Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pilsen Open Studios

The 10th annual edition of Pilsen Open Studios will take place the weekend of October 20-21, 2012 in various locations along Pilsen’s 18th Street Corridor.

Extending from Western Ave. to Halsted (16th St. to 24th St.), the event will largely feature the work of artists residing in the Pilsen area, as well as other local, national and international artists invited to exhibit at select galleries. Last year, over 4,000 people descended onto Pilsen to enjoy a celebration of art, culture and community. This yea
r, over 75 artists will be showcasing their work in more than 35 studios, alternative spaces, galleries and cafes.

There are special events to commemorate the 10th edition. They include:

• A book that includes past and current participants, a history of the Pilsen Art Movement, press over the years and special contributions by key artists and individuals from the neighborhood.

• A student showcase of art from youth at Pilsen-based CPS schools in the lobby of the Center for Performing Arts at Benito Juarez Community Academy (1450 W. Cermak Road) on Thursday, October 18 from 4-6pm.

• A Pilsen Open Studios group show reception, which will kick off the entire weekend, at Prospectus Gallery (1210 W. 18th St), called “Made in Pilsen VII” on Friday, October 19 from 5pm to 10pm, that will feature a performance by the Chicago Sinfonetta.

The weekend will carry a special theme: The Fabric of Pilsen"

Pilsen Open Studios will take place Saturday, October 20 from 12 noon to 8pm, and Sunday, October 21 from 12 noon to 6pm. Over 75 artists are expected to participate. Colibri Studio/Gallery (2032 W. 18th Street) will be the central location for maps, tours and information of the event, as well as the boarding and departing point for guided tours to a selected group of studios as well as mural tours guided by Jose Guerrero and Roberto Ferreyra, seasoned community artists.

For maps and more information, visit http://pilsenopenstudios.net/ or call (312) 545-8579.

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