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Auguste Rodin. Eve after the Fall, 1886.
Photograph: Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

5 November art openings to see in Chicago

A giant exhibition at Navy Pier, marble sculptures and photos of the moon make up November's best art openings

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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The bounty of November isn't limited to the Thanksgiving dinner you'll be enjoying at the end of the month. As it turns out, the penultimate month of the year is a pretty great time to be an art-lover. The month kicks off with giant sculptures and one-of-a-kind works on display at SOFA and continues with an exhibition of Auguste Rodin's sculptures at the Art Institute of Chicago. From there, you'll want to check out some of the city's best galleries to see contemporary photos, installations and more.

November art openings in Chicago

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Sculptures, objects and functional art (SOFA for short) take the spotlight at one of Chicago's longest continually running art fairs. Inside Navy Pier's festival hall, you'll find towering sculptures, 3D-printed furniture and more one-of-a-kind objects on display, sourced from more than 80 galleries and dealers. If you've got some extra cash, most of the items are available for purchase, but the majority of attendees come to take in the sights and connect with artists.

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  • Drawing

Hyde Park Art Center pays tribute to Bill Walker, the man behind the seminal South Side public art project "The Wall of Respect," with an exhibition of paintings and drawings that he completed between 1979 and 1984. The work was borrowed from the Chicago State University’s collection and focuses on the issues that still plague black urban communities.

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For her latest solo exhibition, photographer Carrie Schneider traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina to gaze at the moon. The resulting photos capture the 28-day lunar cycle on medium format film, providing a clearer look at the phenomena than you'll see in the light-polluted skies above Chicago.

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