As we promised CGN is here to update you on the next batch of “don’t miss” events in honor of Chicago Artists Month. The events got off to a great start on September 30th during a weekend packed with opening exhibitions, artwalks, open houses, and much more. Theres something about excess when it comes to art events that just gets everyone excited to be out there and squeezed into the same space with other gallery hoppers.... So, the offerings continue, and it’s already week two. Since we’re trying to be helpful, we thought that highlighting a few opportunities would be key in scheduling your art-filled week. More events will be added regularly.
• Fine Arts Building – Michigan Ave.
Chicago Artists Month offers great opportunities to visit with and explore the works of local artists, which is what the celebration is all about. An open studio is an intimate invitation for art viewers to step into an artist’s creative space and look at art with the creator, which is always an enlightening experience. The Fine Arts Building on S. Michigan Ave. is a landmark for local artists, and it is one of the last remaining spaces that was built with the intention to be for working artists. The ornate columns and murals throughout offer a nostalgic setting and a great environment for artists. The Fine Arts Building hosts an event every Second Friday of the month, and this Friday, October 14 is no exception. This is a great excuse to visit the historical building and view over 60 local artists works. Second Fridays offers art, theatre, and music and is held from 4:30 to 9:30 pm.
• Lacuna Artist Lofts – Pilsen East
Lacuna Artist Loft Studios is relatively new on the scene, and it is located in the Pilsen Art District. The building houses numerous commercial and artists’ studios in what was once the world’s largest macaroni factory. On October 14 from 3:00 pm to Midnight come to Collaborative Connection, an all-building open studio event. Also, from 6-10pm Hebru Brantley, CGN’s featured artist for the fall issue, is also having an exhibition, Yesterday’s Losers, featuring new works (studio 4A-9). At the open house there are 150+ participants, and the spectacular roof deck with a breathtaking view of downtown from this historic industrial spot is a don’t-miss. There will be live music, DJs, refreshments and snacks as well. Start your Friday off in Pilsen with this great chance to see inside this dynamic community of working artists.
• Hubbard Open House – West Town
On Friday, October 14, from 6 pm-midnight the doors to 1821 Hubbard Street Lofts will be open. This is an unusual building, located just west of River North and the West Loop. Enjoy (free) Drinks, food and music as you tour the steel-lined halls, discovering the magic that happens daily in this seemingly quiet building. Participating in the event are: Platform Studios, Spudnik Press, Saverio Truglia, Doug Fogelson, The Post Family, Gerda Meyer Bernstein, Tsubo Salon, Robyn Rachel Photography and Footworks Shoetique.
Artwalks and Tours
• Pilsen Open Studios:
This last gasp of warm weather cannot be taken for granted, so hit the streets and enjoy the artwalks and tours offered during CAM. 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios is an amazing artist-run art walk that is held on Saturday October 15 from 12-6 pm and offers a family-friendly celebration of art. The Pilsen community and artists open their arms in this 9th annual event, and from trolley rides to mural tours, there is an activity for everyone.
• Bronzeville Trolley Tour
Also on October 15 from 6-9pm The Bronzeville Trolley Tour will be holding its last seasonal open trolley to embark on a journey of visiting 6 different galleries, running continuously throughout the night and allowing you to explore at your own pace. The six galleries include Blanc Gallery, The DuSable Museum, Faie African Art Gallery, Gallery Guichard, Little Black Pearl, and South Side Community Art Center. Admission is free, so don’t miss this chance to tour around the Bronzeville Art District.
Presentations and More
On Tuesday October 11 Lillstreet Art Center is hosting A Brand New Artists Talk: Where are Today’s Rural American Artists? at 6pm. This lecture, by rural artist and farmer Dan Brinkmeier, talks about functions of art in the 1930s and how we are faced with similar challenges in today’s world. Artist’s like historians show the reality of how people live in rural America and the social changes that occur. Go to this lecture to learn more about these issues.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more updates!