Artists Run ChicagoMay 10 – July 5, 2009

Exhibition Reception:

Sunday, May 10, 3 – 5pm

Gallery 1

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

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Chicago, IL (February 2009) —  The Hyde Park Art Center will feature Artists Run Chicago, an exhibition showcasing the energy and audacity of some of the most noteworthy artist-run spaces that have influenced the Chicago contemporary art scene over the past decade on view from May 10 – July 5, 2009 in Gallery 1.  Chicago has long been known for cultivating a strong entrepreneurial/Do-It-Yourself spirit in business and the arts.  The participating artist-run venues have transformed storefronts, sheds, apartments, lofts, industrial spaces, garages and roving spaces into contemporary art galleries testing the notion of exhibition while complicating the definition of art.  Coinciding with the Hyde Park Art Center’s 70th anniversary, Artists Run Chicago reconnects the Art Center to its beginnings as an artist-run space by bringing much deserved attention to those outstanding spaces that continue to reinvent the mold unique to Chicago.

Artists Run Chicago will include installations, performances, video, art objects and ephemera provided by artist-run galleries both currently in operation and those dearly departed.  Venues include 1/Quarterly, 65 GRAND, Alogon, Antena, artLedge, Butchershop, Co-Prosperity, Dan Devening, Deluxe Projects, Fraction Workspace, Fucking Good Art (FGA), Green Lantern, He Said-She Said, Hungry Man, Joymore, Julius Caesar, Law Office, LiveBox, Margin, Medicine Cabinet/Second Bedroom Project Space, Mini Dutch, Modest Contemporary Art Projects, NFA Space, Normal Projects, Old Gold, Polvo, Roots & Culture, Scott Projects, Standard, Suitable, Swimming Pool Projects, Teti, VONZWECK and many more. This exhibition is curated by Britton Bertran and Allison Peters Quinn with assistance from Jacob C. Hammes and Francesca Wilmott.

A program of events related to the exhibition will coincide with the Hyde Park Art Center’s 70 Days for 70 Years programming series commemorating the Art Center’s anniversary. Programs will range from tours to artist-run spaces, panel discussions and public performances to reenactments of memorable happenings from the participating galleries. In addition to the exhibition and events, the Center plans to build and house a permanent and public archive documenting Chicago’s past and present artist run spaces through the gathering of materials for Artists Run Chicago. A publication documenting the exhibition will be produced by Threewalls/Green Lantern Press.

Artists Run Chicago will be on view from May 10 – July 5, 2009 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Advertising and publicity for Artists Run Chicago is sponsored by Proximity Magazine.
The Hyde Park Art Center is a not-for-profit organization that presents innovative exhibitions, primarily work by Chicago-area artists, and educational programs in the visual arts for children and adults of diverse backgrounds.  The Center is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; a City Arts III grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council; The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Leo S. Guthman Fund; The Irving Harris Foundation; The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Joyce Foundation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation; The MacArthur Foundation; The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The Orbit Fund; Polk Bros. Foundation; The Clinton Family Fund; The Sara Lee Foundation; South East Chicago Commission; The Wallace Foundation; and the generosity of its members and friends.

Funeral for a Friend

October 6, 2008

posted by Caroline Picard

this was published, after it was performed, in Paper& Carriage

Funeral For A Friend

Fraction Workspace: September 5, 2003 – December 31, 2007

Read by Alex Jovanovich on December 31, 2007 to an audience of many for Fraction’s last night.

You know, as the old chestnut goes: All good things come to an end. This utterly applies to  Fraction Workspace.
When Clare and Dov contacted me about eight months ago to host this—their final event—Dov had said
Well, it’s just time to go, and it’s best to go out on top.

Due to the myriad difficulties of exhibiting artwork in Chicago through more commercial venues, the
D.I.Y. exhibition space here simply flourishes. Though more money is spent than ever made at this type of
endeavoring, many people keep plugging along with hopes that carry another kind of weight, different from
commerce: critical attention. This is not to say that money isn’t important—rent, fancy lights, fresh coats of
paint, video monitors, full-color postcards and/or ad spaces are not free.  Acknowledgement for your
contributions to the culture, your ideology, what it is that shakes your heart and indeed, other hearts,
however, is the why, in many cases, for funneling one’s energies towards these ends. And mind you, these
alternative spaces do have life spans—for a handful: decades; for others: a year, or maybe five months, a
few weeks; or, in some instances, a couple of hours. In Fraction’s case, it was a little over four years.

I, personally, would never want an art gallery in my home. How people like Clare and Dov, as well as
Kathryn Scanlan and Caleb Lyons, Britton Bertrand, Caroline Picard, Michelle Grabner, Philip von
Zweck, and a whole host of other people (I am either regrettably forgetting or quite in the dark about) have
managed or continue to manage making this a regular aspect in their lives is well beyond me. I am vigilant
about the boundaries surrounding what I call home, and I do not let everyone in. It is too true that not
everyone can, or wants, to do this. We are quite lucky to be surrounded by many that are so willing.

Clare and Dov have managed to do something quite special for a good length of time, and they have
received lots of positive attention for this, too: Fraction has not only exhibited local and national artists, but
international artists as well; artists that have exhibited in Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and The
Art Institute, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Biennial; and artists that have
received critical response from the likes of Artforum and The New York Times along with numerous local
publications like New City, the Chicago Reader and TimeOut Chicago. Not bad for a little storefront space
and home that didn’t need to bankrupt itself to go where it did. And, as a very special added bonus, Dov
and Clare are sane—or at least as sane as the next sane artist!

When I asked Clare and Dov what their future plans would be, they mentioned the following (which, by the
way, appears in no particular order):

• Catch up on sleep

• Make some room in the house for their own artmaking

• Maybe explore color options outside of white for their walls

• Put up a nice, big bookshelf

Indeed, going out on top has its privileges.

Well done, Clare and Dov. And thank you.