ARC Gallery PopUp Members Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:  January 9- February 2 2019 . Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 11, 6-9PM

In January 2019, ARC Gallery will be showing an exhibit of works by current members, interns, affiliate members and prospective members.

Come to the gallery to see the variety of excellent work shown by the artists who run the gallery on a day-to-day basis (or have done so in prior years).

Current ARC Members participating in the exhibit:  Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker —

ARC Affiliate members participating in the exhibit: Denise Bellezzo – Esther Charbit – Anne Farley Gaines – Pauline Kochanski – Jane Stevens

Gallery Associate participating:  Monica J. Brown

Gallery Intern participating:  Rachel Gluski

Applying for Membership participating:  Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Michele Williams

Virginia Mallon

#brokenwomenmendstrongerOpening  Fri.  January 11,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave

#brokenwomenmendstronger is a powerful body of work that explores the aftershocks of the #metoo movement and the Kavanaugh Hearings. The portraits of survivors are painted on discarded slate from the long condemned Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital and reflect on the trauma of assualt, and examine women’s efforts to reclaim their selfhood and brokenness in the aftermath.

Opening Reception, Friday, January 11, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 9-Feb 2, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Call for Entries “His-ter’-ee-uh”

A juried exhibition in March 2019 at ARC. Click here for prospectus and application form.

New exhibit at ARC Gallery, March 2019, juried by artist Olive Stefanski. (deadline for applications—Jan. 19th, 11:55 pm)

With this exhibition, we are calling for art that addresses structural sexism—in particular, women’s emotional realities, and how that emotional reality plays out in a national atmosphere of distrust about women’s stories, women’s rationality and women’s anger.

His-ter’-ee-uh: from the Greek word “hystera”, or womb—an organ that was thought to migrate erratically through a woman’s abdomen, searching for “fragrant smells”, much like “an animal within an animal”. (Aretaeus, Greek physician, 2nd century AD)

While the uterus has become more sedentary over the intervening years, it nevertheless continued to be blamed for women’s irrationality and emotional distress. In the 19th century, a time marked by both physical constraints (corsets) and psychological restrictions (confinement to womanly activities), widespread concerns about female hysteria resulted in numerous cures for misbehaving wombs. A popular treatment for hysteria at the time was clitoral stimulation administered by one’s physician.

Today, in the inevitable backlash to the “MeToo” moment, women once again are distrusted, disdained (and sometimes diagnosed) for an emotionality that threatens the status quo. Women’s bodies continue to be the ground around which much of the conflict revolves. Strangely enough (as we saw in recent Supreme Court hearings) some of the hysteria around these events now seems to also emanate from men, which suggests the need for a new metaphor to explain the cause of women’s rage.

application form and prospectus: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/ahistereeuha/

WOMEN STRONG: New Space–1463 W. Chicago Ave, New Work–by current and former members

WOMEN STRONG: New Space, New Work:  Opening  Fri.  Sept 14,  6-9pm

This September we present ARC Gallery’s 45th Anniversary Exhibition featuring work by current and past members.

This is the year that ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is celebrating 45 years as an alternative, not-for-profit gallery founded by women artists and celebrating women as artists and curators.  We have invited former members to participate in this exhibit, and more than 35 of them have agreed to do so, including some of the founding members from 1973.

We invite you to come to the gallery at its new location at 1463 W. Chicago Avenue for our inaugural exhibit in our West Town location — our 8th location in 45 years of serving women, artists and the Chicago art community.

Participating Artists

ARC Current Members:  Granite Amit – Virginia Carstarphen – Laura Cloud – Carly Colvin – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Karen Lange – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

ARC Affiliate Members:  Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Monica J. Brown – Michele Corazzo – Anne Farley Gaines – Jessica Gondek – Carolyne King – Pauline Kochanski – Judith Roth – Jane Stevens – Chiyeko Yuki

ARC Former Members:  Melanie Adcock – Monica Bauer – Gerda Meyer Bernstein (first president) – Dawn Brennan – Esther Charbit – Leslie Eliet – Jeanne Martinelli Engelkemeir – Sheila Finnigan – Kristina Gosh – Kerry Hirth – Pamela Hobbs – Nicole Jacquard – Irmfried Hogan Lagerkvist – Renee McGinnis – Rosemary Meza DesPlas – Mary Min – Lynnette Mohill – Julia Morrisroe –  Kathy Pappas-Parks – Tamara Petrov – Civia Rosenberg – Katherine Steichen Rosing – Cherie Sampson – Marilyn Schulenburg – Beth Shadur – Deva Suckerman – Myra Toth – Laurie Wohl – Jodi Younglove

Please note our new location: 1463 W. Chicago Ave. 60642.

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept 14, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 12-29, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

ARC GALLERY Summer Evening Gala Celebrate45 Years at ARC Gallery! Moving Fund Raiser at New Space in Progress Saturday, July 21, 2018 7-10 pm 1463 W. Chicago Avenue

ARC GALLERY      Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7-10pm

1463 W. Chicago Avenue
Drinks, Hors D’oeuvres & Sweets, Art Raffle
Silent Art Auction, Music and More
TICKET INCLUDES 2 FREE DRINKS!  $35.00 a ticket

Click here to buy tickets: Summer Evening Gala

Pride and Prejudice: Gender Realities in the 21st Century

A juried competition exhibition: June 20-July 14, 2018  Opening Reception:  Friday, June 23, 6 – 9pm

Participating artists:

Jill AnnieMargaret,  Elizabeth Arden,  Martin Beck,  Leah Mulligan Cabinum,  Nelson Cantada,  Kristin Cass,  Marion Delarue,  Evin Dubois,  Abigail Engstrand,  David A. Feingold,  Mary Frances Fleming,  Nicolina Holt,  Michael Hubbard,  Kevin Kegler,  Emily Lombardo,  Jamie Luoto,  Jessica Malatia,   Kelly Mathews,  Luis Mejico,   Hayden Nagin,   Cassandra Opaskar,  John Paradiso,   Ahmad Jahandeh Poshtiri,  EM Racine,  Leslie Robison,  Andre Rubin,  Dan Scott,  Omi Torres,   Sanh Brian Tran,  Antoinette Viola,

GENDER—perhaps the most essential aspect of one’s person— has transcended the binary ideas of the past, evolving into complex conceptions about identity and sexuality. While contemporary gender expression has created space for empowerment and freedoms for many, it remains confusing for some, wrong-headed for others, and a topic that is continually fascinating to the media. Many welcome this attention and the progress it bodes; but it has also resulted in pain, harassment, and discrimination for others.

ARC, established as a woman-run gallery 45 years ago, continues to embrace and honor the various struggles associated with belonging to a particular gender. Because of this mission, the gallery is presenting  a juried exhibition entitled “Pride and Prejudice” which will open in June 2018–the same month as the Pride Parade in Chicago.

The juror for this exhibit, Oli Rodriguez, is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, performance and writing. Currently, he is faculty in the Photography Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His projects conceptually intersect and dialogue within consent, queerness, childhood and sexuality. He curated the exhibition, The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at SAIC. He is a part of the monograph Confronting the Abject, named from his research themed class that he co-taught with Catherine Opie at SAIC. He just finished his book, The Papi Project, which archives the AIDS pandemic through his queer, POC family in Chicago during the 1980s. Rodriguez has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited his works internationally and nationally.  Oli Rodriguez will give a closing juror’s talk on July 14.

WELCOME: New ARC Gallery Artist Friends!

ARC Gallery Artist Friends!  Click on the link below and look for these artists on the ARC Artists Friends page of the website:  

http://www.arcgallery.org/artist-friends/

Thank you to the recent donors to our Logan Foundation Matching Grant who have become Friends of ARC:

Robert Castro  email: Castroartchicago@gmail.com

Jonas Dikinis

Rena Church

Eoin Cullen

Jolanta Soares

Abigail Enstrand

Carol Lee Fritz

Karen Sako

Gloria Zucaro

Jon Beskin

Constance Vepstas

Nancy Charak

Stephen Schiff

 

 

Zoran Shekerov: Artist Lecture

Sat.  Jan 27,  3-4pm

To conclude the exhibition Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desireby Zoran Shekerov, you are warmly invited on January 27th from 3-4 PM at ARC Gallery for a lecture given by the artist. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Departing from the work presented at the gallery, during the afternoon, Shekerov through his lecture will aim to open up the space proposed in the title of his exhibition. Bringing us closer to his process of working, his relation to the people he photographs and decisions made when photographing, the artist will concentrate on unveiling the feeling that we encounter which is located amid nostalgia and desire. Where this notion can be located within the narratives that we witness in the photographs and how important is the presence of their lived environment for one to experience the movement between nostalgia and desire.

Zoran Shekerov ( Skopje, 1992) practice focuses on long-term documentary research that explores the human situation in certain socio-political contexts, as well as issues of identity, in particular, re-examining terms such as patriotism and nostalgia by considering the connection between lived history and sentimentality. Mainly articulating his works through a documentary approach, experimenting with the opportunity of converting them to site-specific installations, Shekerovs interest also lies in the research of the value of the photographic medium.

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About the exhibition

Unfolding ten narratives that occur at different geographical locations throughout Macedonia, Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire, attests for a generation of people whose inclination towards Yugoslavia, can still be felt after twenty-six years of independence.

Capturing their habitual surroundings where enveloped by objects with which decorating their homes the people articulate the lingering feelings they still have towards Yugoslavia, Shekerov gradually opens up dialogue and invites us to think along with him, wondering if a keepsake can be more than just a reminder of a past. More precisely, if such objects can hold both sentimental longings and prospects.

Born in 1992, for Shekerov, Yugoslavia and the image of Josip Broz Tito is something he got acquainted with through his grandfathers stories and photographs found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar with ones past, and sometimes that of our own. In the exhibition, Shekerov uses his old family album conceived throughout the years by his grandfather, in a subtle manner as a way to connect with the people he photographs. The accumulated knowledge in Shekerovs case is the support for an immediate connection between them.

Attesting for a lived past time, the photographs carry in them traces of nostalgia, while simultaneously reminding us that this gestures of giving space to objects and collecting portraits and symbols of Yugoslavia are also a way to hold onto and continue the values that they associate with their past. Capturing the particular way in which the objects are kept in their environment and how they are taken care for, Shekerov foregrounds that their meaning is more than just a sentimental value. Holding onto a map of a country that does not exist anymore, or declaring as Yugoslavian, is perhaps a way for them to say that a belief in shared values is still possible and conceivable necessary. Thus, in those moments, the documentary photographs, intimately showing peoples belongings gains a socio-political significance.

The willingness of the people we encounter in the photographs to open the doors of their homes is a sign that they do not want their story to end with them, but to continue through the visitors, evoking curiosity for a specific time. Not as a history but as a way of living.

This can also be read through the gesture of presenting a forget me not token. A small present, given to Shekerov during their conversation. A sign of a recognition between two people who regardless the age difference have interest towards the same subject

Anastasija Pandilovska

 

ARC Gallery Fundraiser @ Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends

“ARC Gallery Fundraiser at Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends” Wed.  Nov. 1,  7-9pm

 

This ONE NIGHT ONLY Jazz Showcase event features renowned bassist, Marlene Rosenberg & Friends.

Hear some great music and support a great cause!

Your ticket price to this event includes beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Space Limited! Buy your ticket today! http://arcjazzshowcasefundraiser.bpt.me

THANK YOU to Wayne & Joel Segal and the Jazz Showcase for their generous support of this event!

 

ARC ‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

WE ARE MOVING!!  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS SPECIAL PLACE GOING.  Please read on… and help support ARC’s continued existence!

‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation has been an integral part of the Chicago art community for almost 45 years! 

While we have always survived on the commitment of our members and friends(!), this year we are facing significant challenges. The 25% increase in this year’s rent — now coupled with the necessity to move in 2018 to a new exciting space — means we must mount a capital campaign to raise $30,000. 

ARC today remains true to its original mission to adhere to a high standard of quality in all its exhibitions, to support and show the work of talented and emerging artists, and to mentor fellow female artists/students.

Although we show the work of all artists, whatever their gender, we bring a uniquely female perspective to the running of this gallery — cognizant always of the challenges many artists face to get their work shown in a professional space and mindful of the value of support.

Also, as part of our mission, we subsidize the cost of mounting individual shows for talented emerging artists. Our juried shows attract both national and international submissions; and many past members of ARC have gone on to further critical recognition. Currently we are expanding our programming to include more performance and video work; and we are reaching out to mentor younger artists via our “Launch Member” program.

ARC remains a unique gallery space in Chicago. We would love to have your support! 

THANK YOU!!