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Living for the city: arty stuff to do this weekend


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Chillin.   Taxidermy leopard head from Room for Views
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  • Chillin. Taxidermy leopard head from "Room for Views"

New Paradigms

The Art Institute's Leadership Advisory Committee hosts its annual discussion program, New Paradigms, this year with Museum of Contemporary Art curator Naomi Beckwith and New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas discuss. Thomas is known for her bold paintings (many embellished with rhinestones) and her depictions of black female identity.

Friday, March 30, 7-9 PM, Art Institute (111 S. Michigan). Reservations required (312-443-3133).


If you’re less interested in a conversation and would rather see Thomas’s ideas unfold in an exhibition, there’s Rhona Hoffman’s latest group show "Tête-à-Tête," curated by Thomas. The exhibit explores the perception of the “black body” in today’s society. Participating artists are Derrick Adams, Jayson Keeling, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Clifford Owens, Mahlot Sansosa, Malick Sidibe, Xaviera Simmons, Mickalene Thomas, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Rhona Hoffman Gallery (118 N. Peoria #1A), Tue-Fri 10 AM-5:30 PM, Sat 11 AM-5:30 PM.

“Room for Views”

In “Room for Views” artist David Salkin uses a variety of materials, including silk, cotton, polyester, nylon, mesh, and vinyl, to play with the way patterns are used to organize daily life. He cites yoga mats and city plans as examples. “Room for Views” is about both the tactile sense of material and the shifting scale (and significance) of patterns as they appear throughout culture.

“Room for Views” at PeregrineProgram (3311 W. Carroll #119). Opens Sunday, April 1, 3-5:30 PM.


This week marked the opening of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus. Catherine Sullivan is the inaugural artist whose appropriately named show “Inaugurals” is the first in the new arts facility. “Inaugurals” consists of two films: The Last Days of British Honduras (2012) and Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land (2003). Both films raise the question of “institutions” and the roles they play in communities. Sullivan filmed both pieces in Chicago.

"Inaugurals" at Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th). Artist reception Friday, March 30, 5:30—8 PM.

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