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.

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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

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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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