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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 [...]

Freedom Schools, Freedom Dreams: Teaching and Learning Freedom UIC Social Justice Initiative

  Freedom Schools, Freedom Dreams: Teaching and Learning Freedom UIC Social Justice Initiative May 7,2014. C0 Prosperity Sphere 6pm Freedom Schools offered a creative alternative to Southern underfunded, segregated schools during the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Schools embraced a radical pedagogy and philosophy that emphasized self-knowledge, applied knowledge and critical thinking: the classroom became a [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Interview with Paul Chan with Jon Preus

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

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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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!

Help Kickstart Map of the Heart

Map of the Heart is a series of participatory, public art projects combining true stories and the collective imagination of the individuals of a community to develop audience-interactive visual fictions. Please help our Friend Hoyun Son, raise some funds to present her Chicago leg of the project. Any amount will go a long way.

Neighborhood Reclamation Strategies and Land Liberation Tactics with Max Rameau of Take Back the Land

6:00PM , Monday, November 28, 2011 @ The Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL A severe housing crisis is gripping families and communities across the United States. Since the fall of 2008, the US Government purchased millions of foreclosed properties from banks through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The concrete result has [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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.

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 [...]

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Announcing the Co-Prosperity School

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 [...]

Meanwhile in Thailand

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 [...]

We’re In It for the Shits and Giggles

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 [...]

Amy Franceschini on BAS

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

Much Action This Week

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 [...]

VERSION FESTIVAL 10 Call For Participation

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

Art Shanty Projects 2010

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

Burning Ring of Photography

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

Frank Gohlke Lecture @ Columbia College

A little late on this one…Columbia College’s Photography Department presents the final lecture for Spring 09 Frank Gohlke April 16th 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building @ 6:30 PM

Southern Graphics March 25-29

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

Deadline for (Con)Temporary Art Chicago Guide March 10

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

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, [...]

Is there such a thing as a Chicago artist anymore?

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

Version festival needs you

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

Paul Germanos’ Chicago art gallery pics

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 [...]