Peruvian Artifacts, the Chelsea Hotel, and Postwar Middle East Star in January’s Must-See Art Events

Vincent van Gogh, “Avenue of Pollard Birches and Poplars,” March 1884. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago, promised gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray.

This month in Chicago, a slew of art events, gallery openings, and film screenings run the gamut from Andy Warhol and New York City’s Chelsea Hotel to Peruvian artifacts.

“Tentative Photo” at Filter Photo
Photographer Luther Konadu captures his friends and family in collagelike works that think critically about the history of documentary photography and the traditional studio portrait. See his recent work in this solo exhibition, a meditative parade of fragmented images.
Details: January 10

Films of Andy Warhol at the Art Institute of Chicago
Screening in conjunction with the monumental exhibition “Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again” is the singular film Chelsea Girls, the artist’s documentation of underground New York City. Shot in the summer of 1966, the over-three-hour-long epic chronicles the lives of denizens of the famed Chelsea Hotel.
Details: January 12

Erin Eyuboglu (Turkish), Design for Mosaic, 1957. Gouache and pencil on cardboard, 18 3/4 x 20 in. Grey Art Gallery, New York University art collection. Gift of Abby Weed Grey.

“Modernism: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights From the Grey Collection” at the Block Museum of Art
This massive display brings a unique collection of postwar works from the Middle East and Asia to Chicago. Owned by New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper come together publicly for the first time, providing an opportunity to expand our understanding of the modernist canon.
Details: January 21

Ciudad Moderna at the Block Museum of Art
In 2004, artist Terence Gower produced a short montage of clips that investigates the contemporary-built environments of 1960s Mexico. Revel in his witty and visually intoxicating film in this solo display.
Details: January 21

William Conger at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
The local painter is known for his abstract canvases, in which lines, shapes, and color flow and meld into harmonious yet dynamic compositions. See several in conversation during the artist’s solo exhibition at this veteran space.
Details: January 24

“Return to the Everywhere” at Weinberg/Newton Gallery
This exhibition exemplifies the gallery’s mission to amplify social justice issues by collaborating with artists and nonprofits. Developed with WBEZ Chicago, it will explore the implications of our current “post-truth” era by examining various modes of communication and topics like transparency, objectivity, bias, and belief.
Details: January 24

“The Years Now” at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
For this solo show, Harold Mendez shows works commissioned by the Hyde Park gallery to continue his interest in rituals and memorial objects. The enticing pieces on view include a sound installation and sculptures developed in collaboration with the Field Museum, engaging particularly with its Peruvian artifacts.
Details: January 24

Rendering of McCormick AfterParti by Could Be Architecture

McCormick AfterParti at Elmhurst Art Museum
Visit the Mies van der Rohe–designed McCormick House in a playful new setting as envisioned by the duo Could Be Architecture: Inspired by the home’s original 1952 floor plan, the pair has inserted portholes into the space and created special furniture to encourage spirited interaction.
Details: January 25

“Pure Drawing” at the Art Institute of Chicago
Drawing from an incredible Chicago collection owned by the late dealer Richard Gray, this exhibition showcases drawings representing 700 years of Western art, from works by Picasso to David Hockney. It’s a chance to understand a slice of art history as curated through a sharply honed eye.
Details: January 25