There is a lot of art going on in Pilsen, but it just became even more bustling with the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) digging in its young roots in this lower west side community.
Carrie McGath, Chicago Art Magazine
While the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art was breaking their attendance records with the street art exhibition “Art in the Streets,” Chicago’s institutions remained completely indifferent to street art – all the institutions except the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS), another vital non-profit in Chicago. Responding to Chicago’s rich street art scene they hosted an exhibition featuring active participants. The transition to the gallery proved challenging for some artists, but that only made the show more compelling, more necessary, so these artists could have a chance to work in a different direction. (Full disclosure- after the exhibition closed I wrote an essay for a publication related to the exhibition.) CUAS has also hosted a number of other notable exhibitions this year including a survey of artists working with wood, and a solo exhibition from the Post Family, which Steve Ruiz preemptively nominated in July for “best presented exhibition in Chicago this year.”
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Wednesday, October 26, 8PM-11PM
We’re 40! With four decades of incomparable coverage of Chicago under our belt, we’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate. Join us for an evening of food, drinks, dancing, and art at the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) in the heart of Pilsen’s art district.
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Many artists in Chicago work with wood as a key part of their practice, yet there have been comparatively few exhibitions that have surveyed the medium. That changes with the Chicago Urban Art Society’s Wood Worked, which gathers together sculpture from artists working in wood. Steve Reber has work in this exhibition and at the Cultural Center; Michael Rea is included, having just finished with his exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum, as is Juan Angel Chavez, whose large, wooden speaker-like structure greeted visitors to Art Chicago this year. With these and other artists very actively exhibiting, it will be interesting to see their work in dialogue together.
Abraham Ritchie, Flavorpill
Classical music critic
12:00 a.m. CDT, September 20, 2011
The music of Ludwig van Beethoven has been inextricably woven into the standard classical repertory for so long that it’s easy to take that music for granted. Read Entire Review Here
Many thanks to each and every person who helped make the inaugural Beethoven Festival 2011 such a success!