Chicago Artists Month

09.27.09

Chicago Artists Month

Chicago Artists Month has arrived and with it more things to do and see than humanly possible. Check out a calendar of events on CAR. Here are some highlights (including my solo show at CPC)…

Chicago Artist Month Kick-Off and Opening Reception for Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision
October 1, 6 – 8 pm

Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision
October 3, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Barbara Crane Interview: October 3, 2 pm
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
78 E. Washington

This 60-year retrospective exhibition, guest curated by Kenneth C. Burkhart, celebrates the long and brilliant career of Chicago photographer Barbara Crane, who turned 81 years old this year. Her many separate projects, in both color and black and white images, constitute the largest gathering of her work to date, including some 300 photographs.

39 Verbs
Produced by Industry of the Ordinary
One-night exhibition: October 11, 5-8pm
Packer Schopf Gallery
942 W. Lake Street

Examine. Disperse. Impregnate. Cook. These are a few of the “39 Verbs” featured in the latest happening produced by Industry of the Ordinary, a collaborative initiative of Chicago artists Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, that challenges the pejorative notions of the ordinary. Over five years of practice, Industry of the Ordinary has generated projects described by a single line of text on its website, http://www.industryoftheordinary.com. To date, 39 verbs have been used. Don’t miss this one-night event in which 39 artists, critics, curators and other cultural workers have been invited to reinterpret these verbs. Artists include: Candida Alvarez, Dawoud Bey, Susan Giles, Jason Lazarus, Adelheid Mers, Tony Tasset, and Dan S. Wang.

Ground Level Projects: Jason Lazarus
October 28, 2009 – January 17, 2010
Artist Talk: November 1, 1 pm
Spertus Museum
610 S. Michigan Avenue

The third installment of Ground Level Projects series is the premiere of a new video by Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus. The top of Anne Frank’s chestnut tree, Amsterdam 2008 will be on display. Lazarus’ new work is part of his ongoing series of conceptual self-portraits that focus on his role as an artist experiencing the world. Recorded at the Anne Frank House in Amesterdam, this video is a contemporary consideration of an iconic figure in Jewish history, while also representing the artist himself.

Shannon Benine: Means Without End
October 30 – December 2009
Opening Reception: October 30, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk: November 13, 7:00-9:00 pm
Chicago Photography Center
3301 N Lincoln Ave

The Chicago Photography Center is proud to present a new multi-media installation by Chicago-based artist Shannon Benine. By presenting politically charged subject matter in a visually stimulating framework, Benine circumvents the impulse of the viewer to avoid the disturbing, luring them into facing what they might otherwise ignore. Focusing on the impact of the Iraq war on the domestic lives of Americans, she strives to engage the viewer in discussion and debate.

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