Fourteen Great Art Exhibits in Chicago Right Now

Art fairs, a photographer who kisses strangers, folded aluminum sculptures, and lots more at the city’s galleries

Scene from last year’s Expo Chicago

Photo: Courtesy of Expo Chicago

Scene from last year’s Expo Chicago. Catch the action starting September 19.

Art Fairs

EDITION
9/20–22 In an attempt to attract entry-level art collectors, all pieces featured at this show cost less than $5,000. Chicago Artists’ Coalition, 217 N Carpenter. editionchicago.com.

EXPO CHICAGO
9/19–22 Returning for its second year to Navy Pier, the Jeanne Gang–designed art fair showcases 120 international contemporary and modern galleries. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand. expochicago.com.

FOUNTAIN
9/20–22 Approximately 25 galleries exhibit emerging, affordable, and alternative art with local partner Johalla Projects. Mana Contemporary, 2233 S Throop. fountainartfair.com.
 

Galleries

CARRIE SECRIST GALLERY
9/7–10/12 Andrew Holmquist. The gifted painter introduces a new series of abstract works that reflects a robust studio practice. 835 W Washington. secristgallery.com.

CATHERINE EDELMAN GALLERY Critic’s Pick
9/6–11/2 Julie Blackmon: Homegrown. The photographer turns her camera on her family (she is one of nine children and a mother of three) to create elegantly composed domestic scenes, formally staged like early-modern Dutch paintings. 300 W Superior. edelmangallery.com.

CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY Critic’s Pick
9/6–10/19 Rebecca Morris. Since graduating from SAIC in 1994, Morris has become a painter’s painter with a cult following, and for good reason: She innovated a style of abstraction that manages to be both breezy and rigorous. 1120 N Ashland, corbettvsdempsey.com.

DESIGN CLOUD
9/6–10/20 Robert Burnier: Things That Can Be Mistaken for Plans. Burnier makes folded aluminum sculptures using complicated mathematics. 118 N Peoria. designcloudchicago.com.

GLASS CURTAIN GALLERY
9/3–11/2 Slow Read. The five artists in this exhibition display titles by Roberto Bolaño and Anaïs Nin, among others, that provide deeper insight into their own thought processes and are available for browsing. A limited edition artists’ book will be produced for the show. Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash. colum.edu/deps.

KAVI GUPTA GALLERY Critic’s Pick
9/20–10/20 Roxy Paine: Apparatus. The sculptor Roxy Paine fills the 8,000-square-foot gallery with realistic dioramas of a nuclear plant’s control center and a fast-food restaurant, circa 1990. Also look for lifelike fungal colonies and disembodied cardiovascular systems. 219 N Elizabeth. kavigupta.com.

PRESIDENT’S GALLERY
9/12–11/4 Cesar Conde. The classically trained portraitist shows great sensitivity to each sitter’s personal and cultural identity. Sometimes he challenges social contexts; for example, painting a beggar as a saint. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Chicago State University, 9501 S Martin Luther King. csu.edu.

SCHNEIDER GALLERY
9/6–12/27 Jedediah Johnson: Big Makeouts. For his photo series, Johnson donned gaudy pink lipstick and kissed strangers’ faces. The resulting portraits, women with stunned expressions and the artist’s arm on their necks, are studies in taboo desire. 230 W Superior. schneidergallerychicago.com.

THOMAS ROBERTELLO GALLERY
9/6–11/30 Meow Wolf: Nucleotide. The artist collective Meow Wolf, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, completely alters the gallery to create an interactive multimedia environment inspired by undersea coral formations and humankind’s collective consciousness. Meow Wolf promises a fascinating, fantastical visual experience, akin to immersive theatre. 27 N Morgan. thomasrobertello.com.

UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART
Through 9/29 Chicago’s Bauhaus Legacy. Chicago was ground zero for the spread of European-style modernism in the early to mid–20th century. Learn about New Bauhaus, an innovative stylistic method developed in Germany. Thu–Sun 11–4. $5 suggested donation. 2320 W Chicago. uima-chicago.org.

WESTERN EXHIBITIONS
9/6–10/19 Rachel Niffenegger: Flesh Club. Like a good horror flick, Niffenegger’s sculptures and drawings can make you uncomfortably sensitive to the dark meat and hard bone beneath your skin. Niffenegger has a deft touch, manipulating grotesque materials into painfully beautiful images and objects. 845 W Washington. westernexhibitions.com.

 

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