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5 Chicago art openings to see in August

From street art to an exhibition that will float across the Chicago River, here are the art openings you should see in August

Photograph: M-City

August is traditionally a fairly slow month for art openings, as galleries gear up for a slew of notable exhibitions in September, once beach season has ended. Thankfully, there's a handful of great shows to see this month, especially if you're looking for something unconventional. In August, the Floating Museum's debut exhibition sets sail on the Chicago River, the Museum of Contemporary Art kicks off its 50th anniversary with a new retrospective and a trio of international street artists show off their work at a Humboldt Park gallery. Take a look at the five Chicago art openings you can't miss in August.

August art openings in Chicago

“Floating Museum: River Assembly”

The Floating Museum finally hits the water in August, bringing its inaugural exhibition “River Assembly” to four different stops along the Chicago River. The barge will be hauling work by local artists like Hebru Brantley, Miguel Aguilar and Maria Gaspar, setting up a mobile gallery on the riverfront at each stop. Keep an eye out for the monument to Jean Baptiste Du Sable and a “wonder cabinet” that collects items that are important to the region. Check out the exhibit's website for a full schedule of programming and activations.

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Until Mon Aug 28

“Domestic Disturbances”

In the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art's latest group exhibition “Domestic Disturbances,” artists consider the meaning of a home and how the place we live can reflect our selves. You'll see photos of the homes of local Ukrainian Village residents taken by Alberto Aguilar, a suspended tent installation by Robert Burnier and many more pieces that are symbolic of a place of belonging, whether permanent or temporary.

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Until Sun Oct 1

“Kill the Messenger”

Lincoln Square's Gallery 19 displays the results of a juried photo competition based around the themes of isolation and fear. Photographers were chosen based on their ability to depict the realities and truths of modern life.

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Until Thu Aug 31


International street artists M-City (Poland), FAKE (Netherlands), and Trust.iCON (United Kingdom) team up for a group show, named after a Latin word that translates to “the place where three roads converge.” Each artist will be presenting stenciled works that showcase eye-catching details and allusions to pop culture and politics.

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Until Sat Aug 26

“I Am You”

The first installment of an ongoing three-part exhibition celebrating the MCA’s 50th anniversary, “I Am You” collects contemporary works that examine the relationship between individuals and their environments, including pieces by Pop Art sculptor Marisol and Iranian filmmaker Shirin Neshat.

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Until Sun Apr 1