OPENING RECEPTION: ALAN SUE: WATER WIND SAND ICE 
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

OPENING RECEPTION: ALAN SUE: WATER WIND SAND ICE 


Opening Reception: Saturday 29-Jun 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

Alan Sue

Born 1949, Chicago, Illinois

Alan Sue received his Bachelors of Science / Photography in 1974 from Southern Illinois University and his Masters of Fine Arts / Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981.  He has received awards in photojournalism and was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and three Illinois Arts Council Fellowships.  Alan's work has been published in many regional and national publications.  Since 1980 he has participated in solo and group exhibitions.  Sue’s extraordinary ability to capture profound moments in remarkable places, coupled with meticulous craftsmanship place him among the best photographers of his generation.

ALAN SUE: WATER WIND SAND ICE

This series from master photographer Alan Sue (1976 – ongoing) includes documentation of water, sand, and ice around the beaches of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s north shore. These images depict the ephemeral constructions that are created from simple elements. The images blur the line between monumentality and intimacy and are at once both familiar and exotic. Long exposures allow time to manifest as tangible elements in his compositions.

It is worth considering Alan’s process and images in relation to the historic traditions of Literati Artists working in China and Japan from the 9th through the 17th centuries.  During this period, scholarly painters and poets wandered through the landscape, contemplating nature and seeking an integrated and enlightened personal vision - embodied by nature but originating in metaphysical concerns.  

Rare Nest is proud to offer to the public for the first-time signed, archival, pigment prints from digital images of the Water Wind Sand Ice series.

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EXHIBITION CLOSING RECEPTION: ASSEMBLY HALL - FEDERLE / UPCHURCH
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

EXHIBITION CLOSING RECEPTION: ASSEMBLY HALL - FEDERLE / UPCHURCH

It’s not too late! Come see the show that has been called “a perfect pairing” and “incredibly innovative.

Reservations required: keith@rarenestgallery.com / 708-616-8671

Rebekka Federle, (1990, Chicago)
Raised on the south side of Chicago, Federle has lived in Budapest, New Orleans, Kansas City, Portland, and Berlin.  Her work analyzes narratives of ancient myths, local folklore and hazy memory, and is articulated with antique printed material culled from each new place she visits. Federle attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received her BFA with Honors in 2014 from the Maine College of Art in woodworking & furniture design.
John T. Upchurch (1968, Chicago)
For the last several years, John T. Upchurch has crafted and appropriated discarded elements and manufactured materials to produce a prolific body of sculptural objects that suggest patent models, specimen collections or curious tools.  Upchurch received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (1990) where he simultaneously studied and performed in bands - most notably The Coctails.  John’s enigmatic sculptures achieve a singular accomplishment in their defiance of scale.


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LEO SEGEDIN AT U of ILLINOIS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN - URBANA
Jun
15
5:30 PM17:30

LEO SEGEDIN AT U of ILLINOIS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN - URBANA

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The exhibition, "Leo Segedin's Chicago: Games, Trains, and Planes" will be on view in the Link Gallery (between the School of Art + Design and Krannert Art Museum) from May 22 to June 15, 2019, with a closing reception/book signing on Saturday, June 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Meet the artist, enjoy light refreshments, and take in the breadth and depth of a life dedicated to capturing life's moments and memories with incredible skill, grace, and feeling. The recently published Leopold Segedin: A Habit of Art will be available.

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ARTIST'S TALK: Upchurch & Federle: ASSEMBLY HALL
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

ARTIST'S TALK: Upchurch & Federle: ASSEMBLY HALL

Artist's Talk: Upchurch & Federle in conjunction with the exhibition ASSEMBLY HALL

Reception and Champagne Barbecue

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

Friday 7-Jun 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Explore the artist's mind and the processes that produce their work.  How did they get here?  Ask them anything.  They are contractually obligated to answer.  

Image: John T. Upchurch.  All rights reserved: the Artist

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WORDS, ASSEMBLED: Poetry with Ruth Danon / Natania Rosenfeld
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

WORDS, ASSEMBLED: Poetry with Ruth Danon / Natania Rosenfeld

WORDS, ASSEMBLED: Poetry with Ruth Danon / Natania Rosenfeld  

Reception, Reading, Discussion in conjunction with “ASSEMBLY HALL: FEDERLE / UPCHURCH”
Saturday, June 1st, 7 – 9 PM

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

Poetry and visual art have been engaged in a very long conversation. Natania Rosenfeld and Ruth Danon entered the conversation in different but complementary ways. Rosenfeld looks directly at art works. Inspired by them she renders both the essence of their visual qualities and her response to them in vividly descriptive poems and essays. Danon abstracts from the visual to build structures for her poems and prose poems. Drawing on architecture, she explores subjects as though entering poems as rooms, inviting the reader-audience to enter with her. These poets will present their work and engage each other and the audience in a conversation about these and other ways of thinking about the sister arts.

Ruth Danon is the author of Word Has it (Nirala, 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX 2016) and much earlier Triangulation From a Known Point. Her poetry and prose have been published widely in the United States and abroad. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, and Resist Much, Obey Little. After over 20 years of directing and teaching the Creative Writing Program for adult undergraduates at New York University she retired in 2016. She now teaches in New York City, and Beacon, NY and curates the Spring Street Reading Series for Atlas Studios.

Natania Rosenfeld is a writer and independent scholar and Professor Emerita of English at Knox College. She has published a poetry collection, Wild Domestic (Sheep Meadow Press 2015), and a critical book, Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf (Princeton 2000). An e-chapbook, She and I, appeared in 2018 from Essay Press. Her essays, poems and fiction have published in journals including The Yale Review, APR, Raritan, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Southwest Review, and four essays have been listed as "Notable" in Best American Essays collections. She lives in Edgewater with her husband and two quadrupeds.

Image: Rebekka Federle - Baloonaxe

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OPENING RECEPTION FOR ASSEMBLY HALL: Rebekka Federle • John T. Upchurch
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

OPENING RECEPTION FOR ASSEMBLY HALL: Rebekka Federle • John T. Upchurch

ASSEMBLY HALL
Rebekka Federle • John T. Upchurch
May 18 – June 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 5 – 9 PM

Reservations required: keith@rarenestgallery.com / 708-616-8671

Rebekka Federle, (1990, Chicago)
Raised on the south side of Chicago, Federle has lived in Budapest, New Orleans, Kansas City, Portland, and Berlin.  Her work analyzes narratives of ancient myths, local folklore and hazy memory, and is articulated with antique printed material culled from each new place she visits. Federle attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received her BFA with Honors in 2014 from the Maine College of Art in woodworking & furniture design.
John T. Upchurch (1968, Chicago)
For the last several years, John T. Upchurch has crafted and appropriated discarded elements and manufactured materials to produce a prolific body of sculptural objects that suggest patent models, specimen collections or curious tools.  Upchurch received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (1990) where he simultaneously studied and performed in bands - most notably The Coctails.  John’s enigmatic sculptures achieve a singular accomplishment in their defiance of scale.


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EXHIBITION CLOSING RECEPTION: THE ILLUSTRATED LOVER’S DISCOURSE
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

EXHIBITION CLOSING RECEPTION: THE ILLUSTRATED LOVER’S DISCOURSE

Reservations are required. keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Please join Rare Nest for the closing reception of “An Ilustrated Lover’s Discourse” - an installation by Keith Bringe with a multi-channel sound piece by Ed Herrmann. We will also reprise the adapted, low-light systems for this event.

Roland Barthe's "Fragments d'un Discourse Amoreux" was published in Paris by Editions du Seuil in 1977. A mainstay in linguistic studies, "A Lover's Discourse" comprises 80 'fragments' - chapters - that illuminate the anatomy of desire with references from Goethe, Plato, Freud, Gide, Zen philosophy and more. Bringe interprets the book through 80 constructions, combining painting, drawing, objects, and photography. The assemblage recalls cabinets of curiosity and the work of Joseph Cornell. This is the first, public exhibition of a work in progress, slowly developed over a decade.

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AN ILLUSTRATED LOVER'S DISCOURSE: MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND INSTALLATION BY ED HERRMANN
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

AN ILLUSTRATED LOVER'S DISCOURSE: MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND INSTALLATION BY ED HERRMANN

The multi-channel sound installation created by Ed Herrmann based on text selected by Keith Bringe from “A Lover’s Discourse” is a collaborative project including the voices of nine individuals.  The recorded piece was created in conjunction with the exhibition “An Illustrated Lover’s Discourse” based on Roland Barthes’s linguistic masterpiece, “Fragments d’un discours amoureux”. 

Barthes’s “Fragments d’un discours amoureux” was published in Paris in 1977 and was translated in an English edition in 1978.  The book comprises 80 chapters or fragments which explore concepts in the language of love.  In this important linguistic analysis, Barthes draws upon references from the worlds of literature, music, painting and philosophy.  Chicago-based artist Keith Bringe interpreted “A Lover’s Discourse” through 80 constructions – one for each chapter.  Each fragment is contained within a vintage wine crate as setting for assemblage of drawings, paintings, found objects and photographs. Labeled with chapter headings in French and English, the boxes form a visual lexicon.  Bringe presents his installation as a never-ending work in progress.

Ed Herrmann is a musician and composer with a background in radio and sound design. His performances feature analog modular electronics, percussion, and invented instruments. He has composed music for dance, theater, and broadcast; created audio tours for museums and historical sites throughout the country; and produced radio programs and podcasts on music and other subjects. 

Ed’s program for The Lover’s Discourse is preceded by “We,” commissioned by the Poetry Foundation in 2017 to mark the centennial of the birth of Gwendolyn Brooks.  Using crowd sourced readings of Brooks’s iconic poem, “We Real Cool,” Ed assembled multiple interpretations of each stanza of the poem, creating an ever-changing rhythmic tapestry that played continuously over a four-channel sound system. 

Participating Voices

Keith Bringe: artist and founder/director of Rare Nest Gallery in Chicago

David Cloud: inventor and composer

Kristine Cloud: multi-media and assemblage artist

Chloe Forte: Northwestern University student and sound/media artist

Carol Goodnick:  radio host and retired nurse in Columbia, Missouri

Peter Handler: playwright and consultant to non-profits and foundations

Ed Herrmann: composer and audio producer, board of Directors Experimental Sound Studio

Dr. David Sokol: historian/curator and Professor Emeritus - Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Tiphanie Spencer: artist and founder and director of White Color Productions

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EXHIBITION OPENING: THE ILLUSTRATED LOVER’S DISCOURSE
Mar
30
5:00 PM17:00

EXHIBITION OPENING: THE ILLUSTRATED LOVER’S DISCOURSE

EXHIBITION: THE ILLUSTRATED LOVER’S DISCOURSE

An installation by Keith Bringe based on Roland Barthe's masterpiece

March 16 - April 20. Opening Reception: March 16, 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Reservations are required. keith@rarenestgallery.com or 708-616-8671

Roland Barthe's "Fragments d'un Discourse Amoreux" was published in Paris by Editions du Seuil in 1977. A mainstay in linguistic studies, "A Lover's Discourse" comprises 80 'fragments' - chapters - that illuminate the anatomy of desire with references from Goethe, Plato, Freud, Gide, Zen philosophy and more. Bringe interprets the book through 80 constructions, combining painting, drawing, objects, and photography. The assemblage recalls cabinets of curiosity and the work of Joseph Cornell. This is the first, public exhibition of a work in progress, slowly developed over a decade.

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THE CITY AS MUSE: CHICAGO IN PAINTINGS, PRINTS & DRAWINGS with Dr. Wendy Greenhouse
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

THE CITY AS MUSE: CHICAGO IN PAINTINGS, PRINTS & DRAWINGS with Dr. Wendy Greenhouse

Lecture / Reception: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED keith@rarenestgallery or 708-616-8671

In a highly visual presentation, Dr. Wendy Greenhouse will provide an overview of her current project – a celebration of the artistic interpretation of Chicago’s built environment and social spaces from the Great Fire to the present.  Greenhouse is an independent art historian specializing in American art in Chicago before World War II. Formerly Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Chicago History Museum, she has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and Terra Foundation for American Art. Greenhouse has written exhibition and collection catalogues as well as articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries. She has lectured and taught widely and has curated exhibitions.  Greenhouse earned her BA History and PhD History of Art at Yale.

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CITY FUTURE: Professor Breugmann with Commissioner Reifman: Reception and Conversation
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

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

URBAN STUDIES: CITY FUTURE THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST ONLY.

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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Epidemiology of Chicago School Architecture with Dr. Richard Condit
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Epidemiology of Chicago School Architecture with Dr. Richard Condit

EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CHICAGO SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE - FREE EVENT BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. keith@rarenestgallery or 708-616-8671.

with Dr. Richard Condit -- Saturday, January 26th,  2 PM – 4 PM

Dr. Richard Condit, an associate of the Smithsonian Institution's Tropical Research Institute is a scholar in biology, ecology and population. He is also the son of one of America’s leading architectural historians, Carl W. Condit (1914 - 1997). In groundbreaking research, Dr. Condit (the son) has applied the principals of epidemiology to the population of buildings described in Dr. Condit’s father’s 1964 book - Chicago School of Architecture A History of Commercial and Public Building in the Chicago Area, 1875-1925 which formed the bedrock for the history of Chicago's architecture.  Rick Condit’s approach and data provide a rare, objective analysis of Chicago's preservation success - or lack thereof.

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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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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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