Event: Bronwyn Katz and Kapwani Kiwanga in Conversation

Event Date: October 24
Time: 3:00PM CT
Location: Webinar

The Arts Club’s fall exhibition Upkeep overlaps in both time and topic with The Renaissance Society’s exhibition Nine Lives. Both group shows partake in the Feminist Art Coalition, a national initiative to explore the nuances of what feminisms might mean today. We bring together an artist from each exhibition to converse about areas of convergence or departure.

South African sculptor and visual artist Bronwyn Katz talks with Paris-based Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga about their related approaches to materials and shared interest in revisiting histories or stories from the past. An apropos pairing, the two dissect their engagement with sculpture, materials, storytelling, and revisited histories.

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Posted September 17, 2020

Jennie C. Jones: Constant Structure Exhibition Closing Tours










Join us on the evening of Thursday, September 17th, as we celebrate the closing of Jennie C. Jones’ Constant Structure.  We will culminate the exhibition with a series of mini gallery tours.  


Space is limited, and entry will be time-ticketed.  Sign up for a 15 minute tour or reserve a time slot to wander the exhibition on your own between 4:00 pm and 8:00pm.  All in-person visitors will receive a copy of the exhibition catalog, featuring an experimental text by renowned poet, philosopher, and academic Fred Moten.






15 minute mini tour followed by self-guided exhibition viewing in the gallery


4:30 pm

30 minute self-guided exhibition viewing in gallery



15 minute mini tour followed by  self-guided exhibition viewing in the gallery


5:30 pm

30 minute self-guided exhibition viewing in gallery



15 minute mini tour followed by  self-guided exhibition viewing  in the gallery

This tour will be live streamed. If you can’t make it to the gallery, feel free to join via zoom.


6:30 pm

30 minute self-guided exhibition viewing in gallery



15 minute mini tour followed by self-guided exhibition viewing in the gallery


7:30 pm

30 minute self-guided exhibition viewing in gallery


Please honor your reservation, as capacity is limited. Should you find that you have a conflict, please cancel your reservation in a timely manner so that others may attend.
As a safety precaution, we ask that all visitors wear a face mask in the building and receive a contactless temperature check upon entry.


Can’t make it to the gallery? Join for a live virtual tour at 6pm via Zoom. Register here.


Posted September 10, 2020

Event: Virtual Panel: REPOSE Artists Discuss their Garden Project

Event Date: July 10
Time: 12 pm

Join us on Friday, July 10th for a discussion with Marissa Lee Benedict, David Rueter, and Daniel de Paula, the artists behind our most recent Garden Project REPOSE.


This exhibition will be broadcast over Zoom.

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In 2018, a group of artists salvaged the last remaining trading “pit” floors from the Chicago Board of Trade, after electronic trading rendered these octagonal pits obsolete. The floors will circulate through a global purgatory of storage and exhibition, housed in the custom wooden shipping crates that are iconic in the art world. For their Garden Project, Marissa Lee Benedict, David Rueter, and Daniel de Paula rearrange fragments of these shipping crates around a missing object, connecting negation in modernist sculpture with dematerialization in global logistics and commodification. In Repose, these wooden fragments interlock in patterns reminiscent of the geometric flooring at the Board of Trade, transforming as viewers walk around The Arts Club’s garden while framing an absent object.


Artists Statement:

At first glance, Repose presents itself as enigmatic: the arranged fragments a custom wooden shipping crate for a large, missing object. The absent object, the peculiar nature of its suspension and rotation, and the sliced openings built to cushion and support a buoyed mass, flip in and out of focus.

The engineered wooden strata of the precisely cut angular packing materials describe dueling geometries. Some of the slices are capable of being drawn by hand; others are only conceivable through digital rendering software. At play are looping continuities between modernist negation and global logistics. Cuts made by Gordon Matta-Clark in 1978 for the MCA Chicago commissioned work Circus or the Caribbean Orange, temporarily installed just a few doors east of the Arts Club on Ontario Street, echo through the garden. The sculptural tradition of the negative object (“not-landscape,” “not-architecture”) here become colonized by histories of logistics, capital and flow that, again, stall out – like “…a kind of black hole in the space of consciousness.” [1]

Supplementary documentation describes the subject of the negative space at the crate’s center: a fragment of a discarded artifact of financial capitalism, once central to Chicago’s commodities and futures trading.

In 2018, a chance series of communications, buoyed by the generosity of a community of Chicago artists, led artists Daniel de Paula, Marissa Lee Benedict, and David Rueter to salvage and acquire the last remaining commodities futures trading “pit” floor from the Chicago Board of Trade. The 40-foot-diameter, octagonal, seven-tiered corn and soy pits, in operation since the late 19th century, were closed in the mid 2010s as electronic trading made their function obsolete. Sitting, near empty, for years, the pits were disassembled in pieces and removed from the Board of Trade in the late summer of 2018. The corn pit, broken apart into 32 pieces, is now entering a purgatory of circulation and storage – a state maintained by the artists as they wear at the logics and histories sedimented in its bent, geometric, bones.

The abjection of the pit (and the bodies it housed) from the heights of finance suggests a profound break or discontinuity, but it would be more accurate to say that it reflects a steady acceleration and reinforcement of a centuries-old logic of dematerialization through abstraction, commodification, and financialization – an violent logic of bodily and material erasure that the pit itself once facilitated.
Like oddly intersecting angles of rotation, Repose embodies the hallucinatory qualities of knowledge that, anchored in abstractions, govern global logistics and colonial exploration. Repose, at the Arts Club, frames the artwork as evidentiary object, even as it lies in wait for a subject that may never show up.

[1]  Rosalind Krauss. “Sculpture in the Expanded Field.” October, vol. 8, 1979


Marissa Lee Benedict, born in Palm Springs, Calif. in 1985, is a sculptor, writer, and lecturer. Considering subjects that range from technologies of water management to the laying of fiber optic cable, her work draws on traditions of American Land Art to investigate the material conditions of a recently networked world. Benedict received an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has exhibited at venues such as The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL), and the Transit Screening Lounge in The U.S. Pavilion as part of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial (in collaboration with David Rueter). She has participated in numerous national and international residencies, including Artport Tel Aviv (supported by the Hyde Park Art Center Jackman Goldwasser Residency); and was a 2018-19 artist-in-residence at the Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL).


Daniel de Paula, born in Boston, Mass. in 1987, is a Brazilian visual artist, researcher, and co-proposer of the independent exhibitions program Um Trabalho Um Texto (São Paulo, BR). The multiple propositions of the artist reflect upon the production of geographical space as the reproduction of dynamics of power, thus revealing critical investigations concerning the political and economic structures that shape both places and relationships. de Paula holds a BFA in Art at FAAP – Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado and is enrolled at the Human Geography masters program at USP – University of São Paulo. The artist has exhibited in venues such as PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (Milano, IT), MASP – Museu de Arte Moderna (São Paulo, BR), and MAC – Museu de Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo, BR). He was a 2018-19 artist-in-residence at the Jan Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL), and his work is represented by Galeria Jaqueline Martins.


David Rueter, born in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 1978, is a visual artist, programmer, and an Assistant Professor in Art and Technology at the University of Oregon. Employing video, custom electronics, software, cartography, and performance, Rueter’s experiments and interventions confront established technical systems and their philosophical counterparts, opening cracks for radical alternatives and imaginations. Rueter is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA program in Art and Technology Studies. Rueter has exhibited at venues such as the Transit Screening Lounge in The U.S. Pavilion as part of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial (in collaboration with Marissa Lee Benedict), and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL). Rueter is the recipient, in collaboration with Benedict, of a 2016-18 National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” grant for the project Gary Lights Open Works (GLOW) in Gary, Indiana.


This exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Posted July 9, 2020

Galleries Reopening & Community Expectations

The Arts Club will reopen on July 7th to visitors in the galleries, with the following updated policies:

  • The galleries are open with altered hours of operation.
  • All visitors and staff are required to wear a mask.
  • Staff will perform no-touch temperature checks on all visitors to the galleries.
  • Visitors are asked to maintain social distance while viewing the exhibitions.

Our top priority is and always has been the safety of our community. We are reopening The Arts Club’s galleries with increased safety and low-contact measures in order to ensure a positive viewing experience for all. By our minimalist design, The Arts Club is fortunate to have ample space to allow viewers to roam and experience our exhibitions while maintaining social distance.

In addition to our regular maintenance routine, The Arts Club galleries will be unavailable to viewers from 1pm – 2pm each day for sanitization of entryways and high-touch surfaces. Sanitization stations will be available throughout the building for visitors to use.

All visitors and staff are required to wear a mask while viewing art in the galleries or using the facilities, except while dining. Visitors without a mask will be provided with one at entry. We are putting this policy in place under the guidance of the CDC as an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Further, staff members will take no-touch temperature readings of all visitors upon entry. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and visit our website to experience the exhibitions and programs online.

The Arts Club will reopen with modified hours on July 7th, 2020. Please continue to check the website or email for updated hours. For the week of July 7–11, they are as follows:

Tuesday–Friday 10 am–1 pm | 2 pm – 6pm
Saturday 11 am–3 pm

The Arts Club will not allow visitors between the hours of 1 pm and 2 pm on weekdays to allow for mid-day sanitization.

Posted July 2, 2020

Dramaturg Roger Pines on Richard Wagner

In lieu of his appearance at The Arts Club to discuss Lyric Opera’s 2020 Ring Cycle, dramaturg Roger Pines hopped on a call with Arts Club Programs Manager Jenna Lyle to talk about Wagner, the Ring, and the contemporary relevance of old stories.

  • To learn more about Lyric Opera, or how to support them during this time, please click here.
  • If you are interested to read more about Richard Wagner, Jenna suggests this article and this documentary.
  • Explore the history of Lyric Opera with Roger Pines on his blog Ask Roger

The Arts Club of Chicago · Dramaturg Roger Pines on Wagner


Posted May 6, 2020