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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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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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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