MoCP Member Print-Making Workshop with Chicago’s Anchor Graphics Studio
Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 6pm-9pm

In the tradition of John Baldessari, participants will reproduce manipulated photographic images as pronto plate lithographs. During this hands on workshop David Jones, Director and Master Printer of Anchor Graphics, will instruct participants in this process which uses polyester plates that can hold digital, xeroxed and hand drawn imagery. Participants will make small editions of 5 prints. Please call or email to reserve your spot at 312-369-7779 or mocp@colum.edu.

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John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective From The Collections Of Jordan D. Schnitzer And His Family Foundation
July 2 – September 26, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Photography

The MoCP is proud to present a retrospective of renowned artist John Baldessari’s prints, spanning the four decades of Baldessari’s “post-painting” period, 1970s to the present. This collection of prints is on loan from the Portland, Oregon-based collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer.

About the Artist
John Baldessari, born 1931 in National City, California, has been teaching art and making art since the 1950s after receiving his BA and MA from San Diego State College (now San Diego State University). He taught at California Institute of the Arts from its founding in 1970 to 1988, and has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 1996. He lives in Los Angeles and is often credited with helping to make that city an internationally recognized center of contemporary art. In 1997 Baldessari received the California Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, followed in 2005 by the Lifetime Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts. As part of the 53rd International Venice Biennale 2009 in June, Baldessari will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Paula McCartney: Birdwatching
July 2 – September 26, 2010
Artist Talk + Closing Reception: Wednesday, September 22
Museum of Contemporary Photography

Paula McCartney’s densely wooded landscapes are enlivened, ironically, by brightly colored craft store songbirds. While the deceit is more obvious in some pictures than others, what bears noticing is how these faux fowl punctuate their environments both as formal elements carefully arranged amid the brush and branches, and as a curious construction that offers an idealized vision of nature undercut by the gentle satire of that ideal.

Ox-Bow Centennial: Contemporary Art
June 26th – July 31, 2010
Opening: June 26th, 6-9 pm
Roots & Culture

Ox-Bow Centennial: Contemporary Art with Mike Andrews, Jonah Groeneboer, Shara Hughes, George Liebert, Anna Mayer, Aspen Mays, Carmen Price, Elizabeth Rupprecht, Melanie Schiff, Andrew Winship, and Nate Wolf.

Roots & Culture is proud to host an exhibition that celebrates the centennial year of Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency. Located in Saugatuck, Michigan, for the past 100 years, Ox-Bow has provided an immersive experience for artists where the influence of a creative community, pristine natural environment and the process of retreat has made a lasting impact on countless individuals.

The artists in this exhibition represent the range of relationships that artists have to Ox-Bow, from faculty members, to staff, to resident artists, to fellowship recipients and students. Two artists, George Liebert and Betsy Rupprecht provide a link to Ox-Bow’s legacy- both in their deep personal histories at Ox-Bow and in that they are each highly regarded instructors who have had an enduring influence on the younger generation. Both these artists share in a tradition of narrativised landscape painting, whether employing mythic or personal storytelling through the allegory of the experience of nature. This concern is evident in painted works by Shara Hughes, Carmen Price, Andrew Winship, and Nate Wolf. Works by Hughes and Wolf use idiosyncratic styles in which the application of the paint itself ducks and jumps in frenzied reverie synched to the characters (Wolf) and objects (Hughes) that populate their images. Carmen Price cherrypicks characters and symbols from daily experience and strings them together in playfully cryptic thought streams. Winship caricaturizes and anthropomorphizes natural phenomena in his painting. Photographic work by Melanie Schiff extends this concern of landscape narrative. Phenomological approaches to nature are present in work by Aspen Mays in which the light of a firefly is literally captured in the camera’s lens and in Jonah Groeneboer’s installation work which bends and reflects light through a network of line. A preoccupation with craft and material experimentation follow through Groeneboer’s work into fiber work by Mike Andrews, which recasts domestic materials into works of intuitive investigation. Hybridized everyday objects and rituals are further explored in an interactive installation by Anna Mayer. The themes explored in this exhibition- narrative, natural phenomena, craft, and everyday ritual are dominant concerns of artists working at Ox-Bow today.

Also on view in Roots & Culture’s kitchen space is a show, “Who Cooks for You?” arranged by the six cooks of Ox-Bow. Part group exhibition and part museological display, the cooks, who are all artists as well, will conjure the spirit of the Ox-Bow kitchen. The kitchen at R & C itself is designed around an old stove from Ox-Bow that was salvaged during the renovations in 2006. With Erin Chapla, Tom Harrington, Mikey Henderberg, Eric May, Carmen Price, and Becky Wehmer.

This exhibition runs concurrently with Ox-Bow Centennial: Historical Works at Corbett Vs. Dempsey, also opening on June 26th.

The 17th Chicago Underground Film Festival
June 24–July 1, 2010
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

This year’s festival includes two World Premieres, five Midwest Premieres, four Chicago Premieres, as well as a tribute to Jonas Mekas who is often referred to as “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema,” question and answer sessions with many of the featured filmmakers, and a journey into the world of underground film. Over a thousand submissions were received for a program of 20 films including features, documentaries, and shorts.

Cosmic Images: Beyond Beauty
A Panel Discussion on the Nature and Meaning of Images in Astrophysics
Sunday June 13 @ 7:00 p.m.
SAIC Ballroom
Free and open to the public

An unusual public science event co-hosted by SAIC with Adler Planetarium and the University of Chicago.  Telescope images of objects in space differ from ordinary photographs both because of how they are made and how they are used to answer questions about the universe.  Three astrophysicists have selected specific images that are important to their research.  They will present these cutting-edge views of our universe, exploring the making and meaning of the images themselves.

Full details on the recently restored Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts, including the application form, have just been posted to the College Art Association (CAA) website.

Later this fall, CAA will award five grants of $5,000 each to outstanding students who will receive MFA degrees in calendar year 2011. Honorable mentions, awarded at the discretion of the jury, will receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.

CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts offer financial assistance to promising MFA candidates. Fellows are honored with grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 1, 2010.