“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. [...]
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 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 (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 [...]
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 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: http://www.floorlengthandtux.com/pics/parking_map.png 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/433636186716865/?ref=ts&fref=ts
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 & [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: 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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Friday, May 11, 5pm – 11pm http://www.versionfest.org/may11.html 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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 http://tomtorluemke.com/ Born and raised in Chicago’s inner city, Tom Torluemke has always had a powerful impact on his immediate environs, including [...]
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 [...]
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!” 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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, 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, [...]
Juan Chavez directed his students to do this installation in the front window of the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Reception 6-9 this Friday.
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 >>>
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
July 1 – 30, 2011 DIG 2003 N Point #3 Chicago, IL 60647 http://digdigdigdig.com/ 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 [...]
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 http://rotterdamvhsfestival.com/ Deadline is: Wednesday July 20th. Entries can be sent to: Rotterdam [...]
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 [...]
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.
Opening Of Version Festival New New Chicagoans Group Show @ Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan Street) www.coprosperity.org 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 [...]
The Dorchester Project makes headlines in the NYT > >
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Proximity magazine contributor, AREA magazine founder and all around awesome guy, Daniel Tucker, is planning an interventionist public art project called Visions For Chicago Project. “Hundreds of handmade election-style yard signs will be collected from politically-engaged Chicagoans throughout the city addressing their visions for Chicago. This Mayoral election season is unique in many ways and [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We shot some images of our Select Media Festival 9 show, Infoporn II.
Paul Klein figured it out for you this weekend.
Co-Prosperity Sphere is hosting an excellent art exhibition featuring a macabre cocktail of aesthetics and horror called Flesh and Bone. Our illicit underground night club, Tech Noir, re-opens with live music and a dance party. 7pm- 3am Works by Jesse Avina, Jason Brammer, Stephanie Burke, Rob Carter, Death by Design, Co., Aaron Delehanty, Adam Benjamin [...]
Pentagon Gallery and Co-Prosperity-Sphere are hosting an all weekend fantasy game jam. If you are an artist, gamer or just some regular “dude” who happens to have a bag of dice then get your ass down to C-PS. There will be an opening ceremony on Friday October 22, 2010 at 8pm with music, beer, snacks, [...]
“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! [...]
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 [...]
We are very proud to present Tom’s solo exhibition at our space. Please join us from 6pm to 11pm on Friday September 24, 2010.
Paul Klein does the homework for you.
Intentionally and ironically falling on September 11th, this show is devised as an interdisciplinary conversation addressing systematic institutional oppressions of ‘other’. In addressing the ‘other’ through the queering of pieces, the art works re-evaluate race, gender, class and systems of power that oppress. Commencing as a one night event on the 9th anniversary of September [...]
Activism and consumerism collide in this sculptural installation featuring Captain Planet, Smokey the Bear, Taco Bell’s Che Guevara Chihuahua, and McGruff. Join the commodified revolution and check out the storefront at the Co-Prosperity Sphere between September 1st and 20th. Jake Myer’s show opens Friday Sept 3, 7pm to 10pm and coincides with the closing of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our friend and long time collaborator Logan Bay lives in Bangkok with his lovely wife Sandy. We were worried about them during the recent battles between the Red Shirts and the military and started reading Sandy’s Blog to find out how they were doing. It was pretty hairy over there, but it seems like things [...]
Montreal-based art duo Seripop coined a mantra for Version Festival and our related activities. Thanks guys! We want to thank you, Chicago, and all the participants and visitors to this years Version festival for making it a fantastic, delirious and action-packed affair. We posted some pics from various programs and shows. If you missed the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Printervention party, (C)TAS, Unearthed Americana show, NEXT booth, PMIRL, Proximity magazine release, Berlin afterparty, and the Lumpy Trouser Demons exhibition are under our belt. Join us today for the Art parade and our closing party.
We are releasing the new issue of Proximity during Version Festival and at the NEXT Art Fair. Pick up a (free!) copy of the brand-spanking-new issue themed “Catalog of Strategies.” Please join us for our PMIRL Launch at our NEXT Booth #9056. The Public Media Institute is pleased to announce the launch of our latest [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
Today, (C)TAS-ers present another fabulous round of ambitious works, just for you. We’ll provide the art, the drinks — also just for you — and, at 8pm, a very special presentation by POCKET GUIDE TO HELL TOURS’ Paul Durica. Paul will talk about hobos, from human parasites to Charlie “The Little Tramp” Chaplin. He’ll bring [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
We are involved with four nice events this week. Laugh Out Lunch is a weekly (on Wednesdays) lunchtime comedy series at the (Con)Temporary Art Space ((C)TAS) in the Loop hosted by Co-Prosperity Sphere’s in-house comedian, Nick Bahr. Starts at noon and ends at 1pm! bring your Chipotle burrito! Our regular Thursday evening opening at (C)TAS [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
A quick look at all the wonderment that occurred at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. November 20, 2009
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 [...]
Our annual Select Media Festival opens at Heaven Gallery this Thursday Nov 19, 2009. Program one features work by Tim and Eric, Douggpound and some of their friends. Program 2 features videos by Peter Glantz and Caton Volk. The works are exceptional.
Old Gold presented Future Facing last Nov 13. It contained works by Aline Cautis, Josh Mannis and Andy Roche. Video documentation below:
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 [...]
For those of you who like illuminated urine containers as street art please check out the most recent lighting installation by Luz Interruptus.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 www.artshantyprojects.org. Now is as good a time as [...]
Paul has been conducting some surveillance and documentation of Chicago art activity. Check out his Flickr page.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Proximity magazine is joining a group of Chicago- based artists at Trendbeheer presenteert @ Art Rotterdam! We will be presenting and sharing publications from Chicago and spend a few weeks conducting research for our first Proximity City Guide. If you are in Holland during the weeks of February 1-14 please come by the show (Feb [...]
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!