Art Events You Shouldn't Miss (But Might Not Know About)!

A three-fer of shout-outs to start the CAA/Valentines weekend off right. Things you should know about but might not:

Thursday Night: UIC MFA Open Studios


And I quote, "Current Master of Fine Arts graduate students at the School of Art+Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pleased to announce the MFA Open Studios event for the Spring 2010 semester in conjunction with a reception for the College Art Association conference to be held at Gallery 400. Graduate students will present their recent work in the context of their workspaces and throughout the building. Artists will be on hand to meet visitors. This is a rare opportunity for the public to engage with MFA students at UIC in the personal setting of their studios and to view work from some of Chicago's most exciting emerging artists.

Current students include Michael Radziewicz, Stephanie Tisza, Rebecca Grady, Mike Morris, Orson Panetti, Claire Arctander, Kristen VanDeventer, Aay Preston-Myint, Olivia Ciummo, Latham Zearfoss, Raychael Stine, Allison Yasukawa, Michael Sirianni, Tim Nickodemus, Erin Leland, Paul Nelson, Christopher Meerdo, Michael Gibisser, Maria Jonsson, Nick Harvey, Melina Ausikaitis, Min Song, Erik Peterson, Raquel Ladensack, Nicholas Wylie, Rebecca Beachy and Daniel Baird."

UIC Grad Studios are located at 400 S. Peoria St. Studios will be open from 5-8pm.

Friday Night: Book Release Party for "Words for Paintings" at Packer Schopf


And I quote, "Jason Lahr's paintings, installations, and drawings integrate darkly comic texts with appropriated images, creating shifting narratives of working class male identity as influenced by popular culture. The texts are fragments, suggesting excision from a larger story, and giving the reader/viewer flashbulb glimpses at moments of narrative action. Centering on female characters who occupy positions of authority and male characters who are injured, inept, defeated, or perplexed by their dealings with women, these narratives question and undermine the wash of expectations and assumptions we experience and create through popular culture. A book release of Words for Paintings will coincide with a Special Reception for the College Art Association Convention. Introduction by Maria Tomasula, design by Robert Sedlack, published by StepSister Press."

Packer Schopf is located at 942 W. Lake St. Reception will be from 5-8pm.

Sunday Night: The Monster Movie Seminar at Lillstreet Art Center


And I quote, "Are you tired of having to come up with something interesting and Romantic on one of the worst days of the year, Valentines Day? This one night free event will take all other Valentine's Day options and blow them out of the water.

At Lill Street Art Center on Sunday February 14th, 2010, comes the Monster Movie Seminar- an event of art, oddness and a video presetation on Monsters by Matt Fagan of Wicker Park's Brainstorm Comics. Matt will dissect, deconstruct, chronologically mythify, illuminate and educate everything that it is that we love about freakin' Monsters and the crazy-ass shit that they do in movies. In Fagan's words, 'Monsters give form to our nebulous fears, they help us find ways to sympathize with the most inhuman of creatures, and they inspire craftsmen in the film industry to achieve incredible new heights of artistry.  And they give us the opportunity to see men in huge, uncomfortable suits stepping on tiny buildings while a march by composer Akira Ifukube plays in the background!' This is an Aaron Delehanty production, in conjunction with the Artist' Residency Program at Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood."

Lillstreet is located at 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. The seminar runs from 6-8pm, and is free and BYOB.

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