Queen Bey dropped Renaissance and households all over Chicago’s South Side and beyond are celebrating #4onthefloor and #housemusicallnightlong, and venues south of the city’s Loop bring that energy to the early fall season. Our first Chicago art guide focuses on the South Side, with exhibiting artists contend with the 75th anniversary of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent, being a young Kuwaiti feminist painter, and reflect on Black American memory and healing, and personal familial narratives.
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Pritika Chowdhry: Unbearable Memories, Unspeakable Histories, Partition Anti-Memorial Project
Since 2007, feminist and post-colonialist artist Pritika Chowdhry has developed the Partition Anti-Memorial Project. August 2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent and the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nation-states. Chowdry has continued to build on this series producing installation pieces that create alternate ways to remember and memorialize traumatic geopolitical events, from the dual lenses of South Asian diasporic postmemory.
South Asia Institute (saichicago.org)
1925 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through December 10
Myron Laban: Time to Rise
Known for his murals, painter Myron Laban scales down for a solo exhibition of his figurative paintings at The Silver Room. Laban has been an outspoken advocate for those with mental health struggles and seeks to promote healing through creative pursuits. Infused with earthy tones and warming figures, Time to Rise expresses Laban’s focus on perseverance and healing.
The Silver Room (thesilverroom.com)
1506 East 53rd Street, Chicago
Through September 9
Asking for the Moon
Tiger Strikes Asteroid presents an exhibition of print-based works by Breanna Robinson. In this body of work, Robinson utilizes her memories, dreams, and research to explore the distinct but inherently connected processes of memory consolidation and dream construction. Robinson often works with a variety of materials to produce handmade and digital works that reflect themes of nostalgia, femininity, media, and technology in the context of Black American culture.
Tiger Strikes Asteroid (tigerstrikesasteroid.com)
Mana Contemporary, 2233 South Throop Street, #419, Chicago
Through October 1
Jova Lynne and Antonia Larkin: Our Mothers’ Gardens
Antonia Larkin and Jova Lynne, 2019 ACRE residents, trace the memory of Black life and lineage through unconventional approaches to the archive and cultural memory. Drawing upon familial narratives, personal lore, vinyl records and ecology, these artists reimagine and rethink the modes through which we document and memorialize histories of grief, familial upheaval, and collective loss.
Blanc Gallery (blancchicago.com), in partnership with Artist’s Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE)
4445 South King Drive, Chicago
Through September 23
Victoria Martinez: Daughter of Wands
In a 2021 interview with The Latinx Project at New York University, Eva Mayhabal Davis writes, “Victoria Martinez’s work explores landscapes, systems of power, and archiving particular sites as a form of honoring histories. In her abstractions, there are portals of reimagining spaces and memories, as well as embracing alternative methods of mapmaking. This is most notable in the material layers and textured textiles that are painted and transformed into an intuitive language.” For her solo show, Chicago native Martinez returns with a new body of work at Produce Model Gallery.
Produce Model Gallery (www.produce-model.com)
1918 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago
Through October 8
Yuge Zhou: Moon Drawings
This past spring, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago launched the Spotlight Series, a new initiative to showcase work by contemporary artists of Chinese descent. The fourth in the series features work by Yuge Zhou. Her video series Moon Drawings was created during the global pandemic travel ban. Zhou was inspired by a Han Dynasty legend about missing loved ones in a faraway land. Her recent work centers around the great physical and emotional distance between China and America, two lands she calls home.
Programming during the exhibition will include a poetry session in collaboration with the Chicago Poetry Center and a sound performance by local sound artists Kikù Hibino and Chien-An Yuan.
Chinese American Museum of Chicago (ccamuseum.org)
238 West 23rd Street, Chicago
Through October 16
S.H. Kim: Hands Remember and Latifa Alajlan: Under my skin
Opening the early fall season at FLXST Contemporary highlights painters Latifa Alaljan and S.H. Kim. As a young Kuwaiti woman and feminist, Latifa Alajlal combines Islamic patterning and materials symbolic of her country to create dense abstract paintings. She states that her mark-making is derived from “using my hands and body, the sensual strokes and textures of my paintings aim to invoke the intimacy of nature and take ownership of one’s own flesh.” Alajlan aims to facilitate a conversation between the conservative and the liberal Kuwaitis with a focus on female empowerment.
Kim states that he references Japanese and American animations from the 1970s to the 2000s to create abstract paintings. Although using pop culture influences, Kim’s work also seems to draw from Modernist landscape paintings such as the Fauvist use of color and form along with elements of the simplified later Modernism of Milton Avery.
FLXST Contemporary (flxst.co)
2251 South Michigan Ave, Suite 220, Chicago
September 10–October 23, 2022
Miles MacClure and Scott Vincent Campbell
Miles MacClure and Scott Vincent Campbell are intrigued by the significance that humans ascribe to objects; their respective practices merge sculptural and photographic elements to different ends. Campbell examines the parts of ourselves we must obscure and MacClure questions the reality and significance of individual identity. In tandem, their assemblages use found and fabricated objects to interrogate the construction of selfhood. Through these transformations of objects and images, Campbell and MacClure aim to provide the viewer with a new way of looking at the familiar, and a new way of looking at oneself.
Baby Blue (babybluegallery.org)
Mana Contemporary, 2233 South Throop Street, Chicago
September 15–October 15
Liz’s Childhood Computer
Liz Vitlin’s exhibition at Prairie presents a selection of works from her ongoing project Liz’s Childhood Computer. Extracted from the dusty hard drive of a computer custom-built for her by her father, these are ambiguously uncanny works. Vitlin transplants her salvaged videos, photographs, and Microsoft Word compositions from the fuzzy world of early digital media to the gallery space.
2055 West Cermak, Chicago
September 24–November 5
Over the past few years, Ian Miyamura has steadily produced a number of paintings, slowly sorting them into groups of disparate pictorial subjects and genres; whimsically distorted seagulls, historically evocative still lifes and wry works of geometric abstraction. Miyamura displays a subtle technique and sensitivity to his materials in these modestly sized paintings. When viewed as an ensemble, the formal language he employs questions the way in which we engage with the act of creation and viewing.
4th Ward Project Space (4wps.org)
5338 South Kimbark Avenue Chicago
October 30–November 22, 2022
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The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
MoMA to Co-Curate Exhibition With NYPD
Arrest Me, Daddy hopes to cast a more positive light on the work of law enforcement officers.
Repatriation-Inspired Fragrance Line Hopes to Heal Collector Wounds
The exotic scents of the Rapatriement line offer solace and joy to dismayed collectors who were forced to return looted artifacts.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
Prince Harry to Star in New Van Gogh Biopic
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Vatican Partners With Balenciaga on “Spiritual” Menswear Line
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When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
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Iran Issues Fatwa Against AI
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Met Gala Announces 2023 “Looting and Plunder” Theme
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Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Florida School Censors Madonna and Child; Calls It “Assault on Family Values”
The school said the Virgin Mary in the painting “doesn’t look happy enough” about experiencing the joy of motherhood. Governor Ron DeSantis applauded the move.
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