Must-See Art Guide: Chicago

This week's guide includes Mickalene Thomas, David Bowie, Adam Pendleton, and more.

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Mickalene Thomas, Mother’s Lipsticks (2014). Courtesy of Kavi Gupta.
Adam Pendleton, Black Dada Flags (2011). Courtesy of Shane Campbell Gallery.
Hugh Arnold. Courtesy of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary.
Charles McGee, Play Patterns II (2010–2011). Courtesy of Mongerson Gallery.
Whitney Bedford, Love Letter.2 (2014). Courtesy of Carrie Secrist Gallery.
Stanley Whitney, The Last of the Bohemians (2008). Courtesy of Logan Center Exhibitions.
James Connolly and Kyle Evans, Cracked Ray Tube (installation detail) (2014). Courtesy of Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.
Edward Steichen, Noel Coward (1932). Courtesy of the Art Institute Chicago.

The art world may think New York is where it’s at, but this week’s events shine the spotlight on Chicago. The city known for deep dish pizza and home to the first art museum in the country to present the work of Pablo Picasso, has a lot going on in the month of September. From EXPO Chicago and Gallery Weekend Chicago to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, there’s no shortage of exciting events. The Windy City has a variety of exhibitions, from Edward Steichen’s World War 1 and Condé Nast Years at the Art Institute of Chicago to Mickalene Thomas’s first solo exhibition at Kavi Gupta titled I was born to do great things, located in the hip West Loop neighborhood. Or, why not celebrate David Bowie on September 23? The day was declared David Bowie Day by mayor Rahm Emanuel to coincide with the opening of his first retrospective, “David Bowie Is,” which will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and will showcase never-before-seen handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of his own sketches. Or, head uptown to see Adam Pendleton’s site-specific work at Lincoln Park, hosted by Shane Campbell Gallery. And if you still have the energy, don’t forget to swing by Navy Pier to check out all the galleries exhibiting at EXPO Chicago.


Exhibition: “Mickalene Thomas: I was born to do great things”

When: September 19–November 15, 2014

Where: Kavi Gupta, 835 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois


Exhibition: “Adam Pendleton” at Lincoln Park

When: September 19–October 24, 2014

Where: Shane Campbell Gallery, 673 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois



When: September 19–October 31, 2014 (opening reception: September 19)

Where: Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, 716 N. Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois


Exhibition: “Charles McGee: At 90”

When: September 19–November 21, 2014 (opening reception: September 19)

Where: Mongerson Gallery, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite #2520, Chicago, Illinois


Exhibition: “Whitney Bedford”

When: September 19–November 15, 2014

Where: Carrie Secrist Gallery, 835 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois


Exhibition: “Szalon”

When:  September 19–November 23, 2014

Where: Logan Center Exhibitions, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois


Exhibition: “David Bowie Is”

When:  September 23–January 4, 2015

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois



When:  August 1–September 28, 2014

Where: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois


Exhibition: “Sharp, Clear Pictures: Edward Steichen’s World War I and Condé Nast Years”

When:  June 28–September 28, 2014

Where: Art Institute Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

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