Tuesday, October 27, 2009
photo: Zach Gross, 2007
Corpo Illicito: The Post-Human Society #69
Friday, October 30, 2009. 7:00pm. FREE.
Columbia College Chicago , 618 S. Michigan , 2nd Floor
Join us for a debut performance by members of La Pocha Nostra, the acclaimed Mexican-American “trans-disciplinary organization” and 2009-2010 Critical Encounters Artists-in-Residence. “Corpo Illicito” is the third in the group’s Mapa-Corpo series and will feature Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Violeta Luna and Roberto Sifuentes. The new piece tackles this historic moment of reinvention by looking into the past and attempting to prognosticate a possible future without resorting to quick fixes and false hopes. Using performance bodies as sites for political reinvention and poetic prophesying, La Pocha Nostra explores both the legacy of fear of the Other, the criminalization of the brown body inherited by the Bush administration, and the emerging culture of hope, imagination and faith that has developed in response to the former world order.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Zombie: A Mindless Affair
Curated by: Edra Soto
Also Project Wall Space:Irene Perez
C Through Outfit (Erik Brown, Catie Olsen, Carl Warnik and Dawn Reed)
Mindy Rose Schwartz
Susannah Kite Strang
Death by Design Co. (Teena McClelland and Michelle Maynard)
The Wiener Girls (Sydney Croskery and Katey Rafanello)
Jen Thomas and Bobby Lively
Jacob C. Hammes
Opening Friday October 23 from 6pm-10pm
October 23 - November 21, 2009
ABOUT: Zombie: A Mindless Affair
Celebrations that invite us to observe a historical occurrence are still strongly practiced in contemporary culture. Halloween, as celebrated is America, profoundly depicts the strongest features from gothic and horror literature, film, TV, and graphic arts. Among the repertoire of traditional characters, the zombie distinguishes itself for possessing the biology and behavior of a normal human being, yet lacks consciousness. This exhibition uses the vernacular of the mythological zombie as a starting point to engage in ideas of death, mindlessness and symbolisms for the occult and inexplicable. The term zombie also intends to address issues referring to the mindless self in a social spectrum: leading and following; acts of automatism and fanatic behaviors.
From 6:30-7:00pm on opening night:
Join author Scott Kenemore, artist Mindy Rose Schwartz and collaborators Teena McClelland and Michelle Maynard from Death by Design Co. in conversation. They will talk about the darkness that enlightens their work. Screening of the film made by Death by Design Co. immediately after the conversation. Moderated by Edra Soto.
** During the opening, Carl Warnick of C Through Outfit will be running a Zombie Movie Server that will share over 60 movies. From I walk with a Zombie (1943) to a telecine of Zombieland (2009). Bring laptops or thumb drives to get free films! (note: Films are between 700mb to 1.5gb)
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS Gallery is proud to present this special exhibit as our entry in the annual PILSEN OPEN STUDIOS Art Walk for 2009. We are #30 on the map which you can access on the internet at: www.pilsenopenstudios.org There will be buses to take you around to the over 40 artists' studios and galleries.
PIPELINES & BORDERLINES--ROUND 2
NOW THAT "W" IS GONE AND OBAMA IS IN
EVERYTHING IS OK!
.........................OR IS IT?
The CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS Gallery presents "PIPELINES & BORDERLINES--ROUND 2, a grass roots political print portfolio featuring artists from Canada, the United States, and Mexico, the three NAFTA countries.
This exhibition is curated by Beverly Keys and has already travelled to all three countries. Brochures documenting the project and giving updates on what "W" called "NAFTA-PLUS" will be available.
In 2008, artists from the U.S., Mexico and Canada collaborated to creat artworks to spread awareness of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), which the Bush administration called NAFTA-PLUS. It is an umbrella for 300 joint corporate and governmental initiatives. Corporations set the agendas and these initiatives were carried out with LITTLE legislative and absolutely NO public input or awareness.
Participating artists are:
RENE ARCEO, MARNIE BLAIR, NICOLAS DE JESUS, JAVIER LARA DIAZ, STEVE FISHER, JEFF ABBEY MALDONADO, JESUS ORLANDO MARTINEZ, CAROL FREIDLE, BALTZAR GODOY, MICHAEL MCGOVERN, LAURA MYNTTI, HEATHER HUSTON, EVELINE KOLIJN, BEVERLY KEYS, JANET SCHILL, MARY ELLEN PONSFORD, GABRIEL TRINIDAD, VICTOR JUAREZ VASQUEZ, & JOHN PITTMAN WEBER
Beverly Keys has chosen two of the 300 projects which affect all three countries for the focus of the PIPELINES & BORDERLINES portfolio exhibition.
The first is the OIL SANDS MINES project in Alberta, Canada. It is the largest surface mine in the world, with toxic chemicals endangering citizens as well as the wildlife left after massive deforestation. Thousands of laborers were bussed up from Mexico to work in the mines, promoting their exploitation, and weakening the labor force in all three countries.
This mine is large enough to be the SOLE REASON that Canada cannot meet its carbon reduction goals to combat global warming. A pipline is set to run from Alberta to mostly U.S. refineries, including the British Petroleum (BP) plant in Whiting, Indiana.
There, as we have heard, toxins will be released that will threaten the health of anyone who depends on Lake Michigan for drinking water.
The second project chosen was the AUTOMATED TARGETING SYSTEM (ATS), which combines the U.S. "no-fly" list into a single North American database. Every person flying over a U.S. border is assigned a "risk" assessment score.
It is full of errors and has assessed preschoolers and even the late Senator Ted Kennedy as "high risks". No one has access to find out what their score is and NO RIGHT TO CHALLENGE IT.
We are allowing pipelines to cross borders but preventing people from doing so. President Obama says that we need to rengotiate NAFTA, in order to "STOP THIS RACE TO THE BOTTOM.
You won't want to miss this important print portfolio exhibition by well-known artist from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
Artists can express emotions in unique ways. Is this exhibition visually exciting, YES! Is it political?.....YOU BETCHA!!
Your presence is invited and will be welcomed. Don't miss the opening reception on October 16th at 6:30 p.m.
CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ FINE ARTS Gallery
1538 W. Cullerton Street (2000 South, east of Ashland)
Chicago, Illinois 60608
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009 - Sunday, October 18, 2009
Pilsen Open Studios is an artist run art walk that takes place in October. Each year artists, galleries, cultural centers and cafes open their doors during special hours. Over 30 spaces, 60+ artists from Carpenter St. to Leavitt St. and from 16th St. For more info go to: http://pilsenopenstudios.org/
Antena will participate again in this year's 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios' art walk weekend by showcasing new work by artists:
Jenny Priego is visual and performance artist who draws inspiration from her existence as a feminine being and random beauty. She uses several forms of media to interpret her self exploration, such as technology, her body, voice, and formal fine art technique. Her latest and ongoing project is "Adelita Pata de Perro" a photographic journal of Adelita, a character that was inspired by the women who fought in the Mexican Revolution. Priego's Adelita is a hyper-ethnic woman wandering the world on an ever changing journey, and on her voyage of discovery she encounters symbols of power, femininity, sex, and cultural imagery. She finds herself in different situations and places that take her from Paris, to Rome and sugar cane mills in Mexico. Priego studied at Columbia College and currently works as a Stewardess.
Jaime 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.
Miguel Cortez is an artist living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include a show in Champaign, IL at the Krannert Museum and at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, as well as, in Bridge Art Fair in Miami. Past shows include an exhibit in Dallas at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, "Lo Romantico" at Glass Curtain Gallery and "Lies that Bill Gates told me: Exploring the Digital Divide" at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia.
18th St. Pilsen Open Studios 2009
Saturday and Sunday October 17-18, 2008
Noon - 7pm
1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
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