Behind the Scenes: Conserving Natalia Goncharova’s “Spring” (1929)

To support and participate in the Natalia Goncharova retrospective mounted by the Tate Modern in 2019, The Arts Club of Chicago loaned a significant work from its permanent collection: a Goncharova screen made in 1927-28. This video documents the extensive conservation work done to the screen in advance of its exhibition and travel to Europe, while telling the story of who The Arts Club commissioned the work by Goncharova.

This video was created by The Arts Club of Chicago and On the Real Film.

Posted August 12, 2019
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“Tie Up”: Eliza Myrie & Yasmin Spiro in Conversation

For her Garden Project “garden/ruinate”, artist Eliza Myrie will open a gate to The Arts Club, hosting monthly gatherings within the transformed garden space. This series of programs, under the heading “Tie Up”, will explore the nature of extended invitations, caring, community, and existence mediated by both built and imagined structures. Programming will include conversation, sound, and poetry, among other things, so feel free to drop by and hang out. If you’re late to your plans later on, you can just let your friends know you got “tied up” hanging out in the garden.

“Tie Up” will be kicked off by a conversation between Eliza Myrie and artist Yasmin Spiro on August 1st. Free and Open to All.


About Eliza:
Eliza Myrie, b. 1981, New York. Myrie is a sculptor working in Chicago, IL. She received her MFA from Northwestern University and BA from Williams College and was a participant at The Skowhegan School. Myrie has been in residence at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The MacDowell Colony, and Arts + Public Life at The University of Chicago. Myrie is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a co-founder of The Black Artists Retreat [B.A.R.]. She has received grants from The Propeller Fund and 3Arts. Exhibitions include Gallery 400, Chicago; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Shane Campbell, Chicago; Roots and Culture, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago; Davidson Contemporary, New York.

About Yasmin:
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and living and working in Chicago, Spiro’s interdisciplinary work explores issues of cultural identity and socio-economic issues within the framework of urban development and social politics, often through the lens of Caribbean culture. The work is multi-disciplinary, primarily based in sculpture and immersive installations, with video, drawing and performance. According to the late art historian Petrine Archer Shaw her work uses, “performative body parts and delicate drawings, tethered with umbilical-cord-like ropes as a way of charting personal journeys between different geographies and urban locations.” Recent work considers the city as organism and – integrating personal and collective issues of safety and cultural identity. Spiro’s work has been shown at galleries in the US and Jamaica and she is a founding member of the tART women’s collective in NY (F2004). Her work has been covered in Art News, Washington Times, Miami Herald, New City and others. She attended Pratt Institute. Spiro has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Artists Coalition and an upcoming residency at the the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Posted July 29, 2019
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Exhibition Walk-through of Amy Sillman: The Nervous System

At 6 pm on July 17th, join Executive Director and Chief Curator Janine Mileaf in our galleries for an exhibition walk-through of Amy Sillman: The Nervous System. The exhibition, which runs through August 3rd, presents new paintings and works on paper by the New York-based artist.



Posted July 1, 2019
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Inclement Weather Closure

Due to the forecast of extreme weather in Chicago, The Arts Club will be closed beginning at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 29th, reopening for the evening concert on January 31st. We look forward to seeing you!

The Drawing Room will be closed to members on January 29th and 30th, but will reopen for evening service on January 31st. The Dining Room will be closed for lunch service on January 30th and 31st.

Our galleries will reopen on Friday for regular hours, from 11 am – 6 pm.

Posted January 29, 2019
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Renee Baker: The Baldwin Chronicles

Event Date: July 11
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 11
Renee Baker presents The Baldwin Chronicles: Negro Ideologies

Wine Reception & Dinner Buffet accompanied by film 6:00 pm | Concert 7:00 pm

A renaissance woman in the truest sense, Renee Baker (composer, violist, poet, artist, filmmaker and current CSO visiting artist) brings us The Baldwin Chronicles: Negro Ideologies, a multimedia musical work of operatic proportions based on texts by James Baldwin. Just as relevant now as he was in the mid-twentieth century, Baldwin painted a nuanced portrait of Black life in America. An artistic rumination on the conversation Baldwin’s texts and speeches brought about, The Baldwin Chronicles is performed by 20 instrumentalists and singers from the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (CMOP) and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).

Preceding the performance (6pm), watch an art film produced by Baker while you eat. The performance begins at 7pm, and it promises to be truly epic.

Purchase tickets here.
$65 per person

Posted June 22, 2018
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