Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery Art gallery and vintage shop

What a night of pure JOY! Album  #1Thank you to all our artists from Our Black Experience curated by  .corner and Start ...
12/20/2023

What a night of pure JOY! Album #1
Thank you to all our artists from Our Black Experience curated by .corner and Start Deep with work by Heaven’s biggest supporter and

The Heaven team is so proud to have helped these artists present their work to their peers and families.
Please join us for their artists talks on January 7th for Start Deep at 12pm and January 20th for Our Black Experience!

Save the date! Our double opening reception for our two new exhibitions is this Friday, December 15th 7-11PM! Join us fo...
12/13/2023

Save the date! Our double opening reception for our two new exhibitions is this Friday, December 15th 7-11PM! Join us for the opening of ‘Our Black Experience: Stories from Black Women Photographers’ and ‘Start Deep’! ⁠🥂⁠

Our Black Experience: Stories From Black Women Photographers is an exhibition that features 10 artists. This exhibition pays homage to the remarkable talents and unique perspectives of Black women and non-binary photographers, capturing the myriad facets of the Black experience. Through their lenses, they provide an intimate glimpse into the rich tapestry of life, resilience, joy, and struggle that defines the Black community.⁠

Start Deep is a multi-generational two person show that features work by Tish Noel and bARBER. Both artists work in recycled everyday materials to create landscapes and paintings that have an embedded context for climate change, racial capitalism, and social dystopia. They use artist intuition to guide them through material and process. Through Tish Noel’s consumer catalog painting’s and bARBER’s two-dimensional artwork the artists build beauty through color and texture. The show navigates the ongoing toxic environment that starts deep by digging into human creativity and imagination to layer colorful filled raw emotion and incite a utopian future in an irrational world.

We are thrilled to announce our next exhibition ‘Class of 2023 Vol.ii’ featuring our partners, CPS Lives ()! 💫⁠⁠Join us ...
11/08/2023

We are thrilled to announce our next exhibition ‘Class of 2023 Vol.ii’ featuring our partners, CPS Lives ()! 💫⁠

Join us on Friday, November 17 from 7-11PM for our opening reception to celebrate the artist of the class of 2023! ⁠

Class of 2023 Vol. II is a continuation of the exhibition Class of 2023, which was originally exhibited at Jude Gallery in July of 2023. The exhibition featured the works of CPS Lives’ 2022-2023 artists in residence and showcased the projects they created with their Chicago Public School collaborators. Vol. II expands upon this exhibition providing a look into the lives of 13 different Chicago Public Schools through the eyes of 13 local Chicago artists who spent the last school year working with students, faculty, and staff to capture these unique communities. ⁠


CPS Lives is a 501(c)3 non-profit residency that pairs Chicago artists, designers, thinkers, and makers with public schools. Our goal is to celebrate the strengths of public schools by telling their stories. Our residents collaborate with their partner school to capture each school’s unique history and present. We showcase these stories through exhibitions around the city as well as online. Our work makes accessible the rich legacy of public schools in Chicago and supports local creatives.

Since its beginning in the Flatiron Building in the ‘90s, to its move to Lubinski Furniture in 2000, Heaven Gallery has ...
10/27/2023

Since its beginning in the Flatiron Building in the ‘90s, to its move to Lubinski Furniture in 2000, Heaven Gallery has continuously evolved. “Becoming” signifies much more than a shift from a DIY art space into a non-profit art gallery/vintage shop. In conjunction with its community development project Equity Arts, the gallery stands as a beacon for system change. In many ways, Heaven’s journey to “Becoming” mirrors the story of David and Goliath: an underdog that resisted the forces of gentrification and continues to rise up against seemingly insurmountable odds. Heaven Gallery remains a platform for Chicago artists citywide and is “Becoming” a new operating model that harnesses the power of the creative economy.⁠

Heaven Gallery’s Annual Benefit will commemorate over two decades of evolution, reinvention, and transformation: Join us on Saturday, November 4th from 7PM-12AM to celebrate Heaven’s ongoing commitment to Chicago artists. The “Becoming” Benefit will bring the art community together for an art auction, and raffle prizes that are not to be missed! Transcend through movement on the dance floor featuring music by DJ Cordell Johnson from Excursions and Rae Chardonnay from Party Noire. Cheers to infinite possibilities, shared prosperity, and to the future transformation of real estate into a civic monument for Chicago arts and culture!💫⁠

Art Auction work by: Edra Soto, Andi Crist, Jan Brugger, Aya Nakamura, Kailyn Perry, Sara Noamark, Haerim Lee, Mel Cook, Eileen Mueller, Marc Benja, Maria Burundarena, Mack Baker and more!⁠

Raffle prizes from: Bartaco, Decibel, Eden Taff, Gnarware Workshop, Imakazi Dojo, Iz Mozer Tattoo, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Marine Layer, Miyagi Records, Pearfat Parfum, Una Mae, Urban Jungle and more!⁠

Food provided by: Piece Pizza, Los Comales, Dimos Pizza, Stans Donuts, and Cinnaholic ⁠

Beer by: Revolution Brewing and Parsons ⁠and Mmm…Enjoy Wines

Grab your $30 early bird tickets now until October 21st - afterward, tickets will be $40!

Tomorrow we are hosting a daytime dance party!Cordell Johnson Excursions Chicago Jo de Presser
10/06/2023

Tomorrow we are hosting a daytime dance party!
Cordell Johnson Excursions Chicago Jo de Presser

Join us next Saturday, September 16th from 12-1PM for an artist talk for our current exhibition 'WET' with artists Jan B...
09/06/2023

Join us next Saturday, September 16th from 12-1PM for an artist talk for our current exhibition 'WET' with artists Jan Brugger and Miao Wang in-person at Heaven Gallery! 💫⁠

WET, includes a selection of experimental watercolors by Jan Brugger and Miao Wang. Both artists question the value, traditional use, and nature of watercolor to engender the medium with a critical abstract language saturated with both power and vulnerability. Watercolor is a medium that evokes improvisation, immediacy, translucency, and flow. In this exhibition, material, control, chance, and time are worked out inside a medium traditionally trapped in representation. ⁠

Wang embraces watercolor’s materiality by way of an idiosyncratic painting process couched in discovery. Observing the unpredictable moments of pigment dispersion in real time and space is liberating for her. As new textures and colors unfold, so do options, and possibilities of otherness, fostering her evolving identity. First pouring water and pigment onto synthetic translucent paper, then working with time, humidity, environment, emotion, and an ever-shifting ground, she strategically paints to interweave and disassemble pigments in water. This choice not only displays her creative approach but also reflects her ongoing evolution between material and herself.⁠

Brugger’s process is that of accumulation and erasure. In her text-based watercolors, secret thoughts, anxieties, and feelings collect in the form of liquid pigments that pool into amorphous fields of color and texture. Sharp marks bleed into indecipherable gestures as the pigments transform from one state to another. In this way, time becomes an essential factor in Brugger’s attempts to absorb a present moment through material, color, and movement. She uses watercolor for its shifting relationship with time, chaos, and control but also for its unstable nature. Watercolor is a paradoxical medium - water both brings pigment to life but can also wash it away.

Thank you to our amazing artists and all the guests who attended the opening reception of "Wayfinding" and "Creature Com...
07/15/2023

Thank you to our amazing artists and all the guests who attended the opening reception of "Wayfinding" and "Creature Comforts" last night! 💐 ⁠

Stop by the gallery this weekend during open hours today 1-6PM or Sunday 1-5PM to see the shows. Be sure to mark your calendars for each exhibitions' upcoming artist talk at Heaven Gallery:⁠

⏰Wayfinding: Sunday, July 23rd 12-1PM ⁠
⏰Creature Comforts: Saturday, August 12th 12-1PM

Only two more days until the double opening of our upcoming shows “Creature Comforts” and 'Wayfinding'! Join us to celeb...
07/12/2023

Only two more days until the double opening of our upcoming shows “Creature Comforts” and 'Wayfinding'! Join us to celebrate this Friday, July 14th 7-11PM. 🍾⁠

Wayfinding ⁠
Artists: Larsen Husby and Eileen Mueller⁠

"The world is full of sharp corners and straight lines which would have us believe in a narrow path. But we know that the map and the territory do not align neatly, so we look for covert signposts and forge our own paths where none yet exist. Like Hansel and Gretel we leave behind us markers, beacons, to guide those who might follow behind us — knowing that this trail might disappear as soon as it has been laid down. Our work comes together around the act of wayfinding. Signposts, cairns, maps, smoke signals — the tools of orientation which speak to our constant seeking for some space we do not yet inhabit.⁠"⁠


Creature Comforts⁠
Artists: Molly Blumberg and Kailun (Quentin) Yang⁠

"Create Comforts presents a selection of abstract sculptures, paintings, and drawings by Molly Blumberg and Kailun Yang of usually domestic or intimate, objects, materials, and spaces as⁠
moments of respite, solace, joy and introspection. As our bodies adjust and blend with a newly constrained environment they seek to expand, explore, and discover new opportunities, new meanings, new loves."⁠


⁠kailun.yang⁠

Thank you everyone who attended the opening reception for our current exhibition 'Too Long; Didn't Read' last Friday! It...
06/06/2023

Thank you everyone who attended the opening reception for our current exhibition 'Too Long; Didn't Read' last Friday! It was a beautiful night celebrating an incredible show and our artists!⁠

On view until July 9th!

Healing House is this TOMORROW, 5/26 6:30-8PM ⏰ and we are honored to feature DJ Celeste! ⁠Healing House is Back with DJ...
05/25/2023

Healing House is this TOMORROW, 5/26 6:30-8PM ⏰ and we are honored to feature DJ Celeste!

Healing House is Back with DJ Celeste ()! Healing House is an event that uses the power of the sounds and vibrations of House music for mind, body and soul healing. ⁠ This dance session aims to create a safe space for fellowship and wellness. Reframing party culture with early evening hours not centered around drinking. Healing House is about building community on the dance floor⁠ 💗⁠

Wife, mother, DJ and co-owner of a music label, Celeste manages to balance these responsibilities while delivering and creating some of the deepest, soulful mixes in today’s house music landscape. Celeste was introduced to DJing by the legendary Steve “Silk” Hurley in 1982. During that time, dance music was still young, being shaped into a culture and genre that is now known worldwide as House Music. Celeste was learning her craft with the likes of many Chicago’s pioneers in the industry such as: Terry Hunter, Maurice Joshua, Ron Carroll, Ron Trent, Vick Lavender, Jamie 3:26, Mike Dunn and Gene Hunt, along with countless other DJs and producers from the Chicago area that have grown to giants in the industry. Celeste was the daring female in an otherwise male dominated industry, holding her own and making a name for herself in the Chicago music scene. She, to this very day, remains the only female who has played with the late legend Ron Hardy in his home, “The Music Box”.⁠

Celeste’s motivation is to continue to play while debunking the myth that mixing was gender specific. Through mentorship and tutelage of such icons as Frankie Knuckles & Andre Hatchett, and the unwavering support of such noted DJs as Wayne Williams, Celeste has and continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

Meet the Artist! Anton Auth is a Chicago-based artist whose multifaceted practice encompasses sculpture, conceptual draw...
05/14/2023

Meet the Artist! Anton Auth is a Chicago-based artist whose multifaceted practice encompasses sculpture, conceptual drawing and video. His work explores themes of abstraction, ambiguity, the poetics of human presence, personal collections, indoor plant provenance and the act of seeing/being seen. Auth holds an MFA from the University of Chicago, where he currently serves as a Visual Arts Teaching Fellow. Prior to his artistic pursuits, he worked in the performance motorsports industry. Auth has exhibited his work at institutions such as The University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022), Wedge Projects in Chicago (2022), and the Evergreen Museum at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (2017).⁠

Get a look at his work in 'Gift Economy' on view until May 28th! Stop by today for gallery hours until 5PM.

Thank you everyone who came last night to our opening reception for “Gift Economy!” It was a beautiful night celebrating...
04/22/2023

Thank you everyone who came last night to our opening reception for “Gift Economy!” It was a beautiful night celebrating an incredible show and our artists!

On view until May 28th ✨

Save the Date!  Join us for "Spirit Work" on Thursday, May 4th from 6-9:30PM. The MCA is proud to collaborate with Heave...
04/14/2023

Save the Date! Join us for "Spirit Work" on Thursday, May 4th from 6-9:30PM. The MCA is proud to collaborate with Heaven Gallery & Equity Arts & Tribe for an In Conversation In the Community & Healing House titled Spirit Work. Gearing up for the summer, we begin unpacking Chicago’s history with an intergenerational conversation covering the spirit of house music and the knowledge passed along from pioneers to today’s contemporaries.

Spirit Work seeks to create a bridge between House music pioneers and emerging Chicago DJ’s to carry this cultural heritage into the future. The panel will bring together Robin Williams, the legendary creator of The Warehouse and the Music Box, David Chavez (Future Rootz), M-Dok (Tribe), Rae Chardonnay (Party Noire) and Blestonio (Fortune), moderated by Abra Johnson.

As cultural workers and leaders, how do we create spaces for healing and liberation through House music? Healing House started in 2019 pre-pandemic by Heaven Gallery to reframe House music dancing as wellness outside of late-night hours and not centered around alcohol. This series organically re-emerged at the end of CBSCM panels with DJ Duane Powell that turned the gallery into an early-night dance party.
Come for a full evening of discussion and dancing!

5:30PM - Doors open
6-7:30PM - Panel Discussion
7:30-9PM - Healthy House Dance Party with DJ Syko

This program is organized in collaboration with Alma Wieser and Francine Almeda from Heaven Gallery/Equity Arts, Mdok from Tribe and Otez Gary, Community Engagement Manager & Ari Reyes, Community Engagement Intern with the Community Engagement Team at the MCA.

Free event, RSVP on eventbrite - link in bio 🖇️

Happy Shopper  picked up a 🐊 belt and vintage earrings. We loved their stylish lace collar paired with a sweatshirt💫 Art...
03/26/2023

Happy Shopper picked up a 🐊 belt and vintage earrings. We loved their stylish lace collar paired with a sweatshirt💫

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Welcome to the end of 2022! Heaven Gallery accomplished so much this year and we are proud of the work we have done towa...
12/31/2022

Welcome to the end of 2022! Heaven Gallery accomplished so much this year and we are proud of the work we have done towards equity in the arts!

This year we featured art by
101 artists🌟
54 women/non binary
89 who identify as BIPOC

🥂Here is to another year of building community and connection through the arts💫

Let’s Celebrate the last days of the year on the dance floor🪩Join our Excursions and Fortune Fam for a the next two nigh...
12/29/2022

Let’s Celebrate the last days of the year on the dance floor🪩Join our Excursions and Fortune Fam for a the next two nights with joyful spirit lifting, and rhythmic body movement 💕Let’s get it!

Thurs 12/29 Excursions 9pm
at the Whistler with Dj .cordell and .vincent.33
free

Fri 12/30 Fortune 🔮 9pm at Lincoln Hall with Dj
$10 link in bio

We had so much fun this past Saturday for the opening of Love Dancing: Documenting Chicago's Nightlife, curated by . Tha...
12/20/2022

We had so much fun this past Saturday for the opening of Love Dancing: Documenting Chicago's Nightlife, curated by . Thank you so much to for making this community dance party happen! ⁠

Upcoming programming:
Saturday January 7th with Heavy Lifting from 2:30-4pm, and Documenting Nightlife from 4:30-6pm.

Sunday January 8th with Community Archiving Day with Chicago Black Social Culture Map. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the opening reception of "Broken Spectrum/Rota Gamma" and "Ongoing" last Friday nig...
12/08/2022

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the opening reception of "Broken Spectrum/Rota Gamma" and "Ongoing" last Friday night!⁠

It was wonderful seeing new and familiar faces enjoy both of these immaculate shows. If you didn't make it to the reception, join us for gallery hours Thurs-Sat 1-6 PM and Sun 1-5 PM.

We are beyond excited to announce the opening of "Remnants" and "Canciones de mi Padre" on Friday, October 21st from 7-1...
10/12/2022

We are beyond excited to announce the opening of "Remnants" and "Canciones de mi Padre" on Friday, October 21st from 7-11 PM!⁠

"Remnants" brings together works by artists Nancy Sayavong and Gabriella Willenz. Both bodies of work engage with non-heroic and commonly found elements - the architectural structure as well as interior objects - that make a home. These are understood as mnemonic devices to a rich past. The interest in them lies not in their utility but for the stories they hold and to which they unfold. They have witnessed the formation of specific singular identities through the transference of cultural values, founding myths, ideologies, intergenerational traumas, rituals, and mannerisms.⁠

"Canciones de mi Padre" is an ode to the complicated relationship that women and Q***r identifying folks can have with the paternal figures in their lives. Using Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 album ‘Canciones de Mi Padre’ as conceptual inspiration, the artist in the exhibition presents works that are an homage to paternal ancestral lineage. Reflecting on personal experiences, the participating artists address the duality of how paternal figures were sometimes our first source of protection, safety, and adoration but also the same people that held outdated ideals of gender and identity that have been detrimental to our upbringing.

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