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CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER WINTER 2010 EXHIBITIONS

January 30 - April 4
Hollis Sigler: Expect the Unexpected
Exhibit Hall and Sidney R. Yates Gallery
Hollis Sigler found her artistic voice in the unrestrained drawings of her youth, but the Chicago artist's vibrantly colored faux-naïve style draws in viewers only to reveal emotion-laden and very personal content. Reflecting on passion, fear, romance, escape, desire, suburban entrapment, and dreams of fame, the psychologically complex narratives each reveal the aftermath of a scenario but leave the viewer to solve the mystery of what has occurred. The exhibition shows more than 60 works dating from 1981 to 2001, including selections from Sigler's well known series " Breast Cancer Journal: Walking with the Ghost of My Grandmothers," which documents the 15 year struggle with the disease that took her life in 2001. This exhibition was organized by the Rockford Art Museum in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and was curated by Patty Rhea. An accompanying catalog is available.Friday, January 29, 5:30 pm: Gallery Talk with James Yood, Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fri., Jan. 29, 6-8 pm: Opening Reception
Saturday, January 30, 2 pm: Slide Lecture by Sue Taylor, Professor of Art History at Portland State University and Corresponding Editor for Art in America from Portland

January 23 - March 28
Touch with Your Eyes: Recent Work by Angel Otero
Sidney R. Yates Gallery
The deeply personal and passionate paintings and sculptures of Angel Otero have made a mark on the cultural scene over the past few years. Otero, having just completed his MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this spring, was one of only four awardees nationwide to receive the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the visual arts this year, which will support his work over a two-year period in New York. This exhibition at the Cultural Center will be Otero's largest solo show to date; it will bring together some 12-15 new works from the artist's studio and private collections as evidence of his masterful use of materials, as well as revealing his ideas that stem from growing up in Puerto Rico and training in Chicago.
Thu., Jan. 28, 12:15 pm: Gallery Talk with the artist
Fri., Jan. 29, 6-8 pm: Opening Reception

January 30 - May 3
Christine Tarkowski: Last Things Will Be First and First Things Will Be Last
Chicago Rooms
In her largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date, Christine Tarkowski continues to analyze the systems of belief that pervade and shape our lives. From large-scale cast iron sculptures that examine the ascent and descent of the automobile to modest etchings of satellites in orbit, her recent work highlights rituals performed in a void. Tarkowski even constructs her own faith-based system for non-existent congregants with a concrete geodesic dome serving as a place of worship and an alt-gospel soundtrack by Jon Langford.
Fri., Jan. 29, 6-8 pm: Opening Reception

January 2 - March 28
Queen of Heaven: Photographs by John Allan Faier
Michigan Avenue Galleries
Chicago-based photographer John Allan Faier's large format digital color photographs of mausoleums and their lobbies suggest a paradox in their lush treatment of this somewhat culturally taboo subject. The formal qualities of the photographs and the architectural spaces represented are evocative and at times provocative in their incongruity with the subject matter.
Fri., Jan. 8, 6-8 pm: Opening Reception
Thurs., Feb. 18, 12:15 pm: Gallery Talk with the Artist

January 9 - April 4
Up is Down: Paintings by Joel Sheesley
Michigan Avenue Galleries
These large-scale, highly representational paintings focus on the world reflected in the same two puddles outside the artist's home. By focusing on the myriad of details and in the ambience created by the passing light, the artist opens up a whole new world of observation and creates a sense of mystery from the mundane. Sheesley lives in Wheaton and is a Professor of Art at Wheaton College.
Fri., Jan. 8, 6-8 pm: Opening Reception
Thurs., Mar. 11, 12:15 pm: Gallery Talk with the Artist

January 9 - April 4
R&R (…& R): Works by Susanne Slavick
Michigan Avenue Galleries
Pittsburgh-based Susanne Slavick has created a dialogue of "restoration" in her over-painted photographs depicting the destruction in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon. By alluding to historical, mythological, and ornamental details in the added painting, she invites us to think differently about the area's past, present, and future and just possibly begin the healing process.
Fri., Jan. 8, 5:30 pm: Gallery Talk with the artist
Fri., Jan. 8, 6-8 pm: Opening Reception

January 12 - March 1
Sereno Wilson: All That Glitters Project Onward Gallery The time-honored art of portraiture has met its match in the work of Project Onward artist Sereno Wilson. Using glitter and collage, as well as traditional painting techniques, Wilson crafts images of himself in various guises. These sparkling self-portraits often pay homage to inspirational figures, from comic book heroes to U.S. Presidents. Wilson's artwork will be on view throughout Black History Month. Located in the Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward is the Department of Cultural Affairs studio program for artists with special needs. The program supplies studio space, art supplies, and professional guidance to over 30 adult artists living with mental and developmental disabilities.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Project Onward Studio
Located in the Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward is the Department of Cultural Affairs' studio program for artists with special needs. The program supplies studio space, art supplies, and professional guidance to over 30 adult artists living with mental and developmental disabilities. The staff helps exhibit, promote, and sell the artists' works as a means to provide earned income and a sense of personal achievement, as well as to integrate the artists into the wider arts community. Within Project Onward's studio space is the Jewel Box Gallery, where original artwork and Project Onward merchandise are available for purchase. The Project Onward Studio and Gallery are located on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, and are open to visitors daily, Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm

Chicago Landmarks Before the Lens
Landmark Chicago Gallery
Presented by the Commission of Chicago Landmarks, this exhibition features 72 black and white photographs of 24 landmarks and historic districts by Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall, and Stephen Beal.

Heraldic Emblems I - IV, by Deborah Boardman
G.A.R. Hall
Boardman's four poured glass "shields" were inspired by the military history of the Grand Army of the Republic Hall decor, with a site-specific intent in their making and inspiration. Each heraldic emblem is a different color of glass and seems to float in their historic cases. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago. Viewing hours for exhibitions are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 am to 7 pm; Fridays, 8 am to 6 pm; Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm. The Chicago Cultural Center is closed on holidays. Admission to Chicago Cultural Center exhibitions is free.

Exhibitions and related educational programming presented by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Transportation support is provided by United Airlines, the Official Airline of the Chicago Cultural Center. Lawry's the Prime Rib is the restaurant sponsor of Chicago Cultural Center exhibitions.

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