On Friday, November 2, Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery hosts an Artists’ Reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in honor of four solo exhibitions. In Lieu of Other Forms of Aggression showcases Jerry Bleem’s reused materials; Bead Party features bead tapestries by Lucy Ruth Wright Rivers; tattoo inspired paintings on vintage women’s gloves are the focus of Ellen Greene’s Invisible Mother’s Milk; and Tattoo Jungle includes vintage prints by Jeff Crisman. The work will be on display through December 29 at the gallery on 942 West Lake Street. The gallery will also have a booth (#1004) at Navy Pier’s SOFA this weekend…. Booth #1004, and we are bringing the usual suspects featuring Ian Schneller‘s Specimen Products among other artists’ work. For more information, visit www.packergallery.com.
The Renaissance Society presents a concert and lecture entitled Is Danh Vo a Vietnamese Artist? by Nora Taylor at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 4 at University of Chicago’s Cobb Hall Room 409 in tandem with its current Danh Vo solo exhibition Uterus. Both events are free and open to the public. The Renaissance Society also presents Vo’s ongoing project We The People in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information, visit www.RenaissanceSociety.org.
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will celebrate the installation of a new outdoor sculpture Healing Waters by Mark Davis with a special dedication and unveiling on Thursday, November 15. Located on the driveway entrance, the sculpture complements the hospital’s interior art installations created by Chicago cultural institutions, ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lookingglass Theatre.
Featuring 4,000 years of artistic achievement in the ancient Mediterranean world, Of Gods and Glamour opens on November 11 in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art. More than 150 loans from private collections and public institutions add to the exhibition of Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum in McKinlock Court.
“The generosity of Mary and Michael Jaharis has allowed us to reconceive our presentation of ancient and Byzantine art in a way never before possible in the museum’s history,” explains Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute.
“And critically, these new galleries represent the last phase of the complete reinstallation of the museum, begun in 2008 and occasioned by the construction of the Modern Wing. Building a better relationship among the collections and the revitalization of McKinlock Court have now finally been realized.” ”It is a tremendous honor to work with such a rich collection of works,” adds Karen Manchester, chair and curator of Ancient Art, Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art.
“The gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation has allowed the Art Institute to literally re-present our Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works of art–from how and where they are displayed to how they are interpreted. It is fitting, too, that these galleries have been constructed at the intersection of many of our outstanding collections, allowing us to show the lineage of art from the ancient Mediterranean world in the abstractions in the Modern Wing, the neoclassical sculpture in our American collection, and the sculptures from the kingdom of Gandhara in our Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art.”
The Art Institute has also expanded its gallery dedicated to the Arthur Rubloff Collection of paperweights. The new presentation in Gallery 15, on the lower level of the Allerton Building, includes more than 800 pieces from the early 19th century through the present.
“The paperweight collection of Arthur Rubloff is one of the finest in the world,” boasts Christopher Monkhouse, Eloise W. Martin Chair and Curator, Department of European Decorative Arts at the Art Institute. “There are few collections that more fully showcase the quality of craftsmanship, technological innovation, intricacy, and beauty of this form. We are extremely grateful for this gift, which will allow us to enhance the presentation of this collection and more than double the number of works of art on display for the hundreds of thousands who visit it every year.”
Celebrating the 100th birthday of one of the most influential figures of 20th-century music and art, Sound & Silence: John Cage Composing Himself runs through December 21 at Northwestern’s University Library on the Evanston campus. For details, visit www.library.northwestern.edu. At the university’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Diane Kahlo’s Wall of Memories: Las Desaparecidas de Cuidad Juarez remembers the missing and murdered women of Juarez, Mexico. For more information on the show that runs from November 2 to December 9, call 847-491-2348 or visit www.dittmar.northwestern.edu.