Art After Hours is a free, citywide open gallery night inviting EXPO CHICAGO visitors and the Chicago community to experience the city’s vibrant art scene during extended hours.
6:00–9:00pm | Citywide Locations
The Block Museum
C.C.’s Art Garage & Gallery
Chicago Manual Style
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catherine Edelman Gallery
Elephant Room Gallery
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
One After 909
Pavilion Antiques and 20th century design
Matthew Rachman Gallery
Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Carrie Secrist Gallery
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
Linda Warren Projects
1709 West Chicago Galleries:
Paris London Hong Kong
4:30–6:00pm | Mural Dedication and Reception
Sister Cities International with Wabash Arts Corridor
Join Chicago Sister Cities International, Wabash Arts Corridor, and Columbia College Chicago to celebrate the Chicago–Toronto Mural Exchange. Street artists Kirsten McCrea (Toronto) and Justus Roe (Chicago) installed large-scale public murals in each other’s Sister Cities, with McCrea’s unveiling during EXPO ART WEEK at 72 E 11th Street. Dignitaries from the Chicago Office of the Mayor, the Toronto Office of the Mayor, and the Canadian Consul General will present the mural, followed by a reception and conversation with the artists, moderated by curator Neysa Page-Lieberman.
5:00–8:00pm | Opening Reception, Dawoud Bey: Polaroid Works
Stephen Daiter Gallery
Stephen Daiter Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by American photographer and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey, featuring large format polaroid works from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Bey will be in attendance.
6:00pm | Exhibition Tour
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College
Kristin Taylor, Curator of Academic Programs and Collections at Columbia College Chicago, will lead a tour of current exhibitions at the museum, including Lucas Foglia: Human Nature and View Finder: Landscape and Leisure in the Collection.
6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, Jordan Martins: Butter and Tin (Cloaking Device #3)
Butter and Tin is an immersive installation by Jordan Martins that ponders enclosed spaces designed for heightened visual experiences, transforming the structure of The Franklin into a hybrid of a hunting blind, a shamanic hut, and a camera obsura. Building off of The Franklin’s existing inside/outside dynamic, Butter and Tin explores the ways in which this state of heightened vision overlap through their structural and conceptual frameworks, creating a hallucinatory space for both mundane and mystical experiences.
6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception, Krista Franklin: “…to take root among the stars”
Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine
Celebrate the opening of the Poetry Foundation’s new exhibition, Krista Franklin: “…to take root among the stars” with a speculative “mapping” project wherein evidence of Afrofuturist and AfroSurrealist thought is traced, imagined, and archived in and on handmade paper. Followed by a reception.
6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception
As a part of the 2018 Filter Photo Festival, join Filter Photo for the opening reception of three exhibitions: Re/member/construct, we like small things v.2, and Next. The work of over 80 artists will be on display in these exhibitions juried by Lisa Volpe, Aimée Beaubien, and Jon Feinstein respectively. Many of the artists will be in attendance and drinks will be served.
6:00–9:00pm | Meet & Greet
A casual cocktail and conversation with a number of the authors published by Candor Arts, featuring a few casual performances and short talks about the work each author has made with Candor. Drinks and snacks will be provided and books will be available for purchase.
6:00pm | Film Screening and Director Q&A, The Sense of Beauty
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Chicago
$11 general admission; $7 students with current I.D.; $6 Film Center members; $5 Art Institute of Chicago + School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty/staff/students. For tickets and information, visit siskelfilmcenter.org
6:00–9:00pm | Reception & Preview of Fall Auction Highlights
Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house, is presenting highlights from the fall auction season, including Modern & Contemporary Art, Design, Luxury, and Timepieces. Stop by 215 West Ohio Street to meet specialists and celebrate EXPO ART WEEK.
6:00–9:00pm | Opening Reception
VGA Gallery Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Five year anniversary celebration of VGA’s print collection of significant works of video game art.
7:00pm | Gallery Tour
The John David Mooney Foundation
Albert Goodman and a South East Asian art scholar will give a gallery tour of the Albert I. Goodman Collection of Vietnamese War and Post-War Art, which has new acquisitions highlighting the artists, the conditions they worked in, and the significance of the new works of post-War art that have been recently acquired.
7:00pm | Film Screening with Filmmakers in Attendance, Alberto García-Alix. The Shadow Line
Chicago International Film Festival at AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St)
In the U.S. Premiere of this riveting portrait of internationally celebrated photographer Alberto García Alix, the artist narrates the most intimate, essential moments from his storied life as we observe his artistic process. Shot in black and white, this award-winning film is a striking homage to the style and spirit, to the lights and shadows of the inimitable artist. Tickets ($12) may be purchased at the door as well as online, chicagofilmfestival.com.