Garden Project Opening: Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams creates a site-specific installation for The Arts Club Garden Projects series in which she inserts a secondary fence that breaks away from the existing boundary, blurring the distinction between its function as barrier and container alike. Uppity Negress addresses the layered roles gender and race have played historically in black women’s ability to navigate their position in urban space.

Fascinated by the way the garden operates as a liminal space between public and private, Williams’s installation highlights concepts of authority and access–noting when each is granted or denied. Recent instances in contemporary culture have resurrected the term ‘uppity’ to challenge the suggestion that black women have forgotten their place, or need reminding. By venturing “out of line,” the fence creates a disorienting space that calls into question the relationship between restraint and protection.

To commemorate the opening of her garden project, Williams will speak about her work alongside a sound performance featuring the voices of Carris Adams and Natalie Moore.

Free and open to the public.

Posted June 10, 2017

Upcoming Gallery Closures

The Gallery will be closed to the public on the following dates:

Monday, May 29

Tuesday July 4

Posted May 17, 2017

The Arts Club featured in Third Coast Review

109 East Ontario

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Posted April 20, 2017

The Drawing Room featured in Interior Design


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Posted April 17, 2017

Bettina Pousttchi: Suspended Mies



19 May — 5 August 2017

Public opening 19 May 2017 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

29 March —The Arts Club of Chicago is proud to present Bettina Pousttchi: Suspended Mies. Berlin-based artist Bettina Pousttchi is best known for her large-scale photographic interventions in public space, covering entire facades of buildings with images redolent with historical or architectural meaning. In her photography and sculpture she further explores the connections between systems of time and space from a transnational perspective.

For her exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago, the German-Iranian artist (born 1971, Mainz) has developed a new site-specific photo installation that responds to the work of architect Mies van der Rohe, who designed the famed “floating staircase” at The Arts Club. The installation is comprised of three parts that bring together Mies’s legacy in New York, London and Chicago. The first part, a large-scale photograph of the Seagram Building printed on textile, extends the length of the entire west gallery; the second part addresses Mansion House Square, Mies’s unbuilt project for London; the third is The Arts Club’s own physical space. Visitors to the gallery are met with a space that employs photography as an architectural element, thus redirecting the viewing experience.

A graduate of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she studied with Rosemarie Trockel and Gerhard Merz, Pousttchi has exhibited internationally since 2001 at such institutions as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Phillips Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Temporäre Kusthalle, Berlin. Research for this exhibition took place at the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, where Pousttchi had a residency in 2016. She lives and works in Berlin.

Bettina Pousttchi: Suspended Mies opens to the public at 6 p.m. on May 19 and will close on August 5. Regular gallery hours are 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday-Friday and 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday. The Arts Club of Chicago is located at 201 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
Contact Isabel Olive with any press or general inquiries at or 312-787-3997.

Posted April 17, 2017