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Chicago Manual Style and P.S.

(Publishing Services) is a project space sited in a garage in Chicago, IL. Directed by Stephanie Cristello, the program is dedicated to exhibitions featuring established and emerging artists, and the production of critical writing. Positioned at the convergence of exhibitions and publications, each show results in the production and commission of essayistic texts on contemporary art for an international roster of publications.


Four Flags Chicago, curated by Stephanie Cristello and Ruslana Lichtzier, 2020.

A Means of Signaling: A Review of Four Flags at Chicago Manual Style

Thank you to Newcity Art for the coverage on Four Flags, curated by Stephanie Cristello and Ruslana Lichtzier. On view through September at 1927 W. Superior St, Chicago IL 60622 and on Instagram

Many flags are direct responses to our current political moment, whether that's the loss of life due to the pandemic, the racism and xenophobia displayed by the President and his supporters or more poetic interpretations of resilience and resistance.


Curated by Stephanie Cristello

September 20—November 17, 2019

CHICAGO, IL—Chicago Manual Style is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of German artist Sarah Ortmeyer (b. 1980, Frankfurt am Main) in Chicago. The exhibition, entitled INFERNO CHICAGO, incorporates the formal elements of chess alongside a series of new paintings and sculptures. In this show, the personification of heaven and hell is also explored through the artist’s ‘emoji shadow series,’ a body of work that interrogates the relationship to the origins of painting, universal language, and iconography. In her paintings of palm trees, devils, and rainbows, Ortmeyer captures the essence of the codex as both a type of script and a physical object capable of existing in nature.

Support for this exhibition was provided by the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and the Goethe Institut Chicago.

Sarah Ortmeyer (b.1980) is a graduate of Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt. Selected shows include: Kunstverein München (Munich); Belvedere21 (Vienna); Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw); Palais de Tokyo (Paris); MAK Center (Los Angeles); KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); Wittgenstein House (Vienna); Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt); MoMA PS1 (New York); Tel Aviv Museum (Tel Aviv), Monnaie de Paris (Paris), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin) and Swiss Institute (New York). Her work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze Magazine, Kunstforum International, THE SEEN, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among others.

Sarah Ortmeyer at Chicago Manual Style (Contemporary Art Daily)

Thank you to Contemporary Art Daily for the coverage of our recent exhibition. Closing November 17!

Contemporary Art Daily. A Daily Journal of International Exhibitions. | Artist: Sarah Ortmeyer Venue: Chicago Manual Style Exhibition Title: INFERNO CHICAGO Curated By: Stephanie Cristello Date: September 20 – November 16, 2019


Sarah Ortmeyer, FLYRT, exhibition view, Kunstverein München e.V. (Munich, Germany). Copyright Sarah Ortmeyer. Photographer: Peter Mochi.


Kay Rosen’s upcoming solo exhibition at OSMOS Station, “The Gravity of Language,” will feature the work “Sisyphus,” which you may remember from our previous exhibition, In Light Of…

Kay Rosen’s rare film spells out every possible phonetic spelling of Sisyphus, circumventing only the correct articulation. The film’s infinite loop mimics the form of the popular myth, presenting both a portrait of the condemned figure and an empathetic treatise on his conviction, forcing viewers to undergo a similar senseless repetition without reward. The ontological use of language—a concrete presentation of text that echoes the conceptual meaning of the text itself—is a constant of Rosen’s practice.

Read more about this work and others in Stephanie Cristello’s essay in OSMOS Magazine Issue 17 (Winter 2019). The exhibition, curated by Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz and Stephanie Cristello, and organized by OSMOS Station in Stamford, New York, opens on July 20, 2019.


We are happy to announce the opening of “The Gravity of Language,” a solo exhibition featuring works by artist Kay Rosen, curated by Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz and Stephanie Cristello at OSMOS Station, New York. Featuring work from the 1970s to the present through the conceptual and thematic lens of ‘gravity’—as both a physical force, and a term for significance—the exhibition’s title is eponymous with an essay written by Cristello, which was published in OSMOS Issue 17 (Winter 2019).

Learn more about the exhibition and read the essay on our website!

Newcity Art

Chicago Manual Style was featured in the Newcity Art Top 5! The exhibition "Saturnine" is on view till July 26, 2019. Congratulations to the artists, Theodora Allen, Antoine Donzeaud, Assaf Evron, and Wim van der Linden, and to the curator, Stephanie Cristello!

Art Top 5: July 2019

1. Eric J Garcia at DePaul Art Museum (through 8/11)
2. Yoko Ono at Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine (through 8/22)
3. Saturnine at Chicago Manual Style (through 7/26)
4. Sara Cwynar at Milwaukee Art Museum (through 8/4)
5. Inka Essenhigh at Kavi Gupta Gallery (through 8/24)


Stephanie Cristello will be speaking about arts writing in the Midwest, and her curatorial work as Artistic Director at EXPO CHICAGO and Curator at Chicago Manual Style
Save the date– July 9, 2pm at the Beeler Gallery. Join her for coffee, if you are around!


Installation view, Saturnine, curated by Stephanie Cristello at Chicago Manual Style, featuring Theodora Allen, Antoine Donzeaud, Assaf Evron, and Wim van der Linden, 2019. Photo: Daniel Hojnacki


Dutch Culture USA

- "Tulips" is one of four experimental and satirical Sad Movies (1966-1967) by Dutch artist Wim van der Linden and is praised as one of the dramatic high points of Dutch film history. It is part of the new exhibition "Saturnine" at Chicago Manual Style, on view until May 31. The opening reception is tonight, 6-9pm.
More info on our website:

🎥 Still from Tulips (1966) by Wim van der Linden. Image courtesy of the Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.


Thank you to Chicago magazine for the coverage!

Saturnine — Chicago Manual Style


Theodora Allen, Antoine Donzeaud, Assaf Evron, and Wim van der Linden

04.19—05.31, 2019

Curated by Stephanie Cristello

Opening Reception: Friday, April 19, 6–9pm


Work by Antoine Donzeaud, which will be reimagined in Saturnine curated by Stephanie Cristello at Chicago Manual Style, alongside Theodora Allen, Assaf Evron, and Wim van der Linden. 04.19.–05.31, 2019.


Opening performance by Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith at Chicago Manual Style for In Light Of... Photo: Daniel Hojnacki

Featuring Iván Navarro, Robert Chase Heishman, Ansi, and Kay Rosen


We will be hosting open hours today, Saturday October 6, from 6-8pm. Please join us!


Iván Navarro, Chicago Manual Style Rodeo Fence, 2018. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.


Chicago Manual Style's cover photo

Note G

Note G: Featuring Barbara Bloom, Stephanie Hier, Greg Ito, Sydney Shen, and Jack Strange

Curated by Stephanie Cristello and Nathaniel Hitchcock

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 24, 4–7pm. Runs through August 10.

Paradise Lost in Chicago | ELEPHANT

Forced Autumn, in Elephant Magazine, by Joel Kuennen

"Nature is completely devastated, there is a forced autumn on a tropical land". Ricardo Morales-Hernández relays the absolute destruction suffered by Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria and upends colonialist narratives surrounding the notion of paradise.


Forced Autumn, installation view at Chicago Manual Style, 2017. Ricardo Morales-Hernández, Viento SDG-017-005, 2017, 16 x 20 inches, artist-made charcoal on canvas.

Manifiesto Composta

Ricardo Morales-Hernández on Terremoto, installation views from the 2015 exhibition "Manifesto Composta"in Santurce, Puerto Rico

Compost as organic material for decomposition, as material rich in potential nutrients for growth, as manure and as ruin, it is the current state of things, of the material world and of the obvious…

Allora & Calzadilla: Foreign in a Domestic Sense | Exhibitions | Lisson Gallery

We are thrilled to be hosting the US premiere of Allora & Calzadilla's "The Night We Became People Again" (2017), most recently included in their exhibition at Lisson Gallery in London. View the film alongside work by Ricardo Morales-Hernández and CARNE in "Forced Autumn," opening Sunday, November 19 4–6PM.

Founded in 1967, Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential contemporary art galleries in the world, showing 45 innovative and international artists

Chicago Manual Style

Forced Autumn: Allora & Calzadilla, CARNE, and Ricardo Morales-Hernández

Curated by Stephanie Cristello and Nathaniel Hitchcock

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 19, 4–6pm

Chicago Manual Style is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition, Forced Autumn, bringing together works by Allora & Calzadilla, CARNE Gallery—Adriana Martínez, and Mariana Murcia—and Ricardo Morales-Hernández. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Cristello and Nathaniel Hitchcock, the Co-Directors of Chicago Manual Style and P.S. (Publishing Services), a dual-format project space dedicated to exhibition making as practice-based research.


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