MDW’s Art Fair is approaching for the second time this year, and we can’t wait! After a successful inaugural art fair just this past spring, the group behind the fair decided to have another go this fall and are returning to Bridgeport’s Geolofts. The fair takes place October 21-23 from noon to 6:00 pm with a $5.00 admission. The Fall Showcase presents solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run-spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country, offering encounters with new art and opportunities for artists to embark on a new project. The Fall Showcase will also feature an independent art publisher’s forum.
MDW launched in spring 2011 as a result of efforts between the Public Media Institute, Roots and Culture and threewalls. Chicago is home to some major art fairs with long histories in Chicago (see: SOFA and Art Chicago) but MDW was started as a way for independent art activists, spaces, galleries and artist groups in the Chicago area to be recognized and made more accessible to the public. The first fair, held in April 2011, drew large crowds and was considered a huge success out of the gate. People loved exploring these smaller, emerging galleries and looking at art in a raw environment. The event wanted to showcase the diversity and unique vision of people and places that help in the progression of art in our region – those working creatively on the ground level, not just at the top. The initial success of the fair demonstrated how eager people are to support the art community in engaging ways.
Some Chicago galleries participating in the fall fair are Packer Schopf, Hinge, Linda Warren Gallery, and many more. Johalla Projects, a venue for emgerging artist, participated in the spring fair and presented works by Alexis Rose, Ryan Dugann, and Christopher Fischer at their booth. Look for new participants and enjoy this fun weekend-event that highlights the hard work of not only the artists in our community, but the individuals who facilitate spaces and programs supporting these artists. Attend this unique fair and expand your appreciation for the Chicago art culture.
MDW runs simultaneously with The Hand in Gloves Conference, a new gathering for independent visual arts facilitators. Threewalls and Alliance for Independent Art organizers will be hosting the conference on the first floor of the Geolofts.
Edra Soto with her booth companion
Edra made her wedding cake for the crowd, pineapple upside down... yum!
Johanna Silva was also enjoying it in her food-themed installation
Hinge Gallery's booth
Catherine Jacobi at Packer Schopf
Jacobi's stump, made from 6-months of old New York Times (next up, 1 year...)