URBAN STUDIES: Boersma / Samarov Opening Reception
Jan
19
5:00 PM17:00

URBAN STUDIES: Boersma / Samarov Opening Reception

Rare Nest events are free but reservations are required and events frequently sell out. Reserve: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671.

Join Rare nest as we explore the urban visions of two great Chicago artists, complemented by lectures, discussion and receptions with scholars and civic leaders. 

Jay Boersma, 1947, Blue Island, IL.

An artist and teacher, Boersma’s work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Boersma earned an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with Harry Callahan, Lisette Model, and Aaron Siskind, and a BA in Photography/Art from Columbia College Chicago. For 20 years, he was a tenured professor, teaching courses in photography, art, and design. This was followed by fifteen years as Senior Creative Director for Playboy.com

Dmitry Samarov, 1970, Moscow USSR.

Dmitry Samarov immigrated to the US with his family in 1978.  An artist and painter he trained at the Parsons School of Design in New York, and graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. He is the author of two books; Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab (2011, U of C Press) and Where To: A Hack Memoir (2014, Curbside Splendor).  Samarov is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Reader.

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CITY FUTURE: Professor Breugmann with Commissioner Reifman: Reception and Conversation
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

CITY FUTURE: Professor Breugmann with Commissioner Reifman: Reception and Conversation

URBAN STUDIES: CITY FUTURE

Rare Nest events are free but reservations are required and events frequently sell out. Reserve: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671.

Please join Rare Nest as we host Professor Robert Breugmann and Commissioner David Reifman in a discussion around the future of the city - held in conjunction with the exhibition Urban Studies.  

Robert Breugmann is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Breugmann is the author of numerous articles and books including The Architects and the City:  Holabird & Roche of Chicago 1880-1918, (University of Chicago Press, 1997), the controversial Sprawl:  A Compact History (University of Chicago Press, 2005), The Architecture of Harry Weese, (W. W. Norton, 2010) and most recently, Bob edited Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America (Yale University Press, 2018). 

David Reifman has served as Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development since 2015.  A native Chicagoan, Reifman is responsible for leading the department's Housing, Economic Development, and Planning & Zoning bureaus while fostering community-improvement projects and initiatives throughout the city. As Commissioner of DPD, he serves on the Chicago Plan Commission, Community Development Commission, and Commission on Chicago Landmarks, among other public agencies. He is also chairman of the board of the Chicago Development Fund.  Reifman has overseen unprecedented growth in residential and office construction, redevelopment of underutilized resources and has implemented major policy improvements in zoning variance.   

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The Circus Age: Culture & Society Under the Big Top - Reception / Lecture
Dec
1
2:00 PM14:00

The Circus Age: Culture & Society Under the Big Top - Reception / Lecture

The Circus Age: Culture & Society Under the Big Top

Saturday 1st. 2pm – 4pm.  Reception & Lecture with the Author

Reservations Required: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Please welcome University of Texas Professor Janet Davis, author of “The Circus Age”.  In this entertaining and provocative book, Janet Davis links the flowering of the early-twentieth-century American railroad circus to such broader historical developments as the rise of big business, the breakdown of separate spheres for men and women, and the genesis of the United States' overseas empire.  Janet Davis teaches courses in American popular culture, and social and cultural history. Her teaching areas also explore American foreign relations, animals, American social movements, transnational American Studies, and modern South Asia.

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Reception with Artist Megan Williamson
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Reception with Artist Megan Williamson

Come see DEFYING GRAVITY: THE CIRCUS PAINTINGS and enjoy light refreshments with artist Megan Williamson.

“Deliberate, effective, and finely calibrated, the distortions serve a scene that is incongruous but somehow wholly convincing. With her fluid brushwork, extraordinary color sensibility, and imaginative presentation of the figure, Williamson sugg #art ests that painting itself just could be the most exhilarating dare-devil act of all.”

— David Ebony, Contributing Editor, ART IN AMERICA

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Megan Williamson: Defying Gravity - Circus Paintings Opening Reception
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Megan Williamson: Defying Gravity - Circus Paintings Opening Reception

Megan Williamson: Defying Gravity - Circus Paintings

Saturday November 3rd , 5pm – 9pm.  Opening Reception

Reservations Required: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Exhibition thru January 12th

Megan Williamson’s new series of paintings and drawings are filled with virtuoso scenes of circus rehearsals. They epitomize all that is best in her work: complex and layered compositions, masterful handling of color and intelligent narratives. While Williamson is inspired by the formidable legacy of circus-related art, she has created her own, personal vocabulary of acrobats, horseback riders, animals and the iconic striped tents. Inhabiting timeless landscapes, they celebrate behind-the-scenes work and can be seen as a metaphor for an artist’s life.

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Book Party for "Leopold Segedin: A Habit of Art"  SOLD OUT
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Book Party for "Leopold Segedin: A Habit of Art" SOLD OUT

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Leo Segedin Book Party: “Habit of Art”

Saturday October 20th, 3 pm – 6 pm.  Reception and Book Signing

Reservations Required: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Join us as we celebrate the publication of the first major book on Segedin’s art featuring over 100 illustrations and 130 pages. With essays by Richard Cahan, Dr. David Sokol and the artist himself.

The event will include a panel discussion led by Rare Nest Director Keith Bringe and including Richard Cahan, Dr. David Sokol, gallerist Byron Roche and musician Michael Smith.

Michael Smith will also perform his song “Hey Kid” inspired by the paintings of Leo Segedin.

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Herbert Brün Exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio: Opening Reception & Mini Concert
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Herbert Brün Exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio: Opening Reception & Mini Concert

Herbert Brün Exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio

Friday, Oct 12th, 6 pm – 9 pm. Opening Reception & mini-concert at 7:30

At ESS b 5925 North Ravenswood

Rare Nest is delighted to partner with this vital non-profit organization in presenting Herbert Brün’s ground-breaking computer graphics. Founded in 1986, the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) is home to a full-service recording, mixing, and mastering studio for hire; Audible Gallery, a public space for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists' projects; and the Creative Audio Archive—an invaluable collection related to avant-garde music of the last five decades. 

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Reception and Readings from the book  Dear Bob, Dear Betty: Love and Marriage During the Great Depression with Elizabeth Catherine Wright and Timothy K. Wright
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Reception and Readings from the book Dear Bob, Dear Betty: Love and Marriage During the Great Depression with Elizabeth Catherine Wright and Timothy K. Wright

Dear Bob, Dear Betty: Love and Marriage During the Great Depression with Elizabeth Catherine Wright and Timothy K. Wright

Space is limited, and reservations are required.  keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Join Rare Nest Gallery as we host brother and sister Elizabeth and Timothy Wright in reading letters written by their parents Robert Llewellyn Wright and Elizabeth Bryan Kehler.

In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, two young people meet and fall in love. Llewellyn Wright (Bob), Frank Lloyd Wright's youngest child, whose adolescence was marked by the public scandals surrounding his father's private life, is struggling to begin a private law practice in Chicago. Elizabeth Kehler (Betty), daughter of a Chicago artist who abandoned the family when she was still in the womb, is working as an intake counselor at the Milwaukee Vocational School. Their fervent correspondence over a 10-month courtship period is witty, sassy and poignant, as they grapple with their passionate feelings and try to create a financially stable marriage in the midst of the 20th century's most serious economic crisis.

The couple's daughter, a scholar of French literature, has written an Introduction telling their story before and after the courtship. 35 illustrations, extensive footnotes and an Index illuminate the family and social history behind the letters.

View a great video about Dear Bob: Dear Betty on Youtube

Images:  Book Cover courtesy Elizabeth Wright

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Leopold Segedin Retrospective Opening Reception SOLD OUT EVENT
Sep
15
5:00 PM17:00

Leopold Segedin Retrospective Opening Reception SOLD OUT EVENT

Leopold Segedin Retrospective

Saturday, September 15th, Opening Reception, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CONSIDER RESERVING EARLY FOR THE BOOK PARTY ON OCTOBER 20TH (SEE BELOW) OR COME SEE THE SHOW DURING REGULAR GALLERY HOURS OR BY APPOINTMENT.

Exhibition thru October 21st.  

Reservations Required: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

With a career spanning more than 70 years, Leo Segedin is Rare Nest’s “senior artist” and indeed, is a beloved senior artist in the whole Chicago region.  Still painting every day at 91 years old, Leo is a prolific visionary and community-builder.  Many of his works from the last 20 years contain auto-biographical elements and self-portraits (“I’m a cheap model”) in dual poses juxtaposing youth and honest age.  The dream-like settings of Leo’s work evoke vernacular Chicago architecture - streetscapes and train stations of Chicago’s west side from the 1930’s to the present. In this major exhibition, enjoy over 40 works spanning 7 decades.

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Herbert Brün 100 Opening Reception
Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Herbert Brün 100 Opening Reception

Celebrate the life and work of a brilliant composer and artist in his centennial year.
Opening Reception with Special Summer Cocktails:
Saturday, July 21st,  5PM to 9 PM

Reservations Required: keith@rarenestgallery.com or
708-616-8671
Herbert Brün, Berlin, 1918 - Urbana, 2000.  Herbert Brün's computer graphics represent a watershed in early computer art and design.  Widely recognized as a visionary pioneer in electronic composition including music and graphics, as a leader in social thought and computer theory and as a beloved teacher and mentor.  Brün was the first musical director to bring electronic compositions to the stage, in Munich in the early 1950’s.  Rare Nest and the Brün Estate are pleased to present Herbert Brün's graphics to a wide community of collectors, for the first time. 

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OUT OF THE BOX: ENDING THE CYCLE OF INCARCERATION
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

OUT OF THE BOX: ENDING THE CYCLE OF INCARCERATION

Join us as we screen the documentary film OUT OF THE BOX: ENDING THE CYCLE OF INCARCERATION with the film's talented, young director, writer and producer Zarko Mladenovic.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671 

In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported a 73% reduction in re-arrests in the Eastern District of Missouri which includes St. Louis. As America comes to grips with a profoundly broken criminal justice system that relies on historic levels of mass incarceration - Out of the Box explores a viable model for systemic reform.

View the trailer - learn more.

The story behind the making of this timely film includes inspiring dedication by a small group of students. 

Director and Professor Rift Fournier (1936–2013) was best known for talk shows and episodes of “Charlie’s Angels”, “Highway to Heaven” and “Kojak” among others.  In semi-retirement and teaching film near St. Louis, Fournier met an individual who benefited from a program for offenders.  Engaged by the story, he developed a plan for this documentary and enlisted his students in the project.   He prevailed upon Stacy Keach to provide distinctive narration.  A third of the way through production Fournier was diagnosed with cancer, passing away October 6, 2013.  Fournier stated that he wanted his students to finish the film.

 

 

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FROM BILLIONS TO NONE
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

FROM BILLIONS TO NONE

Join Rare Nest as we host Director David Mrazek in a screening of his award-winning documentary From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction.  

Saturday, June 2nd, 6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 Film. Discussion with David Mrazek and Dr. Richard Condit of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to follow.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

From Billions to None follows naturalist and author Joel Greenberg and his friends on a quest to reveal the incredible story of how the passenger pigeon, the most abundant bird species in North America for thousands of years, became extinct by human hands in a heartbeat. From Billions to None tells the remarkable story of the passenger pigeon and explores its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Interweaving rare archival material, CGI animation that brings the flocks of millions to life and aerial cinematography, the film recreates the awe-inspiring nature of these birds, and presents reveals why, 100 years later, it's important to remember the event. 

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Nancy Abrams' The Climb from Salt Lick: Reading with the Author
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Nancy Abrams' The Climb from Salt Lick: Reading with the Author

Please join Rare Nest in welcoming author and photojournalist Nancy Abrams in a reading from her recently released book, subtitled "A Memoir of Appalachia" and enjoy a reception. 

Abrams' highly anticipated book has been praised as "the anti-Hillbilly Elegy" and "beautifully true".

Books will be available for sale and for signing.  Ask her to write anything you want.  She is contractually obligated.

As always, reservations are required and Rare Nest events sell out. 

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NANCY ABRAMS: THE CLIMB FROM SALT LICK
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

NANCY ABRAMS: THE CLIMB FROM SALT LICK

Opening Reception: 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Reservations Required: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Meet Nancy Abrams

Nancy L Abrams, 1953 St. Louis, Mo.

Abrams worked as a photojournalist for small newspapers in the rural, Appalachian communities around Preston County, West Virginia for more than 16 years. Nancy's life and work embody the classic American outsider - a feminist, professional story-teller dropped into a closed society with narrowly defined gender roles. Abrams covered military exercises, politics and Big Coal, crime, accidents, and natural disasters. Abrams’ archive comprising 25,000 photographic negatives is an important and poignant archive of Allegheny culture in transition. Her work has been compared to Dorothea Lange, Lewis Wickes Hine and Walker Evans -who worked extensively in Preston County in 1935. In this, Abram's first-ever, major gallery exhibition, we celebrate the publication of her memoir, "The Climb from Salt Lick" by Vandalia Press (West Virginia University).

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SOLD OUT.  FBI Special Agent Luigi Mondini on Art & Antiquity Crimes
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

SOLD OUT. FBI Special Agent Luigi Mondini on Art & Antiquity Crimes

This event is sold out.  Special Agent Luigi Mondini of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Art Crime Team presents on art and antiquities thefts & forgeries - with international & local connections.  From crimes of opportunity - to large scale looting that funds terrorism, art crimes represent a shady, multi-billion dollar enterprise.  Agent Mondini will provide a visual presentation of case studies with updates on recent files.  Please note - no photography, or video allowed at this event. Image: UNESCO. Artifact recovery at the ancient site of Palmyra.

A reception will follow the presentation.

Reservations are required.  Space is limited. 

Please call 708-616-8671 or email keith@gmail.com

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Opening Reception: Six Gallery Artists
Apr
14
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Six Gallery Artists

SIX GALLERY ARTISTS

April 14th thru May 15th, 2018

Opening Reception with Artists on Saturday April 14th - 5 to 9 PM.  Reservations requested.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671 

Keith Bringe: Prints & Assemblage

Herbert Brun: Early Computer Graphics

Sharon Goodman: Paintings and Drawings

Ann-Marie Greenberg: Paintings, Prints, Sculpture

John Upchurch: Sculpture

Megan Williamson: Paintings and Drawings

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GREENBERG / UPCHURCH POP-UP EXHIBITION OPENING
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

GREENBERG / UPCHURCH POP-UP EXHIBITION OPENING

Ann-Marie Greenberg and John Upchurch present a 3 day exhibition of new works.

John Upchurch is a sculptor working in Chicago and a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. His works often suggest prototypes, patent models, specimen collections or other curious tools.

Ann-Marie Greenberg is a graduate of Kansas City Art Institute, currently working as an artist in Chicago. Her work and materials reflect the nature of humans abandoning nature.

March 16, Opening Reception 6 - 9 PM

March 17th Gallery Hours 1 - 5 pm

March 18th Gallery Hours / Closing Reception 3-6 PM

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OTTO NEUMANN: LIFE & WORK WITH DR. DAVID SOKOL
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

OTTO NEUMANN: LIFE & WORK WITH DR. DAVID SOKOL

On Neumann (lecture / reception) with Dr. David Sokol

Sunday, March, 4:00 PM at Rare Nest Gallery

Dr. Sokol, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Museum Studies, University of Illinois, has curated the Neumann collection for more than 3 decades.  Sokol’s 275-page monograph “Otto Neumann” (2006, Prologue) is the definitive text on the artist.  In a highly visual presentation, Dr. Sokol will explore the life and times of this modern master. 

Space is limited to just 30 persons / reservations requested at 708-616-8671 or keith@rarenestgallery.com

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BETWEEN INSANITY AND BEAUTY at INTUIT: THE CENTER FOR INTUITIVE AND OUTSIDER ART
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

BETWEEN INSANITY AND BEAUTY at INTUIT: THE CENTER FOR INTUITIVE AND OUTSIDER ART

In conjunction with the exhibition OTTO NEUMANN: MODERN DEGENERATE, please join INTUIT at 756 North Milwaukee Avenue for the documentary film, Between Insanity and Beauty - The Art Collection of Dr. Prinzhorn

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Dr. Hans Prinzhorn (1886 – 1933) was an art historian and psychiatrist who assembled one of the largest collections of artwork by schizophrenic patients.  Prinzhorn’s studies and the Collection revolutionized the blinkered viewpoint of both the psychiatric establishment and the art world of the 1920‘s.   Artists, including Otto Neumann, Paul Klee, Jean Dubuffet, Alfred Kubin and Max Ernst were highly inspired by the so-called “art of the insane”.  Parts of the Prinzhorn Collection were included in the infamous “Degenerate Art” exhibition organized by the National Socialists.  Prinzhorn’s major publication, “Artistry of the Mentally Ill” (1922) was considered a “bible” by the Paris surrealists including Salvador Dali.  Pablo Picasso praised this singular collection.

This award-winning film follows the history of this unique collection and delves past the artwork itself and into the inner-worlds of the schizophrenic patients.

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DOCUMENTARY FILM: BETWEEN INSANITY AND BEAUTY
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

DOCUMENTARY FILM: BETWEEN INSANITY AND BEAUTY

In conjunction with the exhibition OTTO NEUMANN: MODERN DEGENERATE, please join us for a reception and documentary film:

Between Insanity and Beauty - The Art Collection of Dr. Prinzhorn

Free but reservations are required - keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671  Space is limited.

Dr. Hans Prinzhorn (1886 – 1933) was an art historian and psychiatrist who assembled one of the largest collection of artwork by schizophrenic patients. Prinzhorn’s studies and the Collection revolutionized the blinkered viewpoint of both the psychiatric establishment and the art world of the 1920‘s.   Artists, including Otto Neumann, Paul Klee, Jean Dubuffet, Alfred Kubin and Max Ernst were highly inspired by the so-called “art of the insane”.  Parts of the Prinzhorn Collection were included in the infamous “Degenerate Art” exhibition organized by the National Socialists.  Prinzhorn’s major publication, “Artistry of the Mentally Ill” (1922) was considered a “bible” by the Paris surrealists including Salvador Dali.  Pablo Picasso praised this singular collection.

This award-winning film follows the history of this unique collection and delves past the artwork itself and into the inner-worlds of the schizophrenic patients.

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SOLD OUT! DANIEL ANDRIES:  Mid-Career Retrospective
Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

SOLD OUT! DANIEL ANDRIES: Mid-Career Retrospective

DANIEL ANDRIES:  a mid-career retrospective

The formidable career of long-time WTTW Chicago director, producer and writer Daniel Andries includes over 100 feature segments and full-length documentaries.  Dan’s award-winning works on Chicago history, arts and culture are exquisitely constructed and researched classics that endure the test of time.  In addition to overviews on the built environment such as Chicago by Boat: The New River Tour, Andries travels the world documenting the winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize.  Most recently, Dan wrote, produced and directed “Making a New American Nutcracker”.  In a highly visual presentation, Andries will provide a career overview, from his earliest work – through current and upcoming projects.

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Presentation begins promptly at 5 pm  /  Reception at 6:00 pm

Space is Limited to Just 40 Persons!  Reservations are Required:

keith@rarenestgallery.com  or  708-616-8671   /   3433 North Kedvale, Chicago

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OTTO NEUMANN: MODERN DEGENERATE OPENING RECEPTION at RARE NEST
Jan
13
5:00 PM17:00

OTTO NEUMANN: MODERN DEGENERATE OPENING RECEPTION at RARE NEST

Please join us as we kick off an epic exploration of the work and life of Otto Neumann

Otto Neumann’s (1895, Heidelberg - 1975, Munich) early work as an Expressionist painter and master printmaker, evolved over 60 years. Neumann survived the Third Reich in Germany with his wife Hilde Rothschild, who was Jewish. Neighbors protected the couple, though they suffered and his art was labeled “degenerate”* by the Nazis (an automatic honorific). Neumann's work is imbued with a rare and strange intensity. In two major exhibitions, over 150 works and artifacts will be exhibited, complimented by receptions, lectures and tours.

Rare Nest Gallery 3433 North Kedvale, Chicago

Opening Reception: Sat. Jan. 13th, 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Reservations Requested: keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Public Hours: Weds. thru Saturday, 12 PM - 6 PM or by appointment

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Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Gallery Talk with Artist Marcia Biasiello & Photographer Alan Sue / Showing of "The Martha"

Enjoy fellowship, refreshments and an informal Q & A session with artist Marcia Biasiello.

We'll also be screening excerpts of Biasiello's The Martha: A Possible Opera

In 1986, Marciana Biasiello and Robert Metrick received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council to create a multi-media performance at Randolph Street Gallery.  The Martha focused on an enigmatic character who is missing – Martha does not appear on stage but she is recalled, missed, mourned and eulogized.  The resulting pastiche or gemanstkunstwerk included monologues, a full chorus comprising School of the Art Institute students, a short film by Colleen Sullivan, props and costumes by Mary Brogger, and sets including a monumental mural along the western wall of the theatre.  

Reservations are Required:

keith@rarenestgallery.com  or  708-616-8671   /   3433 North Kedvale, Chicago

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