Chicago Gallery Shows | Fall Preview 1

Geoffrey Todd Smith, I Love U I Hate U I Love U I Hate U, 2012.

Geoffrey Todd Smith, I Love U I Hate U I Love U I Hate U, 2012. Photograph: Courtesy of Geoffrey Todd Smith / Western Exhibitions

Fall is shaping-up to be a promising season for the Chicago gallery scene.  In addition to EXPO Chicago (September 20–23), Gallery Weekend Chicago (September 21–23) and Chicago Artists Month (all of October), private galleries across the city are planning some outstanding exhibitions.

Many galleries in the West Loop and River North will kick off their 2012–2013 season on Friday, September 7.  Trends include Chicago Imagists and younger, but well-established, Chicago artists.  Gladys Nilsson will display her signature watercolors at Jean Albano, and both Zolla/Lieberman and Russell Bowman will present a dual-exhibition of Roger Brown paintings.  Chris Ware will unveil his latest comic-style book, Building Stories, and an art installation at Carl Hammer.  And Catherine Edelman will feature the aerial photographs of Terry Evans.

On the occasion of the publication of Vivan Maier: Out of the Shadows, Thomas Masters will display new prints of Maier’s now-famous street scenes and other photographic subjects, concentrating on the 1960s and 70s.  This show will present Maier's photos within the context of her mysterious life, making it unique from previous Maier exhibitions.

For more contemporary fare, Western Exhibitions will present the amazingly intricate paintings of Geoffrey Todd Smith (pictured).  Filmmaker Cauleen Smith wraps up her two-year Chicago residency and research on jazz great, Sun Ra with an installation at threewalls.  And Schneider Gallery will feature the gender-bending photographs of Jess Dugan.

Finally, contemporary furniture design will also be on display this fall. Volume Gallery will present the work of ROLU, a design studio that straddles the line between designed objects and sculpture.  The Chicago Center for Green Technology will host “Idea Tree,” an exhibition featuring more than 40 pieces of furniture and household accessories designed by IIT students -- all created from one storm-felled tree.  And the Bridgeport Art Center opens the “Distinctive Furniture Show” including established furniture makers, but also more avant-guarde designers like William FitzPatrick.

Again, all the above will open on Friday, September 7.  Stay tuned for more posts on what to expect in the weeks to follow. 


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