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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsNovember 2015

Art and Design
Galleries

ASPECT/RATIO GALLERY

Through 11/21 A Dream Deferred. Cuban conceptual artist Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera works with his American collaborator Cara Megan Lewis in performance and installation art, commenting on the complicated U.S.-Cuban political, social, and cultural relations, newly reestablished by the two countries. 119 N. Peoria. aspectratioprojects.com

BERT GREEN FINE ART

11/7–12/19 Mutual Dealings. Rafael E. Vera uses construction materials, such as two-by-fours and tarps, to create massive yet subtle geometric sculptures that examine the intricacies of home building and the need for shelter. 8 S. Michigan. bgfa.us

THE BIKE ROOM

Through 11/14 Shetland Drawings. Chicago-based artist Fraser Taylor returned to his native Scotland to rediscover the landscape of his youth and emerged with a new series of process-based abstract drawings—made with a twig dipped in ink—of the cliffs and seascape of the monumental Shetland Islands. 1109 W. North Shore. nancylurosenheim.com

CARL HAMMER GALLERY

11/6–12/23 Storyland. Fred Stonehouse’s freaky paintings depict a beautifully rendered apocalypse populated by devils, beasts, and a cast of humans best left to the world inside the canvas. 740 N. Wells. carlhammergallery.com

CARRIE SECRIST GALLERY

11/7–1/16 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

11/6–1/2 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

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, spray-paint stencils, and wheat pastes. 5020 S. Cornell. hydeparkart.org

ICEBERG PROJECTS

Through 11/22 Little Dancer Aged 14. Most painters prefer to go abstract these days, but this curated group show of four promising figurative artists (Stevie Hanley, Meg Nafziger, Sherwin Ovid, and Dylan Rabe), fresh from local graduate art schools, infuses the genre with new lifeblood. 7714 N. Sheridan. icebergchicago.com

Never as Young as Yesterday, 2014 by Fred Stonehouse Photo: Courtesy of Carl Hammer Gallery

KAVI GUPTA GALLERY

11/7–2/20 An Ornithology for Birds. The third 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.

 

Through 1/16 Door Hinges. A fan of bright, ebullient tones, multimedia artist Jessica Stockholder specializes in art that will make you happy. The University of Chicago faculty member is best known for her 2012 installation Color Jam, in which she turned the Loop into a playground of bold hues. 219 N. Elizabeth.
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LINDA WARREN PROJECTS

11/13–1/16 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, 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

MAYA POLSKY GALLERY

Through 12/15 Other Roots of Sadness. Four contemporary painters—including the late, great Seymour Rosofsky—grapple with this emotion, a popular subject. 215 W. Superior. mayapolskygallery.com

MONGERSON GALLERY

Through 11/25 Far Out Females: Mid-Century Chicago Surrealism. Too often perceived as a men’s club in France, surrealism (as a painting style) surprisingly took root in Chicago, with three women—Gertrude Abercrombie, Julia Thecla, and Macena Barton—producing some of the most hallucinatory artwork from the 1930s to the 1960s. 875 N. Michigan. mongersongallery.com

MONIQUE MELOCHE GALLERY

Through 1/2 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. 2154 W. Division. moniquemeloche.com

PATRON

Through 12/19 Theory of Forms. The former directors of Kavi Gupta inaugurate their new gallery with a group show dedicated to the Platonic ideal. See works by Matthew Metzger, Alex Chitty, and other emerging artists. 673 N. Milwaukee. patrongallery.com

REGARDS

Through 12/19 I Am, Etc. For Christopher Aque, the personal is political as he draws parallels between government spying and gay cruising. He returns to Chicago with new sculptures and photographs that attempt to map the dangerous erotica of public life. 2216 W. Chicago. regardsgallery.com

 

RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY

Through 12/19 Jacob Hashimoto. The sculptor adapts traditional kite-making techniques, with rice paper and bamboo, to unleash hundreds of his abstract forms in the gallery, often to wondrous effect. Don’t miss his work, which is often exhibited around the world. 118 N. Peoria. rhoffmangallery.com

SCHNEIDER GALLERY

Through 11/28 Dark City. Photographer Lynn Saville stalks cities at night to capture desolate storefronts that still buzz with the day’s energy, casting the empty settings as temples of human desire. The exhibit coincides with the release of her new book of photography. 770 N. LaSalle. schneidergallerychicago.com

SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY

Through 11/14 Lisa Williamson. Los Angeles–based artist Williamson turns the tide in the abstract sculpture scene away from the scattered messes so popular among her peers toward slick, highly crafted objects that hark back to the finish fetish of the minimalists, with a dash of humor. 2021 S. Wabash. shanecampbellgallery.com

THREEWALLS

11/7–12/12 The Great Good Place. Brandon Alvendia’s solo show dramatizes the makeshift spaces that shape the city’s underground art scene, from an apartment art gallery to an illegal basement nightclub, re-creating these gathering spots as theatrical installations for viewer interaction. 119 N. Peoria. three-walls.org

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