Friday, December 19, 2008

January 2009 opening @ Antena

Sebastian Alvarez

Project Wall Space: Huong Ngo
Monthly Video series: Patrick Holbrook

Opening Friday January 9, 2009 from 6pm-10pm

January 9 - February 7, 2009

"Words feel beneath" by Sebastian Alvarez is a piece that exists in different forms, as an image, as an installation, and as a performance. This work reflects about the human relation with the earth, the disappearance of the language of storytelling, and the environments to which we depend in order to create culture. What has ultimate value, is not what is measured and seen but what exists in the many realms of meanings and connections that lie beneath the tangible realities of the world, linking all things.

Sebastian Alvarez, born in Lima, Peru, is an interdisciplinary performance artist, who is interested in transforming his personal vision into social responsibility with new cultural imperatives that include a renewed sense of community, an ecological reintegration, and greater access to the mythic and archetypal bases of bio-restoration.

Also this month
Project Wall Space: Huong Ngo

"Though I grew up in the verdant piedmont area of North Carolina, one of my earliest memories is closely inspecting the minute grid of a window screen and imagining the endless horizon of high-rise buildings in my birthplace, Hong Kong. Mine was one of only a handful of Vietnamese families in this area which Nascar racers and elementary school teachers alike fondly call "The New South." As a child, I devoted all of my creative energies towards making wearable gifts for loved ones, which they typically used once and then politely hid away. By middle school, I had already raised a brood of baby hamsters, started a small business, and learned to sew with a machine. With these achievements under my belt, I began reading only psychology textbooks, absurdist plays, and science journals in my attempt to understand the world.

My art investigates the tenuous nature of survival. Born as a refugee, my experiences are shaped by a sense of statelessness, flux, and displacement. I explore these themes to their utopian and dystopian ends through the creation of shelter, both physical and psychological. I appropriate futurist aesthetics to reposition the story of the refugee as contemporaneous with mythologies of the modern nomad. I combine the language of design and craft movements with the use of recycled industrial materials in order to challenge traditional notions of technological progress and question dominant modes of consumption and production. At the same time, I use strategies of collaboration, humor, and play, to allow for new economies of personal exchange and broach darker aspects of humanity such as war, fear, and isolation.

I received my MFA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and my BFA from the University of North Carolina. I have exhibited my works at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the National Gallery in Prague, the Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco, the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase, the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City, as well as numerous non-profit and artist-run spaces. I have received the LMCC Swing Space Grant, the Chashama artist studio, and the Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs."

Monthly Video series: Patrick Holbrook

Patrick Holbrook lives and works in Chicago. His work examines the spaces and movements of commodities and people, the intersections of power structures, ideological expression in engineered and cultural forms, cultural memory, and speculative possibilities of alternative ways of living. Based in video and digital media, but including other materials and objects, it has been shown at venues such as the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and in solo exhibitions at Eyedrum and the Saltworks Gallery Project Room in Atlanta, A\V Space in Rochester NY, and Washington State University Tri-Cities. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College, has been a visiting artist at Rhode Island School of Design, Scripps College, and The University of Memphis, and was an Assistant Professor at the Georgia College & State University Art Department from 2002 to 2007, where he started the digital media area. He grew up in New Hampshire and received an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, a B.A. from Hampshire College, and plays music with The Wood Knots.

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
Saturdays noon-5pm or by appointment

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Son del Viento de Chicago

Cafe Mestizo presents:
Son del Viento de Chicago
en concierto

Saturday, December 13
2008 @ 9pm

Cafe Mestizo
1646 W. 18th St.
Pilsen - Chicago

doors 9pm, show 10pm
suggestion donation $7

Conformado hace cuatro años por los músicos chicaguenses de amplia y sólida trayectoria Raúl Fernández (requinto, percusión, y voz) y Jaime Garza (leona y voz), además de Ricardo Salazar (jarana segunda y voz), Jim Hartman (marimbol), Adrian Alcantar (jarana, cajón y voz) y la incorporación de la talentosa joven Maya Fernández (voz, jarana y zapateado), este grupo nos remite a la atinada y fructífera combinación del son veracruzano (jarocho y huasteco), con el viento de resistencia e identidad mexicana y chicana, en esta ciudad de intensos jarochos y jaraneros, que es Chicago (rebautizada por tanto como Jaro-Chicago). Una fiesta sonera del fandango profundo nos invita a zapatear con fervor, al escuchar el amplio repertorio con que Son del Viento contribuye a la imparable celebración de nuestra raíz cultural.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Antena @ Bridge Art Fair Miami Beach

Antena @ Bridge Art Fair Miami Beach
December 4-7, 2008

Following its enormous critical and commercial successes in 2006 and 2007, Bridge is pleased to announce our third installment in Miami Beach. Held at both the Catalina and Maxine Hotels, Bridge Miami leads the South Beach satellite art market, located a mere two blocks from Art Basel. Visitors can browse nearly 80 rooms of the freshest and most innovative works in international emerging and contemporary art.

Arguably the largest convergence of contemporary art and design takes place during Art Basel Miami in this annual, star-studded, citywide celebration of new art internationalism. Consistently a muscular destination market, Miami shows absolutely no signs of stopping, and continues to astound as far and beyond the top-performing art-fair circuit in the United States.

The Catalina and Maxine Hotels
1732 Collins Avenue
Miami, Florida


Room #201

Artists exhibiting with Antena:
Edra Soto
Gisela Insuaste
Gretel Garcia
Huong Ngo
Jaime Mendoza
Jesus Oviedo
Miguel Cortez
Saul Aguirre

See full schedule HERE

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Growing Up CAD 2008 Fundraiser Exhibition
Saturday November 15, 2008: 6PM-10PM
Exhibition Preview: 2nd Friday November 14th, 6PM-10PM
@ Chicago Art Department, 1837 S. Halsted, Chicago IL 60608

On Saturday November 15, 2008 the Chicago Art Department (CAD) will celebrate its 5th birthday with the Growing Up CAD 2008 Fundraiser and Exhibition. This event will feature an exhibition of work from CAD’s resident artists, former students, and friends in the community, representing a sampling of some of Chicago’s most exciting new and emerging artists. The work will open for silent auction during the ‘2nd Fridays’ gallery opening on Friday, November 14th and will conclude at the fundraiser event the following night on Saturday, November 15th.

The Saturday fundraiser will celebrate our first five years, during which the Chicago Art Department has produced over fifty exhibitions, offered close to twenty programs, and served over one hundred new and emerging artists. What started as a small project in the South Loop loft of three college art instructors has in five short years become a pillar in the Pilsen art community.

In 2007, The Chicago Art Department became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission of supporting new and emerging artists. In the past year CAD has offered free programs such as a Heroes themed class, Photo Projects, Novel Design, and a DJ’ing class. So far this year, CAD has two featured programs planned. The first is a theme-based class called “200 Lincolns” which celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s upcoming 200th birthday with 200 Lincoln portraits. The second offering is an exchange program that will see participants travel to another city to curate an exhibition, and then turn over CAD to the chosen city’s artists to do the same. The program offers its participants a chance to explore and research art in cities throughout the US and internationally.

CAD’s major initiative however is to develop its fledgling artist residency program. The program is unique among artist residencies in that it is not only about developing individual artistic practices, but also about encouraging artists to make community participation and growth an integral part of their practice. In the tradition of past classes and programs, CAD residents are expected to develop and lead their own art programs as well as develop work for a solo exhibition. “When you get to year five, you start thinking about how you might continue to grow, says co-founder Nat Soti. “I believe developing new leaders in our program is key. That’s what our residency program is about. ”

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Time Lapse: a video art group show

Time Lapse:
A video art group show curated by Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Works by:
Bidzina Kanchaveli
Joseph Winchester
Leanneau White
Arthur Augustynowicz
Robert Milton

and more...

Opening Friday November 21, 2008
from 6pm-10pm
November 21 - December 20

Time Lapse is last in a series of four exhibitions: Time Travelers, Time Machine, Time Lapse, and Time Lapse: Antena, curated by Amelia Winger-Bearskin. Time Travelers, was shown at Polvo in Chicago, 2007; Time Machine in Washington DC at Meat Market Gallery this past summer; Time Lapse in Nashville, Tn at Vanderbilt University and Time Lapse: Antenna will be shown in the same Chicago space where the project began bringing us back in time to the beginning.

Time Lapse is single channel video art show; all videos are displayed through a single projector one after another in the style of film screenings and time-lapse photography. Time unfolds and is captured systematically by an optical lens and/or digital media, the subjects of the videos are often overlapping, there is not an intimate knowing but a careful study of sequence, there are also holes, lapses and mistakes, there are doubts in the work.

And while it may appear obvious to time travelers that there need only be ONE time based art show for travelers to coordinate their time machines to that exact date and place, no time traveling devices were detected at the first show and the subsequent efforts have been made to make sure there is progress in this time space continuum while leaving open the idea that once this information is recorded it will likely be changed by the time travelers, machines and lapses who frequent these events from a future and past date in "time".

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is a Video/Performance Artists who is currently teaching at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tn in the areas of Video, Performance and Drawing. She is a featured artists for the Perpetual Art Machine [PAM] and is currently creating solo video and installation works about Andrew Jackson and his home in Nashville Tn. She is also currently working on a new series of video art curations in the near future.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Day of the Dead @ APO





1436 W. 18th ST

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pilsen For Sale

Get your own "Pilsen For Sale" magnets:

Halloween Costume Party!!

Halloween Costume Party!!

Also Special Performance by THE SUCKLING PIGS, experimental jazz

Plus movie screening/projection: The Lower Circle

Admission: FREEEEE!


Friday, October 31, 2008 at 8:00pm - 1:00am

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Little Village Arts Fest this weekend!

October 17-19, 2008

A weekend of FREE art exhibits, workshops and performances in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.

Due to weather conditions for Friday October 17, the Little Village Art Fest Opening Night has been moved to Catedral Café.

Opening Night Friday, October 17
6-10 PM

Catedral Café
2500 S. Christiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623

Music, performances and much more!!!

Local artists and art organizations and collectives from the Little Village neighborhood join forces to organize the 3rd Annual Little Village Arts Fest. Having no formal gallery or performance spaces, local bussinesses, community organizations, and schools donate their space, so the artists can transform them into gallery and performance spaces.

This year there are 14 spaces and our opening night will be on Friday, October 17th at Catedral Café 25th and Christiana Ave. Artists hope to have a peaceful weekend filled with color, music, and art all over Little Village, to give local artists the chance to exhbit and perform in their own neighborhood.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Night of the Living Artist

Ever want to bring your favorite artist back from the dead? Or maybe mortify a living artist? Chicago Art Department will be showing art that fit this theme, at The Night of the Living Artist, this Friday October 10th from 7-10pm. Featuring plush artist extraordinaire Kerry Flaherty. There will also be a closing for this exhibition on Halloween night! Here's a link for info, and of course more is available at

Monday, October 06, 2008

Spire Reloaded: Patrick Lichty

Spire Reloaded: Patrick Lichty

Opening Friday October 10, 2008 from 6pm-10pm
october 10 - november 8

Since Patrick wont be able to attend the physical opening at Antena, he will be online and available to chat from at this location:

A computer will be set up at the gallery during the opening so you can see his virtual sculpture and to chat with him.

"For a long time, I have been fascinated with "obsolete spaces", or places that have fallen into disuse or been destroyed for the same reason. This includes the Hulett Ore Loaders near Cleveland, the Adak Naval base in Alaska, and now the recently dismantled Berwyn Spire. These represent the loss of certain parts of American identity in a society that is obsessed with the "new".

For this series, I documented the piece in the last year of its existence, and also made an interpretation of it in the 3D online world, Second Life. I did this as I feel that the Spire only exists in memory and our cultural databanks now, and I felt that by having a virtual version to contrast with the actual one was a fitting tribute to this iconic piece of Americana."

Patrick Lichty (b. 1962, Akron, Ohio) was born into a family with a long involvement in and support of the arts. His mother, a exhibiting artist of numerous art and craft media, immersed him in textiles, painting, ceramics, print and other techniques during his upbringing. Simultaneously he was also exposed to technology in the form of the emerging genres of electronics, video games, and later personal computing when his parents bought him an Atari 800 computer in 1978. Instead of following the desires of many adolescents of the late 70's in wanting to program the next Pac-Man or Space Invaders, he was interested in drawing and creating music with his personal computer.

Upon graduation from high school, family convinced him that computers and electronics was a field with great potential. Lichty then followed this advice to complete two degrees in electronic engineering at the University of Akron (Ohio, US), but also followed studies in Art and Asian Studies. In addition, free time was devoted to continuing interests in design, painting and digital imaging.

In 1990, while studying postgraduate Glass and Art History at Kent State University, Lichty met theatre historian Leigh Clemons and Sociologist Jonathon Epstein. Clemons would later become Lichty's scholarly collaborator (and spouse), and Epstein became partner in the media group, Haymarket Riot. During the first half of the 1990's, Lichty and Epstein created a number of works on media and culture, including Americans Have No Identity, but they do have Wonderful Teeth, The Sociology of Jean Baudrillard, and Haymarket Riot's MACHINE.

By the mid 1990's, the World Wide Web burst upon American culture, and advances in personal media production allowed the individual to create media art available only to institutions. From this, early web artworks following his love of art and theory, such as (re)cursor and video like Haymarket Riot's WEB were created, which caught the attention of corporate activists cum art group RTMark. From the mid 90's to the early 00's, the critical work started with Haymarket Riot continued in collaboration with RTMark in creating visuals and animation for exhibitions and video, culminating in 1999's Bringing It to YOU!, which was featured in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.

Solo work continued as well, exploring the nature of narrative structure in online spaces. These include 1998's Metaphor and Terrain, a 'sculptural' essay examining interface as art object, 1999's Grasping @ Bits, another hyperessay looking at issues of art and intellectual property rights, and 2000 Smithsonian American Art Museum commission SPRAWL: The American Landscape in Transition. This last piece consisted of a hyperdocumentary consisting of over 190 minutes of interviews, various texts, and 32 panoramic vistas of areas in his home town of North Canton, Ohio that were in the midst of rapid change due to the housing boom of the late 90's.

After 2000, Lichty's artistic and scholarly practice would further expand from solo and collaborative works to include numerous curatorial projects, including (re)distributions: Mobile Device and PDA Art, columnist for ArtByte Magazine, and the assumption of the Executive Editor position at Intelligent Agent Magazine (NYC), in partnership with Whitney Museum of American Art digital arts curator, Christiane Paul. In addition, his service to the New Media community also expanded by becoming Chair of the Inter-Society of Electronic Art's (ISEA's) Cultural Diversity Committee, and Executive Curator of Microcinema International's Mobile Exposure cellphone video festival.

In 2001, the RTMark visual collaborations would catch the attention of another activist group, The Yes Men. This group's comical stunts, calling for humane treatment of global populations by organizations such as Dow Chemical, EXXON, the US Government, and the WTO, were featured internationally from ArtNews to the BBC. Lichty's slapstick animations from bizarre management schemes to fast-food waste reclamation projects were core illustrative components of the group's presentations, and featured in Bluemark's documentary, The Yes Men, which showed at the Sundance, Berlin, and Sydney film festivals.

After over a decade in the New Media art world, a desire share his experience through teaching required that Lichty seek a terminal (MFA) degree. In 2004, he entered Bowling Green State University's Digital Arts program under advisor Gregory Little. While planning to graduate in 2006, Lichty has served as Representative-at-Large for BGSU Graduate Student Senate, the BGSU Public Arts Committee, and is member of Phi Kappa Phi with a 4.0 GPA. He remains in his former duties, and is most recently featured in the exhibition, Dreaming of a More Better Future, at the Cleveland Institute of Art with Kevin and Jennifer McCoy and Vito Acconci.

See an article about Antena in the Chicago Reader HERE

1765 S. Laflin, St.
Chicago, IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
Hours: saturdays Noon-5pm or by appointment

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Western Frontier: Pilsen’s other arts scene

by: Sam Feldman

Four decades ago, the Podmajersky family’s eponymous real estate company founded the Chicago Arts District in East Pilsen. Centered on the strip of Halsted between 18th Street and Cermak Road, the Chicago Arts District has experienced tremendous success and routinely draws large, lively crowds for its Second Friday gallery crawls. Last weekend’s 38th Annual Pilsen East Artists Open House was essentially a larger version of these gallery crawls, with the addition of a curated show arranged by Podmajersky. These cheek-to-cheek galleries, together with institutions like EP Theater and Kristoffer’s Café, have cemented East Pilsen’s reputation as an artist’s haven.

Later this month, on October 18-19, there will be another gallery tour in Pilsen: Pilsen Open Studios. But this one will not be Podmajersky-supported. This art walk roughly spans an area known as West Pilsen, running from May Street to Western Avenue, from 16th Street to 24th Street. West Pilsen is considered the more “Mexican” of the two Pilsens, and outside of the National Museum of Mexican Art it may be more known for its taquerías than its galleries. But West Pilsen has an art scene all its own, with younger, smaller galleries, local artists, and no corporate protector. The West Pilsen art scene is more dispersed with no equivalent of the packed stretch along Halsted, but 18th Street between Blue Island and Paulina (including the Pink Line stop) has a relatively high concentration of artistic spaces.

This stretch includes the headquarters of Polvo, an art collective founded in 1996 by Miguel Cortez, Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa, and Jesus Macarena-Avila. The gallery space Polvo has maintained on and off is far from its only contribution to the West Pilsen art scene. The collective puts out a self-titled magazine at irregular intervals, and since 2003 they’ve hosted the Pilsen Open Studios. This year the event will open at 5pm on October 17 with “Made in Pilsen III,” a show featuring more than 25 artists at the Prospectus Art Gallery (1210 W. 18th Street). Here we have assembled a sampling of the galleries of West Pilsen—some old, some new, and some still unborn.

antena is a new gallery from Polvo co-founder Miguel Cortez, so last April it opened to high expectations. By all accounts they have been met, and antena’s third exhibition, which closed last weekend, received positive reviews in the citywide press. On Friday, October 10, antena opens its next exhibition, “Spire Reloaded,” by Patrick Lichty. During the opening reception, Lichty, a Columbia College professor, is also showing a virtual sculpture on Columbia’s private island on Second Life. Lichty’s sculpture, and the exhibition as a whole, focuses on the recently demolished Berwyn Spindle, the so-called “car kebab” that drew tourists to a suburban mall parking lot for almost twenty years. “Spire Reloaded” continues antena’s tradition of immediately accessible art, which began with its first exhibition last April, “What Makes a Man Start Fires?”, which used video games, night vision, and Superman’s X-ray vision to comment on violence in our society. 1765 S. Laflin St. Saturday, noon-5pm or by appointment. (773)344-1940

No Coast
The eight members of the No Coast collective first started working out of their studio at 17th and Laflin about a year ago. On October 11 at 3pm, they will officially open their storefront to the public with a barbecue, bands, and an art show, although regular hours began on October 1. Don’t be fooled by the awning outside, left over from a sandwich store called “Golden Age”; inside, instead of pop, candy, and ice cream, you’ll find poster art from local venues like the Hideout, zines, apparel, screenprints, fiber arts, records, and more. In the basement is a printing studio for use by the collective and other local artists. “We really want to be a resource,” says No Coast member Alex Valentine. In keeping with that mission, No Coast hosts a variety of events, including periodic “screenprinting lock-ins,” where guests can use the facilities from 6pm one day to 6pm the next. (The next lock-in will begin on November 7.) The collective also hosts film screenings on the first Sunday of every month (starting this month) at noon, curated by Bike-In Cinema, and on October 25 they will host a 24-hour horror movie marathon. Valentine says the group enjoys their location in West Pilsen, off Halsted’s beaten path. “I feel like there’s a big difference,” he says. “Things are more active and messy over here.” 1500 W. 17th St. Wednesday-Friday, 1-7pm; Sat, noon-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm. (312)850-2338.

Golden Age
This clean storefront space on 18th Street, less than a block away from the Pink Line and unrelated to the previously-mentioned “Golden Age” sandwich shop, is more than just a gallery or bookstore. Golden Age is a true center for area artists, selling and displaying books, music, jewelry, visual art, and sculpture, like the gigantic, perfectly aligned pyramid of beer cans in one display window. Marco Kane Braunschweiler, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute, started the store a little over a year ago and has received “a warm reception from the neighborhood.” As opposed to the Chicago Arts District in East Pilsen, which he calls “a little contrived,” West Pilsen is “pretty in flux right now” in Braunschweiler’s estimation. “Where there’s open storefronts [around here], those storefronts often turn into galleries,” he says. “It seems likely that there’ll be a lot more art spaces. There’s a positive atmosphere here, people are really interested in cultural events.” Braunschweiler has hosted his share of these events, including film screenings by experimental filmmaker Ben Russell (“Black and White Trypps”) and others. In the second or third week of October, Golden Age will open an exhibition by Jihee Kim consisting of “taxidermied animals along with various other sculptured things,” according to Braunschweiler. 1744 W. 18th St. Thursday-Sunday, noon-6pm. (312)850-2574.

Colectiva 18
One of the oldest art collectives in West Pilsen, Colectiva 18 began almost twenty years ago in a building on Halsted near Cermak. At that time, it was a studio for artists and printmakers, but after its move to its current location at 18th and Bishop it expanded into something of an arts-based community center, with everything from guitar classes to theatrical performances. Since then it has undergone a series of name changes, many of them incorporating the portmanteau "mestizarte," a blend of the words for "mixed-race" and "art." The word "Mexican," common in previous names, has been discarded from the current moniker because it excluded people from other countries, according to collective member Isaura Gonzalez, a former professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The collective was once associated with Pilsen legend Carlos Cortez, a poet, artist, and activist. Now it counts artists such as Victor Alegría and Jose L. Piña Moralez among its ranks. Colectiva 18's next exhibition opening will take place on October 11, from 6:30pm to midnight or later. 1440 W. 18th St. Saturday-Sunday, 1-6pm.

Monday, September 22, 2008

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios

60 artists featured during 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios

Art walk event is part of the Chicago Artists Month celebration in October

Held as part of the Chicago Artists Month celebration, 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios is an artist-run art walk that will take place Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th, 2008, from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the heart of the historic Pilsen neighborhood. Since 2003, during the third weekend in October, Pilsen artists, galleries, spaces, and cafés have opened their doors during special hours to the general public. This year, more than 30 spaces will participate, featuring the work of more than 60 artists who live and work between Western Avenue to May St. and from 16th St. to 26th St.

Free trolleys will run frequently each hour to take visitors to each gallery stop along a set route, with the starting point at Colibri Studio/Gallery at 2032 W. 18th Street. Maps will be available at different sites along the routes.

More than 25 artists will be showing their work during the Grand Opening Night kickoff event on Friday, October 17th from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Prospectus Art Gallery, 1210 W. 18th St.

Home to Chicago’s largest Latino community, Pilsen has long been a vibrant center for the arts in our city. The 2008 18th Street Pilsen Open studios event will feature artists from numerous countries, including the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Brazil, Iran, Colombia, and Panama. Participating artists include Robert Valadez, Salvador Jimenez, Alejandro Jimenez, Gabriel Villa, Angel Silva, Diana Solis, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Guillermo Delgado, Magda Dejose, Patricia Peixoto, Magali Almada, Roberto Ferreyra, Cesar Casas, Mark Nelson, Montserrat Alsina, Hector Duarte, Omar Valencia, Miguel Cortez, John Pitman Weber, Alejandro Romero, Gamaliel Ramirez, Baltazar Castillo, Roman Villarreal, Patricia Northway, Christopher Wood, Eufemio Pulido, Felipe Figueroa, Alexy Lanza, Victoria Cervantes, Christine Olson, Philippe Gibson, Marivi Ortiz, Maria Gaspar, Pablo Serrano, Mariko Ventura, Amir Normandi, Jennifer Hall, Giselle Mercier, Allen Teske, Miguel Angel Ramirez, Mario Jimenez, Expresiones-Artisticas and more.

For more information, visit or call 312/733-8431.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Edra Soto@Mutherland

Edra Soto

Opening Saturday, September 27th, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Closes October 17th, 2008.

In, The Greatest Companions, artist Edra Soto explores sociological aspects of Latino culture and how it is perceived through the media. As the exploratory research subject of this painting and installation show, Soto chooses the Puerto Rican icon Iris Chacon. Ms. Chacon was a pioneer of the ‘vedette’ movement in Puerto Rico in the 1970’s. Her eponymous variety show ‘El Show de Iris Chacon’ was very popular, no doubt due in part to her alluring looks and provocative costumes. This didn’t prevent her from becoming a favorite family entertainer while simultaneously becoming a legendary diva that few other performers in Latin America have been able to emulate.

‘The Greatest Companions’ series of gouaches, reenactments, and self-embellished verbatim paintings from photos, are reflections of Soto’s memories of watching ‘El Show de Iris Chacon’. As a child, she was drawn to her raw, incomparable demeanor, her perceptibly untrained dance style, and her charismatic and charming persona. Channeling Ms. Chacon as her alter ego and setting the paintings in vintage scenarios inspired by her show, the series questions the fascination of Latino women with self-exposure and, how Latino culture is portrayed in the popular media: woman as protector and protected.

The show will also feature works of artists Maria Gaspar, Harold Mendez, Albert Stabler and, one of Soto’s high school senior art students, Ramiro Trejo.

Edra Soto was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1971. In 1995, Edra received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris for one year. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters degree in 2000.

Immediately after she attended a two-month residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited in Puerto Rico, France, Australia, Spain, Russia, New York, St Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago. Some of her latest presentations include: Site-Unseen curated by Julie Laffin at the Chicago Cultural Center; Consuming War, curated by Barbara Koenen at the Hyde Park Art Center and upcoming: Landscapes of Experience and Imagination, curated by Judith Hoos Fox at the Krannert Art Museum at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Her work is currently feature in the New American Paintings Midwest edition #77.

You can see more of her work at and re-title/Chicago.

After the opening work can be viewed by appointment only

1125 w. 31st st.
chicago, il 60608

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

World Gym Pilsen

World Gym Pilsen
Tema Abierto :: Open Theme
Curated by Ricardo Santos Hernández
Ricardo Santos-Hernández
Salvador Jiménez
Rudolf Kotlikov
Jeff Abbey Maldonado
Nancy Canellis

Artists Reception September 19th, 2008
5-7 p.m.

1822 S. Bishop St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 491-8700

Show Runs
September 12October 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


One of Pilsen’s newest art galleries, CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS will host an opening reception to announce and celebrate an all-women art exhibit entitled:

VOCES DE MUJERES (Women’s Voices)


Opening Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 2:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m

Each of these artist speaks to us through their art in a unique voice to express the inexpressible, the ineffable, the mystical, magical reality of being a woman.

Through their images, both realist and surreal, we get a sense of the range of emotions from which women draw strength. We feel the passion, the playfulness, and even the power of these artists and their art.

This exhibition, curated by Efrén Beltran, closes on October 11, 2008.

1538 W. Cullerton St., Chicago.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Len Dominguez (773) 580-8053

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sumi Ink Club / Lucky Dragons

Sumi Ink Club / Lucky Dragons are in Chicago the entire week and this SUNDAY AUGUST 31st at 1PM they're going to be at GOLDEN AGE! Bring your friends, brushes, brains, ears, eyes and positive attitudes to join us for this FREE lazy Sunday drawing sesh/music sesh.

Sumi Ink Club is a Los Angeles-based drawing collective founded in 2005 by Sarah Anderson and Luke Fischbeck. The group holds regular open meetings to execute topsy-turvy, detailed, collaborative drawings using ink on paper. In each of its permutations, Sumi Ink Club uses group drawing as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life.

More Lucky Dragons/Sumi Ink Club info + free music downloads available @
sumi ink club
hawks and sparrows
glaciers of nice

+ Items from Sumi Ink Club/Lucky Dragons/Glaciers of Nice soon to be restocked in store and in our Webshop

1744 W 18TH ST.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


The legendary Zoppé Family has been entertaining audiences for over 160 years!!! Featuring twenty-two performers, fourteen dogs, and six horses that travel around the world performing at impressive venues such as Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Philadelphia' s Center for the Performing Arts and, the only Circus EVER on Hollywood Boulevard!

Performing under a striking Italian-styled One-Ring Big Top, the Zoppé Circus is better than ever! Its beautiful music, captivating equestrian showmanship, daring trapeze acts, and hilarious clown antics create a true classical Circus that you would expect to enjoy over one hundred years ago.

You can see more about this spectacular event at:

Come join the fun under the Big Top with the Zoppé Family as they perform for one weekend only at Chicago's Dvorak Park!

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, September 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 4th, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5th, 7:30 p.m.
BACKSTAGE BBQ after this show
Saturday, September 6th, 1:30 p.m, 4:30 p.m & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 7th, 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Advance Tickets: $10.00 Any Show, Any Day!

Tickets available at the tent one hour prior to show time
Tickets at the Door: Children/Seniors $7, Adults $12


Reserve Tickets Now at 312-243-6066

1119 West Cullerton in Pilsen

Friday, August 15, 2008

Jaime Mendoza @ Antena

“Under the Influence”
New Works by: Jaime Mendoza

Also invited artist Josue Pellot

Opening Reception August 29, 2008 from 6:00 pm 10:00 pm
August 29, 2008 – September 27, 2008

Music by *DJ Oto-Matic

The exploration of the “self” is a modest one; in its normal use, it is not even quite a word, but something that makes an ordinary object pronoun into a reflexive one: “her” into “herself,” “him” into “himself” and “it” into “itself. (1)

“Under the Influence” continues the exploration of the politics involved in contemporary urban art culture. This series of photographs, paintings, and mixed media objects examine the place of the artist within a social context. In his position as social commentator, the artist is subject to cultural criticism. This dynamic becomes a cyclical relationship: the artist responds to criticism by producing more work which is then subjected to further criticism. This series of self-portraits depicts the artist as “himself” as a participant in this symbiotic relationship.

Most recently Mendoza was awarded a grant from the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network to participate in a one week residency at Galería De La Raza’s. The name of the exhibit, “No Distance Is More Awesome” was part of PICTURING IMMIGRATION, a year-long series of exhibitions and public events examining immigration from Latino perspectives. Mendoza earned his earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002.

(1) Macmillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy (1998)

1765 S. Laflin, St.
Chicago, IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
Hours: saturdays Noon-5pm or by appointment

Friday, August 01, 2008

FRAMED: A Group Exhibition

Exhibition on view August 1, 2008 through August 30, 2008

The exhibition FRAMED brings together 50-plus artists, designers, photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, painters, collage makers, muralists, installation based art makers, street artists, printmakers, graffiti artists, comic book artists, and other art makers. Curated by Peter Kepha, artist and Principal Gallery Curator of 32nd&urban. Prices range from $20-$400.

Featuring work by:
Al Ramirez, Arielle Bielak, Alta Buden, Blutt, Bonus, Brooks Golden, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Chris Silva, Chucho, Delicious Design League, Doug Fogelson, Eduardo Alvarado, Egor, Elisa Harkins, Emily Cunningham, Eric Bartholomew, Erik DeBat 'RISK', Esho, Exhaust, James Jankowiak, Jeff Zimmerman, Jeremy Roberts, Jodi Bova, Joe Compean, Joey D., Jon Lowenstein, Jose Estrada, Jose Garibaldi, Josue Pellot, Juan Angel Chavez, Kristal Pacheco, KS Rives, Lauren Feece, Marcos Raya, Maria Gaspar, M?rk Flores, Max Sansing, Melon, Mike Genovese, Mike Nourse, Mireya Acierto, Mike Omens, R. Nicholas Kuszyzk, Noelle Kim, Nova Czarnecki, Oscar Arriola, Peter Kepha, Phoebe Fisher, Ray Noland, REBRUM Studios, Revise cmw,Ruben Aguirre, Jr., Rudy Fig, Shipwreck, Static, THOR, Tricia Moreau Sweeney, Trent Reusnow

32nd & Urban Gallery
Address: 3201 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Telephone: 312.842.1754
Gallery Hours of Operation
Friday : 6pm - 9pm
Saturday : Noon - 5pm
Or by appointment

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bridgeport art show....!

Mutherland Presents:

Two of a Kind:
Carole F. Smith
Sean Flour

The work in this married couple's two-person show display similar vocabulary. Their language utilizes and references signs, symbols, decals, decoration, familiar shapes and era-specific imagery. It is fair to say both artists address visual culture and what gets relayed to us personally and as a society. They both manipulate and layer these symbols to push our thinking. While the couple speak a similar dialog, they definitely use different entrances of the house, to get to where they are going.

The way they direct this familiar communication is what is key here. It is then up to the viewer to decipher what might trigger personal memory, or how these symbols reveal about our society.

Carole F. Smith (Scottish born, resides in Tejas)
Smith's highly process related work starts with her careful scavenging at thrift stores and beyond. She plucks out one of a kind and once ubiquitous table width='100%' width='100%'ware that in form is something that speaks to era, style, personal comforts or, possibly, memories of your Aunt Mary's heirloom ash tray. These lovelies, that may already have stories of their own, are then cast into multiples and glazed. Their slightly new identity is tweaked by Smith's hand and her knack for choosing decals that may or may not be a familiar choice. The offness of this fusion is what can make these typically comforting pieces, uncomfortable, more interesting and even sometimes sexy.

Sean Flournoy
Long time print maker and sticker painter, Flournoy has picked out signifiers that tell a narrative of our society, place, and time. Who is responsible for what is being said in our visual culture? Are we all apathetic? Flournoy's golden blinged grenades allude to what has become our norm. He is addressing commodity, merchandise, and just how the repetitive imagery of the ugly-made-okay, has not exactly outraged us in regard to the war. He orchestrates and controls the pervasive images that no one generally acknowledges, in a ever so gentle, but in your face kind of way. Viewers will be pushed to, at the least, notice the build up of what is quietly, but loudly, being said within our culture. Flournoy wants us to take notice.

Sat. July 26, 2008 from 7:00 to 10:00pm

1125 W 31st St.
Chicago Il.60608

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rudy Lozano Celebration

Rudy Lozano Celebration
Art Exhibit curated by Efren Beltran

Patricia Acosta
Efren Beltran
Miguel Cortez
Hector Duarte
Jose G. Gonzalez
Oscar Moya
Rene Arceo
Mario Castillo
Frank Crowley
Esperanza Gama
Jesus Macarena-Avila
Alejandro Romero
Diana Solis

Opening Reception Saturday July 26th from 2pm-4pm
July 26 - August 16, 2008

Rudy Lozano Public Library
1805 S. Loomis
Chicago, IL 60608

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios FUNDRAISER

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios

1852 W. 19th Street
6 PM TO 10:30 PM

Tickets are available at the door or email

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios is an artist run art walk that takes place during the third weekend in October to celebrate Chicago Artist Month. For the last 5 years artists, galleries, spaces and cafes open their doors during special hours. Over 30 spaces, 60+ artists from Western Ave. to May St. and from 16th St. to 24th St.

We are happy to announce our fundraiser, Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the National Mexican Museum of Art, starting at 6 pm to 10:30 pm. There will be a silent auction with great artists donating their work who come from different parts of the world: United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Brazil, Iran, Colombia, Panama, and reside in the Pilsen area, or are invited to participate: Robert Valadez, Salvador Jimenez, Alejandro Jimenez, Gabriel Villa, Angel Silva, Diana Solis, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Guillermo Delgado, Magda Dejose, Patricia Peixoto, Magali Almada, Roberto Ferreyra, Cesar Casas, Mark Nelson, Montserrat Alsina, Hector Duarte, Omar Valencia, Miguel Cortez, John Pitman Weber, Alejandro Romero, Gamaliel Ramirez, Baltazar Castillo, Roman Villarreal, Patricia Northway, Christopher Wood, Eufemio Pulido, Felipe Figueroa, Alexy Garza, Victoria Cervantes, Christine Olson, Philippe Gibson, Marivi Ortiz, Maria Gaspar, Pablo Serrano, Mariko Ventura, Amir Normandi, Jennifer Hall, Giselle Mercier, Allen Teske, Miguel Angel Ramirez, Mario Jimenez, Expresiones-Artisticas and more.

Catering by Café Aorta
Also other foods and drinks provided by El Mundial, Jumping Bean, and Café Mestizo.

Entertainment by:
Tarima Son, music from Mexico
Diana Mosquera and her Band, music from Colombia
Febronio Zatarain, poetry and performance
Brazilian music.
Video: “Vecinos” by artist Mark Nelson.
PowerPoint presentation of studios in the area by Pablo Serrano

Monday, July 21, 2008

Art exhibit chronicles immigrant experience

Art exhibit chronicles immigrant experience
Monday, July 21, 2008 | 6:00 PM

A new exhibit in Chicago chronicles the immigrant experience in America.

It features paintings, photos, quilts and other works created by dozens of artists from around the world.

The National Museum of Mexican Art's new exhibit is a declaration of immigration. More than 100 paintings, photographs, sculptures and quilts deal with immigration.

A large tumbleweed with articles belonging to immigrants rolls across the American landscape. One painting shows an undocumented person evolving into a butterfly. A quilt is made of clothing from people trying to come to the U.S. An Albanian artist depicts immigrants in limbo going nowhere.

Carlos Tortolero, president of the museum, says the exhibit is designed to challenge U.S. immigration policies.

"Immigrants are what this country is all about, the heart and soul of this country," said Tortolero.

Chicago artist Juan Compean's customized foosball table features the immigration debate between Mexico and the United States, showing businessmen and politicians in the background and workers in the front lines.

"It simulates the back and forth action of both the immigration itself and the debate," said Compean.

Labor tea represents the millions of undocumented laborers and puts faces to the tea bags. There are also photographs of a window washer dressed as Spiderman scaling a building, a nanny dressed as Catwoman, a man who looks like the Incredible Hulk and workers clad in Wonder Woman and Superman garb working grueling hours to make a better life.

Tortolero says he is disturbed that both presidential candidates voted for the fence along the U.S. border with Mexico.

"The purpose of this exhibit is to bring social awareness to the immigration reform debate. But the letter says instead of building a wall, we should be building alliances," Tortolero said.

The exhibit attempts to provide immigrant perspectives that are seldom included in the national debate.

More than 70 artists from around the world are represented in a declaration of immigration. The installation closes September 7.

This exhibition will launch the museum's three-year commitment to immigrant-centered programs. Tortolero says it is their responsibility to take a proactive stance and provide a platform from which immigrants can speak.

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Friday, July 18, 2008


Artist’s Reception: Friday, September 5, 5:00 – 7:00PM
July 19 – October 3, 2008

Razkauchismo is the marriage and contradictive fusion of high and low art
Inspired by urban and small town aesthetics. This exhibition features artists who use society’s scraps and recyclables to make personal statements. Razcauche is intentionally eclectic and utilizes common and found objects to create visual celebrations echoing the underdog and marginalized peoples.

Razcauche is a bricolage of Mexican and Chicago American sources and styles including fine art practices, folk, funk, pop, imagist, mass media, political and techno. The slightly subversive, spelling of the title reflects a post-modern appropriation of the sensibility as it applies to visual art, with an inventive, often defiant West Pilsen/Chicago spin.

Participating artists include:
Patricia Acosta, Ricardo Santos Hernandez, Noelle Mason,
Kenneth Morrison, Gilbert Rocha, Marcos Raya and Gabriel Villa.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Betty Rymer Gallery, 280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago IL 60603
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

unseasonable: Tania Kupczak

unseasonable: Tania Kupczak
Opening Friday July 18 from 6pm-10pm

july 18 - august 16, 2008

For our July show Antena will showcase the work of Tania Kupczak, an artist currently living in Seattle. She received an MFA in visual art and digital media from Vermont College. From her art statement: “The central motif in this current body of work is the imprecision of truth. This impossibility of specific interpretation is the great disappointment of science, where the edges of knowledge quickly come into focus. From my academic background in the natural sciences, I have been exploring the process of scientific observation. Manifested as large acrylic paintings on polypropylene, these system maps reference meteorology and the graphical elements that accompany forecasts and describe patterns of movement. They share a visual commonality with flow charts, but these maps are momentary, representing possible futures and aggregate pasts. My displays of information, leaning heavily on the work of Edward Tufte and Otto Neurath, are questions of aesthetic formality as well as the presumption that my audience will recognize a familiar meaning in the lines.

Accompanying the paintings are two works made during my winters in Vermont. , 3 losses is a projected video work that deals with winter snow and the daily small disappointments of attempting to hold onto something mutable. snow_leylines is an audio piece for headphones which catalogs my walk along a set path through different snow conditions. Both works relate to my near-obsessive need to record and annotate my experiences with weather as indicators of my internal climate.”


1765 S. Laflin, St
Chicago, IL 60608
Hours: Saturdays from noon-5pm or by appointment

Monday, June 23, 2008

Roberto Ferreyra @ Prospectus

A one man exhibition by Chicago based artist

Roberto Ferreyra

Opening reception:Saturday, June 28th
From 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
June 28th through July 26th, 2008

Special musical performance by Tarima Son, traditional and contemporary Mexican music

Born in 1957 in Morelia Michoacan, Mexico Roberto was influenced by the imagery of the daily workers on the one end, while also by the fantastic images of animals, mermaids, indugenous simbols and other Mexican iconography. These all come together in his recent work, drawings, prints and paintings. he has infused these mixed memories with his contemporary life in exciting Chicago. Numerous critics have written about his work which also has been publish in different art books such as "Mexican Printmaking in the 20th Century" by Hugo Cobantes as well the most recent "El Taller de Grafica Popular" by Humberto Musacchio, FCE.

1210 W. 18th St.Chicago, Illinois 60608
Tel. (312) 733-6132
parking will be available

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Classes start June 28

SATURDAYS – June 28 through August 16
Ages 8 and up
9:30 – 11:00 AM
Montserrat Alsina
Play with lines, shapes, colors, patterns and textures using a variety of materials to develop basic drawing and painting techniques. $145

Ages 10 and up
11:00 – 12:30 PM
Montserrat Alsina
We will explore relief prints, monotypes, and other printmaking techniques. If you love to draw and paint, this is a great way to expand your vocabulary. $145

Montserrat Alsina
This class is designed for students who have not had little or no experience in drawing and painting. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of art by using charcoal and paint. Students can expect to work from still life in order to build a familiarity with materials. Some materials included. $180

Violin and Mandolin
2:30 - 3:30pm
Irekani Ferreyra
The mandolin and violin have found a home in many styles of music. Learn melodies in several keys by ear and with tablature. Because of its small scale, the mandolin and violin are perfect for harmonized melodies. Through songs, you’ll pick up fundamentals of improvisation when you learn double stops and scales, too. $60

MONDAYS – June 30 through August 18
6:30 - 9:30PM
Montserrat Alsina
Designed for students who have had some drawing and painting experience. Students will continue to explore the elements and principles of art to create paintings using acrylic paints. Students can expect to work from still life in order to build a familiarity with materials. Some materials included. STUDENTS WILL NEED A SKETCH BOOK AND A PALETTE. $270

WEDNESDAY- July 2 through August 20
SON MEXICANO- Bring your guitar or another string instrument
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Irekani Ferreyra
Students will learn about the Mexican Son: Jarocho Huasteco, Mariachi, Calentano, son de Tarima, Gustos and Sones. Every class begins with the simple rhythmic patterns of the “son” and builds toward playing together as an ensemble. You’ll pick up loads of rhythm skills with the myriad patterns. This is a great opportunity for players of other stringed instruments to get more choices in phrasing and strumming. Seize the rhythms, melodies and stories that feed this spectacular, living music. $90

8:30PM – 10 PM
Anabel Tapia
Many styles of Mexican dance are characterized by the musical foot tapping patterns, or zapateado, that dancers create to accompany music. Learn to make music with your feet while dancing the lively son, jarocho, polcas, and huapango. $90

THURDAYS – July 3 through August 21
4:30 – 6:30 PM Roberto Ferreyra
Learn different techniques used in silkscreen printing: stencils, photo transfer, direct and indirect processes. This class is designed for different levels and a great deal of one on one attention is given. $180

6:30 – 8:30 PM Roberto Ferreyra
Designed for students from beginner to advanced level. A variety of printing processes will be explored. Emphasis in linoleum printing will be given. A list of materials will be given although some basic materials will be provided. $180

About the Instructors:
Montserrat Alsina graduated from the School of the Art Institute with an MFA in 1988. She has exhibited her work in the USA and in other countries. She has taught for over 20 years in many venues.

Roberto Ferreyra graduated from the School of Fine Arts “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City. He has an extensive exhibition record in Mexico, Canada, Cuba, and the United States. Roberto is a multi-disciplinary artist. He is the founder of Nahui Ollin, co-founder of Tarima, and Colibri Studio Gallery. He has taught for many years in different venues and many ages.
Irekani Ferrerya is a very talented musician who plays a large range of string instrument such as the guitar, mandolin, violin, harp, requinto jarocho, and jarana. He has taught for the last 3 years to children and adults.

Anabel Tapia has been dancing Mexican Folkloric dance since she was 9 years old. She has been part of several folkloric dance groups in the Chicago area. She is part of Tarima Son. She has taught dance to children and adults.

2032 W. 18TH STREET

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Heart of Chicago Festival

Heart of Chicago Festival: Bands, DJs, Art, Drinks

Sat June 21 (10AM) @ 21st Street
Between Damen & Hoyne Chicago, IL 60608


Spare Change
Perfect Kiss
Mr. Gray
Sangre de Abajo
Alpha Omega
M Natural
Heather Perry

Mr. Bobby
Chop City
Vaughn Marques
Dj Sol Vs. Tim G
[remoDe [Luna]™
Kid Enigma (house)
Eddie Riot
Alexander Bassett
Eric Lab Rat

Aztec Dancers
Food Vendors
Children Activities
Drum Circle (B.Y.O.DRUMS)
Tarot Reading by Moonwitch
Mime Show by Matilda's Mind Box
live art by Aver and RAHMAAN STATIK
Live online broadcast by
Beer Garden for 21+ (no byob)

Get off on the Damen Pink Line Stop

A Declaration of Immigration

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A Declaration of Immigration
Opens Friday, 4th of July, 2008

A Declaration of Immigration is an exhibition that depicts many of the experiences and viewpoints within U.S. immigrant communities. The works of over 70 artists will help visitors increase their understanding of this complex issue by providing immigrant perspectives that are seldom included in the national debate. As a vital part of the democratic process, artists and community-based institutions play a critical role in any civic dialogue and struggle for social justice. Immigration is indisputably the foundation upon which this country was built. The National Museum of Mexican Art has a responsibility to take a proactive stance, and provide a platform from which many immigrants can speak out - especially at a time in our history, when once again, countless immigrants are being scapegoated and blamed for many of the nation's problems. This exhibition will launch the Museum's three-year commitment to immigrant centered programs.

The National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Visit www. nationalmuseumofmexicanart. org to download the schedule.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Art Festival!!

Pilsen Together Chamber of Commerce:

July 19 & 20 from 11am-7pm
FREE and open to the public

Come join us for art, food and live entertainment!

Harrison Park
Corner of 18th St. and Wood St.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Crazy: Gretel Garcia and Frank Wick

Gretel Garcia and Frank Wick

Opening Friday June 6, 2008 from 6pm-10pm

june 6 - july 5

"Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes just be an illusion."
- Ali Javan (Inventor of the gas laser)

Gretel Garcia and Frank Wick are artists and ex-lovers. Their show, Crazy, brings together artwork that deals with love, intimacy, illusions and magic. There's an interaction of these terms that coexist and mingle to create an area that can be perceived as love or the absence of it. The artists question this interaction and how its plays into their personal lives and how its exists within social paradigms. The materialization of this is evident in things like personal ads. love songs, glamor shots and perfume.

Gretel Garcia Cuba was born in Havana Cuba and raised in Miami Florida since the age of 3. She received her BFA from the University of Miami with a concentration in Sculpture and a minor in Print-making. Her exhibitions include 15/Caliber (Barbra Gilmen Gallery- Miami), No Home Show (curated by Robert Chambers, Home of Eugena Vargas, Miami), Blanc,( Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington D.C.), Echelon: who is watching you? (POLVO, Chicago), Stiching Deluxe (Orleans Street Gallery, Chicago) and more recently several exhibitions in Happy Dog Gallery in Chicago. Her curatorial work includes the Motel Show - a one night exhibition in the San Juan Motel in Calle Ocho of Miami. She currently resides in Chicago.

Frank Wick was born the morning of December 4th,1970 in southern Illinois. Since then he has managed to show artwork at the Miami Art Museum, Projektraum 54 in Basel Switzerland, 2020 Projects in Miami and had his one and only solo show at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga: White Elephant. He pays his taxes like everyone else, eats and drinks too much and generally makes an attempt at keeping sane in light of what could be considered a mad world. His work tends to reflect upon that world and its inherent problems. He once said, quietly, “The world is grossly over-populated.” He didn’t elaborate but continued to sip his beer and stare at the Joey-heavy episode of Friends on the television mounted above the bar. He was also heard to mutter, “ Fuck all this. ” The statement went largely unnoticed but the sentiment was there. Frank works in a major natural history museum faux-painting replicas and making mounts for prehistoric objects and Native American artifacts.


1765 S. Laflin, St.
Chicago, IL 60608
info (at) antenapilsen (dot) com
Hours: saturdays Noon-5pm or by appointment

Saturday, May 03, 2008

"The Upset"

with Pop Up Shop from NYC's Coat of Arms.

Opening Night Friday, May 16th 2008, 6pm - 11pm

The Upset, a collective of artists and photographers from Chicago and New York City, is pleased to present a self-titled multi-media art show at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago. The show features over thirty artists with work ranging from photography, paintings, illustrations, street art, and video installations.

The show, which aims to champion the work of underexposed artists, runs for two weeks from May 16th through May 25th.

Additional hours are May 17th,18th,24th, and 25th from noon-6 pm.
Co-Prosperity Sphere is located at 3219 South Morgan Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.

The Upset is a community of friends, photographers, and artists who have pooled their talents into an artist's collective. With a focus on American street culture, The Upset currently curates art events and publishes an independent magazine.

For more information, visit:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

antena opens in Pilsen April 25th

What makes a man start fires?
new work by Noelle Mason

Friday April 25, 2008 from 6pm-10pm

April 25 - May 24

"antena" is a new project space headed by Miguel Cortez of the Polvo Collective. The Polvo space closed in Dec 2007 after 4 years of non-stop shows and this new space in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood continues where the previous one left off. The spanish word "antena" means a device that is a transducer designed to transmit or receive electromagnetic waves but in this case it is meant to define it as a cultural space that transmits/broadcasts symbolically art ideas, new media and installation projects on a local and global scale.

For the first show we will showcase the work of Noelle Mason. Noelle received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a BA from the University of California-Irvine. Her past exhibits include Alagon(Chicago), Thomas Robertello Gallery(Miami), Track 16(Santa Monica, CA), la Space(Hong Kong), Polvo(Chicago) and Wendy Cooper Gallery(Chicago).

"'What makes a man start fires?' is an autobiographical investigation of the contemporary American cultural climate as seen through the lens of video games, night vision, and super-mans x-ray vision. "What makes a man start fires?" questions the atomization of society and the futile attempt to shake an addiction to anesthesia, the safety of the The picket fence; the nuclear family and perpetual childhood of privilege. The electric fence; the misplaced violence of school shooters, vigilantes and ultimate fighting champions. The virtual fence; xenophobia and the unauthorized desires of the sexually repressed. " - Noelle Mason

1765 S. Laflin, St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Monday, April 07, 2008

Pilsen Photos

I walked around the neighborhood this morning and took some photos. You can see the collection HERE.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

arte y realidad @ APO

this saturday, april 5 at 5pm

come celebrate arte y realidad's second anniversary

there will be a tianguis cultural, drums, dance, etc. We encourage you to
bring an instrument or share you spoken art (or visual art) with us!

$3 entrance (but no one will be turned away)

arte y realidad is a collective based in Little Village that offers free
art classes for the community.

APO building
1436 W. 18th st.

for more information call 773.653.3665

Primavera del Inmigrante/Immigrants' Spring

Producciones EN EL OJO productions is pleased to invite you to see our documentary, "May 1st" - "Primavera del Inmigrante/Immigrants' Spring" at this years Chicago Latino Film Festival. The documentary was filmed during the 2006 massive immigrant rights mobilizations in Chicago with the goal of contributing to the historical memory of the events and the movement for justice for immigrants.

April 8th at 6 pm and on April 10th at 8:30 pm.

Tickets are $10

Instituto Cervantes
34 West Ohio
Chicago, IL
The complete schedule for the film festival which includes feature films, shorts and documentaries from around the world is available from the festival website and in newspaper inserts and broadsheets at many locations in the city.


CALMECAC GALLERY presents: MIL MASCARAS an art exhibit with the work and organized by the Calmecac Gallery After School Matters Program apprentices guided by artists analia r. and Robert Valadez. Join us to celebrate during opening night!

Friday, April 18th

Calmecac Gallery

1831 S. Racine - 2nd fl