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‘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 [...]

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 [...]

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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!

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. [...]

Jan 11: Artists N’ Ales: A Winter Brew Fest

Artists ‘n Ales Presented by 4 Hands Brewing January 11, 3-7pmCo-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago Illinois, 60608) Admission $25 – Please Purchase online at our paypal site Join us for a day of imbibery and art on a lovely winter afternoon. Artists ‘n Ales features work from artists and designers inspired by the aesthetics of craft beer and [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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Tom Torluemke: Ring Around The Rosie @ Linda Warren Gallery April 27, 2012 327 North Aberdeen, Suite 151 Chicago, Illinois 60607 April 27 – June 15, 2012 Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 2012 6-9pm Born and raised in Chicago’s inner city, Tom Torluemke has always had a powerful impact on his immediate environs, including [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Couple of shows

We are going to see Scented Illusions: Avon and  Art at S&S Project ( 3147 S Morgan Street ). Then we are off to view Soft Ground: New works by Emily Clayton and Eileen Mueller at Roots & Culture 1034 N Milwaukee Ave. See u there.

Document Opening: A Night with Paul Erschen

Please join us as we attend the opening of Chicago’s newest art space, Document. Run by Aron Gent, a long time collaborator, Document will showcase some of the best contemporary art in Chicago. We are super thrilled. The inaugural show is titled: West Plaza, New Works by Paul Erschen Opening Reception Friday January 6, 5-8pm [...]

JAP # 8 is Online

One of our all time favorite publications, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, has just released the online version of the long awaited issue #8. The theme: No other time than here No other place than now From JAP: As witnessed by the amazing and meaningful mutation of the #Occupy movement, these are transformative times. In [...]

Under_Monster @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Juan Chavez directed his students to do this installation in the front window of the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Reception 6-9 this Friday.

Announcing: Never the Same: Conversations About Art Transforming Politics & Community in Chicago & Beyond

Now online at Never the Same’s web project has launched with an initial publication of ten interviews (with Kelan Phil Cohran, Jorge Felix, Emily Forman and Josh MacPhee, Dara Greenwald, Aaron Hughes, Jae and Wadsworth Jarrell, Mary Jane Jacob, Ladyfest Midwest, Patric McCoy, and Christina Obregón and Jose David). The ten conversations, transcribed and [...]

Lumpen 20th Anniversary Issue Released this Friday

We are pleased to announce the release of our 20th anniversary issue of Lumpen Magazine, our sister publication! It’s hard to believe it’s been going on this long. For this special issue Plural Design created an overview of 20 years and 116 issues of the publication. It features  an 80 page magazine with a 24 [...]

Friday, October 21st in Bridgeport

We have three openings on Friday October 21, 2011. If you are coming down please visit what we have planned  in this order: – Thad Kellstadt @ Eastern Expansion 244 W 31st St  • 6-9pm – Judy Natal @ Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St • 6-9pm – MDW Fair Vernissage @ Geolfots 3636 S [...]

Hornswaggler Exhibition this Friday at C-PS

Dear friends of Hornswaggler Arts, As many of you surely know, on this upcoming Friday October 7th, the entire Hornswaggler Collection will be exhibited for the first time ever at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in scenic Bridgeport from 6:00-10:00pm. Over forty collected works will be on display, and as always delicious cocktails will be at the ready. [...]

The International Hotdog Forum

It’s an age old debate: which city boasts the best style of hotdog. The International Hotdog Forum aims to put this argument to rest by bringing together twelve of the most infamous regional hotdog recipes, not to compare against one another, but to celebrate the nuanced differences and diversity of tubesteak styles. Chef E-Dog has [...]

Mutualisms opens this Friday September 9 at Co-Prosperity Sphere

This show is a collaborative effort bewtween a gaggle of Dutch and American Artists. It should not be missed.  Also Austin-based artist J Hill will be bringing his mobile Welcome Wagon toMaria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Come tell a story… Mutualisms: Friday September 9, through  September 25, 2011 Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan Street [...]

Firebelly University

Our buddies at Firebelly kick ass. Here is an announcement about their new school:: “Next Tuesday, September 6th, marks the beginning of Firebelly University. Our latest endeavor, Firebelly University (or FU for short), is a new entrepreneurial incubator program, teaching people with a social awareness and passion for design to make a more just society. [...]

The Revolution is not a Tea Party

Gregory Sholette, a hub of incredible activity, has started a new blog called Dark Matter. Here is a recent blog post to enjoy: In Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise culture I wrote about a group of artists known as the Aaron Burr Society (Brooklyn, NY) who have defiantly re-tooled “the [...]

Get Lucky at the Printer’s Ball this Friday July 29

Proximity magazines will be given away at the event, which will feature an extraordinarily awesome selection of craft beers as well! “The Printers’ Ball: IT’S ALIVE! is presented by the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine with the Center for Book & Paper Arts, the Chicago Underground Library, Columbia College Chicago, and MAKE magazine. The 7th [...]

Unlike Us – Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives

Initiated by an old friend of ours, Geert Lovink, the  Unlike Us project looks like a great opportunity for you critical digiheads. Check it out.. The aim of this proposal is to establish a research network of artists, designers, scholars, activists and programmers who work on ‘alternatives in social media’. Through workshops, conferences, online dialogues [...]

Dispatches and Directions

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Rotterdam Film Festival Call for Work

The 17th edition of the Rotterdam VHS Festival will take place on July 29th 2011. As always we’re looking for new work to include in our program so please send us your tape/dvd/datastick/digital upload! For more information and an application form go to Deadline is: Wednesday July 20th. Entries can be sent to: Rotterdam [...]

Cody Hudson + Jared Eberhardt Video

Scion Installation 7 Artist Video: Cody Hudson & Jared Eberhardt from Scion ART on Vimeo.

The MDW Fair April 23 & 24, 2011

threewalls, Roots and Culture and Public Media Institute announce the creation of The MDW Fair, a gathering of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area.  The MDW Fair will demonstrate the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region. The [...]

Call for Proposals Version 11: The Community

Our annual festival is happening again from April 22 to May 1, 2011. We are accepting proposals including texts for Proximity 009 which will be released at the festival.

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 [...]

Solidarity With Labor in Wisconsin

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 [...]

Hull-House 1915 Hunger March Reenactment This Sunday

What: Hull-House 1915 Hunger March Reeanactment When: March 6 : 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Price: Free Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607 312-413-5353 ABOUT THE HUNGER MARCH In honor of the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams’ birth and Hull-House’s continued commitment to social and public policies, Pocket Guide to [...]

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Artout Escort Service

We think they need some Chicago people. ” Welcome to ARTOUT – the first artist escort service in the history of art!  Our concept is unique and so are our services: we offer a selection of seasoned as well as young and up-coming artists to go out with. In our PFC* world it gets lonely [...]

It’s All Good in Bridgeport This Friday

We are super excited about the annual showcase of typography,  Typeforce 2, which opens at Co-Prosperity this Friday. Come and behold some beauty and  don’t forget to stop by Eastern Expansion to see Jordan Martin’s window installation on your way here. And since you’ll be down here, you may as well stop by Maria’s Packaged [...]

Forget the Polls, Meet Del Valle Thursday, Feb 10 C-PS

Artists For Miguel del Valle February 10, 2011 7-9pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street …Chicago Il 60608 Join us Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 7 to 9pm for a chance to meet and ask Chicago Mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle some questions regarding the arts in Chicago. We have joined a group of concerned [...]

Yes You Can

Please fill out the Creative Chicago Survey. “Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is interested in learning more about the creative practices of people who live and work in Chicago. With your help, this survey will paint a useful portrait of the range of creative activity in Chicago, and help us learn [...]

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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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Typeforce II Call for Proposals

TYPEFORCE is the annual showcase of emerging typographic artists. Firebelly Design and Public Media Institute (Proximity magazine’s parent .org) put together this exhibition to show just how fantastic Type can be. You can send us a proposal to be in the next show which opens at Co-Prosperity Sphere on February 18, 2011.  Visit the TYPEFORCE [...]

Reblog: Other People’s Lists

We are not making a list for the best art action we experienced in 2010, but playing Dungeons and Dragons for a weekend was defintely a highlight.  While rutting around  the inter-morass we did find some fine lists. Burtonwood pointed out Gordy Grundy ‘s (of Coagula mag fame) Survival Skills for the American Fine Artist. [...]

Crochet Cozy on Wall Street Bull

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 [...]

Help Fund E-Dogz Mobile Culinary Community Center

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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 [...]

Proximity and our other mags win awards

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 [...]

Perfect Panda Project

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 [...]

Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair Saturday

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

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If you ever wondered what the hell this Bridgeport “art scene” is about, then this weekend is the time for you to figure it out. From Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2010 many spaces and artists in the neighborhood  will be opening their galleries and studios for you to check out. Download a [...]

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Join us Friday in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future, for much art action! First stop by Eastern Expansion to see Paul Rizzuto’s Carny photographs. Then make your way to the C0-Prosperity Sphere for Corporate Psychedelia 1968-1975. View the amazing silkscreen prints from the collection of Jason Pickleman and check out James Jankowiak’s new front [...]

Cardboard Show July 10 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Mike Pocius, aka the Art Fag, has put together the best Cardboard Show yet! We took a few shots of the work that have been hung up in the space to entice you to come down this Saturday, July 10 between 6pm and midnight.  Works are super affordable and will be shown for ONE NIGHT [...]

Nomadic Studio Opens

Many artists work without fixed studio space, accommodating their artmaking or performance to available temporary sites.  Nomadic Studio gives a home to this artistic practice, supporting four months of installation projects, radio broadcasts, live music, and other creative work.  Visitors are invited to participate in programs, events, and artmaking.  For more information and event schedule [...]

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Abigail Satinsky writes about projects developing alternative economies, education, food, artworlds, and the other infrastructures that organize daily life. Bon appetite!

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Be On the Trail of a Disorderly Future.

If you are smart you will join artist Hui-min Tsen on a guided tour of the Chicago Pedway at 3pm this Thursday, June 17. The On the Trail of a Disorderly Future project and performance takes about 90 minutes. The tour starts at the southwest corner of State St. and Wacker Dr., in front of [...]

Sweet Tea & American Values @ Chicago Urban Arts Society

Last Friday over 600 people checked out our buddy Ray Noland’s solo exhibition, Sweet Tea & American Values, at the Chicago Urban Arts Society. Known for his Obama and Blagojovich stencils, murals and paintings, Ray unveiled his newest work, a portrait of Mayor Daley in riot gear. Ray’s show was also the official opening of [...]

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A new arts journal has started in Chicago and its called 127 Prince,  named after the location of artist Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1971 restaurant FOOD. According to their site 127 Prince will “present and examine ideas on the art of social practice, and the social practice of art.” The collective of editors includes Randall Szott, Jen [...]

Top Ten Links with Stina Kaczmaryn

Stina is an artist and graphic designer whose artwork has been shown around town, and whose graphic design talents feature a mean Lisa Frank impression.  Can’t I be the next Lisa Frank?  When she’s not concocting awesomeness in the art world, she’s busy making me caprese sandwiches… and finding these goodies on the internet.

Parot may be the Next Great Artist

Chicago-based artist John Parot is a contender on Bravo Tv’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” We hope the show rocks. Time Out recently interviewed at critic Jerry Saltz who was a judge for the show. The first episode will air June 9, 2010. Have a peak here:

Afterall Spring issue

We recently received the latest issue of Afterall and will be placing it in our Public Media Research Library. One essay that popped out was Claire Barliant’s essay “Adaptive Reuse: New Strategies in Response to the Housing Crisis.” She surveys works by Center For Urban Pedagogy’s  Damon Rich, as well as artists Mary Ellen Carroll [...]

Edra Soto’s Top Ten Links

Edra Soto has been everywhere in the past year, from her 12×12 show at the MCA, to curating a zombie show at Antena, to shaking hands with the Guerilla Girls (in gorilla hand gloves, no less).  She’s also been on the internet.  This is what she’s drummed up for your surfing pleasure. Check out her [...]

Make Believe in Wicker Park

Our friends at the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce are awarding $5,500.00 prize for best art installation in their new storefront program called Make Believe. If you have any competence filling out forms and  have any talent get off yer complaining butt and make a submission! “WPB is looking for talented artists with the [...]

In the Middle of Version 10

We barely had a chance to look at a computer this weekend because the festival has consumed our attention. A quick upload of images from some of the recent days events and shows is on our Flickr site. We  have six more days to go and tons of work and projects to share. Tonight is [...]

Version 10 starts this Thursday

Every year we present  a snapshot of the ever changing art ecology of Chicago and it’s called Version Festival. For nine years we have been experimenting with the festival format as a way of exposing the Do-It-Together spirit of the Chicago art scenes and highlighting some of the best projects, initiatives and groups that make [...]


Please join us at the opening of the pre Version 10 Festival exhibition, Printervention. It opens  Friday April 16 from 5 to 7pm at the Chicago Tourism Center Gallery, 72 E Randolph. We have asked artists from around the country to create works that raise awareness of social and political issues of our day. Printervention [...]

Call For Proposals: PLAND

PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, is an off-the-grid residency program that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects in the context of the Taos mesa. PLAND finds its inspiration in a legacy of pioneers, entrepreneurs, homesteaders, artists, and other counterculturalists who – through both radical and mundane activities – reclaim and reframe [...]

Call for Participation: Chicago Art Parade

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 [...]

Version Festival Fundaiser

Please join us Saturday April 3 for our only fundraiser of the year which helps fund the projects, publications and exhibitions that are part of our annual arts convergence, Version Festival. There will be extraordinary work on display generously donated by friends of the festival. See some images of the work  here. Art works and [...]

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]


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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, [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

Top Ten with Adam Farcus

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Online Editor Ian Whitmore is featured in Vague Paper, A UK-based photography magazine. Ian’s recent work centers around ignored spaces of our built environment. These spaces in between are often invisible to passers by and sometimes badly decorated by its planners. But there is beauty in the planters and melancholic landscape design behind “Nowhere.” Take [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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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 .

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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 [...]

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Paul Chan is in Chicago

Paul Chan is an important and provocative artist whose influence on contemporary art and culture is immeasurable. Please make an effort to see his exhibition of new work and hear him speak at one of his talks. The Renaissance Society presents three lectures related to an exhibition by Paul Chan, March 1 – April 12, [...]

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 [...]

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Our friend Niels Post posted his Connect 4 video that aired on national television in Holland some years ago. We bet we could kick his ass in a game.

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Ice Age in Ireland

Since it’s so cold out we thought we’d illuminate it some more.. During the 2008 Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland,  German artist Edgar Mueller, a Master of 3d Pavement Art,  transformed a huge slice of the East Pier into a dramatic ice age scene.

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We are going to start blogging links to individual artists whose work we find inspiring. Please take a look at Sam Winston’s work. His typographical skills are paired with an advanced  illustrative craft that is the envy of Design school kids and Book art afficionados everywhere. His installations are not have bad either.

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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.

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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.

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