The 18th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) has arrived!
Starting this Friday, September 27 and continuing through the month of October, CAM will highlight the work of hundreds of Chicago-based artists with performances, exhibitions, open studios, tours and neighborhood art walks. CAM is a great way to explore different areas of Chicago and the 2013 theme, “In the Neighborhood” will highlight eight city neighborhoods through a series of events curated by a local arts expert.
The first featured neighborhood will be Edgewater-Uptown in a series of events titled EdgeUP, curated by Tricia Van Eck. A major attraction is The American Dream: The (W)holy Grail, at FLATS Studio from 6-10pm; the show is a multi-media art exhibition housed in a former bank that presents various interpretations of the American Dream, drawn from Uptown and Edgewater’s diversity. Other events of interest under The American Dream umbrella include the Silent Dance Party, an installation by Meg Duguid with DJ Carl Warnick; Kuramoto Model Bike Gatherings in which customized, interactive LED lights broadcast a radio signal to create a blinking, synchronized mass together; and of course refreshments available for purchase from local food trucks
Additional attractions and activities in the Edgewater-Uptown area over the weekend include One Long Scarf, a project to knit a two-mile scarf connecting Edgewater and Uptown; artist Marissa Benedict will show off her handmade boat built with wood fallen from Chicago trees on Edgewater’s northern beach; the premiere of Jake Myers’ interactive sci-fi exercise video Celestial Bodies: Episode 1; free participatory piano playing in public, including lessons and performances; and Swing Set Drum Kit, Dave Ford’s interactive sonic sculpture that builds rhythmic sounds through swinging.
Marissa Benedict's handmade wooden boat
Other neighborhoods featured throughout the month include Portage Park (October 4-6), South Chicago/South Shore (October 11-13), Pilsen/Little Village (October 18-20) and East Garfield Park (October 25-27). Even though these are this year's featured neighborhoods, rest assured that art events will be taking place all over the Chicago area. For more information on CAM venues, schedules and events, click here.
Check back with us at CGN for additional CAM updates and recommendations throughout the month of October!