's social justice writing workshop mission by buying an issue featuring the work of Katey Schultz, Sophie Stein, Emily Roth, Morgan Smith, Martha Stallman, Alison Thompson, Felicia Schneiderhan, Douglas McBride, Bryan Lindsey, Courtney Carliss Young, Christy Stillwell, Tina Jenkins Bell, Kate Gray, Jennifer Steele, Rashaun Allen, Pablo Brescia, Bridget Boland, Kristin Ito, Pamela J. Parker, and Suzanne Clores.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
826FORK is back for its third year of blazing glory! Will "Roaming the Universe" become the psychedelic synth bop of the summer? Will "Veterinarian Princess" become a punk anthem for the ages? Will Nibor break into the impenetrable vault and steal the Sword of Summer?! 11 local bands. 11 stories written by 826CHI writers ages 6-18. 1 night of raging acoustic bangers. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will will support 826CHI's tuition-free literary arts programs, which serve over 3,500 Chicago students annually.
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Roots & Culture
Mutant Dust Bunnies + No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window
Mutant Dust Bunnies is a call for the dust within sound archives to shapeshift into radical narratives for decolonial futures. The visionary ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, created an extraordinary document of American Roots and World Music that influenced the American Folk Revival of the 1950’s, and today continues to influence listeners around the globe. Materials from his accessible archive will be in active conversation with contemporary artworks examining narratives about place, culture, and methods of production within recorded and embodied histories. Artists presenting work in this exhibition include: Sonia Louise Davis, Manal Kara, Parissah Lin, Yvette Ramirez, and RaFia Santana. Through video, sculpture, text, sound installation, and archival practices, the artists carefully envision ways that cultural technologies continue to evolve rather than conform to being framed as a relic of the past. The exhibition was currated by CONNECT Curator-in-Residence Catherine Feliz. No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the window by Stephany Colunga.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Ashes #1 Comic Launch with Jeremiah Wolfe and Archangelo Crelencia
Join us for the debut of a brand new supernatural crime comic book series, Ashes. Writer Jeremiah Wolfe and artist Archangelo Crelencia will be on hand signing copies of the very first issue..."Connor Kilpatrick died 20 years ago and yet he still walks the earth. He and his wife were brutally murdered by a ruthless Irish mobster and his crew. As he lay dying in a hospital bed he was visited by Death and given a choice. Live out his soon to be short life, or serve as Death’s assassin maintaining the balance of the universe by eliminating criminal threats to it."
2:00pm to 4:00pm
You’ve seen her murals all over Chicago and now at Gallery Cafe. Featuring Jenny Vyas the contemporary fine artists capturing the beauty and complexity of human emotion.
Opening Reception 7:00pm
Line Dot Editions
Third Annual Juried Show
Line Dot is thrilled to present our Third Annual Juried Show featuring original work from 25 selected local artists, including Aidan Hercules, Ann Weinheimer, Antonio Beniquez, Barry Callahan, Blake Jones, Caroline Liu, Cristi López, Dale Paracuelles, Dovie Golden, Elaine Boby, Emmett Merrill, Eric Weatherford, Frank Quintero, Gary Schechner, Isamar Medina, Joseph Renda Jr., Kurt Kreissl, Laura Catherwood, Lily Cozzens, Merry James, Moises Salazar, Mosher, Oscar Joyo, Sean Hannaway, and Zachary Mory.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Pet Embroidery Workshop with J. Villa
Join us to celebrate our furry/scaly/hairy family members! In honor of those pets who become a part of our families, let's put their cute faces on fabric and stitch them up. There are two ticket types available: $70 - one pet in your choice of a collar or bandana (please note which at checkout); OR $78 - two pets OR an add-on like your pet's favorite toy. Workshop tickets include: a 9" x 9" pre-designed embroidery outline of your pet(s); all supplies (embroidery hoop, needle, assortment of threads); guidance from Joslyn on embroidery basics; drinks and snacks; and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop.
Noon to 2:30pm
Rock'n'Roll Decontrol!: A Punk Discussion
Rock'n'Roll Decontrol! will feature a punk discussion with Tony Erba (iconic member of bands like Face Value, 9 Shocks Terror, Cheap Tragedies, Fuck You Pay Me and more), classic punk Ed Pittman (Toxic Reasons, New Regrets), and writer/photographer/drummer David Ensminger (who has played with the singers of Sado-Nation, the Dicks, Big Boys, Plimsouls, and more). Other special speaker to be announced!
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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
The Occult Bookstore
Chaos Co-v-N Workshop: That Ol' Black Magic
The Chaos C-ov-N is a Chicago-based chaos magick working group led by Nia Ain and Ninov. Chaos magick is a non-dogmatic approach to magick: it requires no specific belief and it is enriched by the diversity of its participants. All are welcome, no matter your background or experience level. If you missed other workshops in this cycle, no worries! We’ll briefly reintroduce this paradigm before starting this month’s work. Chaos C-ov-N is taking a page out of Pope Pete’s (Peter J. Carrol) Liber Kaos and will be introducing his concept of Eight Magics. In Carrol’s eightfold division of magick, eight forms of magick are conveniently denoted by colors with emotional significance. This month we’re working with Carrol’s concept of “Black” magick, or death magick. This workshop is pay-what-you-will, $15 suggested donation.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council
1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park
Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present the 1099 String Quartet, a cutting edge professional string quartet led by Ryan Loeckel. The quartet will present thematic programs and perform outside in the park. To enhance thematic content of each performance additional instruments will be added to the quartet at some of the performances.This event has also been sponsored in part by Special Service Area #33.
11:00am to 12:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by Jake Hawrylak from 8:00am to 10:00am; Emilia from 10:00am to noon; and Joe & the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. Club Pilates will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Kirk Kerndl: American Pastoral
AdventureLand Gallery is ready to kick off the post-4th of July with the beautiful paintings by Kirk Kerndl!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Hard to Kill: Artwork by Survivors of Sexual Violence
Hard to Kill features the work of artists from all over the country who are sharing their experience of the world as a survivor of sexual violence. Exhibiting artists include Katina Bitsicas, Jessica Brackett, Myah Brimmer, Sara Peak Convery, Yvette Cummings, Bill Davis, Jana Dean, Kaiden Dunn, Nicole Foran, Ashley Giles, Geordi Helmick, Anneasha Hogan, Tacie Jones, Rachel Korotkin, Carole McCurdy, Ty Merton, Megumi Naganoma, Azul Nogueron, Jenna Jo Pawlicki, Steve Smith, Deva Suckerman, Rabia Tayyabi, and Oaklee Thiele.
Through the Curtain
Dru Batte is a multidisciplinary artist who employs a variety of analog and digital photographic processes and materials in her work. In Through the Curtain Batte seeks to answer the question of how to make a portrait without the person being in front of the camera. To make that happen, Batte conducts series of interviews with the subjects that inform each photograph. As a result, the photographs investigate depictions of the human subjects embodied in the spaces they occupy and the works they make within, delivering a visual discourse on formed relationships between artists and their workspace.
Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Full Bloom is an exploration into floral painting, a tradition that has been practiced by female artists and hobbyists for generations. This series has allowed the artist to feel connected to a lineage of female artists that have worked for centuries with floral subject matter. It stands as a contemporary take on a conventional topic. It has encouraged Collins to embrace a more saturated color palette and has led her to find new ways to engage an audience. The paintings come at a time in her practice when she is eager to see what the future holds. Full Bloom becomes a celebration of renewal and regrowth.
William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Please join Firecat Projects in welcoming Chicago native William Horberg back home along with his artwork. The exhibition itself consists of William's many watercolors of various Chicago jazz venues and portraits of the performers. They share his love and respect for the musicians in his favorite music form. The sensitivity and warmth towards the subject are clearly apparent in the work.
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Asylum Fibers Trunk Show
excited to be hosting a trunk show of Asylum Fibers from Queens, NY! Asylum Fibers is made with colorful, fun, and bold color ways. You’ll fall in love with these exciting skeins!
Alternative Space: A simulated art fair
As Heaven Gallery fights to keep space, we asked ourselves: what better way to show the power of Chicago artists than to throw a last minute art fair to celebrate Chicago’s long tradition of alternative spaces? From apartment galleries to artists collectives, our city has always found creative ways to show outsider art. Slow, The Franklin, LVL3, AMFM, Apparatus, Baby Blue, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Heaven Gallery, Adds Donna and curator Oscar Gonzalez Diaz come together for a show that treads the line of art fair and exhibition. They represent alternative inclusive space for women, LGBTQ, and ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists. Alternative Space is named after the book Alternative Spaces written by art historian and MCA Curator Lynne Warren in 1984. Warren defines alternative space as “a nonprofit or noncommercial organization originated by and for artists (and assuring them a primary role in policy development and programming) that primarily shows Chicago-area artist and has had a fixed location, and operated on a continuous basis.” Heaven aims to begin a conversation about the importance of showing outsider art and being a hub for inclusion, while addressing predatory theories of gentrification which indicate that capital follows culture and identifies artists as the main agents for gentrifying working-class neighborhoods. As we celebrate Pride in Chicago, Alternative Space provides a platform to celebrate artists and spaces who take pride in being different with no apologies. Heaven Gallery exhibitors include Marzena Abrahamik, Alexandra Antoine, Yesiena Bello, Andrea Coleman, Lauren Dacy, Meg Duguid, Ellen Hanson, Haerim Lee, Carla Fisher Schwartz, Yasmin Spiro, Sadie Woods, and Gwendolyn Zabicki. LVL3 exhibitors are David Heo, Jenn Smith, Allison Wade, Susan Pasowicz, and Erin Washington.
Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: David Krzeminski
The popular ONE WALL rotating exhibition returns for its fifth season, as four different artists over the course of eight weeks create four unique installations that transform the gallery's front window and space occupied by a single wall. The first exhibitor, David Krzeminski, is an artist/graphic designer living in Chicago. Krzeminski graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication in 2009 and is currently working as a full time graphic layout specialist and part time abstract artist. Krzeminski's piece for ONE WALL will be his largest composition to date and creates an optical illusion effect as your eye moves across the canvas. Although the piece's composition is created using a square grid, the squares can appear to wave or look uneven. Simple bright colors contrasting against each other in this specific pattern can cause your brain to become confused as it keeps trying to simplify or "correct" what your eyes are seeing.
Langer Over Dickie
Langer/Dickie presents as its inaugural exhibition, Highly Illogical, a hybrid two-person show and collaborative installation by Chicago-based artists Jason Dunda and Erin Washington. The two artists come together to transform the gallery space into one of tangential thinking, humor, and improvisation. In addition to selections from their individual studio practices, Dunda and Washington will present collaborative works that draw connections between disparate images and materials from the history of art, design, and popular culture. The audience will likely recognize references to Star Trek, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Buckminster Fuller, and other cultural iconography.
Where is the Reward
LVL3 presents, Where is the Reward, a two-person exhibition featuring Chicago based Jessie Darnell and Columbus based Morgan Rose Free. Free is breathing new life into objects found through anthropomorphic transformations creating alternative narrative structures and contexts. Darnell is also rewriting narratives by framing sourced imagery of call girls, plumbing books, and fetish letters in combination with materials associated with dominance and desire. The new bodies of work within Where is the Reward examine how Darnell and Free make material connections through assemblage and mixed media collage to discuss ideas around agency. Agency within the forms or figures they uncover and then establish as shiny new objects.
Little Broken Things
Created Through You: A Collection of Feelings and Colors by Clay Way
Clay Way's artwork is created not only through acrylic paints and spray paints, but also through people in his life, his feelings, the places that he's been, the songs that he's heard, the dreams that he's dreamed, and most importantly, you...
Mau Mau: Bombing walls and painting bridges
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present British urban graffiti artist Mau Mau’s first U.S. solo exhibition Bombing walls and painting bridges. Mau Mau brings to Vertical a wry, colorful approach that is both refreshingly simple and powerfully sophisticated. Often his work comments on the social and political forces shaping life in the 21st century, with a recurring focus on environmental themes, and frequently features his signature red fox character — a mischievous symbol of survival and street savvy.
Young Chicago Authors
Teaching Artist Corps Showcase
Join Young Chicago Authors for their annual Teaching Artist Corps Showcase featuring work from T.A.C. members Luis Carranza, Dominique, Patrica Frazier, E'mon Lauren, Matt Muse, and Toaster. Sounds will be provided by DJ Ca$h Era!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Ecological Restoration Informed by Young Fossils - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: CHIPRC's Zine Club: International Zine Month Edition - 7:00pm
Rainbo Club: Brandon Alvendia - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Hypertext Review Spring 2019 Book Launch & Reading - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: 826FORK 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Roots & Culture: Mutant Dust Bunnies + No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window - opening reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Ashes #1 Comic Launch with Jeremiah Wolfe and Archangelo Crelencia - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Gallery Cafe: Jenny Vyas - opening reception 7:00pm
Line Dot Editions: Third Annual Juried Show - exhibition closes
Neighborly: Pet Embroidery Workshop with J. Villa - noon to 2:30pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Rock'n'Roll Decontrol!: A Punk Discussion - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos Co-v-N Workshop: That Ol' Black Magic - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council: 1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Kirk Kerndl: American Pastoral
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Hard to Kill: Artwork by Survivors of Sexual Violence
The Dime: Through the Curtain
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Firecat Projects: William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Asylum Fibers Trunk Show
Heaven Gallery: Alternative Space: A simulated art fair
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: David Krzeminski
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical
LVL3 Gallery: Where is the Reward
Littel Broken Things: Created Through You: A Collection of Feelings and Colors by Clay Way
Vertical Gallery: Mau Mau: Bombing walls and painting bridges
Young Chicago Authors: Teaching Artist Coprs Showcase