Fine art, mixed media and handmade useable objects by 300 American artists will be available for puchase at the first annual One of a Kind Spring Show from April 29 through May 1 at The Mart in the Merchandise Mart Plaza. For tickets and more information, call 800- 677-MART (6278) or visit oneofakindshowchicago.com.
“I hope that visitors have a chance to experience mundane materials that may have been discarded and transformed in a fresh and vibrant way,” says Victoria Martinez, whose most recent fabric installations, paintings and more can be seen in Wizard Can through April 31 at Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery in Evanston where she will participate in a free Artist Talk at 6 p.m. on April 28.
Thanks to $9,000 grant by The Alumnae of Northwestern University, a fully-restored oil painting of Mrs. Dorothy Allhusen by renowned portraitist John Singer Sargent will be on display from May 5 through May 19 on the third floor of the Charles Deering McCormick Library on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. “The painting, which is one of Sargent’s last large-scale society portraits, can now be studied and fully appreciated for the way in which it references Sargent’s earlier works,” notes Scott Devine, the Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation and Conservation at University Libraries. To learn more, visit northwestern.edu/newscenter/.
Nearly 20 artists will participate in the pop-up exhibition Resurrection from Aron Packer Projects at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago. The monthlong show kicks off with a free reception from 6 to 9 pm on May 20. Visit aronpackerprojects.com for details.
The work of Los Angeles-based artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya will be on display in Some Recent Pictures (Chicago) at the Cleve Carney Gallery at Hyde Park Art Center from June 19 until August 27. “We are so happy to welcome Paul Mpagi Sepuya back to the Art Center,” says Director of Exhibitions and Residency Programs Allison Peters Quinn. “It highlights how transformative the time spent as a resident artist at Hyde Park Art Center can be for an artist’s practice.”
The city’s outdoor art series ACTIVATE returns with after-work pop-up events on May 13, June 9, July 14, August 5, September 15 and October 13. “This year, we are taking audience participation to a next level. We don’t want attendees to only experience art; we want to encourage them to be immersed in it,” says Michael Edwards, president and CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance which produces the series. For details, visit LoopChicago.com/ACTIVATE.