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“One Foot On A Banana Peel” – Group Art Exhibition Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219 S Morgan Street. Opening Reception: Friday, November 22nd 7:00-11:00 PM “One Foot On A Banana Peel” is a group art exhibition that features the work of 19 artists. The show will include paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, and an interactive installation. [...]
LET’S DRINK, LET’S EAT, LET’S PLAY 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Lumpen 120 / Cholo Magazine 001 – Release Party June 10, 2013 • Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar [ Facebook Invite ] Please Join us June 10, from 5-9pm at Maria’s for the release of two magazines!!! Lumpen Issue #120 and Issue #1 of Cholo Magazine. Cholo ( as in “buddy”) is a new [...]
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 [...]
January 25, 2013 7-11 pm Please join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere as we celebrate the release of the long awaited Comics Issue of Lumpen magazine. We haven’t done one since the 90′s and we are super thrilled to see a compilation of some of the best comic artists in America all contained in one [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This week we will launch Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal, during our inaugural Mash Tun Craft Beer Festival on May 19, 2012. Mash Tun is our paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. The Mash Tun comes in the form [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
The creators of Proximity and Lumpen are launching another publication this Spring. It’s called Mash Tun: A Journal about Craft Beer The Mash Tun is a paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. The Mash Tun will feature interviews and [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Proximity magazines will be given away at the event, which will feature an extraordinarily awesome selection of craft beers as well! “The Printers’ Ball: IT’S ALIVE! is presented by the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine with the Center for Book & Paper Arts, the Chicago Underground Library, Columbia College Chicago, and MAKE magazine. The 7th [...]
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 [...]
Looks rad. We just ordered one >> Over the past several years ART2102 has acted as a platform for artists and curators in Los Angeles to realize their projects and exhibitions. From its space in Boyle Heights, ART2102 hosted a vibrant program known for its open cultural discourse and flexibility of ideas, and for engaging both [...]
Lumpen issue #116 is on the streets. You can download a digital version here or visit your Lumpen friendly store, cafe or donut purveyor.
Our annual festival is happening again from April 22 to May 1, 2011. We are accepting proposals including texts for Proximity 009 which will be released at the festival.
Idiot Wind: On the Rise of Right-Wing Populism in the US and Europe, and What It Means for Contemporary Art
Maybe we are a little late in noticing it’s release, but be advised: E-Flux’s latest issue is amazing and should be required reading for all you art fags. Check it out. From the introduction: When Paul Chan and Sven Lütticken proposed to gather a series of “reports” on the (mostly) recent rise of right-wing, populist [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We open Select Media Festival 9: Infoporn II with the release of our own contribution to the information overload. Proximity magazine’s Issue 008, themed Education as Art, is a 230 page opus and represents our latest and greatest effort in publishing. Stop by and get a copy at a discount ($10), enjoy some beverages and [...]
We just wanted to toot our own horns by congratulating the designers, artists, and photographers that won us 3 different awards for Print magazine’s The Best American Design of The Year. Plural Design was recognized for its work on Lumpen Magazine and the (Con)Temporary Art Guide Chicago. Michael Freimuth got an award for Issue 006 [...]
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 [...]
Proximity 008, The Education as Art issue, is at the printer. This massive 232 page edition is edited by Jim Duignan and Albert Stabler. It will be released soon. Thanks for waiting… The discourses around fine art and education are both “problem children” of the Enlightenment. Both were ideally envisioned as unbounded arenas of free [...]
If you ever wondered what the hell this Bridgeport “art scene” is about, then this weekend is the time for you to figure it out. From Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2010 many spaces and artists in the neighborhood will be opening their galleries and studios for you to check out. Download a [...]
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Operation First Causualty: An Interview with Aaron Hughes Aaron Hughes was a student at the University of Illinois- Urbana and a member of the National Guard when his Company was called to active duty on January 30, 2003. On April 17, 2003, the 1244th Transportation Company Army National Guard was deployed to Kuwait, and there [...]
From the current issue: A Consideration for a Social Settlement: A Brief Early History of the Stockyard Institute The Stockyard Institute organized simply and quietly, in the Back of the Yards, Chicago, during the summer of 1995. The dawn of the project was encouraged by a few separate events, namely the separate invitation I received [...]
Abigail Satinsky writes about projects developing alternative economies, education, food, artworlds, and the other infrastructures that organize daily life. Bon appetite!
Call for Texts Proximity Magazine 008 Education as Art issue Call for proposals due: June 15, 2010 For our next issue we have asked Albert Stabler, Jim Duignan and Keith Brown to guest edit our alt.pedagogy issue. The issue will be released in the Fall of 2010. The discourses around fine art and education are [...]
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 [...]
Proximity 007 (Catalog of Strategies) has shipped and should be on a bookshelf near you. For you non-supporters of print we will be posting selections on-line soon. Check our Stockists list for a location near you. If you cannot find it at one of these locations you can order one from us via paypal and [...]
Edra Soto has been everywhere in the past year, from her 12×12 show at the MCA, to curating a zombie show at Antena, to shaking hands with the Guerilla Girls (in gorilla hand gloves, no less). She’s also been on the internet. This is what she’s drummed up for your surfing pleasure. Check out her [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 excited about the release of another issue of our sister publication, Lumpen magazine. Issue 114 should be out this Friday, February 5, during the Save the Whale fundraiser at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Plural Design’s tender care in creative direction makes printing on paper worth it.
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 [...]
Long ago in a world without internet, a few critical publications helped inspire and activate insurrection and counter cultural thinking here in the U.S. These publications provided real cultural coverage and analysis of how our lives were being consumed, co-opted and recombined by The Corporations. The Baffler was one of them. Their critique was a [...]
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!
Good magazine and coudal tipped us off to this.
Please help us create our next and most ambitious installment of the magazine. Proximity isue 007 is themed “A Catalog of Strategies.” The issue will feature a lengthy directory of participatory, collectivist and interventionist projects and initiatives. We are seeking short entries, essays, and texts about alternative, counter, or oppositional practices and projects, created by [...]
Issue #006 is themed (An)Other Art Worlds and weighs in at 184 pages. We invited our friends and friends of friends to contribute to our annual geographically and territorially-based examinations of some other art worlds. This not so random survey of under-represented art scenes, movers and shakers, artist run initiatives, groups, spaces and theoretical constructs [...]
This year the Whitney Biennial curators have picked fifty-five artists for the 2010 snapshot of contemporary art in America. Chicago artists Julia Fish, Theaster Gates, Jim Lutes, Curtis Mann and Scott Short have been included in the 2010 show. Congratulations you guys! Curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari announce the artist list for 2010 in [...]
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, [...]
The Artists Run Chicago Digest is out. Researchers, historians and art educators should not sleep on the beautifully JNL designed, limited edition journal. Co-produced by Green Lantern Press and threewalls it contains: Interviews, essays and responses along with floorplans, exhibition histories and other visuals archive and present a 10-year time period in Chicago’s artist-run culture [...]
Bad At Sports interviews Temporary Services. Our patron, Reuben Kincaid, brings the Radar Eyes print show to NY. Art Review magazine’s Power 100 meet the The Top 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World Saturday November 7 is Media Democracy Day. A sweet Satellite Alphabet set threewalls and TheGreen Lantern Press release The Artist’s [...]
We’re happy to announce that a week after the pre-release of Issue #5 in print form we have put together a sampling of Columns, Features, Interviews Portfolios, Studios and Reviews for you to view here at our wonderful web site. You can also download a sample pdf here. We believe whole-heartedly in the power of [...]
The fifth issue of Proximity magazine will be pre-released this Friday, September 11, at threewalls* in the west loop during the opening salvo of the fall gallery season. This issue is devoted to International Contemporary Photography. For a preview pdf of the table of contents and some sample spreads please come back later. Artists and [...]
We are pleased to announce that PR, our companion publication, now has its own home here at proximitymagazine.com. PR is published in between each issue of PROXIMITY. It includes reviews, extended essays and a large graphic/art piece printed in a broadsheet style. You can find PR all over Chicago and they are FREE. So while [...]
Well, part of it is anyway. We have a full PDF preview available of the table of contents so you can see what you are missing. We think now is the perfect time to support independent publications so we don’t see them die off the way that galleries and various non-profits are starting to. Check [...]
Every year the Southern Graphics Council hosts a massive conference that proves exactly why the printmakers are always the cool kids at art school. Glutted with panel discussions, exhibitions, lectures, and of course, parties, the conference can prove to be both exciting and energy draining. Here are a couple of peeks into the mayhem from [...]
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 [...]
Our release party last Saturday was a blast. Thanks for coming. Even if you didn’t get a fresh copy of the new publications we will make it easy for you. Download a preview copy of Matériel at the magazine’s website. You can purchase one at Golden Age, Quimbys, No Coast, Rotofugi, and Penelope’s. They will [...]
Margot Harrington and Chad Kouri just finished designing our new sister publication, Pr. Pr is a “Posterletter”–half newsletter and half poster–and it rocks! The over sized broadsheet confabulation features an interview with Paul Chan, whose recent exhibition at the Renaissance Society garnered rave reviews. Also featured is a beautiful poster designed by Margot and inspired [...]
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 [...]
Our longest running publication, Lumpen, was just released as issue #111. You can download a pdf of it now. Coming this month will be the release of Matériel, and Pr, a Proximity Publication. On April 24, 2009 we will release Issue #004 of Proximity as well as the (Con)Temporary Art Chicago Guide. Did we mention [...]
Momus, aka Nick Currie, blogs about the death of print. It’s not looking good for pulp in Chicago after the bankruptsies of the Tribune and The Chicago Reader as well as the collapse of print titles like Stop Smiling and Prompt. One interesting fact he pulled out is that for every magazine pronounced dead in [...]
We are sending our sort of top secret broadside magazine project to the printers this week. Matériel is an oversized, newsprint publication that’s a collection of the best/brightest designers/illustrators/photographers work we can find – creating a showcase for their submitted work. It’s a sister magazine to Proximity providing a ‘design’ counterpoint to Prox’s ‘art’ focus. [...]
We thought it was over a year or so ago when we started Proximity, but now that the New York Times decides… it must be so! Read what every art dealer going to the New York Art fairs has sitting on their desk this week. The article, The Boom Is Over. Long Live the Art! [...]
Our contemporary art media buddies at Neoteric Art feature Proximity Magazine as one of their One Question interviews. They asked “What are some of your long term goals for Proximity?” You can read a response here.
Proximity Magazine invites you to participate in (Con)Temporary Art Chicago. This 80-96 page book, to be released along with the next issue of Proximity Magazine, will showcase the best cultural offerings in Chicago during the art fair season – late April to early May 2009. Our goal is to showcase Chicago as a hub for [...]
Our friend Daniel is publishing a series of five articles in <H>Art Magazine in Belgium> the series is: ” an introduction to Chicago, Illinois USA and it’s local critical cultural experimentation, written from the perspective of a magazine editor and curator committed to navigating the city. Look for three more articles in 2009 dealing with [...]
Portraits: The Obama Administration Check out this interactive set of portaits by Nadav Kander from the New York Times.
You can finally subscribe to Proximity using credit cards via our Paypal account. Get the next 3 issues delivered to your mailbox for $30 a year.
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 [...]
If you are interested in supporting critical arts coverage from Chicago then please check out the subscription page. We are entering our second year publishing this magazine, we are very excited and look forward to the many issues to come. Get on board and you’ll have three new, content filled issues coming to you in [...]