11/1–3 Sixty exhibitors showcase their wares at the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair. $15. Festival Hall, Navy Pier. sofaexpo.com.
Through 12/13 Out There: An Existential Crisis of Intergalactic Proportions. Eight contemporary artists tackle space exploration, typically the province of astronauts. Columbia College, 618 S Michigan. colum.edu.
11/2–25 New Work by Young Cho. The contemporary textile artist focuses on the topic of alienation. 2579 N Milwaukee. comfortstationlogansquare.org.
11/1–12/14 It’s the Political Economy, Stupid. More than 20 artists and art collectives borrow the snark from Bill Clinton’s famous 1992 presidential campaign statement, “It’s the economy, stupid,” to make protest art. 400 S Peoria. gallery400.uic.edu.
Through 11/16 Lorraine Peltz: Luster. The artist delights in feminine glam with paintings of chandeliers, flower bouquets, and starbursts in vibrant, saturated hues. 716 N Wells. hilton-asmus.com.
Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery
Through 11/16 Diane Christiansen: Cup Freaketh Over. Christiansen’s paintings mirror the unstable reality of technological overload. 215 N Aberdeen. kasiakaygallery.com.
11/8–12/8 The artist Jason Benson, based in Oakland, California, was inspired by the important essay “A Cyborg Manifesto” and has written a poem called “Planet Human,” which he turned into a sound artwork. 1640 W 18th. qtgallery.net.
Russell Bowman Art Advisory
11/1–1/25 Ed Paschke Drawings. Known primarily for his saturated-color paintings of faces and figures, Ed Paschke also had a sensitive hand as a draftsman. This show focuses on the rarely seen drawings of this giant of modern Chicago art. 311 W Superior. bowmanart.com.
11/15–12/22 Of the Land and from the Earth. The artists Heidi Norton, Carmen M. Perez, and Mary Stoppart consider Mother Nature. 685 N Milwaukee. womanmade.org.
11/1–12/21 Richard Notkin: Where Do We Go from Here? Notkin’s war protests take the form of finely crafted and poignant ceramic sculptures, such as a human heart rendered like a bomb. Also on view: Josh Garber’s Playthings, which are semi-erotic, twisting objects made from protruding screws. 325 W Huron. zollaliebermangallery.com.