Art After Hours

Art After Hours is a citywide open gallery night inviting EXPO CHICAGO visitors and the Chicago community to experience the city's vibrant art scene, including alternative exhibition venues and performance spaces, during extended hours.

In 2017, Art After Hours was on Friday, September 15, 6:00–9:00pm

EXPO CHICAGO Galleries That Participated in Art After Hours 2017:


Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey


Small Sculpture (Main Gallery)
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Orion Martin (East & West Wing)
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Courtesy of DOCUMENT 


Laura Letinsky Book Signing
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Liat Elbling, Patio, 2017. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery.


Liat Elbling: Proposals for Disorder
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

First solo exhibition within the United States for Israeli photographer, Liat Elbling

Jaume Plensa, Coutesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery


Jaume Plensa
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

The exhibition surveys new sculpture by Barcelona based artist Jaume Plensa.

KAVI GUPTA (Washington Blvd)

Glenn Kaino: Sign
835 W Washington Blvd
Hours | 5:00 – 8:00pm

C. J. Pylse, Kentucky Hug, 2016. Courtesy of Carl Hammer Gallery


CJ Pyle: Another Slipping Glimpser
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Buck Nasty: Player Haters Ball, 2017. Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery


Nathaniel Mary Quinn: Nothing's Funny
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

James Wines: Arch-Art: A Conduit for Context, Drawings for Site
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Anna Kunz, Homage to the Yellow Pinto, 2017. Courtesy of McCormick Gallery


Anna Kunz: Yellow Pinto
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Chicago based artist Anna Kunz works in a variety of media: painting, works on paper, sculpture and installation. Her pieces grow out of the rectangle and incorporate painted and dyed fabrics adding complexity and inviting viewers into the space of the work.


Susan Giles and Jeroen Nelemans: Swipe, Sweep, Flick, Fold
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

THE MISSION is excited to announce an exhibition of Chicago-based artists Susan Giles and Jeroen Nelemans. The two-person exhibition will feature photographs exposing gestural movements through processes rooted in technology and human reaction often referencing iconic art and architecture

Amanda Williams, Artist Rendering for moniquemeloche “off-the-wall”Site-Specific Bus Bench Project, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.


Amanda Williams
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

For our 2017 “off the wall” series, Monique Meloche has invited artist Amanda Williams to exhibit a new series of photographic interventions on public bus benches throughout Wicker Park Bucktown. The photos will continue Williams' investigations of urban development in Chicago and nationwide, while exploring culturally veiled language utilized by the American media.




Karen Reimer
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Inspired by the cracked facade of one of only two churches ever realized by architect Louis Sullivan, Chicago artist Karen Reimer will re-interpret the 1903 structure on our street-facing wall. The site-specific project will serve as an expansion of Reimer’s ongoing practice of repairing domestic objects and spaces.

Nick van Woert, Untitled, 2016. Courtesy of Patron Gallery


Opening Reception of Nick van Woert: DIRTNAP
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Courtesy of Andrew Rafacz


John Knuth: Lake of Fire
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Lake of Fire, a solo exhibition of new works by John Knuth in Gallery One. In Lake of Fire, John Knuth will debut a new body of work. The artist brings new sculptural and conceptual ideas to his painting practice that lean towards social and political concerns. For this exhibition, he continues to explore reflective surfaces of thermal blankets combined with melting and layering techniques, alluding to landscape and environmental change.

Anne Lindberg, I Text You About the Moon, 2016Courtesy of Carrie Secrist Gallery


Anne Lindberg: walking as I stand
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Additional 2017 Art After Hours Participants:


Carris Adams, Bone No. 1, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and ACRE Projects


Carris Adams, Laura Bernstein, Lisa Blair and Catron Booker at ACRE Projects
Gallery curated by Ann Meisinger
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

ACRE Projects is proud to present new work by the artists Carris Adams, Laura Bernstein, Lisa Blair and Catron Booker, as part of the next installment in ACRE's year-long series of exhibitions by 2016 summer residents.

Sergio Gomez, Healing #1. Courtesy of the artist and ACS Gallery


VIP Open Reception Exhibition: Sergio Gomez and Nolan W. McCants
Hours | 6:00 - 10:00pm

Sergio is a well-known Chicago based visual artist, curator and creative entrepreneurand work is influenced by the human condition and the spiritual experience throughout the cycles of life.  Sergio is best known for his abstract figurative life-size paintings.  Nolan is an award winning fine arts photographer who has the artistic ability to emotionally move and connect with audiences through his captivating photographs. Well-traveled, Nolan has immersed himself in diverse cultures throughout the world.

Zack Wirsum, Green Monsters, 2017. Courtesy of Jean Albano Gallery



Opening Reception of Bonnie Star Paintings
Hours | 5:30 - 9:00pm

Bonnie Star is an accomplished painter whose inspiration comes from her love of nature: the interplay of light, whether it’s on an ocean wave, or filtering through tree branches, and the multiple colors that shift with the seasons.

Courtesy of The Arcade


Spatial Interaction: Defined
Hours | 5:00 - 9:00pm

Featuring the work of 2016 Pougialis Award winners Abena Motaboli and Ty Wubbenhorst, ‘17 BFA Art and Art History graduates. Spatial Interaction: Defined weaves explorations of presence, place, and memory through process-based material investigations. Sharing an interest in residual artifacts of the ephemeral, the artists situate their work as sites of poetic meaning making.

Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera, 2017. Courtesy of Aspect/Ratio Gallery


Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Aspect/Ratio is delighted to present new sculptural and video work from Los Angeles based Cuban artist Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera. Complexity and contradiction are rife in Alejandro's practice where he questions systems, historic events and political structures with his multi-layered conceptually-based practice.

Young June Lew, Courtesy of Andrew Bae Gallery 


New Works by Young June Lew
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Courtesy of Bridgeport Art Center


Bridgeport Art Center's Resident Artists Showcase
Hours | 7:00 - 10:00pm

In recent years, the number of Bridgeport Art Center resident artists has grown to over 150 people.Opening on September 15, a large exhibition of residents' work will be on view in the 4th floor Bridgeport Art Center Gallery. This is a terrific opportunity for the general public to enjoy an exciting overview of contemporary art in Chicago, free of charge, in addition to a number of demonstrations in the Gallery during two upcoming Open Studios (Third Friday of each month). 

Bridgeport Art Center Open Studios
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, woodworkers, and more open their studios with interactive demonstrations and special in-studio events. Tour four art galleries while enjoy complimentary wine and refreshments. Free parking in the north lot. Open studios is a monthly program that takes place every third Friday of the month.

Courtesy of C33 Gallery


Past the Naked Eye
Hours | 6:00 – 8:00pm

Kaylee Costello, a Columbia College Photo major, presents her solo exhibition Past the Naked Eye. It features a brightly colorful selection of photographs that have been taken with the use of a microscope. This series shows the abstract shapes and vibrant colors of sections of the slides.

Tony Lewis, Pall, 2015. Courtesy of Shane Campbell Gallery


Tony Lewis
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Sub Chroma, Courtesy of Canvas


Sub Chroma 2017 Opening
Hours | 6:00 – 11:00pm

Join us for the opening night of Sub Chroma 2017. The opening night programming will feature interactive installations, live music, curated galleries of physical and digital works, and collaborative performances. Guests are invited to interact with art in an immersive, social space as they experience Chicago’s largest new media and virtual reality gallery.

Hillery Sproatt, Circus in Poppies, 2017. Courtesy of Circle Contemporary


Something Else
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Nandi, Courtesy of The Condo Association


Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

The show concerns Kamadhenu, the sacred cow in Hinduism who shall not shed blood, but be sustained with milk; the brutality of The Eucharist; the sexuality of Christ giving birth to his humanity; Madonna and Child revealing Christ's mortality; vulnerability in Noli me Tangere; St. Sebastian’s homoeroticism; animality in Greek mythology; the autonomy of the queer body; a capacity for transformation and a devotion to an expanding language of embodiment. Perhaps what is at stake is a loss of empathy. Especially since there are pluralities, complexities and elasticities regarding various bodies.

ZipZap Circus School, Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi, DePaul Art Museum


Ângela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi
Hours | 11:00 – 9:00pm

Mozambican-Portuguese artist Angela Ferreira’s solo exhibition at DPAM triangulates a dialogue across time and geographies between the modernist forms of Mies van der Rohe, Mozambican architect Pancho Guedes, and vernacular architecture found in Portugal, Brazil and throughout countries in Africa.

Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures
Hours | 11:00 – 9:00pm

Since the 1970s, Senga Nengudi’s avant-garde performative and sculptural practice has explored the social and physical limits of the human body. Her “R.S.V.P.” series of sculptures, which are made of familiar materials such as pantyhose and sand, mimic the female form-but are stretched, pulled, and twisted into distended proportions.

Rine Boyer, People Watching, Courtesy of Elephant Room Gallery


Meet the Artist - Rine Boyer
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Meet artist Rine Boyer during a Meet the Artist event in the gallery during her exhibition, "People Watching". "People Watching" is an exhibition which explores the variety of people we see walking throughout the city of Chicago. View the exhibition, meet the artist and gain more insight into the artist and her work this evening.

Julie Weber, Deception, Courtesey of Filter Photo


Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

Deception, curated by Brian Paul Clamp, explores the various meanings of deception - dissimulation, propaganda, sleight of hand, as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment.  The exhibition presents a group of lens-based artists that consider deception in all it’s various manifestations - conceptual, visual, or formal. 



we like small things
Hours | 6:00 - 9:00pm

we like small things, curated by Jennifer Keats, presents photographic work in progress, one-offs, inkjet prints, silver gelatin, alternative processes and more.  All images are 10 x 10 inches or less, in this salon-style exhibition that showcases smaller work.  

Hương Ngô, White Light / Black Noise. 2017. Courtesy of The Franklin


White Light / Black Noise by Hương Ngô
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00 pm

The Franklin will stay open late for a bonfire, barbecue, and storytelling event that examines the backyard barbecue as both important container for memories and precarious event in our current moment of violence against communities of color.


A Retrospective: Showcasing the Works of Select 5x5 Residents
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Courtesy of Fulton Street Collective


Annual FSC Members Exhibition
Hours | 6:00 - 11:00pm

This Art After Hours event will feature a curated exhibition of current works from members of the Fulton Street Collective. The Collective is comprised of some of Chicago’s best visual & performing artists working in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography. This special event will also feature an exciting live music performance curated by the renowned Jazz Record Art Collective.

Courtesy of Glass Curtain Gallery


¡Sí, Se Puede!
Hours | 6:00 – 8:00pm

¡Sí, Se Puede! is an exhibition that draws on the respective archives of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and their work with the United Farm Workers Movement. Six artists have immersed themselves in the archive to curate ephemera from these activists’ work and created new works in response.

Claire Ashley, Lumpy Slut Slice, 2015. Courtesy of Heaven Gallery


Not Knowing
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

The artists in this exhibition make a different kind of work-- thoughtful and contemplative art made alongside working, teaching, and raising a family. Overlapping limitations and opportunities define their style. They embrace “not knowing” in the way they make their work, but also in the uncertainty and the freedom of living in this state. They are: Claire Ashley, Karen Azarnia, Clarissa Bonet, Robin Dluzen, Dan Devening, Andreas Fischer, Celeste Rapone, Melody Saraniti, Ann Toebbe, and Noah Vaughn.

VikMuniz, Binoculars (from Pictures of soil). Courtesy of Heritage Auctions


Modern & Contemporary Art and Luxury Preview
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Visit Heritage Auctions at 215 West Ohio Street to preview highlights from our upcoming Modern & Contemporary Art and Luxury auctions.

Christopher Michael Hefner, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy of LivingRoom Realty


Opening Reception of Christopher Michael Hefner: NOPLACE
Hours | 6:00 – 10:00pm

Hefner’s current exhibition includes drawings produced during a six-month stint based in Berlin, as well as drawings and a sculptural installation he has completed since returning to the United States. 


Amalie Jakobsen
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Bui Xuan Phai, Landscape. Courtesy of the artist and John David Mooney Foundation


Albert I. Goodman Collection of Vietnamese Art
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

An exhibition of 53 paintings and drawings by modern Vietnamese Artists with a special focus on the paintings of Bùi Xuân Phái.

Phái’s works are presented as a show within a show. Both the Vietnam War and Post-War periods are represented in this collection which was originally acquired in Vietnam by Bruce Blowitz, a close friend of Albert Goodman. These paintings reveal the reality of life in Vietnam at a time in which the artists had no access to international art movements, modern technology, or even standard art materials and supplies.

re:collection, Museum of Contemporary Photography


Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

re:collection is a celebration of the vast archive of photographs in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. A stream of images runs through the galleries, spanning the history of photography and offering a diverse array of approaches. Each photograph speaks to its neighboring photograph in terms of content, form or another, more subtle, connecting factor waiting to be discovered. Each line of images starts with a camera-less construction, a nod to the beginnings of the medium when images were made without the camera apparatus as we know it today.

Courtesy of Pavilion Antiques & 20th C


Making is Thinking 
Polly Yates, Rogan Gregory, Gabriel J. Shuldiner, Eric Gushee
Hours | 12:00 - 9:00pm

The making process for the 4 artists in this show is integral to each of the mediums they work in: clay, stone, paint, and wire. The logic of the making repeats itself, transforming the materials into an understandable immediate presence. The methods seem simple but are indeed complex when repeated and grouped together as a whole. 

Chris Johanson, Apple Worm and Purell, 2017. Courtesy of Soccer Club Club


Chris Johanson: Worms, Birds, People, and Air The Art of Oh No and Dissociative Thinking 
Opening Reception | 8:00 – 11:00pm

Musical Performance by Sally Timms and Sunfoot

Cassie A. Thompkins, A Revision of Everyday, Courtesy of Spudnick Press



Cassie Thompkins: A Revision of Everyday Life
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Closing Reception for A Revision of Everyday Life. This exhibition captures the splendor of quotidian life and explores the emotional experience of color, tensions between opposites, and the nature of daily routine. Tompkins’s technique merges industrial (screen-printing) and traditional (dyeing) craft to amplify the space between the exquisite and the drab.

Ashes, Apichatpong Weerasethakul:The Serenity of Madness


Opening Reception for Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (SAIC MFA 1997) has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside supernatural elements suggests a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power. This new solo exhibition uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely-seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul.

Zach Cahill, USSA Cathedral of the Bright Futures (faith), 2017. Courtesy of Anastasia Tinari Projects


Seance V.14: Dreams Letters to Kollontai
Hours | 11:30pm

Special performance / seance led by Zachary Cahill in conjunction with his exhibition USSA Sanctuary. Visitors are invited to gather at 11:30pm and seance will commence at 12:00am midnight. 

Josuhe Pagliery & Johann Armenteros, Savior, 2017.

Courtesy of the artists and VGA Gallery. 


Josuhe Pagliery & Johann Armenteros: Savior
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Savior is an experimental videogame, the first to be developed for wide independent release out of changing cultural and political landscape of Cuba. With a unique story about metaphysics and deconstruction of the game world, a gothic art style and an existential tone, Savior challenges cultural expectations, as well as formal understanding of games.


Krueck + Sexton, Reflections - From There to Here
Hours | 5:00 - 9:00pm

Reflections, focuses on works – specifically, chairs - from these 1980s commissions, which propelled Krueck+Sexton’s career - from restoring Crown Hall to larger buildings like Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago, as well as numerous project around the U.S. and Europe.


STREET LEVEL: Wabash Arts Corridor 2nd Annual Public Art Festival Tour
Tour: Saturday, September 16, 2pm

Meet at Hokin Gallery, the Pop-Up WAC Visitor Center
Columbia College Chicago
623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor

Free and open to the public, RSVP required and donations appreciated. Email to RSVP for tour.


Wabash Arts Corridor is the South Loop's vibrant public arts program, known for murals that transform the city and the annual WAC Crawl convening over 100 partner events. The 2017 festival, STREET LEVEL expands artist and community inclusivity and features over a dozen new murals and multimedia activations, plus a new performance series in partnership with Threewalls. This guided tour features highlights of the corridor and previews the new works of STREET LEVEL.

Chris Silva, Gear Shift, 2017. Courtesy of Linda Warren Projects


Chris Silva: Open Source
Gallery X & Y
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Linda Warren Projects kicks off the 2017 fall season with “Open Source,” an exciting solo exhibition of new works and installation by Chicago-based artist Chris Silva. Showing for the first time at LWP, Silva will present an assortment of 2D collage sculptures and paintings in Gallery Y and a large-scale multi-sensory, multi-media, video animation installation in Gallery X.



LWP Curated Group Show: Go Figure
Gallery O
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Featured in Gallery O is “Go Figure,” a curated group exhibition of female artists from the gallery’s roster. Loretta Bourque, Megan Euker, Lora Fosberg, Paula Henderson, Michiko Itatani, Judith Mullen and Jennifer Presant come together to examine, through their particular artistic lens, the human figure.

Laurence Lignel, Jumble. Courtesy of Galerie Waterton


Hypomnemata, a collection of paintings and sculptures by Laurence Lignel
Hours | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Through a series of paintings and small sculptures, Laurence Lignel challenges the viewer about interactions and interconnectivity by exploring links between past and present, between what we hold onto and what has been lost, familiar and foreign, tangible and unseen, oneself and others.

Laura Berger, Alliance, 2017. Courtesy of Weinberg/Newton Gallery


Take Care
Hours | 5:00 – 8:00pm

Take Care is an exhibition organized in partnership with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force that aims to shed light on structural barriers to quality healthcare in Illinois through the lens of breast cancer.

Lilli Carré, Lilli Carré, 2017. Courtesy of Western Exhibitions


Gallery 1:
Hours | 5:00 - 9:00pm

Gallery 2:
Hours | 5:00 - 9:00pm




In Gallery 1, Carré will show Salves, a grouping of new ceramic sculptures, animation, and prints. Physical and virtual containers cope with ever-bloating dysphoria by stomach coating, wound licking, and crack soothing. Topical and internal ointments offer temporary relief. Jill will be projected in Gallery 2, a looping CG animation that builds on the history of the rebellious cartoon body. Set in a plain white room reminiscent of a gallery space or testing laboratory, an acousmatic voice interacts with Jill through a series of commands. Jill shows the wear and tear of slapstick, maintaining dents on a body that seems to feel no pain. The piece speaks to power dynamics between creator and creation, recalling one of the earliest animations, Gertie the Dinosaur, and the asymmetrical interaction of Frankenstein and his monster.

Matthew Hoffman, Find Your Way, 2017. Courtesy of Workshop 4200


Opening Reception of Matthew Hoffman: Find Your Way
Hours | 5:00 - 10:00pm

Chicago Artist Matthew Hoffman is creating an entirely new, site-specific exhibition of his widely-recognized, text-based sculptures exclusively for Workshop 4200. The artwork will range in size from "a few inches" to "flatbed-sized" and will be designed for a specific location within (or outside of) the Workshop 4200 property.

Amy Casey, Gathering, 2016. Courtesy of Zg Gallery


Amy Casey – Critical Mass: New Paintings
Hours | 10:00am – 9:00pm

Zg Gallery is pleased to present Amy Casey's 6th solo exhibition in Chicago.

Amy states, "Cities are fascinating creatures to me. The work and organization involved in a city’s creation and evolution: the constant shifting and adaptions. I've created and recreated cities of a sort, while thinking about growth, balance, community and the turmoil of day to day world events. I'm curious about the resilience of life and our ability to keep going in the face of ever shifting circumstances. My paintings celebrate this ability and a love of the urban landscape."