MARCH 24th - AUGUST 13th, 2017
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART 1852 W. 19th Street Chicago, IL 60608
Exhibition is located in the Main Gallery
"There is no better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary year than to present an exhibition of exceptional artists currently working in Chicago and vicinity. Since opening its doors in 1987, the Museum has showcased 220 exhibitions that exemplify a broad spectrum of artistic expressions from both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. The contemporary artists now creating artwork across our Midwest city continue to accurately reflect the vibrance and diversity found within the Chicago-Mexican community. Their poetic and political expressions carry on an extensive history of contemplative work and civic dialog in North America. The Museum’s philosophy of a Mexican culture “sin fronteras” (without borders) promotes art as a bridge between communities, while art education expands minds and breaks down barriers, even as it preserves cultural heritage.
June 9th - September 3rd 2017
Stories of Us: Transforming Communities Through Art
Saugatuck Center for the Arts 400 Culver Street Saugatuck, MI 49453
Opening Reception: June 9th, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Featuring works by Rubén Aguirre, Andy Bellomo, Sam Kirk and Miguel A. Del Real
Meet urban artists Rubén Aguirre, Andy Bellomo, Miguel Del Real, and Sam Kirk -- each using their art as a means of creating community. In this exhibition they share individual works along with a collaborative, 3-D installation piece made for the SCA’s Gallery.
Rubén, Andy, Miguel, and Sam believe art is a transformative tool. Their work encourages unity and their pieces reveal deep stories interwoven with optimism and a better understanding of people; their culture, their identity, and their circumstances. All four artists grew up in Chicago neighborhoods, and remain deeply committed to building community (both literally and metaphorically). All create Street Art as well as works for exhibitions and galleries. By featuring the colorful, story-drenched works of ubén, Andy, Miguel, and Sam in our Gallery (and outside on our building) w're affirming the legacy of our community -- celebrating our deep love of creativity and openness to all people. The art in this exhibition also serves as a platform for positive discussion, learning, and connections throughout the summer. - See more at: http://www.sc4a.org/On-Exhibit/Stories-of-Us-Transforming-Communities-Through-Art.aspx#sthash.4NIcV8vA.dpuf
FEBRUARY 17th - OCTOBER 31st, 2017
DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E 56th Place Chicago, IL 60637
Exhibition and Working Studio is located in Studio A
DuSable Museum will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1967 dedication of the Wall of Respect (WOR), which launched the Community Mural Movement (CMM) in the U.S. Titled Project RESPECT, this will include an on-site installation at the Museum, educational and public programming, and dialogues. This will reflect the historic impact of (WOR) on Chicago's history, the Black Arts Movement, and the culture of people who, in an effort to define their own identity, redefined the value and purpose of public art. This exhibition will serve as a hub for projects radiating out into the city. Curated by interdisciplinary artist, curator, and cultural producer Janice Bond, collaborating artists include: Arthur Wright, Max Sansing, Sam Kirk, SLANG, Sonja HendersonTony Smith
This Spring, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Wall of Respect, these artists will create a new work that will be located on the grounds of the museum. Stay tuned for monthly workshops and programming!
Pursuit of Happiness:
Please join the Gender and Sexuality Center as we open an exhibition of provocative and high impact art from Chicago's own Sam Kirk.
Sam, a multidisciplinary artist, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Kirk is the product of a working class family. Her upbringing largely contributes to the inspiration behind her work.
From the artist:
"For years, I’ve watched my communities struggle. A constant fight for love, acceptance, and respect. Often in our youth we realize that we are not the person our parents wanted us to be. 'Pursuit of Happiness' is an exhibition about the obstacles that LGBT youth face, finding their own voice, and celebrating identity despite societal rejection."
The exhibit will remain in the GSC Flex Space through the end of November, with new pieces added next month. It will be open for viewing Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.
Artist Talk & Interview: November 17, 2016
Exhibit runs thru November 30, 2016
UIC Gender and Sexuality Center, 1007 W Harrison St, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Numerous women have paved the paths before us. Women that have challenged society and persisted in changing standards and expectations so we may discover our true identities. Inspired by their ability to conjointly pay homage to cultural traditions while establishing independence, this exhibition explores the role that cultural practice, migration, and urban politics play in developing new generations.
Artist Talk & Interview with Sandra Trevino: October 21, 2016 at 1pm
Exhibit runs thru October 30, 2016
Pilsen Outpost, 1958 W. 21st Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608
Double Dutch: Sam Kirk, shares her experience bouncing between Chicago and Brooklyn for the past two years. After visiting New York annually for over a decade, Kirk self-funded her own "residency" which included a second studio and home in Brooklyn, NY -- to immerse herself in culture, fall in love, and explore the layers of her multiracial and queer identity. Residing in Chicago for over 30 years, the city lives in her soul. However, while developing her art practice, she began to yearn for a mixture of cultures that engaged with each other throughout blurred neighborhood lines. An intense appetite for culture and a desire for unfiltered expression, she split her time between Chicago and Brooklyn to challenge herself to grow beyond the boundaries placed in front of her.
Through illustrations, paintings, and interactive artworks, "Double-Dutch" provides a view into Kirk's appreciation for the vast differences of two of the most dynamic cities in the U.S. Filled with experiences that include memories of cultural histories washed out by gentrification, the blooming of multicultural movements, and gratitude for the work done by the generations before us, Double Dutch shares her journey as she jumps between these cities exploring culture, identity, and love.
Opening Reception July 21, 2016, 7pm l Music by DJ Demchuk l Drinks by Arbor
Exhibit runs thru August 30, 2016
I PAINT MY MIND, 2545 W. Diversey, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
JANUARY 8, 2016 - FEBRUARY 24, 2016
During the coldest time of the year most of us are winding down from our holiday celebrations, preparing our new years resolutions, and trying to figure out a workout plan. Meanwhile, there are thousands of homeless youth on the streets of the United States.
"Surviving The Times" is an exhibition about the circumstances that lead to youth homelessness, engagement in sexual activities in exchange for food, housing, etc., and the dreams that are quietly kept alive during their most difficult moments. The exhibit supports The Center on Halsted in their continued efforts to help LGBTQ youth. 20% of all profits from the exhibit will be donated to the center.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Do You See Me? is a visual study of youth homelessness and the role it plays in working-class communities, communities of color, and the LGBTQ community. Kirk exhibits original paintings, sketches, wood-cuts, and sculptures that provoke viewers to pay attention, learn and get to know the people around them.
Her work explores the intersections of culture and identity, which often include paths riddled with social issues and politics. "Do you see me?" addresses homelessness through a vibrant color palette and optimistic lens, provoking conversation and inspiring change.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Kirk is a product of a working-class family and has experienced many of the paths depicted in her work. She uses her work as a visual platform to incite change, and often exhibits in non-traditional settings, which allow her to use exhibits as a funding tool for organizations that help the people that inspire her work.