DUBHE CARRENO GALLERY OPENS IN WEST LOOP
Dubhe Carreño relocates her eponymous gallery to the West Loop district. Previously in Pilsen, the ceramic-specific showplace expands to include work in other media, but maintains a stronghold as the premier seller of experimental clay forms.
Opens September 11 at 118 N. Peoria, 2nd floor
JOHN STEZAKER, RICHARD GRAY GALLERY
Each collage by British artist John Stezaker is made with only two elements. Paired, the images produce hermaphrodites, daydreams, and rips in reality.
Opens September 11 at John Hancock Center, Suite 2503
EVERY BODY!: VIRTUAL RESISTANCE IN FEMINIST HEALTH MOVEMENTS, 1969-2009
What do women’s issues look like? Curator Bonnie Fortune charts forty years of women fighting the good fight, for equal health care and more, in art, pamphlets, illustration and ephemera.
Opens September 11 at I Space, 230 W. Superior, Suite 200
Noted draftswoman Robyn O’Neil creates art for troubling times. Her delicate graphite drawings depict the aloofness of terror, yet are resplendent to behold.
Opens September 11 at Tony Wight Gallery, 119 N. Peoria
PEARL OF THE SNOWLANDS: BUDDHIST PRINTING AT THE DERGE PARKHANG
Part of Columbia College’s focus on Chinese art and culture includes this exhibition of traditional Tibetan printmaking. 300 years and 300,000 woodblocks later, the Derge Parkhang temple comes to Chicago.
Opens September 11 at Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 S.Wabash, 2nd floor
Doug Ischar’s photographs from 1985 document the scene at the Belmont Rocks on Chicago’s lakefront, a then-notorious gay cruising site: sunbathing, picnics and intimate encounters in public.
Opens September 12 at Golden Gallery, 816 W. Newport
SAIC-alum Elizabeth Murray died shortly after a huge painting retrospective at MoMA. Now, a smaller show here might prove more potent because of its intimacy, affording a close look at Murray’s oddly shaped canvases.
Opens September 21 at The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario
An elephant’s skull served as inspiration for Henry Moore’s 1970 print portfolio. Shown as a whole, the twenty-eight etchings bespeak Moore’s artistic acuity.
Opens September 22 at The Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston
Is there a Midwestern art style? “Heartland,” co-curated by the Smart Museum’s Stephanie Smith, collects artists from the prairie states to ponder our home.
Opens October 1 at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood
Opens October 3 at Chicago Cultural Center
CARAVAGGIO AT ART INSTITUTE
You usually have to travel to Europe to see the few extant masterpieces by Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio, but one from London’s National Gallery comes to our fair city. “The Supper at Emmaus,” from 1601, is a major loan.
Opens October 10 at Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan
JERRY BLEEM AT PACKER SCHOPF
Anything is fodder for Jerry Bleem’s sculptures, from termite wings to hundreds of staples. Transformed, the collected materials are strange but enthralling.
Opens October 16 at Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake
Why are superheroes so powerful and amazing? Because they’re deformed. The artist debuts selections from his daily drawing project and blog, Superfreaks.
Opens October 16 at Western Exhibitions, 119 N. Peoria
ITALICS: ITALIAN ART BETWEEN TRADITION AND REVOLUTION, 1968-2008
Eighty artists present four thick decades of Italian art history, charting Arte Povera’s pioneering use of non-art materials to provocateur Maurizio Cattelan’s new sculpture of nine shrouded corpses.
Opens November 14 at Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago
There’s been no official word on how Italian-born Monica Bonvicini’s exhibition will take shape, but her ongoing critique of architecture will likely inform her installation in the Modern Wing.
Opens November 18 at Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan