A plethora of fine art circulates Chicago year round--but with an election coming up, the sun coming out, and goals being set, Chrome City is looking for inspiration and art all around the city. From the political to the personal, we’ve curated a list of art exhibitions happening right now that you should put on your list for the weekend. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that the creative culture of this city is never ending, and these exhibitions will do exactly that.
MCA Chicago Plaza Project
Heading to the Museum of Contemporary Art? On your way in, enjoy a sunny stroll through the plaza, supplemented by the artwork of Brazilian artist, Alexandre da Cunha. Cunha uses found objects to create and refurbish his unique, large scale sculptures and create impactful works. The exhibit ends on June 5th, and is only featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Click here for "The Plaza Project Installation in Under a Minute" time lapse and make your way down.
MCA Surrealism: The Conjured Life
While you’re at the Museum of Contemporary Art, make your way to the “Surrealism: The Conjured Life” exhibition, open until June 5th. This monumental exhibition will feature the work of noted surrealists like Rene Magritte and Matta, and will showcase paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures. With over 100 works, this exhibition will give an in depth look at the historical, provocative Surrealist movement.
AIC Nothing Personal: Zoe Leonard, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson
Chrome City is enthralled by the Art Institute of Chicago’s latest photography exhibition--a culmination of three outstanding contemporary artists. Gallery 188 is filled with over 150 photographs by noted artists, Zoe Leonard and Cindy Sherman, along with Lorna Simpson’s fifth video work. What they call, “a show about the passage from personhood to persona,” will leave you reinvigorated by what a photograph can say.
Columbia A + D Gallery Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements
Contemporary artists come together in Columbia College's Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery for the "Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements" timely exhibition which features work dedicated to the white artist’s contemplation of racism in the United States--specifically in Chicago. Thought provoking and stark, this gallery is full of archival materials that call “progress” into question. See it before it closes on April 9th.
Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle at Threewalls
Northern Triangle at the Threewalls gallery, is an extensive art exhibition that addresses the refugee crisis occurring along the Mexico/United States border. Including 50 works of photography, video, works on paper, archival documents, maps, oral history, television monitors displaying documentary footage, and a reading room, the Northern Triangle is an interactive exhibition. It’s open until April 23rd, so be sure to squeeze this hidden gem into an afternoon of art.