FF Badgerland


Some of my past students have work in the upcoming show at Swimming Pool Projects.

FF Badgerland

FF Badgerland
Saturday, October 3 from 6-9 pm
Swimming Pool Project Space
2858 W. Montrose

Observe the badger as it emerges from its burrow, climbing to the surface with the remainder of its clan not far behind. This sly, resourceful creature responds to any threat with an aggression subverted by its almost intolerable cuteness. We invite you to
inspect the evidence of their natural habitat, to excavate the underground activities unnoticed by those living above the surface.

The artists in this exhibition adapted to the unfamiliar landscape of Prague by digging their own subterranean world, a communal, sovereign invention: Badgerland.

The artists are:
Dragana Babic (photographs)
Chloe Cheau (painting)
Elise Goldstein (installation)
Slade Kaufman (painting)
Jamie Kim (painting)
David Matson (photographs and video)
Erik Matson (video and sound piece)
Allison Moore (video)
Karina Natis (photographs and video)
Clare O’Sadnick (photographs)
Eli Skipp (spoken word performance)
Kate Smith-Morse (installation)
Jaroslaw Studencki (photographic book)


Running Alone in Photographs

Robert Mirabal: Traditional Minds, Modern Lives
October 1, 6:00-7:30 pm
Rubloff Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive

Two-time Grammy winner Robert Mirabal presents music and a spoken-word performance from his new novel Running Alone in Photographs.

Mirabal’s music is a mix of Native roots, rock, jazz and electronica, the artistic strategy of a Native American who holds onto his tribal roots even as he embraces modern rock. He still lives in the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, where he grew up listening to traditional American Indian music around the house and rock & roll on the radio.

Mirabal weaves ancient and contemporary music in a thoroughly original way. Described as a Native American “Renaissance man,” master flute maker (his flutes are world renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian), composer, painter, craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer, Robert travels extensively and plays his music all over the world.

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.

The Rising Tide


Robert Adanto

October 1, 2009, 7 pm
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Filmmaker Robert Adanto will be present at the screening for a Q&A session.

The scene of the greatest economic and cultural metamorphosis of our time, China is not only at the center of the world’s attention but has arguably the most vital, imaginative, and uncontainable art scene in the world. The Rising Tide investigates China’s meteoric march toward the future through the work of some of its most talented emerging artists, whose work reflects the country’s rising influence as an economic, political and cultural force in the global arena.

In recent years, Chinese artists, especially those working in photography and video, have gained international recognition for their powerful works capturing the social and aesthetic confusion created in a rapidly changing society. To the Chinese avant-garde, materialism is all pervasive, and the dominant consumer culture has altered people’s mentalities. Interestingly, their work, influenced by Western ideals and art practice, remains distinctly Chinese in its content and aesthetic.

Produced within the dual context of globalization and urbanization, the work of artists Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin, Birdhead, and Zhang O examines the collision between the present and the future, and the confusion and ambiguity that characterize the new China. Their work is often a stunned attempt to deal with the dynamic and tectonic forces transforming China. The Rising Tide captures this momentous time in China’s history while exploring the work of artists, who comment with intelligence, wit, foreboding and nostalgia.

– via MoCP

Hu Yang, Shanghai Living, 2005

Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture
September 25 – December 23, 2009
Opening Reception September 24, 5-7 pm
Museum of Contemporary Photography

Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture examines the city of Shanghai and its development into one of the global economy’s most productive cities in the new millennium. Shanghai is known for its impressive population growth, the increasingly rapid rate of its cultural and environmental transformations, and the tension between Western and traditional Chinese values, lifestyle, and work habits. In addition, the city is caught between a not-so-distant communism and a late-arriving capitalism, between a world founded on its labor force and the world of new technologies. Within this environment, the role of the arts becomes ever-important as artists look to interpret the experience of inhabiting a city and a time that is in the process of defining itself, struggling with the contradictory natures of its past, present, and future. The participating artists in this exhibition take various approaches to capturing a city that seems to continually transform before our eyes.

Work by: Olivo Barbieri, Birdhead (Song Tao and Ji Weiyu), Isidro Blasco, Mathieu Borysevicz, Cao Fei, David Cotterrell, Hu Yang, Jin Shan, Sylvie Levey, Liu Gang, Lu Yuanming, Ma Liang, Shi Guorui, Shu Haolun, Speedism (Julian Friedauer and Pieterjan Ginckels), Su Chang, Xu Jianrong and Xu Xixian, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong
Zhou Xiaohu, Zhu Feng

Do not miss Olivo Barbieri‘s artist talk at the MoCP on the same night as the opening!

September 24, 2009
Thursday, 6:30 pm
Ferguson Lecture Hall
600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor

– via MoCP

I am excited to say that my portfolio is now included the Midwest Photographers Project (MPP) at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP). Go to their site to check out the current and past participants.

“Inaugurated in 1982, the Midwest Photographers Project is a rotating collection of portfolios by both prominent and emerging photographers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Each portfolio represents a current body of work from a recent or on-going project, and is loaned to the museum for a two-year period. Spanning a diverse array of media, subject matter, and style, MPP is a unique and expansive resource on contemporary regional photography. As of 2005, it includes over 1,000 photographs by 75 photographers, with new portfolios introduced almost every month. Current portfolios are housed in the museum’s Print Study Room and may be viewed by appointment.”

– via MoCP

Jason Salavon, Spigot (My Last Three Searches), 2008

Jason Salavon: Spigot
Opening Reception: September 27, 3-5 pm
September 20, 2009 – January 17, 2010
Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery
Hyde Park Art Center

From September 20, 2009 to January 17, 2010, the Hyde Park Art Center will present a new eight-channel video projection on the Art Center’s façade, by Chicago-based artist Jason Salavon. The large-scale, real-time digital projection will be visible from both inside the gallery and outside the building on S. Cornell Ave.

Though Salavon works with a range of material forms—from photographic prints to video installations and real-time software—the common thread in his artistic investigations is discovering unexpected patterns in daily encounters. Largely influenced by American popular culture and innovations in information technology, Jason Salavon’s work manipulates digitized material while presenting unique approaches to familiar iconography. This exhibition is held in honor of Hyde Park Art Center Board Member and Chair Emeritus, Deone Jackman.

Jason Salavon received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Dutch National Foto Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Salavon is currently a studio artist at the Hyde Park Art Center and associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago.

– via Hyde Park Art Center