Chicago Artists Month Crossing Borders includes many local venues


In celebration of the creative pulse and impulse of the City, Chicago Artists Month (CAM), in its 19th year, runs for five weeks and includes 300+ event includes many events in Chicago's near northwest side.  The activities and events fall into open studio tours, neighborhood art walks + festivals, performances, learning/making and exhibitions. In addition, other art venues are delivering art experiences across the City. 

With a theme of Crossing Borders, it refers to immigrants from faraway lands making their homes in Chicago and transforming the creative soul with a little bit of Africa, or South America, or physical borders. Or it refers to conceptual, genre or societal borders, which can be liberating, creative, stimulating, transgressive, dangerous or affirmative. 

At the Logan Square CTA Blue Line Station Plaza Moirai will be performed for two hours between 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. From Greek mythology, the Fates, three "children," will be portrayed by performance artists using simple materials and Butoh-inspired movement.  

At the Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee, AnySquared Residency has community events and a series of performances from Oct. 15 to beyond CAM to Nov. 15. Included in the show that include music, film and readings. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and during scheduled events. 

Because Art exhibition, open through Nov. 2, features work that reveals the discourse between the art and the artist. It includes painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture and mixed media, exploring approaches and techniques of art practice and how it is shaped through the process of self-identification. 

Artists include: Mike Bolsinga, Angela Davis Fegan, Lewis Lain, and Tararchy (Tara Zanzig), BboyB, Nathan Becka, Bianca Sarah Bova, Lexygius Calip, Nicole Cherry, Erik DeBat, Maria Dimashtein, Taylor Edin, Traci Fowler, Larry W. Green, Ivan Gutierrez, Jared Haberman, Gretchen Hasse, Alex Hovet, Laura Kurtenbach, Carlos J. Matallana, Joseph Mietus, Alejandro Ontiveros Robles, Alma Elaine Shoaf, Jennifer Small, Julie Sulzen and Tamara Wasserman. 

Celebrating 40 years in Chicago, ARC Gallery, 2156 N. Damen Avenue, in Bucktown, has an all member show open through Oct. 25. Themed on the square, Square Arc, pieces use the square as a shape, a space, a measurement and a metaphor. Gallery hours: Wed to Sat noon to6 p.m. and Sun. noon to 4 p.m.   

ARC member artists include: Granite Amit, Kina Bagovska, Nancy Bechtol, Nancy Charak, Esther Charbit, Laura Cloud, Michelle Corazzo, Ellen Roth Deutsch, Kathleen Dugan, Meredith Dytch, Linda Sorkin Eisenberg, Nancy Fritz, Iris Goldstein, Jessica Gondek, Kristina Gosh, Kerry Hirth, Pamela Hobbs, Sanja Hurem, Nicole Jacquard, Carolyne King,Pauline Kochanski, Laura Lencioni, Mary Maughelli, Sari Maxfield, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas. Ruti Modlin, Cheri Reif Naselli, Ann Patrick O'Brien, Jan Parker, Civia Rosenberg, Judith Roth, Jane Stevens, Michele Stutts, Cynthia Vaicunas, Ralitza Vladimirova, Chiyeko Yuki and Amy Zucker. 

Defibrillator, 1136 N Milwaukee Ave., in East Village, is having its last events at this location. Poppy Jackson from the U.K., performs on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.

On Oct. 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., Shapeshifters will feature installation and performance from an interdisciplinary graduate seminar at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) taught by Frederic Moffet.

The final event will be curated by Jon Poindexter on Fri. Oct. 31.



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