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Five Best Things to Do in December

THE SHORTLIST: Five musts from our December culture calendar

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‘Eyes That Turn In or Out’ by Sam Jaffe


Painter-cum-sculptor Sam Jaffe’s wildly inventive multicolored installations, produced from items found in thrift stores, provide a welcome respite from the ubiquitous white of December in Chicago, and her new project at 65 Grand is no exception.


12/7–1/5 Sam Jaffe’s soft sculptures have an urban-tribal feel to them, yet they’re made out of grandmotherly materials like thrift-store afghans and crotcheted pillows, which Jaffe combines with additional fabrics she knits or crochets herself. The gorgeous results evoke sea anemones, dreamcatchers, and the feather headdresses, or “juju hats,” worn by the Bamileke tribe in Cameroon. 1369 W. Grand. 65grand.com.


Photograph: Eyes That Turn In Or Out, Sam Jaffe


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