If you find yourself looking for something really interesting to do this summer, take a day to view some amazing pieces of art at one of Chicago’s oldest art events, the 57th Street Art Fair. As an alcohol free ocassion, the fair is the perfect environment for a fun family outing, especially with the hands on activities and playgrounds for children to enjoy. Located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood streets, the fair will include a multitude of diverse forms of art such as: glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics and fiber.
And don’t worry about feeling famished! The street fair has food to please everyone’s palate available from multiple venues. Along with the general opportunity to speak with artists from around the country, the fair is offering an exciting program playfully titled, Art Buying Boot Camp. It is a guided tour through the fair with art-buying experts who can help you with everything from determining the best price for a piece to the best colors to match your living room.
If you want more information, visit the 57th Street Art Fair website. We hope to see you there!
Thrifters, collectors, and bargain hunters unite! For the Randolph Street Market Festival is coming to town! On Saturday, May 25th, the road will be filled with wondrous hidden treasures for the public to uncover. With more than 200 dealers in attendance, the festival will certainly have something for every type of sale-seeking scavenger. From furniture and jewelry to vintage clothing and collectibles, the Street Market Festival is sure to have a great variety of untold gems just waiting to be claimed.
Seeing as we are inching ever closer to the Chicago’s infamous summer heat, it is indeed great news that some of the festival will also be located in the historic–and air-conditioned–Plumbers Hall. And if your tummy gets to rumbling, you can head over to one of the annual fair’s themed mini-markets that offers fancy foods such as chocolates, cakes, and spices.
But, I am sure you get a chance to completely immerse yourself within the world of deals and discounts all the time. Yea right! It would be complete madness to pass up this opportunity to attend one of Chicago’s most popular shopping extravaganzas!
For full information on the event, click here. See you there!
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents a new exhibit, 13th Ballad, a continuation of 12 Ballads for Huguenot House, by artist Theaster Gates.
The exhibition has a complicated history, exploring the relationship between social enterprise, contemporary art practices, and architectural and cultural redevelopment. In 2009, Gates hired a team to help assist him in dismantling the interior of a Chicago building slated for demolition. The salvaged materials were then used to mend a historically significant hotel in Kassel, Germany, known as the Huguenot House. The process was documented and now, most of the materials have made their way back to Chicago.
The MCA’s new exhibit is a continuation of Gates’ original work. 13th Ballad is housed in the MCA’s front atrium. It includes a wooden double cross that follows the contour of the building and contains boxes that will display objects from Huguenot House. Church pews discarded from the University of Chicago serve as a space for performances and provide a quiet space for contemplation.
Theaster Gates’ 13th Ballad opens at the MCA tomorrow, May 18th and continues until October 6th. Admission to the museum is $12.