Exhibition Previews: November


November marks the opening of many more exhibitions around Chicago. Below you'll find a preview of upcoming shows that range in scale and presentation, from a college campus to a storefront gallery. Visit the CGN arts calendar for more details, opening receptions and artist talks.

What waits is often disguised (for William Stratford) at Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery

In his poem "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" William Carlos Williams wrote, "It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there." Artist Charles Matson Lume reaffirms Williams' belief in the importance of art in society with his new installation titled What waits is often disguised (for William Stratford). Lume manipulates light and common materials like craft paper and plastic trinkets to create ephemeral works of art.

Attend an opening reception and artist talk with Lume on Monday, November 7 from 12-1:30pm at Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College. The exhibition will be on display from November 7-December 17, 2016.


The Last Seduction at Bert Green Fine Art

Oli Rodriguez, a transgender artist based in Chicago, presents a new series of work at Bert Green Fine Art. The Last Seduction recontextualizes figures from predominantly white, hetero-normative, and European classical images. Rodriguez uses late nineteenth century paintings, including as Évariste Vital Luminais's L'Enlèvement and Édouard Manet's La Nymphe surprise, as the backgrounds for his digitally altered photographs featuring non-gender conforming models. With new subjects in the paintings, Rodriguez offers a modern interpretation of the art historical canon.

The Last Seduction will be on display at Bert Green Fine Art from November 12-December 17, 2016.


Corrections at Filter Photo

Influenced by his work as a tracker for Linn County Juvenile Detention and Diverse Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, photographer Zora J Murff presents a new body of work titled Corrections at Filter Photo. In his position as tracker, Murff was responsible for making sure that convicted youth followed through on the terms of their probation, which often included community service, drug screening and electronic monitoring. In the series, Murff documents many of the individuals he worked with to create complex portraits that reflect the inconsistencies of the juvenille detention and incarceration system in the United States. 

The exhibition will be on display at Filter Photo from November 4-26, 2016. The gallery will host an opening reception, along with artist talk and book signing, from 6-9pm on Friday, November 4.


Irma May at Elephant Room Gallery

Hungarian born, Chicago based artist Zsófia Ötvös presents her new series of work based on the partially biographical character Irma May. Ötvös developed a storyline about this early twentieth century character, who is a painter and collector herself. Alongside paintings, the exhibition also features large-scale drawings on paper.

The series will be on display at Elephant Room Gallery in Bridgeport on Sunday, November 7 from 3-7pm and by appointment on November 7-8 from 5-8pm.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions, visit the CGN arts calendar.