Celebrate Frida Kahlo, Flowers, and the Hyde Park Art Center’s Birthday in This Fresh Batch of Chicago Art Events

Daniel Ramos, “Abuela.” ©Daniel Ramos/Courtesy of Filter Photo

A floral art show, a silent neighborhood art walk, a Frida Kahlo fiesta, and immigation-focused photographs take the spotlight in this next batch of can’t-miss art events and openings in Chicago.

Photo courtesy of Boundary

“Desert Hearts” at Boundary
Sarah Bastress’s paintings, rendered in broad brushstrokes and strange colors, have a childlike quality to them, but each seems a little sinister. The local artist invites you to explore her singular mind at this solo exhibition, which features recent work.
Details: June 22

“Full Bloom” at Eskell
Yes, the weather has been dreary, but you can still enjoy spring blooms indoors at Laura Collins’s solo show: Gently daubed flowers, painted on a grand scale, will be on view at this always carefully curated home goods store. Bonus: Logan Square cool kids Young American will be stirring up cocktails.
Details: June 28

Alternative Space at Heaven Gallery
Here’s a spectacular way to take in the city’s vast and diverse gallery scene: This veteran space is hosting a scrappy art fair to celebrate Chicago’s long-held tradition of alternative spaces. If you’ve never visited spots such as the Franklin, LVL3, Slow, or Tiger Strikes Asteroid, this is a rare occasion to see what they’re all about in one place.
Details: June 28

Tami Bahat, The Feline, 2017. © Joel-Peter Witkin/Image courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

“Sensitive Circuits, Listening Ground” at Experimental Sound Studio
If you like attending art events, but being in a social setting makes you a bit anxious, this silent walk is just the ticket. Join Roman Susan Gallery on this journey around Edgewater to take in the neighborhood’s soundscape, followed by a discussion of the experience.
Details: June 30

Second Annual Fiesta de Frida at Catalyst Ranch
If you, too, freaked out about the recent discovery of a rare recording of Frida Kahlo’s voice, this art and crafts party is for you. In honor of the painter’s birthday, the Women’s Justice League is throwing a fiesta, where vendors will sell art inspired by the queen of the unibrow. You’ll also have the opportunity to make your own work.
Details: July 7

“Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural” at Smart Museum of Art
In an awesome creative exchange program, six Chicago-based artists visited Havana and six Cuban artists visited Chicago. This exhibition explores their diverse Latinx identities through the work produced from these trips, at a time when U.S.-Cuba relations are strained.
Details: July 11

“Past Is Present” at Catherine Edelman Gallery
Tami Bahat’s photographs can look like incredibly hyperrealistic paintings largely due to their subject matter: individuals dressed as if they belong in Old Masters paintings or dramatically lit still lifes. This exhibition will expand these tableaux into actual period rooms that transport you into the photographs hanging on their walls.
Details: July 12

“The Land of Illustrious Men” at Filter Photo
These intimate photos by Daniel Ramos tell different stories of migration as experienced by his family—into the U.S. from Mexico and vice versa. They capture four generations of movement, at times not by personal choice but always in search of a better life.
Details: July 12

Photo courtesy of Holly Wong

“Silent Music” at Evanston Art Center
Bathe yourself in color in these works by Holly Wong, made of tulle, dichroic film, and colored cellophane. The artist’s sprawling pieces aren’t just pretty, though: They are carefully crafted to reflect on our brains and thought processes.
Details: July 13

80 Years Young at Hyde Park Art Center
One cannot overstate the significance of this South Side institution, which hosts art instruction classes and exhibitions and offers a variety of resources for students and artists. Celebrate its birthday at this bash, where you can visit open studios, listen to live performances, and, of course, make some art.
Details: July 13