Art

Andy Warhol, WWII, and Probing Photography Exhibitions Fill Up Chicago’s Arts Calendar

Aimée Beaubien, “Hothouse Picture-Cyclopedia” / Courtesy of artist/Facebook

Coming soon to Chicago’s art scene: an exhibition in a bank, a pop-up gallery inspired by kimonos, a new look at Andy Warhol, and photography that speaks to sexual identity.

Photo courtesy of Seven Treasures/Facebook

“A Zig Zag Trajectory” at Metropolitan Capital
Yes, this exhibition takes place in a bank—but boasting historical architecture, it’s also perhaps the prettiest bank in town. Come and see how Susan Sensemann brightens up this institutional space with abstract paintings and photomontages that throng with dots. It may yet be possible to find a sense of spirituality while surrounded by people waiting in line.
Details: October 17

“Holding On” at FLXST Contemporary
This debut solo exhibition of paintings by Laura Kina sounds like it will be gorgeously moving. Kina takes WWII memorial sites as her subject, juxtaposed with sites in Okinawa that are currently occupied by the military, to explore the legacies of trauma that haunt her ancestral homeland. The series of landscape paintings is also inspired by banyan tree roots.
Details: October 18

Artist Talk: Aimée Beaubien at the Chicago Athletic Association
What’s not to love about this Chicago artist’s work? Beaubien’s practice is an enduring love letter to plants: She photographs, cuts, and collages foliage that grows in her studio, creating dense installations that resemble otherworldly jungles. Hear her speak at this talk, which runs in conjunction to her installation at the CAA.
Details: October 23

“Seven Treasures” at 2337 North Milwaukee Avenue
After a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, artist Peter Walsh decided to create this series of paintings inspired by textiles used to make kimonos. See his contemporary takes in this solo exhibition at a pop-up gallery, which revel in colors and patterns painted more than 300 years ago.
Details: October 24

David Gamble, Andy Warhol’s Living Room, East 66 Street, NYC, 1987. Courtesy of David Gamble.

“Andy Warhol’s House” at Hilton|Asmus Contemporary
How did Andy Warhol live? Get a glimpse of the Pop artist’s private life at this exhibition of photographs by David Gamble, who received singular access to Warhol’s Manhattan home in 1988. His visit followed the artist’s untimely death—and preceded an historic auction at Sotheby’s, at which the contents of the house were sold.
Details: November 1

“V” at Filter Photo
In this atmospheric series of photographs, local lensman Shawn Rowe parses through his experience as a queer individual. Portraits of an unidentified man, shirtless and in poses that suggest vulnerability, are paired with photographs of nature, such as trees and water; with this juxtaposition, Rowe alludes to the tensions of negotiating one’s sexual identity.
Details: November 1

“Between Possibility and Actuality” at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Enter Florine Démosthène’s sparkling world of female strength in this show, the artist’s first solo exhibition at this relatively new Chicago gallery. Filling her paintings and collages are near-mythical, heroic figures of black women, each adorned with glitter and seeming to float in realms of their own domain.
Details: November 2

“This Land” at Weinberg/Newton Gallery
This installation by David Opdyke consists of a single wall of postcards—500 to be exact—mounted in a way that they form a single tableau that appears to be disintegrating. Each depicts an American landscape, which the artist then edited to add doomsday imagery, both natural and mythological. The result invites you to contemplate our very real crisis of climate change.
Details: November 3

Photo courtesy of Robert and Shauna Parkeharrison

“Acts Without Words” at Catherine Edelman Gallery
Photography flirts with painting in the images by Robert and Shauna Parkeharrison, who have spent years exploring humanity’s destruction of nature. After using a camera to document theatrical sets they painstakingly make, the husband-and-wife team adds touches of acrylic to the prints to create surreal, dark scenes, like a landscape of snow unsettled by a crevice of blood.
Details: November 4