Arts Guide for Wicker Park and Bucktown this week

Date: 
10/11/2019
AlexPuryearBlue

"Unravel," 2018 by Alex Puryear in Jackson Junge's BLUE

Fall festivities and fun continue in Wicker Park and Bucktown this weekend with plenty to do and see in the neighborhood arts scene!

Read up on our latest WPB Weekend Arts guide for the latest on exhibition openings, closings, happenings, and events...


Friday (10/11/2019)

   
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Feminist Freelancers: All Are Welcome! Immigrants To Go Pop Up Installation
Looking to get work done and hang out with other feminists? Make new friends, start new projects, promote your own project, and find out what everybody’s up to! All are welcome! Tea and coffee will be provided, but BYOB and snacks for networking. 11am to 5 p.m. of $5-10 is suggested. The event is co-organized by Film Girl Film Festival.
Immigrants To Go makes us notice the presence of the other, the one that we don’t love, the one that we don’t want to recognize because we wouldn’t forgive ourselves if we understood why he is here or what caused his forced displacement to a new territory. Land that allegedly would offer a better quality of life perhaps, at the same time, limits immigrants’ bodies, their spaces and their will in their unpersonified lives. Labor immigrants are disposable existences swallowed by a social system and seasonal jobs. Galue has himself experienced this way of living, knowing himself as the other, feeling the brittleness of the labor system through the immigrant perception. It is an existence that daily consumes millions of anonymous people, within societies enjoying the pleasure of to-go services.
Feminist Freelancers 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. + Pup Up 6 to 10 p.m.



Roots & Culture
Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy + Ariolimax di: Sarah Martino & Claire Jade in the Window
Being behind and in front of a camera is a rough way to live and most of us are living it these days. In Screen Play Katy Albert and Emily Eddy explore performance between the screen, on screen, off screen, and some screens in between. Razing the standards of good taste, videos range from the grotesque to the intimate in a robust schedule of new and recent work. Objects arranged throughout the space reinforce the anguish and pleasure of living with oneself on the mind.
Opening Reception 6 to 9 p.m.



Sideshow Gallery
Tarot Happy Hour
Sideshow is hosting a regular Tarot Happy Hour to enlighten and align your mind with mindfully crafted cocktails and tarot sessions. Ashlee Stewak of Wayfinder will be reading in 15 or 30 minute sessions and will connect you to the elements through an astro-herbal cocktail. Beverages are intended for healing and integration correlating ingredients with current astrological transitions. Readings will be $20-$30 and include the herbal beverage.
4 to 7 p.m.



The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Fall Movie Series with Kitties: Beetlejuice!
Movie Nite and snuggle time with kitties! Windy Kitty staff has selected their favorite flicks and invite you to enjoy the fall nights in the company of adoptable cats. PJ's encouraged! Bring anything you'd like to make yourself at home. There will be popcorn and one drink available. Join the kitties and lean into fall and with this week's movie- Beetlejuice! All events are BYOB. Kitten playtime included. Please register in advance.
6:15 to 8:15 p.m.



Young Chicago Authors
Queeriosity hosted by TOMS
Young Chicago Authors has teamed up with TOMS Chicago to celebrate National Coming Out Day! Hosted by Ari and Darius with sounds curated by DeLisa Lyles, Queeriosity is an open mic and creative space for queer/questioning youth and their friends.
7 to 9 p.m.



Saturday (10/12/2019)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Immigrants To Go Pop Up Installation
Immigrants To Go makes us notice the presence of the other, the one that we don’t love, the one that we don’t want to recognize because we wouldn’t forgive ourselves if we understood why he is here or what caused his forced displacement to a new territory. Land that allegedly would offer a better quality of life perhaps, at the same time, limits immigrants’ bodies, their spaces and their will in their unpersonified lives. Labor immigrants are disposable existences swallowed by a social system and seasonal jobs. Galue has himself experienced this way of living, knowing himself as the other, feeling the brittleness of the labor system through the immigrant perception. It is an existence that daily consumes millions of anonymous people, within societies enjoying the pleasure of to-go services.
6 to 10 p.m.



Challengers Comics + Conversation
The Plot: Michael Moreci Signing
Acclaimed comic and prose writer Michael Moreci returns to Challengers for the release of The Plot #1! A spooky signing for a spooky comic during the spookiest month! In order to receive...First you must give. When Chase Blaine's estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta...which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets. Michael will be signing copies of The Plot #1 and all of his previous work.
2:00pm to 4:00pm


   
Jackson Junge Gallery
After the Equinox Fall Market + Chicago Autism Network Fall Gala
Jackson Junge Gallery is hosting the After the Equinox Fall Market featuring local artisans and craftspeople. Jewelry, drawings, and ceramics abound! Kelly Maryanski will be doing live portraiture from 2:00pm to 5:00pm! Bring your pet or yourself and get drawn! Featured artists include Sam Arnold, Garret Augustyn, Kathie Huddleston, Jeneba Koroma, Jennifer Mosley, Jack Valentine, and Olivia Wallar. 
Come join the Chicago Autism Network at the beautiful Jackson Junge Gallery in a celebration of arts and autism to raise money for those in our community who need, but can't afford effective autism therapy. There will be light food, an open bar, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets available HERE.
Fall Market Noon to 5 + CAN Fall Gala 7 to 10 p.m.



Line Dot Editions
Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities
Curated by Chicago's own Czr Prz, Darts on a Map brings together a diverse selection of contemporary artistic talent from all over the globe. The lineup of top established and emerging artists includes 2 Alas, Ava Grey Designs, Sarah Best, Denial, Joe Iurato, Ian Kuali'i, Kevin Ledo, Marka27, Ozmo, Pixel Pancho, Czr Prz, Michael Reeder, Nicole Salgar, Rachel Strum, and Marina Zumi.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day



Myopic Books
Myopic Poetry Series
Occasional live  readings and poet talks happen on Mypic's second floor. Admission is free. This week's readings are presented by Kimberly Lyons, Larry Sawyer, and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.
7 p.m.


   
Volumes Bookcafe
Gint Aras: Relief by Execution + The Nocturnals Storytime
Join Volumes for the release of Relief by Execution, a new memoir from Chicago author, Gint Aras! Between the years of 1996-1999, Aras lived a hapless bohemian’s life in Linz, Austria. Decades later, a random conversation with a Polish immigrant in a Chicago coffeehouse provokes a question: why didn’t Aras ever visit Mauthausen, or any of the other holocaust sites close to his former home? The answer compels him to visit the concentration camp in the winter of 2017, bringing with him the baggage of a childhood shaped by his family of Lithuanian WWII refugees. The result is this meditative inquiry, at once lyrical and piercing, on the nature of ethnic identity, the constructs of race and nation, and the lasting consequences of collective trauma.
Today's special edition Story Time will feature The Tasty Treat: The Nocturnals!
Gint Aras 7 to 9 p.m. + The Nocturnals Storytime 10 to 11 a.m.



Sunday (10/13/2019)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Mud Dye Workshop
Learn the history of Japanese Bengala Mud Dyes with Sarah Jamison, as she guides you through the technique of dyeing wool with these ancient pigments. Bringing her experience and knowledge back from her Japan tour, Sarah will instruct you on how to prep and dye wool with the Bengala Mud Dyes. Learn a new dye technique and have fun creating your own hand painted yarn! These ancient pigment dyes come from the earth, making them 100% eco friendly. No heat or chemical mordants are needed to dye, keeping the wool chemically unchanged and allows us to save on water use. Because the dye is naturally sourced, there is no special disposal, it’s safe for waterways, the soil, and you. Workshop costs includes one skein of all natural wool yarn, the Bengala Mud Dye station, and one and a half hours of instruction by Sarah Jamison.
2 to 3:30 p.m. 



Sideshow Gallery 
Sacred Sundays
Shop friends from Shaman's Dream will be doing special Blood Mood Edition of Sacred Sundays at Sideshow. Michael Whitcomb will be doing aura cleansings and astrological chart readings. Readings will last 45 minutes and be $60. Appointments must be made in advance. Mary will also be in the shop with her extensive collection of crystals. She will be able to answer any questions about crystal attributes and metaphysical properties.
12:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. ComEd will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


ONGOING EXHIBITIONS


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Michael Gaylord James: Pictures from the Long Haul
Many moons and sunrises have passed since Michael Gaylord James turned 18 and left the nurturing confines of his hometown. His parents encouraged him to explore and experience new things. And so he has. During his "long haul" he's kept negatives, photos, notes and artifacts, and remains gladly mired in the process of going through them–a regular treat, a continuing love affair with life while reopening and kindling doors of memory likely otherwise lost. Pictures from the Long Haul will take you back and forth across the American landscape, south into Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Cuba, and across the blue waters to Ireland, the old USSR and South Africa. The memories are here for you to devour and absorb. May the experience encourage you to dig deep and find things in your own consciousness to remember, perhaps to share.

 


The Dime
JUMBO: Nicholas Sistler
Artist Nicholas Sistler fashions whimsical content with an intimate scale. For JUMBO, Sistler has focussed on inventive playfulness through an intuitive process developed over decades of practice. Sistler treats his miniature images (most would fit on a postcard) like advertising, captivating his audience with brilliant colors and meticulous detail, leading them into compositions with beguiling structure. Each painting balances multiple aspects, details and layers, and the more that people look at a painting, the more they’ll be rewarded by Sistler's fascination with optical illusions, ambiguous visual information, and play with space and perspective.

 


Firecat Projects
Positive Slope: Stories of Chicago Public Schools
Positive Slope is CPS Lives' first ever group show of this scale. CPS Lives is a non-profit arts organization that pairs Chicago artists, designers, creatives, thinkers, makers, and educators with a Chicago Public School during the academic year to collaborate on a project, sharing the unique and individual story of each Chicago Public School. Exhibiting artists include Marzena Abrahamik, Kioto Aoki, Kris Brailey, Suzette Bross, Doug Fogelson, Scott Fortino, Jim Iska, Michelle Keim, Carlos Matallana, Janet Mesic-Mackie, Jeff Phillips, Eileen Ryan, Jaclyn Silverman, Sa Schloff, Jan Tichy, and Jay Wolke.

 


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Echoview Fiber Mill Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to host a month-long trunk show with Echoview Fiber Mill–a spinning mill, knitting operation, and design house based in Weaverville, NC. They make exceptionally high quality craft knitting and weaving yarns using natural fibers like wool, alpaca, silk, mohair, and organic cotton. Their facility is a Gold LEED certified building. Sustainability is the foundation of their business and is taken into account in each decision made. Located just across the road from the fiber mill is Echoview Farm - an 86 acre tract of land that is home to a menagerie of extremely happy fiber animals, honey bees, dye plants, and chickens.

 


Gallery Cafe
Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined
Sam Lynn focuses on the idea of abstracting landscapes in her solo show at Gallery Cafe. All art will be for sale, as well as hand painted jewelry.

 


Heaven Gallery
Knows No Bounds
Immersive. Experiential. Activation. Sensorial. Ever increasingly, descriptors such as these are being used to express and construct the contemporary art-going experience. Trendy pop-ups dubbed as art museums are intensifying the tendency and lending to an expectation and misperception that to feel emotion or to share a connection with art it must be touched, stepped on, laid upon or even jumped into. Through a shared and intimate knowledge of material and subject matter, Knows No Bounds seeks to recalibrate the act of experiencing art, as we know it today. An engagement in which lingering observation is welcomed for its innate ability to spark any infinite number of internal associations for the viewer, bringing all bounds tumbling down. Curated by Denise Joseph, the exhibition features the work of Zachary Buchner, Rachel Eng, Crystal Gregory, Phillip Maisel, Jaclyn Mednicov, Ben Pederson, Mike Rea, and Gwendolyn Zabicki.

 


Jackson Junge Gallery
BLUE
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents BLUE, its fourth and final group exhibition of the 2019 season. The exhibition showcases 50 works of art featuring painting, photography and sculpture by 35 American artists from all over the United States exploring the multi-faceted visual and conceptual interpretations of the color blue. Blue, one of the three primary colors, has evolved over time to symbolize an array of definition and appears everywhere in our daily lives. The color of the sky, bodies of water, stones, various flora, and the like have inspired creativity for millennia. Not only does this hue appear in a tangible capacity, it is also used in association with abstract and ephemeral descriptions such as sadness, tranquility, death and inspiration in an amalgam of ways. Exhibiting artists include Sam Arnold, Ryan Blume, Kevin Connaughton, Helen Dannelly, David Decesaris, Dimitre, Faye Earnest, RenO Franczek, Carol Hamilton, Fletcher Hayes, M. Jackson, Jason E. Jones, Rita Dianni Kaleel, Kurt Kreissl, Richard Laurent, Cynthia J. Lee, Paula Loomis, Kelly Mathews, Joan Mclane, James Mesplé, David Moenkhaus, Julie Rivera, Peter E. Russell, Samuel Schwindt, Kristi Sloniger, Smith, Richard Sperry, John Stillmunks, Jim Storrs, Jill Sutton, Pearlie Taylor, Ken Tremback, Cristinia Velazquez, and Derek Walter.

 


Langer Over Dickie
Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
Jonathan Korotko is an artist who works with fiber in sculptural form. In his current practice, Korotko examines the intersections of aesthetics coming from his own familial history and what an empowering queer aesthetic might look like today. As a maker, Korotko thinks of ways to allow people to connect to a sense of political agency and community through aesthetic form. He is interested in ways objects can be just as influential as people in one’s coming of age. He wants people to think about the significance of style as part of political mobilization in queer history. Korotko is interested in camp aesthetics as a form of play that distorts traditional norms of appearance, drawn to and identifying with certain objects: flamboyant ones, feminine ones. If viewers see his objects and are drawn to them, he wants the viewer to feel affirmed in their desires or fantasies. There is no shame in this.

 


LVL3 Gallery
Question and Answer
LVL3 is proud to present Question and Answer, a two-person exhibition featuring Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Roni Packer. Barrois Jr. prompts conversation through didactic compositions of printer matter and peripheral materials. Packer searches for a generative material presence by making connections with form and color. If Barrois Jr. creates relationships through differences, Packer’s work may manifest as the similarities.

 


Little Broken Things
Oscura
Oscura features prints by painter Jeffry Dean. He is joined by Nomadic Ant with a jewelry pop up shop.

 


UGLY
Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
Readily described as an installation deploying images, objects and structures, they have yet to be named by their dogs, anonymous canine artists tapped Caroline Jacobson and Andrew Hunt to facilitate reflections on desirability, self-expression and autonomy. The “works” own our beloved artists through their conscription of Hunt & Jacobson to produce images in their doggedness, dollness and humanness.

 


Vertical Gallery
Word To Mother: Let Love Lead the Way
Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Let Love Lead the Way, an exhibit of paintings created over the past two years by British artist Word To Mother. Let Love Lead the Way is split into two bodies—salvaged pieces and layered paintings—featuring cartoon animals united by a shared spirit of perseverance and positivity. A range of textures and objects including rusted metal surfaces and vintage wooden patinas provide the perfect backdrop for the artist’s menagerie of characters, which he executes in a limited palette with minimal use of gold leaf. Gestural marks and layers of illustrations form the surfaces of the contrasting pieces, with WTM's singular line work exploring the optimism and joy that the character forms express. 

 


Video Game Art Gallery
Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History
Based out of Chala, India, Studio Oleomingus is a two-person game studio known for their visually stunning and narrative-driven games and about the history of India, post-colonialism, and a generative approach toward blending fact and fiction. This exhibition will bring together the various parts of "Somewhere," a ongoing video game epic in several episodes. "Somewhere" is a videogame adaptation of an anthology by the Gujarati playwright Mir UmarHassan, about the search for a mythical city called Kayamgadh. Set in nineteenth century British Colonial India, it traces the lives of several people as they search for a fabled journal which charts a route to Kayamgadh. This exhibition will be Oleomingus’ first in America and will include debut work that has not been previously released to the public.


LOCATIONS

Friday (10/11/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Feminist Freelancers - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. + Immigrants To Go Pop Up Installation - 6 to 10 p.m.
Roots & Culture: Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy with Ariolimax di: Sara Martino & Claire Jade in the window - opening reception 6 to 9 p.m.
Sideshow Gallery: Tarot Happy Hour - 4 to 7 p.m.
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Fall Movie Series with Kitties: Beetlejuice! - 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Young Chicago Authors @ TOMS: Queeriosity hosted by TOMS - 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday (10/12/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Immigrants To Go Pop Up Installation - 6 to 10 p.m.
Challengers Comics + Conversation: The Plot: Michael Moreci Signing - 2 to 4 p.m.
Jackson Junge Gallery: After the Equinox Fall Market - noon to 5 p.m. + Chicago Autism Network Fall Gala - 7 to 10 p.m.
Line Dot Editions: Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities - exhibition closes
Myopic Books: Myopic Poetry Series - 7 p.m.
Volumes Bookcafe: Gint Aras: Relief by Execution - 7 to 9 p.m. + The Nocturnals Storytime - 10 to 11 a.m.

Sunday (10/13/2019)
Firefly Fiber 
Arts Studio: Mud Dye Workshop - 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Sundays - 12:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8 a. to 2 p.m.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

AdventureLand Works on Paper: 
Michael Gaylord James: Pictures from the Long Haul 
The Dime: JUMBO: Nicholas Sistler 
Firecat Projects: Positive Slope: Stories of Chicago Public Schools
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Echoview Fiber Mill Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined
Heaven Gallery: Knows No Bounds
Jackson Junge Gallery: BLUE
Langer Over Dickie: Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
LVL3 Gallery: Question and Answer
Little Broken Things: Oscura
UGLY: Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
Vertical Gallery: Word To Mother: Let Love Lead the Way
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History

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