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Roy Lichtenstein exhibition opened at the Art Institute of Chicago

Monday, 14-May-2012

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBITION EVER DEVOTED TO ROY LICHTENSTEIN PROVES THE PRESCIENT POWER OF POP
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Features More than 160 Works by the Influential American Artist Premieres at the Art Institute of Chicago May 13, 2012 (for members and on May 22 for the Public)

Whaam! Bratatat! Varoom! The Art Institute of Chicago explodes this summer with the energy of Roy Lichtenstein in the largest exhibition of the seminal Pop artist to date. More than 160 of Lichtenstein’s works, from the familiar to the completely unexpected, will be on view in the first of only two American venues for Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.

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Chicago Cultural Center Spring 2012 Exhibitions

Thursday, 08-Mar-2012

The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, opens three stunning exhibitions in its Michigan Avenue Galleries this spring, in addition to the continuation of the blockbuster exhibition Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Friday, April 13, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Michigan Avenue Galleries. For more information, visit www.ExploreChicago.org, follow us on Twitter (@ExploreChicago) or “Like” our Facebook page: facebook.com/explorechicago.

Eric Holubow: In Decay—Stitching America’s Ruins
March 31 – July 8, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries
Artist Talk with Eric Holubow: Thursday, May 24, 5:30 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Photographer Eric Holubow’s subjects are architectural interiors of places man has forgotten, but time has not. His work tells stories of times past that play out in the viewer’s mind. Whether in the engine room at the former industrial behemoth Bethlehem Steel or the impressive view from the stage of the Uptown Theater, all of these cultural cornerstones now stand silent. Whether grand or commonplace, Holubow’s images share an inherent beauty that few recognize in a building’s final days. Holubow has chosen to capture these fleeting moments and reveal them to us, perhaps to act as a reminder of our own mortality. His highly detailed, ultra-wide-angle photographs are startling in their magnitude and explicitness.

Matthew Woodward: View From the Birth Day
April 7 – July 15, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries
Artist Talk with Matthew Woodward: Thursday, May 3, 5:30 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

The White City of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition represented one of the crowning achievements of the American Beaux-Arts movement, bringing the glory of Renaissance Europe and classical antiquity to the shores of Lake Michigan, which influenced the architecture of the City Beautiful movement for decades to follow. Incorporating ironwork and moldings into his pieces, Matthew Woodward hearkens back to this American Renaissance of architecture, demonstrating how this era has been re-appropriated and re-contextualized in the ever-changing interconnected landscapes of the American city and identity. Through this legacy, he focuses on the function of classical ideals as they move through the time and space of our everyday life.

Shawne Major: On a Darkling Plain
April 7 – July 15, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries
Artist Talk with Shawne Major: Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Shawne Major’s mixed-media works expose how our perception of reality is colored by dreams, memory, superstition, religion, bias, prejudice and fear. They refer to the overlay of belief systems created by the individual to piece together their own personal paradigm. Through a combination of kitsch, ersatz and craft materials, junk and personal objects, he creates accumulated forms that serve as metaphors for the build-up, organization and assimilation of information. The personal objects are evidences of pain, happiness, loss, guilt, shame—all the material detritus of the everyday human experience.

Circle of Friends: Autism and the Social Life
March 23 – May 16, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward Studio
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

In observance of Autism Awareness Month, Project Onward presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by autistic artists whose work addresses the complexities of interpersonal relationships. While Autism Spectrum Disorder can cause social anxiety and isolation, even from family members, visual art provides a unique platform for artists with autism to openly explore issues of the heart.

Project Onward artists Stephon Doby and Louis DeMarco both use the creative process to invent alternate versions of themselves and the world around them. With his series of “Peaches” drawings, David Holt employs the lyrics of sentimental pop songs to express his romantic longings.  Adam Hines remembers everyone he’s ever met and considers each of them a friend, as evidenced by drawings crowded with people he has encountered. Circle of Friends captures the anxiety, disappointment, and hopefulness that the social life represents, not only for those on the autism spectrum, but for everyone longing to connect.

Project Onward is a program that supports the creative growth of visual artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Project Onward is partially funded by the Dr. Scholl Foundation and the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation.

Related Event: Project Onward “Circle of Friends” Portrait Slam!
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room
Project Onward hosts a special “Circle of Friends” Portrait Slam, offering a day-long opportunity for the general public to sit for a portrait with Project Onward artists. Many of the artists participating are also featured in the Circle of Friends exhibition. Portrait sittings take about half an hour, and are a great way to obtain original and affordable art. They also provide a unique opportunity to get to know an artist and to support the amazing work they do. Prices start at $20 for a single portrait. Space is limited; for reservations call (312) 744-8032 or email info@projectonward.org.

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS

Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection
Through July 8, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery & 4th Floor Exhibit Hall
Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection showcases Richard Harris’s collection of fine art, artifacts, massive installations and decorative objects, including creations by many of the greatest artists of our time, which explore the iconography of death across a variety of artistic, cultural and
spiritual practices from 2000 B.C.E. to the present day.

The two major components of Morbid Curiosity are the “War Room,” highlighting the atrocities of war in notable works from the 17th century to present day in the 4th floor Exhibit Hall; and the “Kunstkammer of Death,” a modern-day “cabinet of curiosities” housed in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, featuring a wide-ranging survey of mortality across cultures and spiritual traditions.

The centerpiece of the “War Room” is Mr. Harris’ rare collection of five great war series, featuring prints by Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Otto Dix, the Chapman Brothers and Sandow Birk, which he has acquired over the past 30 years. This exhibition marks the first time that all five series will be exhibited together in their entirety. Additional highlights include works by notable artists including Rembrandt, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Bellmar, Odilon Redon, Pavel Tchelitchew, James Ensor, Jasper Johns and Robert Mapplethorpe. This exhibition contains explicit imagery that may be disturbing to younger or sensitive viewers.

Write Now: Artists and Letterforms
Through April 29, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms
For as long as there have been alphabets artists have explored the letterform, employing the fundamental element of written communication in many ways other than the setting of text. This exhibition presents recent works using letters and text in painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.  Included in this exhibition is a Fluxus project with international submissions of mail art and concrete poetry. The exhibition features more than 60 exhibitors–predominantly but not exclusively Chicago-based–including Jo Hormuth, Rick Valicenti, Ken Fandell, Jason Lazarus, Mario Gonzalez, Jr., Michael Thompson, Buzz Spector, Jason Pickleman, Joel Ross, Mike Genovese and more.

Forever 27: Music Superstars Gone to an Early Grave
Through March 21, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward Studio
Inspired by the major exhibition, Morbid Curiosity, on display at the Cultural Center, Project Onward presents a collection of paintings and drawings that commemorate the lives –and deaths — of performers who went out in a blaze of glory at the age of 27.  Beginning with blues legend Robert Johnson, the “27 Club” went on to include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and, most recently, Amy Winehouse.

Chicago Cultural Center Winter 2012 Exhibitions

Friday, 30-Dec-2011

From Polish prints to diamond-studded skulls, the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., opens three thrilling exhibitions this winter, in addition to a new exhibition at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St. For more information, visit www.ExploreChicago.org, follow us on Twitter (@ExploreChicago) or “Like” our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ExploreChicago.

The Wrocław School of Printmaking:
Faculty of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art and Design

January 14 – March 25, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Artist talk with Agata Gertchen: Saturday, January 14, 2 p.m.

Featuring print-based works by faculty members of the Printmaking Department at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland, The Wrocław School of Printmaking exhibition was previously shown at two American venues in 2009: Pienkow Gallery in Knoxville, Tenn., and Rowe Arts Gallery at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In its iteration at the Chicago Cultural Center, the exhibit fills all three Michigan Avenue Galleries and features works previously shown in 2009, juxtaposed with one new work by each artist.

The Wroclaw School of Printmaking aims to promote international contact in the printmaking arts and to initiate an avenue of exchange for information both technical and aesthetic. Since 1999, the school has received 14 exhibitions in Poland, the Ukraine, Belarus, Spain, China, Scotland, Romania and the United States. In 2010, the Academy’s Graphics Department received the highest award from the Polish Ministry of Art and Education. Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Mag Mile is the hotel sponsor of The Wrocław School of Printmaking exhibition.

Pulled, Pressed & Printed, Chicago
January 27 – April 30, 2012
Expo 72, 72 East Randolph St.
(Across the street from the Chicago Cultural Center)
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the Polish printmaking exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, this show celebrates the art of printmaking in Chicago. Included are works from acclaimed Chicago printmakers and workshops such as Thomas Lucas/Hummingbird Press, Kerry James Marshall, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and more.

Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection

January 28 – July 8, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery & 4th Floor Exhibit Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection showcases Richard Harris’
nearly 1,000 works of fine art, artifacts, massive installations and decorative
objects, including creations by many of the greatest artists of our time, which
explore the iconography of death across a variety of artistic, cultural and
spiritual practices from 2000 B.C.E. to the present day.

The two major components of Morbid Curiosity are the “War Room,” highlighting the atrocities of war in notable works from the 17th century to present day in the 4th floor Exhibit Hall; and the “Kunstkammer of Death,” a modern-day “cabinet of curiosities” housed in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, featuring a wide-ranging survey of mortality across cultures and spiritual traditions.

The centerpiece of the “War Room” is Mr. Harris’ rare collection of five great war series, featuring prints by Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Otto Dix, the Chapman Brothers and Sandow Birk, which he has acquired over the past 30 years. This exhibition marks the first time that all five series will be exhibited together in their entirety. Additional highlights include works by notable artists including Rembrandt, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Bellmar, Odilon Redon, Pavel Tchelitchew, James Ensor, Jasper Johns and Robert Mapplethorpe. This exhibition contains explicit imagery that may be disturbing to younger or sensitive viewers.

Forever 27: Music Superstars Gone to an Early Grave
January 13 – March 7, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward Studio
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Inspired by the major exhibition, Morbid Curiosity, on display at the Cultural Center, Project Onward presents a collection of paintings and drawings that commemorate the lives –and deaths — of performers who went out in a blaze of glory at the age of 27.  Beginning with blues legend Robert Johnson, the “27 Club” went on to include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and, most recently, Amy Winehouse.

Related Event: Project Onward Valentine’s Day Portrait Slam!
Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Give a loved one the gift of a customized portrait created by a Project Onward artist this Valentine’s Day. Portrait sittings take about half an hour, and are an excellent way to obtain affordable, original art (photographs can also be used to create portraits). Prices start at $20 for a single portrait. For more information or a sittings appointment, call 312.744.8032 or email info@projectonward.org.

Project Onward is a program that supports the creative growth of visual artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Project Onward is partially funded by the Dr. Scholl Foundation and the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation.

Write Now: Artists and Letterforms
Open Now Through April 29, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms
For as long as there have been alphabets artists have explored the letterform, employing the fundamental element of written communication in many ways other than the setting of text. This exhibition presents recent works using letters and text in painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.  Included in this exhibition is a Fluxus project with international submissions of mail art and concrete poetry.

The exhibition features more than 60 exhibitors–predominantly but not exclusively Chicago-based–including Jo Hormuth, Rick Valicenti, Ken Fandell, Jason Lazarus, Mario Gonzalez, Jr., Michael Thompson, Buzz Spector, Jason Pickleman, Joel Ross, Mike Genovese and more.

Dance Events at Cultural Center during December

Saturday, 19-Nov-2011

Chicago Cultural Center Dances This December

Family-Friendly Dance Events and a New Choreography Showcase  to Take Place Throughout the Chicago Cultural Center this December

From tiny dancers to seasoned choreographers, December brings fun dance events for the entire family to the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC), all of the following dance events are open to the public.

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