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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsJanuary 2016

Art and Design
Galleries

Shane Campbell Gallery
Shane Campbell Gallery Photo: Alex Olson

ARC GALLERY

1/6–30 Seamus O’Rourke. The Irish artist’s black monochrome inks on paper memorialize the artworks lost to the dustbin of history. A clever underpainting technique reveals imagery emerging from the murky black ink. Also showing: photography by Molly Sue Lomax. 2156 N. Damen. arcgallery.org

ART ON ARMITAGE

Through 1/31 Imagine This. Barry Lorberbaum’s large, intricate colored-pencil drawings installed in the gallery’s storefront window offer a pleasant respite from winter drudgery. 4125 W. Armitage. artonarmitage.com

BERT GREEN FINE ART

1/16–2/27 Jessica Curtaz. A highly skilled drafter, Curtaz wields graphite drawings on paper with near-photographic precision, tracing the patterns of plants into stunning new life structures. 8 S. Michigan. bgfa.us

CARRIE SECRIST GALLERY

Through 1/16 Mad Ladders. Media artist Michael Robinson adapts cinematography tools to create video collages, layering scenes from award shows and beauty pageants into spooky, dream-like sequences. 835 W. Washington. secristgallery.com

CATHERINE EDELMAN GALLERY

1/8–3/5 Ice/Green Land. Daniel Beltrá points his camera at Iceland’s glacial sediments and Greenland’s pure rivers, taking pics unlike any nature photos you’ve ever seen.
Through 1/2 Arno Rafael Minkkinen. The prolific Finnish photographer inserts nudes into dramatic natural terrain—they dangle off cliffs and emerge from snowpacks.
300 W. Superior. edelmangallery.com

DOUBLE FRAME GALLERY

Through 1/23 Snow Yunxue Fu. The new-media artist premieres a sculptural installation titled Tunnel, which allows visitors to move through a constructed space while viewing videos through windows that look out on digitally created parkland. 2233 S. Throop. doubleframegallery.tumblr.com

ELASTIC ARTS

Through 2/27 The Ship’s Carpenter. Sculptor Robert Burnier has quickly garnered critical attention for his innovative technique of welding real metal objects out of a virtual 3D-printing program and painting them in soft hues of gray. 3429 W. Diversey. elasticarts.org

GALERIE F

Through 1/3 Dan Mumford. The London-based illustrator creates monochromatic scenes inspired by fantasy and science fiction, including the films Kill Bill and Mad Max. 2381 N. Milwaukee. galerief.com

HAIRPIN ARTS CENTER

Through 1/9 Production with Models. Meg Duguid’s handmade models of Chicago’s buildings are the setting for her art film Tramp’s New World, an adaptation of James Agee’s 1947 script. On the exhibit’s closing date, audience members are invited to destroy the models. 2810 N. Milwaukee. hairpinartscenter.org

HYDE PARK ART CENTER

Through 1/10 Creatures from the Concrete. Men dominate Chicago’s robust street-art scene. This group show, curated by Liz “Beloved” Lazdins, seeks to increase visibility for women-generated murals. 5020 S. Cornell. hydeparkart.org

JOHALLA PROJECTS

1/29–3/6 Bradley Biancardi. The Chicago native who returned from Seattle in 2008 crams bodies into his canvases with the expressive coloration of Carroll Dunham and the narrative intensity of Dana Schutz. He even updates the classical subject of nude bathers by adding beers and cell phones in the shower. 1821 W. Hubbard. johallaprojects.com

KAVI GUPTA GALLERY

Through 1/16 Door Hinges. Multimedia artist Jessica Stockholder specializes in art that will make you happy. She is best known for her 2012 installation Color Jam, in which she turned the Loop into a playground of bold hues.
Through 2/20 An Ornithology for Birds. The fourth solo show at the gallery by Berlin artist James Krone reveals the breadth of his experimentation, including acrylic faux fingernails sculpted into spirals, a series of bird paintings that devolve into fuzzy abstraction, and a new film about child prodigies.
835 W. Washington. kavigupta.com

LINDA WARREN PROJECTS

Through 1/16 Tom Van Eynde: Some of Everything, A Retrospective. Art insiders may know Van Eynde best as a documentarian—he has photographed nearly every exhibition in Chicago—but this show reveals him as an artist, too; since the 1970s, he has produced a rich series of portraits of subjects from snowmen to strippers. 327 N. Aberdeen. lindawarrenprojects.com

MANA CONTEMPORARY

Through 1/30 Richard Meier: Process and Vision. The world-renowned architect, who designed Rome’s Jubilee Church and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, famously revives classicism using contemporary materials, often in his signature shades of white. 2233 S. Throop. manacontemporarychicago.com

MONGERSON GALLERY

Through 2/29 Amy Hutcheson. The Memphis artist describes her abstract paintings as puzzles. Her layered, colorful compositions seem born of the futurist and cubist eras, when paintings evoked alternative dimensions of space and time. 875 N. Michigan. mongersongallery.com

MONIQUE MELOCHE GALLERY

1/9–5/28 Chicago Gingham. Painter and curator Michelle Grabner has made an indoor mural for the Wicker Park gallery’s large storefront window. Known for her meticulous geometric pattern paintings and art smarts, Grabner attracts a cult following for good reason.
Through 1/3 Sheree Hovsepian: Reveries of a Solitary Walker. The Iranian-born artist integrates photography with sculpture, using mainly photograms, or prints created on light-sensitive paper with no need for a camera. Also showing: Rashid Johnson, Carrie Schneider, and others.
2154 W. Division. moniquemeloche.com

PRESIDENT’S GALLERY

Through 2/12 I in the Sky. This exhibition demonstrates what it’s like to be inside the mind of notable emerging Chicago artist Edra Soto, whose commentaries on Puerto Rican culture in the United States have appeared at the MCA and in her own backyard exhibit venue, the Franklin. Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake. faculty.ccc.edu/hwgallery

 

PRINTWORKS

Through 2/13 Return of the Exquisite Corpse. To celebrate the gallery’s 35th anniversary, the founders have invited 105 artists to create 35 corpse drawings in the spirit of a great surrealist game, whereby a body’s head, torso, and feet are each drawn by a different person, creating artfully monstrous beings out of chance partnerships. 311 W. Superior. printworkschicago.com

RANGEFINDER

1/8–30 Père Lachaise. Architectural photographer Mark Ballog turns his lens on Paris’s famous cemetery—where Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison, among other cultural luminaries, reside. Ballog’s black-and-white imagery captures the grandiosity of the old graveyard without getting too morbid.
Through 1/2 Lights in the City. A former neuroscientist, Satoki Nagata has an ongoing black-and-white series that captures people in urban spaces, dramatically backlit, often in the midst of a snowstorm, creating the dazzling effect of time standing still.
300 W. Superior. tamarkin.com/leicagallery

REGARDS

1/9–2/20 Ethan Rose. The sound artist’s large-scale installations use unorthodox instruments, such as string, wineglasses, and human bodies. 2216 W. Chicago. regardsgallery.com

RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY

1/8–2/20 Gordon Parks. Catch this survey of the work of the renowned Life magazine photographer, who also directed the 1971 blaxploitation film Shaft. 118 N. Peoria. rhoffmangallery.com

SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY

Through 1/9 Alex Olson. Abstract painting is often derided for being caught up in the past. Olson breathes new life into the medium. Her colors and compositions offer previously unseen possibilities for paint. 2021 S. Wabash. shanecampbellgallery.com

UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART

Through 1/31 Skimption. Defying traditional categories such as painting and sculpture “is the most exciting thing about being a contemporary artist,” says the exhibit’s curator, Robin Dluzen. She selected five artists who play in the ambiguous areas of masculine/feminine, abstract/figure, and mixed media: Luis Sahagun, Emily Hermant, Catherine Schwalbe, Diana Gabriel, and Rusty Shackleford. 2320 W. Chicago. uima-chicago.org

VERTICAL GALLERY

Through 1/2 Going Postal. Simon WG Butler, a London artist, manipulates old postage stamps into clever, daring, and funny collages. 1016 N. Western. verticalgallery.com

WESTERN EXHIBITIONS

1/29–3/11 Daniel Rios Rodriguez. The artist from San Antonio brings his personal-sized paintings of trippy imagistic journeys for his first exhibit in Chicago. Expect to see skull-infested landscapes in otherwise preciously painted scenes.
Through 1/22 Nicholas Frank. Fact is fiction and vice-versa for the Milwaukee artist, writer, and curator, whose work tends to blur those lines. He alters official-looking documents and printed matter to give a sheen of importance to an otherwise quotidian life.
845 W. Washington. westernexhibitions.com

ZHOU B ART CENTER

1/13–2/15 National Wet Paint MFA Biennial. The Center receives more than 300 submissions for its prestigious MFA painting biennial. Several dozen artists are selected to exhibit, assuring the cream of the crop from recent graduates of national master’s programs. 1029 W. 35th. zhoubartcenter.com

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