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The Chicago 77

3/19-5/29

To capture the uniqueness of the Chicago experience, the Poetry Foundation has commissioned a 77-line poem constructed from texts and found objects from Chicago's 77 community areas. Featuring contributions from local artists Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila Woods.

Poetry Foundation (map)
61 W. Superior
Near North
phone 312-787-7070
The Chicago 77

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Refractions

5/1-5/29

Two pieces by design collective Luftwerk. Reception Fri 5/1, 6-10 PM.

http://facebook.com/events/1423985971248248/
Silent Funny (map)
4106 W. Chicago Ave.
Humboldt Park Refractions

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Gabriel Sierra

5/3-6/28

Bogotá-based artist Gabriel Sierra's new site-specific exhibition at the Renaissance Society is his first solo exhibition in the United States. Technically, it's eight exhibitions: it changes every hour in title and in concept. The transformations require constant attention not just from gallery staff, who change the title cards, but also from patrons, who are asked to engage in thoughtful interactions with a set of temporary structures according to a specific set of instructions. The hourly changes put visitors on an intimate, exclusive basis with each exhibition and encourages multiple visits. The provided instructional pamphlet written by Sierra has a humorous yet earnest feel, with illustrations of simplistic stick figures demonstrating how one should act in each of the 14 spatial interventions. (The structures remain the same, but the context changes every hour.) For example, one of the instructions for set number ten—for interacting with a raised platform covered with gravel—explains, "Walk for 10 minutes thinking of the outdoors while you are indoors." By cooperating with Sierra you, the viewer, become the final element in each piece; the artwork is incomplete until a human intervention activates the static structure. All but one of the provided instructions are humanly possible to follow. The exception is for work number five: it instructs two visitors to stare into each other's eyes without blinking for a full ten minutes. This inclusion of the impossible is a slight nudge by Sierra giving us permission to depart from his instructions and interpret each exhibition for ourselves. —Kate Sierzputowski

Renaissance Society (map)
5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall 418
Hyde Park
phone 773-702-8670

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Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity

4/6-7/12

Though they sport canes, top hats and animal prints, the men in the Museum of Contemporary Photography's new exhibition "Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity," featuring the work of more than 25 photographers and filmmakers, represent more than snappy dressing. "Today's black dandy isn't responding as much to white America or Europe as much as he is responding to himself," says Shantrelle Lewis, the exhibit's curator. "The black dandy today is more or less referencing his grandfather and/or other men of a past generation within his own community—not imitating the Other." Photographed against urban, abstract, and wildlife backgrounds, the men pictured in "Dandy Lion" seek to manifest an African aesthetic as opposed to parodying or impersonating Western aristocrats. Some typify a previous age, as in Harness Hamese's black-and-white print For Every Strong Woman, There Are Strong Men—Khumbula (2014), a portrait of half a dozen men and one woman, all dressed in vintage garb, standing in front of a dilapidated building in Johannesburg, South Africa. The unifying strength and energy within the print is compelling—the expressions unyielding to those who look upon them. "An exhibition about dressing up won't stop someone from being racially profiled or stopped and frisked," says Lewis, but "it will most certainly help to dismantle the notion that blackness is monolithic, tied to slums and violence and negativity. Blackness is all encompassing, expands across oceans, socioeconomic status, education, and culture. The stereotyping of the black community and particularly of black men is so overdone, and honestly we [the global black community] are over it." —Zara Yost

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery

Ongoing

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 >>

Water Tower Place (map)
835 North Michigan Avenue
Other North The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery

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