Art & Design | New Year’s Eve 2012 events

Learn about Gerhard Richter or enjoy work by Chicago artists on December 31.
Photograph: Doug Birkenheuer Fraser Taylor, Split.
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Fraser Taylor: Diagrams and Seams”
Taylor’s collaboration with the Seldoms, Marchland, was performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010. The SAIC professor’s show at Lula—which includes prints, stencils and his signature mixed-media paintings—will be on view during the restaurant’s NYE dinners. Lula Cafe, 2537 N Kedzie Blvd (reservations required; call 773-489-9554). Three-course dinner at 7pm, $50; optional wine pairings $25; five-course dinner at 9:30pm, $75; optional wine pairings $35.

Julieta Ortiz de Latierro
Andrew Rafacz Gallery now curates the art at Belgian-inspired resto Leopold. Ring in the New Year beneath Ortiz de Latierro’s photographs of her light-based, site-specific Buenos Aires street art. Leopold, 1450 W Chicago Ave (312-348-1028). Three-course dinner including Champagne toast, seatings 5–7pm and 9–11pm; $75.

Masterpiece of the Day: Woman Descending the Staircase by Gerhard Richter
Not sure what image you want to project at tonight’s party? Take notes on the glamorous style of Richter’s anonymous subject. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave (312-443-3600). Noon–12:30pm; free with museum admission.

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