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January 20, 2018, 5-8PM
Work by: Andrew Holmquist
Carrie Secrist Gallery: 835 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607



January 20, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Nadia Ayari, Ellen Hanson, Zoe Nelson, and Ramyar Vala
Produce Model Gallery: 1007 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608


3. Past Present, Present Past

January 19, 2018, 4-6PM
Work by: Shirin Maleki, Qi Li, Yuxi Jin, Oltree Hui, Rachel Williamson, Isa Riquezes, Jin Lee, Maeve Coughlin, and Mia Russell
Roger Brown Study Collection: 1926 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614


4. Feeling Pink Like My Insides

January 20, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Alofa Gould, Sharon Akosua, Em Lane Smith, Rene Mati?, T, Ari Brielle, Juanita Segovia, Malaya Harris, and Carolina Hicks (sbtl clng) (Curated by Ken Folk)
Hume: 3242 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


5. Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange

January 19, 2018, 6PM
Work by: Alexandrea Pataky, Andrew Ghrist, Carolina Martinez, Connie Wolfe, Elke Claus, Emily Shopp, Epifanio Monarrez, Eric Cortez, Gabe Hoare, Hannah R. Werner, John Cizmar, Kai Boogert, Liana Faletto,...

1. Detroit: 1978-1983

January 13, 2018, 6-10PM
Work by:  Eleftheria Lialios
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: 1112 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


2. Monuments: Uprising and Rebellion in Post-MLK Chicago

January 12, 2018, 6:30-9:30PM
Work by:  Spencer Hutchinson and Karega Kofi Moyo
Rootwork Gallery: 645 W 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60616


3. Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975

January 11, 2018, 6-8PM
Work by: Barbara Jones-Hogu
DePaul Art Museum: 935 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614


4.  Bandage for a Bruise

January 12, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by:  Jared Packard
ADDS DONNA: 3252 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


5.  Shooting Pool with a Rope

January 12, 2018, 6-9PM
Participants include: Derek Ernster, Ari Norris, and Jose Jimenez
baby blue gallery: 2201 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL, 60608


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The following THINKS to Think submission was written and photographed by artist Abbye Churchill. Enjoy!

Can I touch you?

Now? Here?


It might be harder now.


You’re so far away.

Well, let me try.

Arm extended to hand, hand to fingertip, fingertip to fingertip touching hand, arm, torso, center.

Press harder. I don’t feel anything yet.

Thinking pressure, thinking feeling, thinking that feeling can arise from pressure. That pressure can arise from thinking it, willing it. Thinking that sensation is more than thinking, or more than wires and signals and impulses.

Thinking harder.



Pressing down, pressing down to extend up. Pressing intently, with thought, with thinking, with mind-energy. The ground begins to give way underfoot. A toe burrows. Gravity. The pressing-thinking and the weight-body begin to exert.

No, no, I was reaching, not falling.

Here, grab my wrist.

Encircling the bones, the ulna and radius, the rounding circumference. Holding. Thinking the sensation. That if somehow the wires were cut, we wouldn’t feel at all. That the problem isn’t the distance ever receding, or the infinitesimal compounding, or the snake eating herself, but that the feeling wasn’t there at all. Think-feel for feel-think.

I’d rather hold an orange.


Abbye Churchill is an artist and writer currently living in New York City. You can find her website here.


1. For all intensive purposes

January 5, 2018, 5-8PM
Work by: Irene de Andrés, Amy Garofano, Manuel Graf and Rehana Zaman (Curated by JL Murtaugh)
Aspect/Ratio: 864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


2. The World Is a Different Place

January 7, 2018, 3-6PM
Work by:  Damon Locks
Goldfinch: 319 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL 60612


3. Murmurs and Palpitations: Her Environment #7

January 10, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by:  Paloma Dawkins – Gardenarium, Tahutahu Studios, Erin Gee, Hannah Newman, Samantha Fickel, Rena Anakwe, Madeeha Lamoreaux, Hiba Ali, Hifsa Farooq, Yaloo Pop, and Mitsu Salmon (Curated by Chelsea Welch, Iryne Roh & the Her Environment Team NY)
TCC Chicago: 2547 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


4.  Beyond Words

January 5, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Lesley Jackson, Keeley Haftner, Caroline Liu, Andrew Barco, and Amy Leners (Curated by Danny Floyd)
Chicago Artists Coalition: 217 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607


5.  What’s Next? A five-hour marathon conversation and more…

January 4, 2018, 6-11PM
Participants include: Pope.L, Dieter Roelstraete,...

On, In, and Around the Line: An Interview with John Murchie


Keeley Haftner: Over the years you’ve inhabited the role of an artist, a critic, a teacher, a librarian, and a civic activist. Let’s begin in the early part of your art career back in the 1970s. That was when you began your twenty-year stint at the then internationally renowned Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which was also when the school was very much in its stride. At that time, Garry Neill Kennedy was at the helm and engaging a pretty impressive roster of visiting artists through The Press and the lithography workshop. Can you talk about your experience there?

John Murchie: I was there from 1972 until 1990 when my partner Gemey Kelly and I moved here to Sackville, New Brunswick for her directorship with the Owens Art Gallery. I came in the midst of NSCAD’s heyday, but also as it was beginning to fade. As you say, the lithography workshop and the visiting artist program were well established by then, but The Press was only in its infancy.

KH: It was a bit of a conceptualist paradise at that time, and it seems to me that The Press was especially exciting then. As I recall it published books for and around artists like Michael Snow, Steve Reich, Gerhard Richter, and Yvonne Rainer, among others. And of course the lithography workshop was responsible for incredible original prints by artists like Lawrence Weiner, Joyce Wieland, John...

1. Blue Out Of My Mouth

December 15, 2017, 6-9PM
Work by: Karolina Gnatowski
free range: 3257 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625


2. Accumulative Sweatsockpile Jones

December 15, 2017, 6:30-10:30PM
Work by: Larissa Borteh, Ignacio Manrique, Jaclyn Mednicov, and Dylan Rabe
The carl: 1957 W Cullerton St, Chicago, IL 60608


3. Do You Love Me Now

December 15, 2017, 6-10PM
Work by: Claire Burke Dain
Rubberneck: 2058 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


4. Yve’s Concave Mirror

December 16, 2017, 6-9PM
Work by: Minami Kobayashi
Baby Blue Gallery: 2201 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608


5. Fernwey Editions Release Party

December 15, 2017, 7-9PM
Work by: Susan Giles, Michael Milano, Jefferson Pinder
Fernwey Gallery: 916 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


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Things get witchy this week as Brian and Ryan weave a conversation on spell casting, rock n’ roll, and badminton with fibers artist Karolina Gnatowski.

Fresh off a Skowheagan residency, Gnatowski is burning a four ended candle with looming exhibitions at DePaul University, Free Range, Terrain, and the here and now, “Changeling” at Julius Caesar. Our conversational arc ties together the topics of witchcraft, spells, poetry, badminton, classic rock, and stand-up comedy. Brian reveals his sporting past, Ryan finds just the right word, and KG admits she’s never seen “Top Gun.”

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Public Matter changing the world.

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1. CIM

December 1, 2017, 6-9PM
Work by: Luba Drozd, Adriana Farmiga, Maya Hayuk, Roman M. Hrab, Yuri Masnyj, Christina Shmigel, and Marko Shuhan
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art: 2320 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


2. I just want to stay home

December 2, 2017, 6-9PM
Work by: Madeleine Aguilar
Box Gallery at The Franklin: 3522 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624


3. once there was there wasn’t

December 1, 2017, 6-9PM
Work by: Svetlana Bailey
Filter Photo: 1821 W Hubbard St, Ste 207, Chicago, IL 60622


4. The Alchemist

December 1, 2017, 7-11PM
Work by: Cole Pierce, Esau McGhee, Kelly Kaczynski
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


5. another car show

December 1, 2017, 6-8PM
Work by: Danny Epstein and Lucas Baisch
gallery no one: 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Rm 303, Chicago, IL 60622


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Alireza Khatami comes into the studio to talk his first feature film Oblivion Verses ( which premiered at the Venice Biennial where it took a golden lion for screenwriting. He chats with Brian and Dana on filming beyond plot, making a movie in a language you don’t speak, and everything you need to know about cemeteries.

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The following THINKS to Think submission is a piece by the fabulous Chicago-based artist Yvette Mayorga. Enjoy!

Yvette Mayorga, “4 Real (Crossing inside a car)”, glitter, textile, and acrylic piping on canvas, 22.5” x 30”, 2017. Photo courtesy of Yvette Mayorga.

Sugar Coating

I remember being driven to school by my papi every morning listening to Leo Dan’s greatest hits in our big red van. The van was more than just my ride to school. It was an emblem of my position in America, of my class, of our class, of my family’s bank account. It was a flag for not fitting in. The big red bright color that I miss so much matched my anxiety around arriving late (to be late to school, to get behind). My white counterparts would be reminded of my difference.

I would eat sugar Twinkies and watch HGTV. As a nine year old, I believed having a newly redecorated interior was the utmost signifier of being American. Having a full-on kitchen with kitchen cabinets and a kitchen island (we had two cabinets and no island). Fake flowers in a seashell in our bathroom and the American landscape painting my dad found sitting in our interior porch were the most American things that we owned. Home decorating TV helped me imagine what the interior of my home could be, and then I could feel less different....

How should we teach art after Social Practice and the Post-Studio? Michelle Illuminato (Portland State,) Brett Hunter (Alfred,) and Carol Padberg (Hartford) help us work through the problem.

Recorded at Open Engagement 2017

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1. Skip Tracer

November 11, 7-10PM
Work by: Kelly Akashi, Peppi Bottrop, Katy Cowan, Andy Hope 1930, Erik Frydenborg, Sayre Gomez, Julian Hoeber, James Krone, Lindsay Lawson, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Lukas Müller, Katrin Plavcak, Analia Saban, K.O. Torres, JPWIII, Christine Wang, and Isabel Yellin
M. LeBlanc: 3514 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


2. A Dosage Form

November 10, 6-9PM
Work by: Sherae Rimpsey, Julia Pello & David Hall, and Máiréad Delaney
LITHIUM: 1932 S Halsted, STE 200, Chicago IL 60608


3. Ricerche: three

November 11, 8:30-9:30PM
Work by: Sharon Hayes
Produce Model Gallery: 1007 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608


4. Pens

November 11, 5-8PM
Work by: Liz McCarthy
Riverside Arts Center/FlexSpace: 32 E Quincy St, Riverside, IL 60546


5. 2017 Terrain Biennial Bus Tour

November 12, 1-5PM
Meet at: Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602


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Jeffly Gabriela Molina joins Dana and Ryan in the studio to discuss her paintings and upcoming group exhibition at LVL3. Jeffly introduces us to the intimacy of her image making and even graces us with an original short poem. Ryan terms up our volume with an ode to Structuralism and more in this episode of Bad at Sports Center!

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1. Un-Natural Parables

November 3, 5-8PM
Work by: Faith Wilding
Western Exhibitions: 1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642


2. Love is a Rebellious Bird

November 3, 5-8PM
Work by: Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera
Aspect/Ratio: 864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


3. In Conversation: Judy Chicago and Jayna Zweiman

November 4, 6-7PM
Judy Chicago and Jayna Zweimann in conversation with Alison Gass
Gordon Parks Arts Hall: 5815 S Kimbark Ave, Chicago, IL 60637


4. Unison

November 3, 6-9PM
Work by: Mayumi Lake
Chicago Artists Coalition: 217 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607


5. How could it be otherwise?

November 4, 6-9PM
Work by: Hervé Guibert (Curated by Dr. Dan Berger and John Neff)
Iceberg Projects: 7714 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626


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1. I See My Light Come Shining, Iteration no. 3 + On Second Thought

October 28, 2017, 2-5PM
Work by: Consuelo Lepauw
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302


2. Wasteland Dream

October 28, 2017, 6-10PM
Work by: Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Curtis Stage, Matthew Schlagbaum, and Esther Ruiz Molina
LVL3 Gallery: 1542 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 3, Chicago, IL 60622


3. Crybaby

October 27, 2017, 8-11PM
Work by: JPW3
Soccer Club Club: 2923 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60641


4. La Santa Criba

October 27, 2017, 6-10PM
Work by: Ignacio Vera Ponce and Mónica Romo
OPEN Center for the Arts: 2214 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60623


5. Noritaka Minami and Hui-min Tsen in Conversation

October 28, 2017, 6-8:30PM
LATITUDE Chicago: 1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 207, Chicago, IL 60622


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This week on Bad at Sports Center – New City Publisher Brian Hieggelke! Talking movie making and the extensions of publishing!

Future forward thinking and with a little help from our friends at Today at Apple.

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1. Human Human

October 19, 2017, 5-7PM
Work by: Danielle E. Campbell, Jeff Carter, Helen Maurene Cooper, Barbara Koenen, Kathryn O’Halloran, Kirsten Leenaars, Ernesto Pujol, Aram Han Sifuentes, Mary Simpson, Pedro Velez, Rhonda Wheatley, and Scott Wolniak (Curated by Jessica Cochran)
Ralph Arnold Gallery: 1131 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660


2. Façades

October 20, 2017, 7-11PM
Work by: Ella Wearing and Frances Lightbound
Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


3. Jin Lee + Mark Booth

October 22, 2017, 4-7PM
Devening Projects: 3039 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


4. How To Move With a Fence

October 21, 2017, 5-6PM
Work by: Shir Ende
Buttercup Park: 4901 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640


5. Antropofagía

October 21, 2017, 2:30-3:30PM
Conversation with: Daniel Quiles and Arto Lindsay
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603


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Oak Park Brawl- Rauschenberg vs. Johns. Who would win in a fight? What if they were underwater? What if they were in the dark? What if they were on a white canvas with a white ground? Who know? Matthew Girson knows. We use a division between these two legendary painters to inform and interrogate the practice of Local Hero Matthew Girson! Woot! I think he was grateful when we left.

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One or Three Chairs: An Interview with Michael J. Golec


Keeley Haftner: Let’s start broader and then go to specifics. In general, your overall project seems to be about defying categorization –for example, you’ve taken an interest in the work of Wendell Castle who muddies design, furniture, sculpture, craft, and you’re the department head of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute but specialize in the study of graphic and typographic design as also seen through art historic and philosophic lenses. Is defying categories important to you?

Michael J. Golec: I think there’s a historical question in there, which is that certain categories are accepted at particular moments in the history of any form of cultural production. As a design historian who was trained as an art historian, one of the things I’m interested in is where within the broader discourses have art and design been understood as distinct practices, and where they overlap. In terms of the discipline, design history is a relatively new field compared to art history. Many of my colleagues within the field are very careful about distinguishing content, topics, and objects that are unique to design. Such objects can’t always count as art objects, and therefore would not require an art historical interpretation based on art historical methodologies. And so a lot of my work really tries to figure out in some ways how particular kinds of objects can circulate between different kinds of practices and while they are objectively or...