This Weekend

South Side

I started following the issue of South Side coverage when I read about he narrowly-avoided protest outside the Chicago Tribune after an a "Artists in Chicago" magazine-insert was published that excluded African Artists almost completely. Around the same time was the panel discussion at the Art Institute (audio of panel discussion) (which is great overall, just ignore the remark about "Bernie Madoff people toward the end). The pannel triggered some heated comments ona New City Article about South Side artists.Yesterday, Dawoud wrote a great editorial on the subject:

I've started exploring the South Side art scene and I'm totally digging it. Went to Guichard Gallery last night and will profile them next week.

Gallery Guichard is in a part of Bronzeville, which is a beautiful area, reminded me a little of Bucktown. Guichard's opening tonight has the first solo exhibit they're ever had, featuring the work of Calvin Coleman. Their site is under reconstruction but they have around 900 images on Flickr


Also in Bronzeville this weekend:

Lake Meadows Art Fair  This year's featured artist is painter Dale Washington, whose abstract imagery, according to the LMAF, deals with everyday people and situations from jazz clubs to fish fries and the urban Chicago lifestyle in general.


Another thing that looks good, and close by 

The 3rd Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) exhibition of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)


School of the Art Institute

The twenty-seven-hundred square feet space of the Rymer Gallery becomes the site for the latest work of the School's new artists selected by the Faculty
Exhibitions Committee.

Location: Rymer Gallery, 280 S. Columbus Drive, 1st Floor

Vespine Gallery

1907 S Halsted St, first floor 
Heart of Italy/Little Italy/Pilsen, Chicago   
The Seattle-based artist embellishes, deconstructs and restitches maps to reflect personal experience and desire. Through Jun 27.

Today 5pm-8pm , Tomorrow noon-5pm , Jun 26 5pm-8pm , Jun 27 noon-5pm

Anni Holm is Sleeping Around
an installation by Anni Holm

June 19 - July 10, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday June 19, 7-11pm.

In the creation of Sleeping Around Chicagoland based Danish artist Anni Holm explores personal relationships prompted and/or developed by sleeping in someone's guest room.

Second Bedroom Project Space
3216 S.Morgan Street, Apt. 4R

The Chicago Urban Art Society Presents
Muscle in the Hustle : Contemporary Approaches to Promoting Art

Saturday, June 20, 2009
Doors Open at 12:00 p.m.

"Muscle in the Hustle", a 2 session panel discussion focusing on current art movements and projects in the Chicagoland area. The first session will be an artist-led discussion on the successes / failures of promoting their art, and new and unorthodox approaches to the current market.

The second session will be led by a panel of curators and gallery directors whose focus is emerging, contemporary, & local artists. They discuss their successes / failures in promoting their venue / vision, in artist selection, & original approaches to attracting audiences.



Art Talk Chicago's own Dawoud Bey is doing an exhibit of his photography series  "Class Pictures" at the Milwaukee Museum of Art.


North Side:


Chicago Center for the Glass Arts
Chicago Hot Glass Throwdown '09

Friday June 19, 2009, 6 - 11pm

Saturday June 20, 2009, 12 - 10pm 


Golden  Aspen Mays: Concentrate and Ask Again 


(sorry the rest are just links, I ran out of time, check for reviews of things on this page next week)


Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery
Thomas Robertello Gallery
Woman Made Gallery
Zolla / Lieberman Gallery


UPDATE: as per Chicago Gallery News Twitter Feed which I keep on speed dial:

Openings at

Stephen Daiter : "It's all who you know" Artworks by Gallery Staff


Mars Gallery Sepia: a photography exhibit


Harlem Reninaisse Hip Hop Fashion show

06/19/2009 - 9:00pm
06/19/2009 - 11:00pm

heaven gallery

Fashion show featuring work by Renovar vintage, Scruggs, Shrink Boutique, Lenny and Me and Designs by Via.
Doors open at 9pm
10$ suggested Donation
Refreshments served
Live rapper





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  • Jeez, they DO have about 900 pictures on their Flickr page. Amazing.

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