Art Seen: Chicago

SIMON STARLING // MCA CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi Simon Starling contends with the very idea of transportation as his subject. Undertaking poetic expeditions that highlight specific global exchanges, the British-born neo-conceptual artist works across multiple disciplines—drawing from extensive research to construct meaning. In Flaga, a red and white Fiat 126 hangs on the wall like a painting. The car—a symbol[…]

HELSINGISTÄ // WESTERN EXHIBITIONS

by Hiba Ali Helsingistä, the title of the exhibition currently on view at Western Exhibitions, means to be from Helsinki. The title anchors the geographical coordinates for the artists, Ari Pelkonen and Valpuri Kylmänen. Versed in the techniques of lithography and woodcut printing, Pelkonen and Kylmänen, have been working alongside each other ever since they met[…]

PRENTICE WINDOWS // JEFF PROKASH PART III

by Joshua Michael Demaree In 2013, when architect Betrand Goldberg’s infamous Prentice Women’s Hospital began to be demolished, the artist and cultural communities of Chicago that had fought to save the Brutalist tower, looked on in dismay. Chicago-based artist, Jeff Prokash, had a different reaction: rather than see the building as lost, he imagined what[…]

NORMAN ZAMMITT // ANDREW RAFACZ

by Shreya Sethi Norman Zammitt’s acrylic paintings of gradated color, currently on display at Andrew Rafacz, were produced in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, around the same time that home computers began gaining popularity. The works, much smaller in scale but similar in style to Zammitt’s Mural paintings, are composed of narrow bands of[…]

PRENTICE WINDOWS // JEFF PROKASH PART II

by Joshua Michael Demaree – Read Pt I here – Earlier this year, Chicago-based artist Jeff Prokash — beyond all expectations — was fortunate enough to become the owner of three iconic elliptical windows from famed architect Betrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hopsital in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The Brutalist tower, after a long and ill-fated fight[…]

PRENTICE WINDOWS // JEFF PROKASH PART I

By Joshua Michael Demaree When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those[…]

MARCO BRAUNSCHWEILER // DOCUMENT

by Hiba Ali Photo lapses, late nights, decay, and the accumulation of debris; these circumstances may appear as a randomized assortment, but have one particular quantifier in common: time. An essential aspect of Marco Braunschweiler‘s I want to be an honest man and a good writer, currently on view at Document, is how time and[…]

CHICAGO DESIGN MUSEUM // STARTS/SPECULATIONS

by Ann Meisinger The Chicago Design Museum is a peculiar entity; it is a permanent institution in a semi-permanent location. The space functions as a support base for the design community, and is looking forward to a decidedly non-for-profit future. After several years of itinerant status – doing yearly pop-up exhibitions – the museum opened[…]

MINDY ROSE SCHWARTZ // QT

by Stephanie Cristello CHICAGO, IL. What qualities make an object mysterious? It is easy to assume that the affect is a result of the unknowable, or the more auratic, outside forces of the thing at hand. But one could equally say that it is the thing itself, stripped bare of its abstract potentials, its ability[…]

JIMENEZ LAI // VENICE BIENNALE OF ARCHITECTURE

by Stephanie Cristello You don’t have to travel to Venice to catch a glimpse of the 2014 Biennale of Architecture. On view now through August, Between Two Boxes: The Interstitial Imaginings of Jimenez Lai is currently installed at Clayco and Forum Studio here in Chicago. The Chicago-based designer’s work is featured in the Taiwanese Pavilion,[…]

MISTAKES HAVE HIDDEN INTENTION // DEVENING PROJECTS + EDITIONS

by Hiba Ali Disruptions, fissures, and cracks figure largely in the press release for Mistakes Have Hidden Intention, currently on view at devening projects + editions. The work involves the act of displacement through the arrangement of forms. The artists featured in the exhibition are all affiliated with Scotty Enterprises, a gallery project in Kreuzburg,[…]

PRIVATE DREAM // RICHARD GRAY GALLERY

THE SEEN Staff Last night, Spanish artist Jaume Plensa attended the opening for his solo exhibition, Private Dream at Richard Gray Gallery, presenting new sculptures. Join him Monday, June 16 at 6pm at the Art Institute of Chicago for a free public lecture on his extensive body of artwork in public spaces around the world,[…]

CHGO DSGN // CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER

by F. Philip Barash – Originally published on Newcity – In a story destined for myth, Rick Valicenti tells of being first approached by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) about curating an exhibition on recent graphic and object design. He was interested, but asked for time to research before agreeing[…]

UNBOUND // MCA CHICAGO

by Hiba Ali Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo hails Frida’s role as a harbinger of art and politics of the present. Her practice is encapsulated through current cultural politics and the performativity of gender – depictions of the body in this exhibition could be seen as acted upon by politics, and the industrial practices[…]

/DIALOGUES SUMMER SERIES 2014

THE SEEN Staff Locust Roundtables EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, announces the summer series for /Dialogues in anticipation of the third edition of the fair, September 18–21, 2014. Presented with support by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, /Dialogues offers year-round panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse[…]

WRITING INTERNATIONALLY // EXPERIENCING EXHIBITIONS ONLINE

A Panel Discussion Organized by THE SEEN Publishing platforms are changing – the transition from print into online is more rapid now than ever. THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, features in-depth global coverage of exhibitions, artists, and events. An independent editorial affiliate of EXPO CHICAGO, the publication is the[…]

THE HILLS // SOMETHING OTHER THAN

by Stephanie Cristello A Delicate Interloper CHICAGO, IL. This exhibition is experienced equally as well online as it is in person. The proliferation of digital imagery used throughout is not new, though California-based Greg Ito and Jonah Susskind do it freshly in this two-person show currently on view at The Hills Esthetic Center. This is[…]

THE BEAST // 75 YEARS OF THE HYDE PARK ART CENTER

by Nina Litoff CHICAGO, IL. Through good times and the bad, the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) has upheld its vital goals: to exhibit bold and daring new exhibitions, to bolster support for arts in the neighborhood, and to educate a new generation of young artists. Its commitment to this vision has made the center[…]

ARCHIVE STATE // MoCP

by Patrick G. Putze Imaging Privacy Archive State at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) uses collected photographs to offer unique insight into some very specific global situations from the last fifty years. Yet, in doing so, the exhibition points to some very serious investigations into exploitation and one’s right to privacy. Taking the practice[…]

JOSÉ LERMA // GLORIOSA SUPERBA

by Stephanie Cristello Fighting the War From Both Sides Conspiracy is often faithfully followed by the term theory. It is a type of narrative that lends itself to the unknowable; founded on conjecture and speculation, on estimations of the factual that cannot be proven or disproven, existing forever in a state of both reality and[…]

CHRISTOPHER WOOL // THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi Organized by the Guggenheim museum at the Art Institute of Chicago, a massive exhibition of Christopher Wool’s paintings has traveled from New York, after just having been on view, to the city that Wool considers his hometown. As a kind of somber homecoming, the show seems to bring with it a message[…]

THE WAY OF THE SHOVEL, PART II // MCA CHICAGO

by Ruslana Lichtzier – Republished with retracted edits – The Way Of The Shovel is an enticing exhibition for the curious mind. Part one of this review focused on the archeological attitudes the show is built upon, and the dialectic relationship between art and scholastic practices. The attempt to trace this major current movement in[…]

THE MYTH OF PARTICIPATION // CAA 2014

by Tara Plath The College Art Association’s Friday morning panel, The Myth of Participation and the Growing Realities of Critical Exchange, brought together artists, scholars, and educators to evaluate the relationship between artist and audience, and the importance of site and objects in participatory art practices. The speakers did not achieve a debunking or confirming[…]

THE DELINQUENT CURATOR // CAA 2014

by Stephanie Cristello We begin with the provocative question: has the curator failed contemporary art? This is the topic of The Delinquent Curator, a panel at the CAA Conference that took place yesterday morning. It is perhaps better phrased as: has the curator failed to better contextualize and present what it means to be contemporary[…]