“Round and Round” was the last a performance made by the Chicago based Colombian artist Johana Moscoso on Friday November 4th in the gallery space of Chicago Artist Coalition.
The performance took place at the end of the gallery in one a rectangular room. There were 5 women dressed up all in black sewing the same long piece of red velvet fabric in 5 different industrial sewing machines that where situated in specific places of the room. Each sewing machine had its own mark on the floor with some latitudes and longitudes referring to a specific place. As the fabric was sewn in the five sewing machines, the artist Johana Moscoso (also dressed up in black) entered the room and started hanging the fabric in the wall. The sound of the five industrial machines sewing this vibrant red velvet fabric and the wall began to wear red. There was a transformation of space, because as the fabric was running out, the space that started black and white became increasingly red as it expanded through the walls. With the help of a black ladder and two attendants (also dressed in black) the artist hung the entire fabric and the sound of the sewing machines was over.
Moscoso’s performance is about Latin migrations. This one presents time, labor and nostalgia of the different journeys that Latin American families made. There where five Latin women sewing in industrial sewing machines, which question the gender roles in Hispanic cultures as well as the blood that passes from one place to another. Currently all of these women live from sewing quinciañeras dresses in Chicago, which also speaks in how Latin American culture is related to textiles and rituals.
For me the most powerful part was when the fabric was being hung in the wall and all the sewing machines where sounding in the back. It was like to see how they dressed a space in the middle of an ambiguous rhythm given by the motor of each machine. In the end the fabric was finished and the room turned red. The machines weren’t sounding anymore but the marks where still there. No matter how much one changes places, one will always carry and come with things of their own culture.
Established in 1976, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, originally known as Young Hoffman Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The gallery owner, Rhona Hoffman has been the precursor of international contemporary art since the 70s presenting a huge variety of mediums in artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Sol Lewitt. The gallery located in the West Loop in Chicago, is divided in three different open spaces. The first floor has a view to the street and the other two are in a higher level with a separation given by a drywall that permits the continuity of a show or three independent spaces depending on the curator’s choice. In this moment the gallery is presenting the second exhibition that commemorates the 40th anniversary. The show titled Gender,Race, Identity presents artists represented by the gallery that deal with these topics and with the idea of the different roles in society. One example is the artist Mike Glier that makes paintings in which men are doing domestic chores. Another example are the different photos of James Drake of travesties in Mexico city.
Rhona Hoffman Gallery participates in three Art fairs each year. They go to Art Basel Miami, Armoury Show in New York City and Expo Chicago. This means that is a well-positioned gallery that already has a big projection and influence in the contemporary art world.
Presented by ComEd and Powershares, ZooLight Festival at the Lincoln Park Zoo opened on November 25, 2016, and it will last until January 1, 2017.
As a public event sponsored by commercial enterprises, ZooLight Festival can also be seen as a light exhibition in public space. Festival activities include arts and crafts for children, 3D displays, Live ice sculpture carving and more.
photo credit: lpzoo.org
CD Wu, a former MFA SAIC student who graduated in 2016, is having her solo exhibition at Shane Campell Gallery South Loop location.
Mainly using neon lights in her works, CD Wu will present former artistic exploration in school in the show.
Exhibition Date: December 10th, 2016– January 28th, 2016
SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY
2021 S WABASH AVE
CHICAGO IL 60616
photo credit: shanecampellgallery.com
A statue of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was installed at Pioneer Court on401 N. Michigan Avenue, where the statue of Marilyn Monroe used to be.
“Return Visit”, the title of the piece, is a 25-foot-tall statue depicting Lincoln handing a copy of the Gettysburg Address to a modern day man wearing sneakers and corduroys. The sculpture is the work of Seward Johnson, the New Jersey artist who designed the big Marilyn Monroe statue in 2011.
Paula Stoeke, the curator of Johnson’s gallery, explains the new piece is meant to remind passersby of Lincoln’s message about equality more than 150 years ago.
Paula Stoeke, the curator of Johnson’s gallery, explains that the new piece is meant to remind passersby of Lincoln’s message about equality more than 150 years ago. However, the public showed a different impression about this work that’s paid by Zeller Realty Group.
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
December 14, 2016- January 18, 2017
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Students and Seniors: $7
Children 3-12: $6
Tuesdays: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m. (additional 2 p.m. performances on December 14 & 21)
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m. (additional 2 p.m. performance on December 22)
Fridays: 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 2 & 8 p.m. (no 8 p.m. performance on December 24)
Sundays: December 2 p.m. (additional 7:30 p.m. performance on December 11)
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Tickets start at $25
Nov 12, 2016-Jan 8, 2017
Fridays: 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 3 & 8 p.m.
Sundays: 3 p.m.
The Den Theatre
1329 N. Miwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL IL
Normal Admission: $35