Exhibition News

Opening Reception: Gaylen Gerber

Event Date: September 20
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for an Opening Reception in celebration of Gaylen Gerber’s exhibition of works at The Arts Club of Chicago.

September 20th, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Posted August 14, 2018
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Behind the Scenes of “A Home for Surrealism”

This year, Sixty Inches from Center—a non-profit art publication that focuses on narratives outside of the mainstream—is partnering with Art Design Chicago, a city-wide initiative that illuminates the legacy of art and design that’s embedded in Chicago’s history and culture. As editorial partners in this effort, we’re working with them to to elevate the stories of Chicago’s lesser-known artists, designers, and creators, past and present, through comics, essays, interviews, podcasts, and videos. For the videos we’ve teamed up with On The Real Film to present short profiles that highlight the exhibitions, projects, and people who are showcasing these legacies in various ways.

For the first in this series, On The Real Film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the installation process for The Arts Club of Chicago’s 2018 exhibition A Home for Surrealism as Executive Director Janine Mileaf explains the origins of the show and discusses the planning and preparation required to make the exhibition possible. A Home for Surrealism acknowledges the deep presence of surrealism in Chicago through the work of artists Gertrude Abercrombie, Dorothea Tanning, John Wilde, Julia Thecla, Harold Noecker, and Julio de Diego.

 

Installation View : A Home For Surrealism from On The Real Film on Vimeo.

 

Installation View: A Home for Surrealism at the Arts Club of Chicago

Posted June 27, 2018
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Surrealist Soirée with The Neo-Futurists (Tickets Required)

Event Date: June 8
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Surrealist Soirée with the Neo-Futurists at The Arts Club of Chicago

8 June 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In homage to the French predecessors of these Chicago painters, The Arts Club will host a Surrealist Soirée with The Neo-Futurists–an evening of performative poetry and interactive experience. As masters of ceremonies, “The Neos” will lead attendees through various embodied Surrealist ambulatory and textual explorations, and perhaps the occasional seance. At an intuitively selected moment, the poetic incantations of poet Ron Sakolsky and Chicago surrealist Penelope Rosemont.

This event is proudly part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Limited Capacity, please make a reservation. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Posted May 9, 2018
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Exhibition Walk-Through: A Home for Surrealism

Event Date: June 26
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Walk-Through: A Home for Surrealism

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Join Executive Director of The Arts Club and Curator of A Home for Surrealism, Janine Mileaf, for a tour of the exhibition. She will offer background on how European Surrealism came to Chicago and give some insight into the lives and practices of the artists featured in the exhibition.

This program is free and open to the public. Please contact us at information@artsclubchicago.org or 312.787.3997 if you have any questions about accessibility in advance of the walk-through.

Posted April 24, 2018
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Exhibition of Chicago Surrealist Paintings from the 1940s and 1950s

Opening: 7 June 2018 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Surrealist Soirée: 8 June 2018 6:00 – 8:00 pm


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Arts Club of Chicago is pleased to announce A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago, a ground-breaking exhibition that traces the US arc of the international art phenomenon. Following displays of Salvador Dalí’s paintings Chicago’s World’s Fair in 1933, such local artists as Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, Eldzier Cortor, Harold Noecker, Julio de Diego, Dorothea Tanning, Julia Thecla, and John Wilde took to their canvases to fashion a home-grown apotheosis of the imagination. Working not as an organized movement, but rather in personal and idiosyncratic ways, these painters shared a tendency toward meticulous handling of form. They conjured dream spaces that strove to convince a Midwestern audience of the plausibility of their fantasies.

As early as 1929, The Arts Club of Chicago played an important role in introducing the city to European surrealism with both exhibitions and visits by such artists as Max Ernst, Dalí, and Man Ray. The institution was not only at the forefront of the transatlantic avant-garde, but it also became a meeting place for artist members like Albright and Thecla, as well as ground zero for new information about art. The Arts Club continues these traditions to this day, and with this exhibition will introduce a group of Chicago painters who, until recently, have been largely overlooked.

“This exhibition unearths a trove of Chicago paintings that speak to the city’s psychic life following World War II—the images are haunted and haunting, and display the artists’ simultaneous alienation and rootedness to this place,” says Arts Club Executive Director and curator of the exhibition Janine Mileaf.

Insisting on recognizable subject matter and depictive style, the Chicago surrealists ran counter to the rising tide of Abstract Expressionism on the East Coast. The generation of artists known as the Imagists who succeeded the Chicago surrealists have seemed to appear sui generis from a prior cultural vacuum. This exhibition sheds light upon the missing Midwestern Midcentury and highlights this loosely associated group of artists who dared to portray their wild imaginations.

A Home for Surrealism is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, as well as a gift from the Zell Family Foundation. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue distributed by the University of Chicago Press (available June 2018), including essays by Robert Cozzolino (Minneapolis Institute of Art), Adam Jolles (Florida State University), Janine Mileaf (Arts Club of Chicago), and Joanna Pawlik (University of Sussex), and artists’ biographies by Marin Sarvé-Tarr (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

A Home for Surrealism is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

About Art Design Chicago Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of nearly 60 cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy and continued impact with more than 30 exhibitions, hundreds of events, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part documentary presented throughout 2018.
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About The Arts Club of Chicago

Since 1916, The Arts Club of Chicago has been a preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world. For over 100 years, The Arts Club has opened its membership to artists and patrons of the arts, and its exhibitions to the public. At its inaugural meeting, the mission of the Club was defined as: “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers.”

The Arts Club of Chicago is located at 201 East Ontario Street. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
ph: 312.787.3997; email: information@artsclubchicago.org

 

Featured Image: Harold Noecker. The Genius?, c. 1943. Oil on canvas; 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Collection of Bernard Friedman, Chicago.

Posted April 19, 2018
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