The mission of The Arts Club, defined at its inaugural meeting, is “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers.”
Image: Amy Sillman, Blues for Omar (Test Strip II), 2018. Oil on canvas, 75 x 66 in. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.
Please join us in celebration of the exhibition Amy Sillman: The Nervous System at the opening reception from 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, May 22nd. This event is free and open to all.
Featuring new and recent painting, Amy Sillman: The Nervous System calls upon abstract and figurative motifs to address the material and emotional conditions of being human in fraught political times. Sillman (b. Detroit, 1955) returns to the Midwest for her first exhibition in the city of Chicago, during a thrilling crescendo in her three decade long career.
In conjunction with the opening, the artist will discuss the work on display on Thursday, May 23rd at 6 pm at The Arts Club. This event is free and open to all, but requires registration. Please click here to reserve your space.
Between April 29th and May 21st, our galleries on the first floor will be closed for the installation of our next exhibition, Amy Sillman: The Nervous System.
The Arts Club is still open for regular use by members and their guests while the galleries are closed. Further, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford’s Garden Project, Garden Gipsoteca, may be viewed at anytime from St. Clair or Ontario Streets.
Upcoming Public Programs:
May 3rd | Artist Talk & Activation with Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford and Historian Jonathan Levy
Free and open to all. 6 pm.
May 22nd | Opening Reception for Amy Sillman: The Nervous System
Free and open to all. 6 – 8 pm.
Journalist Gary Zidek interviewed Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford at The Arts Club of Chicago, on the occasion of his exhibition entitled Garden Gipsoteca. The show, which includes works of cast sculpture, is the latest work commissioned by The Arts Club in our Garden Projects series. Listen here.
To learn more about Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford and Garden Gipsoteca, join us for an artist talk and activation on Friday, May 3rd at 6 pm. Historian Jonathan Levy will join the artist in a discussion about the role of reproduction in taste-making, value, status-signaling, and social relations. Free and open to all!
Artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford brings to the Arts Club of Chicago garden a modern-day take on the classical “gipsoteca,” or cast room, reconsidering the neoclassical copy with a garden of multiples gone slightly awry. Imagery of The Art Institute’s Nemean Lion sculpture displays alongside an homage to youtube cat videos and an eighteenth century marble Hercules. Hulsebos-Spofford talks with a guest scholar about the role of reproduction in taste-making, value, status-signaling, and social relations. Following the conversation, the artist will initiate a performative activation of the garden, kicking off a constantly-multiplying array of reproductions throughout the project’s duration.
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford: Garden Gipsoteca is the latest in the Arts Club’s series of commissions exclusively by Chicago artists for this uniqe public space. Launched in March 2014 with Sarah and Joseph Belknap’s Afterglow, an installation of suspended phosphorescent faux rock ‘meteorites,’ the Garden Projects have ranged from expansive sculpture and 2-D paintings to the most recent The Playhead of Dawn, a collaborative sound and software project by visual artist Jeny Kendler and sound artist/ programmer Brian Kirkbride, inviting passersby to experience a massive dataset of birdsong from around the world. Other artists commissioned by The Arts Club for its Garden Project series have included: Marshall Brown, Robert Burnier, Luftwerk, Claire Pentecost, Erik Peterson, Richard Rezac, Edra Soto, and Amanda Williams.
About Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford:
Hyde Park-based Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University Northwest. He is also the co-director and founder of the collective Floating Museum. His work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The UCSD Art Gallery, The Glass Curtain Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center, among other spaces. He has held fellowships at the Sculpture Space, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Brown Foundation Program at the Dora Maar House, and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. His work has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Harpo Foundation, the Propeller Fund, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Sicily. Recent exhibitions and projects include a public project by Floating Museum titled River Assembly on the Chicago River, an exhibition titled How to give life to a mountain at the DuSable Museum and a British Council Arts and Social Practice Fellowship.
Join curator Jenna Lyle for a walk-through of our current exhibition, Toward the Unsound by New York-based artist Thessia Machado.
Indulging in the physical nature of sound and connecting it to natural phenomena, New York-based visual/sonic artist and performer Thessia Machado builds a meta-instrument whose reverberations tap into the expressive potential of a place. Throughout the installation, a D.I.Y. circuit of electrical wire vines, speaker blooms and light-sensitive tendrils overtakes a massive section of the gallery; The Arts Club’s electromagnetic profile generates content for a series of audio vignettes; and the aural is made visual through sculptural depiction of soundwaves and frequency spectra as architectural interventions. Machado’s practice evolved organically from sculpture to sound, eventually aligning with the legacy of experimental music and hand-made instruments. Toward the Unsound takes us through an abridged progression of her practice from one art form to another, concluding with a festival of noise-based performance.
The gallery walk-through is free and open to all. Please join us at 1 pm in our galleries at 201 E. Ontario Street. The galleries are wheelchair accessible.
Thessia Machado, the artist behind the Club’s current exhibition, is also an accomplished improviser and instrument-builder. With her practice as an inspiration, Merche Blasco, Viola Yip, Pedro Lopes, Jenna Lyle, and Machado perform solo and group sets rooted in the idea of sound with no hierarchy.
The public performance marathon will run from 4 – 9 pm in The Arts Club galleries. The performance is free and open to all. Schedule of performances TBD.
Viola Yip, a native of Hong Kong, is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer, who tries to find the boundaries and push the boundaries in her imaginary sound world. As a composer, her compositions are not limited to acoustic music, electronic music, graphic scores and structured improvisation. Recent works appeared in ArtX at Bowling Green State University, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Ravinia Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, TEDXSMU, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NASA saxophone conference, ThingNY spam v3.0 concert, Quiet City concert, Vox Novus Concert, Musicarama 2012 (Hong Kong) and PAUSA Art House in Buffalo. As a new music advocate, she also performs contemporary works regularly as a pianist and an improviser. Her recent interest falls on using human natural voice as an instrument and explore its expressivity and musicality.
Merche Blasco is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in New York. Her work involves designing and building imprecise technological assemblages that catalyze new listening modes and embodied forms of live composition in electroacoustic sounds. Through these devices, Blasco attempts to establish a more horizontal relationship with audio technologies, distancing herself from parameters of precision, power, and control. She instead explores collaborative spaces where these instruments render audible unheard energetic forces, and offer a composition methodology in which her body and the live exploration of alternative materials are central elements. She has presented her performances and installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Sonar Festival in Barcelona, La Biennale di Venezia, NIME conferences, Tsonami International Sound Art Festival in Chile, The High Line in New York, SONIC Festival, Mapping Festival (Geneva), Queens Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wire magazine
Pedro Lopes My name is Pedro Lopes, I’m a turntablist, computer scientist & hardware t(h)inker. I play turntables like they are full-fledged instruments, which means they can be bowed, percussed, scratched, subversed & hacked. I make my own needles and records using circuit-bending and acrylic cutting. I engage in collaboration with visual artists, performance & improvisors. I have played in venues such as Transmediale, Serralves Foundation, Casa da Música, OutFest, Rescaldo, Metasonic & Future Places and collaborate with many artists: Carlos Zíngaro, André Gonçalves, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa, Miguel Sá, Hernâni Faustino, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Per Gärdin, Carlos Santos, Manuela São Simão and in ensembles conducted by William Winnant (Zorn’s Cobra), Reinhold Friedl & Ernesto Rodrigues.
Thessia Machado (b. Brazil, 1967) lives and works in New York City. Machado’s installations and video pieces have been exhibited in New York, London, Philadelphia, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin, and Athens. She has been awarded residencies at Homesession, Barcelona; the NARS Foundation, NY; I-Park; MacDowell Colony; Yaddo; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; and the Vermont Studios Center. She is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, The Bronx Museum, and the American Academy in Berlin. In 2017, she was a recipient of an Artists Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Toward the Unsound presents sculptural works by the New York based visual artist whose practice is deeply influenced by legacies of experimental sound performance and a deep care for found technology. The exhibition includes site-specific installations, designed for the particular sonic and architectural footprint of The Arts Club. Sounding and visual works are presented together in counterpoint–each contributing to, reflecting upon, and infiltrating the other. A catalogue, designed by Sonnenzimmer, was published on the occasion of the exhibition. It features an essay by the curator Jenna Lyle and a sound appendix with studio recordings of the works in the show. We hope that you’ll stop by to look and listen!
Thessia Machado’s installations and video pieces have been exhibited in New York, London, Philadelphia, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin and Athens. She has been awarded residencies at Homesession, Barcelona, the NARS Foundation, NY, I-Park, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Vermont Studio Center and is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, The Bronx Museum, and the American Academy in Berlin. In 2017 she was a recipient of an Artists Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Due to the forecast of extreme weather in Chicago, The Arts Club will be closed beginning at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 29th, with the intention to reopen in the afternoon on Thursday, January 31st.
The Drawing Room will be closed to members on January 29th and 30th. The Dining Room will be closed for lunch service on January 30th and 31st. As we watch the weather forecast, we are preparing to host guests for the Thursday evening concert with Seth Parker Woods and Alex Rosenblum. In the event that it is unsafe to staff and host the event, we will be in touch via email and phone message. Feel free to call the office at 312.787.3997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Staff will not be in the office to answer calls on Wednesday, January 30th, but we will be responding to emails.
Please join us for the Opening Reception of Toward the Unsound, an exhibition of works by visual/sonic artist Thessia Machado. The exhibition will be on view through April 27th.
On April 26th, The Arts Club will host a program of durational noise-based performances interacting with the exhibition. Performing artists include Thessia Machado, Merche Blasco, Pedro Lopes, Viola Yip.