Think about it: Neil Armstrong looked down from the moon in 1969, and got to see the whole Earth in all its blue-and-green glory, with millions upon millions of tiny people going about their lives. It must have left him feeling pretty…spacey (Eh? Get it? EH? Oh well). There’s no denying that from the 1960′s and on, the United States has gone through massive civil upheaval, societal shifts, and flat out change. The Art Institute of Chicago is seeking to represent this period of change not through the wide-lens approach of Mr. Armstrong, but rather on the street level with their upcoming exhibit The City of Lost and Found, which opens October 26!
With photos shot by a litany of artists, The City of Lost and Found will go to the street level to catalog the thirty years of change between the 1960′s and the 1990′s in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. And despite the fact that these cities represent the length of the U.S., the photos will not be “aerial views and sweeping panoramas.” They will chronicle the people, their neighbors, their friends, and their homes as they live through the cultural watershed of the late 20th century. With art from major publications like Life, “renowned photographers and photojournalists,” like Thomas Struth and Bruce Davidson, and other film-based installations that work to keep our focus of change on what really matters: the people.
This exhibition will open October 26 and run until January 11 at the Art Institute of Chicago, in Galleries 283-5. If you are an AIC member, there is a special preview opening on October 25 from 10:30AM – 5 PM. For more information on the exhibit, please follow the link here.
Are you into raw, live, improvised entertainment? Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera is composed of a unique group of musicians, each with a love for the art of performance. The group includes some of Chicago’s best musical improvisers. Jean Bonavita, Bri Fitzpatrick, Alex Garday, Amber Linde, Andrew Lund, Brandon C. Price, Andi Sharavsky, Michael Silver, Tiffani Swalley, and Molly Todd take opera to a whole new level. With their eclectic style combinations and ability to take audience suggestions and bring them to life, you can expect to have an unforgettable experience at their show.
Anarchy performs every Friday at 9 PM at Music Comedy Live Chicago located at 3110 N. Sheffield Avenue. The cost is $16.50 per show, or get a group of 10 or more people together and enjoy a discount! Come out a special, spooky Halloween show on October 31 cleverly entitled MCHelloween, in which Anarchy will be one of three groups performing. The MCHelloween special is $20 online or $25 at the door. To visit Anarchy’s official site and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Do you think opposites attract? Better yet, could different parts make a new whole? See for yourself through artist Tate Foley‘s work at his upcoming exhibition. His new body of work, Horrifically Obvious, displays the theme of duality and doubling, one of his focal points in the studio. This new series consists of prints and drawings hung side by side in pairs. In doing this, Foley hopes to create a new relationship with unrelated pieces by having each element form a complete whole. His unique materials used for each piece continues to remind viewers of the meaning of the work and its ability to change.
Tate Foley is an Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Tate has exhibits across the United States among the cities of Portland, Washington D.C., New York City, and Cleveland. His works have been purchased by the Toledo Museum of Art as well as Yale University. A quote from Emma Katz, the Executive Director of Recession Art, is featured on his website to express more of Foley’s style: “A sort of postmodern, politicized Andy Warhol, Foley’s screen prints speak to a consumerism and selfishness that is ever present in our culture. From household items such as toothpaste and coca cola, to oil cans and over-sized futuristic toy guns, Foley expresses the way that objects of our society define it”.
The exhibit Horrifically Obvious is now open until November 20 at The Spudnik Press Print Shop, located at 1821 W. Hubbard St. Chicago artist and print maker Kim Morski will be the curator for this exhibit. Don’t miss out on this free event and a chance to see some thought provoking artwork!