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Eightball 18 cover by Daniel Clowes
Daniel Clowes, Eightball 18 (cover), 1997. Collection of Daniel Clowes.Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and the Oakland Museum of California

Summer art events

Must-see art events in Chicago this summer.


May 18–Aug 17"Modernism's Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli, 1908–65" 

Best known as a collaborator of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alfonso Iannelli (1888–1965) had a multifaceted design practice that encompassed advertisements, household products, public sculptures and more. We're glad to see him and his wife, Margaret Iannelli—an artist whose immense talents have been more neglected than her husband's—get the recognition they deserve. Chicago Cultural Center.

June 26–Sept 22 | "Zarina: Paper Like Skin"
One of Zarina's deceptively simple works on paper—the Indian-born artist's primary medium—was the best thing we saw at Expo Chicago last summer. Her first retrospective traces her career from 1961 to the present and features approximately 60 of her woodcuts, etchings, drawings, rubbings and casts made from paper pulp. The Art Institute of Chicago.

June 26–Sept 22 | "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" 
Though it combines almost 80 paintings by Degas, Monet and other French faves with froufrou 19th-century fashions, this blockbuster doesn't pander to the masses. New York Times critic Roberta Smith raved about the exhibition's "visual fireworks [and] historical clarity" when she saw it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity" explores the relationship between clothes and artistic expression at a time when department stores and fashion magazines transformed consumerism forever. The Art Institute of Chicago.

June 28–Aug 11 | "The Philosophy of AFRICOBRA"

AfriCOBRA (the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), a mainstay of Chicago's 1960s Black Arts Movement, gets a three-part survey in association with the South Side Community Art Center (May 3–July 7) and the DuSable Museum of African American History (July 26–Sept 29). Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago.

June 29–Oct 13 | "Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes" 
The Eightball and Ghost World author's first museum retrospective brings together more than 125 of his drawings and artifacts in an installation reminiscent of a Victorian parlor. Museum of Contemporary Art.

June 29–Oct 13 | "Homebodies"
MCA curator Naomi Beckwith organizes this show about home as a literal and metaphorical concept. It boasts an installation by Chicago artist Dzine that functions as a nail salon, among works by Rachel Whiteread, Marina Abramović, Doug Aitken and dozens of other art stars and up-and-comers. Museum of Contemporary Art.

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