Jason Lazarus: Orion Over Baghdad
October 31 – December 12
Andrew Rafacz Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd.


William Lamson


William Lamson

William Lamson
Thursday, October 29th at 6:30pm
The School of the Art Institute
Columbus Bldg Auditorium
280 S. Columbus Dr.

William Lamson’s work involves intervening with natural and cultural forces to explore ideas of power, control, and human agency. Through the use of homemade props and low-tech devices he engages directly with these forces as a performer, or by passively allowing his constructions to function on their own. Although his performances often involve struggle, and the devices appear to work effortlessly, in both systems chance and inevitability become dominant factors. In each case, his work documents a subtle transformation, a collaboration between forces that are usually unseen or unconsidered and his agency as an artist.

William Lamson is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in video, photography, performance and sculpture.  His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and a number of private collections. Since graduating from the Bard MFA program in 2006, his work has been shown at P.S.1, The Brooklyn Museum, Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis
and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, among others.

– via The Parlor Room

Come see my new multi-media installation at CPC.

Means Without End
October 30 – December 18, 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

Means Without End, 2009 consists of hundreds of 10” x 10” unfolded photograms of peace cranes, tiled together to form a large multi-media installation. The number of color analog photograms represents the number of American deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003. This piece examines this death toll, as well as the way the families of these servicemen experience loss. The kaleidoscopic, geometric pattern in dark reds and yellows evokes images ranging from bullet holes to Islamic screens.

A live video feed further complicates the experience of confronting the numbers; it relates a hazy image of an unreachable soldier. He symbolizes the vast gap in narrative rent by war, which tears life into a before and after that cannot be bridged. In the sacred space draped with cranes, far-off voices cry out as they undergo a mortar attack. The installation as a whole, entombed in the gallery, stands as a memorial to those soldiers whose lives have been lost.

This project will continue, appearing in and symbolizing the losses of other states and of the nation as a whole, until it culminates in one large installation representing the total number of war deaths. As the toll mounts, Benine continues to fold and unfold cranes, adding new photograms to the piece. Because the cranes must be created in total darkness, making this work is a trance-like, meditative act—one that becomes less and less possible as more and more people die overseas.

Benine is an internationally exhibited interdisciplinary artist. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Liisa Roberts


What's the Time in Vyborg?, 2001-2004

Liisa Roberts
Wednesday, October 28, 6pm
Discussion will follow screening
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St.
$10 General Admission, $7 Students (with valid I.D.),
$5 Film Center members, $4 SAIC Students, Staff, Faculty (with valid I.D.). Advance tickets available at GSFC box office or via Ticketmaster.

Helsinki-based artist Liisa Roberts employs a range of media and approaches including film, performance, texts, publications, and photographs. Roberts will screen her film What’s the Time in Vyborg? (2001-2004), which synthesizes a range of historical and contemporary views of this former Finnish capital now located within the Russian Federation. This film was developed and shot in a series of workshops with local teenagers between 2001-2003 held in Alvar Aalto-designed municipal library and reflects on the restoration of a monument of modern Finnish architecture within its new geopolitical context. Since the early 1990’s, Roberts has exhibited widely including exhibitions at Artists Space, P.S.1, Documenta X, and The Biennale of Sydney in 2006.

What’s the Time in Vyborg?, 2001-2004
35mm, super 16mm, Digital Beta, MiniDV, SVHS transferred to BetaSPB
English, Finnish, and Russian with subtitles, 1 hour 27 minutes.
Courtesy of the artist and Silva Mysterium Oy, Helsinki

Studio Chicago

Thursday, October 29
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Floor Garland
78 E. Washington Street
Reception following at the Hard Rock Hotel

This month’s Artists at Work Forum introduces Studio Chicago, a year-long collaboration focusing on the artist’s studio and production through exhibitions, talks, publications, tours, and research taking place throughout the city. Participating organizations will celebrate the working artist and reveal their sites of creative production from historical and contemporary perspectives, including concepts ranging from the “studio as muse”, “virtual studios”, “street as studio”, and “gallery as studio”.

This forum is a great opportunities for artists and the “art-curious” to learn about the initiative’s key components and how to participate. Presenters will include curator Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art; Mary Jane Jacob, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Barbara Koenen, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; Chuck Thurow, Hyde Park Art Center; and Shannon Stratton, Three Walls.

Informal discussion will continue at a post-reception at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Studio Chicago’s lead participating organizations are the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA); Columbia College Chicago (CCC); Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC); and Three Walls (3W).


West Carroll Open Studios
Sunday, October 25, 12pm to 7pm
3200 W. Carroll Ave

I lovingly refer to this building as UIC #2 since so many of my peers from graduate school have their studios there. It will be a great place to see work in progress by a ton of Chicago’s emerging artists. Annie Heckman will present a curatorial talk about the Chicago Cultural Center’s Synesthetic Plan of Chicago at 5.30 pm.

Harold Arts Res

The Harold Arts Residency Exhibition
Friday, October 23, 7pm to 11pm
Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave