For nearly 75 years, the Art Center has thrived because of the continued generosity and support of our community. This Giving Tuesday, we’re giving thanks for people like you who embrace our work and advocate for the success of Chicago’s art and artists. Numbering 600 strong, our donors make all our work possible—from artist residencies to teen outreach programs to exhibitions that showcase risk-taking Chicago artists.
Nestled behind Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 30,000 savvy Midwesterners got a taste for the art world's most noted international galleries sprawled out like a minimalist Levittown in Navy Pier's Festival Hall.
It's that time of year again: EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art, is upon us. Michelle Grabner, guest curator of the upcoming Art Center exhibition A Study in Midwestern Appropriation , will join us in Booth 102, where we'll be showcasing work by artists in the show. Grabner also has her hands full with quite a few other projects, including a major solo exhibition of her paintings at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and co-curating the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Between her trips to Manawa, Wisconsin; Oak Park, Illinois; and New York City, we were able to catch up with Grabner to ask a few questions about the artist/curator life balance. Stop by our EXPO booth for more! And don't forget to come to the exhibition reception on Sunday, October 6.
Our most recent resident artist, Jen Delos Reyes, joined us over the summer to research, write, and work on new projects. At the end of her stay, Jen looks back on the time she spent in Chicago: the places she visited, the experiences that resonated, and the people who inspired. Read on to find out why she says her residency at the Art Center was life changing.
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Ah, that bitter potion, coffee. Java. Joe. Mud. A bean by any other name would taste as bold. We've been smelling the tantalizing scent of energizing coffee wafting through our building for the past week, and today we have exciting news.
Our summer resident artist, Jen Delos Reyes, has been with us for over a month as she does research, writes, and works on new projects. After six weeks of living and working in Chicago, exploring the city's arts and culture spaces, and connecting with Chicago artists, Jen takes stock of the time she's spent here so far. Read on to find out which exhibitions have moved her, what books she's reading, which architects inspire her, and one of the things that gives her the greatest pleasure.