Industry of the Ordinary with Katinka Kleijn & Lindsey French: History and Forgetting 2:00 p.m.
Sep
16
2:00pm 2:00pm

Industry of the Ordinary with Katinka Kleijn & Lindsey French: History and Forgetting 2:00 p.m.

Industry of the Ordinary will be making a new work, 'History and Forgetting', as part of the City of Chicago's Year of Public Art,as well as installing permanent artwork in the 37th Ward, with the support of Alderman Emma Mitts and DCASE.

Conceived and organized by Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson), with Katinka Kleijn and Lindsey French.

On a concrete shop floor, two workers construct a flag from ice blocks, which, as it melts, washes away the dust, oil, blood and sweat that has stained the floor over its many years of use. As the flag passes into memory, the former life of the space it temporarily occupies will be remembered.  

Accompanying the flag’s disappearance will be the recorded voices of inhabitants, workers and former workers from the surrounding area. These voices will fill the space and remain audible, although disembodied, after the flag has melted away. Industry of the Ordinary will spend the summer of 2017 recording interviews with current and former workers in and around the 4106 W. Chicago location. This oral history will endure as a tangible record of the neighborhood over the years.

Throughout the melting process, a lone musician, Katinka Kleijn, (cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), will play a requiem. Meanwhile, artist Lindsey French will document Industry of the Ordinary’s and Kleijn’s presence in the space, using data collection, interpretation and other technologies. 

The day’s activities will be framed at sunrise and sunset by two aerial banners being flown over the City of Chicago.

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ON TRUTH AND LIE IN AN EXTRA-MORAL SENSE: A performance by Frank Willens and Peter Stamer <br> 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Aug
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

ON TRUTH AND LIE IN AN EXTRA-MORAL SENSE: A performance by Frank Willens and Peter Stamer
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Conceived, directed, set and staged by Peter Stamer
Performed by Frank Willens
Text by Friedrich Nietzsche
Abridged and re-translated from German into English by Peter Stamer & Frank Willens
 
In the light of infinity, the limited time a human being spends on this planet does appear tobe deplorable, even ridiculous. Knowing about the futility of his existence, man tries to comprehend life by means of language which locks him into the cage of concepts though.
Language, following Nietzsche, denies access to the actual life of matter. Searching for knowledge about the world, about truth, about himself, man gets lost in the woodwork of his own thinking. To put it casually: man becomes a blockhead, unable to see what is there.
Taking away the foundation of the boards that mean the world to him: this is what it means to live.

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Great Dane + Groundislava w/ Interactive Art Installations <br> 8:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Great Dane + Groundislava w/ Interactive Art Installations
8:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

with support from ʟᴜᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴇ & MADLY
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presented by le foncé

An interactive art installation event focused on the music, color, light, and, of course, the dark. Manipulate your environment! Installations will be open for all guests to try and mess around with. 

Tickets: $20 (See PayPal ticket link. Very Limited Door sales. All tickets bought online will have immediate access.)...

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Silent Funny's First Open House <br> 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Jun
24
4:00pm 4:00pm

Silent Funny's First Open House
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Tickets: silentfunny.eventbrite.com
Facebook invite

Have you been to Silent Funny? If not, now’s the chance to visit one of Chicago’s most dynamic and creative art spaces for their first ever Open House. A variety of Silent Funny “alumni” artists will perform and feature new works. Also on display at the West Humboldt Park space will be permanent works by Luftwerk, Dont Fret, Juan De La Mora, Mr. Rios and Titus Wonsey. Beverages and snacks provided.

All performances and works shown are by artists that have been a part of past Silent Funny programs:

New Works/Performances by
Luis Mejico - “Arise! Ascend!”
Ellis von Sternberg - "Goodbye Cruel World"
Jacob Kart - Bucket Brigade (modular synthesizer performance)
Sarah Beth Woods - “Hear the Glow of Electric Lights” (musical performance)
Coppice - "Acrylic, aluminum, clay, copper, custom electronics, glass, metal, paper, polystyrene foams, S-1 01.01 020:00, twine"
Colleen Plumb - “Path Infinitum”
A film by Amir George
Martha Bayne & Andrea Jablonski - Superhero Workshop and Photobooth
and special guests

Permanent Exhibitions by
Luftwerk - “FLOW”
Juan De La Mora - “Bring May Flowers”
Titus Wonsey - “Loose Squares”
Dont Fret - “Unlocked” 
Mr. Rios - “Backyard Life”

$25 Suggested Donation - all money goes towards Silent Funny’s inaugural artist-in-residence program, called SF: Guild (Spring 2018) - tickets @ silentfunny.eventbrite.com

Silent Funny is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts space in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood that believes everyone can have life-changing experiences with the arts. It’s mission is to create a haven where art, artists and everyday people connect in a contemporary and active space that’s open to all. Founded by educator and musician Matt Baron and artist Daniel Schor in 2015, the space has been featured in Chicago Reader, Social Justice News Nexus (SJNN), DNA Info and “1,001 Chicago Afternoons” and is available for commercial rental use.

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WANTED: Thelonious Stokes <br> 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
May
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

WANTED: Thelonious Stokes
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Join Thelonious Stokes for an intimate discussion about his recent conceptions and collection entitled The Caged Black Paintings. According to Thelonious, he will use performance and objective Urban Reason to create a historical day of excellence and urgency.

RSVP: Thelonious.us

 "Rendering cages as housing devices for the purpose of gesticulating a Western reference". 

 - Thelonious Stokes

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M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (One-Night Exhibition) <br> 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Mar
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (One-Night Exhibition)
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

MIG (metal inert gas) welding is a process used to join pieces of metal in metalwork. This exhibit will be about Modernistic Industrial Gestural Sculpture.

A series of charcoal drawings of gestural sculptures on paper will be exhibited alongside what I call “flat sculptures” constructed of forged steel.  Inherently 3-dimensional in physicality, these flat sculptures will hold all information on the same side of a single plane.  There will also be a series of multimedia paintings depicting gestural sculptures in “nowhere landscapes.”  These nowhere landscapes encompass flat paper sculptures layered onto a painted, timeless, scale-less landscape which, ironically, could be anywhere.

To the casual observer the creative process seems linear.  The gestures depicted in the charcoal drawings are similar to the flat metal sculptures and acquire context in the paintings.  One with a keen eye and a penchant for meaning, however, will notice the process itself may fade into multiple processes simultaneously or superimpose itself onto an underlying concept. Drawings become sculptures and both inform the paintings. All three types of art are unique in context but hold a commonality as they all depict gestural sculptures.

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M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (Preview)  <br> 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Mar
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (Preview)
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 

MIG (metal inert gas) welding is a process used to join pieces of metal in metalwork. This exhibit will be about Modernistic Industrial Gestural Sculpture.

A series of charcoal drawings of gestural sculptures on paper will be exhibited alongside what I call “flat sculptures” constructed of forged steel.  Inherently 3-dimensional in physicality, these flat sculptures will hold all information on the same side of a single plane.  There will also be a series of multimedia paintings depicting gestural sculptures in “nowhere landscapes.”  These nowhere landscapes encompass flat paper sculptures layered onto a painted, timeless, scale-less landscape which, ironically, could be anywhere.

To the casual observer the creative process seems linear.  The gestures depicted in the charcoal drawings are similar to the flat metal sculptures and acquire context in the paintings.  One with a keen eye and a penchant for meaning, however, will notice the process itself may fade into multiple processes simultaneously or superimpose itself onto an underlying concept. Drawings become sculptures and both inform the paintings. All three types of art are unique in context but hold a commonality as they all depict gestural sculptures.

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Feb
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

artshowChicago Show #1 to benefit Art Reach at Lillstreet
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

artshowChicago is an organization that puts on charitable art shows. At each show we aim to give back to a designated organization who gives back. This particular show is about relationships. The artists of this event are local Chicago artists who are submitting on artshowchicago.com. In addition to helping out for the community we also give new artists a chance to present their work in a professional atmosphere. Sponsored in party by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

"ARTSHOW BRINGS LOCAL ART TO THE EYES OF THE COMMUNITY THROUGH ART EVENTS THAT RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY. WE EXIST TO CREATE CHANGE IN SOCIETY THROUGH ART’S EMPOWERING EFFECTS ON THE HUMAN CONDITION."

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Jan
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

E PLURIBUS: REFLECTIONS ON 9/11 Closing Reception #1 of 2

Please join us to celebrate this remarkable show. Food and drinks will be on hand, as will some of the show's artists and curator.

Often artists make work as a respite from the times and contemporary issues, but the artists gathered here felt compelled to respond to the 9/11 attacks and the repercussions of those tragic events from which the world still reels. Through an unsentimental perspective, combined with beauty and craft, they call attention to, and offer opportunities for engagement about, topics ranging from drone strikes in Pakistan, to those detained without trial in Guantanamo, to the destruction and looting of ancient and contemporary culture from Iraq to Syria.  On this anniversary, we can ask “what have we learned?” and hopefully find answers that can inform our actions in the future.

The artists represented are Mahwish Chishty, Jackie Kazarian, Michael Rakowitz, Alison Ruttan, Mary King, Amber Ginsburg & Aaron Hughes and Barbara Koenen.

E Pluribus is an informal collective of artists who work independently and have joined together in recognition of this anniversary for a special project that offer exhibits of artwork and related programming, including artists talks and Story Corps interviews, to organizations that are working with people most impacted by the attacks – refugees, veterans, aid workers and their families.  We welcome your recommendations for organizations to contact.   

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Theater Oobleck: A Memory Palace of Fear by Martha Bayne
Oct
29
to Oct 30

Theater Oobleck: A Memory Palace of Fear by Martha Bayne

What haunts your house? Eviction? Foreclosure? Mice? Ghosts?

A MEMORY PALACE OF FEAR is a haunted house about housing -- an immersive theater installation exploring the ways the spaces we call home can turn from refuge to menace, and back again.

Workshop performances

October 29, 6-10 pm
October 39, 1-5 pm

$10 suggested donation; more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke. 

Tours start every 15 minutes, with a running time of approximately half an hour. Timed advance tickets are strongly recommended, and available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2638657. A limited number of walkup tickets will also be available, first come, first served.

May not be appropriate for kids under 12.

Created by: Martha Bayne, Billie Howard, Sara Heymann, Andrea Jablonski, Charlie Malawe, and Lily Emerson Malawe

With: Emmy Bean, Jean Carlos Claudio, Sharon Lanza, and Kat McJimsey

Produced by Theater Oobleck, with support from the Social Justice News Nexus program at Medill School of Journalism.

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