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Chicago Artists’ News

Volume XXXIV, Number 11, December 2007

Dawoud Bey, Kenneth, 2003. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Bey Method


KENNETH
If it wasn’t for school I don’t know where I’d be. One of my friends just
died recently—shot in the back of the head. He was walking down the
street, him and a couple of friends of his. He was going back to meet his
By Nathaniel McLin
father ‘cause his father was coming to pick him up. And then, everybody
Dawoud Bey does not romanticize the subjects of his pho- started running; he was the only one who got hit by the bullet. At first
tographs. Rather, his pictures capture his subjects in moments I really couldn’t believe it, ‘cause, like, in the neighborhood we stay in
of personal decision, elevating them into monumental icons. A his whole family used to live around there, and he was like one of the
professor of photography at Columbia College, Chicago, Bey main people that I actually spent time with. We used to go to the beach
composes compelling pictorial spaces that draw viewers into the together, play basketball. He was a nice kid; all the adults in the neighbor-
personal narratives of those whom he photographs. hood thought he was nice. It just makes me feel sad, you know, I wish I
could have my friend back. That’s why I try to keep my mind focused on
Bey holds a MFA from Yale University, and has work in
other, positive stuff, such as school, making sure I do all my homework,
the permanent collections of over twenty museums around the
world. This year Aperture magazine published his latest book, so I can get the best grades I can get. I want to start my own record
Class Pictures, and will mount a traveling exhibition of the label, probably, and like open different types of stores and invest in, um...
photographs that will tour museums throughout the country. like neighborhoods I’ve lived in and everything: have new buildings built
Following Class Pictures, the Addison Gallery of American so there’ll be less homeless, get people up off the streets.
A publication of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition ISSN 0890-5908

Art will open “Do You See What I See: Representing the Black
Subject,” a historical survey of the photographic image of black
males. format analogous to the Baroque realism of painter Michelangelo
Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610). Bey’s experiments with the
Having grown up in New York’s Harlem and Queens, unusual 20 x 24 Polaroid camera used for creating large-scale
Bey was influenced by the documentary photography of the photographs allowed him to produce very stable and detailed
1969 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition “Harlem on My prints of any size. Empowered with this resource to create muse-
Mind,” a showcase of African-American photographers. He was um quality pictures as stable as Rembrandt’s portraits gave Bey
impressed by the truthfulness of documentary photography in the confidence to pursue creation of Classical art photography.
capturing, without romanticism or sentimentality, the dignity of
the everyday African American people, who were then widely In this sense, Caravaggio was an influence on his work. In a
regarded as outcasts from society. Bey’s own photographic trib- private interview, Bey remarked on this influence. “I am a lover
ute to Harlem’s everyday citizens, “Harlem USA,” opened at the of Caravaggio’s shadows,” he said, “and am very interested in
Studio Museum of Harlem in 1979. how the interplay of dark and light also helps to animate and
push the subject forward into the space of the viewer by adding
The subjects comprised in Bey’s Class Pictures, as in his dimensionality to the flat surface.”
other photographs, are suppressed outsiders: noble Harlem resi-
dents, defiant white and multiracial teenagers, and immigrants. Like Caravaggio, Bey modulates contrasting light and dark
Bey affords them a prestige that celebrates their otherness and areas to remind our motor senses of the relation of light and
simultaneously draws the viewer intimately into his subject’s shadow to the sense of three-dimensional volume as objects
psychological performance space. appear in life. Bey’s methods are thus not an exact translation
of Caravaggio’s sculptural tactility. Rather, his is an analogous
Bey began taking pictures of young people in 1992 for method in the photographic medium in which the viewer’s
the Artist Collective in Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, memory fills in depth and spatial relationships.
Connecticut. He shot serialized images of young people to com-
pare their mercurial changes, frame by frame. In 2003, he was Another of Caravaggio’s techniques used by Bey is to illu-
involved in a residency project at the David and Alfred Smart minate one side of the face of his subjects, leaving the other side
Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. This project saw of the face darkened, or even masked in shadow. This method
the addition of confessional elements to his photos, with Bey endows the figures appearing within the photo with a sense of
soliciting text or audio commentary from his youthful subjects, depth and mystery.
who commented on the state of their lives in all their difficulty,
joy, and complexity. In his photos, Bey treats fore-, middle-, and backgrounds
distinctively. Generally, he obscures the background, keeping
Bey employs a compelling method in achieving his remark- it slightly out of focus, thus forcing our eyes to linger in the
able photos. After his work for the Artist Collective, Bey began space where his subjects pose and perform – the middle ground
to move from a documentary style to creating a photographic of the picture plane. Bey thus takes advantage of a power that
contniued on page 13.
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POPSICLE TO JOIN BEAN … Millennium Koons which “guards” the museum, and a giant spider though they were inches from the artwork, in contrast to
Park, home of Anish Kapoor’s Bean, or “Cloud Gate,” by the French artist Louise Bourgeois. regular photographs, which become grainy as you zoom
and Crown Fountain, will soon sport another installa- As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the in, said curator Alberto Artioli. “You can also note the
tion this winter, the Popsicle – a 95-foot-long multicol- museum is also showing a retrospective of US art state of degradation the painting is in.”
ored wall of ice, with abstract patterns and shards of ice until April 12 called “Art In The USA: 300 Years
jutting out, by artist Gordon Halloran of Vancouver, a of Innovation” that features some 200 works from DYLAN IN DEUTCHLAND … An exhibition
Nov. 1 Chicago Tribune article said. 120 artists. of artworks by musician Bob Dylan opened at the
From a distance, the 13-foot-tall sheets of brilliantly Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz museum Oct. 28 in
hued ice will look like a giant contemporary art piece. FLUSHING FURY … Chemnitz, an eastern German city, the Associated
Close up, pigments interact with the crystal ice struc- A toilet that flushes to Press reported.
tures, changing as parts of the wall evaporate, melt and the sound of Italy’s “The Drawn Blank Series” has 170 colored versions
freeze again. national anthem was of pictorial motifs, including variations of previously
“Paintings Below Zero,” will open Feb. 1 and will seized by police in published drawings and sketches.
remain on display through the month. It will be kept northern Italy, igniting Dylan produced the drawings between 1989 and
mostly frozen by chilled glycol running through alumi- a big patriotic debate, 1992, and published them in a book. Curator Ingrid
num panels that make up the core of the wall. Pigmented according to the BBC on Moessinger had 332 of the works specially reprinted and
sheets of ice, created offsite and changed periodically, Nov. 6. painted, and Dylan then selected 170 works for display.
will be suspended from the metal panels. As the surface The offending naughty
evaporates, pigments will migrate to the exterior, altering necessary, the creation of PEOPLE NEWS … Chicago Gallery News founder
the crystal structure and creating new patterns. artists Eleonora Chiari and Natalie van Straaten announced her retirement Oct.
City officials estimate that the exhibit, organized by Sandra Goldschmied was 31, after 25 years as editor and publisher. Employee of
the Department of Cultural Affairs, will cost “a few on display at the Bolzano five years Virginia “Ginny” Berg bought the magazine,
hundred thousand dollars.” Several private and public Italian Prosecutors say Museum of Modern Art. becoming publisher Nov. 1. Van Straaten, founding
entities will fund the project. The city says its portion of the Italian national anthem Prosecutors say the executive director of the Art Dealers Association of
the funding and the state’s will come from the hotel tax. should not be ridiculed. Fratelli d’Italia anthem Chicago (CADA), also retired from that position after 20
Halloran will also create a painting on the park’s ice is a national emblem and years, to be replaced by Lynne Remington. Remington
rink using an ice-cleaning machine. After the show, the protected from ridicule. Defense lawyers for the muse- worked with CADA on projects for 11 years, and was the
wall will be broken apart, taken away and left to melt. um argued that while it has patriotic and sentimental founding project director for the annual Vision program.
value, the anthem is not a national symbol. Catherine Edelman, of the photography gallery at 300
GEHRY MIT TROUBLE … The Massachusetts The prosecution claimed that playing the anthem W. Superior by the same name, was elected president
Institute of Technology filed a negligence suit against while flushing a crapper is an offence to the nation. They of CADA on Oct. 25, replacing outgoing 2004 - 2007
renowned architect Frank Gehry on Halloween, claim- cited a decree issued this year by the former government president Roy Boyd. Chicago Gallery News began in
ing that flaws in his design of the $300 million Stata of Silvio Berlusconi, a role-model if there ever was one, the early 1980s during the time the River North gallery
Center in Cambridge, one of the most celebrated defining the national anthem as an emblem and property district was starting …
works of recent architecture, caused leaks, cracks, mold of the state. Oak Park artist, CAC Member, and owner of
growth and drainage back-ups, according to the Nov. 6 After a judgment, arguments would begin over Art Gecko gallery Lisa Nordstrom was selected
Globe. whether this marks a precedent or is just a flash in the from hundreds of entries worldwide to be one of 39
The suit alleged MIT paid Los Angeles-based Gehry pan, the BBC report said. artists in “Red Bull
Partners $15 million to design the Stata Center, and soon Art of Can Chicago,”
after its 2004 completion, the center’s outdoor amphithe- which was at the
ater began to crack due to drainage problems. River East Art
Gehry Partners did not respond to the Globe’s con- Center, Nov. 9-18.
tact attempts. A MIT spokesman declined comment, cit- Nordstrom designed
ing the pending lawsuit. two fully functional
An executive at the construction company, New pieces out of Red
Jersey-based Skanska USA Building Inc., blamed Bull energy drink
Gehry for the problems and said he ignored warnings cans: a miniature
about the flaws from Skanska and a consulting company shopping bag called
prior to construction. “This is not a construction issue, “Ready to Go,” and
never has been,” said Paul Hewins, executive vice presi- suitcase entitled “Ready to Go” and “Traveling Light,”
dent and area general manager of Skanska USA. “Traveling Light.” by Lisa Nordstrom.
“It really is a disaster,” said former Boston
University president John Silber, who sharply criticizes
the Stata Center’s design in a new book, Architecture of The waters of Trevi Fountain ran red with paint. GALLERY, MUSEUM, VENUE AND SHOW
the Absurd: How ‘Genius’ Disfigured a Practical Art. NEWS … The Museum of Contemporary Art on Oct.
Gehry is not the first famous architect to be sued over SHOULD’VE WAITED ‘TIL HALLOWEEN … 29 named as its next director Madeleine Grynsztejn,
his designs. I. M. Pei and Partners, of Hancock Tower A man threw a bucket of red paint into Rome’s Trevi a former Art Institute curator for 20th-Century paint-
fame, were sued after glass panes popped out during the Fountain on Oct. 19, coloring the waters of the 18th- ing and sculpture with knowledge of the area art scene,
Tower’s 1970s construction, crashing onto the street. It century monument bright blood-red in front of a crowd according to the Chicago Tribune. Upon her March
became “The Plywood Skyscraper” when the glass was of astonished tourists and locals, the Associated Press arrival, Grynsztejn will be the first woman and sev-
temporarily replaced with wood. Robert Campbell, an reported. The bizarre act of vandalism was apparently enth person to lead the 40-year-old MCA. Currently
architect and critic for the Globe, said it is inevitable that inspired by the Futurists of the early 20th century. The she is senior curator of painting and sculpture at the
there will be problems in any unconventional building man, wearing a beret and a light-colored jacket, disap- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she
like the Stata Center, with its roofs colliding at different, peared into the crowd. The fountain started spurting red, has worked since Sept. 2000. She will succeed Robert
odd angles. a spectacle tourists immediately began photographing. Fitzpatrick, stepping down next year after a decade at
Police arrived and technicians restored a clear flow. the helm of the MCA.
The monument has been a tourist spot since Fellini’s
1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” which featured actress Anita DON’T MISS … McCord Gallery, 9602 W. Creek
Ekberg seductively splashing in the fountain, the New Rd., Palos Park, 708-671-0648, “Holiday Shoppe,”
York Times said. Experts said the baroque fountain was group show, closes Dec. 21 … FLATFILEgalleries,
not permanently damaged. 217 N. Carpenter, 312-491-1190, “New Dialect,” group
The news agency ANSA reported a box was found show with Robert McGuire, photography, Michael
nearby containing leaflets by an unknown group claim- George & Craig Hansen, paintings; Man Bartlett,
ing responsibility, “FTM Futurist Action 2007.” The “Entry Point,” drawings; “Flora/Fauna,” group show
leaflets said the group aims to battle against “everything with Marco Ambrosi, Jozef Sumicrast, Gail Kaplan,
and everyone with a spirit of healthy violence” and to turn Barbara Levy Kipper and Beth Moon, photography
this “grey bourgeois society into a triumph of color.” The and sculpture; Natalia Ivancevich, “White Forest,”
red paint symbolized the Rome Film Festival’s red carpet, installation, closes Dec. 22 … KN Gallery, 875 N.
and was meant to protest expenses incurred at the event. Michigan, Ste. 2515, 312-640-5550, Fernando Botero,
Puppy (1992-95), by Jeff Koons, Courtesy Guggenheim Museum
“Fernando Botero’s 75th Birthday,” paintings, pastels
Bilbao.
SUPPER ON WEB … On Oct. 27 officials in Milan, and sculptures, closes Dec. 29 … Chicago Art Source
GEHRY CELEBRATION … Bilbao, Spain, Italy, posted on the Web a high-resolution image of Gallery, 1871 N. Clybourn, 2nd fl., 773-248-3100,
celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Frank Gehry- Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” At 16 billion Marc Hauser, “Sinners, Story Tellers & Socialites-40
designed Guggenheim Museum, which helped trans- pixels, this image is 1,600 times finer than those taken Years of Photography,” photography, closes Dec. 31.
form the industrial city into a cultural capital, with the with a 10 mega-pixel digital camera, the Houston
inauguration of a massive new outdoor work of art in Chronicle reported.
October, according to artknowledgenews.com. The high resolution will allow experts to examine PROBLEMS COPING in the art world? Feel ripped-off or
short-shrifted? Betrayed? Screwed? Hate Shag? Or did some-
The “Red Arches,” a huge metal structure over La details of the 15th century wall painting that they other-
thing positive happen for a change? What do you think about the
Salve bridge next to the museum, designed by French wise could not – including traces of drawings Leonardo current state of art news  sorta good, bad or really ugly? TELL
artist Daniel Buren, joins two other permanent works put down before painting. SHAG – E-mail your comments to shag@caconline.org, writing
at the Guggenheim – “Puppy,” a dog in flowers by Jeff This image allows viewers to look at details as “art news comment” in the subject line.
Alternatives to
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responses.” Their current gallery intern, Amanda
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Hooshmand, fits the bill perfectly: she’s friendly, an
art student and a dedicated biker. Their other intern,
web guru Jason Jozwiak, is a friend from the School

The secret lives of an unusual art breed


of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lloyd Dobler Gallery has also been written up


in Time Out Chicago and Chicago magazine, some-
thing that doesn’t usually happen with alternative
By Alicia K. Eler At Vanessa Smith and Cameron Crawford’s art galleries. Though both the girls are applying to
slanted-ceiling, triangular-shaped, 1200-square-foot grad school in the near future, they see the gallery
Somewhere inside Chicago’s thick urban jun- attic in Pilsen, aptly named Brown Triangle, as an ongoing project that will continue even if they
gle, over 35 alternative and artist-run spaces are they’ve only had a few shows. In fact, they don’t end up in different cities.
growing out of apartment living rooms, dining even have a website. “We wanted to continue our
rooms, kitchens, basements and even bedrooms. involvement in the Chicago arts community after
The people running these spaces aren’t out for mon- finishing up at SAIC,” said Smith. “We usually
etary gain; instead, they’re doing it to support the have three-person shows, but we don’t look for
arts in Chicago. Low-key and often unpublicized, specific criteria – it’s more about enjoying putting
their shows are the kind of thing one learns about on shows and having people come out.”
through word-of-mouth.
At the California Occidental Museum
An alternative to the commercial art scene has of Art (COMA) in Humboldt Park, co-direc-
existed in Chicago since 1939, when the Hyde Park tors Annika Seitz and Erik Brown take a different
Art Center was first established. Other cities have approach. Founded in January 2006, Seitz and
significant alternative art scenes as well – but what Brown are interested in existing both online and in
makes Chicago different? material reality. “We have a permanent collection
online,” said Seitz. “Because we archive everything
Bob Jones’ work at 65GRAND, Sept–Oct 2007.
“Chicago is one of the more affordable cities as and sell nothing, we’re more like a museum.” Seitz
Photo courtesy of 65GRAND.
compared to NYC, SF, Boston, or LA. It is possible and Brown place emphasis on one-night parties/
to find an [affordable] space and develop it into openings while the second event – the permanent Another apartment gallery that operates as
something unique without worrying too much about collection – takes place online. Art shows happen in something in-between commercial and alternative
making ends meet,” said Caroline Picard, Editor of every room of the colorfully painted two-bedroom is Bill Gross’s 65GRAND. Since the space official-
PHONEBOOK 2007/2008, an annual directory of apartment, from the green bathroom to Erik’s yel- ly began in October 2005, shows have happened in
alternative artspaces, and Director of Publications low bedroom. Gross’s now-defunct 15 ft. x 15 ft. kitchen. A painter
at Three Walls Gallery. “Unlike other American cit- himself, Gross never envisioned running an alterna-
ies with a lot of space, such as Baltimore, Detroit Caleb Lyons and Kathryn Scanlan take a simi- tive art space – it just sort of happened after a few
and Pittsburgh, Chicago also has an audience – and lar approach to their space, Old Gold, billing it as successful shows. Though Gross doesn’t have any
a vibrant community that supports contemporary art more of an opening night party, although shows stay gallery artists, he tends to work regularly with many
dialogue.” From Humboldt Park all the way to sub- up about three weeks and can be viewed by appoint- of the same people. 65GRAND recently attended
urban Oak Park, alternative art spaces are thriving. ment. When the pair found this two-flat greystone The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon,
with an attached basement in April 2006, they knew and the BRIDGE Art Fair (formerly NOVA) a few
they’d struck gold. Art shows happen only in their years back. Though this seems unusual for an alt art
downstairs basement, which came complete with a space, Gross said that he’s trying to give the artists
faux fireplace and a built-in bar. Lyons and Scanlan as much visibility as possible. “My main goal is to
believe that this gentleman’s-club-like basement work with artists and get them as much exposure as
was finished in either the 50s or 60s. “The space possible,” he said. “If I make any money from the
is unusual and demanding, and artists have to keep art, it goes right back into paying for art fairs and
that in-mind when they’re putting work together,” advertising.”
said Lyons. “In our first show, Jo Hormuth (who
was recently in a show at 40000) came over to see For many of these young spaces, it’s hard to tell
the space before starting work. Her paintings ended how long they’ll actually stick around. The fleeting
up being a direct response to the space.” nature of alternative art galleries suggests a five-
year shelf life, but there’s always an exception to
Whereas some galleries are more interested in the rule. The Suburban, Michelle Grabner and
View from Marc Fisher show at VONZWECK, Sept. 2007.
the opening event, Patricia Courson and Rachel Brad Killam’s independent artist-run space in Oak
Photo courtesy of VONZWECK.
Adams are focused on longer-lasting, more gal- Park, defies all logical rules.
lery-like shows. At their Wicker Park space, Lloyd
VONZWECK in Humboldt Park is perhaps Dobler Gallery, track lighting hangs from the Grabner and Killam opened The Suburban in
the best-known alt art space here in Chicago, put- ceiling, artwork is numbered and an intern greets 1997, keeping in mind the late 80s/early 90s school
ting on shows that rival some commercial galleries. visitors. Without looking back toward the kitchen of institutional critique. During this time, artists
Run out of artist Philip von Zweck’s 12 ft x 14 ft or opening a side door, one would assume this was questioned the authority of museum and gallery
living room, the space is lit by conventional light. a gallery proper. “I feel like this space fits our per- spaces and tended toward alternative spaces. “A lot
“There’s a radio, a hardwood floor, a closet with sonalities and the work we want to show, but it can of spaces now aren’t tied to any sort of critique,”
French doors, windows on the wall – it actually be a gallery if we want it to be,” said Adams. said Grabner. “Instead, they seem like a way of
doesn’t have a tremendous amount of wall space,” strategizing the art world. But that’s not what The
said Von Zweck. Suburban is about.” Billed as an anti-curator, pro-
artist space, The Suburban is located outside of
Von Zweck asks friends to show their artwork, the city, in what is often thought of as the “cultural
but occasionally takes a submission from someone void” of the ‘burbs. But their location is part of their
new. His rule of thumb? “If I don’t trust you with strategy – not to mention that in 1997 Oak Park was
keys to my apartment, I’m not going to let you have affordable and the two artists had a family to sup-
a show here,” said Von Zweck. It just so happens port.
that Von Zweck has some pretty well-known artist
friends, like Carrie Gundersdorf (who is represented Shows usually happen in the 10 ft. x 20 ft.
by Shane Campbell Gallery), artist Tony Tassett, his cinder block space in the backyard, the backyard
professor from graduate school, and Karen Reimer, itself and, sometimes, inside the Grabner/Killam
who is represented by moniquemeloche Gallery. household. Artists-in-residence stay with the family
“Spaces into Places” at Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Sept.–Oct. 2007. from time to time and The Suburban has received
But lesser-known artists, like Frank Pollard and Photo courtesy of Lloyd Dobler Gallery.
Tyler Brit, can be seen at VONZWECK, too. “If press in publications like Artforum. Grabner shows
Carrie Gundersdorf does a show and then Tyler only non-Chicagoans; international artists like Luc
Brit [does a show], well, it raises the bar for emerg- But seriously, interns working at an apartment Tuymans, Young British Artist (YBA) Gavin Turk,
ing artists [like Brit],” said Von Zweck. Because gallery? “When we started having regular hours on Pakistani-born Ceal Floyer and LA-based Karl
the space operates mainly to promote artists, Von Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. Haendel have all been through The Suburban. As
Zweck doesn’t take cuts from art sold; if an artist at the end of September 2006, our time was limited an artist-run space, Grabner and Killam strive to
sells a piece, he asks him/her to chip in for the $30 because we worked Saturdays,” said Adams. “We promote the artist and bring more arts to Chicago.
opening night beer expenses. realized we’d have to be open Saturday because continued on page 7.
2007
5

NEWS & EVENTS
The Staff of the Chicago Artists’

Chicago Artists’ News December 2007


Coalition wishes you and your
family a wonderful Holiday Season
mark your calendars... and a Happy New Year.

Dec. 14th Til Jan. 2nd Jan. 19th


CAC’s Annual Holiday Benefit Party CAC Around Town Annual Tax and
Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake St. Swim Café Record Keeping Workshop
6-9 p.m. 1357 W Chicago Ave Led by Julie Herwitt, CPA

The artists’ holiday event of the year featuring a small art and craft grab bag. Artists: Kyoko Endo,
Bring an Item, Take an Item. (All grab bag items should be hand made by Jennifer Buckley, Ai The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago
the participating artist - we are looking for small unique art or craft objects.) and Ann Marie Schneider 350 N. Orleans, room 1284
12-4 p.m.
Meet new artists and mingle with your peers. Exhibition running $20 CAC members, $40 non-members
Food, wine, and entertainment! through January 2 Join as a New member now and get in for Free!
Free art supply gift bags courtesy of Brudno’s. Preregistration is required so sign up on the
www.caconline.org - $20 online, $25 at the door website, www.caconline.org or call the office.

THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS: Dear members of the art community:


The Cliff Dwellers Art Foundation (Patron of the Arts), Melanie Stefan (Supporter), As many of you might have heard, the Governor’s state budget cuts signed on August 23
April Nomellini (Supporter), Nancy Gershman, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund have also resulted in cuts to the Illinois Arts Council’s budget. The 41% reduction represents
(Supporter). more than $7 million dollars in funding cuts to arts and culture organizations throughout the
Our volunteers for this issue were Barbara Willerman and Larry Chait. state. For the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, this means $8,000 less than last year’s award, and
$10,000 less than the organization’s budgeted amount. If the money is not restored, this can
STEPHANIE KLUK MOVES TO CLEVELAND... pose a major set-back to the CAC’s growth. The many professional development workshops,
We are sad to announce that our beloved Stephanie Kluk, that hundreds of artists have come to rely on, might be cut back; the newspaper that reaches
who has been the CAC’s loyal Membership and Program Coordinator
thousands of people might have to be scaled down; many other activities that help so many
since November 2005, will be moving to Cleveland at the end of
people develop their art careers might need to be cancelled.
the month of November with her son and husband (and dog, PJ).
We are not only losing a great employee, dedicated and devoted But you can help. We ask you to support the CAC by doing one, or both of the following:
to the organization and its mission, but also a friend. We have 1. Make a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more and become a Friend of the CAC, an
shared many laughs with her, here at the office, and she infused exclusive group making a difference in the art community. As a Friend, you will receive
the working environment with a great deal of enthusiasm and invitations to Friends-only events, such as private tours of art collections, and artists’ stu-
optimism. We will miss her dearly. She made us all smile and it was dios. In addition, if you are a current member, you will be upgraded to First Class delivery
a joy to work with her. of the Chicago Artists’ News ($11 per year).
Kiet Pham who has been working with us in a PT capacity, and has helped substan- 2. Make two phone calls to the numbers listed below expressing your concern with the
tially with advancing CAC Around Town, the PREP program, and other membership events/ proposed budget cuts to the arts and urging that funding be fully restored for the Illinois
programs, will be joining us as the Membership and Program Coordinator in Stephanie’s Arts Council and the Illinois State Board of Education's Arts and Foreign Language grant
stead. Help us welcome Kiet by emailing him at membership@caconlie.org. Olga Stefan program.
a) Ginger Ostro, Budget Director for Governors Office of Management and Budget 312-
Correction:
I’d like to submit a correction to the text on “Roger Brown and His House” in the November 2007 814-0023 and Ginger.ostro@illinois.gov
issue of Chicago Artists’ News. The author states: “In 1996, when he knew that he was dying from b) Governor Rod Blagojevich 312-814-2121 (Chicago) or
AIDS, Brown willed his 1889 storefront home and studio on North Halsted Street…to the School of 217 -558-0880 (Springfield)
the Art Institute of Chicago.” We need your help and support in this time of need. Please take action and show the
Brown died in November 1997, and therefore did not will or bequeath his Halsted Street collec- Governor how important the arts are to Illinois.
tion to the School. Brown’s gift of the contents of his Chicago home to the School became official dur-
Make a donation and a phone call today! All donations can be sent by mail to:
ing his life, in December 1996. As a condition of this gift, SAIC purchased the building. (Brown gave
Chicago Artists’ Coalition, 70 E. Lake #230, Chicago, IL 60601, or you may pledge online
his other two homes and collections, in New Buffalo, MI, and La Conchita, CA, to SAIC as outright
gifts, so it’s often misunderstood that he gave his Chicago home to the School.) at www.caconline.org. All donations are acknowledged in the newspaper, in the issue
SAIC opened the site as the Roger Brown Study Collection in January, 1997, and we fortunately following receipt. Thank you for supporting the Arts in Illinois!
had much of the year to talk with Brown and work through the issues of preserving his home and
collection as he intended, as an “Artists’ Museum.” Thanks for exploring and presenting the issues of Sincerely,
advance planning for of artists’ estates in this issue. Olga Stefan, Executive Director, Chicago Artists’ Coalition
Best, Lisa Stone, Curator, Roger Brown Study Collection, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago www.caconline.org

MEET
THE
CAC STAFF...
Olga Stefan, Executive Director,
received her bachelors in anthro-
pology from Kenyon College, stud- Olga Jeremy Kiet Miguel Shag Ji-Sook
ied archaeology and art history in Institute, loves foreign films and documenta- of the Yards. He attended DePauw University pseudo-comedy at venues around Chicago, or
Montpellier, France, traveled throughout most ries, and is in constant anticipation of the next in Greencastle, IN where he received a BA hosting “Shag’s Little Thing,” a music, poetry
of Europe, and lived in some of it, and has movie in her online queue. degree in English Creative Writing. He is a fan and comedy open-mic variety show that ran at
excavated throughout much of Israel. She of the Food Network, writes poetry and fiction, Phyllis’ Musical Inn circa 1998 to 2005. Shag
was the executive director of Around the Jeremy Biles, Publications Manager and and says, “No to Mining in Intag, Ecuador!” is a journalist, writer, semi-professional host,
Coyote from 1998-2003, and was the grant Editor of CAN, teaches philosophy at the He will be pursuing an MFA in Fiction Writing
poetry-nerd and tech-geek. He might not know
writer for Woman Made Gallery from 2003 to Illinois Institute of Art. He is the author of “Ecce next fall.
how to show it, but Shag cares. Shag doesn’t
early 2005, when she started her new posi- Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice take praise well.
tion at CAC. Ms. Stefan has curated several of Form.” Shag, IT guy and contributor to CAN, came
exhibitions, including an international show, to Chicago in 1994 to solve mysteries, after
“Palpable Disequilibrium: Contemporary Art Kiet Pham, Membership and Program graduating from Lock Haven University of Ji-Sook Yim, Editorial Intern, is from Houston,
Coordinator, was born in Moline, IL and is
in Romania,” “Resurrection,” “Please Print” Pennsylvania with a Journalism degree with TX and she is currently a second year at the
currently living as an artist in Tinley Park. Kiet
and others, has juried several art shows and minors in English, Philosophy, Film and University of Chicago. She is a French minor,
attended the Columbus College of Art and
festivals, and served on the Evanston Arts Design. Some of his interests include garden- Computer Science. Shag came to the CAC plans on studying psychology, and hopes to go
Council’s individual grant panel. In 2001, she ing, playing the violin, chess, crosswords, in 1998 as the CAC’s Project Coordinator, to into communications for graduate school. Her
received the “Contributions to the Community” physics, and other nerdy things. write the monthly Chicago Artists’ News col- hobbies and interests include piano, Scrabble,
award from the Wicker Park Chamber of umn “Art News” and solve mysteries involving Swatch watches, and sporadically writing
Commerce. Ms. Stefan holds an M.A. in Arts Miguel Jimenez, Assistant to the Editor, was the CAC’s then quite-elderly computers. You sappy poetry for her collection of love poems
Administration from the School of the Art born and raised in Chicago’s South Side, Back may have seen him reading poems and doing titled “Sap from a Maple Tree.”
6
December 2007 Chicago Artists’ News
Travails and
Triumphs:
The Visual
Artists
Rights Act
By Daniel Grant Chapman Kelly's "Wildflower Works." Photo courtesy of the artist.

Like most laws, the Visual Artists Rights Act the intention of the Massachusetts Museum of his possession: “I sold a 1960 Calder mobile and
of 1990 is a lengthy amendment to the federal Contemporary Art in North Adams to display his a 1957 Moore bronze and a 1958 Olitski painting,
Copyright Act, complete with definitions, exclu- unfinished installation represented a violation of the and a number of other pieces. Those artworks today
sions and limitations, as well as a statement of Visual Artists Rights Act. Yet another VARA law- would be worth $10 million.”
intent. Over the years, the law has been occasional- suit claims that changes made to the lawn in front
ly violated, less frequently litigated, and continually of Yahoo!’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California Scott Hodes noted that the Kelley decision
discussed. Perhaps for artists, the law’s most sig- represented a distortion of the site-specific artwork reflects both an expanded interpretation of law and
nificant language is found early on (the artist “shall created by New York sculptor Sharon Louden the lack of old-fashioned courtesy: “What the judge
have the right to prevent any intentional distortion, in 2003. determined is that a sculpture can be made out of
mutilation, or other modification of that work which anything. The law is very specific about what type
would be prejudicial to his or her honor or reputa- of art is covered, and it also is specific about what
tion,” as well as “to prevent any destruction of a isn’t covered, and Kelley’s work doesn’t fall into
work of recognized stature”). For the owners of this either one of those categories; his work doesn’t fall
art, especially those who commission artwork, such within the statute or outside of the statute, leaving

Why would
as building owners, corporations and governmental things up to interpretation.”
agencies, the key language of the law may be found
in seven words that describe how all the rights and The Visual Artists Rights Act was crafted nar-

artists so readily
obligations in the law may be bypassed, through “an rowly in order to win approval from Congress,
express, written waiver by the artist.” which only voted in this law because membership
in the international copyright forum known as the

cede rights that


In perhaps the majority of art commission con- Bern Convention demanded it. VARA created a
tracts, artists are asked to waive their VARA rights, mechanism by which owners return the art to the
and in almost every instance they do so willingly. artist after they no longer want it, largely because of

they had spent


Why would artists so readily cede rights that they changed needs and tastes. Waivers are not sought by
had spent years trying to obtain? individuals, corporations or commissioning agen-
cies seeking to rework an artist’s mural or sculpture

years trying to
In some cases, the answer is self-evident: If but because of things that are unforeseen at the time
they refuse to sign the agreement waiving their of the commission. The court decisions involv-
rights, there will be no commission, and some other ing VARA have all resulted from commissioning

obtain?
artist will have the opportunity to create a large- agreements in which there was no signed waiver
scale work in an open setting viewable by a larger of rights.
percentage of the public than otherwise might see
their art in galleries. It is not uncommon for art- Washington, D.C. arts lawyer Joshua Kaufman
ists to receive additional compensation for signing stated that he did not expect Congress would revisit
a waiver of their VARA rights. However, because the Visual Artists Rights Act any time in the near
the Visual Artists Rights Act is so strongly tied to future. “Congress passed a very narrow bill, the
public artworks, most of which are sited perma- minimum they could get away with,” he said. “I
nently with no end date in sight, current owners and Chapman Kelley’s floral artwork, titled would not expect any changes or expansions to it.”
municipalities are concerned about tying the hands “Wildflower Works,” consisted of 66,000 square If that proves correct, the judiciary will assume the
of those who come after them, such as private build- feet of plants that had been paid for by Kelley when responsibility for reading the law in its current nar-
ing owners who want to expand where the mural is he planted them in 1984. He claimed that he still row form or more broadly.
or the city planners who look to widen the intersec- owned them and had not relinquished ownership
tion that contains a statue. to the individual plants or the entire artwork to the Back in 1903, Supreme Court Justice
City of Chicago, which in 2004 reduced the gar- Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in an opinion
Some negotiation may take place, but the den by half in order to create a bridge that would about a circus poster, “It would be a danger-
waiver subject cannot be avoided and the artist link two areas of the park. Lawyers for the City ous undertaking for persons trained only in the
usually cedes some rights. According to Scott of Chicago had argued that a garden could not be law to constitute themselves final judges of the
Hodes, a Chicago lawyer who has represented a sculpture, since it did not maintain one appear- worth of pictorial illustrations, outside of the
both artists and agencies commissioning artists ance but changed regularly. However, art experts narrowest and most obvious limits.” However, 100-
for public art projects, “nobody in their right mind on behalf of Chapman claimed that no art – even plus years later, it will be judges who will determine
will get involved with any artist in a public way paintings – were changeless, and some artworks what is art, which art is of “recognized stature,”
unless there is a waiver. The law being what it is, changed quite a lot without losing their status whether artwork is only meaningful in one particu-
I would advise any commissioning body to get a as art. lar setting and a host of other issues that artists just
waiver from the artist.” now may be thinking up.
“The judge’s ruling redefines what fine art is,
His sense of urgency reflects recent efforts to or can be, and it redefines what the materials of
Daniel Grant, a former art critic for Newsday, is
extend the law into new areas. In September, for art can be,” Kelley said. “In my case, the work
the author of five books, including The Business of
instance, Chicago painter Chapman Kelley (now of art was made entirely of plants.” There was no
Being an Artist, The Fine Artist’s Career Guide,
residing in Dallas) was able to convince an Illinois ruling on how much Kelley will be compensated
federal judge that his plantings of wildflowers in for the destruction of his artwork – this is likely The Artist’s Resource Handbook and How to Start
the city’s Grant Park constituted a sculptural work to be resolved through negotiations – but the art- and Succeed as an Artist. He is a contributing edi-
of art, deserving of copyright protection after the ist estimated that he spent $350,000 on plants and tor to American Artist magazine and has written for
city removed half of the floral arrangement in other garden materials, as well as salaries for others a variety of newspapers and magazines, including
order to build an access bridge. Earlier in the same who helped him create and maintain the garden. An ARTnews, Art in America, The Artist’s Magazine,
month, a U.S. district court judge in Springfield, art dealer, as well as a painter and sculptor, he had Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times,
Massachusetts turned back an artist’s claim that financed the project through the sale of artworks in The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
Perspectives:
continued from page 4. 7
Alternatives to the Alternative

Chicago Artists’ News December 2007


The secret lives of an unusual art breed
Bridging the Gap Between
Modern Art and Religion
paniment of modernism, and that modern art is, in
many ways, a site of the partial recuperation of such
Running an alter-
native art space
takes time, costs
money and often
goes unrecognized
by the public. As a
themes. result, many spac-
es nest briefly and
The second group includes art historians who then disappear.
believe more or less the opposite: that modernism is Still, those in the
predicated on a secularism that often springs from Chicago arts com-
political convictions, and often expresses itself in munity are deter-
various formalisms. In that second point of view, mined to keep
an artist like Kandinsky is an exception, and an art- pushing. “Chicago
ist like Rothko who speaks openly about religious has a chip on its
issues is fundamentally misguided about his or own shoulder and it’s
Gary Cannone’s project at The Suburban,
work (which is valued for any number of non-reli- Fall 2007. Photo courtesy of The Suburban. plagued with a
gious reasons). sense of being
under-recognized, a sense that there aren’t as many
The differences between these two groups of possibilities here as there might be elsewhere,”
scholars are encapsulated in a pair of quotes. One said Picard. “[But] I think that sense is Chicago’s
is from John Updike: “Modern art is a religion source of incentive. Because we don’t expect to
assembled from the fragments of our daily life.” be raised up on someone else’s pedestal, we build
The other is from the art historian T. J. Clark: “[I our own.”
will not have anything to do with] the self-satisfied
Alicia Kismet Eler is a Chicago-based freelance writer
Leftist clap-trap about ‘art as substitute religion.’”
with a passion for art. She is a regular contributor to
These quotes served as epigraphs to my book The Flavorpill Chicago (http://chi.flavorpill.net ) and Chill
Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art. Magazine (www.chillmag.com).
After its publication, I started getting invitations
Andres Serrano, Piss Christ, 1987, Cibachrome, silicone, plexiglass, wood frame from Christian colleges. Those experiences have
60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm); framed: 65 x 45 1/8 inches (165.1 x 114.6 cm) been salutary. I’ve discovered that at least some Caroline Picard’s PHONEBOOK 2007/2008, an annual
ASE/N-42-A-PH.
Christian institutions are very open to discussion on directory for alternative art spaces in Chicago and nation-
these points. And in those same four years, I have wide, is available from Amazon.com. Or check at Quimby’s
By James Elkins gotten only one invitation from a secular institu- Bookstore (1854 W. North Ave.; www.quimbys.com). Further
information about PHONEBOOK can be found at the Green
tion. MIT held a conference called “Deus (ex) his-
As a professor at the School of the Art Institute Lantern: http://thegreenlantern.org.
toria,” on religion and art, and I gave a paper there
of Chicago, I’ve noticed that art students who make – but that conference had no “religionists,” and
work with religious or spiritual significance often only a few artists, all of whom practice private or Another guide to all exhibition spaces, including alterna-
can’t get interesting criticism. Their instructors will non-Western religions – ones acceptable in the art tive ones, is the CAC’s “Artists’ Gallery Guide to Chicago
often shy away from religious or spiritual themes, and the Surrounding Area,” which covers not only the city
world, and in academia. but much of the Midwest as well. This unique reference tool
and talk instead about safe things like color and not only presents facts artists need to know for galleries,
form. At the professional level, if artists make work But I’d like to see both groups represented, museums and other venues–preferred methods of submis-
that is infused with religious themes, they typically and to find a way of speaking that can accom- sion, contract info, etc.–but dually functions as a “directory
cannot get shows in the main art galleries, or places modate them. This past April, the SAIC hosted an assistance” for journalists, gallery goers or time-crunched art
in biennales or art fairs. buyers seeking only those venues catering to specific needs.
event entitled “Re-Enchantment,” which was an The beefed-up 2005 edition covers Chicago, Chicago sub-
attempt to work on these problems. I tried to invite urbs, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, plus
On the other hand, if their work is critical of people from both sides of that question. I failed. the St. Louis area and a special section on non-traditional
religion, they often can participate in the inter- Several people (whom I won’t name) said that just exhibition spaces (coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, etc.). It’s
national art market. Chris Ofili, Andres Serrano, the most comprehensive resource on Midwestern galleries
sitting down at a table with people who will talk to date. Complete with a full index and copy of the Illinois
and Maurizio Cattelan are only the most famous about religion and modernism would itself be too Consignment Act with sample contract, it’s something no seri-
of a large number of artists whose work is seen as unpleasant. ous artist should be without–and something even the casual art
openly critical or skeptical of organized religion aficionado will find invaluable. You can purchase it online at
and therefore nominally acceptable in the art world. Despite the disproportionate representation of www.caconline.org, or by calling 312-781-0040.
In general, if an artist practices a non-Western reli- people willing to talk about art and religion, we had
gion, or a tribal religion, or if the religion is private a good conversation, which has been transcribed
or otherwise hidden, it can be acceptable; other- for the book Re-Enchantment (which I’m co-edit- A Selection of Alternative
wise, the work has to be critical of religion. ing with David Morgan). Here we will try again to Art Spaces in Chicago:
redress the problem by inviting some thirty people
So I have become concerned that the very large who were not at the April event to write comments Beacon Street Gallery The Green Lantern
number of student artists, throughout the world, on our conversation. Our hope is that the book will 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite Gallery and Press
who are exploring religious or spiritual themes are 732, Chicago, IL 60605 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave.,
continue the attempt to speak across the gap, and to www.beaconst.org 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60622
cut off from serious, engaged criticism; and when be of use to art students and artists who need ways www.thegreenlantern.org
they become professional artists, they are marginal- of articulating their religious practices. Booster and Seven
ized by an art world intent on skepticism, hermeti- 1457 N. Bell Ave. #1, Lasso Gallery
Chicago, IL 60622 at the Butcher Shop
cism, ambiguity, and many other things – but not I think that the misunderstandings between www.boosterandseven.com 1319 W. Lake St.,
the direct expression of faith. “religionists” and others is the single largest issue Chicago, IL
Busker www.lassogallery.net
in art education. It’s not like religious issues in 2159 W 21st Pl.,
I think this problem is at least in part attribut- the real world, which everyone knows are cru- Chicago, IL 60608 Mess Hall
able to a gulf of misunderstandings, or differences, cial: in the art world religion is belittled or hid- www.buskerchicago.com 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.,
between two groups of scholars. One group I’ll call Chicago, IL 60626
den, and that makes these problems even harder Chicago Underground Library www.messhall.org
the “religionists,” using the word that academics to solve. Library address: MoJoe’s
tend to use to identify practitioners of any sort. HotHouse mini dutch
They would include not only scholars of religion James Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Professor of Art 2849 W. Belmont Ave., 3111 W. Diversey, Apt 1,
and the history and philosophy of religion, but also Chicago, IL 60619 Chicago, IL 60647
History, Theory, and Criticism, and also professor www.underground-library.org www.minidutchgallery.org
scholars who write about religious themes in rela- of Visual and Critical Studies, at the School of the
tion to art, such as Mark C. Taylor. They would Art Institute of Chicago. His most resent books Co-Prosperity Sphere (CPS) Reversible Eye
also include art historians who work in religion 3219 S. Morgan St., 1103 N. California Ave.,
(edited) are Visual Literacy and Visual Practices Chicago, IL 60608 Chicago, IL
departments, or theological unions; and they would Across the University. www.lumpen.com/cps www.reversibleeye.com
definitely include art critics who are engaged with
contemporary religion, spirituality, or “New Age” Re-Enchantment is forthcoming from Routledge Country Club Chicago Tulip Toy Gallery
1100 N. Damen Ave., 3448 N. Halstead,
(NRM, New Religious Movement) art. The com- Press in 2008. The transcript of the panel Chicago, IL 60622 Chicago, IL 60657
mon ground of this first group is the sense that discussion is available on request from www.countryclubchicago.com www.mytulip.com
religion, or spirituality, has always been an accom- jameselkins@fastmail.fm.
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Chicago Artists’ News December 2007


Don’t Have the Stuff?
Thirty Local Painters, Photographers, and
Sculptors Star at McCormick Place West
DAN RAMIREZ: Algren Paintings, 13 ft. x 8 ft.,
By Victor M. Cassidy acrylic polymers on aluminum, 2007.

A note from the author: Ramirez’ installation consists of eight paintings


During the summer of 2007, as McCormick Place West
of identical size that pay homage to Nelson Algren’s
opened, Paul Klein was accused of hypocrisy – of making com-
missioning decisions secretly on the tax-funded McCormick Chicago: City on the Make (1951). Each Ramirez
Place West project. Earlier he had led public protests of lack of painting is tied to a passage in Algren’s text. Here’s
transparency at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. one from pp. 76-77:
The comparison does not hold. McCormick Place West is
not a public place in the same sense that neighborhood librar- “Yet on nights when the blood-red neon of
ies are. It’s a single project, not a decades-old pattern of eva- the tavern legends tether the arc lamps to all the
sive behavior that has been challenged in court. What matters puddles left from last night’s rain, somewhere
now is the McCormick Place art and the artists. This article between the bright carnival of the boulevards
was written to refocus attention on them.
and the dark green girders of the El, ever so far
Victor M. Cassidy
and ever so faintly between the still grasses and
KARIANN FUQUA, Brown Line: Huron and the moving waters, clear as a cat’s cry on a midnight
Franklin Overflow, 10 ft. x 16 ft., acrylic and wind, the Pottawotamies mourn in the river reeds
Two million dollars worth of work by Chicago enamel on canvas, 2007. once more.”
artists hangs in the new McCormick Place West
convention and exposition hall, which opened on According to Fuqua, this painting, which hon-
August 2, 2007. The art was first narrowed down ors “the Chicago Elevated and its grit,” comes from
from over 500 applications by Paul Klein, lead a body of work in which she combines imagery at
art consultant and long-time Chicago art dealer two scales—“close scrutiny of stains and residue
now retired, with the input of a ten-member com- caused by the passage of time with the abstraction
mittee consisting of the building architects; the of large architectural structures.” Superimposed on
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) the El tracks in Brown Line is a stain found on the
Board; MPEA public relations staff; McCormick sidewalk underneath the train.
Place operations; and Greg Knight from Chicago’s
Public Art Program. Then, Paul made his last 31 The McCormick Place West commission was
suggestions to the panel, of which all but one were her first, the artist states, and it was “a real chal-
approved. lenge” to scale her work up. Fuqua’s studio was
not big enough to hold the entire painting, so she
McCormick Place West contains 470,000 made it on three separate panels and never saw it
square feet of exhibition space, 61 meeting rooms assembled until installation day.
comprising 250,000 square feet, and the 100,000 WILLIAM CONGER, Chicago, 14 ft. x 16 ft., oil
square-foot Skyline Ballroom. The West building Fuqua is presently working on a new body of on canvas, 2007.
was designed so the entire McCormick Place facil- paintings that she will exhibit at the Hyde Park Art
ity can host more simultaneous and back-to-back Center from November 18, 2007, until February 9, Chicago celebrates America’s pioneers and the
shows, says the MPEA. The structure will host 2008. visionary idealism of those who have made Chicago
smaller and mid-sized association, corporate, and a global hub for innovation, trade, economic growth,
medical meetings. and cultural influence. Conger’s abstract geometry
and vivid colors suggest optimistic urban energy
McCormick Place West commissioned the art infused with the spectacle of the city’s prairie sky
to humanize its gigantic interior spaces. By inten- and lake horizon.
tion, the work speaks to a broad public and presents
Chicago in a favorable light. All work is Chicago- Conger’s “Chicago” hangs at the end of a long
themed – and the committee took care to select at corridor-like space called the Ballroom Prestaging
least 25 percent minority artists. Area. According to Paul Klein, an important mem-
ber of the selection committee was concerned
“I started three years ago with a list of 600 pos- about works of art being able to hold the room in
sible artists,” says Klein, “and cut it to sixty.” Next, which they were installed. The worries have been
he asked each of the sixty semifinalists their price assuaged, however, as Conger’s painting easily
for a 10 ft. x 15 ft. work of art (final dimensions of JASON PEOT, Intersect (102), 7.5 ft. x 30 ft., holds the space.
the works are somewhat changed). To cut the list to light, aluminum, poplar, acrylic, and electrical
thirty finalists (see sidebar), Klein considered each components, 2007. THE HAPPY THIRTY
artist’s reputation and asking price – and selected
those who offered the best value. Installation took Each of the small structures in this light and Nick Cave, Textile Evan Lewis, Sculpture
about three weeks. shadow sculpture represents one of Illinois’ 102 William Conger, Painting Robert McCauley, Painting
counties. The amount of wood in each structure
Susanne Doremus, Painting Patrick Miceli, Wall Sculpture
Since the building was still under construction is directly related to the population of that county,
resulting in shadows that suggest population den- Dzine, Mural Herb Migdoll, Photo Mural
when the art project began, Klein worked with
blueprints and a scale model. He and the commit- sity. Cook County with 5.5 million residents is Ken Fandell, Painting Jason Peot, Sculpture
tee determined locations for the fifty commissioned represented by a solid mass, but six rural counties Doug Fogelson, Photo Mural John Phillips, Painting
pieces and the architects designed setbacks for with only 5,000 population each become translu- Scott Fortino, Photographs Sabrina Raaf, Sculpture
them in the walls. The two-dimensional artworks cent forms.
Kariann Fuqua, Painting Dan Ramirez, Painting
are mostly placed at the entrances or the ends of big Diana Guerrero-Macia, Jason Salavon, Photographs
hallways. Nothing hangs in the actual exposition According to the artist, a year elapsed between
halls, which are rented out for each show. Most of his receipt of this commission and the day he started Painting Lincoln Schatz, Video
work. During that time, he changed his design and Marc Hauser, Photography Paul Sierra, Painting
the art can be seen without interference. (Four of
had to get permission to make a different piece. He
the West Building works are illustrated below.) Michiko Itatani, Painting Peter Stanfield, Sculpture
used much more metal in “Intersect (102)” than
Preston Jackson, Bob Thall, Photographs
he has in other sculptures. This strengthened his
Victor M. Cassidy is an art critic and journalist. shapes, he says, and tied them into the wall of a Wall Sculpture Pala Townsend, Painting
His work has appeared recently in Chicago Life, restaurant where the piece is installed. Peot adds Cheonae Kim, Painting Bernard Williams, Sculpture
Art Net, Art in America, Fiberarts and Sculpture that he worked every day for three weeks to install Vera Klement, Painting Mary Lou Zelazny, Painting
Magazine. this sculpture at the site.
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December 2007 Chicago Artists’ News
CAC Classifieds o p e n i n g s
TO GET YOUR RECEPTION DECEMBER 7 FRIDAY
LISTED, READ THIS:
NORTHSIDE
We ask listings be e-mailed on our Reception
Query Form, even if something resembling a Old Town Art Center, 1763 N. North Park, 312-337-
press release was already sent. E-MAILED 1938, “Layers of Color,” group show with Leslie
Reception Query Forms receive FIRST prior- Riley, quilts; Maggie Weiss, fabric; and others, 2–5
ity. Send a message to openings@caconline. p.m., closes Jan. 31.
org from the e-mail address the query form
should be sent to. That address will be auto- BURBS
matically added to the Reception Query Form
e-mailing list. THIS ADDRESS IS FOR SENDING The Highland Park Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd,
RECEPTION INFORMATION ONLY! Send ques- Highland Park, 847-432-1888, “Not Just Landscape,”
tions to shag@caconline.org. We usually e-mail group show with Gary Bowling, Douglas Freed,
(as an ATTACHMENT-be sure your e-mail is set to Didier Nolet, Paul Sierra and others, 6:30–8 p.m.,
accept attachments) the form to this list around closes Jan. 2.
month's end, a little over one month before publi- BEYOND
cation (the end of May for the July/Aug. issue, for
example). DEADLINE: 1st of the month prior to Lemon Street, 4601 Sheridan Rd., Kenosha, WI, 262-
publication. WE CANNOT CONFIRM RECEIPT 605-4745, Kate Fallucca, “Southwest Enchantments,”
OF LISTINGS. photography, 6–9 p.m., closes Jan. 20.

Receptions are understood to be free events; any DECEMBER 8 SATURDAY


charges for cover, drinks, etc., must be noted.
Chicago Artists' News lists receptions for FREE
as a service to our readers and galleries. We work NORTHSIDE
under tight constraints of staff and time, receiv-
ing hundreds of poorly written press releases. Johnsonese Gallery, 2149 W. Armitage, 773-252-
THIS FREE SERVICE IS NOT GUARANTEED, 8750, “David Kupferman Takes Chicago,” paintings,
especially if the listing is NOT E- MAILED on the 6-10 p.m., closes Dec. 29.
form. Please begin the SUBJECT line with your
GALLERY NAME, abbreviating as necessary.
DECEMBER 14 FRIDAY

DOWNTOWN
DECEMBER 1 SATURDAY
Finestra Arts Space, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Ste.

Artists’ Health Network


NORTHSIDE 516, 847-977-0526, Glenn Doering, “Parla Arte
Jewelry Designs,” jewelry, 4:30–9:30 p.m.
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 4642 N.
Western, 773-293-2070, “18th Annual Small Print Ossia Fine Arts Space, Fine Arts Building, 410 S.
Show and Holiday Open House,” group show with Michigan, Ste. 537, 773-220-2356, Drew Baker, com-
Kim Laurel, monoprints; Mary O’Shaugnessy, let- poser and Brett Baker, visual artist; “Text and Time,” The CAC has launched an exciting new initiative
terpress; Elise Hughes, prints; Misha Goro, etchings; closing reception, performance, 5:30–9:30 p.m. to improve health care access in the greater
Jill Kramer, linocults; and others, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.,
closes Feb. 2. PILSEN Chicago area. Known as the Artists’ Health
BURBS 4art Inc, 1932 S. Halsted, 312-850-1816, “Phase Network, this group of arts-friendly physicians
The Highland Park Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd,
V,” group show with Charlie Rees, mixed media; and practitioners in the medical, holistic and
Roderick De Jesus, watercolor; Elaine Park, mixed
Highland Park, 847-432-1888, “Artitude,” group show media; James Morrow, oils; Royal Miree, mixed
general wellness fields provides discounts
with Mara Krumins, Amy Butts, Nancy Sickbert
Wheeler, Maricarmen Pizano and others, 10-4 p.m.,
media; and others, 6–10 p.m., closes Dec. 31. or other incentives to CAC members.
closes Dec. 2. Get Knifed Gallery, 1932 S, Halsted #201, 312-624-
8291, group show, photography and painting, 6–10
p.m., closes Dec. 14.
Visit our website, www.caconline.org, to view details on
DECEMBER 2 SUNDAY discounts and/or how to become a participating provider.
Logsdon 1909 Gallery, 1909 S. Halsted, 312-666-
NORTHSIDE 8966, group show, mixed media, 6–10 p.m., closes
Dec. 14. CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICAL Shahnaz Noori Khavidi,
Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler, 773-501-7730, Dr. Michael Silbert THERAPY & CRNP, ND
“Crazy 8,” group show with Frank Fruzyna, Izzo, Oculus Gallery, 1900 S. Halsted, 312-226-3742, Patty
Chiropractic, Acupuncture WELLNESS TLC Healthcare, LTD
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Nutrition and Rehab Tracy Lynn Pristas 4954 W. Oakton Ave.
ings; Alan Emerson Hicks, ceramics and Jason
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Messinger, sculpture; closing party, 4–8 p.m.
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BURBS 312-939-3400 Chicago, IL 60613 www.tlchealthcare.net
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Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. BEYOND
Elmhurst, 630-279-1009, “Midwest Collage Society,” www.painterpristas.com Source Healing
group show with Tania Blanco, LuEllen Joy Giera, Lemon Street, 4601 Sheridan Rd., Kenosha, WI, 262- Dr. Brendan Lee 650 N. Dearborn St.
Nancy Staszak, Pat Pope and others, 1–3 p.m., 605-4745, “Artistree - Holiday Show and Sale,” group Gold Coast Chiropractic Nicholas Sistler Ste. 800
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CAC Classifieds o p p o r t u n i t i e s New Arlington Hts. Gallery, downtown, high traffic,
seeks artists. All media, group and solo, hanging/jury
fees apply. Slides, photos or jpegs: fidostudio@com-
Artists interested in learning more about arts
opportunities at the Beverly Arts Center are invited
to contact Jennifer O’Connor, Visual Arts Coordinator,
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Chicago Artists’ News December 2007


Lincolnwood, IL Village Hall seeks artists to exhibit. cast.net or Tom, 847-204-2840. 773-445-3838, etc. 206 or Jennifer@beverlyartcenter.
PLEASE NOTE: Those seeking artists should Call Shirley Engelstein, 847-674-3806. org. The BAC offers opportunities for exhibiting works,
send information for listing to teaching classes and workshops, and volunteering.
classifieds@caconline.org. Please provide the National Arts Foundation Gallery, Skokie, IL, offers The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago,
The SXU Gallery seeks solo exhibit proposals for
information in short, classifieds format, as its gallery space and promotional services to artists is a not-for-profit regional fine arts center providing
with arts organization backing. Info: 847.674-7990. 2007-2008 season. 20 slides or disc w/ images,
close as possible to our listings. Please note our art education and programming for south/southwest
resume, statement, SASE to: SXU Gallery/C. Ruggie Chicago and suburban communities. For more infor-
general deadlines below.
Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, a local chapter, Saunders, Gallery Director/St. Xavier University, 3700 mation about the facility and programs, visit www.
seeking active new members who enjoy networking W. 103rd St., Chicago, IL 60655. beverlyartcenter.org.
Artists, you should contact exhibiting organiza- with professional women artists; helping plan exhibi-
tions for entry forms. Art Fair Coordinators, tions and programs; assisting with newsletter & grant
please send "Calls for Entry" at least two months writing. Contact Judith Roth, 773-883-4407, www.
ahead of the entry deadline. Next CAN deadline chicagowca.com.
is Dec. 10 for the January issue. (Our deadlines
are ALWAYS the 10th of the month prior to Vespine Gallery seeks emerging artists to exhibit in an
publication, unless that date falls on a weekend intimate artist-run space. Submit proposals to: Vespine
or holiday, in which case the deadline is the Gallery, 1907 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL, 60608. www.
closest PREVIOUS business day. Note that CAN vespine.org.
publishes 11 times a year, with one "double" issue
for July-August.) The Chicago Art Exchange and Amata Corp. are
seeking to show work by Chicago artists in down-
town executive suites. Black and white work with
Gallery 659 MUG/SHOTS Art Open: Deadline Dec.
10. Artists are invited to interpret the theme MUG/
“small splashes of color.” “Modest” commission taken.
fineart@dearborntower.net c/o Ted Mitchell. Annual Tax and
Record Keeping Workshop
SHOTS in a small format. 3-D objects must fit within
a 6” X 6” X 6” area and weigh no more than 1 pound. “Tivoli Gallery of the Arts,” a new West Chicago
2-D works must be 8” X 8” or smaller (excluding gallery managed by artists, seeks artists. Commission:
frame). Works in all 2-D media are welcome. Go to: 5 percent. Application/info: Thomas H. Fawell, 630- Led by Julie Herwitt, CPA
http://www.gallery659.org/submissions.html to down- 957-6500.
load prospectus.
Utrecht Art Supplies is seeking artist to show work at
Local social justice organization seeks artists to its Michigan Avenue store. Details: 312-922-7565. January 19, 2008
display and sell social justice/human rights-inspired
pieces at annual benefit. More information and sub- Opportunities for St. Louis Public Trans Public Art!
mission packet at www.jcua.org. Join the e-mail list: mailings@marketvolt.com.

Wanted: artists to work in elementary school pro- University of Illinois at Chicago seeks artists to
gram. Call Joanna at 847-328-9222 exhibit work in the Student Center galleries during
2007. Call Melissa Csoke, 312-413-5183, for proposal Ai The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago
CAC Member seeks glass-making artists for a color- form.
ful glass shelf, 12” x 40”. Contact Val, 312-649-0350. 350 N. Orleans, room 1284
Merwin & Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan
Park Forest, Illinois seeks mural artist to design and University invite submissions in all media for upcoming 12-4 p.m.
install a public mural in Down Town Park Forest. Artist exhibition schedule—review in early October. Amazing
qualifications/sample work due December 31, 2007. gallery spaces! Packets should include: slides and/or
Information: Hildy Kingma at 708-283-5622, hkingma@
vopf.com or see www.villageofparkforest.com.
other visuals, resume, artist’s statement and SASE.
Send to: Gallery Director, Ames School of Art, Illinois $20 CAC members
Bloomingdale Mural Project in West Bucktown pro-
Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL 61701, 309-
556-3391
$40 non-members
vides opportunities for volunteer artists to create large
outdoor murals in viaducts along the Bloomingdale President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College
Trail railroad embankment. Proposal deadline: Until reviewing works in all media. Application/info: slides, Purchase a new membership now and get in for free!
filled. Contact the Mural Committee or apply online at DVDs or jpegs with resume, artist statement, SASE
www.BloomingdaleMuralProject.org. to Erica Erdmann, Harold Washington College Art

Open Call for artists, Michigan City, IN gallery,


Department, 30 E. Lake, Room 830, Chicago, IL
60601; eerdmann@ccc.edu. Preregistration is required!
www.lubeznikcenter.org, 219-874-4900, or send slides/
CD (jpgs) of 20 images, resume, statement, SASE: Call for Artists. Great location for exhibits. Send Visit www.caconline.org to register.
Lubeznik Art Center 101 W. 2nd St., Michigan City, slides, $25 jury fee, résumé & SASE to: Rodwan
IN 46360. Gallery, 2884 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60608, www.
rodwangaller.com, 773-869-9922.
New online gallery seeks emerging artists. Application/
info: E-mail name, address, phone and work samples The Chicago Project, ongoing, Chicago, IL. Online
with subject line “submission for consideration” to gallery focusing on local photography talent, all sub-
info@createaway.biz. jects. CDs only, PC format, images 300 dpi jpgs,
at least 4”square, no larger than 6”. Send CD and
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, is reviewing resume, artist’s statement, price list, dimensions, con-
proposals from guest artists and curators for 2007. tact info to Melanie Pankau, The Chicago Project,
31x19’ gallery, 11’ ceilings. Application/info: www. Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior, Chicago,
NorthernClayCenter.org, 612.339-8007 or SASE Carrie IL 60610.
Robbins, Exhibitions Director, Northern Clay Center,
2424 Franklin Ave. E. Minneapolis, MN 55406. ArtisanStreet seeks specialists in hand painted silk
scarves, glassware, leather accessories to sell work
Contemporary Art Workshop is accepting submis- online. Info: www.artisanstreet.com.
sions from Chicago-area emerging artists working
in all media for potential exhibition in the upcoming “Anatomy in the Gallery,” rotating, Chicago, IL. The
year. Send slides/CD, statement, résumé & SASE to International Museum of Surgical Science seeks sub-
Contemporary Art Workshop, 542 W. Grant Place, missions in any media with medical themes for quar-
Chicago, IL 60614. Call 773.472-4004 or e-mail info@ terly exhibitions. Fees: $25. Submit proposal state-
contemporaryartworkshop.org for more info. ment, 10-15 images, resume, SASE to: Anatomy in
the Gallery, International Museum of Surgical Science,
Kent (OH) gallery reviewing portfolios for exhibits. 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60610.
All media. 30% commission. Application/info: 15 - 20
images, resume, statement, SASE to exit (a gallery Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, is accepting sub-
space), 123 S. Water St., #7, Kent, OH 44240; www. missions for its Storefront Gallery. Curates work by a
exitgallery.com. different artist each month; considers proposals in any
medium. Apply with photographs of work, descriptive
Internationally recognized women’s co-op gallery statement: art@myopicbookstore.com.
seeking proposals for solo, group, and curated exhibi-
tions. ARC Gallery, 734 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL Coffeehouse seeks artists. Contact: Ghazi/Owner,
60622. Ongoing review. TAZA Coffee & Deli, 5131 N. Damen; 773-769-1999.
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December 2007 Chicago Artists’ News
CAC Classifieds calls for entry/jobs/space/etc. The 29th Annual Fountain Square Art Festival. Sat.-
Sun., June 28 & 29, 2008. Evanston, IL. Application
Deadline: January 11 (Postmarked). Late Deadline:
January 25 (Received). Application Fee: $30. Late
Solo Show, Independent Artist Exhibition and Sale, Fee: $20. Booth Fee: $375 (10’x10’), $500 (10’x20’).
PLEASE NOTE: Those seeking artists should EXHIBITS NO FEE April 26-29 (concurrently with Art Chicago). Fees, Estimated Attendance: 50,000. Number of Artists:
Deadline: Contact. Application/info: 312-527-7642, 220. For more information and to apply, visitwww.
send information for listing to classifieds@
khogan@mmart.com. chicagoevents.com
caconline.org. Please provide the information Twenty-first Parkside National Small Print
in short, classifieds format, as close as possible Exhibition, January 20-February 21, 2008. All original North Shore Art League presents “Inchworks” juried Broad Ripple Art Fair at the Indianapolis Art Center.
to our listings. Please note our general deadlines print mediums from US artists, including monoprints. show. Nov 15- Dec 14, Winnetka Community House, Indiana, OPENED: November 1, 2007 Jury Fee: $35.
below. Maximum 18” height, width, or depth. Juror, Karla 620 Lincoln, Winnetka. Pieces no larger than 12”x 12”. Event Dates: May 17-18th, 2008.
Hackenmiller. Work due November 9, 2007. For Fees: $20 up to two. Application/info: 847-446-2870 or
www.northshoreartleague.org. 57th Street Art Fair. Illinois, OPENED: November
prospectus send SASE to Doub DeVinny, Parkside 1th, 2007 Jury Fee: $35. Event Dates: June 7-8th,
Artists, you should contact exhibiting organiza- National Small Print Exhibition, Art Department,
tions for entry forms. Art Fair Coordinators, 11th International Open, February 29 - March 27, 2008. Every year on the first full weekend in June,
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI 53141 tens of thousands of art enthusiasts converge on the
please send "Calls for Entry" at least two or call 262.595.2581, devinny@uwp.edu or wup.edu/ 2008; Invitation to all women artists worldwide to
submit artwork in all media for this open exhibition. Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, adjacent to the
months ahead of the entry deadline. Next CAN academic/art. University of Chicago campus, for the 57th Street Art
deadline is Dec. 10 for the January issue. (Our All themes, styles and media, except performance,
Fair. Please complete an application if you are a new
deadlines are ALWAYS the 10th of the month prior Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago will be considered. Please submit images of up to artist and wish to submit your work for consideration,
to publication, unless that date falls on a weekend Heights, IL 60411. Phone 708-754-2601. Deadline: Feb three artworks (plus one detail per piece if necessary) or if you are a returning artist and would like to reserve
1, 2008. R20;Dreams & VisionsR21; March 14-Apr 11, Artist Statement plus Entry Fee: $24. Awards: 1st a booth space.
or holiday, in which case the deadline is the
2008. National Juried Event. Juror: Javier Chavez. All Prize: Solo Show in 2009 at WMG; 2nd prize: $500;
closest PREVIOUS business day. Note that CAN
media. Cash awards. $25/3 slides or jpegs. Shipping/ 3rd prize: $250; 4th prize: Honorable Mention; Jurors:
publishes 11 times a year, with one "double" issue Barbara Koenen; Entry Deadline: November 14, 2007;
Hdlg $15. www.unionstreetgallery.org or SASE.
for July-August.) Application/info:www.womanmade.org/entryform.html JOBS
Call for Fine Art Donations: Art Against AIDS® from or SASE Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee,
January 15 through February 14 from 5:30-8pm at the Chicago, IL 60622. Seeking nonprofit and/or art-related job? See our
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: SASE stands for Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago with a catered recep-
self-addressed (your address), stamped (with Clay and Fiber, April 4 - May 15, 2008; Call for entries newly revamped online job bank at www.caconline.org!
tion on Friday, January 26. Deadline for Submission:
proper postage) envelope; contact info listing an December 14. All submitted work will be juried for by women and men; to provide a diverse presenta-
address assumes the artist making contact will inclusion in the Preview Exhibition. All proceeds from tion, the juror will consider art created with traditional,
include SASE to mail applications, etc. Please be the sale of artwork will go directly to support Heartland functional or conceptual approaches. Artist Statement SPACE
aware that many national art fairs are accepting Alliance. For making a donation, we invite you to join plus Entry Fee: $24.. Juror: Dorothy Hughes; Entry
applications online only, through Web sites such us for Art Against AIDS® 2007 and will provide you Deadline: January 23, 2008; Application/info: www. Finished studio space available October 1, 300
as ZAPPlication, www.zapplication.org. Some with two complimentary tickets to the event and silent womanmade.org/entryform.html or SASE Woman sq. ft., Ravenswood and Byron, approximately
art fairs include an additional charge if you apply auction. For more information, contact Rachael at Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622. $350 including heat. C. Nancy, t. 312-255-1409,
with a paper application. (312) 660-1313 or via email at bbillings@heartlandal- f. 312-255-0078, nplot9@aol.com.
liance.org. GALEX42. National Juried Exhibition and Competition.
March 15 – April 12, 2008. All media eligible. Studio to rent – now available. Milwaukee Ave. arts
Submit work to Woman Made Gallery. “Clay and Over $2,000 in awards. Sandra Camomile, Juror, area, 1040 W. Huron, $280
ARTISTS BEWARE: The following galleries/com-
Fiber.” Open to women and men. Exhibition dates: Philadelphia, PA. $20 jury fee for 4 images. Entry
panies are to be dealt with using extra cau- Midwest Clay Guild, Evanston, has spaces avail-
April 4–May 15, 2008. Entry Deadline: January 23, deadline January 18, 2008. For prospectus: 309-342-
tion, for a variety of reasons-ethical, "pay-to- 7415, www.galesburgarts.org or write: Galesburg Civic able in our co-op facility. Fully equipped gas &
2008. “Tradition and Transformation: Art by Jewish
show" or otherwise: Agora Gallery, Art 54, Art Art Center, 114 East Main Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, electric kilns, more $275-$450. 847-475-9697, email
Women.” Exhibition Dates: May 23–June 19, 2008.
'95, Art Cell (Barcelona), Gallery 510, R.H. Love exhibition@galesburgarts.org midwestclayguild@yahoo.com. visit us on the web at
Entry Deadline: February 27, 2008. Entry forms are
Gallery, Saddle River Art Society and Whitney midwestclayguild.org
available online:www.womanmade.org/artentries.
Amsterdam. If you know of other galleries/com- New in 2008! Chicagoland Flower & Garden Art Show.
Sat.-Sun., March 8 & 9, 2008. Donald E. Stephens Riverfront Gallery Rental, 3000 s.f., reception
panies engaging in possibly unseemly practices,
area, parking and more. Elevator building. As low as
please notify CAC/CAN so we can investigate Convention Center. Rosemont, IL. Application
and/or notify artists of those, as well. Please note
EXHIBITS WITH FEE Deadline: January 4 (Postmarked). Late Deadline:
$300/wk. Call Deborah 312.421.8316 or email
dti@dillontelecom.com
that we are usually unable to fully look into these January 11 (Received). Application Fee: $30. Late Fee:
matters, given time and deadline constraints. 47th Annual Skokie Art Fair. July 12-13, 2008. $20. Booth Fee: $300 (10’x10’). Estimated Attendance: The newly renovated Gallery of Holy Covenant
Therefore, we advise artists simply to "beware" Skokie, IL. Fine Art. Prizes and awards; Booth Fee: 60,000. For more information and to apply, visit www. United Methodist Church is offering monthly exhibition
and make their own decisions. For example, $125.00. Deadline: April 15, 2008. For application chicagoevents.com. space to Chicago artists. Located by the El at 925
send SASE to: Skokie Art Guild, 6704 N. Trumbull W Diversey in Lincoln Park, this exquisitely beautiful
while most artists avoid "pay-to-show" situations, The 34th Annual Wells Street Art Festival. Sat.-Sun., space offers options for solo or group shows. No fee,
some decide that such arrangements do further Av. Lincolnwood, IL. 60712. Tel. 847-677-8163.
June 14 & 15, 2008. Old Town, Chicago. Application 20% commission. Send slides/photos & resume w/
their careers and, since each individual faces a skokieart@aol.com preferred month to gallery curator: Nancie King Mertz,
Deadline: January 11 (Postmarked). Late Deadline:
unique set of circumstances, we do not issue a January 25 (Received). Application Fee: $30. Late 2936 N Clark 60657
The Essence of Color. January 16th - March 8th,
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to highlight a particular moment of choice, a facet of SAHENDY
Copyright 2007 © Dawoud Bey. All rights reserved
his subject’s personality, without indicators of past or
future actions. While other photographers may offer I came from the Dominican Republic when I was going to eighth grade in the year
the viewer clues about histories or futures for their 2001. That was the first time I even visited the United States. I always wanted to go to
subjects, Bey truncates time as well as space, giv- New York City, and when I came to the country I first bended steps in New York City.
ing control of temporal information to his subjects. I was eager to learn English because I wanted to communicate with family members
Alternatively, in his serialized works, he may compel that were born here and I knew that was my first step to be successful in this new
us to compare related moments, frame against frame. country. I went to the Bruce School, where I met my best friend, Michael. I had my
arguments with many people because I was the new girl in the block. I always knew
About his choice of subjects, Bey says, “I was … I came here to better myself and to be someone and be a better citizen for my com-
interested in bringing attention to a group of people munity. I started to develop lots of passion for writing and reading, frequently told my
who have been overlooked in art history or stereo- friends to read out loud for me. I decided that the word immigrant would apply for
typed.” When an artist presents a multicultural subject me or a person that came from another country eager to fight for my dreams. I had
as a monumental icon, the strangeness and cultural moments where a family of four was living in a studio for two. My attitude and good
unfamiliarity of the black images often overwhelms treatment helped me to gain a lot of friends. I have a strong personality, but I’m very
the overall composition. In order to temper the power confident and most of the time I get what I want. I’m still trying to succeed in this
of racial signifiers, many African-American artists life, but I constantly ask my friends, “If I am doing it, why can’t you?”
interlace the black form with familiar ornate stylistic
mannerisms from art history. Bey’s method is to create a zone where his sub- As these words and photos reveal, our external
jects can confront the viewer on their own terms. By reality is always more complex than the simplified ste-
For example, Kerry James Marshall sometimes using multiple shots of the same event (varying aper- reotypes of our cultural imagination. Dawoud Bey has
draws upon cubist techniques to build his black ture, distance, and shutter speeds) he reinforces the devised a method that allows the richness and mystery
figures, then positions those figures according to variations in an instance of choice. of the Other to shine through.
Renaissance geometry, using Abstract Expressionist
strokes to equalize the surface tension of his pictures. For instance, we can see the operation of Bey’s Nathaniel McLin can be heard every other Tuesday from
The powers of the race sign are subsumed within the aesthetic principles in “Sahendy,” a photograph from 3 to 4 p.m. on The Art Museum of Chicago 88.5 FM,
overall picture plan, giving the picture a double mean- Bey’s Class Pictures. Bey’s atmosphere captures the from the University of Chicago. He has also been an art
critic and essayist for Paint Magazine, N’DIGO, and Kerry
ing: The black form executed in such a manner is uncertain gestures and ambivalence of the new citizen James Marshall: One True Thing.
partially an opaque art object whose theme is internal of the United States. Bey contrasts the vertical posi-
design, and partially a reference to subliminal racial tion of Sahendy, his female subject, against the rotat- Dawoud Bey is represented by the Rhona Hoffman Gallery.
forces operating in the imagination of the viewer. ing background, thrusting her forward as if to echo her His work has been exhibited in numerous museums world-
aspiration for success in her new country. wide. The sites of his exhibitions include the Whitney
In order to limit such associations in the viewer’s Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum
imagination, Bey in his current work asked his sub- Sahendy’s vulnerability and courage are reflected of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, Brooklyn
jects to provide commentary in audio or written form Museum, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Art Institute
in her solemn expression and defensively crossed
of Chicago, and The Smart Museum. In addition to his
on the narrative elements within the photographs, arms. As her figure inhabits the picture frame, there is national exposure, Bey’s work can be found in the perma-
appealing to our current appetite for participatory no way we can escape her attitude. Her social struggle nent collections of The Barbican Centre, and The Portrait
experience through the confessional. is reflected in her own words. Gallery in London.

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Gallery January 2008. Street Gallery in St. Charles, IL through Jan. 12. place to sound off!
Fred DeAsis will be having a 2-month solo cultural Judith Roth’s male figure studies were shown at Art
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the Wauconda Area Library -801 N. Main Street, with Sandra Bacon. “Roth & Roth” a retrospective
Wauconda, IL 60084, (847) 526-6225. Dec 1 - Jan exhibition of the work of Judith Roth and Ellen Roth
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Jan 20, 2007. He is also in a group show of Arlington Judith’s paintings were also seen in the ARC Gallery
Artists at the Arlington Height Museum - 110 W exhibition “5x2”, the CAC Art Open, and “Symbolism,
Fremont St Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (847) 255- Myth, and Ritual”, a juried exhibition of art by women,
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a kut-kut workshop at the University of Illinois-UC last
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East Peoria artist Todd Snyder’s four oil paintings
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National Juried Competition exhibition at the Hobart University. DeKalb, IL. “NIU School of Art Faculty
Arts League Hobart, IN., that ran from Oct. 12 – 21. Biennial” thru December 8. Research, ideas, and
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Tony Armendariz has paintings juried in the Richeson
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Jan. 3, and the Allied Artists of America 94th Annual Immigration Project.” This exhibition will provide a
Exhibition, Nov. 23 through Dec. 11. He is also voice for immigrant communities, further educate our
showing eight works at the Northwestern University visitors about immigration, add another voice to the
Settlement’s CCT Gallery show ‘Natural Wonder’ in ongoing national debate, and provide support for immi-
Chicago through Dec. 17. grants in the U.S. It is scheduled to open on Friday,
July 4, 2008. The exhibition will overview immigration
John Stanicek, group finalist, “New Art 2007,” Ceramic history, as well as employ contemporary works of art to
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Resort, St. Charles, IL, through January 12, 2008. lary. For more information, please contact Cesareo
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Chicago Artists’ News December 2007


As a long-time devoted and proud member of the
Chicago Artists’ Coalition, I have participated in many of
the CAC “Art Open” exhibitions. The premise of these
shows, if I remember correctly, was to question the validity
Doomsday
By Jeffrey Felshman
of “juried” shows. The goal was to exhibit, without jurying,
the work of several hundred “professional” artists, showing With funding for the Illinois Arts Council
that such a show was the equal of any typical juried exhibi- reduced by nearly a third, 2008 looks bleak for
tion and would include a reasonable cross-section of what artists and arts organizations in Chicago. IAC
professional artists in Chicago were doing. executive director Terry Scrogum says most
organizations will see their funding cut by 28%,
In the early years, I believe, potential exhibitors were the amount the IAC lost when Governor Rod
expected to prove professional status by some objective Blagojevich slashed its budget. “We’ve tried to
criteria and the shows were, I think, of a fairly high cali- maintain all our programs,” Scrogum says, “but
ber. They were not cutting edge or wildly innovative, but we also have had to reduce the top amount that
showed, for the most part, technically well done, “middle groups can receive.”
of the road” art work. There were then, and there are still,
many area artists doing such work. Individuals are getting the same treatment:
fellowships in Choreography, Crafts, Ethnic
I went to see this year’s show on a weekday morning and Folk Arts, Media Arts, New Performance
when the place was empty and I spent almost two hours Forms, Prose and Scriptworks (the categories Richard Westall, The Sword of Domocles, 1812.
looking at the work. I thought that, overall, the show was awarded in even number years) have also
just terrible. I thought that a huge percentage of the art been reduced by nearly a third. In 2006, 51
work did not look professional at all. I then realized that fellowships worth $7,000 each were awarded sider a vote to override the governor, the IAA
the prospectus no longer asks for proof of professional sta- in these categories; in 2008 it will be 38. started looking for another door. “Our focus has
tus, whatever that means. Finalist awards, worth $700 each, were cut now shifted to restoring arts and arts education
from 21 to 14. funding in a supplemental appropriation bill
I tried to figure out what had changed and have decided this fall,” Joy says.
that the change is, at least to some degree, generational. The impact will be major. “Almost all orga-
nizations are getting considerably less money,” To that end, the IAA will meet with
The new work is no longer as technically competent as key lawmakers over the next month. “Our
was the art in the past. I saw many pieces that showed an Scrogum says, but the IAC’s operating grants
are “substantial funding” for some smaller and work is not done. We’re just shifting our focus
obvious and painful lack of drawing and painting skills. I to Plan B.”
also saw many images that were so un-original and deriva- midsized groups. “There are also not many
tive and many that looked like nothing more than student alternate sources of funding,” he adds. “That’s
Scrogum says a supplemental appropria-
exercises. It was very sad to think that this show was meant especially true downstate.”
tion bill is a possibility for all the state agencies
to represent what professional artists are doing in Chicago Executive director of the arts advocacy facing budget cuts, not just the IAC. But even
today. I think it does not! group Illinois Arts Alliance, Ra Joy, says the if funds are restored “that could be for all of it
$7 million dollar cut ($2 million of which was or part of it. We have hope, but there’s certainly
Trying to assess professionalism in a culture where the an increase from 2007 in the budget submitted no certainty.”
vast majority of artists sell very few works and museum to the governor by the general assembly) “rep-
and gallery opportunities are so limited is really difficult. resents the largest percentage decrease in the
Jeffrey Felshman is a former Chicago Reader staff
What can be done to attract really good artists back into the writer who wrote for the publication for 17 years.
Council’s 42 year history.” The ripple effect He’s also written for local publications including
CAC annual show? will extend to schools, museums, theaters, and Lake Magazine, the Daily Herald and In These
beyond. “These cuts will be felt in the grants Times. He lives in Chicago with his wife and
Here’s a novel idea. Maybe the CAC needs to jury that the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs three children.
the entries. It would be very interesting to see if a juried is able to award.” Some smaller groups may go
show in today’s art world would be significantly better under; the reputation of the state will suffer.
than a show of the first 300 people who send in applica- “At this current level, Illinois will spend
tions. It also might give the really professional artists in
the Chicago area a good reason to participate in the show
less per person for the arts in [fiscal year] ‘08 Online Job Bank.
than much smaller states like Mississippi and
again. Why not give it a try? Oklahoma spent on the arts per person last w w w. c a c o n l i n e . o r g
year,” Joy says. “It’s a huge step backwards for Post your resume and search
I know that if the show is run again next year with the Illinois.” job listings from the comfort
same format as this year, I will not enter. of your home. Search job listings
However, like the CTA, the IAC’s dooms- by type and submit your
Sadly but respectfully, day has not yet arrived. When Senate President resume directly to employers.
Sheila Oettinger Emil Jones refused to allow the Senate to con-

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This month:
The Bey Method,
McLin, page 1

Alternatives to the Alternative:


The secret lives of an unusual
1 art breed, Eler, page 4

Travails and Triumphs:


The Visual Artists Rights Act,
Grant, page 6

Perspectives: Bridging the Gap


Between Modern Art and Religion,
Elkins, page 7

6 Who Says Chicago Artists Don’t


Have the Stuff? Thirty Local Painters,
Photographers, and Sculptors Star at
McCormick Place West, Cassidy, page 9

Coming next month:


An interview with new
7 MCA director Madeleine Grynsztejn...

A look at the Koscielak Gallery...

Inside the mind of Hamza Walker...

The recent history of


art and technology in Chicago...

The Best Of 2007...


9 And even more!