Since 1898, Chicago’s Fine Arts Building (FAB) has been dubbed an artists’ haven — a tradition that is alive and well, particularly on this Friday when it hosts an open house. The National Landmark will open its doors for 10 floors of live bands, performance art, theater, and of course the artists and their studios. Night at the Fine Arts Building is from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on 410 South Michigan Avenue. For more information on the biggest FAB party of the year, call 312-335-3000.
If you can’t make the December 10th art party, check out a number of current exhibitions showcasing a variety of mediums.
Chicago Cabinet: Views from the Street highlights The Art Institute’s photographic holdings relating to the city of Chicago. The second exhibition in the series, Views from the Street, features seven artists who have taken inspiration from the city’s buildings, pedestrians, and vivid street life. The work of Walker Evans, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Ray K. Metzker, Arthur Siegel, David Plowden, Luis Medina, and Gary Stochl is on display until January 17, 2011 at The Art Institute of Chicago on 111 South Michigan Avenue.
Perhaps best-known for her clay sculptures of female figures, Rebecca Warren has developed a body of work distinguished for its formal risk-taking and the shrewd humor with which she faces the long, male-dominated tradition of figurative sculpture. Warren presents new work at The Renaissance Society, which was founded in 1915 to showcase art seldom seen in the midwest, giving the public opportunities to investigate the most recent developments in contemporary art. Warren’s solo exhibition runs until December 12, 2010 in the Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue. For more information, call 773-702-8670
Celebrating more than two decades, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) is Chicago’s longest-running independent printmaking workshop. Featuring affordable fine art prints and works-on-paper by local and international artists is its 21st Annual International Small Print Exhibition. The gallery, on 4642 N. Western Avenue, is open daily from noon to 5:00 p.m. and the show runs until December 19, 2010. Visit www.chicagoprintmakers.com for more information.
Paintings and drawings
Close Encounters: The Portrait Project is an exploration of portraiture by artists with mental and developmental disabilities. The exhibit features paintings and drawings by the artists of Project Onward that depict portrait subjects captured “live” in the studio, as well as self-portraits created in more reflective moments. Both art forms offer the chance for understanding and acceptance by providing common ground between people who might never otherwise encounter each other. The free exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Project Onward Gallery on 78 East Washington Street runs until January 12, 2011. Portrait sittings are also available to the public year-round at the Project Onward studio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 312-744-8032.