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

Event: At the Biennial: A Live Critique

Event Date: November 3
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Friday November 3

Public Program: Architecture

Architectural Scholars Cynthia Davidson, Penelope Dean, and Geoffrey Goldberg

Program 6:00 pm


Now in its second iteration, The Chicago Architecture Biennial has brought ideas from around the world to Chicago. But what to make of the work? The Arts Club of Chicago will again host a live critique of this year’s Biennial, entitled “Make New History”. Come hear Cynthia Davidson, editor of the architectural journal Log, and Penelope Dean, UIC Professor and publisher of Flat Out, share what they found interesting and intriguing in the show, in discussion with Chicago architect Geoff Goldberg.

Free and open to the public

Posted October 13, 2017

Garden Exhibition ‘Amanda Williams: Uppity Negress’ featured in BLOUIN ARTINFO

Amanda Williams | Uppity Negress | 2017 | The Arts Club of Chicago (Detail)

Image by Michael Tropea.

Read the full article here.

Posted September 20, 2017