The Chicago Cultural Center is hosting an Opening Reception for three new exhibits in its Michigan Avenue Galleries featuring the artwork of Donald Fels, Chicagoan Marion Kryczka, and Aristotle Georgiadeas.
Come meet the artists and get a preview of two of the exhibitions before they open to the public (one exhibition is already open). The Reception takes place from 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, April 8. Admission is free.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll see:
Sears at the Center: New Work by Donald Fels
Exhibit runs from April 2 – June 26, 2011
Donald Fels has turned historical Sears catalogs into beautiful collages and turns our attention back to a bygone era of merchandising. For much of the 20thcentury, Sears, Roebuck and Co. supplied every imaginable product from its mammoth catalogue to the nation’s farms, small towns, and cities. Those who are old enough will remember the excitement felt with the arrival of the Sears Christmas catalog when children all across America would promptly get to work picking out the toys they wanted so they could begin pleading with their parents and writing their letters to Santa. On another level, in many ways, Sears’ mail-order shopping paved the way for contemporary internet shopping and lifestyle marketing.
Related Panel Discussion: “Everything You Can Imagine” – Sears and Picturing American Abundance, Saturday, April 9, 1pm, 1st Floor Garland Room
This discussion focuses on topics of internet shopping and lifestyle marketing addressed in the exhibition. Panelists include Rod Slemmons, director of Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College; Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; artist Donald Fels; and moderated by Lanny Silverman, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Marion Kryczka: Recent Paintings
Exhibit runs from April 9 – July 3, 2011 (with preview at Opening Reception Friday, April 8, 5:30-7:30 pm)
Marion Kryczka is in his thirtieth year of teaching at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an Associate Professor, he instructs in the areas of perceptual painting and drawing, concentrating on the human figure. In the paintings in this exhibition, Kryczka concentrates on still lifes and cityscapes. Some of the paintings portray domestic interiors, while others explore the interplay of three-dimensional art objects with space and architecture. All of the works deal with the discovery of the formal and poetic potential of objects in space.
Related Gallery Talk: With Marion Kryczka, Thursday, May 5, 12:15 pm
Repurposed: Sculpture by Aristotle Georgiades
Exhibit runs from April 9 – July 3, 2011 (with preview at Opening Reception Friday, April 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm)
From overused ladders to broken school desks, Aristotle Georgiades re-examines the ordinary and the obsolete, transforming them into aesthetically pleasing sculptures. The repurposed objects may no longer have visible functionality but rather stand alone based on their formal sculptural qualities – or their sheer absurdity. Elegantly surreal, the artworks reference our fast-paced, task-driven world that often uses objects to express our human need to adapt and change.
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