Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module
The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsApril 2016

Art and Design
Galleries

‘2013.03’ by Kwang Jean Park
2013.03 by Kwang Jean Park Photo: Andrew Bae Gallery

ANDREW BAE GALLERY

Through 4/16 Kwang Jean Park. The Canadian Korean printmaker and draftsperson conjures new visual expressions of yin and yang in her luscious woodblock prints. 300 W. Superior. andrewbaegallery.com

ART ON ARMITAGE

Opens 4/2 Anna Eyjólfsdottir. The Icelandic sculptor visits Chicago to create an installation from repurposed consumer goods. Part whimsical, part ethical, the scene critiques the culture from which the objects derive. This storefront window display is on view 24/7. 4125 W. Armitage. artonarmitage.com

BERT GREEN FINE ART

Through 4/23 The Bacchae. Robb Stone’s collages and paintings are equal parts art and journalism. He filters current events through a colorful yet critical lens, often attacking media outlets for propagating racial and gender biases. 8 S. Michigan. bertgreenfineart.com

CARL HAMMER

4/3–5/7 Philatelic Adventures. Michael Hernandez de Luna is renowned for his satires of U.S. postage stamps. The sheets now include North Korea’s president in makeup, a KKK robe, Donald Trump engaged in bizarre sex acts, and Ernie Banks. As a whole, the collection makes a statement about who gets memorialized by our postal system. 740 N. Wells. carlhammergallery.com

CHICAGO ARTISTS COALITION

4/1–21 Playscapes. Sculptor Amina Ross relates the closing of Chicago’s public schools to the inaccessibility of higher education with homemade sidewalk chalk molded into objects that resemble construction equipment. 217 N. Carpenter. chicagoartistscoalition.org

CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY

4/29–5/28 Robert Lostutter. The Chicago imagist continues to grow his portrait series of birdmen, their feathered facial features rendered in exquisite detail and color.
Through 4/23 Themesong Variations. John Sparagana weaves prints through each other to manipulate large-scale images, such as panels of Themesong, a character from vintage Dick Tracy comic books.
1120 N. Ashland. corbettvsdempsey.com

 

DEVENING PROJECTS + EDITIONS

4/3–5/17 Christine Tarkowski’s new drizzled and poured black glass sculptures seem to pause the material in its molten state. 3039 W. Carroll. deveningprojects.com

DOCUMENT

Through 5/7 Sterling Lawrence makes what you might call conceptual furniture from inkjet fabric sheets, prosthetic plastic, piping, and other detritus. 845 W. Washington. documentspace.com

FIRECAT PROJECTS

4/29–5/21 Pinned: Icons of Beauty and Brawn. Nicole Hayden glorifies 1980s icons from TV wrestlers to Barbra Streisand by placing them against gold-leafed and patterned backgrounds. 2124 N. Damen. firecatprojects.org

KAVI GUPTA GALLERY

Through 4/23 Me and My Arrow. Sculptor Tony Tasset has been called the Jeff Koons of Chicago. For his fourth solo show at the gallery, his focus narrows on arrows—bold icons signifying volatile financial markets. 219 N. Elizabeth. kavigupta.com

KRUGER GALLERY

4/14–5/14 Zohra Opoku. For her first solo exhibition in the United States, the Ghanian photographer presents portraits that explore the social fabric of African life, using traditional textiles displayed over people’s heads in various landscapes. 3709 N. Southport. krugergallerychicago.com

MONIQUE MELOCHE GALLERY

Through 5/30 Chicago Gingham. Painter and curator Michelle Grabner has made an indoor mural for the Wicker Park gallery’s large storefront window. 2154 W. Division. moniquemeloche.com

RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY

Through 4/16 Spencer Finch. Not since Josef Albers has an artist approached color with such scientific rigor. Using as inspiration such intangibles as the color of the sky on 9/11, Finch turns ideas into color samples and compositions for his large-scale public sculptures. 118 N. Peoria. rhoffmangallery.com

RICHARD GRAY GALLERY

Through 4/23 Present Tense. This exhibit focuses on pop portraitist Alex Katz’s intimate drawings on paper, a prolific medium for him, from the 1960s to now. 875 N. Michigan. richardgraygallery.com

SCHNEIDER GALLERY

4/1–5/31 Let Virtue Be Your Guide. Frances F. Denny explores what it means to be a woman by photographing her female family members in domestic settings. 770 N. LaSalle. schneidergallerychicago.com

TREADWAY TOOMEY AUCTIONS

4/9–15 Fire and Form: Fine Art and Ceramics from the Estate of Candice B. Groot. Chicago’s patron saint of contemporary ceramics passed away last year, leaving behind an Evanston mansion filled with some of the most forward-thinking art of the past 50 years. All will be displayed here before being auctioned on April 16. John Toomey Gallery, 818 North, Oak Park. treadwaygallery.com

WESTERN EXHIBITIONS

Through 5/6 Scary times call for freaky art, and Robyn O’Neil has made a career of moody creations that subtly evoke hushed ghost stories. O’Neil’s new show features drawings on small sheets of paper. 845 W. Washington. westernexhibitions.com

ZOLLA/LIEBERMAN GALLERY

Opens 4/1 Susanne Doremus. The longtime Chicago abstract conceptualist gets a solo show of new paintings. Doremus has influenced a younger generation in the so-called provisional style, a loose, light, gestural aesthetic that has come to define a subculture of painters. 325 W. Huron. zollaliebermangallery.com

Share

Edit Module

Advertisement

Edit Module
Submit your comment

Comments are moderated. We review them in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, abuse, and irrelevancies.

Edit Module