Must-See Art Guide: Chicago

This week's guide features Gerald Williams, Liat Ebling, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and more.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Buck Nasty: Player Haters Ball (2017). Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

It’s time once again for EXPO Chicago, and the Windy City has thrown open its arms and gallery doors for the occasion. Taking place each year at the historic Navy Pier, it’s made Chicago a must-see stop on the art fair circuit. Looking to explore the local art scene outside of the convention halls while you’re in town? We’ve got you covered.

Head over to Richard Gray Gallery for the mind-bending sculpture of Jaume Plensa, or visit Catherine Edelman Gallery for the gorgeous work of photographer Liat Ebling. Be sure not to miss a stop at one of the city’s most influential galleries, Kavi Gupta: It’s currently hosting the historic first solo exhibition of AfriCOBRA co-founder Gerald Williams in more than 20 years. Next, make time for Rhona Hoffman Gallery, where you can find the knockout work of Nathiel Mary Quinn in a show aptly titled “Nothing’s Funny.” And if you’re in the mood for museums, the always-excellent Art Institute of Chicago is currently displaying a curated selection of work addressing color theory as content, including Josef Albers, Armin Hoffmann, and Le Corbusier.

Find our full list of picks below.


Exhibition:Nathaniel Mary Quinn: Nothing’s Funny
September 9–October 10, 2017
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, 118 N. Peoria Street, Chicago, IL

Jaume Plensa, Who Are You? VII (2016). Courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery.

Exhibition:Jaume Plensa: Secret Garden
September 14–November 11, 2017
Richard Gray Gallery, 2044 W. Carroll Avenue, Chicago, IL

Gerald Williams, Looking Out in the Morning Rain (2014). Courtesy of Kavi Gupta.

Exhibition:Gerald Williams
September 9–December 2, 2017
Kavi Gupta, 219 N. Elizabeth Street, Chicago, IL

Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Horsemen of the Metropolis. Courtesy of Gallery Victor Armendariz.

Exhibition:Figure 8
September 8–October 26, 2017
Gallery Victor Armendariz, 300 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL

Armin Hofmann, Silkscreen Portfolio (1989–1999). Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Exhibition:Color Studies
Through February 25, 2018
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Liat Ebling, Interaction 3 (2015). Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery.

Exhibition:Liat Elbing: Proposals for Disorder
September 8–October 28, 2017
Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL

Phyllis Bramson, Glow (2017).Courtesy of Zolla/Lieberman Gallery.

Exhibition:Phyllis Bramson: Opulent Flim-Flam
September 9–October 21, 2017
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, 325 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL

Anna Kunz, Tonight (2017). Courtesy of McCormick Gallery.

Exhibition:Yellow Pinto: new paintings by Anna Kunz
September 15–October 28, 2017
McCormick Gallery, 835 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL

Marcel Duchamp with Eve Babitz at the Pasadena Museum of Art. Courtesy of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary.

Exhibition:History of the Chess Queen (Or the Advent of Feminine Power)
September 8–ongoing
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, 716 N. Wells, Chicago, IL

Guillaume Simoneau. Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

July 13–October 1, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

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