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‘Spawning Mycellial Networks: using fungi for personal, societal and ecological healing’ Tuesday, September 3Oth 7 to 9pm $15 at CivicLab 114 N. Aberdeen St. in Chicago sponsored by Bionutrient Food Association~ Chicago Chapter Join Maya, Peter, and Willoughby from the Radical Mycology Convergance for a 2-hour presentation on the uses of fungi for personal, societal, and ecological healing. Concepts [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mash Tun Journal 5 Call for Submissions

Hey kids! Mash Tun Journal is seeking submissions —written and photographic — on the exploding craft beer scene worldwide. Mash Tun covers anything and everything about the craft and art of alcohol with a specific focus on how the industry intersects with food, culture and society. Past issues have included travel essays from Brazil to [...]

Friday Nov 22- One Foot On A Banana Peel @ C-PS

  “One Foot On A Banana Peel” – Group Art Exhibition Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219 S Morgan Street. Opening Reception: Friday, November 22nd 7:00-11:00 PM “One Foot On A Banana Peel” is a group art exhibition that features the work of 19 artists. The show will include paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, and an interactive installation. [...]

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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 [...]

Brain Frame: Sept 20 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

PERFORMATIVE COMIX READINGS EXPANDED COMIX :: EXPANDED MINDS Brain Frame 14 is a week from Friday! Get in on this FB event page. Ancient gods, warrior women, criminal underbellies, chemical experiments, mythic battles, subtle truths, and even superheroes are a mere few of the many themes coloring the upcoming edition of the bimonthly performative comix [...]

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 [...]

Interview with Tom Palazzolo

Tom is a painter, photographer and film maker who taught art at Daley College for 36 years. He has worked in these media since 1965. His work has been shown extensively in the US and in Europe. Major shows include MOMA, The Whitney in NY and the New wing of the Art Institute and has [...]

Co-Prosperity School Summer Session

The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School that has met regularly at the Co-Prosperity Sphere since 2010.  We run 8 week sessions. Participants find a place where intelligent dialogue on art takes place. Some find new tools to help their career.  Others form friendships. The class also offers people a space to discuss what is [...]

Mash Tun Fest: The Invitational • June 22 , 2013

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 six different brews. Flagship and rare beers will be poured alongside one-of-a-kind concoctions at the stunning Bridgeport Art Center at 35th [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Coming Soon: Marz Community Brewing

Hi guys. Some of you might know that we have had liquid dreams about opening our own brewery here in Bridgeport. We are now on our way. Marz Community Brewing is a close–knit group of creatives, brewers, artists, doers, makers and friends. We all met at Maria’s and we’re launching this brewery to bring something [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Co-Prosperity School Spring Session

The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School for and about the advancement and understanding of contemporary Chicago Art. Through guest speakers and class member presentations we will shine a light on the contemporary art scene of Chicago. One of our goals is to break down the panel discussion dialogue of Chicago’s art and bring it to a [...]

MEMORY PALACES: New Drawings by Edie Fake Public

Our bud, Edie is having his first solo show this January 4 – February 16, 2013. with the Opening Reception onFriday January 4, 6-8PM. See you there. From the announcement: Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Memory Palaces; an exhibition of new drawings by Chicago-based artist Edie Fake. Comprised of fifteen drawings, Fake’s first [...]

SMALL Symposium and Tasting

December 8, 2012 12:30-3:30 pm Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater and Gar Rotunda / Second Floor Presentations: 12:30-2:30 Tasting: 2:30- 3:30 In Chicago there are thousands of people who have started their own small companies to share their artisan made products as well as food and beverages to the public. Some of them started [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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The Marshfield Project is an experimental site dedicated to exhibiting, collaborating, and exploring the art, ideas, and projects from creative individuals who are not artists but have the passion for the creative process. Commencing in mid-October, the Marshfield Project will inaugurate a series of exhibitions titled: Fire Keepers. This series of exhibitions will focus on [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mash Tun Launches May 19

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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!

Deanna Isaacs on the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012

Thanks Deanna. Glad someone spoke loudly about the pink guerrilla in the room. Two things were obvious at Wednesday night’s jam-packed town hall meeting to gather public input on the city’s new cultural plan. First, the Chicago arts community (more than 300 of whom showed up) is aching for a new version of the 26-year-old [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Graham Foundation Awards over $560,000 in Grants to Organizations

HOT OFF THE PRESSES: SEP 13, 2011 The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts is pleased to announce its 2011 Grants to Organizations. Over $560,000 was awarded to 47 grantees, whose work engages a wide range of issues in architecture and related spatial practices. The awards given provide support to organizations for [...]

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 [...]

The Bomber Remains Anonymous: Reenacting the Haymarket Riot

Bad At Sports and Caroline Picard on the reenactment that blew our minds.. Until recently, my recollection of the Haymarket Riot is as follows: Me, age 15 in the high school library looking over microfiche and taking notes on note cards as had been suggested by our US History teacher. As prickly as he was [...]

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.

In Grand Crossing, a House Becomes a Home for Art

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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 [...]

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Call for Proposals Version 11: The Community

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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 [...]

Visions For Chicago

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 II Call for Proposals

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

Reblog: Other People’s Lists

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

Crochet Cozy on Wall Street Bull

Olek, a New York based artist, crocheted a sweater on Christmas eve for Arturo Di Modica’s charging bull sculpture located in Bowling Green park in Lower Manhattan. Di Modica declared the sculpture a symbol of the “strength and power of the American people” following the stock market crash of 1987. We hope someone will put [...]

Proximity 008 Release Party Dec 9, 2010

We open Select Media Festival 9: Infoporn II with the release of our own contribution to the information overload. Proximity magazine’s Issue 008, themed Education as Art, is a 230 page opus and represents our latest and greatest effort in publishing. Stop by and get a copy at a discount ($10), enjoy some beverages and [...]

Proximity and our other mags win awards

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A Dark Night in Bridgeport

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 [...]

Voting Begins Today for The Chicago Art Loop Open

“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! [...]

Bridgeport Holiday

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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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 [...]

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Be On the Trail of a Disorderly Future.

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

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

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

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 [...]

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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.

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In the Middle of Version 10

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

Version 10 starts this Thursday

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

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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!

Jefferson Muzzle Award Given to Local Alderman for Destroying Gabriel Villa’s Mural

Last year you may have heard about how Alderman Balcer censored a mural in Bridgeport at  the beginning of Version 9 Festival. Today The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression gave this incident a 2010 Jefferson Muzzle Award. Announced on or near April 13 — the anniversary of the birth of Thomas [...]


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 [...]

Call for Participation: Chicago Art Parade

The Chicago Art Parade: Call for Participants The second annual Chicago Art Parade will be taking over Chicago’s West Loop on Saturday May 1st at 2pm.  An amazing line-up has been formed that includes marching bands, fashionistas, dancers, fluxus folks, a bar on wheels, and artists.  We still want to include your most creative ideas [...]

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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 [...]

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This February has been really busy for us here at Public Media Institute and Proximity magazineland. This weekend marks an end to our recent programming madness . We hope the following events will provide motivation for you to battle this Chicago winter and give you a chance to check out some exciting new shit. On [...]

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 [...]

Lumpen 114 and Save the Whale

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.

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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 [...]

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!

Rachel Hewitt’s Best of 2009

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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 [...]

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Artist Richard Wright wins Turner Prize

Painter Richard Wright, whose painting work includes striking and large-scale frescos, has won this year’s Turner Prize.The Glasgow-based artist, who is inspired by architecture and space, beat Roger Hiorns, Enrico David and Lucy Skaer to take the prize. Wright works predominantly with paint and gold leaf directly on walls to create intricate and unique graphic [...]


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Temporary Services’ Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer are involved with a great new project called Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics at the Cleveland art space , SPACES.  ” Art Work is a newspaper and website that uses SPACES as its distribution hub. It consists of writings from artists, [...]

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Reality art star tv show, School of Saatchi, is playing on BBC, without Saatchi. Now might be a good time to check out a residency in Rotterdam. AREA Chicago is having a Wants and Needs Fundraiser Dec 11. Phil Collins is the Guardian’s Artist of the Week. Chicago Art Review interviews Brennan McGaffey, a cool [...]

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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 [...]

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The Baffler is coming back! Old news but good news to us! Minneapolis doctor gives artists a health care option. Damien James writes about the October 29 Yes Men event at Co-Prosperity Sphere on Bad at Sports. Thanks DJ. Paddy Johnson’s  Art Fair As Economic Indicator: Are Things Looking Up worth the speculation. The pavilion [...]

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Shepard Fairey lied about his Obama source material. McDonald’s restaurant  to open in the Louvre. Mud stencils activism in Wisconsin and some from Illinois. The Yes Men Make Chamber of Commerce Look Like (Bigger) Dinosaurs.

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While all the real estate agents, Daley cronies and various other business/politician types are all mourning the loss of the Olympic bid Roger Ebert has written the most sensible and poignant article I’ve read in months. I cannot thank him enough for writing this. Anyone on that Olympic committee could see, as most of us [...]

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Go see The Heartland show this thursday at the Smart Museum The awesome guys, Rob Davis and Michael Langlois are featured on Bad At Sports. Yes Men and friends released a parody of the New York Post for last weeks Climate week. We wish we were at to the New York Art Book Fair. Pictures [...]

Art News Roundup

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Last night talk-show host Glenn Beck debuted as the Fox News art critic. Roberta Smith of the NYT chronicles the crisis in The Mood of the Market, as Measured in the Galleries. As Annie Leibovitz fights her $24 Mil lawsuit an Italian shooter claims she stole his pictures. Given the state of things its hard [...]


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A few reads worth the diversion: So Surreal: Thrift Shop Art May Be by Dalí Several works attributed to the Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí are currently on display at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store in a seedy industrial neighborhood in Houston. 30 things about art and life, as explained by Charles Saatchi He rarely [...]

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Kathryn Born has been increasing the visibility of the arts in Chicago with the Art Talk Chicago blog, a project run by the Chicago Tribune Company. For years the Tribune Co. has spent way too much money figuring out this internet thing. The recent series of blogs they created are a little too little too [...]

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Picked up the Chicago Reader and read Deanna Isaac’s column, As 4Art leaves for Bridgeport, yet another storefront in “Podville” goes dark. We are very familiar with the history of the Pod Empire and have watched the so-called “Chicago Art District” lose the vitality it maybe once had. When Pod  III decided to move  artists [...]

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Chicago Tribune hires a new Art Critic

Non-specialist readers and recruitable art enthusiasts have a lifeline to the amorphous, mysterious Chicago Art World via their new Art Critic, Lori Waxman.  A long time contributor to many on-line and print art publications, Lori’s appoitment is a glimmer of hope in the declining arena of arts coverage in Daily papers. Some recent reviews are [...]

Pr 002 Release

On Sunday May 31, 2009  Public Media Insitute (Proximity’s parent) will release issue #002 of Pr, our broadsheet newsletter,  at the Hyde Park Art Center. It is part of the Artists Run Chicago Exhibition and features and essay about the history of artist-run spaces in Chicago from the last 25 years by Dan Gunn. [...]

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The Chicago Sun Times reports that Chris Kennedy, a son of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, will announce his candidacy next week for the US Senate seat occupied by Rolland Burris. Chris Kennedy is the president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., a Chicago-based property owner and management company. The Mart also runs several art fairs [...]

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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 [...]

Artists Run Chicago

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 [...]

Release Party this Friday, April 24 at Version Festival

We have been working hard to make this spring happening. For one we are releasing our one year anniversary issue (#004) this Friday, April 24 at the big Version Festival shindig taking place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. It will be one nice feature of an action packed evening we have been planning for months. We [...]

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So, the list has arrived for this year’s recipients. We all (should) know that a Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the most prestigious and sought after awards in the world. So we should all be thrilled that Chicago is well represented this year, especially in the arts. The short, windy city list: Ryan Cohan, Composer. [...]

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One of the best shows to have debuted since last year is Cody Hudson’s and Corey Arnold’s jam at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Take take a peak before the show comes down May 9.  If you don’t know Hudson you should read this recent interview conducted by the cats that design Proximity magazine: The Post [...]

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The 50 States Project has brought together 50 photographers from across the USA. Each photographer lives in one of the 50 States and during the year long project each photographer will represent the State where they live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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This is no surprise: Artnet: A report by “wealth-research” firm the Spectrum Group confirms what dealers at the recent Armory Show fairs probably already suspected — the nation’s millionaires are hurting. According to the Wall Street Journal, the number of households with a net worth of more than $1 million dropped by 2.5 million from [...]

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From Chicago Breaking News: A 50 percent admission fee increase — jacking up the price of entry to the Art Institute from $12 to $18 beginning May 23 — was approved by the Chicago Park District’s Committee on Programs and Recreation Wednesday morning and is expected to win full board approval later in the day. [...]

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Nor were we. We were looking for some news regarding the big spring art kick off in NYC and found a few crumbs worth digesting about the Armory Show and other fairs. Paddy Johnson’s reliable commentary and rated reviews can be found here. Some NYT items: Toplessness and Taxidermy in a Bottoming Market A Painting [...]

National Endowment for the Arts research shows unemployment rates are up among working artists.

Artists in a Year of Recession: Impact on Jobs in 2008 examines how the economic slowdown has affected the nation’s working artists. The study looks at artist employment patterns during two spikes in the current recession – the fourth quarters of 2007 and 2008. This downturn reflects larger economic declines: a Commerce Department report last [...]

Flatfile to close

Read Flatfile Flatlines The effects of our bad-news economy are starting to kick in, and it’s not just the deadwood that’s falling. This week, one of the largest and liveliest art spaces in the West Loop, Flatfile Galleries, announced that its current shows will be its last. It closes March 27.

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 [...]

Animal Trouble in Turin

NYT reports that an exhibition of works by the French-Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed has been prevented from opening in Turin while a prosecutor ponders whether it is illegal to display video clips showing animals being bludgeoned to death and fighting for sport in an arena. The show had already been postponed for weeks at The [...]

Controversial Qing bronze sold but not claimed

Art Review reports: Cai Mingchao, a Chinese national who in 2006 paid a record HK $117 million ($15 million) for a Ming Dynasty Buddha, said he placed the winning bid for the two Qing bronzes auctioned in Paris last week — and won’t be paying, reports Bloomberg. The National Treasures Fund, a group backed by [...]

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It’s  a sign of the times now that city officials are targeting art spaces for revenue and fines. New City reported last week that local non profit art space, Green Lantern, was fined for not displaying a proper permit. Also disturbing is last Friday’s visit to the AV Aerie by a dozen CPD officers and [...]

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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 [...]

The Crisis of Credit Visualized

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo. “The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated. This project was completed as part of my thesis work in the Media Design Program, a graduate studio [...]

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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. [...]

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Yves Saint Laurent Art Sale’s 1st Night Brings In $264 Million PARIS — Despite the global economic crisis, a lot of money seems to be left over. On Monday, the private collection of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner became the most expensive one ever sold at auction, bringing in more than $264 million on [...]

The Art Boom is Officially Over

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! [...]

Piñata Sculptures In Chicago

[caption id="attachment_950" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Photo credit: MILC"][/caption] Hundreds of piñatas filled with space blankets were installed beneath underpasses throughout Chicago to bring attention to the issue of homelessness in the city. Watch the video about the Pinata Factory project put together by Coop Image Group and others. ” The piñatas are the output but are [...]

(Con)Temporary Art Guide – Chicago

[caption id="attachment_888" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Art Shanty at Iron Studios (2006)"][/caption] 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. [...]

Virtual Art Fairs?

Is it possible that online trading sites and virtual worlds like Second Life are pointing to a new business model for art fairs? After the decline in revenues at recent fairs and the continuing crisis in the markets many galleries are just staying home. Some see this as an opportunity. After launching their own social [...]

Art Fag City’s Worst of the Web 2008

Art Fag City’s Worst of the Web 2008 is both funny and critical. Good job Paddy! I always had a hard time navigating that site too. Looks like a “new media artist” allowed his dreams to be confounded by the whims of Mr Deitch. But who knows who to blame? I would like to nominate [...]


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 [...]

Proximity NL

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 [...]

Impakt Online presents: “It’s About Time”

Our friends at the Impakt festival in Utrecht sent us news of their new media project Impact Online. They host one of the most interesting media festivals in the EU. Check it out. About the project: Impakt Online exhibits art projects designed for the Web. We invite and support artists to create new work. In [...]

Hopes for art after the crash

NYT’s year in review for art is worth looking at.. Out With the Fat, in With the Hungry By HOLLAND COTTER IN the past eight years American art and American politics had a lot in common. Both favored big money, insularity and retrograde conservatism. Now come changes. In politics the old order was voted out. [...]