Don’t want to deal with the mobs at the MCA’s big Bowie exhibit? A quieter show featuring the Thin White Duke is happening on the northwest side. In “Warhol, Reed, and Bowie,” Jefferson Park’s Ed Paschke Art Center is displaying select shots of that trinity of enigmatic pop figures from the massive catalog of Zelig-like photographer Steve Schapiro, a New York native who after a quarter century in Los Angeles moved to Chicago seven years ago. Continue reading >>
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Ed Paschke almost never took a vacation. The six days a week he spent at his Rogers Park studio painting the vibrant, haunting portraits that were his trademark was vacation enough, Paschke's son Marc once said. So special was the cluttered room on Howard Street that the artist called it the alchemist's lair. After Paschke's death at age 65 in 2004, Marc meticulously photographed the studio and carefully packed up its contents, with the hope that a gallery might one day re-create the place his father, a key Chicago Imagist, most loved to be. The Ed Paschke Art Center, which opened in Jefferson Park late last month, has done just that: diligently reproduced the studio in all its divey, chaotic glory. Wood panels cover the walls. Fluorescent light fixtures, which the artist filtered to his liking using canvas strips, are overhead. One of Paschke's patterned button-down shirts hangs from the back of a chair in front of an easel that holds an unfinished painting of a boxer. Paschke's spirit is so present you half expect the artist to saunter into the scene, pluck a long brush from one of the repurposed Pringles cans, and sit down to work. Continue reading >>
A retrospective of work by the late sculptor and longtime SAIC professor. Reception Thu 7/10, 5-8 PM.