Green Lantern Press has announced that in October they will open Sector 2337—a new space in Logan Square that will function as both a storefront gallery and a bookstore. The space will host three exhibitions a year supplemented by a series of public programs. In addition, the Press’ online bookstore will be represented in the space with books specializing in contemporary art, poetry, theory and independent press titles. In their press release, Green Lantern Gallery & Press founder Caroline Picard and New Corpse co-director Devin King said, “By marrying these threads—contemporary exhibitions, readings, performances, poetry, and printed matter—we continue the spirit of The Green Lantern Gallery and Press, making community, culture, and discourse easily accessible to Chicago.”
Sector 2337 is already actively at work with new exhibitions; currently at the Hyde Park Art Center is “Isolated Fictions: A Reenactment at the Hyde Park Art Center,” which restages the last exhibition that took place in 2010 at their former gallery venue, The Green Lantern Gallery. While this iteration includes works that appeared in the original version of the show by Amanda Browder, Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, new components have been added by Carmen Price, Steve Ruiz, Jason Dunda, Maria Dumlao and Hui-min Tsen.
“The New [New] Corpse,” first exhibition planned in the new Logan Square storefront, will open on October 16 and features quite a few artists including Benjamin L. Aman and Marion Auburtin, Joseph Grigley, Young Joon Kwak, Jason Lazarus, Carlos Martiel, Heather Mekkelson, Rachel Niffenegger, Xaviera Simmons and Shoshanna Weinberger.
Along with the launch of this first exhibition, Sector 2337 will also be host to Jane Jerardi as their first studio resident. Jerardi will screen her looped video work “Efficiency,” 2005, on site, and will also host a public workshop on November 9. Picard writes about this residency component of their new space, “We are interested in opening that area up to specific proposals, and offering one to two candidates annually the opportunity to use the back end of our gallery as a site for the research and development of new work, the more general area for proposed reading groups, performances, readings, and workshops. Residents will be selected by submitting proposals, according to an annual call. We look forward to seeing this program further define itself in the coming year, and we anticipate it being open to writers and artists alike.”
The Green Lantern Gallery and Press began in 2005 and over the past decade has evolved in a number of different directions with multiple sites. In each chapter, a sustained relationship to art and gallery projects has been steady alongside the works Green Lantern has published. The [new] Corpse referenced in their forthcoming exhibition’s title has been an ongoing salon series hosted at Picard and King’s home in Wicker Park. Picard writes further about their model for sustaining both the press and the project space, “[Sector 2337] is organized as a for-profit bookstore. The Green Lantern Press will continue within that structure as a non-profit, essentially renting space from Sector while using the storefront as its main headquarters. The Green Lantern Press will continue to produce non-commercial books and exhibitions within the Sector space. It is our hope that, by balancing for-profit and non-profit structures, we can cover our administrative costs through the Sector revenue stream, while providing a line of support for artists and authors alike.” (Matt Morris)
Sector 2337 opens their inaugural exhibition on October 16 from 6pm–9pm, located at 2337 North Milwaukee.