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POSTPONED: Opening Reception: Jennie C. Jones

Event Date: March 19
Time: 6 pm

Please join us for reception in celebration of Jennie C. Jones: Constant Structure opening at The Arts Club on March 19, 2020 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to all.

Lingering at the intersection of music theory, painting, and sound, Jennie C. Jones draws on the jazz composition concept of “constant structure” for her exhibition here. The term refers to a consecutive chord progression that models for Jones a sense of cohesion and difference. Like the intervals of jazz then, Jones’s new acoustic panel paintings, works on paper, and site-specific gestures, hit moments of dissonance and harmony through serial repetition and variation. For The Arts Club, Jones further expands her characteristic visual vocabulary into the parameters of the room, accenting the architecture with her minimal gestures and references to her sonic memory.

Posted February 18, 2020
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Industry of the Ordinary & Katinka Kleijn: If you’ve got a blacklist, I want to be on it

Event Date: March 10
Time: 6 pm



Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks and Mat Wilson) has been mediating the daily life of Chicago for over 16 years. Dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual, Brooks and Wilson use sculpture, text, photography, video, sound and performance to challenge pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, move beyond the quotidian.

At The Arts Club of Chicago, Industry of the Ordinary will spend a week intervening on the space in a variety of ways—subtly altering the trappings of the club rooms, feeding visitors edible historical artifacts, and performing with CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn in the gallery. Their residency, entitled Seven Days in March, celebrates and comments upon what is customary and usual at The Arts Club—that we might reevaluate our perception of normal vs. noteworthy.

Observe or participate at the following times:

Saturday March 7

Public Program: Industry of the Ordinary Invites You to Eat History
12:00 – 2:00 pm in The Drawing Room Bar

Public Program: Private Collection tour of The Arts Club (to include IOTO’s interventions)
1:00 – 1:45 (meet in gallery)

Visit here to RSVP.

Tuesday March 10

Public Program: Industry of the Ordinary with Katinka Kleijn perform “If you’ve got a blacklist, I wanna be on it”
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the gallery

To conclude their residency at The Arts Club, Industry of the Ordinary collaborates with cellist Katinka Kleijn on a durational performance in the gallery entitled “If you’ve got a blacklist, I wanna be on it.” Luci Lei and Jay Wolke will join as co-performers. Sound Design by Daniel Dehaan. Free and open to all



Hailed as “Chicago’s first lady of the cello” by Timeout Chicago Magazine, Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn defies today’s traditional definition of a cellist, transitioning comfortably through the styles of classical, experimental, contemporary, improvisatory, folk and progressive rock, as well as across the traditional fields of solo, chamber and orchestral performance.

Most recently, she appeared as soloist in the World Premiere of Dai Fujikura’s cello concerto at Lincoln Center, New York, where The New York Times described her as “a player of formidable expressive gifts”. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kleijn is in frequent demand as a soloist, performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit in Penderecki’s Triple Cello Concerto, as well as with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta , the Illinois Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Elmhurst, DuPage and Sheboygan, and as a soloist in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Kai on the CSO’s MusicNOW Series.


Photo: Jay Wolke

Posted February 18, 2020
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Opening Reception: 89th Exhibition of Visual Artist Members

Event Date: January 16
Time: 6–8 pm

Following a tradition begun in our very first year, The Arts Club of Chicago presents an exhibition featuring its artist members. Works exhibited will range in style and medium, representing the diversity of the Club’s heritage and membership. The show continues The Arts Club’s long-standing tradition of, and commitment to, furthering the arts. Included in this exhibition will be locally, nationally, and internationally esteemed artists, reaching a record number of participants for the institution.

Posted January 13, 2020
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Permanent Collection Tour

Event Date: December 7
Time: 1:30 pm

Since its founding in 1916, The Arts Club has maintained a permanent collection that tracks the history of the avant garde. Shaped by our exhibition history, it includes works by Modern Masters displayed intimately throughout the Club quarters, graced by interiors designed by Mies van der Rohe.

We’re thrilled to welcome guests on the first Saturday of each month for an exclusive tour of the collection on the second floor of the Club, which is typically restricted for use by members and their guests. Visitors will learn not only about the works in the collection but also about how the Club has been a site for experimentation, exploration, and creativity for artists and their supporters throughout the last century.

All tours are free, but reservations are required.


Posted November 25, 2019
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Exhibition Tour: The Ballad of Etc.

Event Date: December 4
Time: 6 pm

Executive Director & Chief Curator Janine Mileaf leads a tour of Abraham Cruzvillegas; The Ballad of Etc. one new in The Arts Club’s galleries. Following the public tour, guitarist and improviser Bill MacKay performs a solo set interpreting texts by Cruzvillegas.


This event is free and open to all and will take place in The Arts Club’s galleries. Please RSVP using the link below.

Posted November 14, 2019
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