Hurvin Anderson: Anywhere but Nowhere reviewed in Esse Magazine



“The intense palette, bold brushwork, and intriguing flickering of flatness and three-dimensionality reveal the competence of a consummate artist, intimately aware of painting’s ability to complicate our relationship with time and space like no other medium.”


Giovanni Aloi of Esse Magazine (Montréal) reviews Hurvin Anderson: Anywhere but Nowhere

Read the full review here.

Posted July 22, 2021

Two-Part Program: JeeYeun Lee and Kyle Malott on Language and Place

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Lunchtime Program : Discussion

12:15 pm Program over Zoom

Artist JeeYeun Lee and Kyle Malott (a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi) will discuss how language shapes human experiences of place, specifically the shore of Lake Michigan in what is now Chicago. In preparation for the preview of her work Shoreline later in the evening, Lee will present her research on the contestation of the lakefront through the language of treaties, lawsuits, plans, and other mechanisms of settler colonialism. Malott, a Potawatomi language speaker, will discuss that language and efforts to revive the languages of Indigenous nations.

Free remote viewing



Evening Program : Performance

Convene at The Arts Club’s Garden at 6:00 pm

Artist JeeYeun Lee’s work focuses on the Indigenous and working class history of the area. In collaboration with Roman Susan Art Foundation, Lee’s work in progress, Shoreline, will be an audio walk along the lakefront. She will contemplate this liminal space between land and water as simultaneously a public good, treaty violation, and strategy to suppress insurgence. The walk will feature audio recordings that incorporate treaties, lawsuits, traditional Korean folk songs, and Potawatomi language recordings by Kyle Malott, available to stream through a smartphone or a provided mp3 player. Following the walk, stay for a pop-up bar in the Mobile Makers Space. 

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Posted June 25, 2021

Exhibition Closing Tour for Hurvin Anderson: Anywhere but Nowhere

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Pop-up bar in Mobile Makers Space 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Gallery Talk 6:00 pm

To celebrate the closing of the critically-acclaimed exhibition Hurvin Anderson: Anywhere but Nowhere, we are hosting a public gallery talk with Executive Director and Chief Curator Janine Mileaf. For the occasion, the garden project by Chicago Mobile Makers will house a pop-up pub that offers à la carte beverages and Jamaican-inspired light snacks from 5:00–9:00 pm. Gallery talk at 6:00 pm.

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Posted June 25, 2021

Alsdorf-Freehling Lecture: Architect Joel Sanders on COVID-19, Built Spaces, and Inclusive Design

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Addressing the spatial consequences of COVID-19 is a natural extension of the work architect Joel Sanders has been doing for years. His inclusive design think-tank and consultancy JSA/MIXdesign’s mission is to create safe and accessible designed environments that meet the needs of “non-compliant bodies”: people of different ages, races, genders, religions, and abilities that the discipline of architecture has traditionally overlooked. Principal of his New York studio as well as director of post-professional studies at Yale School of Architecture, Sanders’ career has explored the complex relationship between culture and social space. A scholar pioneering the exploration of LGBTQ space, a designer of residential, museum, and academic buildings, and an activist fighting to address issues of equity and inclusion through design, Sanders joins us for a virtual lecture to discuss the myriad ways good design can, in addressing the needs of our particular moment, promote and foster a more just culture.

Posted May 12, 2021

Jo Livingstone and Alex Shephard on Corporate Consolidation in the Arts

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Day by day, the book publishing industry contracts further into the “monopolistic singularity” of Penguin Random House. Hollywood is too pandemic-battered to resist the superhero franchises’ deathgrip on funding. And who even knows what’s going on with music any more: The “pop” commercial model has aerosolized into a million individual influencers, with managers and a handful of massive corporations just behind them catching money in  butterfly nets. Alex Shephard and Jo Livingstone have been colleagues as staff writers at The New Republic for a number of years, where their coverage of politics and the arts have frequently led them to the big business that funds entertainment in America, to report on its crisis moments. They’ll talk about the latest antitrust lawsuits brought against Amazon, the new wave of labor organizing in the entertainment industries, and trends in the literature, music, and film of consolidation.

Posted April 28, 2021