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News: New Season of ART21 Airs Tonight

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Tania Bruguera. "Museum of Arte Útil," featured in Season 7 of Art21

Tania Bruguera. “Museum of Arte Útil,” featured in Season 7 of Art21

The seventh season of the groundbreaking documentary series that interviews contemporary artists working at the fore of their field will air on public television station WTTW starting tonight, Friday, October 24, at 10 pm. This season will include segments about Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Leonardo Drew, Omer Fast, Katharina Grosse, Thomas Hirschhorn, Elliott Hundley, Graciela Iturbide, Joan Jonas, Wolfgang Laib, Trevor Paglen, and Arlene Shechet.
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News: Call for $20,000 Public Art Commission at Chinatown Public Library

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Concept rendering of the planned Chinatown Public Library

Concept rendering of the planned Chinatown Public Library

Two weeks remain before the deadline to submit interest in being considered for a new public artwork commission to be installed in the new Chinatown Branch Library that will be built at the intersection of Archer and Wentworth Avenues. The total project budget is $20,000 to be awarded to an artist or team of artists to realize a work in any media sited anywhere within the building. All applications are due on November 6, 2014. Semi-finalists will be selected by mid-November 2014 who will be paid honoraria to develop proposals by mid-January 2015, with the targeted completion of the artwork in July 2015. Call details available here.
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News: Claudine Isé Appointed Executive Director of Woman Made Gallery

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Claudine Isé

Newly appointed executive director of Woman Made Gallery, Claudine Isé

Last week Woman Made Gallery (WMG) announced that former Newcity contributor Claudine Isé has been appointed as the venerable exhibition space’s new executive director. Isé succeeds Beate Minkovski who is retiring after twenty years of service to the organization. In the gallery’s press release, Isé speaks to the important role Woman Made has performed in advancing social discourses around gender and justice, “I am deeply inspired by the Gallery’s unwavering commitment to the social and cultural ideals espoused by feminism, LGBTQ activism, and social justice movements. Woman Made Gallery is a vital resource for contemporary artists of all genders, and I am looking forward to working with its exceptional staff, board and funders to further the gallery’s mission.” Since its founding in 1992, WMG has hosted 378 exhibitions and exhibited more than 7,500 women artists. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Zachary Cahill Appointed as Co-editor of Afterall

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Newly appointed co-editor at Afterall, Zachary Cahill

Newly appointed co-editor at Afterall, Zachary Cahill

Last month, artist and writer Zachary Cahill was appointed to Afterall’s editorial board as one of the co-editors. Afterall is an arts journal published by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in association with the University of Chicago Press. The journal has several global editorial and research partners including University of Chicago’s visual arts department and its Smart Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; and the International University of Andalusia’s arteypensamiento project. Cahill is a lecturer and the open practice committee coordinator in University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts. In addition, his artistic practice, which lies at the intersections between object making, performance and writing, has been recently showcased in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and an interdisciplinary project over the past year at the Smart that was comprised of a large site-specific banner in the museum’s courtyard and accompanying performances and interactive events. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Venerable Roy Boyd Gallery Closes After Forty-two Years

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A lively social gathering for one of Marco Casentini's exhibitions at Roy Boyd Gallery

A lively social gathering for one of Marco Casentini’s exhibitions at Roy Boyd Gallery

Roy Boyd Gallery will close its doors after forty-two years on October 15. This venerable exhibition space in River North has shown Chicago artists along with a number of artists from the West Coast and around the world. Along with several decades of exhibiting artists in his Chicago gallery, Boyd also ran a second space in Los Angeles from 1981 until 1993. In these last days of the River North location at 739 North Wells, the gallery is presenting a panoply of art objects from its remaining inventory, a salon of works comprised of touchstones from across the space’s lifetime, in particular the Boyds’ devotion to abstraction. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Kristin Korolowicz Appointed Curator at Illinois State University Galleries

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Kristin Korolowicz

Kristin Korolowicz, new curator at the University Galleries at Illinois State University

In September, Kristin Korolowicz joined the staff as a new curator for the University Galleries at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Her appointment coincides with the Galleries’ expansion into a new 8,000-square-foot space located in Uptown Station. She joins director Barry Blinderman and senior curator Kendra Paitz as a curatorial team that has long shown prescient instincts for recognizing major contributors to contemporary art before they rise to the art world’s international stage. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Major expansions for Kavi Gupta and Shane Campbell galleries

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Kavi Gupta Gallery's new production studio in Little Village

Kavi Gupta Gallery’s new production studio in Little Village

Two of Chicago’s most prominent galleries—Kavi Gupta and Shane Campbell—are expanding into larger spaces. Kavi Gupta has added an additional building to their Chicago properties, situated in the Little Village neighborhood. Shane Campbell Gallery will be relocating to the South Loop next spring. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Performance Art Venue Defibrillator Loses Lease and Suspends Programming

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Ieke Trink performing "The Order of Things" last year at Defibrillator Gallery. Photo by Isabelle McGuire.

Ieke Trinks performing “The Order of Things” last year at Defibrillator Gallery/Photo: Isabelle McGuire

The end of October marks the close of a four-year era when performance art venue Defibrillator Gallery will vacate its current home at 1136 North Milwaukee in Noble Square after losing the lease on their first floor, storefront location. In the gallery’s press release, they explain that this unexpected loss has necessitated suspending programming and scheduled events from the start of November until February 2015, when it hopes to be settled into a new location. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Theaster Gates No Longer Represented by Kavi Gupta

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'Holding Court' Theaster Gates Armory Show Commissioned Artist, 2012

‘Holding Court’ Theaster Gates Armory Show Commissioned Artist, 2012

Theaster Gates, recently positioned in Newcity’s Art 50 as the #1 most influential and important artist working in Chicago today, will no longer be represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery. Gates’ website has been updated to direct inquiries about his work to White Cube in London.

In an email from Kavi Gupta, the gallerist explained the mutual decision that he and Gates arrived at: “The gallery is still working with him but on a project by project basis. We decided to change the way we work with him, as he is spending more time on his larger real-estate/public art projects and social art practice and less on art objects. His practice has become much more than something that is defined by a brick and mortar art gallery, and he has ideas that go way beyond the scope of our activity. However, because of our long relationship with him and because we introduced him to the art world, we mutually decided to focus on helping him with his future projects as they relate to art and keep loose ties going forward.” Read the rest of this entry »

All The Pretty Things are Going To Hell: A Guest Essay by Lise Haller Baggesen on David Bowie Day in Chicago

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Wakeup Makeup With Rahm Emanuel (courtesy of Facebook)

Wakeup Makeup With Rahm Emanuel (courtesy of Facebook)

One early morning last week—as I was getting ready to go down to Navy Pier to put the finishing touches on my installation for the “Art Prom” that was at the third annual installment of Chicago’s own Expo Chicago—I woke up to a picture in my Facebook feed, of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in full Ziggy Stardust make up.

It was accompanied by a PROCLAMATION from the Office of the Mayor/City of Chicago with lots of WHERAS’ celebrating David Bowie’s career and the MCA’s accomplishments in securing the show for its only North American venue, and ending in “NOW, THEREFORE, I, RAHM EMANUEL, MAYOR TO THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim September 23, 2014 to be DAVID BOWIE DAY IN CHICAGO in recognition of the incredible work of David Bowie and urge all Chicagoans to enjoy “David Bowie Is” at the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art.”

It was a first-class prank, of the sort that we have all dreamt of pulling in childhood fantasies of “If I Ruled the World,” and yet it knocked me out, like an NFL player in an elevator. Read the rest of this entry »