Arts Club News

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
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The Path Toward Racial Equity: A Conversation about Land Acknowledgments

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Arts Club Board President Laura Washington engages artist Andrea Carlson, writer John N. Low, and artist/programmer Debra Yepa-Pappan about the tradition of acknowledging the indigenous peoples who lived on the lands in which cultural events now take place. They will also share aspects of their own creative production and consider the state of indigenous arts in Chicago. As the city with the third highest population of urban Indians in the US, Chicago is home to more than 65,000 from 175 different tribes.

Posted April 28, 2021
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Hurvin Anderson in Conversation with Michael Prokopow

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Internationally acclaimed painter Hurvin Anderson, whose exhibition of new work is on view at The Arts Club, discusses his process, themes, and concerns with cultural historian Michael Prokopow, who is preparing a monograph about the artist. The exhibition comprises work from two series—interior views of emigré barbershops in Britain and exterior landscapes in Jamaica. By bringing together these bodies of work, Anderson defines a conceptual and methodological throughline across his oeuvre in terms of structure, abstraction, and perception. Prokopow will draw on his deep knowledge of the artist to bring forth these and other threads in Anderson’s thinking and making. Tune in to learn more about Anderson’s exhibition at The Arts Club!


















Photo Credit: Sebastian Nevols


Posted February 26, 2021
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Exhibition Closing Tours

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Exhibition Closing Tours

Upkeep: Everyday Strategies of Care

10- person tours on the hour from 12 – 3pm

Self-guided viewings (10 person limit)  on the half hour from 12:30 – 3pm

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Join us on Saturday, March 20th as we celebrate the closing of Upkeep: Everyday Strategies of Care at The Arts Club of Chicago. We will culminate the exhibition with a series of mini gallery tours on each hour, and self-guided exhibition viewing on each half hour.

Space is limited to 10 people per tour, and entry is time-ticketed. Please arrive on time for your half hour block, as each group will have to depart promptly 30 minutes after arrival. All in-person visitors will receive a copy of the exhibition catalog, designed by HOUR studio and featuring essays by curators Janine Mileaf and H. Daly Arnett.

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.

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Posted February 2, 2021
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Amy Beste Interviews Filmmaker Stanya Kahn

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Watch celebrated artist and filmmaker Stanya Kahn’s newest release No Go Backs (2020, 33 mins.), shot on Super 16mm film with an original sound score and no dialogue. Then join her with The School of the Art Institute’s Director of Public Programs Amy Beste for a conversation centered on the themes of care that are explored in our current exhibition Upkeep. Kahn’s varied and experimental oeuvre brings emotion and wry humor to grand themes. No Go Backs follows two teenagers across the California landscape, as they seem to negotiate a life on their own in the wilderness. Proposing an alternative system of reliance, this poetic film questions the frameworks of caregiving and adolescence. Program co-sponsored by “Conversations at the Edge,” a program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation.


Posted February 1, 2021
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