Where the F*#K are you going? (Friday 8/20/2010 and Saturday 8/21/2010)


The hot place to be this Friday night is Bridgeport, with events at 33 Collective Gallery, 4Art Gallery, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and Eastern Expansion. Saturday has two excellent shows as well, at Monument 2 Gallery and Swimming Pool Project Space.


Bridgeport is becoming what Pilsen East, the self-appointed "Chicago Arts District," but more accurately called the Principality of Podmajersky, is trying so desperately to be.  The best efforts of Pilsen's hard-working artists and gallerists, are only being held back by the business practices of the Podmajersky property managers.  Some manage to do good work, especially our friends Todd and Marrakesh at Rooms Productions.  (Hey, they're on Halsted now.  Guys!  Send me a damn email and let me know about this stuff!)
Bridgeport is what Pilsen should be, the "Wild West" of the Chicago art scene, crazy and carefree, bold and adventurous, making the West Loop look like River North by comparison.  This Friday, with relatively little going on elsewhere, and events at four of Bridgeport's signature spaces, is the perfect night to check out this neighborhood!
33 Collective Gallery - 1029 W. 35th St. Caras de Mexico, work by Joe Compean. Reception 7-10pm. 8/20-9/12.

4Art Gallery - 1029 W. 35th St., #403. Group Show, work by Robin Monique Rios, Melissa Kolbusz, Nicholas Depeder, Tom Wilson, Derail Howery, George Lindmark, Sonia Katz, Janae Kernes, Tom Keefer, and Maya Kalabic. Reception 7-10pm. 8/20-9/4.

Co-Prosperity Sphere - 3219 S Morgan St. Corazón Grafico/Corazón Urbano, work by Gabriel Villa. Reception 7-11pm. 8/20-9/3.

Eastern Expansion - 244 W 31st St. Squaring the Circle, work by Corinne D'Agustino and Thomas I'Anson. Reception 6-10pm. 8/20-9/10.

Saturday often plays second fiddle to Friday when it comes to openigns, though lately it's been coming into its own, and this weekend is a prime example.  Monument 2 Gallery is showing what promise to be some exceptional paintings, and Swimming Pool Project Space features Love Letters to Antarctica, a joint exhibition by Lorien Jordan and our good friend Annie Heckman.  We helped install this show and it is going to be amazing!  If you can only make it out to one opening this weekend, this is the one to see.  But of course, there's plenty of time to make it, if not to everything opening this weekend, certainly all six shows on this list.  If we can do it, so can you.

Swimming Pool Project Space - 2858 W. Montrose Ave. Love Letters to Antarctica, work by Lorien Jordan and Annie Heckman. Reception 7-10pm. 8/21-9/12.

Monument 2 Gallery - 2007 N. Point St. Practice Makes Purpose, work by Justin Thomas Schaefer. Reception 6-10pm. 8/21-8/29.


You may have noticed the lack of a map this week.  If you need a map to these spaces, click here.


Jeriah is an artist, educator, writer, and snack enthusiast.  You can see his work at www.jeriahhildwine.com, and read his columns at Art Talk Chicago and Chicago Art Magazine.  Jeriah lives and works in Chicago, with his wife Stephanie Burke.

Stephanie Burke was born in Nevada City, CA in 1984. She received her BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from Humboldt State University in 2007, and her MFA in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Currently she lives in Chicago with her husband Jeriah, makes work, teaches, writes for Bad at Sports, is Editor-in-Chief of Art Talk Chicago, works as Managing Editor and Director of Operations at Chicago Art Magazine, as well as maintaining her own blog, The Gallery Crawl and So Much More. When not making, teaching, looking at, or writing about art, she enjoys running around in the woods, drinking beer by bonfires, crazy quilting and target shooting.

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