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‘Spawning Mycellial Networks: using fungi for personal, societal and ecological healing’

‘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 [...]

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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Our 13th annual Version Festival is happening June 21-29, 2014 and it is themed “The Placemakers”.  Please Visit the site http://versionfest.org 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, [...]

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  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 [...]

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Mash Tun Festival: The New Wave Brewers Bash

Mash Tun Festival: The New Wave Brewers Bash May 3, 2014  3-7pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Join us as we celebrate the release of our sister publication,  Mash Tun Journal, and meet the new generation of breweries that have recently launched in Chicagoland. You get a copy of the new issue of the [...]

March 21+ 22: Great Fires @ C-PS

Great Fires, produced in partnership with The Stockyard Institute, is a living museum of Chicago past, present, and mythological. Our guide is Mrs. O’Leary, the Chicagoan famously accused of starting the Great Fire of 1871 in her Near-West Side barn.   White Elephant commissioned six Chicago-based artists to create short performance pieces inspired by some aspect of Chicago’s heritage. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

FLAT 14 on Saturday, June 29

FLAT 14 A one-night-only exhibition at Floor Length and Tux Saturday, June 29 7pm – 10pm  4125 W. Melrose St.  (near Belmont & Pulaski) Blue Line: 10-15 min walk from Belmont, Addison or Irving Park stops Parking map: http://www.floorlengthandtux.com/pics/parking_map.png FLAT 14 will feature work from Aaron Delehanty, Max Garett and Hui-min Tsen, alongside resident FLAT artists Catie Olson and EC Brown. Refreshments will be [...]

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 [...]

Mash Tun Fest: The Invitational

The third edition of the Mash Tun Festival  takes  place June 22th, 2-6pm, 2013 in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future. The festival features over thirty of the world’s best breweries pouring over sixty different brews. Flagship and rare beers will be poured alongside one-of-a-kind concoctions at the stunning Bridgeport Art Center at 35th and [...]

Sat June 15: Above the Pavement: A City Fair

Saturday June 15 • 1pm -7pm Maria’s and Pleasant House Bakery 960 W 31st Street Admission: free This year Version is producing a one day outdoor/indoor mini festival that will become an annual event. It is the SMALLest city fair in the world! Imagine a boutique flea market with good food meeting a county fair [...]

Version 13 Opening Exhibition: An Urban Operating System

Friday June 14 • 6pm -11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Admission: free   The Urban Operating System celebrates the energy and imagination of people who make the city a better place to live, work and play in. For our opening show we examine projects that serve the common good, and connect us to [...]

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 [...]

Under the Influence: The Art of Beer

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and Mash Tun Journal are teaming up with Chef Won Kim of Brew Ha Ha and a bunch of brewers to bring you a new visual and culinary arts happening called Under The Influence: The Art of Beer. This counter-cultural culinary and art event  takes place Saturday, November 3, from 5-10pm, at our gallery, the Co-Prosperity [...]

October 19: Bridgeport Art Walk

This past week may as well have been called Version >12.5. There has been so much going on that we can barely keep up. On Friday, October 19 there will be about a dozen art shows in seven spaces with hundreds of artists participating in the Bridgeport Art Walk. Here is a list of spaces [...]

Friday October 12: The SMALL is Ordinary Shop Opens

Please join us on Friday October 12 from 5:30-7:30pm for the soft opening of the SMALL is Ordinary Shop.  It’s Public Media Institute’s latest project and it will blow yer socks off. From October 15, 2012  through January 1, 2013 The Small Manufacturing Alliance will create and operate the SMALL is Ordinary Shop. The Shop [...]

Friday Oct 5 in Bridgeport

This is how the Community of the Future rolls. This Friday Bridgeport blows up with Chicago Artist Month on Friday, October 5. We are throwing down. We have two events at the Bridgeport Art Center (1220 W 35th St)  from 5-9pm and an opening at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St) from 5-11pm. We will [...]

The SMALL Showroom of Furniture and Functional Objects • October 5, 2012

Oct 5, 5-9pm  Bridgeport Art Center 5th floor 1200 West 35th St. Join The Small Manufacturing Alliance for a pop up showroom in the Skyline Loft of the Bridgeport Art Center to view stunning locally made work by: Strand Design, Rebuilding Exchange (RX), ism-Furniture, M26 Studio, Modern Industry, Lagomorph Design, Michael Dreeben Furniture & Fine [...]

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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 [...]

Download the DRAFT Chicago Cultural Plan 2012

We think it is very important that anyone involved with shaping the cultural ecology in Chicago reads this draft plan. It’s got some pretty good stuff and some pretty lame stuff. But in the end it at least makes an effort at creating a policy that might have legs.  There are some tidbits that will [...]

IN/VISIBLE Exhibition @ Co-Prosperity Sphere July 13

IN/VISIBLE: A group exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere featuring: Patrick Lichty Wang Ye-Feng Xie Jiankun Jihoon Yoo Curator: Ross Jordan Friday, July 13 @ 8:30pm (sunset), Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 South Morgan Street Chicago Illinois, 60608 Chicago – July 2012. What you don’t see, you get anyway.  An exhibition that reveals the paradoxes and uses of vision In/Visible [...]

MDW Fair Call for Participation

The MDW Fair, October 26-28th, 2012 at the Geolofts October 26-28th, 2012 at the Geolofts Friday October 26, Vernissage Open Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28, 12-6 PM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The MDW Fair invites proposals for its fall showcase at the Geolofts in Bridgeport. Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between [...]

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 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 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Mash Tun is Coming

Maria’s and Public Media Institute are releasing a publication that celebrates the culture of beer and it’s called Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal. The 160 page  four color  magazine will be released during Chicago’s Craft Beer Week ( May 17-27, 2012). And to celebrate its release we are throwing a killer event: The Mash [...]

Proximity 009 will be available at Typeforce 3 show

Barring an act by God, a shipment of Proximity magazine issue 009 will arrive Friday afternoon just in time for the Typeforce 3 show. Please come to this extraordinary exhibition, see some fantastic work and browse or buy a copy. This issue’s theme is Grassroots Planning & Placemaking Projects. Think of it as our collective suggestions [...]

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!

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 [...]

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.org 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 [...]

Lumpen Releases a Commemorative Beer called The Chairman

On 11/11/11 in collaboration with Half Acre Brewing Company, we are releasing a commemorative Lumpen 20th Anniversary beer called The Chairman. On 11/11/11 in collaboration with Half Acre Brewing Company, we are releasing a commemorative Lumpen 20th Anniversary beer called The Chairman. The Chairman is a very limited release. It’s an Imperial Red Ale created to remember the men and [...]

Lumpen 20th Anniversary Issue Released this Friday

We are pleased to announce the release of our 20th anniversary issue of Lumpen Magazine, our sister publication! It’s hard to believe it’s been going on this long. For this special issue Plural Design created an overview of 20 years and 116 issues of the publication. It features  an 80 page magazine with a 24 [...]

Friday, October 21st in Bridgeport

We have three openings on Friday October 21, 2011. If you are coming down please visit what we have planned  in this order: – Thad Kellstadt @ Eastern Expansion 244 W 31st St  • 6-9pm – Judy Natal @ Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St • 6-9pm – MDW Fair Vernissage @ Geolfots 3636 S [...]

Bitches Brew Nights at Maria’s

For those looking for something out of the ordinary, Maria’s (960 W. 31st) is hosting a three day celebration from Tues. Sept.27 through Thurs. Sept. 29 titled BITCHES BREW: THE ARTISTRY OF MILES DAVIS. This special series is in commemoration of the 20th year anniversary of Miles’ passing away on Sept. 28, 1991. We will [...]

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 [...]

Dispatches and Directions

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 [...]

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

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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.

New New Chicagoans Opens Version 11 Festival this Friday

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

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

Solidarity With Labor in Wisconsin

From the Inbox via Nicolas Lampert: Colin Mattes (Milwaukee), Nicolas Lampert (Milwaukee), and Jesus Barraza (Oakland) from the Justseeds Artist’s Cooperative have posted 6 copy-right free posters/graphics about the labor uprising in Wisconsin. Images can be downloaded and turned into window poster, signs, flyers, images for websites, t-shirts, patches, etc. Your call and yours to [...]

Hull-House 1915 Hunger March Reenactment This Sunday

What: Hull-House 1915 Hunger March Reeanactment When: March 6 : 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Price: Free Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607 312-413-5353 ABOUT THE HUNGER MARCH In honor of the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams’ birth and Hull-House’s continued commitment to social and public policies, Pocket Guide to [...]

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We think they need some Chicago people. ” Welcome to ARTOUT – the first artist escort service in the history of art!  Our concept is unique and so are our services: we offer a selection of seasoned as well as young and up-coming artists to go out with. In our PFC* world it gets lonely [...]

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Please fill out the Creative Chicago Survey. “Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is interested in learning more about the creative practices of people who live and work in Chicago. With your help, this survey will paint a useful portrait of the range of creative activity in Chicago, and help us learn [...]

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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 [...]

Dear Mayor,

We just got this petition from the Go CHGO list which came from Arts Power Chicago.. pass it on.. Change is in the air. Chicagoans will soon elect a new mayor for the first time in 22 years. The next mayor will make decisions that will impact the arts for generations to come. Chicago is [...]

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 [...]

Help Fund E-Dogz Mobile Culinary Community Center

Local artist, Chef, Gallerist and Sweetheart of Art cholos, Eric May, is close to launching this project and he needs your financial support. Make it Happen!

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

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 [...]

Perfect Panda Project

Every neighborhood should have one of these. From the Guardian: As stress-relieving methods go, it certainly beats pummelling a globule of silly putty. Last week, residents of Brooklyn, New York, were invited to punch an 8ft-tall panda bear in the stomach to expunge their latent frustrations. Inside the wide-eyed panda suit was 33-year-old performance artist Nate [...]

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 [...]

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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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Last Friday over 600 people checked out our buddy Ray Noland’s solo exhibition, Sweet Tea & American Values, at the Chicago Urban Arts Society. Known for his Obama and Blagojovich stencils, murals and paintings, Ray unveiled his newest work, a portrait of Mayor Daley in riot gear. Ray’s show was also the official opening of [...]

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Our friends at the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce are awarding $5,500.00 prize for best art installation in their new storefront program called Make Believe. If you have any competence filling out forms and  have any talent get off yer complaining butt and make a submission! “WPB is looking for talented artists with the [...]

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