28 February 2006

#510: If the Shoe Fits opens March 10 @ The Betty Rymer Gallery

#510: If the Shoe Fits… at the Betty Rymer Gallery-- March 10-April 14
Opening reception: March 10, 5 ­ 7 p.m., with curator's remmarks at 6:30 p.m.

#510: If the Shoe Fits…examines the universal fascination with a legendary folk tale. The story categorized by folklorists as tale type #510 is the oldest and most widely circulated folk tale of transformation. Traced to a Chinese variant from 850 A.D. entitled Yeh-hsein, the tale’s best-known American version is Disney’s Cinderella (appropriated from the French story by Charles Perrault). The exhibition will feature critical assessments and retellings of tale type #510 through artists’ books, sculpture, video, and collaborative artworks. The exhibition also features projects developed by high school and elementary school students from Kenya, Turkey, South Korea, Ohio, and Chicago. Artists include Sally Alatalo, Sandra Bacon, Pamela R. Barrie, Heather Davis, L. J. Douglas, Lucia Fabio, Damla Tokan Faro, Deirdre A. Fox, Amanda W. Freymann, Whitney Hetrick, Eileen Maxson, Gladys Nilsson, Zsófia ítvös, Linda Vorderer, and Diane Marye Huff and Spaeth Design for Marshall Field’s Creative Marketing, Jamie Becker, Director.

Additional artists include students from: AYCD Collaboration/Columbia College (Chicago), Eli Whitney Elementary (Chicago), Liberty High School (Ohio), Little Village Community Development Corporation (Chicago), the Multicultural Arts School (Chicago), Nairobi School and Kenya High (Kenya), Rosario Castellanos Elementary (Chicago), Seoul International School (South Korea), Snow City Arts Foundation (Chicago), TED Istanbul College (Turkey), and Tyler Run Elementary (Ohio). For additional information, visit: http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/510iftheshoefits/.

On Thursday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m. curator Kate Loague will lead a tour and discussion in the Betty Rymer Gallery. Free and open to the public. (saic)

Betty Rymer Gallery
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-443-3703

For information on all the School's public programs, visit: http://www.artic.edu/saic/public/programs/index.html

The Happiness I Seek: March 2nd-April 8

ThreeWalls presents 5 artists at 5 venues for: The Happiness I Seek On view: March 2nd-April 8, 2006

Andrea Cohen, Opens Thursday, March 2nd 6-9 pm;
ThreeWalls 119 N Peoria #2A

Ryan Swanson (SAIC Alum), Opens Friday, March 3rd 4-6pm;
The Chicago Cultural Center 78 E Washington

Mike Andrews (SAIC Faculty), Opens Friday, March 3rd 7-10pm;
40000 1001 N Winchester

Loul Samater (SAIC Alum), Opens Friday, March 3rd 7-10pm;
Fraction Workspace 1711 N Honore

Clinton King (SAIC Alum), Opens Saturday, March 4th 6-9pm;
The Suburban 244 W Lake Street, Oak Park

CHICAGO, IL ­ Sculpture has worked its way to the edges of the roomm and back again. After a few decades of dispersal at the hands of installation art, and its deconstruction by the evolution of traditionally two-dimensional practices to include performative gestures, sculpture has been coaxed back to centrality and some precarious unity. It is as if all of the sundry elements of an installation have retreated from the walls, ganged-up in the center of the room and piled themselves in arrangements that suggest a freestanding sculpture, yet notably, these sculptures don’t stand. Instead, they are mobile, they are amendable and they are responsive to the space; and despite not being a solidified object, there is still some kind of chemistry and wit between the materials (pipe cleaners, cardboard, yarn, balloons, sticks, Styrofoam) ­ a certain je ne saiis quoi ­ that makes them decidedly unified. Showing consecutively in 5 spaces throughout the Chicago community, The Happiness I Seek will feature artists Andrea Cohen (at ThreeWalls), Loul Samater (at Fraction Workspace), Ryan Swanson (at The Chicago Cultural Center), Mike Andrews (at 40000) and Clinton King (at The Suburban). Through a format of dispersing the sculptural installations throughout the city, the exhibition takes on the rhizomatic and cooperative nature of current art and exhibition practice: the materials of the artworks and the artworks of the exhibit and the spaces in a community imply the ideas of attraction, chemistry and the dancing cheek-to-cheek as evoked by the title’s Irving Berlin’s lyric. The whole-made-up-of-the-parts is underscored by the rippling effect of the exhibition and its strategy of domino openings. Visitors can complete the exhibition publication by collecting the cover at ThreeWalls and pages from each venue.

The Happiness I Seek was curated, in conjunction with ThreeWalls, by Shannon Stratton, director of programming at ThreeWalls and Jeff M. Ward, current Core fellow for critical writing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. (saic)

March 7th, 12:05-1pm @ SAIC

SAIC's Interlink Visiting Artists Program presents: Laura Letinsky

• Artist’s Talk Tuesday, March 7th, 12:05-1pm, Michigan Rm. 707
• Lottery for Graduate Student Studio Visits Friday, March 3rd, 12:15pm,
Michigan 15th Fl.

Laura Letinsky’s photography offers intimate glimpses into private lives. Her
most recent work documents domestic social interactions, as evidenced in the
food remains and dirty dishes left behind. Their exquisite light and delicate
compositions recall 17th century Dutch still life painting; in narrowing its
subject matter down to the remains of the feast, Letinsky’s photography brings
a contemporary conceptual edge to genre imagery.

A graduate from the MFA program at Yale University School of Art (1991),
Letinsky lives in Chicago, where she is Associate Professor in the Committee on
the Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. She is the recipient of a
Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors; in 2004, the University of Chicago’s
Renaissance Society featured a survey of her career: “Hardly More Than Ever:
Photographs 1997-2004.” (SAIC)

10 February 2006

Cooperative Art Gallery

Artists wanted

I am contemplating starting a cooperative art gallery here in the Chicago area and would like to get the word out to artists of all sorts to come and get together and see what we can create.

I was a founder of a similar project in Los Angeles back in the early 1990's which evolved into a cooperative art gallery that went by the name Hello Artichoke. The project fell apart a couple of years after I moved here to attend law school. I miss the fun and the creative nature of the people who surrounded me at the time and I like to recreate that experience here in Chicago.

I do not have a preconception as to what is good art or what should the by-laws include--that is something that the cooperative will have to discuss and form and create. Same with location, type of art, requirements for membership and bylaws.

All interested persons should contact me (nbtchicago@mac.com), or call me on my cell phone (312)925-3500.

Nima Taradji

(info taken from chicagoartisresource.org)

06 February 2006

2006 Around the Coyote Winter Arts Festival-Feb.10-12

Friday, February 10th 6pm-10pm
Saturday, February 11th 11am-10pm
Sunday, February 12th 11am-6pm

Around the Coyote 2006 Winter Arts Festival Schedule

Theatre events: $10 per program or $15 per day.
Film & Video events: $7 suggested donation.
Visual Art Day Pass: $5.
Spoken Word & Music events: $5.
Tours: $10
All-Access festival pass $40 on sale through Thursday, February 9th at 6pm.
Thursday, Febraury 9th

8:00 to midnight

Festival Opening Night Party
Around the Coyote Gallery
1935 ½ West North

Friday, Febraury 10th


Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, Visual Art Venue (closes at 10pm). $5.
Northwest Tower Building, 1608 N. Milwaukee, Visual Art Venue (closes at 10pm). $5.

Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, Film & Video Program. (ends at 8pm) $7.

Happydog, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 7pm Theatre Program. $10.
Subterranean Cafe, 2011 W. North, Music & Spoken Word Program. $5.

Happydog, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 9pm Theatre Program. $10.
Saturday, Febraury 11th


Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee, Visual Art Venue (closes at 10pm). $5.
Northwest Tower Building, 1608 N. Milwaukee, Visual Art Venue (closes at 10pm). $5.

Around the Coyote Gallery, 1935-1/2 W. North, Beginning Collectors Tour of Visual Art. Limit 20. $10.

Happydog, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 7pm Theatre Program. $10.
Subterranean Cafe, 2011 W. North, Music & Spoken Word Program. $5

Happydog, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 9pm Theatre Program. $10.
Sunday, Febraury 12th


Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee, Visual Art Venue (closes at 6pm). $5.
Northwest Tower Building, 1608 N. Milwaukee, Visual Art Venue (closes at 6pm). $5.

Around the Coyote Gallery, 1935-1/2 W. North, Peter Miller Curatorial Tour. Limit 20. $10.

Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, Film & Video Program. (ends at 8pm) $7.

Happydog, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 7pm Theatre Program. $10.

Happydog, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 9pm Theatre Program. $10.

For more info see: aroundthecoyote.org

02 February 2006

Yutake Sone: January 29 – April 09, 2006 @ The Renaissance Society

Yutaka Sone
Forecast: Snow
January 29 – April 09, 2006

This multimedia installation will present the definitive collection of a group of works Sone (Japan, living in U.S.) has been developing in recent years in which he envisions snowflake patterns as blueprints for architectural spaces and psychological states, and transforms their crystallized forms into fields and structures. His work on this project began with a small number of drawings, sculptural studies, photographs, and paintings. The photographs--currently in development--include detailed images of individual snowflakes in mountain landscapes. The drawings and paintings feature monochromatic or two-toned images of individual snowflakes, sometimes transformed into architectural shapes, sometimes simplified to emphasize their elegant design. Glass, wood, and marble sculptures that expand the architectural elements of the drawings, a video, and a performance by Sone's band Snowflake are also planned. Once the artworks are installed, Sone plans to place up to 200 pine trees in the gallery, creating a real forest in the gallery. (renaissancesociety.org)

5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418
Chicago, Illinois 60637

phone (773) 702-8670
fax (773) 702-9669

Related Events

Thu, Feb 16, 2006 8:00 pm
From Japan to Greensboro
The MAVerick Ensemble

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free

From Japan to Greensboro is in keeping with the MAVerick Ensemble's knack for putting together an exciting and eclectic bill of new music by composers from around the world. This concert will include works by Japanese composers Ryo Noda and Toro Takemitsu, Israeli composer Arie Shapira, and Mark Engebreton from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Mon, Feb 20, 2006 8:00 pm
Carl Stone (electronics), Yoko Nishi (koto), and Gene Coleman (bass clarinet)

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free

With an astounding repertoire of traditional and contemporary works at her disposal, Nishi is one of Japan's most sought after koto players. Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has worked extensively with musicians from Japan, where he splits his time. Over the past decade, bass clarinetist Gene Coleman has developed an international reputation as a composer and performer. In 2002 -2003 Coleman organized the Transonic Festival in Berlin around the theme of intercultural exchange in the field of new music. Both Nishi and Stone were featured performers, making the first evening something of a reunion. The second concert, Tuesday, February 21, 8:00, will feature works by contemporary Japanese composers performed by this trio as well as members of Ensemble Noamnesia.

Tue, Feb 21, 2006 8:00 pm
Carl Stone (electronics), Yoko nishi (koto), ad Gene Coleman (bass clarinet)

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free

This second concert by Stone, Nishi, and Coleman will feature works by contemporary Japanese composers. The trio will be joined by members of Ensemble Noamnesia.

Sun, Feb 26, 2006 2:00 pm
The Nature of Things: Crystals and their Symmetry
Heinrich Jaeger

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free

Jaeger, Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, specializes in the physics of condensed matter ranging from hard to soft matter research. As head of the University's Materials Research Center, Jaeger heads a leading team of physicists studying interactions between many more or less identical “building blocks” that make up larger complex structures and show collective effects. These building blocks include particles that are macroscopic and others that have nanoscale dimensions, such as nanocrystals. Needless to say, snow crystals fall within his purview. Learn about the beauty and behavior of crystals from someone involved in the most advanced research.

Tue, Mar 21, 2006 8:00 pm
Mathias Ziegler

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free

Matthias Ziegler is one of the world's most versatile and innovative flautists. He is committed to traditional and contemporary music and concepts that cross the boundaries between classical music and jazz. Accordingly, his performances take place in a vast range of contexts: he is principal flutist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and performs regularly with the percussionist Pierre Favre as well as contrabass player Mark Dresser. He is also a member of the Collegium Novum Zurich, where he has worked with Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger and George Crumb.

Fri, Mar 24, 2006 8:00 pm
Ghost Notes
Gene Coleman (bass clarinet), Marina Peterson (cello), and Domenico Sciajno (electronics)

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free

Within the field of electro-acoustic music this trio is sure to be tops. Coleman and Peterson are no strangers to anyone who has come to our concerts. Specializing in contemporary chambers works, they have also played with a host of outstanding talents from around the world. The newcomer in this respect is Sciajno who has been hailed as one of Europe's most dynamic electronic music talents having recorded on the likes of Erstwhile, Leo, and Bowindo records.

Sun, Apr 2, 2006 8:00 pm
Nicola Sani, composer, with Ensemble Noamnesia

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free

Nicola Sani (b. 1961) is one of the most active Italian composers of his generation. In addition to being an astute historian and critic of electro-acoustic music, Sani is the author of numerous instrumental and electro-acoustic compositions, musical theatre operas, dance operas and multimedia installations all of which have been performed internationally.

(Information about these events taken from the http://renaissancesociety.org/site/Exhibitions/Events.

The Art Of Connection: Februaruy 5 - 17 @ G2 Gallery

February 5 - 17
The Art Of Connection
Opening reception: Sunday, February 5, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
2nd floor, 847 West Jackson Boulevard

Students in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Arts in Art Therapy program and their clients from the clinical training portion of the program exhibit paintings, drawings, sculpture, and mixed media pieces in "The Art of Connection."

The artwork in this exhibition is the result of collaborations with children and adults from a variety of healthcare, educational, and residential settings. This annual event highlights the significant potential for change, connection, and communication inherent in the making of art. The artists presenting work aim to demonstrate the ability of art to serve as a bridge between an individual's external and internal experiences, between one person and another, among groups of people, and between individuals and their cultural contexts.

The School's Master of Arts in Art Therapy program is designed for students who are concerned with the relationship between life experience and the making of art, and who have a desire to aid others in gaining or recovering intellectual and emotional clarity, equilibrium, and power. This innovative program prepares students for work as art therapists in a wide range of clinical and nontraditional settings. (SAIC)

February 3 – March 4 @ G2 Gallery in West Loop

February 3 – March 4
Group Exhibition
Opening reception Friday, February 3, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery 2 and Project Space, 847 West Jackson Blvd.

This exhibition features works in installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video by current and recent SAIC students Luke Aleckson, Jozef Amado, Irina Botea, Helen Maurene Cooper, Brad Farwell, Jinsu Han, Kyung Woo Han, Seth Hunter, Amanda Innis, Cheon Pyo Lee, Eun Sun Lee, Regina Mamou, Amy E. Mayfield, Jen Morris, SeungWook Sim, Jung A. Woo, Stacia Laura Yeapanis. (SAIC)

February 16: Artists at Work - Gallery Lowdown

February 16 6:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center

Natalie Van Straaten, Executive Director of the Chicago Art Dealers Association, and publisher of Chicago Gallery News, talks with gallerists Dubhe Carreño, Carl Hammer, Stephen Kelly, and Carrie Secrist on strategies for artists working with galleries. Audience Q+A will follow the panel discussion. (CAR)

Admission free.