Thursday, March 27, 2008

Landscapes of Experience and Imagination: Explorations by Midwest Latina/o Artists

Landscapes of Experience and Imagination: Explorations by Midwest Latina/o Artists
curated by Judy Fox
April 4 through July 27, 2008

Artists participating:
Edra Soto
Gisela Insuaste
Miguel Cortez
Paul Sierra
Gabriel Villa
Alejandro Lugo

Opening April 4, 2008 @ 4pm - 11pm

This exhibition highlights and explores the ways that eight, largely Chicago and mid-west based Latina/o artists have developed the theme of landscape through mixed and new narrative media installations, as well as through more traditional means of drawing, painting and sculpture. The exhibition examines their responses, through a variety of pictorial forms, to the natural and built environment. The works included will address the memories or imaginings of a tropical forest, the suburbs, or the density of urbanscapes, as well as the artists' own self-identities, or understandings of Latina/o presences in the United States. This collection will present a broad range, "from the rich, expressionistic painterly work of Paul Sierra to the conceptual performance-based work of Miguel Cortez."

For more info Contact Luis Caballero (217) 333-2778,

Krannert Art Museum
500 E. Peabody Dr.
(217) 333.2778

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Montserrat Alsina

Symbols, Metaphors and the Feminine
A Solo Show by artist: Montserrat Alsina

Reception: Friday, March 28, 2008
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Music by Tarima Son

March 28 through May 30, 2008

1640 South Blue Island Av.
Chicago, IL 60608

Montserrat Alsina was born in Valencia, Venezuela, in 1962. She lived there until she was 14 years old when she and her family moved to London, England, where she went to High School. At the age of 18, she looses her mother and decides to move to Memphis, TN to go to Rhodes College where she studies Visual Arts, Psychology and Education. In 1984-85 she starts to explore and extend the uses of materials and start to make installations and experiment with 4D possibilities. This makes her be interested in Performance Arts and moves to Chicago to study at the School of the Art Institute. She completes her studies in Performance in 1988. She works with a variety of Medias: drawing, painting, printmaking, clay and installations.

Fifteen years ago, she started dancing with Nahui Ollin, a traditional Aztec dance group which has performed in Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Colorado. She and her husband are the founders of Colibri Studio/Gallery in Pilsen. Montserrat has always been involved in teaching. At the moment she offers individual and group classes at her studio. She has also won several International Governor’s Exchange Program Grants to pursue her interest in printmaking: etching, linoleum and lithography, which has taken her to Michoacan, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Mexico City to create a network with other printing workshops.

In her work she explores the role of woman throughout the ages in her series called “The Re-awakening of the Goddess”, and her earth installations express her concerns with socio-political issues in the world. In this exhibit she will be showing a variety of work from her portraits of the feminine, to beautiful renderings of nature and her latest paintings of birds and landscapes, as well as the prints she created in her travels to Mexico.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Noche de Trova

Noche de Trova y mas!!!! at "COLIBRI" Studio/Gallery
With GONZALO CORDOVA and Friends
Saturday March 15, 9:30pm

Come to enjoy the voice and music of Gonzalo Cordova and Friends in an ambiance of fine art and good friends. Colibri Studio is proud to have every Saturday Gonzalo conducting this program in collaboration with other great musicians. Don't miss it!!!! Door open at 9:00pm.

Sugg. donation $8 (to support musicians)
refreshments will be available!!!

2032 West 18Th.St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone and fax: 312-733-8431