November, 2 2022
School of Art & Art History Weekly Digest
**Events are U.S. Central Time unless otherwise stated**

Reproductive Freedom for All

Thursday, November 3 in Student Center East (Info)
Monday, November 7 in Student Center West (Info)

Students, faculty and staff of the UIC community are invited to participate in the “Reproductive Freedom for All” artmaking events.

Local artists, including UIC students and faculty, will be onsite to screen-print designs. Bring your own item—a piece of clothing, a tote, etc.—for printing. A limited supply of posters, t-shirts, tote bags and tea towels will be available. "Reproductive Freedom for All" aims to broaden support for reproductive justice on campus, increase awareness about organizations working on reproductive issues, and energize conversations about how UIC can go beyond making reproductive healthcare accessible towards realizing reproductive justice. For more information, contact Natalie Bennett at

Lit & Luz Live Magazine Show: Revision
featuring Laleh Motlagh (MFA '21)

Thursday, November 3
Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

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The ninth annual edition of the Lit & Luz Festival is proud to co-present the festival’s signature program, the Live Magazine Show, with the Logan Center for the Arts. Each year, Lit & Luz supports the creation of new collaborative artworks between writers, visual artists, and musicians from Chicago and Mexico. Audiences will be treated to live storytelling, music, poetry, video art, and extemporaneous performances that explore the relationship between the languages, art forms, social issues, and cultures of the United States and Mexico through the theme “Revision.” A reception compliments of Revolution Brewing, Del Maguey Mezcal, and Topo Chico follows the show.
Surviving the Long Wars Virtual Scholarly Series

Laleh Khalili — "Tomahawks, Chinooks, and Geronimo"

Thursday, November 10
Virtual via Zoom • 
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Surviving the Long Wars explores the multiple overlapping histories that shape our understanding of warfare, as well as the alternative visions of peace, healing, and justice generated by diverse communities impacted by war. The project begins with a virtual scholarly series hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago at the nexus of critical ethnic studies, native/Indigenous studies, and Middle Eastern Studies on the histories and futures of native rebellion alongside contemporary us militarism and warfare. Laleh Khalili is a professor of international politics at Queen Mary University of London. Learn more »

2022 SAAH Open House/Open Studios

Friday, November 11th
Art & Exhibition Hall,
400 S Peoria St., Chicago IL
Free and Open to All

➡️ Gallery 400
✴️ UIC Alumni Conversation on Care and Life as an Artist
📍 UIC Gallery 400
🕔 5:00-6:00pm

As part of the School of Art & Art History’s Open House/Open Studios, join Gallery 400 for an informal conversation with UIC alumni Liz McCarthy, Edith Mendez, Eric Perez, Nick Wylie, and Latham Zearfoss, featured artists in the Gallery’s current exhibition For Each Other. In a relaxed format that’s more dialogue than presentation, the alumni artists discuss their experience at UIC as students, their careers since then, and what care means in their lives and work. Join us for insight into the community built in and around UIC’s School of Art & Art History. Food and drinks will be served.

➡️ Art History
✴️ Art History, Critical Pedagogies and Visual Literacy
📍 UIC Gallery 400
🕕 6:00–6:30pm

This year, the Department of Art History will organize a discussion panel titled "Art History, Critical Pedagogies and Visual Literacy". The panel will be moderated by SAAH Director and Prof. Ömür Harmanşah, and will feature Art History PhD students Nadia Gribkova, Maggie Schuster and Zack Martin. The panelists will discuss their own practices of teaching visual literacy using inclusive and critical pedagogies in the Art History classroom.

➡️ Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE)
📍 UIC Gallery 400
🕡 6:30–7:00pm

The Museum and Exhibition Studies Graduate program will have a short presentation by current students. Join current students in Gallery 400 at 6:30pm, as they conduct short presentations of objects with special significance to their work and research.

➡️ Art
📍 Art & Exhibition Hall
🕖 7:00–9:00pm

Come join us for Open Studio night! View the work of our current BFA thesis and MFA candidates of UIC as they open up their studios to the public!

Take this opportunity to wander the halls and witness the speculative/meditative/radical/weird/probing/archival/counter-archival works in progress.

➡️ Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts (IDEAS)
📍 5th Floor Gallery
🕖 7:00–9:00pm

The Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts program (IDEAS) will showcase in-progress Capstone Projects, mapping installations by the IDEA 110 class. From 7:00–9:00pm in the 5th Floor Gallery, this work with a focus of "Computing Without a Computer" will feature various works and interactive performances with faculty and students in IDEAS.

➡️ Art Education
📍 Room 5205
🕖 7:00–9:00pm

Join the Art Education program in Room 5205 where there will be opportunities to hand screen print some tote bags and show off your Art Ed swag around campus! You’ll be the envy of your friends when they find you have a limited edition print! You can also design and create your own buttons! Add to that awesome button collection or start a new one. Not into making your own buttons? Stop by and pick up a button already made just for you by the Art Ed students

Maybe you just want to take a break from all the work you've been doing? Join us and jump into a Mario Kart Mini Tournament and test your driving skills while we cheer you on!

Soup Is On: Soup Service and Bowl Pick Up

Saturday, November 12
Gallery 400 (400 S Peoria St)
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Join us for the third annual Gnarware Workshop Empty Bowls Soup event! Since 2020, artists Liz McCarthy and Lan Tuazon have collaborated to bring Empty Bowls, a grassroots tradition to fight food insecurity, to Chicago. Now they bring Empty Bowls to Gallery 400 as a part of our For Each Other exhibition. All bowls on view are for sale and proceeds benefit the Pilsen Food Pantry, McKinley Park Mutual Aid, and Nita's Love Train. In partnership with the Community Kitchen, this event will provide soup to the broader Chicago community.

Image: Third Empty Bowls Fundraiser, 2022, Gnarware Workshop, Liz McCarthy, Lan Tuazon, and Various Other Donating Artists
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For Each Other: Virtual Care Series Series

Visit Gallery 400's Instagram (@gallery400) every Monday to participate in our Virtual Care Series! Here we highlight themes in the current exhibition, For Each Other, and ask followers to respond to a critical question on care posted in the Instagram Stories. Through this series, Gallery 400 creates a virtual community and conversation around the ways that we care for ourselves and those around us.

MUSE Alum to Co-Curate US Pavilion at 2023 Venice Biennale of Architecture

Lauren Leving (MUSE '17) will be one of two curators for the US Pavilion at 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Leving is a curator at moCA Cleveland. The pavilion will be co-curated with Tizziana Baldenebro, the executive director of SPACES in Cleveland, OH. Learn more »

Internship Opportunity at Fulton Street Collective

The Fulton Street Collective, a beautiful gallery that holds monthly exhibitions, artist talks etc. at the Hubbard Street Lofts, is looking for interns to help install shows on Saturdays and Sundays with the possibility to be involved in curation. In addition, they are looking for interns to help with setup and be on-hand during weekly jazz performances. Times vary, though events are always in the evening.

Internships are unpaid, but available for college credit. There is no firm deadline and interns can apply on a rolling basis. Approximate start date is early 2023. Interested students can email Jessica Wagner, Coordinator at FSC, at with any questions or to send both a resume and cover letter.


October 27–November 19, 2022

ARC Gallery
1463 West Chicago Ave,
Chicago IL 60642

Spencer Hutchinson (MFA '20) is curating a show on figuration and abstraction in Contemporary Black Art at ARC Gallery. "The Art that has been chosen, reflects the times in which Black Artists find themselves in yet again. I hope the work in this show teaches us to live for today, and celebrate the continued vibrance, vitality, and impact of Black Art in The City of Chicago and around the world." Learn more »

Seeds In My Pocket

October 14–November 14, 2022

Chicago Art Department
1926 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Full press release »

For Each Other

September 9–December 17, 2022

UIC Gallery 400
Art & Exhibition Hall
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607

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November 4, 2022–January 13, 2023

Alan Koppel Gallery
806 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL

Opening Reception:
Friday, Nov 4, 6:00–9:00pm
Artist conversation with Dianna Frid and John Neff:
Friday, Dec 2, 6:00–8:00pm

ALAN KOPPEL GALLERY is pleased to present Time is Textile, a solo exhibition of new works by artist Dianna Frid. The works in Time is Textile—seven books and three wall pieces—grapple with themes of mortality, surrender, disaster, awe, and singing. Sewn text is prevalent in these mixed-media artworks. And yet, as much as Frid’s work intersects with and borrows from written language, it also wrestles with language and its limits.

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