Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicago's Fine Arts Building celebrates 125th anniversary with exhibits and tours
--From a press release
2023-03-07

This article shared 3607 times since Tue Mar 7, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO (March 7, 2023)—Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Avenue) celebrates its 125th anniversary this year with two new public exhibits, a self-guided walking tour of significant sites, and special programming that highlights the artists and companies that have made the building an artist haven since its founding in October 1898.

New historic exhibits Art Alone Endures and Staging Ground and self-guided walking tours of the Fine Arts Building are free and open to the public during regular building hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Second Fridays open studios are free to attend on the second Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m., and include gallery openings, special performances and artistic demonstrations. For more information on Fine Arts Building exhibits and programming, visit fineartsbuilding.com .

The Fine Arts Building is a home for art in all forms: from pioneers like Poetry magazine's founding publisher Harriet Monroe, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, sculptor Lorado Taft and the Chicago Little Theatre, to the ongoing legacies of painters, musicians, booksellers, puppeteers, dancers, photographers and craftspeople who inhabit the building today, the Fine Arts Building is buzzing with more than a century of Chicago creativity and innovation. A Chicago Landmark since 1978, the building features original manually-operated elevators, Art Nouveau murals from the late 19th century, the recently renovated Studebaker Theater and Carriage Hall, a new multidisciplinary theatrical event space currently under construction.

"For more than a century, the Fine Arts Building has been an artist haven and a hub for creative and intellectual innovation," says Managing Artistic Director Jacob Harvey. "As Chicago's first building dedicated to all forms of artistic practice, this building was home to not only a diverse array of artists' studios, music schools and galleries, but also the women's suffrage movement and the center of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Midwest. This remains true today. As you walk through the halls of the Fine Arts Building, the buzz of creativity and multidisciplinary artistry is inescapable. The halls literally reverberate with music. Celebrating our 125th anniversary this year, we're honored and excited to highlight the storied history of this building, taking the legacy of the artists and craftspeople who came before and reinvigorating the Fine Arts Building as a home for the next generation of Chicago's artists and innovators."

"We've spent the last 7+ years renovating the Fine Arts Building and bringing it back to a more vibrant life, and are excited to welcome more people and community to this cherished historic home for the arts," says Erica Berger of Berger Realty Group, proprietor of the building.

Two new exhibits provide "windows into history"

As part of the 125th anniversary celebration, two free historic exhibits have opened on the Fine Arts Building's 5th Floor:

- Art Alone Endures explores how the founding of the Fine Arts Building in 1898 changed Chicago's arts community forever and served as a gathering place for prominent artists and social clubs in the early 20th century. This exhibit tells stories of the artists, musicians, craftspeople and influential societies, like the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association, that transformed the Studebaker Company's carriage assembly and showroom into Chicago's artistic and intellectual home.

A centerpiece of this exhibit is a 1/2" scale model of the Fine Arts Building, with model design and fabrication by Eleanor Kahn and lighting design by Eric Watkins. A visual representation of the stories along the gallery walls, the model imagines moments in the building's history between its founding and the 1920s, including an image from a Chicago Little Theatre production and Browne's Bookstore, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

- The Fine Arts Building's Studebaker Theater has been a major center of the performing arts for 125 years — but that isn't the whole story. The Staging Ground exhibit explores how theater artists in this historic building shaped the trajectory of performance across Chicago and beyond. Learn about innovative artists, including the Chicago Little Theatre and Anna Morgan's Acting Studios, who turned the Fine Arts Building into a center of experimental theatre and laid the groundwork for Chicago's contemporary storefront theater movement.

These exhibits are open daily during regular building hours. For more information, visit fineartsbuilding.com/windows-into-history .

Self-guided walking tour highlights prominent artists and moments in history

The Fine Arts Building has created a self-guided walking tour of significant historical sites and artist studios on each of its ten floors, with informational wall plaques providing more detail at each location about famous figures and institutions, including: Frank Lloyd Wright, the Chicago Women's Club, Lorado Taft, Sherwood Music School and Studebaker Theatre Company. The tour also stops by the 2nd Floor Art Gallery, scenic outdoor Venetian Court on the 4th Floor, new historic exhibits on the 5th Floor, and Art Nouveau murals from the late 19th century on the 10th Floor.

The Fine Arts Building is open for self-guided walking tours daily during regular building hours. For a map of historic sites, visit fineartsbuilding.com/map.

Second Fridays events offer a peek into artists' studios

Providing guests with an opportunity to meet the artists and craftspeople of the Fine Arts Building and learn about their work while enjoying refreshments and creative demonstrations, Second Fridays open studios have resumed in 2023 with events on the second Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. The events include gallery openings and special performances throughout the building, bringing all ten floors to life.

Participating tenants at Second Fridays frequently include: 2nd Floor Art Gallery curated by Stanley Smith of Oak Street Design; the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, featuring puppeteers and puppetry; Ossia Musical Forum, a musical academy and chamber music concert booking specialist; Press Here Studio, a new gallery with art exhibitions, open mic poetry and storytelling events which highlight artists changing the dialogue of mental health; and Monsieur Pamplemousse, custom jewelry by Alex Agudo, which features musical guest performances and jewelry making lessons.

For more information about Second Fridays open studios at the Fine Arts Building, visit fineartsbuilding.com/second-fridays .

About the Fine Arts Building

Chicago's artist haven since 1898, the Fine Arts Building is a home for art in all forms, including painters, musicians, sculptors, yoga studios, puppeteers, therapists, coaches, craftspeople and more. The building is also home to two performance spaces, the recently renovated Studebaker Theater and Carriage Hall, a new multidisciplinary theatrical event space currently under construction. Full of historic gems such as original manually-operated elevators and Art Nouveau murals from the late 19th century, the Fine Arts Building is a vibrant hub of creative inspiration and diverse artistic expression. Learn more at fineartsbuilding.com .


This article shared 3607 times since Tue Mar 7, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project set to hold its second annual exhibition
2024-04-19
The LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project will hold its second annual exhibition Friday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Center on Addison, 806 W. Addison St., in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood. This free and open to the ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives holds third annual Spring Soiree benefit
2024-04-19
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) hosted the "Courage in Community: The Gerber/ Hart Spring Soiree" event April 18 at Sidetrack, marking the everyday and extraordinary intrepidness of the entire LGBTQ+ ...


Gay News

WORLD Nigeria arrest, Chilean murderer, trans ban, Olivier Awards, marriage items
2024-04-19
Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's (EFCC's) decision to arrest well-known transgender woman Idris Okuneye (also known as Bobrisky) over the practice of flaunting money has sparked questions among several ...


Gay News

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announces programs for May 17-19 season finale
2024-04-17
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) announced program selections for Spring Series: Of Joy, the final installment of Season 46, Abundance. The engagement will include four unique works, once ...


Gay News

ART Thousands attend EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier
2024-04-15
EXPO CHICAGO: The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art drew thousands when it was held April 11-14 at Navy Pier, as the event continued to expand the parameters of the meaning of art. The exhibit—the ...


Gay News

Through a queer lens: Photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya discusses Chicago exhibition
2024-04-12
Paul Mpagi Sepuya is a photographer whose works incorporate several elements, including history, literary modernism and queer collaboration. The art of Sepuya—who is also an associate professor in visual arts ...


Gay News

Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison announces inaugural Cook County LGBTQ+ Youth Art Competition
2024-04-10
--From a press release - Schaumburg, Ill. — April 9, 2024 — Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison recently announced the firs ever LGBTQ+ Youth Art Competition. The competition's theme is "Pride is Power!" and will set the ton for Pride celebrations ...


Gay News

Open Space Arts's COCK offers a complex but compelling take on relationships
2024-04-08
By Brian Kirst - Premiering in 2009, Mike Bartlett's COCK was a comic revelation, exploring notions about fluidity and sexual labelling long before they became commonplace discussions. Granted, conversations about these issues will always ...


Gay News

City Lit Executive Artistic Director Brian Pastor talks theater, comics, queerness
2024-03-26
City Lit Theater has announced its programming for the 2024-25 season—which will be the company's 44th. It will also be the first season to be programmed under the leadership of Brian Pastor (they/them), who will assume ...


Gay News

Jamie Barton brings nuances of identity to her Lyric Opera 'Aida' performance
2024-03-18
Chicago's Lyric Opera is currently featuring a production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida starring Michelle Bradley as Aida, Jamie Barton as Amneris and Russell Thomas as Radamès. The opera runs through April 7, 2024, with Francesca Zambello ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, 'P-Valley,' Wendy Williams, Luke Evans, 'Queer Eye,' 'Transition'
2024-03-15
Lady Gaga came to the defense of Dylan Mulvaney after a post with the trans influencer/activist for International Women's Day received hateful responses, People Magazine noted. On Instagram, Gaga stated, "It's appalling to me that a ...


Gay News

Chicago History Museum announces "Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s - 70s exhibition
2024-03-14
--From a press release - CHICAGO (March 14, 2024) — The Chicago History Museum is thrilled to announce its upcoming exhibition, "Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s—70s." Set to open on Saturday, May 18, 2024, this exhibition is ...


Gay News

Women's History Month doesn't do enough to lift up Black lesbians
2024-03-12
Fifty years ago, in 1974, the Combahee River Collective (CRC) was founded in Boston by several lesbian and feminist women of African descent. As a sisterhood, they understood that their acts of protest were shouldered by ...


Gay News

Center on Halsted celebrates Dreams of Drag
2024-03-11
On March 9, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., in partnership with the Ralla Klepak Foundation, presented the Dreams of Drag Spring Cohort Class of 2024. The event featured performances from a class of new ...


Gay News

SAVOR Eldridge Williams talks new concepts, Beyonce, making history
2024-03-08
One restaurant would be enough for most people to handle. However, this year Eldridge Williams is opening two new concepts—including one that will be the first Black-owned country-and-western bar in the Midwest. Williams, an ally of ...


 


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.