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Tuesday September 19
Exhibition Opening Gallery Talk
Rathin Barman: Unsettled Structures
6:00- 7:00 pm
Including concrete and brass wall reliefs and a newly commissioned room-scaled installation, Rathin Barman: Unsettled Structures considers the creative reuse by migrant populations of abandoned colonial mansions in the artist’s home city of Kolkata, India. Barman will be in conversation with Prateek Raja of Experimenter in Kolkata.
Artist talk and opening gallery reception are free and open to all.
Image: Rathin Barman, One, and the Other (Site II) | 2016
Courtesy of the Artist and Experimenter.
Photography by Nepal Bhadra.
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Thursday August 10
Evening Program: Film/Theater
Table Reading of Max & Ziney by Kimberly McMillan
Wine and Hors D’oeuvre Reception 6:00 pm | Program 6:30 pm
Kimberly McMillan’s Max & Ziney is a screenplay for a television pilot featuring a lonely, middle-aged divorcee, at the end of her dating rope, who must keep her world from falling apart, while at the same time, battling her illusory inner critic, who follows her everywhere. A collection of actors joins McMillan for a staged reading of her hilarious, pithy, and searingly candid episode in The Arts Club’s salon. Sip a drink and laugh as much as you like! (It’s helpful feedback for TV writers.)
$40 per person
Performers read from Claudia Michelle Wallace’s Script in a Table Reading Program on March 21, 2023
Saturday September 30
Public Program: Arts Club Garden Projects
Yasmin Spiro with Danielle Roper
In-person program with option to view remotely
Program 1:00 pm in The Drawing Room (refreshments provided)
Yasmin Spiro’s (b. Kingston, Jamaica 1974) installation and semi-transparent weaving, Groundation, currently on view in The Arts Club’s Garden, is an homage to Jamaican wicker weaver Sylvester Ivy, and explores the creation of sacred spaces, vernacular architecture, and craft. In conjunction with EXPO Chicago Exhibition Weekend, Spiro is joined by Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in Latin American Literature at the University of Chicago, Danielle Roper, to discuss the work, Jamaican and Caribbean visual culture, spiritualism, and the history embedded in creative practices.
Free and open to all
Lunes 31 de julio
Programa público: Sobre la exposición
Tour en español de Drink from the river de Brenda Draney
Visita a la exposición 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Refrescos en The Drawing Room 6:45 – 8:00 pm
En su primera exhibición en los Estados Unidos, Brenda Draney (miembro de la Primera Nación de Sawridge, Tratado 8) comparte pinturas narrativas realizadas desde 2009, junto con obras encargadas recientemente, que ofrecen destellos de su experiencia personal y comunitaria. Brenda Draney: Drink from the river explora la noción de movimiento que sugiere el incesante flujo de un río. Inspirada en el clásico aforismo que afirma que nadie puede cruzar dos veces el mismo río, la obra de Draney abarca la inutilidad de recuperar experiencias pasadas.
Los hispanohablantes están invitados a un breve recorrido por la exposición de la artista Brenda Draney en las galerías de The Arts Club, seguido de bebidas y aperitivos en The Drawing Room.
La gira estará a cargo de Mayra Cecilia Palafox, artista y administradora de artes originaria de Michoacán, México, y exalumna de la Escuela del Instituto de Arte de Chicago. Uno de sus intereses es ayudar a que las comunidades inmigrantes de habla hispana tengan un papel activo en la participación pública a través de colaboraciones con otras instituciones culturales, música, comida y artistas visuales locales. Mayra ha trabajado en el Museo Field, el Instituto de Arte de Chicago, el Museo Metropolitano de Arte, la Sociedad Histórica de Nueva York, el Museo Smart, y ahora es la Gestora de Programas Bilingües y de Aprendizaje en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chicago.
$30 por persona
Monday July 31
Public Program: On the Exhibition
Spanish Language Tour of Brenda Draney’s Drink from the river
Exhibition Tour 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Refreshments in The Drawing Room 6:45 – 8
In her first exhibition in the United States, Brenda Draney (member of Sawridge First Nation, Treaty 8) shares narrative paintings made since 2009, along with newly commissioned works, that offer glimpses into her personal and communal experience. Brenda Draney: Drink from the river explores the notion of flux suggested by the unceasing flow of a river. Inspired by the classical aphorism stating that no person can step in the same river twice, Draney’s oeuvre embraces the futility of recapturing past experience.
Spanish speakers are invited to a short tour of artist Brenda Draney’s exhibition in The Arts Club’s galleries, followed by drinks and hors d’oeuvres in The Drawing Room.
The tour will be lead by Mayra Cecilia Palafox, an artist and arts administrator originally from Michoacan, Mexico. She is an alumna of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an interest in how spanish-speaking immigrant communities can have an active role in public engagement through collaborations with other cultural institutions, music, food, and featuring local visual artists. Mayra has worked at the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Historical Society, The Smart Museum, and is now Manager of Learning and Bilingual Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
$30 per person
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Sound Meditation in the gallery with GongLab
Doors 5:30pm | Program 6:00 | Tea in The Drawing room 7:30
Artist Brenda Draney’s exhibition Drink from the river, currently in The Arts Club’s galleries, represents her own life experience, drawing upon memories both joyful and difficult. Striking in her paintings is the intentional presence of white space, requiring the collaboration of the viewer. To give our audience an opportunity to collaborate with and activate that space, we invite the practitioners of GongLab to lead a sound meditation, guiding participants on a flow through the watery dreamscape of the subconscious to explore themes of renewal and repair woven into their own personal, community and ancestral material.
Bring your own mat, pillow, blanket, or anything you need to be comfortable lying on the gallery floor for an hour.
$20 per person
Limited Capacity, reservation required