With school right around the corner my end of the summer ritual has begun. Namely I’m attempting to cram everything I meant to do over the summer into these last few days. Or really, I tried to cram everything into today, because tomorrow and Friday are reserved for packing, packing, and more packing!
The two big things that I’ve been meaning to do are visit Woman Made Gallery and the Chicago Cultural Center. One because I really believe in the mission and have heard many good things about it, and the other because it’s right there! Immediately outside of the train station! And yet I didn’t even realize it existed until earlier in the summer (Which is shameful, really. I’ve probably passed it a hundred times!)
Getting to Woman Made Gallery isn’t very difficult. Just hop on the blue line and head on over to the Chicago stop. It’s pretty quick, only five stops from Jackson, and the gallery itself is only about two blocks from the station.
Unfortunately for me, they were between exhibits. I was in such a hurry this morning I forgot to check whether there would be anything for me to see at the gallery. Luckily they had a small selection of paintings from Las Caras Lindas, a program aiming to engage the unique strengths of Black and Latina women. The work was fun to see! If you can’t make it down to the gallery they have photos up on Woman Made’s facebook page. (Also check out their blog and their twitter)
Even though I didn’t get to see as much as I’d like, it was still a very lovely gallery. I’m sure that during exhibits it’s completely amazing. In fact, their next exhibit sounds really interesting! It’s simply called, “The Project”, and is described as such:
I gave twenty women artists clay and a medium-sized piece of paper to fabricate an object. I brought each object to a psychic to be read and analyzed.
Sounds like fun! I’m jealous of everyone who will be in Chicago to see it (It runs from September 9-October 27). In addition to this, I was told that there’s a call for another show for twenty year old artists. So if you’re twenty you should look into it and submit!
I also picked up a postcard for !Women Art Revolution. I’ve written about the film before and how it wasn’t yet showing in Chicago.Unfortunately for me, as I won’t be here, (But fortunately for Chicagoans) Zeitgeist is bringing the film to the Windy City from September 30-October 6. Check here for showing times.
I still really want to see this film! I’m still holding out hope that the stars will align and it will come to Rochester or return to Chicago while I’m on break or something. I may eventually just buy it, but these things are always more fun when they’re an event. Films are just better when you go with friends! Continue reading