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Woman Made Gallery Recommended Free Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 18 2011

A postgender pantheistic cosmos--at once primeval and hyperevolved--can be seen in the clean, gestural, graphic, sensual works that comprise "Underground," a group show curated by Ruby Thorkelson. Organized with help from Spudnik Press and the Chicago Underground Library, the show features 11 individual and partnered artists in the main exhibition space, plus no less than 50 in a "pop-up library" displaying self-published comics and literary magazines loosely focused on the intersection between personal and public experiences of gender. Highlights in the main gallery include Liz Born's solemn, dreamlike prints of figures from a personal mythology, Sanya Glisic's illustrations for Der Struwwelpeter (a comically gruesome 19th-century satire on children's cautionary tales), Megan Diddie's paintings of an eroticized natural world, and deadpan pornographic drawings by Robin Hustle. Thorkelson herself has a solo show, "Bodily Functions," on the gallery"s lower level, with drawings and hanging soft pieces as well as a comic book whose relatively rough, simple abstraction serves as a nice counterpoint to the almost haughty elegance of the art nouveau-style psychedelia in "Underground." A third exhibit, a group show of feminist gag cartoons called "Seriously Funny," is abysmal. --Bert Stabler


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