January 14, 2016

2016 Chicago DCASE Exhibition Schedule, Featuring Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

Jamey Lundblad    jamey.lundblad@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.2493

Chicago Cultural Center

Present Standard

January 30–April 24, 2016

Guest curated by Edra Soto and Josué Pellot, Present Standard gathers 25 works by 25 contemporary, US-based Latino artists whose works play with the manifold meanings of "present" – as in contemporary, attending or existing – and "standard" – referring to a flag or pennant, measuring tactic, guiding principle or a potent symbol of national identity.

Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor

Opening Preview with the Artists: January 30, 2–4pm

Gallery Talks: February 11, March 10 & 24, April 14, 5:30–6:30pm

Roundtable Discussion: February 25, 5–6:30pm, and April 10, 3:30–5:30pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater


Librería Donceles

January 30–May 29, 2016

Conceived by New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles is a traveling Spanish-language bookstore. Originating in Brooklyn in 2013 and named in reference to Mexico City’s well-known street of book stalls, the second-hand bookstore has traveled to Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle. The project promotes Spanish language books and culture in recognition of the lack of available Spanish-language publications in cities with growing Latino populations.

Garland Gallery, 1st Floor South

Opening Preview with the Artist: January 30, 2–4pm

Bohemia / Jam Session: Every Tuesday, 4:30–6:30pm

Tertulia / Salon: Every Wednesday, 4:30–6:30pm

Talleres / Workshops: Every Saturday, 1–3pm


Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

February 6–May 1, 2016

In the first major American exhibition tour, Theo Jansen’s wholly distinctive kinetic creations blur the lines of art, engineering, science and performance. The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests’ locomotion and shows the processes that have driven their evolutionary development. The sculptures are accompanied by artist drawings, videos, daily demonstrations of the Strandbeests’ movements, a display of retired “fossils” as well as photography by Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the Strandbeests' evolution. Handlers will tend to the creatures and provide daily demonstrations of their animation and breath.

Exhibit Hall and Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North

Opening Preview with the Artist: February 5, 7–9pm

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Family Day: February 6, 2–4pm

Theo Jansen and Lawrence Weschler Discussion: February 7, 1–3pm, Preston Bradley Hall Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem, MA. Audemars Piguet, the tour's National Sponsor, provided generous support to PEM. Grant support provided to DCASE by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Netherland-America Foundation and Peabody Essex Museum.


Temporary Distortion: My Voice Has an Echo In It

February 26-March 1, 2016, from noon to 6pm (Viewers are encouraged to come and go throughout)

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms (2nd Fl North) – 78 E. Washington St.

Temporary Distortion presents a six-hour durational performance of live music, spoken text and video set within a large-scale freestanding, sound-proof installation. While viewing the performers through two-way mirrors, audience members listen to music ranging from drifty ambient sounds to erasure poetry to raucous punk-inspired anthems through headphones along the outside perimeter of the installation. Viewers are encouraged to come and go throughout the six-hour duration of the event and are welcome to spend as much time in the installation as they like.

Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

My Voice Has An Echo In It is part of OnEdge, an experimental live performance series over February 19 – March 4, as well as the fourth edition of the IN>TIME Festival.


Carlos Rolón/Dzine: I Tell You This Sincerely…

April 9–July 31, 2016

A Chicago native of Puerto Rican decent, Carlos Rolón, also known as Dzine, has been recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and site specific installations that incorporate social practice. His work investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty and its relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution. This solo exhibition will feature his signature works that often address his own biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted, hybrid works that are situated between the contradictory worlds of conspicuous consumption and urban artifact.

Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

Exhibition Preview with the Artist: April 7, 1–3pm


Paul Catanese: Visible From Space

July 9–September 27, 2016

Erupting from a thought experiment about creating drawings on Earth that could be visible from the moon, artist Paul Catanese creates what will become both operating theater and theater of operations while he embraces the scientific, military and pedagogic connotations of these terms. As he composes large-scale diagrammatic drawings using various props and tools, the artist will then, at regularly scheduled intervals, pilot a 12-foot helium-filled blimp to fly over, observe, project and record aerial footage of the evolving “viewed from the moon” works.

Sidney R. Yates Hall, 4th Floor North

Artist working on site: Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm

Scheduled blimp flights: Tuesdays, 2pm; Thursdays, noon & 4pm; Saturdays, 11am & 2pm


Parsons & Charlesworth: Spectacular Vernacular

September 3, 2016–January 10, 2017

Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth are a Chicago-based British husband and wife team working in the realm of experimental and speculative object making. Trained as designers, they intermingle influences from fiction, science and the arts, exploring the rhetorical and narrative opportunities of designed objects. Objects that appear to be one thing are in fact another; those that seem real are fictional; those that look mass produced are unique; and those that are vernacular might on closer scrutiny reveal the spectacular.

Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North


Stand Up For Landmarks! Protests, Posters & Pictures


Saving landmarks in Chicago has always been a lively challenge. Over the years, public activism, outreach campaigns and governmental legislation have produced notable graphic designs and striking photographs. This new permanent exhibit features images, artifacts and ephemera relating to this seldom-told story.

Landmark Chicago Gallery, 1st Floor South

All exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Building hours and 1st Floor Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 9am–7pm, Friday–Saturday, 9am–6pm and Sunday 10am–6pm; Upper Floor Galley hours are Monday–Thursday, 10am–7pm and Friday–Sunday, 10am–6pm; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.


City Gallery In The Historic Water Tower

For The Common Good: Cards Against Humanity

January 20 – May 22, 2016

Cards Against Humanity focuses on how the game came into being, how a group of friends used Kickstarter to turn a project of personal interest into a successful business and how they function as an efficient enterprise and responsible corporate citizens. Among the objects on display are the 2014 Black Friday “Bullshit” promotion, the socks and the Picasso lithograph from the Eight Sensible Gifts for Hannukah (2015). A vending machine offering the Design Pack whose proceeds benefit the Chicago Design Museum is also in the gallery.

For the Common Good is a year-long series of three exhibitions and related programs, in collaboration with the Chicago Design Museum, looking at Chicago-based independent designers, design firms and creative professionals that engage in design work to deliver cutting-edge products while addressing social issues.

All exhibitions at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Avenue, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery hours are Daily, 10am–6:30pm; Holidays, 10am–4pm. Admission is FREE. For information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook and follow @ChicagoDCASE on Twitter and Instagram.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.

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