Friday, January 28, 2011


January 28 - Contraphonic Showcase - Bands : Magic Gloves, Wishgift, and DJs.....danceparty? 8- 11pm

February 6
- Bands : BROWN LAZER (abbreviated to just Marvin Astorga) and 3 Awesome L.A. Musical Solo projects - Emily Lacy, Corey Fogel, and Ezra Buchla
musicians from Gowns, Cryptacize, The Mae Shi, Carla Bozulich -------  listen to more at

February 12
- Bands : DANCE YOUR HEART OUT DANCE-A-THON (duh) Soul DJ for all night, Rules will be posted on the website, spectators welcome 8pm ---- till you drop

February 21
- Bands : Calvin Johnson, Cains & Abels, Winston Lasker - the rumors are true, K record guru galore 7pm-10pm 

Roxaboxen Exhibitions

2130 W 21st Street
Chicago IL 60608

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

La Vida Sobre Papel: Judithe Hernández

La Vida Sobre Papel: Judithe Hernández

Opening Reception on January 21 from 6-8pm. 
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19st
Chicago, IL, 60608

As one of the pioneers of the Chicano Art and Los Angeles Mural Movements of the 1970's, Judithe Hernández is regarded as one of the important visual artists of the period. She was the only female member of the seminal and influential East Los Angeles artist collective "Los Four" that included the late well-known California painter, Carlos Almaraz, whom she met when they both attended graduate school at Otis Art Institute.

She has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, and Mexico, including the ground-breaking first exhibition of contemporary Chicano Art in Europe: Le Démon des Anges. Her public works include the Los Angeles Bicentennial Mural (1981) which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Bicentennial Committee to officially commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city's founding in 1781. In contrast to her mural work, her studio work has always been pastel on paper. The lush color and haunting imagery of the work prompted one art critic to compare it to two legendary artists, saying it was a "unique and beautiful blend of Rivera and Rousseau".

Tuesday, January 18, 2011



new works by ERIN LELAND
January 30-31, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, Jan 30, 2011, from 4-8pm
Open Hours: Monday, Jan 31, noon-4pm

ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th Street

ACRE Projects hosts an opening reception on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 4-8pm at 1913 West 17th Street, Chicago, IL. ACRE Projects is proud to present ERIN LELAND: CRITICAL OF TAN, the next installment in ACRE's year-long series of solo exhibitions by 2010 ACRE summer residents.

Erin Leland’s CRITICAL OF TAN, a series of glances askew at herself, began with photographing strangers as a live mannequin through a shop window, continued with attempting to reclaim explicit photographs inadvertently inherited by two Midwestern strangers, and includes Accidental Sightings, a poem chronicling her attempts to avoid her image in reflective surfaces. At the heart of all the work is their existence as encounters. She is currently reinterpreting her own image through autobiographical retellings.

ERIN LELAND, a performer, photographer and writer, recently graduated with an MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago. In the Spring of 2010, Erin's work appeared in the New Insight exhibition at Art Chicago, Iceberg Gallery and Swimming Pool Project Space. She was a resident this fall at the Watermill Center, where she undertook an autobiographical re-hanging of pieces from Robert Wilson’s private art collection. She looks forward to residence at the Banff Centre in the spring.

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition) was founded in 2010 with the ambition to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. The residency itself takes place each summer in rural southwest Wisconsin and brings together artists from across disciplines and levels of experience to create a regenerative community of cultural producers. Over the course of the following year ACRE endeavors to further support its residents by providing venues for exhibitions, idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

ACRE Projects is a new space in Pilsen presenting weekly art events every Sunday evening. Each of ACRE's 70+ residents are given the keys to the space for one week to do with it what they will. Additional exhibitions will be hosted by a number of local galleries and alternative spaces.

More information about ACRE can be found at

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Map of current active art spaces in Pilsen

ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608

1765 S. Laflin St., Chicago, IL 60608

Ben Russell
1716 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60608

Carlos & Dominguez Gallery
1538 W. Cullerton Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Cobalt Studio
1950 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608
Eel Space
1906 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608

2130 W 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60608

View Pilsen Alt Spaces in a larger map

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Maze: Work by Hyeon Kim

Maze: Work by Hyeon Kim
Final show in the ACRE and Roxaboxen solo show series

Opening Reception January 23 7-10pm

Her most recent work, Maze - 2010, an installation and video work, is a reflection of the labor-intensive practices of her parents’ new working situation after immigrating to America. Maze revolves around the social and cultural aspects of life in America through the lens of a Korean immigrant family living in the US. For the past few months, Hyeon accumulated large amounts of shirts left behind at dry-cleaners around the Chicago area. In her video, she travels throughout Maze putting dry-cleaning bags on every shirt to explore how labor and physical objects can hold the stresses of everyday life, as well as the public perception of this type of work.

Many immigrant families come to the United States to pursue the American Dream of owning their own business and creating a successful family life. Many times, however, the burden of maintaining success in the family business gets passed from the parents to their children. Even though Hyeon’ s parents were a teacher and an engineer in Korea, when they came to the US they found themselves unable to pursue these careers and opted for started a number of small businesses, finally settling on a family-run dry-cleaning store. The washing, drying, pressing, and delivering of clothes involves a variety of materials and labor patterns that Hyeon has constantly been exposed to throughout her life in America.

In Hyeon’ s art practice, much like her parents business, she engages in her own repetitive process with similar intensity towards the transformation and treatment of objects and materials. This process gives her time to reflect on the issues being brought out in the work, and also exposes her to the meditative state of its production. This dual focus on material and process is a way for her to embed something intangible, like the energy of labor or personal memory, into an art object.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W 21st Street
Chicago IL 60608


Artifice//Artifact- Every Photo tells a Story

Sarah Best & Ira S. Murfin . Ernesto De Anda . Miguel Cortez . Linda Prieto . Rosy 'Campanita Torres . Thelma Uranga . Antonio Martinez . Leonel Hernandez . Anthony Marcos Rea . Jackie Orozco . Marisa Moy . Adriana Baltazar

Every Photo Tells a Story
Inquiry into artifacts and photography as a medium to represent facts or to construct them frame the theme of this exhibit. Pulling from various interests and backgrounds, each artist will present a freshly made narrative.The subject of these narratives vary according to each artist's directive.

Opening Friday, January 14, 2011 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St
Chicago, IL 60608

Remake @ Eel Space

Good Stuff House (Kayce Bayer and Chris Lin)
Claire Arctander
J. Thomas Pallas

Good Stuff House (Kayce Bayer and Chris Lin) make a new interactive installation, Claire Arctander explores the cultural materials / moments of adolescent tv and junk food, and J. Thomas Pallas mines his own and represented childhoods in Eel Space's first exhibition at its new location.
'Remake' will be installed for about a month after the opening on January 15th. Please call 312-550-6360 or email for more info.
Nothing is for sale here.
Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Eel Space
1906 S Throop St #2F

Monday, January 03, 2011

John Pitman Weber--Retrospective Art Exhibit

John Pitman Weber--Retrospective Art Exhibit
Opening Friday, January 21 from 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Carlos & Dominguez Gallery
1538 W. Cullerton Street, (2000 South, East of Ashland Ave.)
Chicago, IL
This is actually the Second Retrospective of the art of John Weber; the first having been 20 years ago this month at the Valparaiso University Museum of Art, in Valparaiso, Indiana. That was presented as a "mid-career" Retrospective.

John Weber's career in art has continued, as focused and passionate as it was when he painted his first public mural in 1969, "All Power to the People", (since destroyed), in the courtyard of St. Dominic's Church. Influenced by the great Mexican muralists, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, he went on to co-found the Chicago Mural Group which continues today as the Chicago Public Art Group.

Whether the issue has been the war in Vietnam, the repressive regimes in Nicaragua and El Salvador, the suffering of the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico,or, currently, the barbed wires and walls between Israel and Palestine and between Mexico and the U.S.A., John Weber's art serves as a visual manifestation of the cry for justice and humanity which is all too often heard around the world.

Strong images create strong, emotional responses in the hearts and minds of viewers of John Weber's prints, collages, and charcoal drawings, which will make up the selections for this unique exhibit.

Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery is honored to host this Retrospective of John Pitman Weber, an important artist, known nationally and internationally. I know that his images will touch your heart, and your soul, as they have touched mine. --Len Dominguez, gallery Director.

This exhibit will continue until February 25, 2010
Carlos & Dominguez is a private gallery.

For more information call: 773-580-8053

Paint FX @ Antena

Paint FX
Opening Friday February 18 from 6pm-10pm

February 18- March 19, 2011

PAINT FX ( is a web-based painting collective/website produced by artists residing at various locations of the internet:

Jon Rafman
Parker Ito
Micah Schippa
Tabor Robak
John Transue.

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only