The Top 10 Art Gallery Exhibits in Chicago This Month

October’s best shows include Julie Blackmon at the Edelman Gallery, abstract painting by Rebecca Morris, and elaborate diorama sculptures by Roxy Paine.

CARRIE SECRIST GALLERY
Through 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
Through 11/2 Julie Blackmon: Homegrown. The photographer creates elegantly composed domestic scenes, formally staged like early-modern Dutch paintings. 300 W Superior. edelmangallery.com.

CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY Critic’s Pick
Through 10/19 Rebecca Morris. Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, Morris has garnered a cult following, and for good reason: She innovated a style of abstract painting that manages to be both breezy and rigorous. 1120 N Ashland, corbettvsdempsey.com.

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

KAVI GUPTA GALLERY Critic’s Pick
Through 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. 219 N Elizabeth. kavigupta.com.

PRESIDENT’S GALLERY
Through 11/4 Cesar Conde. The classically trained portraitist shows great sensitivity to each sitter’s personal and cultural identity, often challenging social contexts, like painting a beggar as a saint. Chicago State U, 9501 S Martin Luther King. csu.edu.

SCHNEIDER GALLERY
Through 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.

THE SUB-MISSION
Through 11/2 Tracy Marie Taylor. Taylor’s artwork depicts the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre—when Mormons dressed as Native Americans and murdered 120 settlers—as a jarring landscape of light and reflective sculpture. Recordings of witness accounts complicate, not clarify, the bizarre events of that dark day. 1431 W Chicago. themissionprojects.com.

THOMAS ROBERTELLO GALLERY
Through 11/30 Meow Wolf: Nucleotide. The artist collective Meow Wolf creates an interactive multimedia environment inspired by undersea coral formations and humankind’s collective consciousness. 27 N Morgan. thomasrobertello.com.

WESTERN EXHIBITIONS
Through 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. 845 W Washington. westernexhibitions.com.

 

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