The Arts Club of Chicago

The Arts Club of Chicago Preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers since 1916.
Since 1916, The Arts Club of Chicago has been a preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for both established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world. For over 95 years, The Arts Club has opened its membership to artists and art patrons, and its exhibitions to the public. The mission of The Arts Club, defined at its inaugural meeting, is “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers.” Many of the 20th century’s most celebrated visual artists received their first solo exhibitions in the United States, or the Midwest, at The Arts Club: Constantin Brancusi (installed by Marcel Duchamp), Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Jean Dubuffet, Arshile Gorky, Marsden Hartley, Fernand Léger, Robert Motherwell, Isamu Noguchi, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, August Rodin, Georges Seurat, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Continuing the tradition of innovation and presenting work that is not exhibited elsewhere in Chicago, The Arts Club hosts three to four free public exhibitions annually. Recent exhibitions have included installations by Marcel Broodthaers and General Idea; paintings, drawings, and notebooks of Paul Thek; the personal art collection of and works by the architect Bertrand Goldberg; works on paper by Chris Ofili and Robert Ryman; drawings by Alice Neel; paintings by Sigmar Polke, David Hockney, Peter Doig, George Grosz, Jörg Immendorff, Alex Katz, Guillermo Kuitca, Francis Picabia, and Andy Warhol; the textiles and projects of Alighiero e Boetti; and sculptural installation work by John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Richard Deacon, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Andy Goldsworthy, Per Kirkeby, Yayoi Kusama, Wolfgang Laib, Charles LeDray, Sherrie Levine, Maya Lin, Mario Merz, Cornelia Parker, Jaume Plensa, Richard Pettibone, Markus Raetz, Keith Sonnier, Richard Tuttle, and Not Vital. The Arts Club’s collection, acquired from its exhibitions or donated by members and artists, includes works by modern masters: Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Natalia Goncharova, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Francis Picabia, and Pablo Picasso, among others. Recent contemporary acquisitions include Stephan Balkenhol, Malcolm Morley, Paul Thek, Alex Katz, Richard Artschwager, Yayoi Kusama, Peter Doig, and Sigmar Polke. In conjunction with the opening of its new building in 1997, The Arts Club published a scholarly catalogue, The Arts Club of Chicago: The Collection 1916-1996, edited by current Club President Sophia Siskel, with essays by museum curators and art historians on the works in the collection. This catalogue, and catalogues for previous exhibitions, are available for purchase in The Arts Club’s office, or by mail. Please contact the office at 312.787.3997 for details. The Arts Club has had a total of eight locations, with interiors all designed by Chicagoans. The Fine Arts Building at 401 S. Michigan Avenue (on two different floors 1916-18), 610 S. Michigan Avenue (1918-24), and the Wrigley Building’s north tower (1924-36), were each created by architect Arthur Heun along with interior designer and then Club President Rue Winterbotham Carpenter. The Wrigley Building’s south tower (1936-47) was designed by Heun and then Club President Elizabeth “Bobsy” Goodspeed Chapman, with the dining room by interior designers Samuel Marx and Noel Flint. 109 E. Ontario Street (1951-95), designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was the only interior space executed by the architect for a building that he did not design. 222 W. Superior Street (1995-97) was the interim space while the current Club was being built. The Club’s current building at 201 E. Ontario Street, designed by Vinci/Hamp Architects, Inc., opened in 1997. It is the first building owned by The Arts Club, and houses the famous Mies van der Rohe-designed steel staircase preserved from the demolition of the 109 E. Ontario Street site.
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Since 1916, The Arts Club of Chicago has been a preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for both established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world. For over 95 years, The Arts Club has opened its membership to artists and art patrons, and its exhibitions to the public.

Mission: The mission of The Arts Club, defined at its inaugural meeting, is “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers.”

Amy Sillman is an Artists’ Artist indeed! Thank you Suellen Rocca for selecting Sillman’s “wonderfully bold” work in her...
12/05/2019

Amy Sillman is an Artists’ Artist indeed! Thank you Suellen Rocca for selecting Sillman’s “wonderfully bold” work in her exhibition this past summer at The Arts Club for your contribution to the @artforum roundup.

Opening this week in our garden, artist Bernard Williams's "Black Tractor Project", an effort to honor the work of gener...
11/11/2019
Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2

Opening this week in our garden, artist Bernard Williams's "Black Tractor Project", an effort to honor the work of generations of black farmers in the United States. The project opens at The Arts Club on Saturday, November 16th. https://bit.ly/2q26tBC

Williams's sculpture and research is a direct response to the "Black Farmers Settlement", the colloquial name for a lawsuit against the USDA that unearthed decades of racial discrimination in their practices. Learn more about the history through The New York Times 1619 Project Podcast below.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/podcasts/1619-slavery-farm-loan-discrimination.html?action=click&module=audio-series-bar®ion=header&pgtype=Article

In the finale of the podcast, we hear the rest of June and Angie Provost’s story, and its echoes in a past case that led to the largest civil rights settlement in American history.

The Arts Club of Chicago is PUMPED  to join a new consortium of art institutions from across the United States. Together...
11/05/2019

The Arts Club of Chicago is PUMPED to join a new consortium of art institutions from across the United States. Together, we will mount a nationwide season of programming informed by feminist thought and practice—timed to coincide with the next presidential election.

In true Arts Club fashion, our programming will include a range of artistic modes, presenting performances, lectures, and an exhibition of international artists entitled Upkeep. The exhibition examines the complexities of subtle acts of care & how they subvert or complicate femme-identified behaviors in unexpected ways.
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The Feminist Art Coalition represents an unprecedented collective endeavor by arts organizations in the US, of various different sizes, to generate and support public consciousness of feminist themes and catalyze civic engagement during a critical moment in history. Follow along with the movement and learn more about participating institutions @FeministArtCoalition. #FeministArtCoalition #VoteFeminist2020 @ The Arts Club of Chicago

We’re participating in #openhousechicago2019 this Saturday! The Arts Club’s galleries and permanent collection will be o...
10/17/2019

We’re participating in #openhousechicago2019 this Saturday! The Arts Club’s galleries and permanent collection will be open to visitors from 9-5 on Oct. 19.
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Can’t join us on Saturday? We now offer tours of the collection on the first Saturday of each month. More information on our website!

Currently on view: Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Ballad of Etc. Galleries are open until 6 pm this evening and from 11-3 pm ...
09/20/2019

Currently on view: Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Ballad of Etc. Galleries are open until 6 pm this evening and from 11-3 pm tomorrow.

Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Ballad of Etc. On view through December 21. Photo: Michael Tropea
09/18/2019

Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Ballad of Etc.

On view through December 21.

Photo: Michael Tropea

Looking for Saturday plans? Spend your afternoon soaking up some arts & culture on the Magnificent Mile. Celebrate the 1...
09/13/2019
TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (9/12-9/18) | Bad at Sports

Looking for Saturday plans? Spend your afternoon soaking up some arts & culture on the Magnificent Mile.

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chicago Water Tower with #WaterTowerArtsDistrict and then relax to some reggae by DJ Major Taylor at The Arts Club in our newest Garden Project by Eliza Myrie.

http://badatsports.com/2019/top-v-weekend-picks-9-12-9-18/

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (9/12-9/18) by Visualist Chicago | Sep 12, 2019 | Blog | 0 comments 1. Tie Up September 14th, 2019 12-2PM Work by: Eliza Myrie The Arts Club of Chicago: 201 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611   2. LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze September 14th, 2019 5-8PM Work by: LaToya Ruby ...

Tune in at 11 am to Lumpen Radio 105.5 FM or at http://lumpenradio.com to hear the artist Abraham Cruzvillegas on Bad at...
09/11/2019

Tune in at 11 am to Lumpen Radio 105.5 FM or at http://lumpenradio.com to hear the artist Abraham Cruzvillegas on Bad at Sports discussing his work and his exhibition at The Arts Club, opening tomorrow night at 6 pm!

https://www.facebook.com/events/373979616862048/

Below, Cruzvillegas works in the de Saint Phalle studio with a traditional lacquer technique called "maque", applying a mix of vegetal oils and pigments to wood and gourds. Each work int he exhibition features one of these objects.

A touching story in the Chicago Tribune today about one of our members, Milos Stehlik, and the iconic Facets Cinemathequ...
06/13/2019
Milos Stehlik of Facets: a major force in Chicago cinema deals with cancer, and his organization's next phase

A touching story in the Chicago Tribune today about one of our members, Milos Stehlik, and the iconic Facets Cinematheque.

Take advantage of the unseasonable weather and check out a film there this weekend, or next!

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/ct-mov-milos-stehlik-facets-interview-0614-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1fEOyhzFY2XQOh2Qx0jpYAHxcKeqQcrsWQEWYk1di0LWArHRTGG1pYAkM

In early 2019 Facets founder Milos Stehlik was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Now he takes stock of his legacy and the evolution of the medium he loves

An exhibition of works by Amy Sillman entitled "The Nervous System" is on view in the galleries at The Arts Club of Chic...
06/10/2019

An exhibition of works by Amy Sillman entitled "The Nervous System" is on view in the galleries at The Arts Club of Chicago until August 3rd. Our galleries are always free and open to all.

Amy Sillman, "Dub Stamp", 2018-2019. Acrylic, ink, and silkscreen on paper. 18 double-sided, each: 60 x 40 inches. Photo: RCH Documentation. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Congratulations to one of our artist members, Pooja Pittie, for her exhibition Pooja Pittie: Moon Illusions at the McCor...
05/07/2019

Congratulations to one of our artist members, Pooja Pittie, for her exhibition Pooja Pittie: Moon Illusions at the McCormick Gallery.

Her paintings will be on view thru June 15th.

We are excited to open Moon Illusion - new works by Pooja Pittie on Saturday, May 4 from 5-7pm! The show is #1 on New City's Art Top 5 for May!

05/01/2019

What *in all the world wide web* could neoclassical sculpture and "Grumpy Cat" possibly have in common? Find out this Friday, 6 pm at The Arts Club.

Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford & Historian Jonathan Levy will take on the meme in a conversation about the role of reproduction in taste-making, value, status-signaling, and social relations.

Currently on view until April 27: Thessia Machado: 'Toward the Unsound'. Photo: Michael Tropea
02/20/2019

Currently on view until April 27: Thessia Machado: 'Toward the Unsound'. Photo: Michael Tropea

Our galleries remain closed today, but we'll reopen tomorrow 11 - 6 pm and Saturday 11 - 3 pm, free and open to all. Our...
01/31/2019
Art Top 5: February 2019

Our galleries remain closed today, but we'll reopen tomorrow 11 - 6 pm and Saturday 11 - 3 pm, free and open to all.

Our current exhibition Thessia Machado: Toward the Unsound is listed in Newcity Art's Top 5 for February!

https://art.newcity.com/2019/01/30/art-top-5-february-2019/

Love and climate change (and pain and pleasure and death and hate) heat up this otherwise glacial month.

Due to the forecast of extreme weather, the galleries at The Arts Club will close early this evening and remain closed t...
01/29/2019

Due to the forecast of extreme weather, the galleries at The Arts Club will close early this evening and remain closed through midday Thursday, January 31st. For members,

The Drawing Room will not be open tonight or tomorrow evening, and the dining room will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for lunch service. Be on the lookout for more information about Thursday evening's concert with Cellist Seth Parker Woods & Pianist Andrew Rosenblum. Stay warm and stay safe!

It's the final week to see our exhibition of works by Gaylen Gerber in the galleries, which closes December 21st!Our gal...
12/17/2018
Gaylen Gerber at The Arts Club of Chicago

It's the final week to see our exhibition of works by Gaylen Gerber in the galleries, which closes December 21st!

Our galleries are free and open to the public this week Tuesday - Friday from 11 am - 6 pm.

https://www.artforum.com/picks/gaylen-gerber-77960

If you spend enough time scrutinizing the artifacts gathered in Gaylen Gerber’s survey exhibition, you will discover a moment of leaching, where a sepia stain seeps through from a twentieth-century wooden protective figure, sullying the pristine white layer of paint intended to cover it. In this r...

We teamed up with Illinois Humanities to stage a re-enactment of the 1960 presidential debate between Richard Nixon and ...
11/05/2018
The 1960 Kennedy-Nixon First Presidential Debate

We teamed up with Illinois Humanities to stage a re-enactment of the 1960 presidential debate between Richard Nixon and Robert Kennedy, in celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial.

If you weren't able to join us to put on your best Nixon or Kennedy impression, tune in to the coverage by CAN TV (the action gets going at about 30:00).

https://cantv.org/watch-now/the-1960-kennedy-nixon-first-presidential-debate/

The 1960 Kennedy-Nixon First Presidential Debate Published on Nov 2, 2018 Illinois Humanities and The Arts Club of Chicago celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial of “The 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debate” with a participatory reenactment of the first televised presidential debate. This program was recorded...

We're participating in Open House Chicago 2018 this Saturday, and we've got a special treat: from 12 - 3 pm, musicians f...
10/11/2018
10 must-see spots in Open House Chicago

We're participating in Open House Chicago 2018 this Saturday, and we've got a special treat: from 12 - 3 pm, musicians from Access Contemporary Music will be performing a piece composed by Victoria Malawey inspired by the architecture of The Arts Club.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-open-house-chicago-top-ten-20181008-story.html

This Saturday and Sunday marks the return of the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago, with some off-the-beaten-path spots that might offer some refuge recent, stormy politics.

Installation view, 'Gaylen Gerber', The Arts Club of Chicago, 2018. © The artist and Paul Levack.
09/28/2018

Installation view, 'Gaylen Gerber', The Arts Club of Chicago, 2018. © The artist and Paul Levack.

As a proposal against accelerationism, through which contemporary images and artworks are more rapidly generated and con...
09/28/2018
Ariadne’s Thread - THE SEEN | Chicago's International Online Journal

As a proposal against accelerationism, through which contemporary images and artworks are more rapidly generated and consumed, the needle, the haystack, the thread motions toward a redefinition, if not eradication of, Western progress that weaves and traverses through time. As Szewczyk states, “I am hesitant of terming ‘tradition’ as a ‘past.’ I think it is continuous. Tradition is very renewable. I feel this is a more futuristic proportion. Every time you go deep into the past, you are also thinking about the future.”

'the needle, the haystack, the thread' considered in THE SEEN by Stephanie Cristello, available for free at EXPO CHICAGO this weekend.

http://theseenjournal.org/art-seen-chicago/ariadnes-thread/

THE NEEDLE, THE HAYSTACK, THE THREAD // THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO By Stephanie Cristello Theseus, Prince of Athens, having conquered the minotaur by the means of Ariadne, Daughter to King Minos, who fell in love with him, escaped out of the Labyrinth. —Argument for Ariadne: An Opera (1721)   Two l...

Opening tonight at 6 p.m.! Gallery talk tomorrow with Forrest Nash of Contemporary Art Daily. https://bit.ly/2QSf7vc
09/20/2018

Opening tonight at 6 p.m.! Gallery talk tomorrow with Forrest Nash of Contemporary Art Daily.

https://bit.ly/2QSf7vc

08/16/2018

The Arts Club of Chicago will close on August 18th for the summer. The galleries will reopen on September 20th for the Opening Reception: Gaylen Gerber at 6:00 p.m.

Thank you for visiting this summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

We're entering the last week to see 'A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago', which closes on A...
08/09/2018

We're entering the last week to see 'A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago', which closes on August 17th. Stop on by and bring a friend! #ArtDesignChicago

Janice Kerbel is presenting 'Sink' as part of Glasgow2018, a work that is taking the form of a synchronized swimming rou...
08/02/2018

Janice Kerbel is presenting 'Sink' as part of Glasgow2018, a work that is taking the form of a synchronized swimming routine. Tickets are selling out quickly, but it is not-to-miss if you're in Scotland.

The Arts Club of Chicago hosted Kerbel's first exhibition in the U.S. in 2012. #tbt

https://www.thecommonguild.org.uk/programme/project/sink-dl1c

We also remember today Ralph Coburn, who passed away earlier this week. Coburn was trained as an architect and worked fo...
06/29/2018

We also remember today Ralph Coburn, who passed away earlier this week. Coburn was trained as an architect and worked for most of his life as a graphic designer at MIT. However, he was more recently gained recognition for his abstract paintings, some of which are now included in the permanent collection at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

We exhibited his interactive series of color field paintings, known as "Random Sequence" in 2017, pictured below.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obituaries/2018/06/09/ralph-coburn-who-created-spare-beautiful-abstract-art/D86btGEoThEQvR5CFusO2K/story.html

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Sabina Ott, who was a true champion for artists in Chicago. Her generous soul has...
06/27/2018
Sabina Ott, Chicago's beloved curator of art and people, dies at 62

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Sabina Ott, who was a true champion for artists in Chicago. Her generous soul has left an enduring legacy on the cultural life of the city that will undoubtedly quietly work to transform each of our approaches to art and action.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-met-sabina-ott-obituary-20180626-story.html

A vibrant teaching artist whose approach to people was as vast and welcoming as her approach to media, Sabina Ott will be remembered for ingenious ways of forging community.

Do you notice anything different (or perhaps, surreal) about Harold Noecker's "The Genius?", pictured below? Comment you...
06/25/2018

Do you notice anything different (or perhaps, surreal) about Harold Noecker's "The Genius?", pictured below?

Comment your suggestions, and then join us tomorrow for an exhibition walk-through where Janine Mileaf, Curator of 'A Home for Surrealism' will help guide careful looking of our current exhibition. RSVP through the link!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2039024153012321/

Did you miss our appearance on WTTW last night? Never fear! Watch the video or read the transcript below, and then come ...
06/15/2018
New Arts Club Show Explores Chicago as ‘A Home for Surrealism’

Did you miss our appearance on WTTW last night? Never fear! Watch the video or read the transcript below, and then come view the show in person through August 17th.

https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/06/14/new-arts-club-show-explores-chicago-home-surrealism

An unusual new art show looks at fantastic and strange paintings made by Chicago and Midwestern artists in the mid-20th century. We visit the Arts Club of Chicago.

Curious about the story behind our current exhibition, 'A Home for Surrealism'? Tune in tonight (6/14) to WTTW - Chicago...
06/14/2018

Curious about the story behind our current exhibition, 'A Home for Surrealism'? Tune in tonight (6/14) to WTTW - Chicago PBS at 7 p.m. for a special segment featuring our Executive Director Janine Mileaf talking about surrealism, fantastic painting, dream homes, #ArtDesignChicago and more!

Click the link below to watch! https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/watch

06/07/2018
On The Real Film

Here's a sneak preview of some of the work that went into 'A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago—opening tonight at 6 p.m.! Thanks On The Real Film!

Install View : A Home for Surrealism at The Arts Club of Chicago - We filmed behind the scenes of the installation process. This is just a taste, full video coming soon. The exhibition opens tonight - go see it for yourself - https://www.facebook.com/events/1878138938915739/

Sixty Inches From Center / Art Design Chicago

Art Design Chicago
05/25/2018

Art Design Chicago

IN TWO WEEKS—What do Chicago artists Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, Dorothea Tanning, and Julia Thecla have in common? Each fantastic painter will have work on view in The Arts Club of Chicago's upcoming exhibition “A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago,” presented as part of Art Design Chicago.

#JustGoSeeIt when it opens June 7: https://bit.ly/2tnxPmu

05/22/2018

Our galleries are closed Tuesday, May 22nd - Wednesday, June 6th for the installation of our upcoming exhibition. Please join us for Opening Reception: A Home for Surrealism on June 7th!

Looking for something to do this evening? Attend a *sold-out* concert at Constellation Chicago! Frey Design Productions ...
05/18/2018
Freydesign Productions & Plan B For Dreamland: THIS IS THE KIT Concert Tickets - Fri. May 18 @ 8:30 p.m. - Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave, 60618 Survey

Looking for something to do this evening? Attend a *sold-out* concert at Constellation Chicago! Frey Design Productions is offering a special block of tickets, available through this link: https://bit.ly/2KDMKgl

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04/30/2018
Richard Rezac: "Glen Elder"

Artist Richard Rezac discussing his work "Glen Elder", now on view at The Arts Club of Chicago.

"Glen Elder" is the newest site-specific installation commissioned for our Garden Project series.

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The Arts Club of Chicago 201 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm t: 312.787.3997 | f: 312.787.8664 |e: [email protected] www.artsclubchicago.org

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Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

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Congratulations Monika Szewczyk Lala Meredith-Vula Britta Marakatt-Labba and @Aboubakar Fofana. Lovely words from Stephanie Cristello in #TheSeen
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