Now that we are well into October, we’re sure most of you have been able to get out and go to some of the amazing events that are being offered in honor of Chicago Artists Month. And, there are still two weeks left full of artwalks, open studios, opening exhibitions, and more. Plan ahead for a few events, such as the Ruth Horwich Award to a Famous Chicago Artist, being given at the end of the month to sculptor Richard Hunt. Here are our other highlights for this third week of CAM.
October 21-23: Artwalks, Tours, and Open Studios
Artview in Lakeview Trolley Tour
On Friday October 21st trolleys will run from 5-9pm to help you explore the Lakeview area galleries easily. The tour starts at The Leigh Gallery and stops at 11 other locations, including galleries and alternative art spaces. Start at The Leigh Gallery on Halstead and then you’ll make your way on the trolley to Slaymaker, Art de Triumph/Artful Framer Studios, and M & D Gallery. The seven remaining alternative art spaces are ID Chicago (a place that combines modern home-wear, eyewear and art), Gallery Swarm (an alternative space with varying styles of art), Loose Leaf Lounge (stop in and enjoy a cup of hot tea while viewing the local art show), Foursided (“Chicago’s most creative framework and art boutique”), Spare Parts (a place that showcases unique local designers), Real Art (artist owned custom framing gallery) and Spex (combines art and vision). The complimentary trolley tour also includes samplings of local food and beverages - a perfect start to the weekend.
Bridgeport Art Walk and Open Studios
The Bridgeport neighborhood is one of the city’s fastest growing communities of artists, and this weekend’s artwalk will have many of their groups and galleries teaming together to raise awareness of that. The event kicks off on Friday October 21st with an opening reception from 6-10 pm hosted by the Artists of East Bank at the Bridgeport Art Center. On October 22nd from 1-6pm and October 23rd from 1-5pm there will be an array of activities to enjoy, including two guided tours, media festival events, panel discussions and open art spaces. Iron Studios, Zhou B Art Center, Bridgeport Museum of Modern Art and numerous other art centers are among those joining in the fun-filled weekend of special events. You may also simply grab a map and explore at your own pace. Click here to viewmap and list of events. Going on in conjunction with the artwalk is the Bridgeport Art Center Open Studios. The opening reception will also be on Friday October 21st from 5-10 pm, and studios will be open for the artwalk from 1-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Artists of East Bank are an in-house community, and over 40 of them will be opening their creative spaces to the public. The current show includes installation, wood working (with a live demo from a very nice gentleman in a utili-kilt) jewelry, painting, and more. The gallery space is relatively new, and the artists are eager to show it off. This explosion of art and art-filled activities will give you an idea of why the Bridgeport neighborhood has grown so rapidly, and reinforce the Chicago Artists Month theme of Artful Networks.
Art Connections: Zhou B Art Center
The Zhou B Art Center, located in Bridgeport on 35th Street just down from where the White Sox play, is owned by the artistic duo the Zhou Brothers and offers a variety of galleries, artist’s studios and special events. Zhou B is participating in the Bridgeport Artwalk, hosting various events throughout the weekend. The eclectic space coordinates monthly 3rd Friday openings with all of their in-house artists. The art center hosts 3rd Fridays every month, and this Friday Oct 21st from 7-10pm come to the 4Art Inc Gallery for 3rd Fridays Open Studio’s 5 Floors of Artist Studio’s and Galleries. Zhou B is home to dozens of artists, ranging from established to emerging and varying in mediums and style. Also check out the JAWAchic jewelry show, featuring Christine Simpson Forni, one of Chicago Artists Month’s chosen artists. As you can tell this place is jam packed with fun things to do. Click here for a list of artists and their studio numbers.
Presentations and More
October 21: Ethics of Conservation
This panel discussion at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art will have you pondering a variety of long-debated issues at Ethics of Conservation. The discussion, on Thursday October 21st from 6-8pm is open to everyone, and fueled by Henry Darger’s written and visual work In the Realms of the Unreal. It deals with the idea that though he may not have wanted to ever have this work seen by the public, now that he is deceased conservationists have been torn by the decision to show his work or to not show it, as he is not here to cast his opinion. This captivating and debatable issue is one that has puzzled art historians and conservationists for centuries and is still prevalent in today’s art world.
October 25: Ruth Horwich Award to a Famous Chicago Artist: Richard Hunt
A Conversation with Richard Hunt, held on October 25 from 5:30-7:30pm at The Cliff Dwellers, will honor the Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt. The award is given each year to spotlight the enduring career of a Chicago artist for Chicago Artists Month. This event at Cliff Dwellers includes the presentation of the award to this year’s recipient, and a conversation between Richard Hunt and dealer Tom McCormick of McCormick Gallery. Enjoy the lively conversation, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments against the backdrop of Lake Michigan from high above Michgan Ave. Mingle with members of the art community and take part in supporting one of Chicago’s greatest while reveling in an art-enlightening experience.