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Over the past three years, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) has recorded more than 150 interviews with 20th-century Czech and Slovak emigres in the oral history project “Recording Voices & Documenting Memories of Czech & Slovak Americans.” The project, which has been organized into the exhibition “Leaving Czechoslovakia,” opens tonight at the Oak Park Public Library. The show focuses on why cold war-era Czechs and Slovaks immigrated, how they made it to the United States, and what happened once they started building their lives here.
Fri 5/11, 7-9 PM, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park.
This weekend marks conceptual artist Scott Reeder’s first solo show at Kavi Gupta Gallery. Reeder is known for some of his more experimental methods—like painting with noodles in his series "Pasta Paintings"—and while he's worked as a painter for some time, tomorrow he premieres a series of new sculptural work. The medium may be different, but the humor and wit are still present. In addition to Reeder’s exhibition, Kavi Gupta also opens “I Am a Girl,” a show of Berlin-based artist Henning Strassburger's work. Strassburger is also a painter and conceptual artist whose work is influenced by impressionists and abstractionists alike.
Sat 5/ 12, 4-7 PM, Kavi Gupta Gallery, 835 W. Washington.
I assume Sam Worley’s review already ignited your interest in Dawoud Bey’s work, but I'll plug him once more anyway. While “Harlem, U.S.A.” offers insight into the beginning of Bey’s career, “Picturing People” chronicles the rest. “Picturing People” is an expansive survey of the many types of photographic representations that Bey has played with throughout his career.
Sun 5/13, 4-7 PM, Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis.