Chicago Artists Month
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.
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.
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.
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.