A Sneak Preview of Upcoming September Exhibitions

By CGN Staff

Mark your calendar for the second weekend of September when several openings take place across the city. 

Spaces in West Town, River North and the Near North Side will be hosting in person openings with extended hours in keeping with the City of Chicago's Phase 4 safety measurements. 

Be sure to visit CGN's 'Openings' page in the coming days since we will be adding new exhibitions and events daily. Please note that some exhibitions are beginning without formal opening receptions, but for now we are highlighting those spaces welcoming the public back on a single day or evening.

During opening receptions throughout the city, the following health and safety practices may be in place:

  • Many gallery openings are running on extended hours during the day to encourage social distancing, so please visit when it is convenient for you.
  • Masks are required
  • Crowding will be limited/monitored. You may have to wait briefly to enter a gallery if another group is already there, depending on the individual gallery's own space and rules.
  • Reach out directly to galleries if you have any questions or would like to set up a private appointment.

On behalf of the Chicago Galleries and CGN alike, we thank you for your continued support!



What is Home?

Opening: Friday, Sep 11, 12 – 7 pm

Catherine Edelman Gallery

Catherine Edelman Gallery is excited to open the Fall season with What is Home? featuring work by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam and Rubén Martín de Lucas. 

The show opens September 11 and runs through October 31, 2020. To avoid crowds, the opening reception will be from noon – 7:00 pm on Friday, September 11. Click here to register for a private tour of the exhibition led by Director Juli Lowe on Saturday, September 12, 10:00-11:00am. Tours are free, but are limited to ten people. Masks are required.






Virtual Exhibition, available for in-person viewing via storefront window

Weinberg/Newton Gallery

Planned to coincide with the 2020 presidential election cycle, Anthem looks past partisan divisiveness and focuses on the issue of voting as a fundamental right. The works on view both online and in the gallery's storefront windows examine familiar emblems of American patriotism, along with experiences of collective identity, and acts of resistance. The various mythologies ascribed to political leaders – their likenesses as well as their legacies – are also scrutinized. 

Anthem features work by Bethany Collins, Jaclyn Conley, Eve L. Ewing, Mike Gibisser, Naima Green, Ellen Rothenberg and Sanaz Sohrabi and is organized in collaboration with the ACLU of Illinois.






Opening: Friday, Sep 11, 5 – 10 pm

Oliva Gallery

In the gallery's first ever textiles exhibition, Alonso and Tubbs interweave their past lives into RESURFACING, an interactive installation saturated with color and texture. 





Suzanne Rose: Blindspot

Opening: Friday, Sep 11, 5 – 8 pm

Zolla / Lieberman Gallery





Joanne Mattera: Hue and Me

Opening: Saturday, Sep 12, 1 – 6 pm

Addington Gallery

This exhibition, entitled "Hue & Me", will be Mattera's first solo with Addington Gallery. The exhibition opens on Saturday September 12th with an All-Day Open House Reception from 1pm through 6pm. The artist will be present to meet and discuss her work. A catalog will be available for purchase and to view at no charge online. 





No Country for Old Knuckleheads

Opening: Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 1 – 5 pm

Hofheimer Gallery

This 2 person show features artists Fred Stonehouse and Michael Noland. Artists will be present. 






Power Trip (Virtual Opening Reception)

Opening: Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 4 – 5 pm

ARC Gallery 

Power Trip is a body of work about exploitation, relationships, and self-validation. The exhibition features six new textile pieces and paintings by Bryana Bibbs, a textile artist and painter. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2014, Fiber and Material Studies) and is currently a teaching artist at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center.