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.
For one week, Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson) will subtly intervene in the daily machinations of the Arts Club of Chicago. Invited to contribute to the ongoing performance series PLATFORMS, Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO) conceived a series of discrete gestures for the club rooms, as well as two public events involving the club’s Garden and Drawing Room Bar. The week culminates with a durational collaboration between IOTO and CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn.
Through sculpture, text, photography, video, sound and performance Industry of the Ordinary are dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, moving beyond the quotidian.
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.
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.
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.
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.