The Social Life of Books: Publishing in Contemporary Art Climes
Apr
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

The Social Life of Books: Publishing in Contemporary Art Climes

Join us Saturday, April 9, for a conversation between François Piron and Caroline Picard. Both curators, critics, and publishers, Piron and Picard will be discussing their practices and the entwined roles of art presses and galleries. Editions | Kavi Gupta is enthusiastic to invite you to the inaugural event of our spring series of conversations, panels, and roundtables.

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THE SEEN, EXPO Chicago and Editions | Kavi Gupta present the Chicago Art Critics Forum
Nov
21
12:00pm12:00pm

THE SEEN, EXPO Chicago and Editions | Kavi Gupta present the Chicago Art Critics Forum

The Chicago Art Critics Forum will convene writers living and working in the city to discuss current issues, topics on contemporary criticism, and encourage attending writers to network and extend their freelance pitches to new international outlets for coverage of exhibitions both on behalf of Chicago, and abroad. By invitation only.

Kavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth Street

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Jul
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Book Club Discussion of "Wendy" by Walter Scott

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***UPDATE: This event has been changed to July 29th*****

Join Editions in discussing Walter Scott's Wendy, a graphic novel about the struggles of a young artist.

Wendy is trendy, and has dreams of art stardom—but our young urban protagonist is perpetually derailed by the temptations of punk music, drugs, alcohol, parties, and boys. Hegemonies and hearts are broken in this droll and iconoclastic look at the worlds of art and twentysomethings.

WALTER SCOTT is an artist from Montréal. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Wendy has been serialized on Random House Canada’s literary digital magazine Hazlitt.

“If you are or were ever a 20-something art school party girl, this comic will stare directly into your soul. If you aren’t and never have been, that’s okay too because Wendy’s art show-littered search for happiness, questionable life choices and totally human tendency for failure are just a great read anyway.” — Olivia Whittick, VICE Magazine

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Jul
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wonder: A Soapbox Lecture by Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Joseph G. Cruz and Erin Washington

Erin Washington, Perpetual Motion, 2014, Acrylic and chalk on panel, 20" x 16"

Erin Washington, Perpetual Motion, 2014, Acrylic and chalk on panel, 20" x 16"

Artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Joseph G. Cruz and Erin Washington come to Editons to give a lecture on Wonder.

SARAH AND JOSEPH BELKNAP:

Lecture to be announced

JOSEPH G. CRUZ's Explanation of lecture activity: 

Joseph G. Cruz will be speaking on the politics of vision and reading excerpts from the first volume of his artist book/non-catalog titled, the death of god left the angels in a strange place. Excerpts include redaction poetry of Robert Smithson's "Strata: a geophotographic fiction" and  “On Angels” by Donald Barthehelme.  

Steven L. Bridges (Curatorial Assistant at the MCA) writes of the project, “Over the last year, Joseph G. Cruz has created a multivalent body of work around the convergence of space exploration, military technology, and culture.  His research into the development of the US space program is entangled with the Nazi war machine of the Third Reich and its development of the V2 rocket.”  The project’s center-point is that of the first image of Earth from outer space. What are the ramifications of seeing Earth as a single entity?

ERIN WASHINGTON:

On Friday July 2, 1982, at the age of 33, Larry Richard Walters filled 45 weather balloons with helium. Walters attached the helium filled balloons to his lawn chair, put on a parachute, and strapped himself into the chair in the backyard of a home. in San Pedro, California. Inspired by cultural icon "Lawnchair Larry," Chicago artist Erin Washington created a sculpture in 2014 using silver mylar balloons and chairs from her studio. Erin Washington will discuss her muse, Larry, probability, art, and wonder as a reaction to the absurd. 

BIOS:

Sarah Belknap (b. 1983) and Joseph Belknap (b. 1979) are Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists and educators who received their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working in collaboration with each other since 2008, their art has been exhibited at the Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, and Western Exhibitions and Comfort Station, both galleries in Chicago, as well as in artist-run exhibition spaces in Brooklyn, Detroit, and St. Louis. In addition, they have presented performances at institutions throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Links Hall, and at the MCA. Most recently the Belknaps had a solo show at the MCA as part of the BMO Harris Bank: Chicago Works series.

Joseph G. Cruz is a research-driven artist whose practice is fueled by an enthusiasm towards the History and Philosophy of Science. His recent work has moved towards a speculative geo-historical form of inquiry. He is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines how systems of exploration are mediated by research, and then disseminated into the larger culture. Science, technology, economics, media, and other socio-political systems and ideologies are shown to mutually complexify, undermine, reinforce, and otherwise influence one another in a larger geological framework.

Cruz has attended numerous residencies and shown nationally with solo exhibitions at Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago; Comfort Station, Chicago; SUG’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a solo project at EXPO Art Fair, Chicago. Notable group exhibitions include: Hyde Park Art Center, Illinois; Soap Factory, Minnesota; Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Slought Foundation, Pennsylvania; Cabinet Magazine’s Exhibition Space, New York; and the International Museum of Surgical Science, Illinois. Cruz is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a GLOBES Fellow in Environment and Society. He received his BFA with an emphasis in sculpture and sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Erin Washington is a Painter, Drawer, and Installation artist currently living and working in Chicago. Using fugitive and symbolic materials (ex. ashes, blackberries, bones, chalk, moss, and spaceblankets), Washington’s works source imagery from the Sciences, Mythology, and Art History that represent ruptures and failures in the search for meaning and truth. Erin is currently a lecturer in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in 2011. Notable solo and two-person exhibitions have been held at such venues as The Riverside Art Center, Riverside Illinois and Johalla Projects, Chicago.  Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at such spaces as Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; Julius Caesar, Chicago; and Columbia University in New York.

 

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Jun
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

Marketplace at Printers Ball

OFFSITE EVENT: Spudnik Press Cooperative, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

The Printers Ball Marketplace brings together a range of vendors: presses, publications, projects, designers and artists that utilize print in unique ways.

Event Registration: http://printersball.com/registration/

Purchase artwork and wares that range from books, posters, and fine art prints, and many works that bridge these categories in unexpected ways. The Marketplace emphasizes publications and prints that are best enjoyed and appreciated in their physical form while presenting the diversity, innovation, and vitality of printbased work produced by local and independent enterprises.

Featured artists and publishers include: 

Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago Printers Guild, Curbside Splendor Publishing, Dan Grzeca, Editions Kavi Gupta, Factory Outlet Gallery, Featherproof Press, Hoofprint Workshop, Issue Press, Justin Santora, Koshka Zine, Nicolette Ross, Perfectly Acceptable Press, Poetry Magazine, Renee Robbins Studio, Soberscove Press, Sonnenzimmer, Tan-n-Loose Press, Temporary Services, Ten x Ten, The Chicago Perch, ThingStead, and Threewalls

The Printers Ball Marketplace takes place in The Parking Lot and will continue until 8pm.

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Jun
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Small Press Editions: Jessica Campbell, La Houle, Karsten Lund, & Meekling

OFFSITE EVENT: Sector 2337, 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647 Tel. 773 - 266 - 4234

Join us on June 24th from 7-9pm for a dedicated selection of readings and discussions around the subject of small press/artist edition publishing practices.

Jessica Campbell is a Canadian artist and enthusiast of books, jokes, and paintings. She is the publications and programming director for Kavi Gupta Gallery, as well as the founder of editions | Kavi Gupta, an art bookstore operated by the gallery. Previous to coming to Chicago, she spent many years working for Drawn & Quarterly, a comic book and graphic novel publisher based in Montreal. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship, and she was recently selected as one of NewCity's 2015 breakout artists.

La Houle is a Brussels-based publishing structure located 72 miles away from the sea, composed of Marie Lécrivain and Jean-François Caro. From art to fiction, our books try to build bridges between author, translator, artist, and publisher. La Houle will not follow a single path: through various encounters and collaborations, we choose to establish a methodology that will define itself along our publications. La Houle is a non-profit press. Our concern is to find economic ways of making and distributing printed matter, working in close relation to artists’ or writers’ practices.

Karsten Lund lives in Chicago, where he has organized exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), the Hyde Park Art Center, various artist-run spaces, and more unconventional sites, such as an immense factory shortly before its demolition. As an essayist, editor, artist, and curator he is invested in exploring an expanded range of possibilities for art-related publications; since 2007 he has produced experimental publications in conjunction with various projects, collaborated on multiple artist books, and worked on numerous museum exhibition catalogues. Most recently, he is the editor of Irena Haiduk’s Spells, a collection of the artist’s writings forthcoming from Sternberg Press. Lund works as a Curatorial Assistant at MCA Chicago.

Meekling is a very small press, based in Chicago, Illinois. We specialize in small, hand-made editions of books by authors we adore. We generally publish works that play with or ignore the boundaries of genre. We appreciate humor and beauty and risk-taking, and we see publishing as a collaborative, community-driven adventure.

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Jun
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Book Club Discussion of "The Devil's Cloth" by Michel Pastoureau

For our June book club, we'll be reading Michel Pastoureau's The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes.

Throughout the ages, the stripe has made its mark in mysterious ways. From prisoners' uniforms to tailored suits, a street sign to a set of sheets, Pablo Picasso to Saint Joseph, stripes have always made a bold statement. But the boundary that separates the good stripe from the bad is often blurred. Why, for instance, were stripes associated with the devil during the Middle Ages? How did stripes come to symbolize freedom and unity after the American and French revolutions? When did the stripe become a standard in men's fashion? "In the stripe," writes author Michel Pastoureau, "there is something that resists enclosure within systems." So before putting on that necktie or waving your country's flag, look to The Devil's Cloth for a colorful history of the stripe in all its variety, controversy, and connotation.

All are welcome to join us on June 11th for a discussion of this gem of a little book!

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Jun
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Space and Place: Transcending Local Meaning in Indian Contemporary Art

OFFSITE LOCATION: Kavi Gupta, 219 North Elizabeth St.

 

Related Exhibition: 

 

Shaurya Kumar and Betty Seid will participate in a panel discussion about Contemporary Indian Art. The theme for the event is “Space and Place: Transcending Local Meaning in Indian Contemporary Art. The event will be hosted by Tanya Gill.

Shaurya Kumar

Fine Arts Researcher Shaurya Kumar has been involved in research projects such as The Paintings of India and Handmade in India since 2001. His research typically focuses on the separation of “the virtual and the real” as well as the “appreciation and appropriation of new media.” His work highlights how a site can affect an art piece and how an art piece can affect an individual and a culture. His projects have been showcased globally and in prestigious art galleries such as Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), Seoul Museum of Art, New Art Center (New York) and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Betty Seid

Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer living in Chicago and Santa Monica. From 1995 to 2005, she was Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art of The Art Institute of Chicago. During her ten-year tenure, she curated and oversaw the installation of several important South Asian exhibitions. Her exhibition (and catalog) New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India was the first to show 21st-century Indian art in the United States.
As a specialist in South Asian art, Betty Seid gives private museum tours for ArtMuseLA and she has participated in symposia in both the U.S. and India. Seid has traveled extensively in India and Southeast Asia, often as the study leader for Art Institute of Chicago tours—and, of course, for research and pleasure.

 

 

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May
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Walter Scott's Wendy Comes to Chicago

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Join editions in welcoming Walter Scott to Chicago for a reading from Wendy, a collection of his outstanding Wendy comics published by Koyama press.

Wendy is trendy, and has dreams of art stardom—but our young urban protagonist is perpetually derailed by the temptations of punk music, drugs, alcohol, parties, and boys. Hegemonies and hearts are broken in this droll and iconoclastic look at the worlds of art and twentysomethings.

WALTER SCOTT is an artist from Montréal. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Wendy has been serialized on Random House Canada’s literary digital magazine Hazlitt.

“If you are or were ever a 20-something art school party girl, this comic will stare directly into your soul. If you aren’t and never have been, that’s okay too because Wendy’s art show-littered search for happiness, questionable life choices and totally human tendency for failure are just a great read anyway.” — Olivia Whittick, VICE Magazine


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Apr
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Book Club Discussion of "The Blue Flower" by Penelope Fitzgerald

For our April book club meeting, we'll be reading Penelope Fitzgerald's The Blue Flower

In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it be? A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the United States, The Blue Flower was one of eleven books- and the only paperback- chosen as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. The 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction.

Book club participants receive 20% off Fitzgerald's book at any time, as well as a discount the night of the event. Anyone who has read the book is welcome to join us for the discussion.

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Apr
25
5:00pm 5:00pm

Desire: A Soapbox Series Lecture by Emily Kettner, Kelly Lloyd and Danny Volk

Chicago-based artists Emily Kettner, Kelly Lloyd and Danny Volk come to editions to give performative lectures about desire.

This event is the first installation of Soapbox, a thematic lecture series hosted by edtions wherein artists and writers can present their work or ideas around a particular idea. While each event relates to a specific topic, interpretations of this can vary between academic presentations, artist talks, political lectures, literature readings, public speaking, short workshops, and more.

Emily Kettner on Bodily Perfection

How can the image of a disabled woman move us? In Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting Christina’s World, the eponymous figure crawls through a fallow field toward a distant farmhouse. This paraplegic woman, like mythic portrayals of the cripple, speaks to a long history of artists representing marginalized bodies as peering into society from the outside. By joining these depictions across folklore, painting, and her own experience, Em Kettner’s written pastiche seeks to chip away at those categories that delimit notions of bodily perfection, suggesting instead a new paradigm of stillness and frailty as both liberatory and disruptive physical conditions. Her lecture thereby develops a history of the immobile alongside the peripatetic, and forms the differently-abled, maimed, and phantom-limbed into a golem of prostheses--a conspicuous occupant of our able-centric society.

Kelly Lloyd on Man Artists

Man artists have this crazy sexy mystique about them: look they’re so sensitive, look they’re so crazy but not physically threatening, look at how sexy they are when paint gets all over their undershirts. Images of these sexy man artists, painters and draftsmen in particular, are everywhere in popular culture but things start to fall apart when you look closely at their artistic product. Their art sucks. Their stupid little charcoal drawings of the people that they love are rendered decently well, if without imagination, as they are generally done from memory while concurrently brooding. Bottom line, they are sentimental and really not worth showing anybody.

This paper takes two such sexy artists afloat in popular culture: Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and Luc Laurent from Brothers & Sisters, and analyzes their artistic product as well as their making practice in an attempt to dismantle their unearned sexy artist mystique.

Still Boys Manager Announces Upcoming North American Tour 

WHAT:

•    Still Boys will be presented to the Chicago press along with details of the upcoming tour and debut studio album release. The band's manager will guide a conversation for the audience with 'the Boys'. 

MODERATOR:

    Danny Volk, Still Boys Manager

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Charlie Murray

Sebastian Butt

Randy "Manny" Grange

Jamie Shannon

Bios:

Em Kettner grew up just north of the Philadelphia city limit and studied Painting and Drawing at the University of the Arts. She was named for her mother’s favorite poet. Once, she visited the Dickinson homestead to see Emily’s bone-white dress floating in a glass display case at the top of the stairs, its handless arms raised in a mute gesture of protest. This encounter, among other instances of finding alterity in bodies, informs Kettner’s artistic and research-based pursuits. Kettner currently teaches in the Painting and Drawing and Liberal Arts departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kelly Lloyd earned her BA from Oberlin College where she double majored in Studio Art (with Honors) and African-American Studies and minored in Environmental Studies, and is currently in her final year of a 3 year dual M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies and M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing at SAIC. Lloyd has recently presented "Katie Sokoler, Your Construction Paper Tears Can't Hide Your Yayoi Kusama Grade Neurotic Underbelly" on The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness panel at the 3rd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, and this February contributed an essay, "Cute Camo" for Third Object's publication accompanying Mossy Cloak at Roots & Culture. Recent exhibitions include Retreat at Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, a solo-exhibition at TRUNK SHOW, Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center, and Closer Still at the Chicago Artist Coalition. 

Danny Volk’s work assumes that superficiality is the essential truth of objects and actions, and uses theatrical semiotics to explore the social world. His on-going project, Made-Up with Danny Volk --- in which he visits artists in their studios to talk about life and art while they do his makeup --- was deemed “Best Art YouTube Channel” by NewCity (Chicago) in 2014. He has exhibited at both national and international venues, and is currently a HATCH Projects Artist in Residence with the Chicago Artists Coalition. Volk graduated with an MFA from the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago in 2014.

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Apr
11
12:00pm12:00pm

Editions at Mana

OFFSITE EVENT: Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 South Throop St.

 

Presented by Mana Contemporary Chicago in Partnership with Editions Kavi Gupta, Aperture Foundation, Phaidon, and University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art & Art History

 

CHICAGO, March 6, 2015—Mana Contemporary Chicago is pleased to present Editions at Mana, a one-day event celebrating newly-published books by Chicago-based artists. Writers, curators, and creatives of all types will gather to share insight into their diverse work processes. The free event will include book signings and select books will be available for purchase by Editions Kavi Gupta, including a 15% student discount.

In addition to the program, fine art publisher Thomas Cvikota will host a curated tour of the Donald Young Artists’ Library, Erro: American Comics will be on view in Mana’s 5th floor gallery, and several artists’ studios will be open.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. Please register at mcc.ticketleap.com.

 12 PM–1 PM 

CONVERSATION: LaToya Ruby Frazier and Lisa Yun Lee on The Notion of Family

Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Mana Contemporary Resident Artist, and recent recipient of ICP’s 2015 Infinity Award, has released her highly-anticipated first book, The Notion of Family (Aperture) to critical acclaim. Frazier’s photographs offer an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The work also considers the impact 

of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political: an intervention in the histories and narratives of the region.

Lisa Yun Lee is the Director of the School of Art & Art History, a visiting curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lee is also the co-founder of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue and dissent and for reinvigorating civil society. She has published a book on Frankfurt School philosopher Theodor Adorno titled, Dialectics of the Body: Corporeality in the Philosophy of Theodor Adorno (Routledge, 2004), and researches and writes about museums and diversity, cultural and environmental sustainability, and spaces for fostering radically democratic practices.

 2 PM–3 PM

TUTORIAL: Michelle Grabner with Assaf Evron on Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life

Michelle Grabner will discuss her contribution to Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life (Phaidon) with Assaf Evron, a former student of hers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who now has a studio at Mana Chicago. Assembled from the wisdom of 36 legendary art teachers—all of them artists or critics at the top of their field—Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life offers readers a set of tools for thinking, seeing and living as an artist.

Wisconsin-born Grabner works in a variety of mediums and is widely known for her abstract metalpoint works and her paintings of textile patterns appropriated from everyday domestic fabric. She is a writer and teacher in addition to her studio practice, and was a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Evron splits his time between Chicago and Tel Aviv, where he began his career as a photojournalist before delving into a variety of mediums, including photography and sculpture.

4 PM–5 PM

PANEL: Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann lead a discussion on the making of Volatile Smile

What made Chicago a center of speculative culture—a culture which so rapidly emerged as the “non-place” where cybernetic logic bears it strangest and perhaps most powerful fruits? Beate Geissler, Oliver Sann, art critic Brian Holmes, and curator Karen Irvine will discuss their new Graham-funded book, Volatile Smile (Moderne Kunst Nurnberg), which investigates the impact of technology on systems of global commerce. An elucidating collage of text and images, Geissler and Sann’s latest project provides fundamental and unprecedented insights into the mutual impact of real and cybernetic architecture, with Chicago as its archetype. Volatile Smile includes images, otherwise unseen, from the operating centers of Chicago’s financial industry and features essays by Holmes, sociologist Karin Knorr Cetina, and eco-sociologist Dirk Baecker.

Geissler and Sann were born in Germany and live and work in Chicago. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Fotomuseum Antwerp; the NGBK (New Society for Visual Arts) in Berlin; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; the Fotomuseum Winthertur in Switzerland; and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Currently, Geissler is associate professor of art at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Sann is assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Holmes is an art critic, activist, and translator living in Chicago. He was the English editor of publications for Documenta X, Kassel, Germany since 1997, and is currently professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Irvine is Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over forty exhibitions of contemporary photography at venues such as the MoCP; the Hyde Park Art Center; Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea; and the New York Photo Festival.

 

About Mana Contemporary Chicago

Established in 2013, Mana Contemporary Chicago is a 400,000-square-foot midwestern extension of Mana Contemporary’s Jersey City, NJ, flagship. The rapidly expanding art center, designed by local architect George Nimmons, is located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. It is home to fifty artist studios and an exhibition space, as well as High Concept Laboratories, Propeller Fund Studios, the Donald Young Artists’ Library, ACRE Lab, the Chicago Urban Art Society, and workshop spaces for the University of Illinois Chicago School of Art. Mana Contemporary Chicago provides a platform for a vital community of Chicago artists, and is dedicated to presenting their practices, processes, and ideas to the public.

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Mar
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

"On Booze" Book Club Meeting

For our March book club, we're going to discussing a collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald essays entitled "On Booze." Why not join us for a glass of wine as we discuss a great writer's crushing and life-destroying battle with debilitating alcoholism?

This book was released in 2011 by one of, if not the, greatest American independent presses, New Directions, who describe this book as such:

“First you take a drink,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once noted, “then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” Fitzgerald wrote alcohol into almost every one of his stories. On Booze gathers debutantes and dandies, rowdy jazz musicians, lost children and ragtime riff-raff into a newly compiled collection taken from The Crack-Up, and other works never before published by New Directions. On Booze portrays “The Jazz Age” as Fitzgerald experienced it: roaring, rambunctious, and lush — with quite a hangover.

I'm looking forward to this one, a quick read compared to the Icelandic saga of February!

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Feb
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

"World Light" Book Club Meeting

For our February book club, we're going to be discussing Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness' World LightThe book follows its protagonist, Olaf Karason, from his early life as an unloved foster child on a farm in Iceland to his adulthood dreaming of unrealized success as a poetic and contending with the cruelty of the world around him. In summation, perfect February reading! All who survive the month unscathed will receive a free glass of wine.

Book club members receive a 20% discount on this month's title at any point, as well as a 20% discount on any item in stock the night of the event! See you then.

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Jan
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

"Let's Talk About Love" Book Club Meeting

For our second book club, we'll be reading Carl Wilson's installment for the 33 1/3 series, Let's Talk About Love. Written as criticism of the Celine Dion album of the same name, Let's Talk about Love is a treatise on taste, what determines good or bad taste, as well as an investigation of Wilson's distaste for Dion's music. 

Book club participants receive 20% off Wilson's book at any time, as well as a discount the night of the event. Anyone who has read the book is welcome to join us for the discussion. As a note, Wilson recently released an updated version of the book, and while the store carries the earlier version, please feel free to come if you've read either one.

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First Book Club Meeting
Nov
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

First Book Club Meeting

 For the inaugural editions | Kavi Gupta book club meeting, we are going to be reading and discussing Lise Haller Baggesen's Mothernism.  The book club is open to any who would like to come and has read the book, and if you'd like to buy the book from us, you will receive a book club discount of 20%. We will be reading different titles for each meeting, proposed by members of the group, and would love any suggestions you may have!

ABOUT MOTHERNISM:
At the intersection of feminism, science fiction, and disco, Mothernism aims to locate the mother-shaped hole in contemporary art discourse. If the proverbial Mother is perhaps perceived as a persona non grata in the art world, because her nurturing nature is at odds with the hyperbolic ideal of the singular artistic genius, Mothernism amplifies her presence, channeling her energy, complexity, and sublime creative potential in a series of intimate and critical reflections. The resulting collection of letters — dedicated with love from one mother to her dear daughter, sister, mother, and reader — fuse biography, music, art, and history into an auto-theoretical testimony that recalls and redefines the future imperfect.

About the Author:
Lise Haller Baggesen (1969) left her native Denmark for the Netherlands in 1992, to study painting at the Academy of Art and Industrial Design in Enschede and the Rijksacademy in Amsterdam. In 2008, she relocated with her family to Chicago, where she graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 2013 with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies. Over time, her painting practice evolved into a hybrid production, including teaching, curating, writing, and multimedia installation work.

She has shown internationally in galleries and museums including Overgaden in Copenhagen, the Municipial Museum in the Hague, MoMu in Antwerp, Wurttembergischem Kunstverein in Stuttgart, CAEC in Xiamen, The Poor Farm in Manawa, Wisconsin, 6018 North, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Mothernism is her first book.

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Cute Boys Alert! Book Tour with Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle
Sep
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Cute Boys Alert! Book Tour with Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle

Location editions | KAVI GUPTA

What happens when three of the most popular emerging talents in comics go on a cross-country book tour together? Well, we're about to find out. Watch out America, Australia's Simon Hanselmann along with Canada's Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be appearing at a bookstore near you!

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Tavares Strachan in conversation with curator Franklin Sirmans
Sep
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Tavares Strachan in conversation with curator Franklin Sirmans

Location Expo Chicago, on Navy Pier

Tavares Strachan: Seen/Unseen represents the latest contribution to the now legendary tradition of closed exhibitions, including Robert Barry’s now infamous 1969 Closed Gallery Piece and Yoko Ono’s 1971 advertisement for her nonexistent Museum of Modern Art exhibition...

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Seen/Unseen launch
Sep
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Seen/Unseen launch

Location editions | KAVI GUPTA

Tavares Strachan: Seen/Unseen represents the latest contribution to the now legendary tradition of closed exhibitions, including Robert Barry’s now infamous 1969 Closed Gallery Piece and Yoko Ono’s 1971 advertisement for her nonexistent Museum of Modern Art exhibition...

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