Event: Architect Elizabeth Diller in conversation with Justin Davidson

Event Date: February 28
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago
Tuesday February 28
Public Program: Architecture
Don Powell Distinguished Architect Series
Architect Elizabeth Diller in conversation with Justin Davidson
6:00 pm Program

We are thrilled to announce a series of four conversations with prominent architects about the state of design of cultural spaces, moderated by New York Magazine critic Justin Davidson. In honor of and thanks to the bequest of Don Powell, notable architect and dear member of The Arts Club, this series delves into knotty questions about the opportunities and challenges created by a post-pandemic, climate-challenged, and socially-conscious environment. The inaugural discussion welcomes Elizabeth Diller, Princeton University professor and a founding partner of Diller Scofodio + Renfro, who designed New York’s High Line, The Shed, the renovation and expansion of MoMA, and the award-winning Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago.

Free and Open to all
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Posted January 11, 2023

Event: Exhibition Opening & Public Lecture: Jessi Reaves: all possessive lusts dispelled

Event Date: February 16
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Thursday February 16

Exhibition Opening & Public Lecture

Jessi Reaves: all possessive lusts dispelled

In-person opening & lecture

Lecture may also be viewed remotely

Lecture 6:00  – 7:15 pm

Public Opening 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Jessi Reaves: all possessive lusts dispelled combines iconic modernist design with an irreverent aesthetic in sculpture that toys with functionality. Reaves often begins with found furniture, which she dismantles, converts, remakes, enhances, pads, and embellishes in ways that still allow the suggestion of physical contact or use. By breaking things open, she proposes that they be examined visually and in terms of their purpose in life.


The Club will host an opening reception and a public On the Exhibition conversation between Executive Director Janine Mileaf and Reaves in the salon.

Lecture and Opening gallery reception are free and open to all.

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Posted December 22, 2022

Event: Andrea Carlson in Conversation with Clarence Morgan

Event Date: February 9
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Thursday, February 9

Evening Public Program: Garden Projects

Andrea Carlson in Conversation with Clarence Morgan

In-Person Program with option to view remotely

Program 6:00 pm

Andrea Carlson’s The Waves May Break Here Still, a printed mural on the side of the building, celebrates the potential impermanence of the human built environment, alluding to the indigenous history of The Arts Club’s site, when the Magnificent Mile was under water. To commemorate her work in the garden, Carlson talks with artist mentor Clarence Morgan about inspiration, history, and process.

Free and open to all

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Posted December 2, 2022

Event: Percussionist Ian Antonio and Ben LaMar Gay interact with Assaf Evron’s Collage for The Arts Club of Chicago

Event Date: February 2
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Thursday February 2

Evening Public Program: Music

Percussionist Ian Antonio and Ben LaMar Gay interact with Assaf Evron’s Collage for The Arts Club of Chicago

In-person Program

Performance in the Gallery 6:00 pm

Assaf Evron’s Collage for the Arts Club of Chicago is the fourth chapter in the Collages for Mies van der Rohe project, following the McCormick House, The Esplanade Apartment, and S.R. Crown Hall, This is the first interior installation in the series. The Image of a semi-transparent Conch Shell installed on the glass windows in the gallery corresponds to the form of the enclosed Mies staircase and echoes the ancient past of its geological veneer. In response, Michigan-based Percussionist Ian Antonio and Chicago multi-instrumentalist Ben LaMar Gay engage with the geology of the Club’s gallery, exploiting the reverberant nature of the terrazzo and travertine. In this performance, they deconstruct musical materials and re-combine them to make something new, a metaphor for the process of breaking down shells to make travertine.

Free and open to all

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Ian Antonio is a percussionist whose breadth of experience – concertizing across four continents with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras, experimental rock bands, avant-garde theatre companies, and as a soloist, conductor, and educator – has led him to develop a unique sound and approach to both performing and teaching. Ian is a co-director and core member of the Wet Ink Ensemble and Talujon. His playing is frequently featured at prestigious venues across the globe and his recorded performances can be heard on over 50 albums released by the Nonesuch, Carrier, Kairos, Warp, Tzadik, and Unseen Worlds record labels, among many others.
Ben LaMar Gay is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, poet, and patently eclectic polymath who Afropunk has called “strikingly original,” Pitchfork has called “uncategorizable,” and Jeff Parker has called “hands down, one of my favorite musicians on the planet today.” He channels a radical array of sound, color, and space through the universal language of folklore; but despite the widely attributed genius of his work, his artistic approach and general demeanor are characterized by an endearing humbleness and warm humanity
Posted November 15, 2022

Choreographers Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo in conversation with Vershawn Sanders-Ward

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Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from “the mother of contemporary African dance,” Germaine Acogny and Pina Bausch lead dancer Malou Airaudo! The two will be featured in an upcoming performance of epic proportions at Harris Theater, and they will be discussing this internationally-collaborative, historically-significant re-mounting of Pina Bausch’s choreography for Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on a powerful double bill with Acogny and Airaudo’s common ground[s]

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The idea of ‘exchange’ is central in a groundbreaking two-part program coming to the Harris Theater this month. It will mark the first collaboration between the Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), École des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (UK). Bausch’s (1975) The Rite of Spring is danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from African countries. common ground[s] is a new work created, performed and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, “the mother of contemporary African dance” and founder of École des Sables and Malou Airaudo who has performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works.

Chicago-based Red Clay Dance Artistic Director and CEO Vershawn Sanders-Ward (herself a graduate of École des Sables under Acogny’s tutelage) sits down with Acogny and Airaudo to discuss the many layers of exchange across dance vocabularies, countries, and eras.

Posted October 18, 2022