Group exhibition questioning the way needle working interacts with other mediums and art forms.
In Elaine May's 2002 satire, porn stars with a public-access sex show enlist the help of their cameraman, a Yale graduate, to write an art film that will help them escape the adult industry. But after getting a look at their new screenwriter's required reading—The Jew of Malta, Dylan Thomas, Our Town, even Susan Sontag—the actors become a little too thoughtful, putting their careers and lives in jeopardy. The punch line is that exposure to education and culture can have adverse effects. Under director Doug Alberts, the actors in this Bard and Fool production do right by the comedy, but a particularly glaring problem becomes clear during the musical numbers: they're awful singers. —Tal Rosenberg $12-$15
Sanford Biggers's window installation Ago has a formal decorativeness that belies its provocative intentions. It combines a number of mediums (fabric, spray paint, wood, light boxes) and cultural references (quilt making, graffiti, Japanese woodblock prints, landscape painting) to put a twist on manifest destiny and America's coded—and not-so-coded—racial histories.
The starting point is a reference to a widely distributed 1863 picture of a runaway slave, Gordon, that showed his back heavily scarred by repeated whippings. Taken by the photographer William McPherson and his partner, Mr. Oliver, the image helped expose the horrors of slavery and has been credited with galvanizing the abolitionist movement. Continue reading >>
Work by Robert Burnier and Chris D. Smith. Reception Fri 4/26, 5-7 PM.
The National Hellenic Museum celebrates its one-year anniversary with the opening of an exhibit chronicling the history of Greeks in America.
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.
New paintings and works on paper from Japanese artist Kaoru Arima. Reception Fri 5/3, 6-9 PM. Subsequent viewing by appointment only.
Explore the physiology of "more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of Plastination." $6-$12
An exhibit that includes screenprints of animals by Chicago artists.
A continuation of the recent "Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art," which offers a "survey of regional styles and modern Native American art while tracing its evolution from ancient times to present day."
Cosmos-inspired paintings by Adam Benjamin Fung, Carrie Gundersdorf, Matthew Girson, and Sabina Ott. Reception Fri 4/26, 6-9 PM.
The Joliet-based artist displays works that he recovered from the ashes of his family home, which burned down in early April. Reception Fri 5/17, 7-10 PM.
What happens when a high-powered composer like Andrew Lloyd Webber decides to write a musical's book as well as its music? Aspects of Love happens: a show with a fragmented story line and spasmodic character development but lots and lots of singing. The premise seems promising enough: a young man, his uncle, and his uncle's mistress all fall for the same charismatic actress. Director Fred Anzevino and music director Jeremy Ramey play to the show's strengths, packing it with strong singer-actors who are capable of giving Webber's characters the illusion of depth while making his songs soar. Three in particular—Kelli Harrington, Colette Todd, and Rochelle Therrien—set the stage on fire whenever they're on it. —Jack Helbig $30-$35