Not Your Ordinary Clown Parade

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Not Your Ordinary Clown Parade
Saturday May 21 at 12:30 pm
In an installation at once humorous and grave, Artist Adrian Wong brings his ongoing engagement with the clown community to The Arts Club of Chicago’s garden. Large-scale, egg-shaped sculptures that feature clown facial designs populate the space. These works derive from Wong’s in-depth conversations with practitioners of the clowning arts, and his recognition of the complex identities that these performers occupy, many of whom are also military veterans. Jay-Jay the Clown, whose likeness is portrayed in the garden installation, marches annually with a troupe of clown performers in Wauconda, Illinois’ Memorial Day Parade. To commemorate Wong’s Garden Project and to bring the aforementioned complexities of identity in the work of clowning to the fore, Jay-Jay and compatriots come to The Arts Club for a contemplative march in memory of their fallen troupe members and others who lost their lives serving in the armed forces. Not your ordinary clown parade, they’ll don red noses in acknowledgement of their clown identities (but forego most other costume elements out of respect for the dead) traipsing up and down Ontario Street as well as through the club and its grounds with accompanying military salute and instruments. Join for a reception and conversation afterward.

Free and Open to All

Posted April 28, 2022

‘Kamrooz Aram: Privacy, An Exhibition’ featured in ARTnews


Maximilíano Durón responds to Kamrooz Aram’s latest show at The Arts Club of Chicago.

Read the full article here.


Photos by Michael Tropea


Posted April 7, 2022

Spektral Quartet

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Thursday May 12

Public Program: Music

Spektral Quartet

Reception 6:00 pm | Concert 6:30 pm | Dessert Reception to Follow

Now in its final season together, multi-GRAMMY nominee Spektral Quartet unveils the Chicago premieres of the light that blurred the stars by Eliza Brown (composer) and My River Runs to Thee by Evan Premo (composer, bass), featuring soprano Mary Bonhag and the poetry of Susan Stewart and Emily Dickinson. Complimented by Claude Debussy’s enchanting String Quartet in G minor, this community-spirited experience traces the cyclic nature of existence…and the stories we tell in an attempt to find our bearing. Come to celebrate this iconic ensemble in one of their final performances!

If you registered and are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation in a timely manner so that others may attend in your place.

Posted April 1, 2022

The Path Toward Racial Equity: Museums are Not Neutral

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March 30, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Free virtual program.

Begun in 2017, Museums Are Not Neutral is a global advocacy initiative to expose the myth of museum neutrality and demand ethics-based transformation across institutions. In this, the fourth program in The Club’s series on racial equity in the Arts, Board President Laura Washington speaks with LAXART Director Hamza Walker, Illinois State Museum Director Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, and Executive Director of SPACES Cleveland Tizziana Baldenebro about non-neutral projects at their respective institutions.

Posted March 4, 2022

Exhibition Walkthrough with Kamrooz Aram

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April 6, 2022

Tour of Kamrooz Aram: Privacy, an exhibition at 5:30 pm

Join artist Kamrooz Aram for a tour of his exhibition in The Arts Club’s galleries, where he stages an encounter between the Euro-American avant-garde and non-western forms of abstraction, interrogating the boundaries between art, artifact, and modes of display.

Free and open to all

Currently Sold Out

Posted February 21, 2022