Monday, December 26, 2011

Featured Artist Janina Ciezadlo's

"Art is Business"

Janina A. Ciezadlo is an artist and critic in Chicago. She is a contributing writer for the New City, and her work has appeared in the Chicago Reader; Afterimage, The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism; Bridge; Artscope and the Chicago Art Critic's Association publications. Several of her poems and photographs have appeared in afterhours, a journal of Chicago poetry and art. She has participated in Chicago Calling and Bauhaus 9090. Her scholarly work has appeared in the Yearbook of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Proceedings of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery.

She has been a participant in an International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Department of State (Cultural Programs), a resident at Ragdale and an Artist-in-Residence at Oxbow and the recipient of a Works-in-Progress grant from the Illinois Arts Council (for Luminous Herbarium).
Ciezadlo has served as President and Vice-President of her part-time faculty local and was the recipient of an award from the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art (2010) for art and contributions to women in the arts.

Janina during the Phantom Gallery Exhibition in 2009

Thursday, December 22, 2011



The Windows Project by Curator CAROLYN CURTIS MAGRI


Carolyn Curtis Magri and Charlie Ryder explore the experience of being in a prison from two sides of the divide with posters and performance. Carolyn is an Art and Design Tutor in Offender Learning and Charlie, an ex-offender. Her work is influenced by her experiences of teaching art and design to male inmates of two prisons. She is interested in how institutionalisation takes away a person's identity.

She makes small pencil and felt tip drawings, acrylics on canvas and digital prints.

She currently manages the gallery at Bankley and also involved in a series of exhibitions called The Windows Project working with other prison art tutors and ex offenders in a gallery setting.
Phantom Gallery Chicago supporters perhaps you can collaborate with The Windows Project, by find her a location here is a message from Carolyn....
We have our next show lined up at Liverpool Urban Centre in May and the number of artists is growing all the time. Let me know if you come up with a venue.

"Art is Business"

The Phantom Galleries are temporary exhibitions spaces that match artist-seeking places to display their work in non-traditional gallery settings.
I am still trying to access funding for The Windows Project so that it can tour. I am not sure whether you can register as an interested party on the Gruntdvig project - it is actually a European organisation but there were some Americans at the latest European Prison Education Association Conference so it all depends on the organization. Anyway, why I am telling you this is that if you register on the website and go on the list, then there is the possibility of partnership funding between organisations.
If you have time, can you access - and have a look at Partnerships. I know this is a long shot but I am giving it a go. Funding opportunities this end fast drying up! Is there anything your end I can tap into?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Windsor Arts Council Phantom Gallery

"Art is Business"

9091 Windsor Road, Windsor, CA, 95492
The Windsor Arts Council Phantom Gallery showcases the eclectic art work of 80+ member-artists and guest artists in rotating shows throughout the year. The WAC is a non-profit organization of local artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including those who are just starting on their artistic journey and others who have a lifetime of experience as artists. We strive to support, encourage and educate artists, promote art in the community and engage with the community-at-large.

Tags: artists, local, art gallery, windsor
 Venue Type: Arts / Cultural Center
Hours: Thursday and Friday noon to 6 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM, Sunday noon to 5 PM.
 Accessible to persons with disabilities.
Creator:  cockapoo mom

Friday, December 16, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST Pearlie Taylor- December 2011

"Art is Business"

Pearlie studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Historic South Side Community Art Center under Dr. Margaret Burroughs. Pearlie’s artwork has been described as a mixture of abstract modern and contemporary. Her influences range from Jackson Pollack, Richard Dempsey to Dale Chiluly. Pearlie has worked in a variety of mediums but more often chooses acrylics for the depth of color and her wet in wet painting style.
Hustle and Flow

Pearlie is the recipient of African American Alliance of the Arts Award for Excellence in Abstract Art. In 2008 her paintings were recognized by the Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Exhibit.
Her work is currently being shown at Gallery Guichard in Chicago.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Seeking Dancers for an International Art Exchange

Dear dancers!
I have met you at various performance, multi- media events in Chicago and in Germany.
It was great, seeing you in action and it was interesting to see your work.
I am organizing various performance projects for next year in Chicago and in Germany.

Aside from our monthly International Art Group meeting, featuring artists and dancers from various cultural background we meet at:
Rogers Park at Insight Arts  every 2nd Mon, 6pm, 1505 W. Morse,
 I am planning on developing art and dance excursions in the Chicago area and in the Northern parts of Germany. I am working with various visual artists and musicians, interested in collaborations.
Please write me a note, if you are interested in sharing into these networks or participating.
At this point you may read more about our ongoing projects at our web site:
I am looking forward to working with you, let me know about your independent projects and we can feature you on our website at Facebook, send your contact info about your projects.

Marianna Buchwald, Director International Art Adventures,
collaborator Alpha Bruton, with chief curator,

The Colorboration Project

I'm following The Colorboration Project and think you'll be interested in it as well. To check it out, follow the link below:

Friday, November 25, 2011

History of Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum

The Sojourner TruthMulticultural ArtsMuseum has been actively involved with youth and young adults in the South Sacramento area since 1996 when it developed numerous creative arts programs under the National Academic Youth Corps.  Its purpose was to enable youth from culturally diverse backgrounds to stretch their minds and imaginations and to provide a safe environment that stimulates creativity, promotes healthy lifestyles, and develops social skills.  After obtaining a 501C non-profit status in 2002, Sojourner Truth Center has offered scores of no- or low-cost programs, workshops, and activities on site and out in the community to thousands of youth.  The Center’s programs have positively affected the lives of its participants and the cultural environment of the community. 

The Art Museum was founded as collaboration between Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum and the Florin Business Arts Complex where the Museum is housed.  It offers a diverse spectrum of theme-oriented murals, art installations, exhibitions, events and programs representing African American, Mexican, Latino, Asian, Alaskan, Pacific Islander, Eastern, and Native Cultures.

Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum (also known as SOJO Museum) was awarded official Sacramento Museum status in 2008, and in February 2009, participated very successfully in the highly attended Sacramento Free Museum Day. 

History of Sojourner Truth

The Multicultural Arts Museum and Development Center, representing diversity and progress, is named for Sojourner Truth who, although born a slave, worked tirelessly for abolition, women’s rights, non-violence, and civil and economic advancement of oppressed people. 

Born Isabella Baumfree circa 1797, she escaped from slavery as a young woman and by the 1840s had become a powerful speaker against slavery.  Uneducated but deeply spiritual, she explained her choice of the name Sojourner Truth, “I felt God called me to travel the land ... being a sign unto them.”  Throughout her life, Sojourner was passionate about advancing suffrage for all people.  During the Civil War, she gathered supplies for black volunteer regiments and, in tribute to her efforts, was received at the White House by President Lincoln in 1864.  She was appointed that same year to the National Freedman's Relief Association where she worked diligently to better conditions for African-Americans.  Recognized and acclaimed by numerous important figures in history such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglas, she met with two presidents—Lincoln and Grant—in the White House, and had U. S. senators sign her Book of Life in senate chambers.  She continued to travel and speak out for human and civil rights well into her senior years until her death in 1883.

The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum is aptly named for this outstanding woman whose life inspires us to celebrate and develop the spirit and diversity of all people through programs and services designed to strengthen and stimulate creativity.  It is our desire to offer the widest scope of programming to our community, and we continue to seek resources and encourage the involvement of those who share our vision. 

We invite you to join us in spreading our wings with Sojourner Truth.

"Art is Business"

Friday, November 11, 2011

Practice Affirmations: Positive affirmations Featured Artist Renee Baker

Re-posted by  Alpha Bruton, from Renee Baker

Good morning- to each of you that are truly friends I share this tidbit of information..When you ain’t about nothing, nothing bothers you much...When you are about the mission given to you by the
Creator, watch out!!! I thank each of you for your support all the way round..
that’s all. Karma, God, the Creator, etc will take care of the nasty know them well. I also want each of you to not be affected by any negativity from me..
We can all get caught up in the swirl and that’s what they be able to separate, confuse, divide and conquer..It’s a big lovely world out there and we each have to claim our piece in it..

This country is full of the bitter ones..let them eat each other

About keeping strong...Scripture first,(whatever your Holy book is) then all these hints can be helpful..

Negative self talk and negative energy can affect you in many ways and cause you additional stress. Because of this, developing more positive self talk is an important way to reduce stress in your life. You can help yourself maintain a positive frame of mind—which will help with positive self-talk—by surrounding yourself with positive energy in your life. You can get that by adding the following elements to your life:

Uplifting Music: Listening to music   that not only has a soothing melody, but an uplifting message, can be great   for developing positive self-talk. Have you ever had a song ‘stuck in your   head’ for a few hours or days, the lyrics repeating themselves in your mind?   If those lyrics were positive and inspirational, that would be a good thing.   It’s a much better mental soundtrack to have than a running stream of   complaints, criticisms or self-limiting thoughts, or even songs that had more   depressing or sad lyrics. (When times get tough, I often think of Wilson   Phillips’ classic, “Hold On”, but there are dozens of good ones out   there.)

Inspirational Books: Books on   strength, personal power, enlightenment, or self help can be good resources to   help you change your outlook and the things you say to yourself. Rather than   triggering habitual self-defeating thoughts, you can find yourself thinking of   new can-do concepts when times get tough. (For shifting your paradigm, I love   Gary Zukav’s “The Heart of the Soul”, or Sarah Ban   Breathnach’s classic “Simple Abundance”.)

Positive People: One of the most   important ways you can get (and keep) positive energy in your life is with the   company you keep. Do your friends uplift you, or bring you down? Are they   critical, or complementary? Ideal friendships provide support when you’re   down, fun when you’re up, wisdom when you’re lost, and positive regard. Good   friends can inspire you to reach greater heights, and see your strengths even   when you don’t always. Pay attention to how your friends make you feel, and if   they’re less than supportive, start putting your energy and time toward people   who are better suited to be your friend. (For more on social support and   friendships, see the Relationship Section.)

Practice Affirmations: Positive   affirmations can subtly but pervasively change your self talk from negative to   positive. See this article for some creative ways to begin working positive affirmations into your life.

LOVE Y’ALL- Renee’

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Re-Posted by Alpha Bruton, for Chicago Artists Resource At Work Forums

Non Profit or For Profit?: Deciding the Best Business Model for Your Creative Endeavor

AWF_Logo.jpgDate: Monday, Nov. 14
Time: 1:00pm  - 5:00 pm
Location: Chgo. Cultural Center, 5th Fl
RSVP: By Thursday, Nov. 10, click here
Monday, December 5, 2011 6:00pm
This forum will help artists decide the best business model for
their creative practice. The discussion led by William Rattner (Executive Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts) talks about what it means for an organization to apply for non-profit IRS 501-c3 status, and investigates whether 501-c3 status is right for burgeoning cultural groups.

This forum is part of the At Work Forums series, sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. At Work Forums are regular seminars, free and open to the public, that focus on issues of interest and concern for the Chicago arts community. Well known artists, experts, and advocates are invited to discuss best practices for Chicago's creatives in music, dance, theater, visual, art, and more.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Documenting and Archiving Your Creative Practice

Re-Posted by Alpha Bruton, for Chicago Artists Resource Creatives at Work Forum:

Creatives at Work Forum: 


Harold Washington Library Center
Archiving one’s work is a critical aspect of a career in the arts, but with all the sketchbooks, notes, letters, pamphlets and flyers stacking up what do you decide to keep? How do you organize it? And where does it all go? This panel will be addressing these very questions, providing insight on how to organize your creative legacy.

Leslie Patterson is a reference librarian in the Art Information Center of the Chicago Public Library and has curated the Chicago Artists' Archive since 2006. The Archive began in the 1930's and continues to document Chicago artists to the present day, with over 10,000 artists now included.

Queen Meccasia E. Zabriskie is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. The title of her dissertation is Dancing Diaspora: Understanding Embodied Knowledge in the West African Dance and Drum World in Chicago, IL. She is a collaborator on an oral history project titled Black Theater is Black Life: Theatre and Dance in Chicago.

Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, overall art supporter and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center. She received her BA in Art History and Visual Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago.

Nicolette Michelle Caldwell is co-founder and co-executive director of Sixty Inches From Center: Chicago Arts Archive and Collective Project. In addition to her work with Sixty Inches From Center, she is also an independent curator, arts writer and journalist.

Barbara Ciurejis a Chicago-based photographer and graphic designer. She is a former president of , Artemisia Gallery a women's cooperative that closed after 30 years of operation in 2003. She is heading up an initiative to archive the gallery's history, both the work at the gallery and that of its members.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Public Art Network

The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) is the ONLY professional network in the United States dedicated to advance the field and strengthen best practices to help communities create public art. PAN provides information through the PAN listserv, a benefit of membership, on project opportunities job listings, and a question and answer board on all topics related to public art.

CALL FOR ARTISTS RESOURCE GUIDE-  for Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Artist/Curators

Phantom Gallery Chicago- Networking Fresno

"Art is Business"- posted by Alpha Bruton


The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1979 under the name of the “Alliance for the Arts” by local artists, arts organizations and interested individuals who wished to create a voice for the arts in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Our mission is to “enrich peoples lives through the arts.” Our purpose is to foster an arts community that recognizes and honors the contributions of its citizens to the arts; advocate to city, county, state and national institutions on issues of concern to valley artists; collaborate with community leaders, businesses, corporations, foundations and other arts organizations to bring artists and audiences together.

Arts Specialty:
The FAC is an active advocate for artists and the proliferation of Public Art in the City and County of Fresno. To advocate is to provide active support, to educate and/or speak in favor of a cause, an issue or an organization. We do not lobby the government to influence legislation, but we are advocates for the arts and culture program for the citizens of the City and County of Fresno.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Jazz Cat--

I ran into LeRoy Downs from Los Angeles California during the AfterFest, he and his girl were traveling on the CTA Blue Line to transfer to the Red Line, we started talking and sharing. I saw them in the audience at Elastics AfterFest Concert so they weren't complete strangers, just art patrons hanging out in Chicago. Here is what LeRoy had to say about The Chicago Jazz scene.

Complete Article by LeRoy Downs

The after hours hit was up North at a place called the Logan Square/Avondale Art Center, right at the corner of Milwaukee and Diversy. Now I don’t know how Chitown is doing without the Velvet Lounge and Fred Anderson’s contribution to the art and the city but, all of the cats are here tonight! Intersections, Asian Improv Records and the AACM are all responsible for booking the cats in this series of concerts that Asian Improv Records is sponsoring.

Susan Fox, producer of "Intersections" at Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery

Took the trip on the Blue Line Train back to where 6 points lead to the source; the Elastic, Avant Guard, after-hour, late night, Logan Square Art Center, Jam! If you seek the points, ye shall find where it all happens, where it all begins.

You must be present to experience music. Three didgeridoos, a wood block, and the strings of a bass tapped with a chopsticks makes for music that is out of this world! No book or the excitement of other peoples forays into adventurous music or any recording for that matter could ever make you feel, heal or understand. You must be present to prosper from the gift of sound. 12:49am and the 2nd set has just gotten underway. I know it is late and I know all 20 reasons why you are not here but really, what are you gonna do for the rest of your life? Where is your excitement? What is your reason for inhabiting this planet, why are you here? If your answers are to live, think, grow rich, seek, question, discover, and realize, then the vibration of music is a potent source of nutrients for your being! The mantras in the music will bring you back to your true self, rediscover what wonderful mysteries of love are there waiting for you to reclaim them. This knowledge is for you and music expressed freely with no constraints is one path to self-enlightenment!

LeRoy Downs

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"House of Art" Berlin Art Club 2012

 The Berlin Art Club is aimed to be a "house of art" a home for all artists, visual artists and performance artists, a place for art lovers of all genres.

We are planning to have big and individual exhibitions of renowned artists and galleries from the Art-space of planet earth to come to Berlin. Artists should also be able to do workshops and so get the opportunity to deliver their skills to interested parties. It should be also possible to give visiting artists the opportunity to work and live temporarily in Berlin - in the Berlin Art Club.

The Art Club Berlin is the current front of a number of activities concerning the presentation of art and artists.

Extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures!

Our intent to initiate the Berlin Art Club – is the result of the experience of recent years and has existed mainly since October 2010. Actually we wanted to take our time in the establishment of our club and then to start inviting artists and galleries of different exhibitions to join us.

In September 2011 BAC rented over 2000 square meters of exhibition space with the aim of inviting approximately 100 artists from around the world to inspire our art-tourists.

The deadline to participate in 2012 is the 21 of July if you are applying directly to BAC

· Accommodations: artists coming to Berlin will be given an address of a hotel, where they have to call and make a reservation. We will make a deal with the hotel manager, so that we get a fair price for all international and national guests. Our staff will be informing you about the hotel.

· Artists who would like to take a part in the exhibition, but who will not attend personally, will be informed about the method and costs of achieving their plan. The registration form includes all basic information about the price. Our staff will advise you about the transport of the works and all other details.

· The entrance to the opening event is free. All other events are not. Artists will get 2 free cards that they can give to friends or family members.

BAC - Berlin Art Club 2012 Phantom Gallery Chicago curators should start raising money now to participate as a group exhibition/installation. We will be fundraising through our fiscal receiver NYFA ArtSpire, for Berlin- Chicago Kaleidoscope. Our goal is $40,000 to cover all expenses, (reimbursable) of participating artist/curators from Phantom Gallery Chicago and the International Art Group who are our art partners.

The cost of taking a part in the exhibition for galleries is as follows:
  • 1800, 00 Euro for an area of 2 walls each 4 meter long and the area in between.
  • But a gallery can rent of course more than one unit. If there is an interest in a special combination of walls, a deal can be reached to fulfill their needs.
Information concerning artists in the "bac 2012"- (please visit website for updates)


Monday, October 17, 2011

2012 National Women's Caucus for Art - Call forArt!

Momentum -Contemporary Women's Art.  Commemorating 40 years of the Women's Caucus for Art, Momentum presents the art and ideas ofintergenerational contemporary women artists.  Moving forward and yet still in touch with our roots; what has influenced you as an artist looking back over the past 40 years of women in the arts.Reflecting on struggles and accomplishments; how does this inspire you in your momentum, moving ahead? With this and the definition of momentum in mind (impetus, force, power, drive, energy, strength,physical energy or intensity, vitality,  gathering speed,power residing in a moving object, repeat of recent success) -- Show us your best work.
Juror:  Rita Gonzalez, Associate Curator in the Department of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (LACMA)
Exhibition Venue: Los Angeles Art Association, Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Show Dates: February 17 to March 2, 2012.  
Reception with the artists: Friday, February 24 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to all US self-identified women artists.  
Entry Fee:  Up to three pieces of work.  $35 for WCA and LAAA members in good standing, $45 for nonmembers.  
Entry Deadline: Friday, November 18th, uploaded to online entry system by 11:59 PM PST.
Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse?
"The discovery of oil, in 1859, in Pennsylvania, transformed our way of life; we are enveloped by petroleum products - from the shoes we wear,to the materials our clothes are made of, to the way we heat our houses, to our modes of transportation.  Oil dependency pollutesthe environment causing respiratory illness, endangers wildlife, andnecessitates the large scale loss of life as we search to secure sources of oil overseas. How do we maintain our optimism despite this rush to grab dwindling non-renewable energy assets, instead of focusing on renewable energy and the prevention of global warming?

This exhibit seeks to raise awareness of our imperiled democracy and the Petroleum Paradox. What do you think about the Petroleum Paradox and what is happening in our oil dependent society and world?
Juror: Eleanor Heartney, is a Contributing Editor to Art in America andArtpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New ArtExaminer, the Washington Post and The New York Times.
Exhibition Venue: DeniseBibro Fine Art - 529 West 20th Street 4W, New York, NY 10011
Show Dates:  May 18to June 23, 2012  
Reception with the artists: Thursday, May 24th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to all USself-identified women artists.  
Entry Fee:  Up to three pieces of work.  $35 for WCA and $45 for nonmembers. 
Entry Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2012, uploaded to online entry system by 11:59 PMPST.

About Women's Caucus for Art:
The Women's Caucus for Art was founded in 1972, and is an Affiliated Society of the College Art Association (CAA). It is a national memberorganization unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museumprofessionals. The mission of WCA is to create community through art,education and social activism.

Questions about either
P. O. Box 1498, Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013-1498
Tel:  212.634.0007   
Facebook:         Twitter:!/artWCA

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Youth Issues Youth Solutions Program

For everyone that attend the Urban Jungle Fundraiser at Rumble Arts Center it was a huge success, and "Thank you" so much for your support.

I am writing to you, in the hope, that you will respond whether you are interested in a volunteer opportunity working with a small group of children who live in this area (North Lawndale). I would like to be able to refer you to our Children's Program Coordinator.

Gretchen is a volunteer who coordinates other volunteers who are interested in working with UAR's - Youth Issues Youth Solutions program. The children are 6-12yrs. old for
the most part. On any given session we offer there might be 4-10 children participating.

We are looking to find 2 volunteer teachers for 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3-5pm) now through end of March 2012. Volunteers can schedule once a month, or 2X a month, once a week, or for special activities only.

For example, we are offering a Halloween Party for adults &; kids on Oct. 31 (4-8p.m.) and we are looking for volunteers to help with costumes, answer the door to trick or treaters, help kids to roast marshmallows and bob for apples, and hand out treats and refreshments.

We also need volunteers to go on field trips seasonally.

Here are your choices:
1. volunteer once a month to work with children as a volunteer teacher
2. volunteer once a week to work with children as a volunteer teacher
3. volunteer to present a special program of your choosing to the children once
4. volunteer to substitute when someone else cannot make it to work with the children
5. volunteer for UAR in some other capacity, not with children.
6. ask to be taken off our email list and receive no more emails from UAR

PLEASE, respond to this email letting me know which choice you make for yourself.

I sure do appreciate your cooperation!

Dianna C. Long
1957 S. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, Il. 60623
(773) 542-9126

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

BALLOU & YOU Exhibition, "Exquisite Corpse" 2011

Dear friends, friends of the arts, artists and art-lovers,
Please join us for
On Friday, October 14th,2011
at Café Ballou
939 N. Western Ave,Ukrainian Village, Chicago
This event is a part of Chicago Artists Month 2011

Enjoy BALLOU & YOU exhibition, have a drink, and create your own “part of the corpse”.

Exquisite corpse,also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.

No special skills are necessary… there are many ways to play the “exquisite corpse”.
Come ready to chat, sketch, draw, drink, collage, eat and/or paint (acrylics or water-colors, no oils please) or write.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)

"Art is Business"- posted for Sixty Inches from the Center

Opening Reception and Trolley Tour:

| Featuring work by | Stephen Flemister | Krista Franklin | Emmanuel Pratt | Amanda Williams |
| Curated by  Tempestt Hazel |

The Future’s Past is a pilot curatorial project that consists of several public window installations and a collaborative exhibition completed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois. It combines new technology and new media to create an introductory glimpse into the histories of Chicago’s Black Metropolis that can be found in a variety of locations, including the archives of the member institutions of the BMRC. For this project information from the archives and other sources will be pulled and curated into five light and image installations in windows based on significant art and culture locations along South Parkway, which is now King Drive, between 35th Street and 47th Street. This particular stretch of land was chosen because it holds some of the richest history in Chicago. Many musicians, performers, writers, journalists and activists who shaped the Chicago we know today built their enterprises and solidified their undeniable talents within the spaces and on the stages of South Parkway.

The exhibition at Blanc Gallery serves as a starting point and the space that brings together the wide reach of this project. Work by artists Stephen Flemister, Krista Franklin, Emmanuel Pratt and Amanda Williams who individually and collaboratively created visual responses to the historic locations and the premise of The Future’s Past, in addition to a selection of research materials and technological components will be on view through November 11th.

Coinciding with the exhibition and installations, new technology in the form of QR codes and a website component with additional content will make a selection of the archive and information from the research accessible to the public.

The purpose of this project is to introduce the youth and current community to the history within the streets, buildings and spaces in which they live their everyday lives through a language they can understand–technology. Doing this will simultaneously introduce the archives of the BMRC and other resources to a new audience, showcase the rich history found in these collections and promote their use.

Note: If you own a smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc.), you are highly encouraged to download a barcode scanner before coming to the show in order to take full advantage of the interaction with the installations and exhibition.

For more information visit

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project presents the first Brown Rice Cooker Createfest

Tuesday, September 27 - Thursday, September 29

The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project presents
the first Brown Rice Cooker Createfest,
 with presentations and performances that take place
 over more than 30 hours of amazing programming --
Brown Rice
 4432 N. Kedzie Ave.
 Chicago, IL  60624

Wednesday, September 28
 3:00 p.m.: Chicago Modern Orchestra Project presentation
 4:15 p.m.: Vincent Davis/Preyas Roy Duo
 5:15 p.m.: Alpha Bruton, visual artist, Kaleidoscope
 6:15 p.m.: Greg Blackburn/Elizabeth Diaz Duo
 7:15 p.m.: Ernest Dawkins
 8:15 p.m.: Savoir Faire
 9:15 p.m.: Ben Lamar's MOUNTAIN
 10:00 p.m.: JoVia
 10:50 p.m.: Saalik Ziyad Collective
 12 midnight Jayve Montgomery/Cliff Ingram Duo
Thursday, September 29
 3:00 p.m.: Renee Baker solo
 3:25 p.m.: H.V. Cramond -- poetry
 4:15 p.m.: Chicago Modern Orchestra Project presentation
 5:00 p.m.: Clarke Consortium
 6:15 p.m.: Charlie Newman -- poetry
 6:30 p.m.: Saalik Ziyad
 8:00 p.m.: Dee Alexander and the Evolution Ensemble
 9:35 p.m.: Douglas Ewart Trio
 10:45 p.m.: Dan Godston / Anthony Poretti Duo
 10:55 p.m.    David Boykin
 12 midnight  Jayve Montgomery-AudioVisual Improv on being Arrested at BNA
 $10 suggested donation
 Brown Rice
 4432 N. Kedzie Ave., 1st floor, Chicago, IL 60625
 Doors open one half hour before performance time, all ages. Brown Rice is a half block north
 of the Montrose / Kedzie intersection, close to the Kedzie station
 on the CTA brown line. Please call 630-258-7554 for more info.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"BALLOU AND YOU" exhibition

Dear art-loving-coffee-and-wine-drinkers,
Dear friends and neighbors,
Cafe Ballou, located in Ukrainian Village,  is a very unusual place - extremely art-friendly, unpretentious, inspiring. It is a place to eat and drink, work and chat,  and meet people.

You are invited to the opening reception Saturday, October 1st, 6:00PM - 9:00PM.
Cafe Ballou
939 N. Western AveChicago Il 60622

October is Chicago Artist Month and our exhibition is a part of it.

We will have:
Food and drinks
Different artists conversing through their work.
2-and-3-dimensional art for sale.
Art-and-coffee inspired games.
Some very affordable but memorable artifacts, a few pricy but unique pieces, and everything in between.

Curated by Tamara Wasserman
Participating artists: Anthony Bowers, Helen Mayer-Jones, Clare Rosean, Jesse Rivera, MIchael Wasserman, and Tamara Wasserman

Also mark your calendars for the '
on Friday, October 14, 6:00PM - 9:00PM.
More information to follow soon...

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Tamara Wasserman, Artist, curator, neighbor

IAG- Tour MCA July 2011

The International Art Group will be presenting short films documenting visits to various museums  while Exploring Germany, this summer. Kaleidoscope "Cultures Connecting" at the Mess Hall in Rogers Park, 7-pm videos begin.  

Monday, September 26, 2011

“Berlin-Chicago Kaleidoscope: Cultures Connecting” at Mess Hall

Sunday, October 2 (4 p.m.- 9 p.m)
6932 North Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL  60626
Chicago Artists Month is a citywide, collaborative effort showcasing Chicago visual artists and their work throughout the month of October.  Coordinated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Chicago Artists Month showcases over 200 events, ranging from exhibitions to open studio tours and neighborhood art walks presented by museums, galleries, cultural centers, artists collaborates, and other organizations throughout the city.  The primary goal of Chicago Artists Month is to raise awareness of the extraordinary quality and depth of our visual arts community. 

“Berlin-Chicago Kaleidoscope: Cultures Connecting” includes an exhibition, presentations and performances. Phantom Gallery Chicago Network (directed by Alpha Bruton) and International Art Adventures (directed by Marianna Buchwald) are co-presenting this event. The presenters invite the public to join them—regarding an intensive process of communication on behalf of our common ideals to fight racism, to work for world peace, and to educate and inspire a broader audience through art and culture.

“Berlin-Chicago Kaleidoscope” Cultures Connecting” has been an exercise of networking in the global artistic community—creating collaborations and pathways of understanding, and generating dialogue with fourteen artists from the Chicago area and Berlin.

Participants include—in Chicago: Alpha Bruton, Curator, Director of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network; Marianna Buchwald, Director of International Art Adventures; Dan Casillas, musician; Javier Enriquez, artist; Kathryn Gauthier, artist; Alan Emerson Hicks, artist; Jayve John Montgomery; visual artist and musician; Jacqueline Moses, artist; Gabriel Patti, artist and curator; Lewis Rice, artist in Berlin: Daniel Goritz, musician; Ina Lunkenheimer, owner of Lunkenheimer Gallery; Christian Mayrock, artist; Peter Vicente, artist and host; Piotr Wolodkowicz, artist.
4:00-6:00 p.m.: Presentations by visual artists who participated in “Berlin-Chicago Kaleidoscope: Cultures Connecting” during summer 2011

5:00 p.m.: “Artists for a Sunday Dinner.” While we were in Berlin, we shared dinner with many artists in their homes in Berlin and Hannover—for conversation about "Cultures Connecting." In that spirit, we will have a dinner during which each participating artist contributes perspectives on what they got from the trip—including projects that include poets, writers, puppeteers, musicians, and performance artists. We will be talking with Berlin-based musicians and visual artists, and sharing dinner with Berlin-based musician Peter Vicent via Skype call.

6:00 p.m.: Presentation by the International Art Group and Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
7:00 p.m.: Short films by Jayve Montgomery presenting Kaleidoscope: The Untied States of America

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Open Streets on State Street,

Saturday, October 1st

Chicago Loop Alliance, in partnership with Active Transportation Alliance, is creating the ultimate "good" day by transforming a seven-block stretch of State Street, from Lake to Van Buren, into an urban playground for all ages on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The first-ever Open Streets on State Street, presented by Illinois Center for Broadcasting, will create a safe public space in a car-free setting where communities can connect, families and friends can exercise and play, and businesses can engage with the public. Open Streets is modeled after similar car-free events held in cities around the world from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Bogota, Colombia, which holds its iconic "Ciclovia" event every Sunday of the year.

Free recreational programming being offered to the public at Open Streets on State Street includes a mobile skate park, break dancing demonstrations, yoga classes and the Imagination Playground for children.

The initiative has already garnered media attention since its announcement on Tuesday, September 6th. Media coverage includes Chicago Sun Times, WLS-AM,, and

For more information, visit

Monday, September 5, 2011

Blue Canvas Puppetworks

Helen Mayers Jones

Sat Sep 17th - Sun Sep 18th, 2011

Event Location

Irving Park Road & Central Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Portage Pa

Portage Park, IL 60606
Location/Facility Name: Knights of Columbus Portage Park

15th Annual Art In The Park

Event Details

Primary Category:

- Art & Craft Events

- Art and Craft Show

- Craft Boutique

Dates: Sat Sep 17th - Sun Sep 18th

Show Hours: 9:00A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily

Public Admission Price: free

Misc Details: Outdoor Event

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Black Panther Art: Emory Douglas

Text by Laura Havlin

"A retrospective of the artist's highly political and iconic visual branding from the 60s-80s is about to open in London Emory Douglas, The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, London, August 18 - September 10, 2011"

As the arts and culture officer for the Black Panthers from 1967 to 1980 Emory Douglas effectively created the visual branding for the civil rights movement. His uniquely stylized illustrations for their leaflets, posters and newspapers depicted black people in a way that hadn’t previously been seen in mainstream media. By utilizing an aesthetic that borrowed from the right-wing advertising images of the day to communicate the Black Panther’s left-wing ideals, Douglas’ work provoked empathy and understanding without being exploitative.

On August 18th a retrospective of Douglas’s work will open at The Outsiders on London’s Greek Street, with the man himself giving a talk on the historical context of his work the following evening. To coincide with this planned visit, Dazed Digital spoke to the artist about the continued relevance of his work and what he makes of the current unrest in the United Kingdom.

Dazed Digital: Your work for The Black Panthers utilized typically right wing, typically mainstream advertising-style imagery to communicate a left-wing agenda – how important was that?

Emory Douglas: I was trying to appeal to an ideal for a constructive purpose instead of exploitation. I took that same commercial framework and applied it to race to raise people’s awareness of the situation that they lived in.

DD: Your work reads like an advertising campaign for the issues of concern.

Emory Douglas: It is like an advertising campaign in some ways – to inform, enlighten and educate people – to inspire them. The artwork gave a visual interpretation of the struggle so it complemented what was going on during that time. It also helped make a lot of the issues clearer, particularly when you had a lot of folks who weren’t into reading a lot of material but learned through observation and participation; they could get the jist of what was going on and what we were saying through the artwork itself.

DD: Does it help a cause if it has recognizable visual branding?

Emory Douglas: Of course, but that is something that would have to evolve out of the movement. This was manufactured but it was created at a time and out of that particular time evolved artwork that caught the attention of the people and became symbolic and transcended our wildest imaginations. You see it all the time in social movements with political art, but symbolically having an art form that people gravitate to have to come out of the movement itself.

Art is very powerful at creating change because it’s everywhere, it’s very subliminal – it can have a very powerful impact. Sometimes art can just be there but it can have some impact on the individual, it can give some insight, it can be inspiring.

DD: What issues do you find yourself exploring in your current work?

Emory Douglas: I’m dealing with the issues of HIV AIDS, health, the prison industrial complex, I deal with the black on black endangered species violence that’s taking place – so I deal with those issues in my artwork. Today, I deal with war and the devastations of war, and issues of peace.

DD: What do you make of the situation in the United Kingdom?

Emory Douglas: I’ve been keeping up with the news and checking on my computer and I can see that there are some of the same things going on. Some things change but some things stay the same – you still have high rates of unemployment and young people see that and there is frustration. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that when you have a collapse of worldwide systems – bank systems, economic systems – and you spend billions of dollars to prop them up and the average person can’t make ends meet, people can become very frustrated at what they see. In situations of not having the respect of the police or authorities, all those things build up and those things are like a spark that lights the fire.

DD What do you think about the riots?

Emory Douglas: Well, the Black Panther Party was never involved like that, they always said to be organized in protests and demonstrations. You have to be organized with what you’re going to do because what you’re really doing here is destroying your home and your community and you create more fear in people who may support you than support, even though they understand and feel the same way living under the same circumstances that you do. Once things settle down and the dust is clear hopefully these folks will come to realize that. Perhaps in the future they can learn from that and come together as a more powerful force to demand justice and equality.

Chicago Calling Arts Festival Sunday Oct 2, 2011 @ The Mess Hall

Berlin Chicago Kaleidoscope- "Cultures Connecting"

Please join us! The Mess Hall is located at 6932 North Glenwood Ave., Chicago, Illinois.
Cozied up next to the Morse Street Red Line stop. Our meetings are pot lucks, beer and wine. Everyone is invited!

This project, "Berlin-Chicago Kaleidoscope Cultures Connecting" has been an exercise of networking in the global artistic community, creating collaborations, and pathways of understanding, generating dialogue with fourteen different artists from various communities throughout the Greater Chicagoland , and Berlin.

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm Chicago Calling Arts Festival

4pm - 6pm "Artist Gather for a Sunday Dinner at Mess Hall"

One of the things that we did at most host houses in Berlin and Hannover was to share the dinner table, for conversation and dialogue "Cultures Connecting". During dinner each artist discussed, talk about, and contribute different prospectives of what they got from the International Art Adventures, including projects, that intersected with poets, writers, puppeteries, musicians, and performance artist.
Chicago Calling via Skype, will call on musicians and visual artists from East Berlin, to share at the dinner table conversations, that as artist how they each survived, behind the Iron Curtain. Peter Vicent (Musician), Addi Kremer, (poet/photographer) who leaves in Hannover, and Ina Lukenhiemer (gallerist/photographer) who lives in Pankow, Karen Zdgzsche (tour guide)some interesting stories of their  time growing up during the cold war,and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Marianna Buchwald's Theater Project in Hannover Germany

6pm- 7pm- International Art Group, and Phantom Gallery Chicago Network.

9:00pm Short films, Jayve Montgomery presenting Kaleidoscope
"The Untied States of America"

Chicago Artists Month “Artful Networks”

International Art Group, Marianna Buchwald, presenter
Co Curator Kathryn Gauthier  

1505 W. Morse, Ave , Rogers Park

Location Insight Arts

October 10th, 6-9pm, Presentation

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