January Artist Newspublished: Dec. 20, 2023
Cauleen Smith is a 2023 Anonymous Was A Woman Award recipient. The unrestricted grant “enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The Award is given in recognition of an artist’s accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential.”
David Leggett is featured in an online interview with Art21. He’s one of 11 artists they chose to feature “speaking about the trials and successes of working in the studio, explaining how they use experiences and materials to create their work, or thinking deeply about the big questions that they seek to pose or to answer.”
On January 4, Tomeka plays the first set with saxophonist Dave Rempis and other collaborators in a double bill of improvised jazz music at the Hungry Brain.
On January 5, Damon will perform an opening set for the band Radio Outernational at the Hideout.
As one of nine local artists selected for the 2024 Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency, J’Sun presents work in a free Open Studio event on January 9 at 6:00pm CT. J’Sun will have an additional performance at the Cultural Center on March 23.
On January 11, Avreeayl takes the stage at Hungry Brain with a saxophonist, Dave Rempis, a longtime collaborator. ““
Opening January 12 (and continuing through March 16), Gallery 400 at UIC presents Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium, a group exhibition pairing the 19-20th century retablos (small devotional paintings) with new works by contemporary Latinx artists, including Alberto, Ariella, and Yvette. This exhibition is guest curated by Dr. Emmanuel Ortega, the Marilynn Thoma Scholar and UIC Professor in the Art of the Spanish Americas. Works by contemporary artists will be on view at Gallery 400, while the historical pieces will be presented at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum.
On January 20, Tommy is the featured artist in “Cripping the Galleries,” an ongoing partnership series with the Art Institute of Chicago, Bodies of Work, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. For this installment, Tommy will lead a gallery tour at the Art Institute of Chicago, using music and sound to create an aural art performance. “This tour invites visitors to interpret the galleries in unexpected ways, expanding our conception of what it means to connect with art.”