Cuba and the Apsáalooke Nation Take the Spotlight at These Upcoming Art Events and Openings

Acrylic painting by Ben Pease, contributor to “Apsáalooke Women and Warriors” at the Field Museum.

As we enter the last few weeks of winter, cap off the season in artsy style with Cuban-inspired paintings and film, a special anniversary celebration of Chicago’s longest-running printshop, and a new Native American exhibition at the Field Museum.

Paul Sierra, Know Thyself, 2019. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the gallery.

Ivan Marcovic at Victor Armendariz
The Chicago sculptor is adept at transforming scraps of paper and wood into highly detailed, realistic works that demand close examination. This solo show of laborious pieces, which closes this week, includes portraits of people who live on the fringes of society and scale models of abandoned mansions in decay.
Details: Through February 27

Paul Sierra at Firecat Projects
Cuba-born artist Sierra presents recent paintings in this exhibition, each rendered in his trademark vibrant colors based on childhood memories of his home country. The scenes depict verdant landscapes and portraits that meditate on the human condition.
Details: February 24

“Citizen Animalia” at Glass Curtain Gallery
Here’s a compelling look at the complex relationships between humans and animals. Utilizing a wide range of media, this show features more than a dozen artists whose practices have long engaged with the fast-changing natural world, from Mark Dion to Alexis Rockman. Seen together, they call for greater self-reflection using both humor and despair.
Details: March 2

Kathleen Waterloo at Addington Gallery
The painter describes her art as architectural fantasies—attempts to document the daily sights she sees that seem quotidian but provoke her imagination. This solo show displays encaustic works, which mix paint with molten beeswax, each one a pageant of geometry and colors that recasts space in absorbing form.
Details: March 6

Kathleen Waterloo, Taking Flight. Encaustic on panel, 42″ x 42″. Courtesy of the gallery.

“Cuban Animation From 1960s to Today” at Uri-Eichen Gallery
Explore the alternative world of moving drawings from Cuba during this special winter screening. Afterward, hear from animator Ivette Avila Martín, who will discuss the shorts as well as some of her own work.
Details: March 6

“Build: A Scupture Show” at Oliva Gallery
The late artist Mary Ellen Croteau once operated Art on Armitage, a nonprofit gallery established in 2003 that existed as a window. This exhibition pays homage to her work and dedication, bringing together sculptures by nearly 20 artists, including Croteau, who have exhibited at that unconventional space.
Details: March 6

“30 Artists/30 Years” at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Three decades ago, CPC launched as a community printshop to educate people on the medium and inspire dialogue among artists. It continues to be Chicago’s longest-running independent printshop and is celebrating this major anniversary with an exhibition of 30 artists—just one of many events it has in store for the spring.
Details: March 7

“Suffra-Jetting” at Woman Made Gallery
To mark Women’s History Month, check out this large group show of more than 40 works by female-identifying artists from around the world. Together they explore the experience of being a woman, centering on topics from motherhood to violence.
Details: March 13

Work by Amy Bernard. Courtesy of the gallery.

“The Amazon” at Catherine Edelman Gallery
See aerial images of the Amazon rain forest by Daniel Beltrá, who has spent more than 20 years photographing the landscape from a helicopter. He has captured human-caused traumas to the earth, from dead trees to flooded lowlands, bringing the harsh realities of the world’s largest tropical rain forest into the gallery.
Details: March 13

“Apsáalooke Women and Warriors” at Field Museum
Learn about the roles women and warriors played in the Apsáalooke Nation in this exhibition, which displays their carefully crafted objects. Representing the Field Museum’s first major show curated by a Native American scholar, it places these traditional works in conversation with art by contemporary makers, including photographers, painters, and fashion designers.
Details: March 13