Ellen Hartwell Alderman, program coordinator at the Graham Foundation and director of Alderman Exhibitions, is mesmerized by:
Gomez/Wilson: Windows & Mirrors at New Capital
If you haven't ventured over to the East Garfield Park galleries yet, now is the time. New Capital just opened a new show that is definitely worth the trip. Gomez/Wilson: Windows & Mirrors features the work of Andrew Norman Wilson on the first floor and Sayre Gomez on the second floor of this split-level exhibition space. Wilson's hauntingly mesmerizing projections directly engage the idiosyncratic architecture (one brick corner is especially intriguing), while Gomez has installed well-worn but blacked-out windows on two ends of the whitewashed gallery upstairs. The thickness of the walls provides both installations with a blockage that mutely turns the viewer back to a blank beginning; a blue screen in one instance and a white wall in the other. Devening Projects also has a great exhibition of Dianna Frid's work up through December 3. Finally, look for Danielle Gustafson-Sundell, Songs That Start With I, at Julius Cæsar opening December 11.
Peter Exley, adjunct associate professor of architecture at the School of the Art Institute and host of this week's Pechakucha Night storytelling show (see theater listings), is into:
Ron Faiola's Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience
My mum is a frequent visitor from England (according to her, 40 times to Chicago in the past 25 years). Finding new and exciting excursions is a challenge; a couple of years ago, we jaunted up to Milwaukee's Times Cinema to see the premiere of filmmaker Ron Faiola's Fish Fry Night Milwaukee. Being English and having a penchant for the British institution of fish-and-chips it was a very worthwhile and salivating road trip. Faiola's latest offering is even tastier; Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience (like Fish Fry, available on DVD) is a mouthwatering tour of rarefied restaurants from another era that has me thinking of excursions northward. [Cheap Trick drummer] Bun E. Carlos's culinary review of the Liberty Inn in Beloit is further endorsement of the film's credibility in documenting the culture of these comestible time capsules. Mum's passport will be stamped Beloit next visit.