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Chicago Artists Month
October 1 - 31, 2010
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October 1 - 31, 2010
Chicago Artists Month
A City-wide event


Nomadic Studio
July 8 - November 20, 2010
DePaul University Art Museum, Stockyard Institute

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Chicago Artists Month

October 1 - 31, 2010
Department of Cultural Affairs
Chicago Artists Month is an annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual arts community during the month of October. Over 200 events take place including exhibitions of emerging and established artists, openings, demonstrations, tours, open studios and neighborhood art walks at museums, galleries, parks, neighborhood art centers, artists’ studios and other locations throughout the city....More

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Nomadic Studio
July 8 - November 20, 2010
DePaul University Art Museum
2350 N. Kenmore

The Stockyard Institute will repurpose the DePaul University Art Museum as a Nomadic Studio with over thirty programs and live performances, a recording studio, Stockyard publication office (SITE), nomadic teacher center, workstations, exhibition space, curriculum kiosks, resource library and more. 

Nomadic Studio is a four-month long series of rotating artistic and pedagogical actions seeking to highlight and distribute concepts derived from a variety of creative practitioners. The project can be viewed as a hybrid station for productions, exhibitions, developments, performances, publications, and education. This large scale public effort will celebrate the incidental, provisional, mobile, and art / non-arts related sites of production.

Nomadic Studios Programs:


[ 9.11 ]
12pm - Publishing Process Workshop w/ Brandon AlvendiaBrandon will be conducting a workshop on the entire Silver Galleon Press publishing process. Participants will be guided through the production of their very own bound publication. Text acquisition (online text databases/rapid book scanning/PDF preparation), printing (laser/photocopier/inkjet) and binding (staple/thermal/mechanical) strategies will be explained with a emphasis on using inexpensive, easy-to-obtain materials and straightforward, easy-to-un­derstand techniques.

[ 9.18 ]
7pm - Union Rock Yards w/ Bottomless Pit, the Bismarck, Bear ClawMusic performances are encores from the last night of the now-closed Humboldt Park venue, Union Rock Yards. Bottomless Pit play “their blues”. Affectionate and brusque, languid and bracing, they are nearly peerless modern post-punk. Washington's The Bismarck are a rock band that plays rock music. Bear Claw creates powerful, noisy, yet melodic songs utilizing its obtuse instrumentation of two bass guitars and drums.

[ 9.23 ]
2 pm - Food, Art, and the Politics of Agriculture in Contemporary Social Practice w/ Liena Vayzman
How do artists activate dialogue on the cultural politics of food and agriculture? This talk pinpoints an invigorated flowering in current U.S. art practice, with global implications: food as site for discourse and action. In the context of sustainability imperatives and climate change concerns, public attention is drawn to the politics of food production and distribution. The talk will demonstrate how artists lead the way to action with vital, diverse strategies. Artists function as farmers and cultural critics; interrogate the origins and processes of the food we eat; and link to green movements, heralding a change in zeitgeist. The use of food in art practice deploys strate­gies of collaboration, de-materialization, social interaction, sustainability, urban agriculture, and cross-cultural cuisine. Bringing Victory Gardens to City Hall and worm bins to museum lobbies, transforming lawns into vegetable gar­dens and breaching cultural divides through shared recipes, artists catalyze expanded awareness of possibilities for arts civic engagement.


6-8pm – Form and Content of Writing w/ Thea Liberty Nichols, Patrice Connolly, Claudine Ise, Abraham Ritchie and Bert Stabler - Panelists will engage in a casual discussion that examines the form (newsprint, published monographs, online journals or blogs) and content (criticism, interviews, exhibition re­views, press releases or scholarly essays) of their writing. Their individual practices, including the texts that inform and inspire them, will be examined alongside the colleagues and organizations with which they collaborate. In conjunction with Studio Chicago, the ways in which their studio environment, and indeed the city itself, contextualizes their practice will also be explored.

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a curator and writer. Isé was Associate Cu­rator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. She currently writes for artforum.com, art:21 blog, ARTnews, New City, and badatsports.com.

Abraham Ritchie is a writer as well as the Editor for ArtSlant: Chicago, the creator and administrator of The Chicago Art Blog on the Chica­goNow network and WordPress, and also writes for NewCity. He has previ­ously written about art for Madison Newspapers, Inc.

Thea Liberty Nichols is an arts administrator, independent curator, and writer who lives and works in Chicago. Along with managing Intuits Study Center, she also acts as Co-Director of 65GRAND

.Patrice Connelly is the Curatorial Associate for BMO Financial Group’s Corporate Art Collection where she crafts catalog texts describing and contextualizing the art works in their holdings. She has been contributing freelance art exhibi­tion reviews to Newcity since 2008.

Bert Stabler is a teacher, writer, curator, and artist living in Chicago. He feeds on the living.


[ 9.25 ]
10am - CULTURAL FERMENTATION 101: Sauerkraut Making and Interac­tive Theory Workshop w/Liena Vayzman--
In this hands-on workshop, we are going to make sauerkraut and other easy fermented vegetables from local veggies. We will read aloud from “Wild Fer­mentation” and other texts make links between fermentation and transforma­tion.  How can we transform identity using the what’s in the air, how can we imagine transformation and possibilities? Just as making sauerkraut preserves tradi­tions, the local seasonal harvest, yet transforms them into new forms that come about from a generative collaboration with beneficial microorganisms, identity transforms from interaction with the multitude of forces, visible and invisible, practical and theoretical.

Come get your hands salty! Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring any of the following if you can -- fresh veggies (cabbage, carrots, ginger, apples, greens you can ferment any fresh produce! -- so bring the extra abundant harvest from your garden or a community garden), glass jars, mixing bowls, knives, cutting boards, sea salt. We will provide many of these ingredients hopefully we can all share! You will chop, shred, and learn the ba­sics of starting a jar of sauerkraut to take home with you, where it will develop its flavor over time.

And yes, there will be music!

In August, nomadic studio will be transforming into the Bird Sanctuary. The main gallery space will be turned into a replica of the former Chicago loft space, A\V Aerie. The Opening on 8/12 features work by: Rob Funderburk, Susan Hall, Nikki Jarecki, Christophe Roberts, Jay Ryan, Tom Stack, Erik Stenberg, and Diana Sudyka.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Come see AndrewandAndrea

Saturday, August 21, 2010
Baby Teeth, Tim Kinsella and Willis P Jenkins perform on the newly constructed A\V Aerie stage.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Mary Mattingly and Mockhouse

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Bird Building zine release

Thursday, July 8, 2010

5pm - House Warming
Exhibit doors open to the public.

6pm -Steve Albini - Moving a Home Studio Owner and Recording Engineer Steve designed Electrical Audio and moved his home studio, where he recorded for over 10 years. A Montana native and graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Steve has made over 1000 records by over 1000 bands.

7pm - Live Music w/ Bric-a-Brac, onono, Small Awesome
Music performances will take place in the Rumpus Room, a fully-
functioning ‘home’ recording studio. All three bands consist of musicians that have rehearsed or recorded in the Rumpus Room.

Saturday, July 10, 2010
12-5pm - Rumpus Room open for recording.
Open Stockyard Studio

Thursday, July 15, 2010
6pm - Protect Your Neck w/ Alex Maiolo and Bob Farster Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for almost nine years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. He is a partner at an insurance agency and a musician. Bob Farster has worked as a credit expert and loan officer helping those without the strongest financial backgrounds to purchase homes and business spaces for themselves.

Saturday, July 17, 2010
Open Stockyard Studio
3pm - Faiz Zeppelin open rehearsal session
Zeppelin concept band transparent rehearsal

Thursday, July 22, 2010
6pm - Home Recording Panel w/ Greg Norman, Mark Greenberg, and Brian McNally. Greg is an engineer at Electrical Audio and owner of Studio Greg Studios II, a recording studio in his house with fancy equipment and a few rooms for recording stuff. Brian McNally is an electrician and owner of the Rumpus Room, and Mark Greenberg, owner of Mayfair Recordings, a music-for-use company that specializes in music composition, music and sound recording, and sound design.

Saturday, July 24, 2010
11am - Solar Powered Theremin Workshop w/ Knox Rivette. Workshop will take place in our satellite space 0170, a science lab in DPU. Open to the first 20 people. Knox Daley Revitte is a musician, recording enthusiast, tinkerer, and life artist. Ze has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing hir MS in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University.

For more information visit http://nomadicstudio.wordpress.com/.

Curated by Stockyard Institute.

Image Credit: Nomadic Studios, promotional image