Aug 13

On View Now at UIMA: Chicago’s Bauhaus Legacy

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art – August 9 – September 29, 2013

In 1937 the Chicago Association of Art and Industry invited László Moholy-Nagy to head what was to be called the New Bauhaus, four years after the Bauhaus in Berlin was dissolved in 1933 under National Socialist pressure. This exhibit showcases art and design by students of Moholy-Nagy’s schools from 1937-1955: the New Bauhaus, School of Design in Chicago and Institute of Design – with special emphasis on the Foundation Course exercises. In addition, life work of both teachers and students will be shown, from 1937 to the present.

Representing more than sixty individuals, the vast majority of the exhibit is work that has never before been seen. Material has been provided through the generous loans from private collections, in addition to work from the UIMA permanent collection and the Bauhaus Chicago Committee Archive & Collection.

This exhibit is organized in partnership with T. Paul Young and the Bauhaus Chicago committee NFP

Aug 13

The Economics of Art 2013: Group Show at Vertical Gallery

At a unique time in art history, when art is for sale on more mediums in more places than ever before, Vertical Gallery, named Chicago’s Best New Gallery by the readers of the Chicago Reader,  has a new group show called The Economics of Art 2013,  that runs through August  31, 2013.

Inspired in part by the work and artists of another Chicago arts institution, Thumbtack Press (thumbtackpress.com), and starting a conversation on the way in which art is (re)produced, bought, and sold online and in galleries today, the show will feature original work alongside limited edition, open edition, screen printed, and digital prints of the original work.

Curated by Ben Schuman-Stoler and Patrick Hull, The Economics of Art 2013 endeavors to dispel the sometimes confusing world of art prints by offering art prints directly next to their original works in Vertical Gallery’s space at 1016 N. Western Ave. It addresses the questions that so many art collectors and fans ask when browsing for art: What’s the value of a reproduction of art? What’s a digital limited edition art print versus a screen printed limited edition art print or hand painted multiple? How do open edition prints work? How do prints of work stand next to their originals? Why are prints priced the way they are?

The show features a broad range of work by 13 artists from around the world, including Chicago artists Dmitry Samarov, Ian Ferguson, Julie Murphy, Steve Seeley, and Jimmy Bunnyluv, along with Anthony Freda, Dave Pressler, David Cooper, El Gato Chimney, Hernan Paganini, Klub7, Raudiel Sanudo and Ruel Pascual. Painting is well represented, as is paper collage, mixed media, digital work, and other mediums – all of which shows the universality of art prints in the art world today.

Apr 11

40/40 Anniversary Exhibition – Opening Reception at UIMA

40 by 40 Anniversary Exhibition Poster

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites its members and members of our larger community to a 40/40 Exhibition that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Institute. This special event will exhibit artwork by 40 renowned modern and contemporary visual artists who have exhibited at the Institute over the past 40 years.

The Opening night reception will be this Friday April 15th, 2011 from 6-9pm.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Apr 11

25 Years After Chernobyl – Exhibit Opens at the Ukrainian Nat’l Museum

Chernobyl 25

25 years ago on April 26, 1986, the lives of millions of people were forever changed by the explosion that took place in reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The radiation from this explosion carried across Europe. Over 400,000 people were evacuated from their homes, many of them never able to return.  A new article in the March 2011 edition of Outside, entitled Chernobyl, My Primeval, Teeming, Irradiated Eden described the events thusly:

IT WAS SOON AFTER 1 A.M. on the night of April 26, 1986, that one of the world’s nightmare scenarios unfolded. Reactor 4 in the huge Chernobyl power station blew up. The causes are still the subject of debate, but it was some combination of a design flaw involving the control rods that regulate reactor power levels, a poorly trained engineering crew, a test that required a power-down of the reactor, and a dogged old-style Soviet boss who refused to believe anything major could be wrong. At any rate, it was spectacular. Eight-hundred-pound cubes of lead were tossed around like popcorn. The 1,000-ton sealing cap was blown clear off the reactor. A stream of raspberry-colored light shone up into the night sky—ionized air, so beautiful that inhabitants of the nearby city of Pripyat came out to stare. When it was all over, estimates former deputy chief engineer Grigori Medvedev, the radioactive release was ten times that of Hiroshima.

The exhibit at the Ukrainian National Museum will open this Friday, April 8th at 7 pm and will continue through May 15, 2011.  The exhibit will highlight the issues that still face those who live and work in the contaminated areas, as well as the millions outside the exclusion zone (now some 1,660 square miles)  who have been affected by the disaster, and serve as a reminder of the terrible events that occurred at Chernobyl.

The Ukrainian National Museum
2249 West Superior Street
Chicago IL 60622
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.