May 18th: Underground Gala Dinner at Land & Sea. Dept
June 15th: Birthday Bash at Salvage 1
Programs: Past Exhibitions
MARCH 8 – APRIL 20, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: MARCH 8, 6-9PM
MAIN GALLERY SPACE
ARTIST TALK: April 4 at 7 PM
COLLABORATIVE READING: April 13 at 2 PM
Exhibition essay by Danny Orendorff, available at threewalls
MARCH 8 – APRIL 20, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: MARCH 8, 6-9PM
SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 20th, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 7, 6-9PM
Slide Lecture and Listening Party: Saturday, September 22nd, 3pm
Live Recording Sessions October 2 and October 17
With an accompanying bi-fold and essay by Terri Kapsalis.
Two Shows: June 29 – August 4, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 29th, 6-9pm
May 4-June 16, 2012
Opening Reception: May 4, 6-9 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, May 10 (if you missed it, download a pdf of the talk here)
Readings and guest lectures: June 14
NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 15, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: NOVEMBER 2, 6-9PM
Artist Talk: December 1st, 2 PM
JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 23, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: JANUARY 11, 6-9PM
Schizo Culture: A Collaborative Reading/Publication Release: January 31st, 7 PM
Schizo Panel: February 9th, 7 PM
March 9-April 21, 2012
Opening Reception: March 9, 6-9PM
Artist Talk: April 21, 2 PM
January 13-February 25, 2012
Opening Reception: January 13, 2012, 6-9 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, February 9th, 7pm
USSA 2012: The Orphanage Project
September 9-October 15th, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, September 9th, 6-9pm
Artist talk: Thursday, October 6th, 7pm
October 28 - December 10, 2011
Opening Reception: October 28. 2011, 6-9 PM
May 6th - June 18th, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, May 6th, 6-9pm
Artist talk: Thursday, May 26th, 7pm
March 11th- April 23rd, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, March 11th, 6-9pm
Artist talk: Thursday, March 31st, 7pm
In this SALON session, we ask: what are some boundaries-pushing, interdisciplinary curatorial models that fully embrace all the potential inherent in that role? How has the “educational turn” changed the stakes for independent and institutional curators? How are curators (aspiring or established) responding to, profiting from, or perhaps even ignoring, the academicization of their practice? And what are some thoughtful ways in which curatorial practice is responding to different institutional models, as well as reaching beyond the arts institution, to address activism and politics?
Jan 14th - Feb 26th, 2011
Opening reception: Fri, Jan 14th, 6-9pm
Artist talk: Thur, Feb 10th, 7pm
November 5 - December 11, 2010
Opening Reception: November 5th 6-9pm
Kelly Kaczynski: The Stagehand's Unseen (main space) and Kirsten Leenaars: The Impossible Voyage (Larry and Jacob Kart) (project room)
September 10 - October 23, 2010
Opening Reception: September 10th, 2010, 6pm
Special preview party and screening: September 9th, 2010 7-10pm
Live music by Bill MacKay and Conrad Freiburg
Artist Talk with Kelly Kaczynski: September 30th, 2010,6pm
June 4 - July 3, 2010
Opening Reception: June 4th, 2010, 6pm
Artist Talk: June 17th, 2010, 6pm
April 23-May 22, 2010
Opening Reception: April 23rd, 2010, 6pm
Artist Talk: May 6th, 2010, 6pm
Thanks to the internet, Photoshop, and new software and codes, source material is virtually infinite, infinitely reproducible, infinitely transformable, and remembered forever, with the potential to be archived and documented in the virtual realm for eternity. What are the implications of this newly expanded sense of temporality and lack of materiality (in many cases) for art makers who experiment with these mediums, and for their viewers and critics? How do artists work through, or with, notions of labor and laziness that are part and parcel of the phenomenon of the internet? How has the internet has affected curatorial practice? Guest Respondents: Jon Cates, Eric Fleischauer, Mark Hereld, Friedhard Kiekeben, Dan Quiles and Daniel Sauter explore these questions and more.
March 19-April 17, 2010
Opening Reception: March 19th, 2010, 6-9pm
Performance: 8 pm
Artist Talk: April 7th, 2010, 7pm
There appears to be a growing return to the book amongst younger artists, writers and thinkers. This move towards the material and physical may be in reaction to the vastness and immateriality of forms of cultural production in the Second Life era. This discussion centers around definitions of the publication as art object, as curated exhibition, as micro-archive, as well as phenomenological aspects of the publication—its tactility, personable and intimate dimensions, and the unique one-to-one relationship between reader/viewer and object. Bookmakers, editors, curators and scholars have been invited to this discussion to share their experiences as we ponder the significance of recent evolutions in the book as object, curatorial challenges the artist book provokes, and the future of the medium. Guest Respondents: Brandon Alvendia, Simon Anderson, Doro Boehme, Michael Golec, and Paige Johnston
The ancient art of cartography has mysterious and storied resonances of ignorance, journeys and discovery; idealized and paradisiacal utopias; Cartesian desires for quantifiable knowledge; and colonial powers and empires. Today, contemporary artists across the globe employ mapping and diagramming in their creative practice to incredibly diverse ends. Bourriaud locates this practice as characteristic of a new era in art in his curatorial essay on the “altermordern”; for the curator, it reflects our age of invisible but enforced borders; multiple passports; global culture and nomadism. Beyond the obvious socio-political qualities in the art of making a map, however, there is also the fundamental act itself of making connections, of stringing ideas together visually and spatially. Guest respondents: Bret Bloom, Scott Carter, Adelheid Mers, Deb Sokolow and Sara Schnadt explore the political, social, personal and ontological dimensions of the map.
January 15 - February 13, 2010
Opening: Friday, January 15, 6:00-9:00 PM
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 4, 6:00 PM
Art projects begin to feel like dissertations; loaded with multivalent cultural, political, and historical references, this type of practice often doesn’t result in a traditional art object, but instead exists in performance, in conversations, in recreations of office spaces or archives within a gallery. Contemporary strains of this type of practice have had high visibility in Chicago recently, with exhibitions by Liam Gillick and Jeremy Diller at the MCA in the fall, and the knowledge-questioning investigation by Aspen Mays about to open at the Hyde Park Art Center; these examples will be touchstones for the conversation. Guest respondents: Frances Whitehead, Patrick Bobilin, Allison Peters & Aspen Mays
The Work of Gambling Historians: Oblique Glances at the Present
Image: Eric Fleischauer, Assigned + Recommended Reading, 2007. Image courtesy of the artist.
The Doctoral Artist: Research and Art Practice
Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Curating the Page
Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
Art in the Age of Infinite Reproducibility
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Join threewalls this winter for the 2010 SALONS series, The Work of Gambling Historians: Oblique Glances at the Present, a special series curated by Ania Szremski. Held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm, SALONS feature guest respondents in round table discussion with the public about currents the contemporary visual arts.
The pictures of race horses crossing the finish line in The Truth Will be Known When the Last Witness is Dead from Walid Raad’s Atlas Project show the horse’s nose right before, or right after, crossing the finish line—never at the exact moment that the horse wins. This project eloquently demonstrates our inability to capture the precise moment in which we live; we need temporal and critical distance for lived experience to coalesce into something recognizable. Perhaps because of this very difficulty, there is an inevitable anxiety to understand, define and delineate the present.
The Work of Gambling Historians is a discussion series that intends to take a sidelong glance at the present moment in cultural production, while remaining cognizant of the fact that these glances will inevitably result in blurry, distorted visions. The series is inspired by a perhaps contentious intuition that technological developments over the past two decades have produced an epistemic shift in terms of our relationship to the concept of “knowledge.” A cursory glance at contemporary art production may reveal certain trends related to this hunch: today, we see art practice steeped in personal or scholarly research, that is often archival in nature, and that doesn’t necessarily result in an end product; a turn to the map and diagram to connect ideas and reveal the patterns hidden under experience; and a resurgence of interest in the publication, parallel to a voracious plundering of the possibilities of the internet and new technologies. The Work of Gambling Historians proposes to investigate this evolution in contemporary ways of receiving, processing, and ordering information, and how this evolution is made manifest in artistic, curatorial, and critical practice.
threewallsSALONS are an ongoing project that invites creative producers and thinkers into the gallery for an open-forum discussion about currents in contemporary visual art and culture. SALONS pose a discussion topic, gather a few key contributors and then open up the floor for discussion between those actively engaged in the 'question' and anyone and everyone who would like to come and be apart of the conversation. This year’s series was curated by Ania Szremski, a dual MA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy. This project was funded in part by The Presidential Urban Engagement Grant distributed by SAIC.
Discussions are gently moderated to keep the discussion flowing.
Check the calendar for more details.
September 11 - October 10, 2009
Christy Matson & Jon Brumit: ATTENTION Star People * Light Workers * Indigo, Crystal & Rainbow Children *
NEXT Fair: April 30 - May 4, 2009
Join threewalls Thursday, February 5th at 7 pm for Hive Brain (contemporary collaboratives and their open source future), a SALON featuring: Death by Design, Temporary Services, Material Exchange and more. Moderated by Elizabeth Chodos of threewalls.
Art with a Hive Brain is a conversation with local visual arts collaboratives about practicing as a group, team or partnership, the relinquishment of singular authorship, the idea of open-source creativity and recent popularity of collaborative practices in contemporary art. Members of Chicago’s art community are invited to collectively examine and confer about these topics and more over drinks and snacks in this, the third of threewalls 2008/09 salons.
threewallsSALONS are an ongoing project that invites creative producers and thinkers into the gallery for an open-forum discussion about currents in contemporary visual art and culture. SALONS pose a discussion topic, gather a few key contributors and then open up the floor for discussion between those actively engaged in the ‘question’ and anyone and everyone who would like to come and be apart of the conversation. Discussions are gently moderated to keep the ideas flowing.
Join threewalls Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 PM for The Artist in the Field (The rise of the residency and the return to nature), a SALON featuring Sarah Workneh of Ox-Bow; Abby Satinsky of InCUBATE andHarold Arts; Joe Jeffers, Emily Green and Nicholas Wiley of Harold Arts, for a discussion about the artist residency. Moderated by Elizabeth Chodos of threewalls.
Curated by Alternator Gallery; an exchange show with Alternator Gallery
For the 2008/09 season ThreeWalls is introducing a new resource center and bookstore at their Headquarters.
June 27 - August 2, 2008
Merge or Fade: Andrew Suggs, Anna Neighbor,Corey Antis, Gabriel Boyce, James Johnson, Linda Yun, Leah Ballis and Matthew Suib
May 16 - June 14, 2008
Bellwether: Josh Mannis, Jenny Walters, Joseph Kohnke, Bill O'Brien, Lisa Boumstein-Smalley, Chelsea Tonelli Knight, Duncan McKenzie, Daniel Anhorn, David Coyle, Ann Toebbe, Caleb Jones Lyons and Heather Mekkelson
Curated by Shannon Stratton, an exchange show with Vox Populi and Alternator Gallery, on view in Philadelphia (July 08) and Kelowna, BC (Fall 08).
February 22 - March 29, 2008
Curated by DetroitMONA, exchange show with DetroitMONA February 22-March 22, 2008
December 1 - 29, 2007
Making Peace: Mel Davis, Juan Garcia, Diana Guerrero-Maci�, Emily Jacir, Jesikah Ruehle, Mika Rottenberg, Christine Tarkowski and James Westwater
October 19 - November 17, 2007
Curated by Kristin Freeman, artist's files exhibition
ARTS ADMINISTRATION SYMPOSIUM
placing (moving explorations in search of bearings.): art world etiquette, place in a flat world, LiveBox: Inter-Place and pop moves
art world etiquette: Alex Bag, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Jakup Ferri, Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson, Kalup Linzy; place in a flat world: Sonja Hinrichsen, Rachelle Viader Knowles, Philipp Geist, Brooke White, Jiang Zhi, LiveBox: Inter-Place; pop moves: Tony Cokes, Sadie Benning, Slater Bradley, Siebren Versteeg. A video show in three parts organized by threewalls and curated by Ruba Katrib, Catherine Forster of LiveBox and Kat Parker and Katie Rashid of Duchess.
Curated by Jeff M. Ward and Shannon Stratton; work on display in five spaces: Andrea Cohen (at ThreeWalls), Loul Samater (at Fraction Workspace), Ryan Swanson (at The Chicago Cultural Center), Mike Andrews (at 40000) and Clinton King (at The Suburban)
Curated by Shannon Stratton and Jeff M. Ward
Take My Hand: Siobhan Byrns, William John O'Brien, Larissa Fassler, Kathleen Kranack, Tricia Moreau Sweeney and Jessica Doyle
Curated by Ruba Katrib, a ThreeWalls artist files exhibition
Curated by threewalls