Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Living Treasure @ Pentagon Gallery

Work by Carl Baratta, Carolina Wheat, Montgomery Perry Smith, Theodore Darst and Ryan Ingebritson.

Living Treasure is a shadow of Pentagon Gallery’s first opening Nemesis, a show that engaged cultural others and darkness in music, film, literature and athleticism. Living Treasure attempts to take note from Nemesis but focuses on current global issues and America’s involvement with in them. Each artist transforms ideas of violence, destruction, environment, religion, and sexuality by utilizing different mediums and engaging the viewer to be critical of their own social nature. The show it’s self might seem sinister but stays satirical with subject and matter. The show will be paired with a free private resident screening of the 1980s film Flash Gordon and will be shown twice through out the night (7:00pm – 8:52pm & 9:00pm – 11:00pm). The purpose of the film is to utilize the space of Pentagon as a apartment gallery and to bring light to the work being shown. Living Treasure will have video, painting, drawing, sculpture, and film.

Opening July 10, from 7:00pm–10:00pm 
10 July 2010–26 July 2010

Pentagon Gallery
 961 W 19th St, 1F, Chicago, IL 60608

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios Fundariser

18th St. Pilsen Open Studios Fundraiser

Come support one of the largest art walks in the city since 2003.

Wed. August 18, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm

1852 W. 19th Street

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's  Month. For the last 7 years artists, galleries, spaces and cafes open their doors during special hours. The art walk includes over 30 spaces, 60+ artists in locations from Western Ave. to May St. and from 16th St. to 24th St.

This year we are happy to announce our fundraiser will be on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the National Mexican Museum of Art, starting at 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. There will be a silent and live auction with donated artwork from great artists who come from different parts of the world: United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Brazil,  Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico and reside in the Pilsen area, or are invited to participate.  Artists participating are: Robert Valadez, Salvador Jimenez, Alejandro Jimenez,  Gabriel Villa, Angel Silva, Diana Solis, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Guillermo Delgado, Magda Dejose, Patricia Peixoto, Roberto Ferreyra, Mark Nelson, Montserrat Alsina, Hector Duarte, Omar Valencia, Miguel Cortez, John  Pitman Weber,  Pablo Serrano, Mariko Ventura, and many more.

Foods and drinks will be provided by many of our local cafes and restaurants.

This year we are celebrating with a gathering of local musicians representing music from Veracruz and other parts of Latinamerica: Tarima Son, Fandanguero and Son del Viento. Special preview presentation by Tarima Son.

$30 single
$50 couple
$15 students/seniors

18th St. 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 May St. to Western St. and from 16th St. to 23rd st.. Join us later this year **Saturday and Sunday** October 16-17, 2010 from Noon-8pm. More info:

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608-2706
(312) 738-1503

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010



Elizam Escobar

Friday, June 11, 2010
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture ( IPRAC )
3015 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

This exhibit is a combination of a previous installation at Polvo in June of 2006 and the elaboration of new works which are also a series of combining techniques that intertwine with earlier works, documents and mixed images to form a whole of comings and goings between that two-decade long period of imprisonment and the subsequent works from a decade that feels like two. The installation started from a series of drawings I did in prison about jail bars transmuting into sculptures. From there, constructions, mixed media and three-dimensional works emerged. The “extension” of those pieces has taken different, but limited, forms, due to the issue of transportation. The new works have trace marks of both before and after the installation, which makes it hard to know what came before and what came after. Here there is a type of self-intervention and variations where there are transferences and painting over transparencies, documents and reproductions altered in scale and context, sequences, series and digital pieces. The theme of jail bars and the prison experience have imposed an autobiographical and political atmosphere, but always through the symbolic of art as an exchange between the spectators and the work. Buen provecho.

ALSO IPRAC Presents:
Commemorative Campaign celebrating 50th Anniversary of CLARIDAD

June 1st, 2009 marks the  50th anniversary of uninterrupted publication of CLARIDAD, the newspaper of the Puerto Rican Nation. From that moment, a commemorative campaign in solidarity with the 50th anniversary of CLARIDAD began, with multiple activities in Puerto Rico, the US and other Latin American countries. The first activity of this campaign was the photographic exposition at the International Press Center in Havana, Cuba, a country which has been in solidarity with our struggle for independence.

During this camping we propose to make widely known the importance of CLARIDAD through it's history of our struggle for independence, human and civil rights and social justice and as a newspaper that has stood out in defense of the Puerto Rican working class, the environment and our natural resources and against militarism, corruption, discrimination and repression. We aspire to continue to fortify the Puerto Rican patriotic movement and reach sovereignty and independence.

The photographic sample of this exhibition in Chicago is organized by the Campaign fo the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of CLARIDAD which is directed by Attorney José Enrique Ayoroa Santaliz , and The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer (PRCC) and Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) directed by Dr. José E. López. The Committee of Photos ad Art, led by Evelyn Claudio Cartagena coordinated the preparation of the exposition which was designed by the Vice-President of the Biennel of Photography in Puerto Rico, the photographer José Rafael “Pucho” Charrón (curator) and the photo-journalist Ricardo Alcaraz.

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Sangre, Sudor y Papeles: Artists examine the immigration issue

Sangre, Sudor y Papeles: Artists examine the immigration issue

Saul Aguirre
Adriana Baltazar
Miguel Cortez
Salvador Jiménez-Flores
Jaime Mendoza
Jenny Priego
Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa

Also this month's Project Wall Space: Yong Choi

Opening Friday June 25th from 6pm-10pm

June 25 - July 24
, 2010

Saul Aguirre is a Chicago Based artist born in Mexico City. He has been considered a standout at NEXT 2010 CHicago by PEDRO VÉLEZ who is an artist and critic living in Chicago. Saul used real manacles, to remind people of the reality of being picked up by the police during a live spectacle, and captivated people with his small drawings. Saul has been exhibiting Nationally and Internationally, in several Museums and Galleries since 1990.

Adriana Baltazar is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago. She has worked in various collaborative projects as well as shown work in galleries throughout the city. She draws her inspiration from the conflicts and comprimises that arise in our relationships with the "other" and our love/hate relationship with the natural environment. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Art Institute.

Miguel Cortez is an artist living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied at Columbia College and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Future shows in 2010 include an exhibit at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas and at VanBrabson Gallery in Minnesota. Past exhibitions included shows 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. Other shows included exhibits 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.

Salvador Jiménez-Flores was born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico where he lived until 2000. Since coming to the United States, Salvador has participated and contributed to the Chicago art scene. His work has been included in various solo and group exhibitions in venues such as The National Museum of Mexican Art, The State Street Gallery, Aurora City Hall, Koehnline Museum of Art, Beverly Art Center, and Casa de la Cultura, Jalisco, M√©xico. in addition, his public art created with youth from the Pilsen, Lawdale, and La Villita communities such as ‚Äúthe Revival of the Struggle‚Äù at the Rauner Family YMCA, ‚ÄúAlternative Remedy‚Äù at Saint Antony Hospital, and the "Declaration of Immigration" at Yollocalli & Radioarte building. Salvador‚Äôs work is also in the State Street Gallery collection (over 30 pieces of work) and other private collections. Salvador is currently graphic designer at CCDA and art teacher at Yollocalli Art Reach.

Jaime Mendoza: Concerned largely with issues of immigration, ethnicity and place; Mendoza works in a wide range of media—activist inspired public art, sculpture, film, sound, and photography — all of which fuse the politics of contemporary urban culture with poetic meditations on aesthetics, history, and identity. 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 in San Francisco, California. 

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 memoir 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. Jenny lives and works in Chicago.

Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator and administrator, active for the past fifteen years. Completed a B.A. in Fine Art from Trinity Christian College in 1992 and earned an M.A in Inter Disciplinary Arts at Columbia College (2005). As an administrator and an artist, she has collaborated in the creation and maintenance of many non profit organizations in Pilsen. Among them are Taller Mestizarte (Mixed Art Workshop) where she served as President in 1998, organizer for La Voz de Los de Abajo, and a board member for Calles y Sueños. Elvia has also contributed to other existing organizations such as the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Fiesta del Sol/ Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Marshall Square Boys and Girls Club, and Gallery 37 as an educator and an artist. Elvia is the Director of Community Programs at Pros Arts.

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 257-3534
Hours: by appointment only

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Film Screening Fundraiser

Film Screening Fundraiser for "J-Def:19 And A Day-The Life and Times of Jeff Abbey Maldonado JR. $15.00 includes food and beverage.

Sunday, June 6, 2010
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Unity In Chicago
1925 W. Thome Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660