Praise for the 88th Members Show

Thank you to Judy Carmack Bross and the team at Classic Chicago Magazine for their coverage of The Arts Club’s 88th Visual Artist Members Exhibition.

The Incredible Arts Club Member Show



Posted March 30, 2018

“Man Walking toward a Fata Morgana” Reviewed in the Chicago Tribune

“Like a mirage, everything here is other than it seems. Science can explain optical illusions, just as aesthetics can explain artistic ones, but the effects remain enchanting to behold.” — Lori Waxman

In Autumn 2017, Slovakian artist Roman Ondak, renowned for his object-based and participatory practices, exhibited for the first time in the United States four sculptural installations and an ongoing series of paintings, Deserts. Although Ondak began Deserts  in the 1990s, most of the “found paintings” exhibited were produced expressly for The Arts Club. Below, Lori Waxman celebrates the exhibition in the Chicago Tribune, highlighting Ondak’s precarious play between inherited practices and experimental forms.

Read the full review here!

This exhibition coincided with Ondak’s inclusion in the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s feature of exceptional works in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, entitled “Being Modern: MoMA in Paris“, which ran through March 8th. To learn more about Man Walking Toward a Fata Morgana, click here.



Posted March 27, 2018

Inclement Weather Closure

Due to concerns about the safety of travel as a result of Winter Storm Mateo, The Arts Club of Chicago is closed Friday, February 9th, 2018.

The galleries at The Arts Club of Chicago will reopen to the public on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from
11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Dining Room will reopen to members on Monday, February 12th.

Staff of The Arts Club will be accessible via email at intermittently and we will update via email with further information.

Posted February 8, 2018

Event: PLATFORMS: Architecture & Sound Panel

Event Date: February 28
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: First Floor Gallery

Panel Members: Architect Leigh Breslau, Artist D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, and Musicologist Ryan Dohoney


How does architectural design and engineering impact sound? And in turn, how does sound affect the space in which it is heard? And further still, how do artists and musicians think of architecture when they think of sound? Join an architect, a sound installation artist, and a musicologist for a discussion detailing the lineage of architecture as an inspiration for music and sound art (and vice versa), culminating with a site-specific interactive sound installation by D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem activating the gallery. 

Corpus Meum represents the first installation by D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem at The Arts Club of Chicago and exists as a one-night-only multi-site interactive sound installation activating the galleries and its intimate spaces in conjunction with the Architecture & Sound panel.  Conceived as a self-portrait in space and sound, each space corresponds to a part of the body with the entrance as the “head” and to a point in time within the artist’s aesthetic development including: a composition in the central gallery based on Africobra co-founder Barbara Jones-Hogu’s iconic Unite (1969, now on view at DePaul Museum of Art) comprised of the voices of artists, students and practitioners around Chicago; installation of Wan Chuku and the Mystical Yam Farm “tree” sculptures in the Mies Van der Rohe stairwell with a tale from the artist about camping in the Nigerian bush emanating from a Dr. Seuss-ian Lorax-style funnel; a plaintive song of desire and longing inspired by Pipilotti Rist’s 1996 Sip My Ocean; and an enticing homage to Vito Acconci’s 1972 Seedbed.
Corpus Meum sound installation will run from 5:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the panel and then from 7:30-8:30 p.m. immediately following the panel.

Sound Installation 5:00-6:00 p.m.  |  Panel  6:00-7:30 p.m.  |  Sound Installation 7:30-8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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Posted December 19, 2017

Event: Gallery Talk | Robert Burnier & Caroline Picard

Event Date: January 11
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: First Floor Gallery

Robert Burnier’s Of No Particular King, an enormous yellow tapestry hanging in The Arts Club’s garden since October, both highlights the color palette of the surrounding cityscape (construction trucks, yellow lines on the streets, caution signs, etc.) and critiques the implicit power structures within it. Burnier talks with fellow artist Caroline Picard about his creative intentions.

This event is free and open to the public.


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Posted December 19, 2017