Please join us for reception in celebration of Jennie C. Jones: Constant Structure opening at The Arts Club on March 19, 2020 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to all.
Lingering at the intersection of music theory, painting, and sound, Jennie C. Jones draws on the jazz composition concept of “constant structure” for her exhibition here. The term refers to a consecutive chord progression that models for Jones a sense of cohesion and difference. Like the intervals of jazz then, Jones’s new acoustic panel paintings, works on paper, and site-specific gestures, hit moments of dissonance and harmony through serial repetition and variation. For The Arts Club, Jones further expands her characteristic visual vocabulary into the parameters of the room, accenting the architecture with her minimal gestures and references to her sonic memory.
Following a tradition begun in our very first year, The Arts Club of Chicago presents an exhibition featuring its artist members. Works exhibited will range in style and medium, representing the diversity of the Club’s heritage and membership. The show continues The Arts Club’s long-standing tradition of, and commitment to, furthering the arts. Included in this exhibition will be locally, nationally, and internationally esteemed artists, reaching a record number of participants for the institution.
Executive Director & Chief Curator Janine Mileaf leads a tour of Abraham Cruzvillegas; The Ballad of Etc. one new in The Arts Club’s galleries. Following the public tour, guitarist and improviser Bill MacKay performs a solo set interpreting texts by Cruzvillegas.
This event is free and open to all and will take place in The Arts Club’s galleries. Please RSVP using the link below.
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.
On Saturday we’ll be celebrating the new season with a kickback in the Garden. DJ Major Taylor will be spinning some reggae tunes, the gate will swing open for all visitors, and some light refreshments will be provided. Enjoy the project space for the new exhibition in the gallery when you stop on by!
Free and Open to All.
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.
Performances by Restroy from 6:15 – 7:45
Assembling works from materials sourced in both Chicago and Michoacán, his ancestral home in the West of Mexico, artist Abraham Cruzvillegas meditates on the nature of rootedness and drift in The Ballad of Etc. Fabricated on site, the constructions draw upon traditional Mexican lacquer technique known as “maque” to produce new imagery that is juxtaposed with found materials and products made by Chicago’s skilled workers. Chicago experimental jazz ensemble Restroy joins Cruzvillegas performing interpretations of the artist’s texts throughout the public reception.