Graffiti in a Body Shop, an Art Institute Block Party, and More Art Events in Chicago This Month

Photo by Brittany Nelson/Courtesy of Patron

There’s a lot for art lovers to look forward to this month in Chicago, from a new apartment gallery and an Instagram-ready art experience from Refinery29 to graffiti art in a body shop and a block party at the Art Institute.

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Courtesy of Refinery29

Alternative Space at Heaven Gallery
Just ahead of art fair season, this veteran alternative space hosts a “simulated art fair” to honor Chicago’s DIY art community. Ten galleries from around the city are showcasing and selling affordable work, from paintings to sculptures. It’s as social as a typical fair, minus the pretension and stress.
Details: July 1

“10,000 Light Years From Home” at Patron
Photographer Brittany Nelson works with historic techniques, like tintype and mordançage, to produce images without a camera. She presents a new series of work in this show, the result of research into science fiction and queer politics.
Details: July 1

“Teyo’s Lightshield” at Fresh Bread
Artist Hyun Jung Jun kicks off programming at this new apartment gallery with an exhibition that meditates on the character Teyo. Details for this are intriguingly cryptic, but expect some sort of food as art, and vice versa.
Details: July 7

“29 Rooms Chicago” at Skylight Board of Trade
Brace yourself for another Instagram-ready art experience: 29 Rooms, the immersive experience of, well, 29 wildly decked-out rooms by Refinery29, is coming back. Local and national artists have contributed to the spaces, which include a tribute to black women and a dance hall.
Details: July 18

“Song and Story” at Chicago Artists Coalition
Local artist Erin Hayden presents work she’s made over the course of a yearlong residency at this nonprofit space, with an emphasis on nondigital processes. Look forward to seeing a giant accordion book, typewriter poetry, and ink stamps.
Details: July 19

Rhonda Wheatley, Energy Grid for Dissolving Blocks and Barriers, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view in “New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival” at DePaul Art Museum, 2019.

Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Musuem
If you’re as anxious as I am, this “afternoon of wellness and healing” might just be what you need. In conjunction with “New Age, New Age: Strategies of Survival,” an ongoing group show on self-care and empowerment, this daylong program is all about focusing on self- and community building. Check out a personalized aromatherapy session, get a tarot reading, experience community acupuncture, and then go on an astrological tour of the show.
Details: July 20

“Reverie” at MidWest Auto Collision
A graffiti show in a body shop…what’s not to love? This solo show of works by local artist RAWOOH will definitely be weird and wacky—there will even be a collection of custom vehicles presented in conversation with the art.
Details: July 20

Block Party at the Art Institute of Chicago
Summer is all about block parties, and this is the artsiest one. Overtaking the museum, this celebration offers performances, talks, and, of course, art-making; highlights include a discussion of Van Gogh by a pub historian and a journey into the quiet of Lurie Garden.
Details: July 21

Work by Assaf Evron. /Photo courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art

Assaf Evron at MCA Chicago
The Israeli artist shows new and recent photographs at his first solo museum show, which is timed to coincide with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Fittingly so—Evron uses his camera to consider the architecture of built and natural environments, and how these sites are used to express power.
Details: July 23

“With Each Incentive” at the Art Institute of Chicago
The collective Postcommodity makes some of the most urgent, powerful work today in its consideration of indigenous narratives and other marginalized histories. At the museum, it presents a site-specific installation on the Bluhm Family Terrace that offers speculative architectural futures of the city as transformed by the current wave of indigenous American refugees from Central and South America.
Details: July 25