On Thursday, August 1, Chicago Loop Alliance unveils CityScape—a series of commissioned artworks by Chicago-based artist Nate Otto—on State Street banners, which adorn lamp posts north from Congress Parkway to Wacker Drive, through November 1, 2013. The unveiling coincides with the monthly Pop-Up Art Loop gallery walk on August 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free, self-guided tour of the many new art exhibits throughout the Loop includes complimentary wine and a Smilebooth photo booth. For a complete list of current galleries, visit www.PopUpArtLoop.com.
Examining social issues inspired by the lyrics of his hip hop clients, the work of artist Hebru Brand will be available from August 2 to August 4 via the pop-up shop Penny Candy. Boasting clients Jay-Z, Swizz Beats, Q-Tip, Lupe Fiasco and Lil Wayne, Hebru came to the forefront of art and music when Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction frontman and founder of Lollapalooza, selected a painting by Brand for the music festival’s 20th anniversary poster. Hebru’s winning image shows his iconic character Flyboy in goggles with the Chicago’s skyline in his hair. Coinciding with this year’s festival, special guest DJs and musicians will make appearances at Penny Candy, throughout the weekend at 902 S. Wabash, just south of Lollapalooza, one block from Grant Park. Starting at $10, there will be Hebru Brand merchandise at all price levels, and buttons featuring Hebru’s work will be free with all purchases. Doors open at noon on Friday, August 2, 2013.
There’s still time to see the Amalia Pica’s first major solo museum show in the United States. Now through August 11, the exhibition co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and MIT List Visual Arts Center feature Pica’s drawings, sculptures, large-scale photographic prints, slide projections, and installations from the last seven years.
Also at the MCA is Think First, Shoot Later, a photography exhibition featuring Cindy Sherman, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Ana Mendieta, Stan Douglas, James Welling, and Elad Lassry, among others. Exploring themes addressed over the past 40 years in conceptual photography, the show focuses on works that are premeditated, systematic, and staged by artists from the Dusseldorf and Vancouver schools of photography as well as feminist and other diverse photographers. The exhibition, which runs through November 10, is composed mostly of works from the the MCA Collection and is Organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, with assistance from Kristin Korolowicz, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information, visit www2.mcachicago.org.
At Northwestern University’s Block Museum in Evanston, The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation demonstrates how pioneering photographers Ansel Adams and Walker Evans took to instant photography late in their careers. “Instant photography arrived in the hands of artists at a time when the world of fine art photography had recently become fertile ground for artistic experimentation,” explains Mary-Kay Lombino, exhibition curator and The Emily Hargroves Fisher 1957 and Richard B. Fisher Curator at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. “By juxtaposing early experimental work with more recent forays into the possibilities of the medium, The Polaroid Years tells a complete story of instant photography than has yet been revealed.” The show, which includes the work of Lucas Samaras, Dawoud Bey, Chuck Close, Barbara Kasten, and Lisa Oppenheim, will be on display from September 20 to December 1, 2013. For more information, visit blockmuseum.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-4000.