Visit the Amazon, a Book Fair, and Beyond With This Month’s Coolest Art Events in Chicago

Noe Martinez, “Las Cosas Vividas Antes de Nacer (The Lived Things Before Being Born),” 2017. 4K color video and stereo sound. Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Fernando Yañez, 2018.36/Courtesy of the artist and Parque Galería.

This month in Chicago art, explore a new kind of living room, journey to the Amazon jungle, attend a book fair, and see the Chicago Botanic Garden aglow at night.

Photo by Nelson W. Armour via Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery

Shadows of Things We Wish We Had at Volume Gallery
The L.A.-based group Bureau Spectacular has created a living room that toys with your perspective. Considering how the domestic area is increasingly becoming a public showroom (thanks, Instagram), the artists present a series of design objects that imagine the living room as a still-life painting.
Details: November 8

“Peering Into the Rainforest” at Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery
Venture into the verdant labyrinth of the Amazon Basin in this solo show by fine art photographer Nelson W. Armour. Thick tree canopies, raindrops on leaves, and strange plants in all stages of life—they make for a perfect antidote to a dreary Chicago winter.
Details: November 9

Untitled (Red Flame) at Logan Center Gallery
Oslo-based artist Camille Norment conducted several sound and vocal workshops with residents of the South Side on black cultural life, which she also recorded and edited. Listen to the results at her solo show—a chorus of voices that bear the passion and urgency of fire.
Details: November 15

Chicago Art Book Fair 2019 at Chicago Athletic Association
It’s one of the best times of the year again: The young Chicago fair featuring works by small-press arts publishing returns for its third iteration. Find everything from hand-bound books and irreverent zines to protest posters, comics, and one-of-a-kind tote bags.
Details: November 15

Turnover Rate at Patron Gallery
Jessica Vaughn aims to bring traditionally invisible forces of labor into the gallery space with this new installation-based work, which transforms the architecture of the space. Look not to the walls but to the floors and ceiling, where Vaughn has introduced contemporary office components such as acoustic tiles and fluorescent lights.
Details: November 15

Edgar Bartolucci, Jack Waldheim, Barwa Lounge Chair, c. 1950. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry.

“Echo” at Chicago Truborn
Better known as Birdcap, artist Michael Roy closes out the gallery’s 2019 calendar with a solo show of paintings inspired by mythologies and childhood cartoons. This new body of work ranges from canvas pieces to wood cutouts and even woodblock prints, and Roy will also debut two murals he painted for the space.
Details: November 16

“Routes and Territories”
The three native artists in this group exhibition explore the history and impact of human migration in Latin America. Don’t miss Nohemí Pérez’s charcoal panoramic landscapes, which are beautiful but deeply dark, or Noe Martínez’s film on his parents’ homecoming to Mexico.
Details: November 22

“Lightscape” at Chicago Botanic Garden
Enjoy the sprawling gardens anew at this after-dark display of immersive installations by international artists. Explore ribbons of light, illuminated tunnels of plants, and even a choir of singing trees.
Details: November 22

Bauhaus Chicago: Design in the City at the Art Institute of Chicago
You might have heard that 2019 is Bauhaus 100, a year of centenary celebrations honoring the famous design school. This exhibition brings a local focus to these reflections, featuring Chicago artists who studied under such artists as László Moholy-Nagy and Mies van der Rohe—who adapted Bauhaus principles of functional design to Midwestern tastes.
Details: November 23