Here comes the 16th annual Chicago Artists Month, a city-sponsored parade of art exhibits, studio tours, gallery walks—more than 200 events in all. It kicks off Friday with a reception at the Ravenswood Event Center (7-11 PM, 4011 N. Ravenswood, ravenswoodartwalk.org). You'll find a few highlights here, and comprehensive listings at chicagoartistsmonth.org. The selections below are free unless otherwise noted.
As part of Portoluz's WPA 2.0 series, Thomas Lucas leads a talk on African-American contributions to printmaking during the Works Progress Administration (Sat 10/1, 2 PM, South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan, 773-373-1026, southsidecommunityartcenter.com). Other discussions during the month focus on rural American artists, Pilsen's murals, and the photographs of Sydney Harris.
Artists from Apache, Ojibwe, and Dakota tribes are featured at Carrying on Traditions, a celebration of traditional forms of storytelling and indigenous art. It includes a tour of Indian Land Dancing, the bricolage mural under Lake Shore Drive at Foster (Fri 10/7, 7-9 PM, American Indian Center, 1630 W. Wilson, 773-275-5871, aic-chicago.org).
Events related to the Filter Photo Festival cover seven sites—from the Illinois Institute of Arts's Gallery 180 in the north Loop to Black Cloud Gallery in Pilsen—and include exhibits, lectures, and workshops on photo technique (Wed 10/12-Sun 10/16, filterfestival.com). Carlos Javier Ortiz, whose documentary photo project Too Young to Die examines the effects of youth violence, opens the fest with an address titled "Facing Change" (Wed 10/12, 7 PM, Harrington College, 200 W. Madison, reservations "strongly recommended").
As Dia de los Muertos approaches, the Pullman State Historic Site hosts a tour of altars to the dead in seven Pullman-area homes (Sun 10/30, 4-7 PM, 1111 S. Forrestville, 773-660-2341, pullman-museum.org, $12-$15). The excursion ends with a reception at one of the executive homes on the old Pullman corporate town.