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W.A.G.E. Certification Project Announced

W.A.G.E. is proud to announce the launch of W.A.G.E. Certification, a paradigm-shifting model for the remuneration of artistic labor. Initiated and operated by W.A.G.E., Certification is a program that publicly recognizes non-profit arts organizations that demonstrate a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees—it is also the first of its kind in the [...]

‘Spawning Mycellial Networks: using fungi for personal, societal and ecological healing’

‘Spawning Mycellial Networks: using fungi for personal, societal and ecological healing’ Tuesday, September 3Oth 7 to 9pm $15 at CivicLab 114 N. Aberdeen St. in Chicago sponsored by Bionutrient Food Association~ Chicago Chapter Join Maya, Peter, and Willoughby from the Radical Mycology Convergance for a 2-hour presentation on the uses of fungi for personal, societal, and ecological healing. Concepts [...]

South Side Manifesto

Southside Manifesto hit the Sphere this Friday, Sept 19 • 6-10 pm “I probably have half a million social concerns that bother me, an steam me up to no end. were talking a troubled world in need of life support or at least thinkers for positive change, to open up a forum for a better [...]


A City to Wear concerns with the embodiment of place and time in the individual cases. It asks the question of why one would still be painting in Chicago, and why painting now? Those specificities may just be intuitive instinct or merely caused by the practicality of life in the beginning But over the times [...]

August 22-23 Bridgepork

Bridgepork : August 22-23,2014 Maria’s, which has been in existence for 27 years and has been witness to many changes in Bridgeport, is kicking off our four year anniversary (since our revamping) on Friday, August 22 with Bridgepork, a celebration of great beer, bar b q and music. We will be paying tribute to the vision and [...]

August 9. 2014: Hombrewer’s Ball @ CP-S

  Mash Tun Society and Mash Tun Journal present: 
The 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball August 9, 2014 2:30-6pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Join us at our first Annual Homebrewer’s Competition and meet Chicago’s future pro brewers! Sample brews, eat some chow and vote for the best beer in this year’s first annual competition! For [...]

June 27: ArchiGO: 50 Years Later

Friday, June 27, 2014 7-midnight ArchiGO, 50 Years Later Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St Admission is $5 after 9pm ArchiGO was an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s – based at the Illinois Institute of Technology  – that was neofuturistic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new [...]

Version Festival Tours

Our 13th annual Version Festival is happening June 21-29, 2014 and it is themed “The Placemakers”.  Please Visit the site for details. The festival will showcase projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration. Join us on a journey through mini markets, [...]

Version Festival 14: The Placemakers

From June 21 to June 29, 2014 Public Media Institute presents: Version Festival 14: The Placemakers For the past dozen years Version Festival has introduced projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage the public interest and promote the cultural use of public space. This year Version [...]

Lumpen #122 Comic Issue Release Party

Lumpen Comics Release Party May 30, 2014 • 8pm – midnight-ish Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219-21 S Morgan Street, Chicago Il 60608 Please join us as we celebrate the release of our second All Comics Issue of Lumpen magazine. Edited by Joe Tallerico, this edition features an international sampling of some of the best comic artists [...]

May 9-11, 2014: Let’s Get Working

This weekend is going to be great! Let’s Get Working is a three-day festival celebrating the legacy of Studs Terkel, revisiting his work and tracing his influence through oral histories, film screenings, performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues. Please check out the full schedule here!

Cake Frame 2 this 4/20 @ C-PS

A BENEFIT FOR THE CHICAGO ALTERNATIVE COMICS EXPO :: KEVIN BUDNIK / JENNA CARAVELLO / LYRA HILL / RACHEL NIFFENEGGER / PUP HOUSE / JEN RICKERT BRAIN FRAME, the performative comix reading series, is teaming up with CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, to bring you the second annual CAKE Frame fun-draiser! Bid on original [...]

Mash Tun Festival: The New Wave Brewers Bash

Mash Tun Festival: The New Wave Brewers Bash May 3, 2014  3-7pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Join us as we celebrate the release of our sister publication,  Mash Tun Journal, and meet the new generation of breweries that have recently launched in Chicagoland. You get a copy of the new issue of the [...]

Friday April 4: P/O/D/R/X/D @ C-PS

Opening Night April 4, 2014 7-11pm An exhibition of work from the Portland State University MFA in Contemporary Art Practice/Studio Program Curated by Ed Marszewski Jea Alford Bryan Dalton Perry Doane Kaila Farrell-Smith Chris Freeman Katie Holden Manny Layers Mark Martinez Pam Minty Wesley Petersen Isaac Fletcher Weiss Kathryn Yancey Opening Reception April 4th, 2014 [...]

Submissions are now OPEN for “ THESE ARE NOT MY PROBLEMS.”

Submissions are now OPEN for “ THESE ARE NOT MY PROBLEMS.” A Social Justice focused exhibition. 17 artists will be invited to take part and create expressions of social justice issues. And debut at our opening at Lacuna Gallery, Blank Canvas on May 10th. Each artist once confirmed will have the opportunity to choose from [...]

March 21+ 22: Great Fires @ C-PS

Great Fires, produced in partnership with The Stockyard Institute, is a living museum of Chicago past, present, and mythological. Our guide is Mrs. O’Leary, the Chicagoan famously accused of starting the Great Fire of 1871 in her Near-West Side barn.   White Elephant commissioned six Chicago-based artists to create short performance pieces inspired by some aspect of Chicago’s heritage. [...]

Floyds and Friends @ C-PS Saturday, Feb 22.

Floyd’s & Friends Beertacular This music art and beer freak out will be benefiting the Mash Tun Journal!! Besides the great work on the walls, David Yow will be performing live with the band, White Powder! How is that for awesome? February 22, 7pm-11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago Illinois, 60608) {PURCHASE TICKETS [...]

Broke Hearts Variety Show @ C-PS

  Feb 8, 8-pm Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St Broke Hearts Variety Show, and it’s a new take on the old-fashioned variety show concept. Different performers will each be presenting their interpretation of a single theme: heartbreak. There will be a band improvising a live soundtrack to the entire night, tying all these [...]

Why Marriage?

Why Marriage? an art festival and book launch Saturday February 22, 2014  – 6 to 10pm at the Darst Center, 2834 S Normal Avenue in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. The arts festival, a one-night event, questions the validity of heteronormative models of relationships and visualizes alternatives.  Exhibitions and performances will include: Martha Burgess, installation Drew [...]

Thursday Jan 23: Picasso and the Mayor: The Chicago Picasso on 16mm Film

South Side Projections and Co-Prosperity Sphere present: Picasso and the Mayor: The Chicago Picasso on 16mm Film Where: Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608 When: Thursday, January 23 at 7pm Cost: $5 suggested donationSouth Side Projections commemorates the 47th anniversary of the dedication of the Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza by presenting two contemporary films [...]

Mash Tun Journal 5 Call for Submissions

Hey kids! Mash Tun Journal is seeking submissions —written and photographic — on the exploding craft beer scene worldwide. Mash Tun covers anything and everything about the craft and art of alcohol with a specific focus on how the industry intersects with food, culture and society. Past issues have included travel essays from Brazil to [...]

Dec 14 is Holiday Freak Out Time in Bridgeport

On Saturday, December 14, we have many awesome events happening in the neighborhood! Get your vinyl fix on Saturday, December 14 (noon to 5 PM) with a special one-day only pop-up holiday record fair at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. We’ll be getting in the Christmas spirit and have a funky good time with a soulful [...]

Time To Buy The Lastest Issue of Proximity

You will most likely only be able to buy a copy of Proximity at Quimbys and independent bookstores throughout the US via Ubiquity Distribution. Make it easy on yourself and order online via our new shop, Under the Counter Culture.  

Friday Nov 22- One Foot On A Banana Peel @ C-PS

  “One Foot On A Banana Peel” – Group Art Exhibition Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219 S Morgan Street. Opening Reception: Friday, November 22nd 7:00-11:00 PM “One Foot On A Banana Peel” is a group art exhibition that features the work of 19 artists. The show will include paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, and an interactive installation. [...]

Level Eater 3.5 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons & Art and Beer

On November 15 Dungeons &  Dragons, Art, Metal, Gaming, Eating and Drinking combine for an epic event at our gallery, The Co-Prosperity Sphere. A special brew  called Level Eater is being made just for the show by Three Floyds.  Attendees can enjoy pours of this Amber Ale along with food, magic and live music in [...]

LET’S DRINK, LET’S EAT, LET’S PLAY: The Proximity Magazine Art & Food Issue Release Parties

LET’S DRINK, LET’S EAT, LET’S PLAY A Proximity Art, Food and Radical Hospitality Mini Fest October 18-20, 2013 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago, IL We are hosting three special events to celebrate the release of the Food and Art Issue of Proximity. Our three course event takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere [...]

Hatch Projects Curatorial Residency Program Accepting Applications

HATCH Projects (2013-2014), a yearlong, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. A pioneering initiative of CAC, HATCH Projects fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. The Curatorial Residency is a new component of the program, designed by an Advisory [...]

Interview with Tom Palazzolo

Tom is a painter, photographer and film maker who taught art at Daley College for 36 years. He has worked in these media since 1965. His work has been shown extensively in the US and in Europe. Major shows include MOMA, The Whitney in NY and the New wing of the Art Institute and has [...]

Co-Prosperity School Summer Session

The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School that has met regularly at the Co-Prosperity Sphere since 2010.  We run 8 week sessions. Participants find a place where intelligent dialogue on art takes place. Some find new tools to help their career.  Others form friendships. The class also offers people a space to discuss what is [...]

FLAT 14 on Saturday, June 29

FLAT 14 A one-night-only exhibition at Floor Length and Tux Saturday, June 29 7pm – 10pm  4125 W. Melrose St.  (near Belmont & Pulaski) Blue Line: 10-15 min walk from Belmont, Addison or Irving Park stops Parking map: FLAT 14 will feature work from Aaron Delehanty, Max Garett and Hui-min Tsen, alongside resident FLAT artists Catie Olson and EC Brown. Refreshments will be [...]

Mash Tun Fest: The Invitational • June 22 , 2013

The third edition of the Mash Tun Festival  takes  place June 22th, 2-6pm, 2013 in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future. The festival features over thirty of the world’s best breweries pouring over sixty six different brews. Flagship and rare beers will be poured alongside one-of-a-kind concoctions at the stunning Bridgeport Art Center at 35th [...]

Tour: Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good​

Wednesday June 19 • 2pm – 4pm Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602 Admission: free Version Festival is a participant in the Spontaneous Interventions exhibition, organized by Cathy Lang Ho on behalf of the Institute for Urban Design. Join us for a tour and discussion about tactical urbanism [...]

Mash Tun Fest: The Invitational

The third edition of the Mash Tun Festival  takes  place June 22th, 2-6pm, 2013 in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future. The festival features over thirty of the world’s best breweries pouring over sixty different brews. Flagship and rare beers will be poured alongside one-of-a-kind concoctions at the stunning Bridgeport Art Center at 35th and [...]

Sat June 15: Above the Pavement: A City Fair

Saturday June 15 • 1pm -7pm Maria’s and Pleasant House Bakery 960 W 31st Street Admission: free This year Version is producing a one day outdoor/indoor mini festival that will become an annual event. It is the SMALLest city fair in the world! Imagine a boutique flea market with good food meeting a county fair [...]

Version 13 Opening Exhibition: An Urban Operating System

Friday June 14 • 6pm -11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Admission: free   The Urban Operating System celebrates the energy and imagination of people who make the city a better place to live, work and play in. For our opening show we examine projects that serve the common good, and connect us to [...]

Lumpen 120 / Cholo 001 Release Party

Lumpen 120 / Cholo Magazine 001 – Release Party June 10, 2013 • Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar [ Facebook Invite ] Please Join us June 10, from 5-9pm at Maria’s for the release of two magazines!!! Lumpen Issue #120 and Issue #1 of Cholo Magazine. Cholo ( as in “buddy”) is a new [...]

Coming Soon: Marz Community Brewing

Hi guys. Some of you might know that we have had liquid dreams about opening our own brewery here in Bridgeport. We are now on our way. Marz Community Brewing is a close–knit group of creatives, brewers, artists, doers, makers and friends. We all met at Maria’s and we’re launching this brewery to bring something [...]

Call for Participation – Version Festival 13: An Urban Operating System

Version 13: An Urban Operating System June 14 through June 22, 2013 DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: May 10, 2013. For the past twelve years, Version Festival has introduced innovative projects that tackle local, social, and urban issues. Every year, the festival highlights socially engaged projects and people, and promotes the cultural use of public space. This [...]

4/27: Piranha Club #8: A Tribute to Leo’s Lunchroom

April 27th, 11am- 9pm at Roots & Culture 1034 N Milwaukee Ave. Serving a menu of brunch, lunch all day, and dinner. Brunch 11am-2pm. Dinner 6pm-8pm. Kitchen closes at 8. 10 seats available at a time. First come, first serve. BYOB. Vegetarians, of course, are welcome!

Call for Participation: Over The Influence: The Art of Beer

Call for Participation: Over The Influence: The Art of Beer Mash Tun Journal and Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar are are teaming up with Chef Won Kim of Brew Ha Ha to bring you another visual and brewery arts exhibition and happening. This edition, called Over The Influence: The Art of Beer, takes place May 18, 2013 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere ( 3219 S [...]

Co-Prosperity School Spring Session

The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School for and about the advancement and understanding of contemporary Chicago Art. Through guest speakers and class member presentations we will shine a light on the contemporary art scene of Chicago. One of our goals is to break down the panel discussion dialogue of Chicago’s art and bring it to a [...]

Call for Works: Proximity Magazine Number 11

Join us for a potluck edition of Proximity Magazine Number 11, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and social practice. We are following our noses and inhaling the increasing preoccupation of food being used in contemporary art. Our engagement with projects that have inspired us in recent editions of Proximity, Version Festivals [...]

Matériel Magazine Call for Work

MEMORY PALACES: New Drawings by Edie Fake Public

Our bud, Edie is having his first solo show this January 4 – February 16, 2013. with the Opening Reception onFriday January 4, 6-8PM. See you there. From the announcement: Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Memory Palaces; an exhibition of new drawings by Chicago-based artist Edie Fake. Comprised of fifteen drawings, Fake’s first [...]

Lumpen Comics Issue

January 25, 2013 7-11 pm Please join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere as we celebrate the release of the long awaited Comics Issue of Lumpen magazine. We haven’t done one since the 90′s and we are super thrilled to see a compilation of some of the best comic artists in America all contained in one [...]

SMALL Symposium and Tasting

December 8, 2012 12:30-3:30 pm Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater and Gar Rotunda / Second Floor Presentations: 12:30-2:30 Tasting: 2:30- 3:30 In Chicago there are thousands of people who have started their own small companies to share their artisan made products as well as food and beverages to the public. Some of them started [...]

Designed for RX Made: Upcycled Product Launch

RX Made is on a mission to turn materials from the waste stream into well-made, well-designed products for everyone. Founded in 2011 by Chicago Non-Profit Rebuilding Exchange, RX Made evolved out of what was originally a job training program to create skilled workers in the growing field of building deconstruction and materials reuse. Please take [...]

Nov 16: Triangulation @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Please join us for an evening of works made by members of the Co-prosperity School, our artist-led, discussion group and think tank about Chicago’s art ecology. Triangulation opens at Co-Prosperity Sphere on Friday, November 16th from 7pm-10pm. 3219 S Morgan Street • Chicago Il 60608 ( Complementary craft beers provided by Maria’s packaged Goods & [...]

Proximity Issue 010: Mutualisms Release Party

We are very pleased to announce the release of Proximity Magazine Issue 010: ‘Mutualisms’ on November 9, 2012. We are using the opening of the  MDW Fair as our release party!  So come and get yer free copy… This guest edited edition was organized  by Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars who initiated the collaborative [...]

Under the Influence: The Art of Beer

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and Mash Tun Journal are teaming up with Chef Won Kim of Brew Ha Ha and a bunch of brewers to bring you a new visual and culinary arts happening called Under The Influence: The Art of Beer. This counter-cultural culinary and art event  takes place Saturday, November 3, from 5-10pm, at our gallery, the Co-Prosperity [...]

October 19: Bridgeport Art Walk

This past week may as well have been called Version >12.5. There has been so much going on that we can barely keep up. On Friday, October 19 there will be about a dozen art shows in seven spaces with hundreds of artists participating in the Bridgeport Art Walk. Here is a list of spaces [...]

Friday October 12: The SMALL is Ordinary Shop Opens

Please join us on Friday October 12 from 5:30-7:30pm for the soft opening of the SMALL is Ordinary Shop.  It’s Public Media Institute’s latest project and it will blow yer socks off. From October 15, 2012  through January 1, 2013 The Small Manufacturing Alliance will create and operate the SMALL is Ordinary Shop. The Shop [...]

Friday Oct 5 in Bridgeport

This is how the Community of the Future rolls. This Friday Bridgeport blows up with Chicago Artist Month on Friday, October 5. We are throwing down. We have two events at the Bridgeport Art Center (1220 W 35th St)  from 5-9pm and an opening at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St) from 5-11pm. We will [...]

The SMALL Showroom of Furniture and Functional Objects • October 5, 2012

Oct 5, 5-9pm  Bridgeport Art Center 5th floor 1200 West 35th St. Join The Small Manufacturing Alliance for a pop up showroom in the Skyline Loft of the Bridgeport Art Center to view stunning locally made work by: Strand Design, Rebuilding Exchange (RX), ism-Furniture, M26 Studio, Modern Industry, Lagomorph Design, Michael Dreeben Furniture & Fine [...]

Support The Marshfield Project

The Marshfield Project is an experimental site dedicated to exhibiting, collaborating, and exploring the art, ideas, and projects from creative individuals who are not artists but have the passion for the creative process. Commencing in mid-October, the Marshfield Project will inaugurate a series of exhibitions titled: Fire Keepers. This series of exhibitions will focus on [...]

Friday Aug 17: FMEL Electronic Art Exhibition: “echo / sistemas” @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

FMEL Electronic Art Exhibition: “echo / sistemas” August 17,  6pm – 11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere  (3219 S Morgan St) free Join us for an mixed media group exhibition curated by FMEL. Live performances and more. Artists: Arcángel Constantini, Amanda Gutiérrez, Juan Pablo Villegas, *Libertad Sonora, Pepe Mogt, Yurián Zerón, Iván Abreu, Eric García Visual Artist: Marcos [...]

Download the DRAFT Chicago Cultural Plan 2012

We think it is very important that anyone involved with shaping the cultural ecology in Chicago reads this draft plan. It’s got some pretty good stuff and some pretty lame stuff. But in the end it at least makes an effort at creating a policy that might have legs.  There are some tidbits that will [...]

IN/VISIBLE Exhibition @ Co-Prosperity Sphere July 13

IN/VISIBLE: A group exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere featuring: Patrick Lichty Wang Ye-Feng Xie Jiankun Jihoon Yoo Curator: Ross Jordan Friday, July 13 @ 8:30pm (sunset), Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 South Morgan Street Chicago Illinois, 60608 Chicago – July 2012. What you don’t see, you get anyway.  An exhibition that reveals the paradoxes and uses of vision In/Visible [...]

Interview with Paul Chan with Jon Preus

From our buds at BAS- An interview with Paul Chan, one of our favorite humans. >>>Keeping up with Paul Chan could be two peoples full time job. This time out he and Paul talk about the context of publishing, Documenta, and what Paul has been up to since 2010. Check out Paul’s site here… [...]

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MDW Fair Call for Participation

The MDW Fair, October 26-28th, 2012 at the Geolofts October 26-28th, 2012 at the Geolofts Friday October 26, Vernissage Open Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28, 12-6 PM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The MDW Fair invites proposals for its fall showcase at the Geolofts in Bridgeport. Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between [...]

Mirth • Delight • Awe

at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan Street Opening reception: Friday, June 22, from 6:00 – 9:00 Chicago – Dorman + Torluemke are pleased to present, Mirth, Delight, Awe a group exhibition featuring Nick Black, Gregg Hertzlieb, John Kramer, Gordon Ligocki, Jon Merritt & Eric Tucker. The exhibit is a blending and overlapping of subject matters, [...]

Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival Begins

DEFIBRILLATOR performance art gallery is proud to present the first annual RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL at DEFIBRILLATOR PERFORMANCE ART GALLERY: 1136 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642. There is a $10 suggested donation for all performances. Opening 01 JUNE and closing 10 JUNE 2012, RAPID PULSE aims to represent a vast range of [...]

The Last Days of Version 12.

On Friday, May 25 our last tasting and sampling of locally made food and beverages takes place at the SMALL Showroom in the Co-Propserity Sphere. Over 100 local small manufacturers are showcasing their wares in our People’s Macys.  All the  other Version pop up spaces will be open for business as well. Hit Morgan St and hit 32nd [...]

The Phase 1 / Live Archive and Outreach Center opens Friday, May 18th from 6-11pm

Organized by Jason Lazarus, the space will be an eight day long continuous host to Lazarus’ Phase 1––a growing archive of publicly-recreated OWS signs used globally–used for ongoing public occupations, display, and exhibition. Visitors will be able to reconstruct OWS signs using art materials on hand in order to create a physical archive of OWS signage. [...]

Mash Tun Fest, Community Supported Supper Club, SMALL Showroom, Astro Space Party, Third Fridays, what else do you want? A week of Version 12

A complicated and epic week of activities is featured during this week’s Version Festival 12. A short-as-possible synopsis follows: On Wednesday, May 16, there is a prerelease reading of the Mash Tun Journal at Paratext Books. On Thursday, May 17, there is the Community Supported Super Club at Benton House, Astro Space Party at Co-Prosperity [...]

Mash Tun Launches May 19

This week we will launch Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal, during our inaugural Mash Tun Craft Beer Festival on May 19, 2012. Mash Tun is our paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. The Mash Tun comes in the form [...]

Today is Bridgeport Day!

Bicycle-powered floats. Mobile sculptures. Origami architecture, marching bands, hot dogs, and dance performances. Everything is welcome but flame-throwers and ketchup. Lion VS Gorilla (LVG), a curatorial collaboration that uses experiential art to build community, is partnering with Version12 to create the First Annual Bridgeport Day, on May 12, 2012! Bridgeport Day is a celebration of the [...]

Version Fest 12′s Friday, May 11 Action

Friday, May 11, 5pm – 11pm Join us at the SMALL Showroom for our Friday Night openings in Bridgeport. We are featuring tastings and samplings by these local manufacturers: Bee’s Knees, Great American Cheese, Baby Cakes, Hot Temper Sauce, Sampling of Bridgeport Coffee, Katherine Anne Confections, Bridgeport Pasty. These other spaces will be open [...]

Version Festival is Gentrifying Bridgeport

Today we discovered a new activist art campaign in Bridgeport. The East Bridgeport Commies have asked “Artists Students and Working People of Bridgeport” to boycott Version Festival because the people behind it are gentrifying the neighborhood. We hate to admit it, but it’s  true. We are ruining Bridgeport. We hope you will support this campaign. [...]

Version Festival 12: Opening Weekend – May 4, 2012

Although we are opening Version Festival 12 this Tuesday, May 1, with a bookstore opening on May 2 and some other jams on May 3, we think you should come on over to our first big weekend of events on Friday, May 4. Eight new pop up and remixed spaces will open their doors for [...]

Mash Tun is Coming

Maria’s and Public Media Institute are releasing a publication that celebrates the culture of beer and it’s called Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal. The 160 page  four color  magazine will be released during Chicago’s Craft Beer Week ( May 17-27, 2012). And to celebrate its release we are throwing a killer event: The Mash [...]

Proximity 009 will be available at Typeforce 3 show

Barring an act by God, a shipment of Proximity magazine issue 009 will arrive Friday afternoon just in time for the Typeforce 3 show. Please come to this extraordinary exhibition, see some fantastic work and browse or buy a copy. This issue’s theme is Grassroots Planning & Placemaking Projects. Think of it as our collective suggestions [...]

Help us Fund Version Festival

The creators of Proximity Magazine also produce the annual Version Festival. This year, for the entire month of May,  we are opening twelve pop up and remixed spaces in the neighborhood of Bridgeport. We need your support.  Please check out and support our fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. Thanks so much!

“Can’t Grow Up!” @ C-PS this Saturday

“Can’t Grow Up!” Saturday March 3rd from 7-11pm @ the Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St Ever since So-Cal artist Wes Humpston started drawing on skate decks back in the 70’s, skateboarding and art have become inseparable. Wes Humpston helped create an aesthetic that skateboarders and adolescents could identify with. Since then, nearly every skateboard [...]

Call for Artists: Terraformer

Terraformer is a new outdoor arts space in Chicago’s southwest side. Terraformer is a vacant and neglected lot that is unsuitable for gardening or much else.  The programing at Terraformer will include land art, sport art, grill art, hippie drum circle art, survivalist art, etc. For the first show GRAVE YARD, Terraformer is looking for [...]

Cultivating Agri-CULTURE! – From the Country to the City to Around the World!

Family Farm Defenders 2012 Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL Fri. March 16th – Sun. March 18th Cenacle Retreat Center  (513 W. Fullerton Pkwy) Schedule of Activities Includes: Fri. afternoon (3/16)   12:00 Noon Meet-up at Cenacle Retreat Center (513 W. Fullerton Pkwy), followed by urban agriculture tour until 5:00 pm Fri. evening (3/16)  7:00 pm   The [...]

Watie White @ C-PS Friday Feb 3

Join us today at the C-PS for  this show: Watie White: Survey February 3 – 17, 2012 Opening Friday, February 3rd 6-8pm Survey The Chicago Project is highlighting the work of artist Watie White. An intermediary, whose traditional selection of mediums, printmaking, painting and drawing, benefits White’s exquisite skill in interpreting our fundamental experiences. A [...]

Sun Ra/El Saturn Commissions This Saturday Feb 4

Do not sleep on this Chicago.. Animated video by The Eternals, Terri Kapsalis & Rob Shaw Prints by Damon Locks Opening on Saturday, February 4, 2012, 7:00-9:00pm Screenings of the animation at 7:30 & 8:30 Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60660  Google Map Us > P. 773-769-1069 ” As part of our Sun [...]

Typeforce 3 Call for Entries

TYPEFORCE 3 The Annual Showcase of Typographic Allstars Wants You! Submissions due February 27, 2012 Lineup announced March 6, 2012 Opening night March 30th through April 13, 2012 Include: description of work, approx size, images of work or previous work if not yet completed. Ideally we would like a series of pieces or enough work [...]

Warning: Mash Tun

The creators of Proximity and Lumpen are launching another publication this Spring. It’s called Mash Tun: A Journal about Craft Beer The Mash Tun is a paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. The Mash Tun will feature interviews and [...]


Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL) SMALL is a new organization that promotes companies and individuals who make locally manufactured products. The goal of the organization is to amplify awareness of products made in the Chicago Metropolitan area through events, promotions, media and trade shows. SMALL will emphasize that sustainable businesses are the key to our economic [...]

Call For Participation: Version Festival 12: Bridgeport: The Community of the Future

What happens when you invite cultural workers,community developers, urban entrepreneurs, artists, designers, foodies, public space hackers, urban planners, cultural geographers, and dreamers to swarm a neighborhood and transform it for one month? Version 12: Bridgeport The Community of the Future. This May 2012, we’re inviting you to come visit us in Bridgeport, a Chicago neighborhood, and [...]

Global Cities, Model Worlds Opens Friday Jan 20

The World Finder. Global Cities, Model Worlds at gallery 400, is an exhibition that explores the spatial and social impacts of “mega events,” such as the Olympics and World’s Fairs. The host cities of these international spectacles seek to transform themselves into “global cities” through planning, architecture, and ideology. Locally, these events pave the way [...]

Announcement: Hull House Art Lending Library

Volunteers needed to help bring artwork to people’s homes for a curiously fun and radically democratic Art Lending Library. The Hull-House Museum’s Art Lending Library provides artwork for Chicagoans to check out and enjoy in their own spaces for 3 months at a time. For many, it may be the first time they have had [...]

2nd Floor Rear: a 24-hour festival of alternative and itinerate spaces

2nd Floor Rear: a 24-hour festival of alternative and itinerate spaces 2nd Floor Rear is a 24-hour festival of alternative spaces, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative and DIY art spaces. We are currently seeking spaces, artists, curators, and programmers to host events that will take place between [...]

Document Opening: A Night with Paul Erschen

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Bad At Sports and Caroline Picard on the reenactment that blew our minds.. Until recently, my recollection of the Haymarket Riot is as follows: Me, age 15 in the high school library looking over microfiche and taking notes on note cards as had been suggested by our US History teacher. As prickly as he was [...]

Version Festival and the Beauty of Enthusiasm

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New New Chicagoans Opens Version 11 Festival this Friday

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Happenstance Constellations: On the Chicago Art School Community and the Evolving Expansion of MFA Thesis Exhibitions

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Idiot Wind: On the Rise of Right-Wing Populism in the US and Europe, and What It Means for Contemporary Art

Maybe we are a little late in noticing it’s release, but be advised: E-Flux’s latest issue is amazing and should be required reading for all you art fags. Check it out. From the introduction: When Paul Chan and Sven Lütticken proposed to gather a series of “reports” on the (mostly) recent rise of right-wing, populist [...]

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From the Inbox via Nicolas Lampert: Colin Mattes (Milwaukee), Nicolas Lampert (Milwaukee), and Jesus Barraza (Oakland) from the Justseeds Artist’s Cooperative have posted 6 copy-right free posters/graphics about the labor uprising in Wisconsin. Images can be downloaded and turned into window poster, signs, flyers, images for websites, t-shirts, patches, etc. Your call and yours to [...]

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We are super exited that our pal (and Proximity contributor) Bill Mackey is coming to town Thursday for a presentation and talk at the Graham Foundation. Please join us.. You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too BILL MACKEY JAN 27, 2011, 6PM On January 27, 2011, Bill Mackey will give a graphic presentation [...]

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Olek, a New York based artist, crocheted a sweater on Christmas eve for Arturo Di Modica’s charging bull sculpture located in Bowling Green park in Lower Manhattan. Di Modica declared the sculpture a symbol of the “strength and power of the American people” following the stock market crash of 1987. We hope someone will put [...]

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Proximity 008 Release Party Dec 9, 2010

We open Select Media Festival 9: Infoporn II with the release of our own contribution to the information overload. Proximity magazine’s Issue 008, themed Education as Art, is a 230 page opus and represents our latest and greatest effort in publishing. Stop by and get a copy at a discount ($10), enjoy some beverages and [...]

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We just wanted to toot our own horns by congratulating the designers, artists, and photographers that won us 3 different awards for Print magazine’s  The Best American Design of The Year.  Plural Design was recognized for its work on Lumpen Magazine  and the (Con)Temporary Art Guide Chicago. Michael Freimuth got an award for Issue 006 [...]

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Every neighborhood should have one of these. From the Guardian: As stress-relieving methods go, it certainly beats pummelling a globule of silly putty. Last week, residents of Brooklyn, New York, were invited to punch an 8ft-tall panda bear in the stomach to expunge their latent frustrations. Inside the wide-eyed panda suit was 33-year-old performance artist Nate [...]

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November 20, 2010 will be the 10th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair,  co-sponsored by Rethinking Schools. This year’s theme is ”Another Education is Possible, Another World is Necessary!” From the website: In “science fair” format, and completely grassroots volunteer-organized, the Curriculum Fair will provide over 600 educators, activists, parents, youth & community members with a space [...]

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Voting Begins Today for The Chicago Art Loop Open

“Art Loop Open has transformed ten venues in downtown Chicago into interactive public art exhibits. With over $60,000 in prizes at stake, your votes determine which artists win.” We think its really really important that you go out and support your favorite artists this next week. You need to make a trip downtown and vote! [...]

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The Chicago Art Parade: Call for Participants The second annual Chicago Art Parade will be taking over Chicago’s West Loop on Saturday May 1st at 2pm.  An amazing line-up has been formed that includes marching bands, fashionistas, dancers, fluxus folks, a bar on wheels, and artists.  We still want to include your most creative ideas [...]

Paul Nudd on Chicago Art TV

Paul Nudd is the latest artist featured on Martin Garcia’s Web TV show. The short interview is located here.

Amy Franceschini on BAS

Bad At Sports, the midwest’s most important art podcast did an interview with one of our favorite artists, Amy Franceschini. Listen here. And keep it up guys!

We Got Together Again

Last summer we (C-PS and Post Family) mounted the Get It Together Show and it was such a success  that we were asked to do it one more time.  Last night Get It Together Again opened  at the Chicago Tourism Center Gallery on 72 E. Randolph Street. Check out some photos and stop by when [...]

The Singer Sweatshop Show

We had a fantastic time at the Singer Sweatshop last night at our Trendbeheer meets Proximity  encounter #5! The Proximity suitcase show rocked, and people enjoyed  the Chicago -based publications that we brought over to share. Three kisses on the cheeks goes to Niels Post of trendbeheer for making this happen. Lots of hugs go [...]

Art Bin

Nick Costas, Proximity correspondent, sends us this news: “Acclaimed British artist Michael Landy has transformed the South London Gallery into a 600m³ container for the disposal of works of art. Artists and collectors are invited to bring works to the SLG to create ’a monument to creative failure’. Works can be brought to the SLG [...]

Proximity goes to The Netherlands

We are on a field trip to The Netherlands to present Proximity magazine and art works featured in its pages! Our friends at Trendbeheer are hosting our  exhibition at the Rotterdam art space Singer Sweat Shop and it will take place Friday, March 12. Our agenda is pretty full. We are meeting up with old [...]

Better News!

Our interweb universe is back in orbit. That means the Version 10 Online Submissions Form is in operation and we are back in motion. March 3 is the final deadline for Submissions! Due to the minor disaster we forgot to post some other stuff. For one we like you to please take a peek and [...]

Yeah, Seriously; We know…

Some of issue #6  is now online. You really can’t imagine how much more there is until you pick up a physical copy. Our hope is that we can tease you enough to find a physical copy or order a copy directly from us. Either way, enjoy the new issue.

Dance Card Full

This February has been really busy for us here at Public Media Institute and Proximity magazineland. This weekend marks an end to our recent programming madness . We hope the following events will provide motivation for you to battle this Chicago winter and give you a chance to check out some exciting new shit. On [...]

Two New Reviews

Some Dispatches. First Fridays at the MCA: Art, Absinthe, and Loneliness, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day by Theresa Rothschadl and Review of American Radical by Matt Muchowski. Enjoy!

The (Con)Temporary Art Space

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to work with the Chicago Loop Alliance, a chamber of commerce-like organization that serves the downtown loop area merchants. They started their Pop-Up Art Loop gallery project and gave us the old Ritz Camera store to engage with a project. We are opening a new joint [...]

A CAAlendar for CAA

Lumpen magazine printed a shadow CAA program in issue 114.  There is a lot to check out, so good luck. ” The College Arts Association (CAA) is the country’s most important gathering of professionals in the visual arts. It takes place in Chicago this year from February 10 to February 13, 2010 at the Hyatt [...]

Prox #6 Online > Soon!

Hey all. Most of you know that issue #6 is already out. It was released a couple of weeks ago and we are working to get some of the new content online for you to check out. Stay tuned in the next week when we refresh and add the new issue. In the meantime, you [...]

VERSION FESTIVAL 10 Call For Participation

VERSION FESTIVAL 10: Infrastructures and Territories April 22, May 2, 2010 DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: March 1, 2010. Version is an annual springtime convergence that brings together hundreds of artists, musicians, and educators from around the world to present some of the most challenging ideas and progressive art initiatives of our day. This is the Ninth [...]

Lumpen 114 and Save the Whale

We are excited about the release of another issue of our sister publication, Lumpen magazine. Issue 114 should be out this Friday, February 5, during the Save the Whale fundraiser at the Co-Prosperity Sphere.  Plural Design’s tender care in creative direction makes printing on paper worth it.

Please submit to issue 007

There are only a few weeks left before our deadline. Please contribute to the next issue. Read about the theme here.

Farewell Tupajumi!

We are going to miss all of our new friends from the Tupajumi Foundation. Their exhibition at the Co-Prosperity Sphere was a great example of how  awesome a group show can be. You can check out documentation of the C-PS show here and here. We look forward to working with them in the future. And [...]

Anna Mayer: Anarchist

Proximity magazine contributor Anna Mayer raised consciousness at the LA Anarchist Book Fair this past Sunday.

Tupajumi Foundation @ C-PS Friday, January 22

The great folks of the Tupajumi Foundation are showing their work at Co-Prosperity Sphere this weekend only! See over three dozen works by as many artists from around the world. January 22, 7pm is the opening reception. A performance program with Waterbabies, Joe Kisser and Publicist (from Trans Am) follows at 9pm to 1am. Details [...]

The Baffler is Back!

Long ago in a world without internet, a few critical publications helped inspire and activate insurrection and counter cultural thinking here in the U.S. These publications provided real cultural coverage and analysis of how our lives were being consumed, co-opted and recombined by The Corporations.  The Baffler was one of them. Their critique was a [...]

Art Shanty Projects 2010

One of the most interesting public art projects we have ever seen is taking place on a lake in Minnesota. Check out  how Art Shanty Projects unfolds. It opens tomorrow!

Call for Texts Proximity Issue 007

Please help us create our next and most ambitious installment of the magazine. Proximity isue 007 is themed “A Catalog of Strategies.” The issue will feature a lengthy directory of participatory, collectivist and interventionist projects and initiatives. We are seeking short entries, essays, and texts about alternative, counter, or oppositional practices and projects, created by [...]

Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles Picks Deitch as Director

Wow! Jeffrey Deitch! Read about the controversy on Bad At Sports.

Some Other Picks

Abigail Satinsky shares her favorite events at the Orientation Center on Studio Chicago Time Out says small is beautiful Vocalo shares the high and low points of architecture in Chicago from 2000-2009 Chicagoist’s Top 9 Of ’09 Steve Ruiz likes five from last year New City’s Jason Fouberg high fives it, too.

Best Art of 2009 (Ed and Rachael’s picks)

Here is the first installment of our year-end round up of art projects, exhibitions and actions in Chicago which made a difference to us here at Proximity and the Public Media Institute. Some top ten art exhibitions and other lists will be forthcoming. Please let us know what your favorites were and email ed (at) [...]

Gypsy Interiors

Photographer Carlo Gianferro’s Gypsy Interiors series won a World Press Photo 2009 prize. Enterprising reality tv producers should get on this. Gypsy Interiors”is a series of portraits capturing the private world of these outwardly loud, vivacious people. Here he finds a rich and profound intimacy, hidden but exhibited among antique furniture, tapestries, paintings, religious images, [...]

Proximity 006 is Now Shipping

Issue #006 is themed (An)Other Art Worlds and weighs in at 184 pages. We invited our friends and friends of friends to contribute to our annual geographically and territorially-based examinations of some other art worlds.  This not so random survey of under-represented art scenes, movers and shakers, artist run initiatives, groups, spaces and theoretical constructs [...]

Trendbeheer in Chicago

Trendbeheer, our Dutch partners in art crime, are in Chicago setting up their this weekend-only show at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Please come by this Friday December 18 for the opening and party or visit Saturday, December 19 for the Rotterdam VHS Film Festival program. Check out some photos of the  work in progress. The Art [...]

Visit The Public Collectors Study Center

Tonite we had the great fortune of briefly visiting the Don Celender exhibit by Public Collectors, an archive and research project created by Marc Fischer. Marc is a trailblazing researcher, formidable conceptual artist, and socially engaged art worker and I love the fact that he puts so many amazing hard to find materials on the [...]

Whitney Biennial 2010 Announcement

This year the Whitney Biennial curators have picked fifty-five artists for the 2010 snapshot of contemporary art in America. Chicago artists Julia Fish, Theaster Gates, Jim Lutes, Curtis Mann and Scott Short have been included in the 2010 show. Congratulations you guys! Curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari announce the artist list for 2010 in [...]

Artist Richard Wright wins Turner Prize

Painter Richard Wright, whose painting work includes striking and large-scale frescos, has won this year’s Turner Prize.The Glasgow-based artist, who is inspired by architecture and space, beat Roger Hiorns, Enrico David and Lucy Skaer to take the prize. Wright works predominantly with paint and gold leaf directly on walls to create intricate and unique graphic [...]


Nancy Klehm is featured in Time Magazine discussing Humanure. “At one point, Klehm invited her “nutrient loopers” to a potluck and was surprised to see who had agreed to participate. “It was the white collar people, not the ragtag anarchists. Mostly, they were delighted that they got this wacky proposal,” she says. “They didn’t know [...]

14 art fairs later

Art Forum scenester report An Art Burn report Sylvester Stallone’s Artwork Sells for as Much as $50K at Miami’s Art Basel Kavi Gupta makes some much needed cash at NADA Performance art is happening again. Art Miami Sucked while Pulse Miami did fine.

Art Work

Temporary Services’ Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer are involved with a great new project called Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics at the Cleveland art space , SPACES.  ” Art Work is a newspaper and website that uses SPACES as its distribution hub. It consists of writings from artists, [...]

Fire & Judgement

We were delighted to receive in the mail a KC-135 Ground Tracking Guide and discovered a project that might be of interest to some of our readers. You can view more about the event here. You may participate in the event this Wednesday at Midnight. Join the Intermod forum to see what is going on. [...]

Everybody Wants Some

Reality art star tv show, School of Saatchi, is playing on BBC, without Saatchi. Now might be a good time to check out a residency in Rotterdam. AREA Chicago is having a Wants and Needs Fundraiser Dec 11. Phil Collins is the Guardian’s Artist of the Week. Chicago Art Review interviews Brennan McGaffey, a cool [...]

Super Bad As Show Preview

We are almost finished installing the Super Bad Ass Show. Here are some photos that I took from the past few days. Stop by this weekend, buy some art from Hui-Min’s Seeking Art Bargain Basement, enjoy hot new musical sounds, drink fancy Hornswoggler cocktails and potions, and dig the fantastic work by some of our [...]

Watching You

Transborder Immigrant Tool helps Mexicans cross over safely Online Maps: Everyman Offers New Directions The FBI tracked Studs Terkel. Hans Ulrich Obrist has a conversation with Raoul Vaneigem. Chicago’s Camera Network Is Everywhere

Yes Men Interview

We made some of the Yes Men sit down and conduct an impromtu interview while they were at our space, The Co-Prosperity Sphere. It’s probably worth checking out. Visit Lumpen TLVSN for a gander. LUMPEN TLVSN (interview) – The Yes Men at Co-Prosperity Sphere from lumpen on Vimeo.

Artists Run Chicago Digest

The Artists Run Chicago Digest is out. Researchers, historians and art educators should not sleep on the beautifully JNL designed, limited edition journal. Co-produced by Green Lantern Press and threewalls it contains: Interviews, essays and responses along with floorplans, exhibition histories and other visuals archive and present a 10-year time period in Chicago’s artist-run culture [...]

Events and Nonsense

Bad At Sports interviews Temporary Services. Our patron, Reuben Kincaid, brings the Radar Eyes print show to NY. Art Review magazine’s Power 100 meet the The Top 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World Saturday November 7 is Media Democracy Day. A sweet Satellite Alphabet set threewalls and TheGreen Lantern Press release The Artist’s [...]

The Financial Crisis

Danish collective Superflex has created a series of films about the financial meltdown in which the artists treat the crisis as a form of psychosis to be treated by a hypnotist. Featured at Frieze Art fair and on BBC channel 4. The Financial Crisis (Session I-V) is a new film work in which SUPERFLEX address [...]

Yes Men Coming to Chicago

The Yes Men will be in Chicago for the premier of their new film The Yes Men Fix the World. Lumpen Magazine will be hosting an event for them at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, Thursday,  October 29, 2009 at 7:30pm. There will be a presentation of their recent work and a workshop for an action will [...]

No News is Bad News

Shepard Fairey lied about his Obama source material. McDonald’s restaurant  to open in the Louvre. Mud stencils activism in Wisconsin and some from Illinois. The Yes Men Make Chamber of Commerce Look Like (Bigger) Dinosaurs.

Support the Designing Obama Project

Our friend, Scott Thomas, was the Design Director of the Obama presidential campaign. He has collaborated with artists and designers to create Designing Obama, a chronicle of the art and design from the historic campaign. Support the project by pre-ordering a book using the innovative Kickstarter website that helps individuals and groups fund their ideas [...]

Feeling Good

Good Magazine’s Good 100 features Nance Klehm’s Chicago Humble Pile project. Visit

Openings, fests, and fairs.

Proximity presents an exhibition by Jenni Rope and a few visiting artists from Finland this weekend @ C-PS. We also present an installation by Ryan Mandell @ Eastern Expansion this Friday. There is a Fest/Fair bonanza to check out this week. Frieze Art fair power brokers expected to kick ass. Impakt, one of our favorite [...]

Industry of the Ordinary one-nite only gig

We are going to this: 39 Verbs, Produced by Industry of the Ordinary Packer Schopf Gallery 942 W. Lake Street 773.301.7162 One-night exhibition: October 11, 5-8pm Examine. Disperse. Impregnate. Cook. These are a few of the “39 Verbs” featured in the latest happening produced by Industry of the Ordinary, a collaborative initiative of Chicago [...]

Congratulations Mr. President

Thanks Norway and the rest of Europe in forgiving us for the Bush Presidency. “In one sense, the award was a rebuke to the foreign policies of Mr. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush..” – NYT

Sort of News

Go see The Heartland show this thursday at the Smart Museum The awesome guys, Rob Davis and Michael Langlois are featured on Bad At Sports. Yes Men and friends released a parody of the New York Post for last weeks Climate week. We wish we were at to the New York Art Book Fair. Pictures [...]

Top Ten Links with Patrick Holbrook

Patrick Holbrook is the mastermind behind the tiny, but awesome Humboldt Park art space, Eel Space. Links to some wonderful videos, maps, photographs and graphs..

Listen to Boris Groys Re: The Aesthetic Responsibility

Nate, our captain of tranquility, suggests we all listen to philosopher Boris Groys on the aesthetic responsibility via Frieze podcast Writer, curator and philosopher Boris Groys gave a keynote lecture on how design today functions as a leading medium of self–revelation and self–positioning in public space

Top Ten with Adam Farcus

Adam Farcus sends his top ten links as well as his chest size. Here he’s pointing out some sports logos, the SI database, and more. Don’t miss his lecture Oct 3 at the SAIC for the Accidental Publics symposium.

CVAE Greetings

We thought we would share this from our Inbox: CVAE CLUB is a Chicago based community of like-minded visual art educators, scholars, practitioners, activists, visual artists, and writers. The goal of this collective is to re-imagine the field of Art Education, generate awareness of our practices, establish commonalities, and advocate for a more critical visual [...]

Issue #5 (partially) On-line!

We’re happy to announce that a week after the pre-release of Issue #5 in print form we have put together a sampling of Columns, Features, Interviews Portfolios, Studios and Reviews for you to view here at our wonderful web site. You can also download a sample pdf here. We believe whole-heartedly in the power of [...]

Art News Roundup

If you haven’t already, you really must listen to Bad At Sports Episode 210 with the Director of the Chicago MCA, Madeleine Grynsztejn. Art World magazine to end, perhaps due to the fact their idea of an Art World doesn’t exist? The Bruce High Quality Foundation University opens in NY-  pedagogy as art action. It [...]

Publish and be Damned

We are super happy to have been chosen to exhibit at Publish and be Damned. The event is held in conjunction with the London Art Book Fair and introduces some of the planet’s best independent publications to each other. Our Man in Spain, Jorge Miñano Ramírez, will be holding down our stand for Proximity. “Surveying [...]

A New Review and a New Top Ten

Enjoy a review of the socially responsible Bi-Rite Grocery Store by Stuart Keeler. Makes us want to open one in Chicago. Advanced tech and art knowledge is transferred via Ten Links with Christopher Hudgens.

Call for Proposals Proximity issue 006

Attention authors, artists, cultural workers of the world! We want you to contribute texts and images for issue 006 of Proximity magazine. The theme is (An)Other Art World. The next issue is a follow up to our first “cities” issue where we presented a series of investigations of under-represented art metropoles around the world. We [...]

Almost not worth it

Perhaps we were too busy hawking our magazine and drinking the free grolsch, but  we missed seeing anything that was worthy of much mention from the past weekend’s art overload. Then again we only managed to make it to a few dozen spaces. What we liked: EveryBody! Visual resistance in feminist health movements, 1969-2009 at [...]

Proximity Fall issue 2009

The fifth issue of Proximity magazine will be pre-released this Friday, September 11, at threewalls* in the west loop during the opening salvo of the fall gallery season. This issue is devoted to International Contemporary Photography. For a preview pdf of the table of contents and some sample spreads please come back later. Artists and [...]

Opinionated Statements Wanted

Post from Konrad Becker: THESIS: Art is dead, truly dead, and activism hasn’t moved in a while and is starting to smell funny. Seriously. The fun is OVER. This is a WORKING PROPOSITION of an upcoming 10 September conference, “Critical Strategies in Art and Media: Perspectives of New Cultural Practices,” and we want your explicit [...]

New Print Review

The cacophony of voices declaring the death of print is a topic of great concern, but don’t believe the hype. Yes, mainstream newspapers and the corporate publishing houses are in decline, but independent and niche publishing is on the rise. The unique analog properties of books and indie magazines deserve some attention, some celebration.  For [...]

Bad At Sports Turns 4

The juggernaut of arts podcasting from Chicago turns four this week. BAS player Kathryn Born profiles Team Bad At Sports at Art Talk Chicago and explains how they turn out a podcast once a week never missing a beat. How do they do it?: When funds dry up during economic downturns, many organizations are forced [...]

CALL FOR STUFF: Club Nutz @ Frieze Art Fair

Forwarded from Facebook: Club Nutz is a website/tv show and a comedy/music label that’s an actual club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. We will be recreating the Club Nutz experience for four days this fall in the main tent at Frieze Art Fair in London. Club Nutz : a 4 x 4 meter miniature night club [...]

Lumpen Avant Guarde

One of our longest running projects, Lumpen magazine, is undergoing a major remodeling. The printed publication is being relaunched and re-designed. And starting this fall Lumpen will be available for free in NYC, LA as well as here in Chicago. Our new distribution model  will function as a way to connect further with other art [...]


LANDSCAPES OF QUARANTINE A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY DESIGN STUDIO Landscapes of Quarantine is an independent, multi-disciplinary design studio, based in New York City, consisting of eight evening workshops, from October 6 to December 5, 2009, in which up to 14 participants will gather to discuss the spatial implications of quarantine. The results of the workshop will be [...]

New Volume Magazine out

One of the best architecture magazines in the world came out with their latest. Issue #20 of Volume looks mind blowing. The review at fantastic We Make money Not Art made me want to have it now! The theme for this issue is Storytelling: This past year numerous dramas have competed for our attention: sub-prime [...]

Open invitation for the Seventh Art Shanty Project

The Art Shanty Project is a groundbreaking festival or sorts that takes place each year on a frozen lake in Minnesota. For the past seven years they have been doing this incredible project. They are: Seeking visual artists, musicians, composers, media artists, architects, poets, scientists, dancer/choreographers, writers, builders, fisher-people, outdoors-people, naturalists, puppeteers, set designers, vocalists, [...]

Fresh Content

Before you slip out into the weekend action, stay here a second and read some new items in our On-Line Content Section of the site. This week we feature an Interview with Dee Clements of Simple Gallery. You should also check out Casey Smallwood’s Top Ten Links. Delicious.

Society of the Query

Society of the Query conference 13 – 14 November, Trouw Amsterdam in Amsterdam With the Society of the Query conference -stop searching, start questioning-, the Institute of Network Cultures aims to critically reflect on the information society and the dominant role of the search engine in our culture. What does the dependency on the engine [...]

Weekend Update

The Gallery Crawl has a great intinerary up on their blog – Please note that the Well Hung Show is not opening at the Co-Prosperity Sphere – We reccomend that you check out Spoke and ANTENA on Friday, The Busy Beaver Button Company Grand Opening on Saturday and Mess Hall on Sunday. Happy art action.

Burning Ring of Photography

On Wednesday, August 5th NPR program The Story will air a peice on Chicagrapher Brian Ulrich. This is an excellent follow up opportunity for those of you who have read our interview with Brian in Issue #4. For those of you who haven’t read it (it isn’t available online, yet) we encourage you to sit [...]

Weekend Intelligence

This Friday we suggest you check out work by some Chicago ex-pats and local heroes. Don’t miss: Public Works: Chris Eichenseer, Justin Fines, Cody Hudson, Andy Mueller @ Andrew Rafacz, and also go to Believe Inn for new work by Chris Silva & Lauren Feece. On Sunday you better go to Ben Russell. This guy [...]

Got it Together

Besides wading in the black hole of the publishing business we also got our hands dirty with some art. Last weekend the Co-Prosperity Sphere hosted the excellent Get It Together Show. Check out our flickr site to see some of the work. We promise you will never have to hear 1000 variations of Kruder and [...]

Photos from last weekend’s openings

Click here for the photos from last weekend’s openings of “control c, control v” at ebers, Rod Hunting at the coop, “Unusual Suspects” at 2612 space, “The Diorama Show” at The Home Gallery, “Matthew Harris: Beyond China”, “Glenn Wexler: Transit 2″ &  “Spellbound” & “Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture” at the Hyde Park Art Center.

PR is now on-line!

We are pleased to announce that PR, our companion publication, now has its own home here at PR is published in between each issue of PROXIMITY. It includes reviews, extended essays and a large graphic/art piece  printed in a broadsheet style. You can find PR all over Chicago and they are FREE. So while [...]

Photos from last weekend’s openings

Proximity went out and took some photos of last weekends action at Roots and Culture, Eastern Expansion, ThreeWalls, Spoke, Spudnik Press and Chicago Art Department. Check out the Flickr set .

Conflux City 2009

Conflux 2009 » ConfluxCity 2009 Through an open submissions process, ConfluxCity will provide a platform for artists, urban geographers, technologists and others to organize and produce innovative activities dedicated to the examination, celebration and (re)construction of everyday urban life.

Friday Art Action Roundup

This weekend is a busy one for shows in Chicago. Please stop by Rueben Kincaid’s Eastern Expansion gallery in Bridgeport for a special installation by Chris Smith. Then head north and beyond for other action. Don’t miss No Other One Is @ Three Walls and check out The Chicago Project III @ Catherine Edelman Gallery. [...]

Salad, Church, & Excercise photos

Images from the recent “Sal Ch Ex” exhibition that opened July 4th, 2009 at C-PS. “Sal Ch Ex” is a show about self-improvement through self-denial. Closes July 18th, 2009 at C-PS. Visit the calendar for more information.

Transmediale.10 Call For Entries

Call for Entries – Deadline July 31, 2009! transmediale.10 festival for art and digital culture berlin 03 – 07 February 2010

F’Book: What my Friends are doing on facebook (2009) – Lee Walton

Cindy Baker put out a small fire in the kitchen. from lee Walton on Vimeo. Lee Walton has been re-enacting the things his friends post on facebook. Six months and 44 videos later… Take a peek.

“the peace tape”

Happy Birthday America. Video By Jacob Ciocci

Sal-Ch Ex opening at Co-Prosperity Sphere July 4

Proximity is based out of the Co-Prosperity Sphere and we are very excited about the new show that is opening July 4th at the space. Along with the recent Second Stories: Artists Making Do & Fixing Up show at Zolla Lieberman, we expect the “Sal-Ch Ex” show to be one of the best group exhibitions [...]

Top 100 greatest gayest albums

A post gay pride march moment. We were very pleased to find that the Smiths were in the top ten twice. A resurgence of geighties music is weaving its way back into the Chicago underground (maybe it never left?). And coincidentally we are preparing a geighties nite on July 22 at Sonotheque. Want to suggest [...]

Back to site seeing

Old news is still news. Whether or not you liked the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower (which doesn’t even have a decent website)  it was at least a venue that brought contemporary art to a much wider public and audience. The City Gallery on Michigan Avenue is going bland again. For over two [...]

You wanna be an art star

Reblogged everywhere on the artblogosphere Bravo is now casting their reality based show called the Untitled Art Project. They are seeking emerging and mid career artists. Here’s your chance.  Now go to the Bravo casting call site for full details: Casting Calls for The Untitled Art Project are as follows: LOS ANGELES Saturday, July 11 [...]

Proximity is now available at Barnes and Nobles

We just stopped into our local B & N to see if one of our distributors is actually doing their job.  We are pleased to report seeing a pile of Proximity magazines prominently displayed at a local outlet. But we have a problem… We want to make sure every store is carrying our publication. So [...]

Proximity needs your input for Issue 005

We are working on a piece in the next issue of Proximity where we are using our social networks, blogs etc to see how our friends and readers might respond. If you are reading this post then please send an email to ed@proximitymagazine DOT com and send us the name of your favorite photographer and [...]

Lumpen 18 Years Party this friday

Our sister publication, Lumpen is celebrating 18 years of publishing this Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Stop by for some Korean Polish Bar B Q and enjoy performances by a bunch of one (wo)man bands. You’ll be able to pick up the current issue as well as some back issues. Check the [...]

Ausgang Summer 2009

Our friend Melinda who runs the long running  web project Ausgang has launched the Summer09 edition. There are new submissions from: Jill Adams, Lulu Callier, Salem Collo-Julin, Andrew Early, Alison Eastley, Marc Fischer, Dan Gleason, Jana Roon, Deborah Stratman, and J.J. Tindall

New On-line Content…

In our effort to bring you new and (semi-)frequent content we have just added three new pieces to the On-line Content section. Check out Andrew Ek’s Top Ten Links, Alex Robbins’ piece In Defense of the Philosophy of Art, and Jessica Cochran’s review of a current exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Enjoy! [...]

Pr 002 Release

On Sunday May 31, 2009  Public Media Insitute (Proximity’s parent) will release issue #002 of Pr, our broadsheet newsletter,  at the Hyde Park Art Center. It is part of the Artists Run Chicago Exhibition and features and essay about the history of artist-run spaces in Chicago from the last 25 years by Dan Gunn. [...]

Chicago Art Parade and NFO XPO pics

Each year Public Media Institute, our parent .org, co-produces the Version festival. We just found time to post images from the recent Version 09 Immodest Proposals. Here are links to the NFO XPO and the Chicago Art Parade. The Version Flickr Pool has some nice documentation as well. Enjoy.

Censored in Bridgeport

Sadly we have to report that one of the artists who participated in Version 09 as part of the Bridgeport WPA project had his mural censored and painted over by local Bridgeport Alderman James Balcer. Gabriel Villa had been working on the mural throughout the festival and was shocked to discover that the Graffiti Blasters [...]

Issue #4 is on-line…

Well, part of it is anyway. We have a full PDF preview available of the table of contents so you can see what you are missing. We think now is the perfect time to support independent publications so we don’t see them die off the way that galleries and various non-profits are starting to. Check [...]

Two Reviews from the 2009 Southern Graphics Council

Every year the Southern Graphics Council hosts a massive conference that proves exactly why the printmakers are always the cool kids at art school.  Glutted with panel discussions, exhibitions, lectures, and of course, parties, the conference can prove to be both exciting and energy draining.  Here are a couple of peeks into the mayhem from [...]

Steve Lambert : Everything You Want, Right Now

Steve was featured in Issue 003 of Proximity.  We are excited about his new show in LA at the Charlie James Gallery. Steve Lambert solo show walkthrough from Steve Lambert on Vimeo.

Artists Run Chicago

This Sunday, May 10 the Hyde Park Art Center will open its Artists Run Chicago show in Gallery 1. Proximity and its related tentacles will  participate in quite a few ways.  First we asked our friend Michael T Rea to bring over his Spacesuit for Steven Hawking to represent Reuben Kincaid Artist Management. As part [...]

Second Fridays in Pilsen

Friday May 8th get on the Halsted bus and ride it all the way past West Town, Greektown and UIC to Pilsen [Get off at 19th street]. There are more openings than you can handle not to mention that the Skylark (at Halsted and Cermak) has their Fish Fry—seriously good. We will try to post [...]

Proximity at NEXT

Please drop by and say hello to us at the NEXT Art Fair taking place this May 1-4. Meet Proximity staff members and contributors. And  pick up a copy of our latest issue and some of our sister publications.

Issue #4 Online : Stay Tuned

With the official launch of Issue #4 we are gearing up to present a sampling of new content on-line. Coming soon…wait…what’s that?….you can’t wait? Oh well then by all means…subscribe and we’ll send a beautiful new copy out to you ASAP.

Release Party this Friday, April 24 at Version Festival

We have been working hard to make this spring happening. For one we are releasing our one year anniversary issue (#004) this Friday, April 24 at the big Version Festival shindig taking place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. It will be one nice feature of an action packed evening we have been planning for months. We [...]

Issue #3 : Second Helping

In anticipation of Issue #4 (coming soon) we’ve decided to dish out a great deal more from Issue #3. We’ve added Features, Reviews, Studios, Columns and so on. So read up and get excited for the next issue. Keep in mind that we belive that ‘printed matter … matters’ so we don’t put everything on-line. [...]

Art Action

Stephanie Burke has outlined the art crawl nicely this weekend. Paul Klein rocks out some promotion and we are hosting  a Version Festival Fundraiser tonite.

Franklin Rosemont R.I.P.

Franklin Rosemont, celebrated poet, artist, historian, street speaker, and surrealist activist, died Sunday, April 12 in Chicago. He was 65 years old. With his partner and comrade, Penelope Rosemont, and lifelong friend Paul Garon, he co-founded the Chicago Surrealist Group, an enduring and adventuresome collection of characters that would make the city a center for [...]

Fresh Online Content! (Easter Edition)

We are very pleased to announce the launch of  our online content editions. Our Online Editors Rachel Hewitt and Ian Whitmore will be navigating the waters of the Proximity editorial ocean to bring you more up to date and timely reviews, features, and visits to artist studios. Enjoy the Easter Edition: Check it out here!

2009 Guggenheim Fellows Announced

So, the list has arrived for this year’s recipients. We all (should) know that a Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the most prestigious and sought after awards in the world. So we should all be thrilled that Chicago is well represented this year, especially in the arts. The short, windy city list: Ryan Cohan, Composer. [...]

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One of the best shows to have debuted since last year is Cody Hudson’s and Corey Arnold’s jam at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Take take a peak before the show comes down May 9.  If you don’t know Hudson you should read this recent interview conducted by the cats that design Proximity magazine: The Post [...]

50 States Project

The 50 States Project has brought together 50 photographers from across the USA. Each photographer lives in one of the 50 States and during the year long project each photographer will represent the State where they live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to [...]

Chicago’s Lesser Known Art History or OG Art Gallery

We don’t know why we have to look at trendbeheer all the time to find out what is happening in Chicago. Those damn dutchies find the darndest things. Like this blog, We are Supervision, which posts some lovely gangbanger artwork. This might make it to a real gallery near you.


From March 5 – April 9, 2009, the Chicago Public Library challenges you to showcase your creativity by designing a poster that’s inspired by the library and uses the URL The Chicago Public Library will then select 30 Finalists to move on to a Judging Night Event on April 23, 2009, held at the [...]

Southern Graphics March 25-29

Please take the chance to check out this year’s Southern Graphics Council Conference “The 2009 Global Implications Conference features exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, private collection viewings, and special events at over 40 locations around Chicago. Keynote speakers include Kathan Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Anne Coffin, and Jane Hammond. Bad at Sports will be podcasting a [...]

Call for Submissions King Ludd’s Midway Arcade

We think they will still accept submissions! Call for Submissions For King Ludd’s Midway Arcade Version Fest 09′ Curated by Material Exchange Calling all gamers, artists, engineers, tinkerers, hackers, manipulators… The Midway Plaissance in Hyde Park was the home of the World’s Fair of 1893, an international celebration of the landing of Columbus in North [...]

27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis

Completely Worth the Visit

For the Faint of Heart

Our release party last Saturday was a blast. Thanks for coming. Even if you didn’t get a fresh copy of the new publications  we will make it easy for you. Download a preview copy of  Matériel at the magazine’s website.  You can purchase one at Golden Age, Quimbys, No Coast, Rotofugi, and Penelope’s. They will [...]


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR MONU – magazine on urbanism #11 – CLEAN URBANISM Download the new Call for Submission – Poster for Clean Urbanism and post it in your faculty! When it comes to Clean Urbanism – i.e. an urbanism that is dedicated to minimizing both the required inputs for a city of energy, water, [...]

Pr is off to the printer

Margot Harrington and Chad Kouri just finished designing our new sister publication,  Pr. Pr is a “Posterletter”–half newsletter and half poster–and it rocks!  The over sized broadsheet confabulation features an interview with Paul Chan, whose recent exhibition at the Renaissance Society garnered rave reviews. Also featured is a beautiful poster designed by Margot and inspired [...]

Chris Ware on BAS

Bad At Sports is kicking serious as lately. “They discuss Chris’s work and career and much, much more. … Much mirth, music, and mayhem is had by all. This show is not to be missed!!!” Photo by Tom VanEndye.

We Heart Magazines too

We had the honor of being a part of the The We Love Magazine Library that was unveiled as a beautiful exhibition this past Saturday in Tokyo. Have a visit.

Version Fundraiser + Matériel Magazine Release party and more

March 21, 2009, 8pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St $10 Suggested Donation. Matériel Magazine and Pr Launch Party and fundraiser for Version Festival Please come and help us raise funds to pay for Version>09 Immodest Proposals. We will be giving to everyone who attends a complementary copy of our new publishing projects, Matériel and [...]

Flatfile to close

Read Flatfile Flatlines The effects of our bad-news economy are starting to kick in, and it’s not just the deadwood that’s falling. This week, one of the largest and liveliest art spaces in the West Loop, Flatfile Galleries, announced that its current shows will be its last. It closes March 27.

Deadline for (Con)Temporary Art Chicago Guide March 10

Proximity Magazine invites you to participate in the (Con)Temporary Art Chicago Guide. The Guide showcases the best cultural offerings in Chicago during the Spring season – late April to early May 2009. We are  creating a map and publication – including directories, articles, and interviews – about what’s happening at places both prominent and secret [...]

Controversial Qing bronze sold but not claimed

Art Review reports: Cai Mingchao, a Chinese national who in 2006 paid a record HK $117 million ($15 million) for a Ming Dynasty Buddha, said he placed the winning bid for the two Qing bronzes auctioned in Paris last week — and won’t be paying, reports Bloomberg. The National Treasures Fund, a group backed by [...]

In These Times

It’s  a sign of the times now that city officials are targeting art spaces for revenue and fines. New City reported last week that local non profit art space, Green Lantern, was fined for not displaying a proper permit. Also disturbing is last Friday’s visit to the AV Aerie by a dozen CPD officers and [...]

Download Lumpen

Our longest running publication, Lumpen, was just released as issue #111. You can download a pdf of it now. Coming this month will be the release of Matériel, and Pr, a Proximity Publication.  On April 24, 2009 we will release Issue #004 of Proximity as well as the (Con)Temporary Art Chicago Guide. Did we mention [...]

Magazines are dead

Momus, aka Nick Currie, blogs about the death of print. It’s not looking good for pulp in Chicago after the bankruptsies of the Tribune and The Chicago Reader as well as the collapse of print titles like Stop Smiling and Prompt. One interesting fact he pulled out is that for  every magazine pronounced dead in [...]

We Fogot about the Futurists

We forgot to mention earlier last week that that one hundred years ago, on February 20,  the Futurist Manifesto was presented on the frontpage of Le Figaro. Well, Dutch Art mag Metropolis M didn’t forget nor did many other European art fags. Here is a handy link to Futurist Cookbook recipes that we can all [...]

Miami Treat

Here is nice concept to emulate next Valentines day:  exhibit  some very tasty treats amidst some delicious art. Artist and Contributing Editor, Mike Genovese, sends some warmth and cheer via photos from a fundraiser that took place at Oh Wow in Miami. Pictured here is artist Jen Stark hanging with a nice lad.  Wish we [...]

Matériel: A Proximity Publication

We are sending our sort of top secret broadside magazine project to the printers this week. Matériel is an oversized, newsprint publication that’s a collection of the best/brightest designers/illustrators/photographers work we can find – creating a showcase for their submitted work.  It’s a sister magazine to Proximity providing a ‘design’ counterpoint to Prox’s ‘art’ focus. [...]

Gallery Crawl Girl

Stephanie Burke, a gallery crawl guide for Chicago, has explained all of tonights openings very nicely for you on her blog. The Co-Prosperity Sphere is not going to be crazy tonight. However it will be showing some of Dave the Lightbulb Man’s colllection of recent works.  Dave may conduct some interview sessions for his tv [...]

Is there such a thing as a Chicago artist anymore?

Video of the controversial Renaissance Society Panel, Is there such a thing as a Chicago artist anymore? is on YouTube. Enjoy. There are twelve in the series!

The Art Boom is Officially Over

We thought it was over a year or so ago when we started Proximity, but now that the New York Times decides… it must be so! Read what every art dealer going to the New York Art fairs has sitting on their desk this week. The article, The Boom Is Over. Long Live the Art! [...]

Piñata Sculptures In Chicago

[caption id="attachment_950" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Photo credit: MILC"][/caption] Hundreds of piñatas filled with space blankets were installed beneath underpasses throughout Chicago to bring attention to the issue of homelessness in the city. Watch the video about the Pinata Factory project put together by Coop Image Group and others. ” The piñatas are the output but are [...]

Proximity on Neoteric Art

Our  contemporary art media buddies at Neoteric Art feature Proximity Magazine as one of their One Question interviews. They asked “What are some of your long term goals for Proximity?”  You can read a response here.

Bergweg and Brodjies

Proximity is in Rotterdam to take part in Trendbeheer Presents @ Art Rotterdam.  We posted a few images of the show (a few pre-show and some from the opening night) to give you an idea of the action. We are in the middle of our research mission and will upload some more stuff later.

Version festival needs you

An art parade, temporary housing structures, video sweat lodges, an artist run art fair and expo, a reincarnation of the depression era Public Works of Art Project, a social networked free public school, boring theoretical nonsense, the revamping of a local community center, mapping projects, an open source design agency for social movements, and korean [...]

Proximity is rocking Trendbeheer presenteert @ Art Rotterdam

Trendbeheer presenteert @ Art Rotterdam starts this Tuesday. Proximity magazine is taking part of this massive group exhibition featuring many Chicago-based and Holland-based artists. We will be posting images of our Excursions in Rotterdam soon.

Art Shanty Projects

The sixth annual Art Shanty Projects is happening right now on Medicine Lake in beautiful Plymouth, Minnesota! Proximity contributor Nate Lee just returned and we posted some great pics that are located here. Art Shanty Projects is going on until February 14, 2009. Visit their site at Now is as good a time as [...]

(Con)Temporary Art Guide – Chicago

[caption id="attachment_888" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Art Shanty at Iron Studios (2006)"][/caption] Proximity Magazine invites you to participate in (Con)Temporary Art Chicago. This 80-96 page book, to be released along with the next issue of Proximity Magazine, will showcase the best cultural offerings in Chicago during the art fair season – late April to early May 2009. [...]

Virtual Art Fairs?

Is it possible that online trading sites and virtual worlds like Second Life are pointing to a new business model for art fairs? After the decline in revenues at recent fairs and the continuing crisis in the markets many galleries are just staying home. Some see this as an opportunity. After launching their own social [...]

Proposals for Obama and the Arts

The ten first steps that Barack Obama could take to renew the arts by David A. Ross The Arts NewspaperObama’s call to arts The Christian Science MonitorWhat Will Obama Do for the Arts? By Deanna Isaacs Chicago Reader

Bailout Biennial at Golden Belt in Durham, NC

Golden Belt is hosting the first (and perhaps only) BAILOUT BIENNIAL in response to the current economic crisis and scandals surrounding the $700+ billion bailout. “This charged, provocative exhibition delves deeply into capitalism, the global economy, post- industrialism, and greed. And unlike most biennials—blockbuster affairs with multi-million dollar budgets, superstar artists, and pavilions—this one was [...]

Paul Germanos’ Chicago art gallery pics

Paul has been conducting some surveillance and documentation of Chicago art activity.  Check out his Flickr page.

Experimental Chicago

Our friend Daniel is publishing a series of five articles  in <H>Art Magazine in Belgium> the series is: ” an introduction to Chicago, Illinois USA and it’s local critical cultural experimentation, written from the perspective of a magazine editor and curator committed to navigating the city. Look for three more articles in 2009 dealing with [...]

Version Festival Meeting January 25 @ C-PS

An art parade, temporary housing structures, independent contemporary art space networking, one day only exhibition formats, video sweat lodges, an artist run art fair, a reincarnation of the depression era Public Works of Art Project, a social networked free public school, impressive performances, boring theoretical nonsense, the revamping of a local community center, mapping projects, [...]

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LittleSis is Watching Them

Some new media art fags might remember Josh On’s politically astute and generatively exciting  His site allows visitors to visualize connections between people who are on multiple boards of  fortune 500 companies. Users of the site can conduct and upload their own research to create their own power maps of elite players. But this [...]


Notice: Attention Chicago: A highly organized, internationally recognized, massively marketed, thoroughly branded, and extremely expensive series of sporting events is coming to your town. This is not it. From Saturday January 24 to February 14 2009, InCUBATE and person-in-residence Anne Elizabeth Moore will host a series of games called the Unlympics. They will consist of [...]


You can finally subscribe to Proximity using credit cards via our Paypal account.  Get the next 3 issues delivered to your mailbox for $30 a year.

Graphics in the Streets

INTERNATIONAL POSTER COMPETITION 17th Edition of Graphisme dans la rue to the theme of THE CITY For the past 16 years, the annual event known as “Graphisme dans la rue” (“Graphics in the Streets”) has been inviting graphic artists to create large-format posters addressing the theme of “the city”, then posting the works on billboards [...]

Many things to do tonite.

We would like you to find a moment to enjoy the opening of the Winter Art Season. Much to do in neighborhoods throughout the city. Check out our calendar for details!

Bush Bashing

New York based artist Lindsay Ballant and friends have created a website campaigning for the world’s largest going away party for George W. Bush. It’s called Bush Bash. We’re going. The idea is to create a network of “Bush Bash”-themed parties across the nation (or world??). We’re also asking people to post their Bush Bash [...]

Proximity Meeting Jan 4

Proximity is hosting an open meeting this Sunday January 4 at 3pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (C-PS). We are going to unveil our general plans for the new year as well as talk about the forthcoming issue and some future initiatives. C-PS is located at 3219 S Morgan Street in the lovely neighborhood of Bridgeport.

Declaration of Solidarity with Uprising in Greece

What We See, What We Hope: Declaration of Solidarity with the Uprising in Greece We want first of all to say a collective yes! to the uprising in Greece. We are artists, writers and teachers who are connected in this moment by common friends and commitments. We are globally dispersed and are mostly watching, and [...]

Dec 19 at Co-Prosperity Sphere

The Animation Festival 2008 is happening tonight at the Public Media Institute’s Co-Prosperity Sphere. The program looks great. Come by for some fresh work and popcorn.

Call for Interns and Assistance

Public Media Institute, the non-profit that puts out Proximity and co-produces Version festival and a bunch of other artist-run culture projects. We are looking for interns and collaborators to do various things. It could be anything from organizing an Art Parade and coordinating events, to doing research or stuffing envelopes. We are looking for 8-10 [...]

Proximity Party Pics

Thanks to all of you that joined us at out Proximity 003 release party last weekend. We really enjoyed your company, the fantastic art show and the very entertaining readings by Erika Mikkalo, Jerry Boyle and James. Hope you liked the cookies! Photos from the event are located here on our flickr site. Oh. And [...]

New Issue! New Web site!

Hello everyone, we are happy to announce the launch of our new, content filled web site as well as Issue #3. We are still adding a lot of content to this site such as Artist and Studio Profiles. Also, we owe a big thanks to Media Temple, they have graciously partnered with Proximity’s parent group [...]

Issue #3 Release Party

The release party is this Friday, December 12th, from 7pm-midnight at the Family Room (1821 W Hubbard).