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Apsáalooke Women and Warriors Recommended All Ages

Through 7/18/21: Thu-Mon, 9 AM-5 PM
Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Museum Campus

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Note: The museum is closed temporarily to comply with the city and state’s COVID-19 health and safety advisories.

The Apsáalooke people of the Northern Plains were beaders, artists, mothers, two-spirited people, and warriors. This exhibition features contemporary beadwork and fashion of the Apsáalooke as well as 100-year-old war shields. The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, with select sections also in Apsáalooke. 312-922-9410

Bisa Butler: Portraits Recommended Agenda

Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

Bisa Butler's portrait quilts capture personal and historical narratives of Black life. This is the first solo museum exhibition of the Howard University alum's work. 312-443-3600

The Roedelius Cells Recommended Free Agenda Early Warnings (Music)

12/11/20-1/31/21, by appointment
Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago Ravenswood

A sound installation by Grammy-nominated composer Tim Story created from thousands of short extracts culled from a decade of informal piano recordings made with his friend and colleague Hans-Joachim Roedelius. 773-769-1069

Soul Healing Satsang with Stacy Patrice Recommended Agenda Online

Sundays, 1 p.m.

Healing artist and soul healer Stacy Patrice offers a weekly online satsang (a convening in the yogic tradition where participants consciously gather to align with goodness). Hosted by the Rebuild Foundation and aired Sundays on their Instagram Live.

. . . And I Am Not Afraid Recommended Free The Short List (Theater)

Available anytime through Prop Thtr website


Prop Thtr presents a free streaming version of this production from fall of 2019, presented then under the title I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid. Devised by the ensemble and directed by Anna Gelman, with music by Alec Phan, the play uses the Holocaust and its legacy as a lens for exploring bravery and tenacity in the face of violence and oppression. Reader critic Dmitry Samarov wrote "In a time when so many societal forces are hell-bent on dividing us along tribal lines, this powerful piece of theater shows how sharing the tribulations of one people must give all people pause."

The Other Art Fair presents AMFM Recommended Free Online


The Other Art Fair's Online Studios is a digital hub for artists meant to exhibit in the 2020 Spring fairs. The fair launched an online exhibition of 10 artists curated by AMFM's founder Ciera McKissick.

Scholar’s Rock or Stone of Hope or Love of Bronze

Through the summer of 2021
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

The sculptures of Chicago-based artist Richard Hunt, on view at the Art Institute of Chicago's Bluhm Family Terrace. 312-443-3600

Jo Ractliffe: Drives Agenda

Through 4/26
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

The first survey organized of the work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe includes images of the port city of Durban, video installations, and more. 312-443-3600

Alien vs. Citizen Agenda


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An exhibition about citizenship, migration, and an individual's value in the United States, featuring work by Monica Bock, Jennifer Bornstein, Stephanie Brooks, Mary E. Carlisle, Enrique Chagoya, Larry Clark, Dora García, Cathy Lynn Gasser, Melissa Goldstein, Ramiro Gomez, Doug Hall, Gabriel Kuri, the group Claire Fontaine, Glenn Ligon, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Kerry James Marshall, Hương Ngô, Christina Quarles, Robert Rauschenberg, Andres Serrano, Sandrine Sheon, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Catherine Smith, Nedko Solakov, Thomas Struth, Hồng-Ân Trương, Gillian Wearing, Carrie Mae Weems, and Eric Wesley. 312-280-2660

Emotions Go to Work

Through March 2021: Mon-Fri 9:30 AM-5 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-5 PM
International Museum of Surgical Science 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Near North

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Note: as of December 2020, the International Museum of Surgical Science is closed to visitors until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Scottish-born artist Zoe Beloff presents an installation at the museum that investigates "how our emotions and feelings have been turned into commodities and instrumentalized by global corporations." 312-642-6502

U-505 Submarine All Ages Agenda

Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Hyde Park

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A look at the U-505 submarine, the only German submarine in the United States. 773-684-1414

Chicago Architecture Center Online Exhibits Free Agenda Online


The CAC offers three online exhibitions, viewable for free on its website: "Between States: 50 Designers Transform Chicago's Neighborhoods" (a showcase of community-based design solutions to transform underappreciated and underperforming spaces in Chicago), "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" (design proposals for rebuilding Chicago from 50 local architecture and design firms), and "Chidesign: Designing a Center for Architecture, Design, and Education" (an international competition to imagine a new Center for Architecture, Design, and Education in Chicago).

Open 5.0 Free Agenda Online

Slate Arts 3203 W. North, Chicago Humboldt Park

Slate Arts presents their fifth anniversary exhibition online, featuring photography, video, and other visual work by Colin Mosely, Alanna Huck-Scarry, Anthony Sims, Bryan Fielding, Ezra Arsenault, Matthew Lo Re, Sia Serafina, and Skyler Hagner. 847-312-1527

We Series: Screens featuring work by Chengan Xia, Katinka Kleijn, Norman Long, Sonnenzimmer, and Jordan Martins Free Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music) Online

Tue., Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

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An online version of the regular series usually hosted at Elastic Arts, featuring performance, film, new writing, and music. Livestream at Elastic's Twitch channel.

Soundtrack featuring Santiago X, Sadie Woods Free Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music) Online

Fri., Jan. 29, 12 p.m.

Pre-recorded sets from sound artists and DJs; this week featuring two sets from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's The Dreamscape online presentation. Livestream at the museum's website.

In Focus lecture series featuring Rebecca Zorach on abolition art Recommended Free Agenda Online

Sun., Feb. 7, 2 p.m.

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Local writer and professor Zorach, the author of Art for People's Sake: Artists and Community in Black Chicago, 1965-1975 (Duke University Press, 2019) gives an online talk for the Evanston Art Center's free lecture series. Zoom access will be sent after registration.

Second Friday Member Picks Free All Ages

Second Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.
Chicago Arts District 1945 S. Halsted, Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

Multiple art spaces in the Chicago Arts District around 18th and Halsted host receptions, open houses, and artists' talks. Check the website for updated information and cancellations. 312-738-8000