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Artist Talk and Activation: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford

Event Date: May 3
Time: 6 - 7:30 pm

Artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford brings to the Arts Club of Chicago garden a modern-day take on the classical “gipsoteca,” or cast room, reconsidering the neoclassical copy with a garden of multiples gone slightly awry. Imagery of The Art Institute’s Nemean Lion sculpture displays alongside an homage to youtube cat videos and an eighteenth century marble Hercules. Hulsebos-Spofford talks with historian Jonathan Levy (Associate Professor in History and the College, The University of Chicago) about the role of reproduction in taste-making, value, status-signaling, and social relations. Following the conversation, stay tuned for a performative activation of the garden, kicking off a constantly-multiplying array of reproductions throughout the project’s duration.

Free and open to all. RSVP requested.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford: Garden Gipsoteca is the latest in the Arts Club’s series of commissions exclusively by Chicago artists for this uniqe public space. Launched in March 2014 with Sarah and Joseph Belknap’s Afterglow, an installation of suspended phosphorescent faux rock ‘meteorites,’ the Garden Projects have ranged from expansive sculpture and 2-D paintings to the most recent The Playhead of Dawn, a collaborative sound and software project by visual artist Jeny Kendler and sound artist/ programmer Brian Kirkbride, inviting passersby to experience a massive dataset of birdsong from around the world. Other artists commissioned by The Arts Club for its Garden Project series have included: Marshall Brown, Robert Burnier, Luftwerk, Claire Pentecost, Erik Peterson, Richard Rezac, Edra Soto, and Amanda Williams.

About Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford:

Hyde Park-based Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University Northwest. He is also the co-director and founder of the collective Floating Museum. His work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The UCSD Art Gallery, The Glass Curtain Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center, among other spaces. He has held fellowships at the Sculpture Space, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Brown Foundation Program at the Dora Maar House, and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. His work has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Harpo Foundation, the Propeller Fund, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Sicily. Recent exhibitions and projects include a public project by Floating Museum titled River Assembly on the Chicago River, an exhibition titled How to give life to a mountain at the DuSable Museum and a British Council Arts and Social Practice Fellowship.

About Jonathan Levy:

Jonathan Levy is a historian of economic life in the United States, with interests in the relationships between business and economic history, political economy, legal history, and the history of ideas. His research and teaching span the 19th and 20th centuries and are concerned with global and comparative questions. His first book, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard University Press, 2012), is a history of risk in the United States. The book has a dual focus, tracing the simultaneous rise, in the context of slave emancipation, of a new individualist creed that equated freedom with risk-taking and a new corporate financial system of risk management. Freaks of Fortune won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Ellis W. Hawley Prize, and Avery O. Craven Award, and the American Society for Legal History’s William Nelson Cromwell Book Prize.

Posted March 28, 2019
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Toward the Unsound: Exhibition Walk-through

Event Date: April 20
Time: 1 pm

Join curator Jenna Lyle for a walk-through of our current exhibition, Toward the Unsound by New York-based artist Thessia Machado.

 

Indulging in the physical nature of sound and connecting it to natural phenomena, New York-based visual/sonic artist and performer Thessia Machado builds a meta-instrument whose reverberations tap into the expressive potential of a place. Throughout the installation, a D.I.Y. circuit of electrical wire vines, speaker blooms and light-sensitive tendrils overtakes a massive section of the gallery; The Arts Club’s electromagnetic profile generates content for a series of audio vignettes; and the aural is made visual through sculptural depiction of soundwaves and frequency spectra as architectural interventions. Machado’s practice evolved organically from sculpture to sound, eventually aligning with the legacy of experimental music and hand-made instruments. Toward the Unsound takes us through an abridged progression of her practice from one art form to another, concluding with a festival of noise-based performance.

 

The gallery walk-through is free and open to all. Please join us at 1 pm in our galleries at 201 E. Ontario Street. The galleries are wheelchair accessible.

 

Posted March 6, 2019
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The Unsounders: Closing Performance

Event Date: April 26
Time: 4 - 9 pm

Thessia Machado, the artist behind the Club’s current exhibition, is also an accomplished improviser and instrument-builder. With her practice as an inspiration, Merche Blasco, Viola Yip, Pedro Lopes, Jenna Lyle, and Machado perform solo and group sets rooted in the idea of sound with no hierarchy.

The public performance marathon will run from 4 – 9 pm in The Arts Club galleries. The performance is free and open to all. Schedule of performances TBD.

Free admission, RSVPs encouraged.

Artist Bios:

Viola Yip, a native of Hong Kong, is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer, who tries to find the boundaries and push the boundaries in her imaginary sound world. As a composer, her compositions are not limited to acoustic music, electronic music, graphic scores and structured improvisation. Recent works appeared in ArtX at Bowling Green State University, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Ravinia Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, TEDXSMU, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NASA saxophone conference, ThingNY spam v3.0 concert, Quiet City concert, Vox Novus Concert, Musicarama 2012 (Hong Kong) and PAUSA Art House in Buffalo. As a new music advocate, she also performs contemporary works regularly as a pianist and an improviser. Her recent interest falls on using human natural voice as an instrument and explore its expressivity and musicality.

Merche Blasco is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in New York. Her work involves designing and building imprecise technological assemblages that catalyze new listening modes and embodied forms of live composition in electroacoustic sounds. Through these devices, Blasco attempts to establish a more horizontal relationship with audio technologies, distancing herself from parameters of precision, power, and control. She instead explores collaborative spaces where these instruments render audible unheard energetic forces, and offer a composition methodology in which her body and the live exploration of alternative materials are central elements. She has presented her performances and installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Sonar Festival in Barcelona, La Biennale di Venezia, NIME conferences, Tsonami International Sound Art Festival in Chile, The High Line in New York, SONIC Festival, Mapping Festival (Geneva), Queens Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wire magazine

Pedro Lopes
My name is Pedro Lopes, I’m a turntablist, computer scientist & hardware t(h)inker. I play turntables like they are full-fledged instruments, which means they can be bowed, percussed, scratched, subversed & hacked. I make my own needles and records using circuit-bending and acrylic cutting. I engage in collaboration with visual artists, performance & improvisors. I have played in venues such as Transmediale, Serralves Foundation, Casa da Música, OutFest, Rescaldo, Metasonic & Future Places and collaborate with many artists: Carlos Zíngaro, André Gonçalves, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa, Miguel Sá, Hernâni Faustino, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Per Gärdin, Carlos Santos, Manuela São Simão and in ensembles conducted by William Winnant (Zorn’s Cobra), Reinhold Friedl & Ernesto Rodrigues.

Thessia Machado (b. Brazil, 1967) lives and works in New York City. Machado’s installations and video pieces have been exhibited in New York, London, Philadelphia, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin, and Athens. She has been awarded residencies at Homesession, Barcelona; the NARS Foundation, NY; I-Park; MacDowell Colony; Yaddo; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; and the Vermont Studios Center. She is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, The Bronx Museum, and the American Academy in Berlin. In 2017, she was a recipient of an Artists Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Posted March 5, 2019
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Exhibition Opening: Thessia Machado ‘Toward the Unsound’

Event Date: January 23
Time: 6:00 pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Toward the Unsound, an exhibition of works by visual/sonic artist Thessia Machado. The exhibition will be on view through April 27th.

 

On April 26th, The Arts Club will host a program of durational noise-based performances interacting with the exhibition. Performing artists include Thessia Machado, Merche Blasco, Pedro Lopes, Viola Yip.

 

Both events are free and open to all.

Posted November 29, 2018
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The Nixon/Kennedy Debate of 1960: A re-enactment

Event Date: October 23
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The Arts Club of Chicago
201 East Ontario Street
Reception 6:30 pm | Program 7– 8:30 p.m.

On the evening of September 26, 1960, candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon squared off in the first televised debate at CBS Studios in Chicago and changed the history of presidential campaigns. Face the cameras yourself in this free all-ages reenactment of that moment: you are John F. Kennedy or Richard M. Nixon sharing your vision for the country with its voters. Between remarks from the candidates, you’ll hear commentary from artist Jesse Malmed, historian Walter Podrazik, journalist Laura Washington, and special guest former FCC Chairman Newton Minow that underscores the significance of this televisual, journalistic, and political moment.

Nixon Debates Kennedy 1960 is one of four participatory reenactments produced by Illinois Humanities as part of its celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial. These events explore key moments of political expression and participation in Illinois over the past 200 hundred years.

 

RSVP here.

Special thanks to Tim Dashnaw, Elliot Heilman, Kenneth Morrison, Cassie Tompkins, CAN TV, and Lumpen Radio.
ABOUT ILLINOIS HUMANITIES
Established in 1974, Illinois Humanities is the state affi liate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and produces free programs and events, gives out grants, and offers educational opportunities to youth and adults all across Illinois. Its mission is to strengthen the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement. For more information, visit ilhumanities.org.

Posted October 4, 2018
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