Your Concise Chicago Art Guide for September 2022
Queen Bey dropped Renaissance and homes on Chicago’s South Side and beyond are celebrating #4onthefloor and #housemusicallnightlong, and venues on the South Side bring early fall energy. The exhibiting artists face the 75th anniversary of the partition of the Indian subcontinent, being a young Kuwaiti feminist painter, and reflect on the memory and healing of black Americans, as well as personal family stories.
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Pritika Chowdhry: Unbearable memories, untold storiesAnti-memorial partition project
Since 2007, feminist and post-colonialist artist Pritika Chowdhry has developed the Anti-memorial partition project. August 2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the partition of the Indian subcontinent and the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nation states. Chowdry has continued to build on this series by producing installation pieces that create alternative ways of remembering and commemorating traumatic geopolitical events, from the dual lenses of South Asian diasporic post-memory.
South Asia Institute (www.saichicago.org)
1925 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Until December 10
Myron Laban: It’s time to get up
Known for his murals, painter Myron Laban reduced for a solo exhibition of his figurative paintings at The Silver Room. Laban has been a strong advocate for people with mental health issues and seeks to promote healing through creative pursuits. Infused with earthy tones and warm figures, It’s time to get up expresses Laban’s emphasis on perseverance and healing.
The Silver Room (thesilverroom.com)
1506 East 53rd Street, Chicago
Until September 9
ask for the moon
Tiger Strikes Asteroid presents an exhibition of printed works by Breanna Robinson. In this body of work, Robinson uses her memories, dreams, and research to explore the separate but intrinsically linked processes of memory consolidation and dream construction. Robinson often works with a variety of materials to produce handmade and digital works that reflect themes of nostalgia, femininity, media and technology within the context of Black American culture.
Tiger hits an asteroid (Tigerstrikesasteroid.com)
Mana Contemporary, 2233 South Throop Street, #419, Chicago
Until October 1
Jova Lynne and Antonia Larkin: The gardens of our mothers
Antonia Larkin and Jova Lynne, 2019 ACRE residents, tracing the memory of Black life and lineage through unconventional approaches to archival and cultural memory. Drawing on family stories, personal traditions, vinyl records, and ecology, these artists reinvent and reimagine the ways in which we document and commemorate stories of grief, family upheaval, and collective loss.
White Gallery (blancchicago.com), in partnership with Artist’s Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE)
4445 South King Drive, Chicago
Until September 23
Victoria Martinez: Daughter of Chopsticks
In a 2021 interview with The Latinx Project at New York University, Eva Mayhabal Davis writes: “Victoria Martinez’s work explores landscapes, systems of power and the archiving of particular sites as a form of honoring stories. Within his abstractions, there are portals to reimagining spaces and memories, as well as embracing alternative methods of mapping. This is particularly noticeable in the material layers and textured textiles that are painted and transformed into an intuitive language. For her solo exhibition, Chicago native Martinez returns with a new body of work at the Produce Model Gallery.
Produce a model gallery (www.product-model.com)
1918 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago
Until October 8
Yuge Zhou: moon drawings
Last spring, the Chinese American Museum in Chicago launched the Spotlight Series, a new initiative to showcase the works of contemporary artists of Chinese descent. The fourth in the series features works by Yuge Zhou. His video series Moon Drawings was created during the global pandemic travel ban. Zhou was inspired by a Han dynasty legend about the disappearance of loved ones in a distant land. Her recent work revolves around the great physical and emotional distance between China and America, two lands she calls home.
The exhibition’s programming will include a poetry session in collaboration with the Chicago Poetry Center and a sound performance by local sound artists Kikù Hibino and Chien-An Yuan.
Chinese American Museum of Chicago (ccamuseum.org)
238 West 23rd Street, Chicago
Until October 16
SH Kim: hands remember and Latifa Alajlan: Under My Skin
The early fall season opener at FLXST Contemporary spotlights painters Latifa Alaljan and SH Kim. As a young Kuwaiti woman and feminist, Latifa Alajlal combines Islamic motifs and symbolic materials from her country to create dense abstract paintings. She states that her mark stems from “the use of my hands and body, the sensual strokes and textures of my paintings aim to invoke the intimacy of nature and appropriate its own flesh”. Alajlan aims to facilitate a conversation between conservative and liberal Kuwaitis with a focus on empowering women.
Kim states that he references Japanese and American animations from the 1970s to the 2000s to create abstract paintings. Although using pop culture influences, Kim’s work also seems to draw on modernist landscape paintings such as Fauvist use of color and form as well as elements of Milton Avery’s simplified later modernism.
FLXST Contemporary (flxst.co)
2251 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 220, Chicago
From September 10 to October 23, 2022
Miles McClure and Scott Vincent Campbell
Miles MacClure and Scott Vincent Campbell are intrigued by the meaning humans attribute to objects; their respective practices merge sculptural and photographic elements for different purposes. Campbell examines the parts of ourselves that we need to obscure and MacClure questions the reality and meaning of individual identity. In tandem, their assemblages use found and fabricated objects to interrogate the construction of selfhood. Through these transformations of objects and images, Campbell and MacClure aim to offer the viewer a new way of looking at the familiar and a new way of looking at themselves.
Baby blue (babybluegallery.org)
Mana Contemporary, 2233 South Throop Street, Chicago
September 15–October 15
Liz’s childhood computer
Liz Vitlin’s exhibition in Prairie presents a selection of works from her current project Liz’s childhood computer. Extracted from the dusty hard drive of a computer custom-built for her by her father, they are ambiguous and strange works. Vitlin transplants his videos, photographs and Microsoft Word compositions salvaged from the hazy world of early digital media into the gallery space.
2055 West Cermak, Chicago
September 24–November 5
Over the past few years, Ian Miyamura has steadily produced a number of paintings, slowly sorting them into clusters of disparate subjects and pictorial genres; fancifully deformed seagulls, historically evocative still lifes and ironic works of geometric abstraction. Miyamura displays a subtle technique and sensitivity to his materials in these modestly sized paintings. Considered as a whole, the formal language he uses questions the way we engage in the act of creation and vision.
4th district project space (4wps.org)
5338 South Kimbark Avenue Chicago
From October 30 to November 22, 2022