Over the next few weeks in Chicago, art galleries and museums serve up cultural and social realness with exhibitions, fairs, and discussions covering topics like intimacy, nature, gentrification, and AIDS. Plus, don’t miss art fairs in Hyde Park and Evanston!
“Orbits” at Tiger Strike Asteroid Chicago
TSA is a pretty special artist-run space: With four satellite galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles, it has managed to cultivate and connect different communities for an impressive 10 years. Through June 23, each space will host a special anniversary group show to reflect on its legacies; in Chicago, look forward to pieces from an installation of mounted clocks to a video with engineered whale songs.
Details: May 13
Artist Talk: Gregg Bordowitz at the Art Institute of Chicago
The museum is currently hosting a powerful exhibition of activist-artist Gregg Bordowitz’s art; he has created videos, poetry, performances, and other works to shift the way society sees AIDS. Hear him discuss his practice at this talk, which will focus on the role of media in reducing harm.
Details: May 16
“Doubleheaded” at Roots & Culture
Self-described artists who are lovers and vice versa, Andrew Bearnot and Joshua Kent typically work independently but will come together in this exhibition that explores intimacy and in-between-ness. Join them to consider questions such as: How does the double-headed creature share a heart? Or an apartment?
Details: May 17
Things to Come at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
If you love sci-fi, the Bauhaus, and experimental film, you won’t want to miss this special screening of a reworked H.G. Wells film by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Artist Jan Tichy will also present a work that itself revisits Moholy-Nagy’s own footage.
Details: May 24
“Becoming Unnatural” at Slow
Melissa Pokorny and EC Brown invite you to slow down and look at nature in ways that expand our imagination. The former makes large-scale sculptures and installations that consider place, memory, and identity; the latter, acrylic and ink on wood paintings that blur genres and moods.
Details: May 25
“It Be Like That Sometimes” at Hyde Park Art Center
Get inspired by a group of creative teens who have been addressing complex issues through art-making, the results of which will be on view in this summer show. The works stemmed from their discussion of topics they identified as having lasting impacts on their lives, such as gentrification, justice, healing, and meditation.
Details: May 26
Hyde Park Community Art Fair at Bixler Park
This long-running art fair turns 51 this year, and it remains a great place to pick up something special and locally made. Spend the afternoon browsing art and other goods by Midwest makers while getting to know longtime exhibitors.
Details: June 1
Weaving Lab at Compound Yellow
As part of Marianne Fairbanks’s exhibition “A Deliberately Non-Straight Line,” which explores the vocabularies of textile and graphic design, visitors are invited to participate in making their own textiles. Join this special social space and bond over weaving, whether you are a first-timer or a total pro.
Details: June 2
Evanston Made, various locations
The North Shore city has a bustling art scene, and it’s ready to show it off. During this one-month celebration, more than 75 artists open up their studios, and local businesses will install artwork in their venues; the nucleus of the event is the Evanston Art Center, where a group show will sprawl across the building.
Details: June 2–30