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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 [...]

Aug 16: Works by Rob Christopher @ C-PS

Works by Rob Christopher @ Co-Prosperity Sphere – Saturday, August 16 @ 7 PM 3219-21 South Morgan Street - Chicago IL., 60608 Join us for a special evening showcasing new works by carpenter, Rob Christopher of Emotive Reclaim Rob works with reclaimed and found materials. His work can be found on the streets of Bridgeport in [...]

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 [...]

JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour

JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 3pm – 6pm Assemble at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 2:30pm 3219 S Morgan Street RSVP Only Event $20 Rebuild Foundation helps neighborhoods thrive through culture-driven redevelopment by activating abandoned spaces with arts and cultural programming. Join us for a private tour of some of their [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Evanston Biennial Call for Work

The Evanston Biennial is one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions, offering artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by two talented curators; Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center and Sergio Gomez, Owner/Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery and Curator/Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

BYOBeamer @ C-PS

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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!

Icy & Sot @ Co-Prosperity Sphere Friday March 22 and Saturday March 23, 2013

The East Middle West Tour is here for one weekend only. March 22nd-23rdJoin us:Friday, 3/22: 8 pm -12 am opening party w/live sets from Yellow Dogs Saturday, 3/23: 1-4 pm Exhibition hours 5-7 pm  Meet the artists & happy hour hosted by Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange. Facebook:

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Update

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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

Stanley Tigerman: Displacement @ Graham Foundation

Displacement Stanley Tigerman TALK< WEB, FEB 15 ≤ 6PM RSVP Required To RSVP, click HERE. Stanley Tigerman will give a talk at the Graham Foundation in conjunction with the exhibition on his work, Ceci n’est pas une rêverie: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman. A Chicago native and principal in the architectural and design firm of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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

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 [...]

Jordan Martins’ “Strange Attractions” @ Elastic Arts Foundation

Jordan Martins, “Strange Attractions” @ Elastic Arts Foundation, 2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Fl Thursday, Dec 15, 8 – 10 pm Strange Attractions is a project based the Chicago-specific tradition of hand-painted, block-letter grocery signs which have come to be associated with Hispanic markets.   By exaggerating the expressive colors and gestural rhythms of the original signs, [...]

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.

New Review: Tantalized: 20 Paintings by Andrew Ek and Dana Toft

The Vegan Gallery, a homey space on Division, has a busy calendar filled primarily with exhibitions featuring vegan artists, performances, and environmentally themed workshops. Read More >>>

LVL Eater II This Friday

LEVEL EATER 2 NOVEMBER 18th & 19th, 2011 OPENING RECEPTION: NOVEMBER 18TH, 2011 AT 6:00PM TO 9:00PM LIVE MUSIC STARTING AT 9:00PM to 11:00PM ($5 COVER AFTER 9:00PM) Galley Hours for Saturday November 19th, 2011, 12:00pm to 6:00pm Work by: Ben Carney, Carl Baratta, Caroline Carlsmith, Daniel Everett, Grant Reynolds, Jake Myers, Jenn Wilson, Jenny [...]

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 [...]

MDW Fair Call For Proposals

The MDW Fair, October 21-23rd, 2011 at the Geolofts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The MDW Fair invites proposals for its fall showcase at the Geolofts (aka Iron Studios) in Bridgeport. Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls. The MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase [...]

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 [...]

Collections @ CUAS

July 8, 2011 • 6-11pm The Post Family has been known for finding inspiration in everything from the monumental to the mundane. Given the opportunity to showcase some of their own work together for the first time in a gallery setting since they opened their doors in 2007, the family has decided to change the [...]

Doubt Implies Guilt: Bert Stabler with Nick Black and Jasmine Young

July 1 – 30, 2011 DIG 2003 N Point #3 Chicago, IL 60647 Art Lovers, We are changing our Saturday openings at the DIG Logan Square back to Fridays. Just like in the good old days. “Doubt Implies Guilt,” featuring Art by Bert Stabler with Nick Black and Jasmine Young, opens from 6-9 on [...]

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 [...]

Time Out Reviews Hang in There

Aron Gent’s Grip, Tip, Slip (2011) was shown at Co-Prosperity Sphere as part of Hang In There Beyond the commercial realm of tapes, books and inspirational posters, some of the most meaningful forms of motivation are tailor-made. Whether creating a list, mantra or encouraging note to self, we integrate custom motivational tools into our daily [...]

Version Festival and the Beauty of Enthusiasm

Enjoy a nice review by Liz Armstrong for Ready Made Magazine about a few things that happened so far at Version Festival 11: The Community.

New New Chicagoans Opens Version 11 Festival this Friday

Opening Of Version Festival New New Chicagoans Group Show @ Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan Street) 7pm-1am – exhibition runs through May 7, 2011 Admission: Free (After 9pm $5) The New New Chicagoans In 2005 Public Media Institute put together the New Chicagoans exhibition. The show was curated on the premise of exhibiting the [...]

In Grand Crossing, a House Becomes a Home for Art

The Dorchester Project makes headlines in the NYT > >

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.

Hull-House 1915 Hunger March Reenactment This Sunday

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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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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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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 [...]

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Proximity contributor (and How We Work columnist) Chris Kennendy (of the Institute for Applied Aesthetics), is ramping up his School of the Future Project. Inspired by anarchist self-education projects like Chicago’s own A-zone, the Public School initiative and other free school projects, the School of the Future combines education with art to reimagine what a [...]

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We posted a few images of last Friday’s opening of the Printervention show. Thanks for coming! If you didn’t come by then go see it!


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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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