Society for Photographic Eduction
March 4-7, 2010, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

If you missed Doug Aitken‘s great artist talk on Monday at The Art Institute of Chicago then be sure to listen to the audio podcast.

Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken is at the frontier of 21st-century communication. Utilizing a wide array of media and artistic approaches, Aitken’s eye leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. Aitken’s work effortlessly slips into our media-saturated cultural unconscious allowing the viewer to experience cinema in a unique way by deconstructing a connection between sound, moving images, and the rhythms of our surroundings. Treating the world as his studio, he edits together frenetic and unique models of contemporary experience.

Visiting Artists Program audio and video podcasts:
http://www.saic.edu/art_design/vap/

Matt Saunders

02.24.10

Matt Saunders
February 28 – April 11, 2010
The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

For his exhibition at The Renaissance Society—the artist’s first solo museum show—Berlin–based Matt Saunders will present several interrelated new works. In drawings, paintings, short films, and photographs, Saunders recasts images, often taken from film or television, into new narratives about portraiture and spectatorship. At the same time, he pushes boundaries between media to tell a parallel story of how images are made, are repeated, and are embodied in materials. At the Renaissance Society, Saunders will debut a new multichannel animated film, which moves through a cycle of scenes and notations. A new series of photographs made from drawn and painted “negatives” comprises a kind of ersatz portrait gallery, flush with a diverse cast of characters – from workers biking through the streets of Berlin to an early Los Alamos scientist, from a largely forgotten East German actress to the highest paid British television actor of the ’60s. As a group, they make a broken, associative record of twentieth-century lives.

The opening reception will be on February 28, 2010, from 4 to 6 pm. There will be a discussion with the artist from 5 to 6 pm.

I am so excited for this and I will definitely be there with my copy of William Eggleston’s Guide for him to sign!


William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2008
February 27–May 23, 2010
Galleries 182–184, 188
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue

William Eggleston will be making a rare public appearance at the Art Institute of Chicago on February 27, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, to mark the opening of his retrospective exhibition, William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008. He will be signing books in Griffin Court in the Modern Wing. For more information, visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s calendar.

Admission to the museum on February 27 is free–as it is all day, every day, for the entire month of February.

TYPEFORCE

02.22.10

TYPEFORCE: The Annual Chicago Show of Emerging Typographic Allstars
Opening: Friday, February 26, 2010
Runs through: March 14, 2010
@Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan St in Bridgeport

Allstars Include:
Jeremiah Chiu, Renata Graw, David Weik, Billy Baumann, Matthew Hoffman, Chris Eichenseer, Chad Kouri, Ryan Thurwell, Luke Williams, Tnop, Andy Luce, John Pobojewski, Darren McPherson, Lora Fosberg, Margot Harrington, Greg Calvert, Aaron Pedersen, Duncan MacKenzie, Will Miller, Nick Adam, Damian Abraham

Brought to you by Public Media Institute and Firebelly Design
Sponsored by AIGA Chicago, Graphic Arts Studio, Unisource Paper & I Shoot Rockstars

The Shopping Show
curated by Ben Russell
Wednesday the 24th of February, 7:00pm
Gallery 400
400 S Peoria, Chicago, IL

Shopaholics, rethink and rejoice!  Presented in the aisles of the FREE STORE, Gallery 400’s newest (non)commercial wing, here’s a film/video treatise on the joys and terrors of cash and commerce, in two parts.  Beginning in the mid-80s improvised music / language poetry / experimental dance scene (!) of the East Village and “featuring” John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Abigail Child, Christian Marclay and over 2500 synch-sound cuts in fifteen minutes, Henry Hills’ Money is a montage-barrage time capsule view of $ociety’$ greate$t ill$.  With this new-found insight into the essence of bling, German media essayist Harun Farocki takes the lesson one step further by offering us a systematic look at the how-to’s of lightening up your wallet.  He’s talking shopping malls and shopping mall journals, consulting firms and purchase analysts, Las Vegas mall conventions and consumer-behavior laboratories; in The Creators of Shopping Worlds, Farocki lets the infrastructure speak for itself, a self-indictment of how spontaneity can be incitement.  Friendly Shoppers, You Must Act Now!  Don’t Wait Another Minute!  It’s THE SHOPPING SHOW, a one-time-only-everything-must-go-impulse-purchase-for-your-recession-bank-account-mind, a media deal that you simply can’t afford to miss…

Featuring: Money by Henry Hills (15:00, 16mm, 1985), The Creators of Shopping Worlds by Harun Farocki (72:00, video, 2001) TRT 87:00

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SYNOPSIS:
Money by Henry Hills (15:00, 16mm, 1985)
Filmed primarily on the streets of Manhattan for the ambient sounds and movements and occasional pedestrian interaction to create a rich tapestry of swirling colors and juxtaposed architectural spaces in deep focus and present the intense urban over-flowing energy that is experience living here. MONEY is thematically centered around a discussion of economic problems facing avant-garde artists in the Reagan era. Discussion, however, is fragmented into words and phrases and reassembled into writing. Musical and movement phrases are woven through this conversation to create an almost operatic composition. Give me money! “If time is money, this 15-minute film is a bargain.” – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

The Creators of Shopping Worlds by Harun Farocki (72:00, video, 2001)
Brave new shopping worlds are being created. What have mall owners, architects, surveillance technicians, and supermarket workers done to turn human subjects into pure streams of consumers, into the perfect inhabitants of shopping mall paradise?
“Going to the supermarket is an exercise in predestination: research has proven, as we learn in The Creators of Shopping Worlds, that, “Customers orient themselves horizontally . . . and vertically they look for a specific item.” The mall planners and bread-display architects seen at work in Harun Farocki’s doc take on the sinister air of a worldwide conspiracy.”
— Jessica Winter, Village Voice, October 31st 2001

Ken Fandell

02.20.10

Ken Fandell
Opening: Friday, February 26, 5-7pm
Donald Young Gallery
224 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 266