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

Art and Design
Galleries

‘2015.04’ by Kwang Jean Park
Kwang Jean Park, 2015.04, 2015 Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Bae Gallery

ANDREW BAE GALLERY

3/4–4/16 Kwang Jean Park. The South Korean printmaker and draftsperson conjures new visual expressions of yin and yang in her luscious woodblock prints, which are then detailed by hand. 300 W. Superior. andrewbaegallery.com

BERT GREEN FINE ART

3/12–4/23 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

CATHERINE EDELMAN GALLERY

3/11–4/30 Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison: Precipice. If you could photograph your own dreams, they might look like an image by the ParkeHarrisons. Their new body of work, wrapped with digital layering and a dash of humor, toys with being on the edge—of sanity, fear, and humanity.
Through 3/5 Ice/Green Lands. Daniel Beltrá turns his camera on the terrains of Iceland and Greenland. 300 W. Superior. edelmangallery.com

 

CHICAGO ARTISTS COALITION

3/4–24 Leonard Suryajaya. The photographer returned to his native Indonesia to produce this series of group portraits examining the baggage of national allegiances. See “Chicago Artists Coalition Exhibit Shows What It’s Like to Be a Queer Outsider in Muslim North Sumatra”. 217 N. Carpenter. chicagoartistscoalition.org

CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY

3/18–4/23 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

Through 3/26 Untitled Project: Still Life/Style Leaf. Conrad Bakker’s sly sculptures mimic common objects, such as doorstops, TV remotes, magazines, and pen caps, by way of carved wood and oil paint. 3039 W. Carroll. deveningprojects.com

DOCUMENT

3/18–4/30 Sterling Lawrence makes what you might call conceptual furniture from inkjet fabric sheets, prosthetic plastic, aluminum piping, and other detritus.
Through 3/11 Erythrocyte Ghosts Filled with Quantum Dots Improve Cryogenics with Microarea Custom Freeze Thaw. Christopher Meerdo uses 3D-modeled sculpture and photography to explore technology’s effects on humans.
845 W. Washington. documentspace.com

KAVI GUPTA GALLERY

3/18–4/23 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. 835 W. Washington. kavigupta.com

KRUGER GALLERY

Through 3/26 Inheritance. Patrick Earl Hammie’s first solo exhibit in Chicago features large-scale nude figure paintings of power struggles among the genders, with bodies wrangled into domineering and submissive positions. 3709 N. Southport. krugergallerychicago.com

MONIQUE MELOCHE GALLERY

Through 4/2 The Pasts They Brought with Them. Sanford Biggers has a way of transforming past traumas into beautiful souvenirs, such as painting slave escape routes as colorful quilts or turning racist figurines into powerful totems. One of art’s most exciting social commentators brings new work for his first solo exhibit in Chicago.
Through 5/28 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

RANGEFINDER GALLERY

3/4–26 Calle Habana. David Bush, who also holds a Ph.D. in neuropsychology, presents candid portraits from the streets of Havana. 300 W. Superior. tamarkin.com/leicagallery

REGARDS

Through 4/9 Low Fire. Noelle Allen’s large, thin, and occasionally rainbow-hued sculptures seem flimsy but are actually strong—and are perhaps her best body of work to date. 2216 W. Chicago. regardsgallery.com

RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY

Through 4/9 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 these 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 portaitist Alex Katz’s intimate drawings on paper, a prolific medium for him, from the 1970s till now. 875 N. Michigan. richardgraygallery.com

ROOTS & CULTURE

Through 3/5 Roots. For its 10th anniversary season, the alternative space reflects on the glory days of the West Town gallery scene, specifically its shuttered neighbors and peers. 1034 N. Milwaukee. rootsandculturecac.org

VERTICAL GALLERY

3/5–26 Fables. The British street artist Copyright is known for his signature rose flowers, which he incorporates into murals and paintings to adorn idealized portraits of women. 1016 N. Western. verticalgallery.com

WESTERN EXHIBITIONS

3/18–4/30 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.
Through 3/12 Daniel Rios Rodriguez. The San Antonio–based artist brings his personal-size paintings of imagistic journeys for his first exhibit in Chicago. Expect skull-infested landscapes.
845 W. Washington. westernexhibitions.com

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