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“disCONNECTed” Group Show of Bulgarian Artists Abroad, August 1-31

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“Incised, Bitten, and Gouged” Printmaking Exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, July 30-September 12

Please find a message from the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art below:

Opening Reception Friday July 30, 6-9pm

Incised, Bitten and Gouged:

Anchor Graphics & Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
20 Years of Printmaking
July 30 – September 12, 2010

at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Incised, Bitten and Gouged, three printmaking terminologies, alludes to the numerous printmaking techniques represented in this group exhibition.  Artists from CPC and Anchor Graphics will show works made in intaglio, silkscreen, embossment, woodcut, lithography and various innovations on traditional printmaking techniques.

For a little over two decades, CPC and Anchor Graphics have stood as two of the central printmaking institutions in Chicago.  Both provide a nurturing collaborative work environment, as well as access to the spectrum of equipment and materials necessary to the various printmaking techniques.  Lincoln Square’s Chicago Printmakers Collaborative was founded by Deborah Maris Lader in 1989 as a studio workspace for artist-printmakers to ‘pursue their work and broaden their knowledge of printmaking media’.  What began as studio space has since expanded its activities to holding exhibitions, and offering workshops and classes to the public.  CPC is composed of over 100 members from 14 different countries, working in intaglio, lithography, relief, monotype, screen print, and photo processes.  In recognition of CPC’s innovation and significance among Chicago arts organizations, Lader was recently awarded the Columbia College Chicago Paul Berger Arts Entrepreneurship Award.

Anchor Graphics was founded the year prior to CPC, and was established as an independent non-profit in 1990, with the mission of providing printmaking facilities and studio space, and educational opportunities to young people and professional artists.    It has initiated a multitude of partnerships with local arts, educational and social organizations, strengthening its ability to fulfill its mission of education and public access to printmaking arts.  Since 2006, Anchor Graphics has been partnered with Columbia College Chicago, operating out of an on-campus facility.  This partnership serves both the school and Anchor Graphics by providing academic internship opportunities, collaborative projects, classes and a platform for visiting artists and lecturers from across the country.

Incised, Bitten and Gouged offers a terrific opportunity to survey the recent creative outpouring from two of Chicago’s acclaimed printmaking collaborative studios.

Artists in the exhibition

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Deborah Maris Lader, Tony Fitzpatrick, Hiroshi Ariyama, Alex Chitty, Carlos Cortez, Christine Gendre Bergere, Michael Goro, Dan Grezeca, John Himmelfarb, Elise Hughes, Carrie Iverson, Kim Laurel, Alan Lerner, Duffy O’Conner, Dennis O’Malley, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Artemio Rodriguez, Jeff Sippel, Megan Sterling, Anatole Upart, Charlie Can Gilder.

Anchor Graphics: Ed Paschke, Hollis Sigler, Karl Wirsum, Ian Weaver, Fred Stonehouse, Brian Sikes, Louise LeBourgeois, Teresa James, Steve Heyman, Eleanor Spiess-Feris, Steve Campbell, Andries Botha, Paola Boncinelli, Eric Avery, Roland Kulla, Nicholas Sistler, Tim Dooley & Aaron Wilson, Nicholas Conbere, Michael Barnes, Anne Muntges.

Above Image: Christine Gendre Bergere. The Cat of Apollinaire, 2009. Etching, 12 x 18 in.

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Hidden Treasures: The Polish Museum of America Graphic Art Collection; July 30-August-29

For the first time in the US – after presentations in Poland – a spectacular exhibition on graphic art will be displayed in Chicago with 120 works by 65 renowned Polish artists.

Call 773-384-3352 ext. 101 for more information.

July 30-August 29, 2010
The Polish Museum of America
984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL

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Smart Museum Exhibit: Mid-Century: Good Design in Europe and America, 1850-1950; July 8-September 5

Between 1850 and 1950, progressive artists, designers, and architects decisively reshaped the everyday world of objects. Advocating for design reform—and by extension, social reform—they promoted a host of competing ideologies that embraced aesthetic revolution and technical innovation. This exhibition examines the complex, ever-shifting course of modern design theory and its application in Europe and the United States. Mounted entirely from the Smart Museum’s collection, the exhibition offers close readings of masterworks such as Edmond Johnson’s facsimiles of medieval treasures made for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, furniture and leaded windows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the historic Robie House, and Marianne Brandt’s rare modernist silver tea service, which was fabricated by hand in the metal workshop of the famed Bauhaus. Together, these and other works in a variety of media give insight into the interweaving history and iconic forms that defined the domestic world of modernism during the fertile one-hundred-year period between the mid centuries.

Curator: Richard A. Born, Smart Museum Senior Curator.

Major support for Mid-Century: “Good Design” in Europe and America, 1850–1950 is generously provided by Brien O’Brien and Mary Hasten.

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Chicago Jewish Festival, June 13

Chicago Jewish Festival
11am-6pm Saturday June 13
St. Paul Woods , Morton Groove

The 2010 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival marks 30 years since the first festival.  It continues to feature three stages of music, dance and storytelling; a family stage; a Kosher Food Fair; an Art Fair and Organization Fair. KFAR is an organizational sponsor of the Jewish Festival.
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Jan Banning and Will Tinneman’s exhibition “Bureaucratics” on view in Harper Commons through June 11

“Bureaucratics” is an ambitious portrait project by Dutch photojournalist and fine art photographer Jan Banning, shot over several years and spanning eight countries on five continents. The series “hones in on the typically anonymous civil servant, who, anywhere in the world, makes up a small cog in the gigantic machinery of the state.”  These 50 low-level bureaucrats include tax collectors, traffic wardens, and agricultural and religious officials, among others, found in Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, USA, and Yemen.

The exhibition is held in Harper Commons, the 11,000-square-foot study space opened this year in what was previously the stacks of the William Rainey Harper Memorial Library. Harper was the University of Chicago’s first library (completed in 1912) and is one of the iconic examples of the campus’s Late English Gothic architecture.

The artwork is particularly suited to a residency at the University of Chicago, as it addresses themes of central importance to the schools of social scientific research pioneered here over the past century.  This panel discussion is an opportunity for University of Chicago scholars in the social sciences to discuss issues relating to the rise, spread, and functioning of the bureaucratic state around the world, in response to integral questions provoked by the exhibition.

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Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium: “From Triumph to Sorrow: The Iconography of the Crucifixion in Byzantine Art,” June 1

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its last meeting of the year…
Rana Choi, Ph.D. student in Religion and Literature in the Divinity School at
the University of Chicago, will present “From Triumph to Sorrow: The Iconography
of the Crucifixion in Byzantine Art.”

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 4:30pm in the Cochrane Woods Art Center 153 (5540 S. Greenwood Avenue)

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“Ukrainian Mythology–the canvas of Oleksiy Kovalenko,” Ukrainian National Museum, through May 27

Currently Running through May 27, 2010
Ukrainian National Museum
2248 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL
Ukrainian Mythology – the canvas of Oleksiy Kovalenko

An exhibit of art by Oleksiy Kovalenko focusing on Ukrainian Mythology.

Admission is $5
Museum hours are Thursday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Monday-Wednesday by appointment only. To arrange for an appointment to explore the museum, please contact us at (312) 421-8020.

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“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise”: Work in Progress Talk with Amei Wallach, May 20

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise:
Work in Progress Talk with Amei Wallach
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Thursday, May 20, 7pm

Amei Wallach, writer, critic, filmmaker, is in the throes of international film production. In her latest work, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise, the most famous Russian artists in the world return to Moscow for their first ever exhibitions in their hometown, a citywide event that unleashes a lifetime of fears and memories from the Soviet past and the rootless immigrant present.
“The Kabakovs invited us to film them as they undertook the gargantuan task of installing what became six installations in five venues across Moscow,” explains Wallach, “ This became the organizing structure of our film portrait of the artists and their times.” Through archival footage, beautifully shot artworks, interviews with the Kabakovs and their friends, the film encompasses the sweep of Soviet history and the intimacy of the artist singing alone in the dark.
With work- in-progress footage, Wallach and her subjects, the Kabakovs, will walk us through the process of their collaborative documentary production, from the director-subject relationship to production planning, the challenges of fundraising, and distribution for independent film.
This event, produced in conjunction with Artspeaks, grants rare access to a filmmaker deeply engaged in the process of production and the creative conversation taking place between three fellow artists and thinkers.
Amei Wallach is the director of critically acclaimed documentary on sculptor Louise Bourgeois, The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine. In 1987, she journeyed to the Soviet Union to produce a five-part series on the effects of perestroika on the arts. In 1995, she published the first artistic biography of the artist, Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (New York: Abrams). Her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Art in America and ARTnews. She was chief art critic for New York Newsday and on-air arts commentator for the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour. She has written or contributed to 11 books. She won a 2006 Best Show award from the International Art Critics Association/USA for her exhibition Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic Is a Single Letter.

Film Studies Center
Cobb Hall 307-310
5811 S. Ellis Ave.

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited – please call ahead for a reservation.

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60 Days of UChicago Art, April 6-June 4

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