The summer installment of the Center’s ongoing series of group photography shows contains, as usual, technically proficient work in a wide range of modernist genres. Among the seven artists represented, Juan Alvarez stands out for his sensitive and revealing color studies of intimate details with an accent on hands and feet, alerting us to sights that we pass over in the ordinary course of affairs. In “Rockband,” Alvarez gives us a beautifully composed glowing orange-hued image in which a foot descends on the maze of pedals and wires that are essential to producing the special effects of guitar gods, proving beyond a doubt that rock music is a marriage of man and mechanism—Alvarez does not let us decide which one is the dominant partner in this affair. (Michael Weinstein)
Through August 31 at the Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln, (773)549-1631.