Whenever the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is in Chicago, the first place he stops is the northeast corner of Michigan and Monroe. When he arrives there this week, it will be to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Millennium Park and his famed Crown Fountain—and to attend the openings of a pair of exhibits of his head sculptures in the park and at Richard Gray Gallery. Over the phone from Germany, where two solo shows of his work are being held this summer, Plensa describes the urge to visit Crown Fountain as a sort of impulsive pilgrimage of reassurance. "I feel every time I have to go check to see if it's still there," he says. "to make sure that it wasn't just a dream." Plensa's lingering insecurity a decade after the debut of a piece of public art that has since been cemented, along with Anish Kapoor's adjacent Cloud Gate, as a neo Chicago icon stems from the fact that his vision easily could've gone unrealized. At the dawn of the planning for Millennium Park, years before hordes of children began cooling themselves in the spit of the twin 50-foot towers of glass brick and LEDs, it seemed the only person who completely believed in Jaume Plensa's concept for Crown Fountain was Jaume Plensa. Almost as soon as the artist submitted his first sketches, the work became a source of uncertainty for the project's stakeholders. Cloud Gate, as a neo Chicago icon stems from the fact that his vision easily could've gone unrealized. At the dawn of the planning for Millennium Park, years before hordes of children began cooling themselves in the spit of the twin 50-foot towers of glass brick and LEDs, it seemed the only person who completely believed in Jaume Plensa's concept for Crown Fountain was Jaume Plensa. Almost as soon as the artist submitted his first sketches, the work became a source of uncertainty for the project's stakeholders. Continue reading >>">Continue reading >>
Work by Minneapolis artist Haynes Riley. Reception Sat 8/23, 7 PM.
The National Hellenic Museum celebrates its one-year anniversary with the opening of an exhibit chronicling the history of Greeks in America.
Historical documents chronicle the efforts by American women who volunteered to help rebuild and rehabilitate France following World War I.
Artifacts from between the Arctic and the tip of South America highlighting 13,000 years of survivor skills utilized by the early Pueblo communities of the American southwest, the Incas of South America, and other cultures throughout the hemisphere.
Like many of us, Ted Geisel felt unfulfilled by his day job. Does it matter that, as Dr. Seuss, Geisel produced some of the world's most beloved picture books and introduced generations of children to the pleasures of reading? For the sake of his young audience, Dr. Seuss had to keep his drawings simple and his color palette limited. But before he'd gone to work as a commercial illustrator, Geisel had trained as a fine artist. So late at night, he painted. He experimented with color and style and more adult themes. He hung his "midnight paintings" in his house in La Jolla, California, but didn't want them released into the world while he was still alive. Continue reading >>
If you just can't wait to see the Bowie exhibit, you can throw down some serious coin to attend this preview event hosted by ArtEdge. $3,000, $30,000-$60,000 group tickets
Guided tour of ARC, Intuit and Woman Made galleries. Leaves from Love’s Snack Shop, 770 N Halsted.
Sculptures and assemblage pieces by Michele Stutts. Reception Fri 9/5, 6-9 PM.
For four years, Monique Meloche has tried to rent the ad space on the bus-stop bench that sits in front of her Division Street gallery on the southwest edge of Wicker Park. "It's always occupied by this real estate agent," she says. "We inquired, and he flat out said no." Continue reading >>
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David Bowie mania has officially hit Chicago. It's day one of the highly anticipated "David Bowie Is" exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago), a collection of Bowie stage costumes, never-before-seen photos, handwritten lyric sheets, and other rare items. And then, of course, there's the music: the Daley Plaza hosts the David Bowie Tribute Concert (noon at 50 W. Washington), featuring a performance by Sons of the Silent Age.
Group show based on the theme of rebirth. Reception Fri 9/5, 7-11 PM.
Drawings, blueprints, and concept designs of buildings created by Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright.