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News: Terry Dowd Relocates to Mana Contemporary Chicago

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Terry Dowd and general manager at Mana Contemporary Chicago Micha Lang.

Terry Dowd and general manager at Mana Contemporary Chicago, Micha Lang

Terry Dowd, Incorporated (TDI) recently announced the relocation of their operations and storage facilities from 2501 West Armitage to Mana Contemporary Chicago’s headquarters at 2233 South Throop. While TDI has not yet opened its doors for business at their new home, their move has already commenced, occupying a total of 20,000 square feet at Mana already, whose nine-level building spans a total of 400,000 square feet. They are scheduled to be fully operating by April of 2015 and will debut a new logo and website in the next few months. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Telephone Starring in Video Game to Make an Appearance at Nightingale

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Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number. Black, Western Electric model 2500. Photo credit: VGA Gallery.

Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number. Black, Western Electric model 2500.

A phone that only dials one number—(270)301-5797—may be useless to most people. But such a phone is at the heart of Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery’s one-day exhibition, “Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number.” Curiosity may lure people to The Nightingale, the event’s host, this Saturday, March 21; visitors could also be drawn to the partnerships between several organizations sharing similar interests. Together, this collaboration can elicit discoveries, interactions and new experiences among attendees in The Nightingale’s interdisciplinary, mixed-use space. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Chicago Collaboration Among 2015 Joyce Awards Recipients

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Sanford Biggers, Sandra Delgado, Nari Ward and Helado Negro, 2015 Joyce Awards Recipients

From left to right; Sanford Biggers (photo credit Alex Freund), Sandra Delgado (photo credit Janna Giacoppo), Nari Ward (courtesy of the artist Lehmann Maupin New York and Hong Kong) and Roberto Carlos Lange (photo credit Molly Donahue).

The Joyce Foundation recently announced the four collaborative teams that are the recipients of the 2015 Joyce Awards, receiving an award in the sum of $50,000 each. The four partnerships are between artists of color and prominent arts and cultural organizations within the Great Lakes region in order to present new work specifically designed to engage with the communities where the projects will take root, while also serving as a model for the rest of the country.

This year’s awardees hail from boisterous art cities and include Helado Negro (moniker for musician and composer Roberto Carlos Lange) pairing with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series from the Twin Cities, Jamaican-born artist Nari Ward and Detroit’s Power House Productions, Colombian-American actress and playwright Sandra Delgado in collaboration with Chicago’s Teatro Vista and interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Read the rest of this entry »

News: Threewalls Announces 2015 Edition of Community Supported Art Chicago

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Julia Klein, “Stand/Statuette.” Mock-up of the planned editions. Edition of 25 + 6 artist proofs. All thirty-one are unique in terms of exact measurements and color. Cast bronze, steel and paint.

Julia Klein, “Stand/Statuette.” Mock-up of the planned editions. Edition of 25 + 6 artist proofs. All thirty-one are unique in terms of exact measurements and color. Cast bronze, steel and paint.

Threewalls, one of Chicago’s non-profit art leaders in pro-artist programming, is launching the 2015 edition of its Community Supported Art Chicago (CSA) series: “The Tabletop Collection.” Using the theme of a sculpture garden reimagined for a tabletop, the collection will be available as a set with works by five Chicago-based artists: Laura Davis, Assaf Evron, Julia Klein, Sabina Ott and Stephen Reber. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Deadline for Art Institute and Threadless T-shirt Competition March 10

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Salvador Dalí. "City of Drawers," 1936.

Salvador Dalí. “City of Drawers,” 1936.

The first in a series of t-shirt design challenges sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) and the t-shirt company Threadless is quickly drawing to a close, with a March 10 deadline for submissions. When two globally recognized entities like these join forces in the name of art, beautiful things can happen. This is the first in an ongoing series of art-inspired t-shirt design challenges where artists from all over the world have been asked to create a piece of art inspired by the works of the museum and submit their designs. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Chicagoans To Be Included in the 2015 Venice Biennale

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Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates

This morning the list of 136 artists to be included in the upcoming fifty-sixth Venice Biennale was announced. Two Chicago-based artists are included in this impressive roster: Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall (#1 and #4 respectively on Newcity’s 2014 Art 50 list). The Bienniale opens on May 9, 2015 and runs through November 22, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Humanities Without Walls Announces Global Midwest Grant Awardees

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Lane Relyea of Northwestern University's Art Theory + Practice program, one of five academics awarded the new Humanities Without Walls Global Midwest Grant

Lane Relyea of Northwestern University’s Art Theory + Practice program, one of five academics awarded the new Humanities Without Walls Global Midwest Grant. Photo by Paul Germanos.

The newly initiated Humanities Without Walls Global Midwest Grant has been awarded to the forthcoming There There: A Journal of Global Contemporary Art in the Midwest, a collaboration among Elise Archias from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Kevin Hamilton from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tung-Hui Hu from the University of Michigan, Lane Relyea from Northwestern University’s Art Theory and Practice program and Kris Paulsen from Ohio State University. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explains Dianne Harris, IPRH director and principal investigator.

Three million dollars in total was awarded to IPRH by the Mellon Foundation so as to fund the first two years of an all-encompassing association of fifteen humanities institutes in and beyond the Midwest. There There was awarded a $27,000 grant, which the collaborators intend to use for the production of an online arts journal. “The first issue of which is slated for October 2015. I am helping the main editor Kris Paulsen, who is assistant professor in the art history department at Ohio State,” briefs Relyea by email. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Illinois Arts Council Suspends Funding Decisions for Fiscal Year 2015

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Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford. “Anachronic Objects: Tower and Wall,” 2014. Glass Curtain Gallery. Supported by the 2014 Illinois Arts Council Agency fellowship. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Daniel Eisenberg. “The Unstable Object -2,” work in progress. Supported by the 2014 Illinois Arts Council Agency fellowship. Image from production room at Ottobock Factory in Germany. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Shirley Madigan, Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) chairman and spokesperson, recently informed IACA grantees and applicants that fiscal year 2015 funding decisions for current, pending and future applicants is suspended. But why?

Madigan’s concise letter describes “circumstances beyond our control” and expresses “regret [for] any hardships that are caused.” This news follows Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s February 18 release of his proposed budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year. Given Illinois’ state-level financial struggles, part of his proposed budget includes $6.7 billion in cuts; IACA itself has a recommended budget reduction of 18.2 percent for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget reduction as the cause of IACA’s funding suspension decision is speculative. IACA informed Newcity that Madigan was unable to provide a response at the time of publication. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Corner Art Gallery Opens in Avondale Neighborhood

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Artist Lynn Basa standing outside her new Avondale project space Corner. Photo by Doug VanderHoof.

Artist Lynn Basa standing outside her new Avondale project space Corner/Photo: Doug VanderHoof

Painter and School of the Art Institute of Chicago MFA candidate Lynn Basa has opened Corner, a new art gallery in the Avondale neighborhood located at 2912 North Milwaukee. Basa has owned the building at the corner of Drake and Milwaukee since 2008 where her studio also resides. Because she can only work on one painting at a time, Basa wanted to make use of the remaining 400-square-foot space by doing something she found meaningful. We met for an interview in which she says, “I just felt like I could bring more value to my life by creating a connection with the community. Studio work is notoriously isolating and so I wanted to not only start connecting with other artists, but also experiment because I feel like the whole language of gallery space is to keep people out and I started thinking about how this very building was designed to bring people in.” Read the rest of this entry »

News: ThingStead Press Releases New Publication on February 26

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Chris Reeves and Aaron Walker's ThingStead press on view at UIC's Gallery 400 lobby

Chris Reeves and Aaron Walker’s ThingStead press on view at UIC’s Gallery 400 lobby

Next time you’re on or near the UIC campus, stop into Gallery 400 and pick up a copy of ThingStead, PhD art history candidate Chris Reeves and MFA candidate Aaron Walker’s small-press print installation project in the lobby. The two took over the space, which is already bustling with daily foot traffic, and turned it into a checkout lane where patrons can peruse and “take-away” a copy of their latest publication. Each booklet is composed of “reimagined drafts and excerpts” from artists and writers on a specific topic, theme or work to create an amalgamation of ideas or “excursus,” as they like to call it.

“Legend and History,” by Columbus, Ohio-based artist, Ryland Wharton is released today, February 26. Reeves describes the book as “mystical concrete poetry,” as it is a reproduction of passages from M. Caron and S. Hutin’s “The Alchemists.”
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