THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2015
THE CHICAGO ANGELS PROJECT
Josef Glimer Gallery, 207 west Superior Street, Chicago IL 60654
Participating Artists: Lee Tracy, Doug Fogelson, Chris Hefner, Marvin Tate & Teresa James
In 2014, the Chicago Police Department reported 2500 shootings reported in Chicago through Dec. 13, 2014, a 13 percent increase from its 2013 numbers. While homicides decreased to the lowest numbers since 1965 shootings continue to grow and menace our most vulnerable youth living in our most challenged low-income communities of color. In the midst of this on going violence, ThinkArt in partnership with The Arts Palette presents Uplift Community High School student artists’ series of mosaic linoleum relief prints that represent the spirits of youth claimed to senseless violence on the streets of Chicago. These prints, presented alongside works by noted Chicago artists, all respond to the horror of the continued youth violence in Chicago.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2015
An evening with MATT WOODWARD in his home studio
Matt’s work is about space and about the way architecture, through a relationship with the space it occupies, is capable of forming an impression of time. The images in his work come straight out of the cityscape, and taken in their original context, as public monuments or as symbols of affluence, represent a specific time and space. Matt’s interest though, lies in removing these objects from their context and presenting them in such a way that any reference that would firmly locate them in history is called into question. He takes these images back to his studio where they mean nothing and where they depend on a particular story to define them and guide them out of anonymity. He lays them in a graphite bed that he’s made for them, then begins to pull the image back out by means of reductive drawing. The use of reductive drawing is an attempt to mirror the push and pull of deconstruction and reconstruction that shapes the ever changing city. The city occupies a particular time, and is constantly ruined and put back together. All the while it is developing a memory of that process and is recording its own indelible sense of loss. The drawing then becomes its own record of the effort it took to get it up there on the wall.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2015
An evening with SUSAN GILES in her Hyde Park Art Center studio
Sculpture is said to be the expression of an identity, expressing its beauty through the connection of life and form. This idea is certainly true in the works of Susan Giles, with each sculpture embodying life as a mélange of cultural experiences and search for identity, and form defined by reconstructing fragments of our memory impacted by iconic architecture.
The result is a series of impeccable sculptures, grounded yet delicate. Susan Giles has indeed attained certain harmonies. Her works are a pure creation of her spirit and the quintessence of her identity.
FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015
An evening with MARVIN TATE in his home
Marvin creates poetry from the commonplace. Whether the objects are selected with great care or whether they fall together by total accident, the resulting pieces point to certain ideas and certain attitudes unique to Marvin’s existence. His works speak of personal and family history as well as broader themes of cultural and political segregation and references African American history while addressing his own identity as a black man in Chicago. His assemblages personify the human existential journey while embracing beauty in obscure settings. artistmarvintate.com
WEDNESDAY MAY 6, 2015
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] @ Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash, 25th Floor
Special experimental jazz performance as part of the international Bridge Tour with musicians Jean-Luc Cappozzo (trumpet, flugelhorn), Douglas R. Ewart (woodwinds), Joëlle Léandre & Bernard Santacruz (double bass), Michael Zerang (drums, percussion). The Bridge is an ongoing collaboration between French and American musicians who form unique ensembles that perform and/or tour in either France or throughout the Midwest (though mostly here in Chicago). The music is all new, experimental music and mostly improvised. acrossthebridges.org
WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2015
DANIEL KNOX & LIAM HAYES @ Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash, 25th Floor
Long known for darkly distorting traditional American popular song styles, Daniel Knox employs a new, more wide-ranging sonic palette on his latest work. The ten songs on Daniel Knox feature his powerful and unique baritone with an array of brass, strings, synthesizers, his usual band, and guest contributions from Brett Sparks (The Handsome Family) and Thor Harris (Bill Callahan, Swans, Shearwater). Knox has scored for film and theater and has performed with artists such as Jarvis Cocker, the Handsome Family, Richard Buckner, Swans, Rasputina, Josephine Foster, Jon Langford, Nina Nastasia, Rufus Wainwright, Marc Ribot and Andrew Bird. danielknox.com
In the mid 90’s, Liam Hayes started gaining fans and grabbing the attention of major labels while making music under the name Plush here in his native Chicago. Because he’s been guarded with the press and avoids social media, he hasn’t gotten the recognition that many think he deserves. Now based in Milwaukee, the man some call a “mastermind” has released a new album of stripped-down music that's all power pop and no frills. liamhayesandplush.com
TUESDAY JUNE 2, 2015
An evening with LEE TRACY in her home studio
Filmed and edited by Gunnar Curry
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Memories from the Future
A special exhibition of paintings by Lee Tracy accompanied by readings of the artist diary by actor Sheila Willis.
Lee Tracy's works and writings explore the power of the creative process triggered by the formidable catharsis of a personal experience and culminating in a compelling expression of words and images.
Filmed and edited by Gunnar Curry
LECTURE SERIES ON COLLECTING
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Part I: The History of Collecting: Our European Roots
Collecting habits and customs will be discussed in the context of European history dueto its dominant influence on America.
Beginning with the Renaissance and covering the geo-political changes through the 19th Century.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Part II: Collecting in America and Chicago: Bringing It Home
Who were the first collectors in America? How did the young country establish itself as a civilized culture? How did museums in the US begin?
What is Chicago’s place in the history of art and culture in the US? How did that start and what are we doing today?
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Part III: I'm a Collector? ...I'm a Collector!: Practical Considerations of Collecting
The psychology of collecting. Types of collections. Caring for your collection; curating, display, storage, insuring, sharing.
What are the basic responsibilities of good stewardship? Resources for managing your collection.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19th at 9:00 PM
MARVIN TATE's PLAN B @ Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash, 25th Floor
Following the reception by acclaimed music photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz.
PLAN B, Marvin Tate's raw soul funk band featuring a cast of Chicago Indie all star musicians will make its debut in VIRGIN HOTEL's intimate music venue on the 25th floor, with access to its roof top, voted one of the best in the city.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2015
Gallery Talk with LEE TRACY
TAP and Josef Glimer Gallery are pleased to present a gallery talk by Lee Tracy on the occasion of Memories from the Future, her solo show at Josef Glimer Gallery. Lee Tracy’s works and writings explore the power of the creative process triggered by the formidable catharsis of a personal experience and culminating in a compelling expression of words and images.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2015
147 Pianos by DOLORES WILBER
Private viewing of this incredible documentary capturing the making of an avant guard symphony composed of 147 untuned pianos. 147pianos.com
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2015
Is wine making an art? Are vignerons artists? What is the actual wine making process and what is the natural wine movement? These questions and more will be addressed to help us better appreciate and select the wine we drink.
Zev Rovine Selections is a boutique wine and spirits import and distribution company working closely with CREAM. Zev works mainly with wines from France and Italy that are grown organically and made with minimal intervention. He is highly regarded as a leader in his field and has chosen a selection of wines for us to taste, each with their own interesting story. zrswines.com
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
MARVIN TATE The Residency Part I @ Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash, 25th Floor
Virgin Hotel in Chicago is quickly establishing itself as a compelling platform for the exploration of new ideas, awarding residencies to artists in the field of visual and performing arts. TAP has been working with Virgin, programming unique performances and events that reflect the heart and soul of Chicago’s rich and gripping culture.
Marvin Tate has been awarded a Residency at Virgin Hotels.
Tate’s Residency debutes on November 20th and is slated to begin with a bang as he teams up with a new musical ensemble to interpret personal narratives, addressing heavy topics with rhythmic, cautionary verse. At times mild and light-hearted, this adrenaline-infused spectacle is not to be missed.