Pop into the Art Scene
SPACES hosts its annual benefit and rolls out another year of experimental programming.
Pop the cork! SPACES stages its annual celebration benefit November 5, and with the theme Pop Royalty, executive director
Christopher Lynn says partygoers who
arrive in costume (optional) could
interpret “pop” in a number of ways.
“Pop Royalty could be anything from pop
culture, pop music, pop art, popcorn, Pop
Tarts, bubbles popping—whatever,” says
Lynn, leaving interpretation up to the
imagination of guests.
VIP ticketholders ($135) get a sneak-peek of art auctions at 7 p.m. and a
buy-it-now option (no waiting for last
call to take home your “it” piece), and
general admission ($45) begins at 8 p.m.
After 10 p.m. ($10), the party kicks off
with music, a cash bar and lots of art to
The idea at SPACES is to really
feel the art—to give people more than
something to look at, but something to
experience. Something different that you
just can’t find anywhere else in the region—or even in Chicago. “At SPACES,
we defer to the artists as much as possible—we encourage them to step out of
their comfort zones, to really experiment
and explore,” Lynn says.
Through artist residencies and public
open forums, SPACES accomplishes its
goal to expose people to artistic thinking in fresh, bold ways. For example, its
Mashed Thoughtatoes Q&A draws in
speakers who address disparate topics.
Through lively (and sometimes random) discussion, a link between topics
surfaces—even among one of SPACES’
resident artists discussing nationality, a
man presenting carrot paraphernalia and
a stunt man.
Meanwhile, an upcoming year of
innovative programming continues the
organization’s momentum as a thought-changer, daring those who participate to
break out of the box.
Chang-Jin Lee’s Comfort Women
Wanted will involve billboards, kiosk
posters, prints and a multi-channel video
installation based on her experience in
Asia meeting comfort women survivors
and a former World War II Japanese
solider. Christopher Auberbach-Brown
will use SPACES’ large gallery windows
as amplifers and speakers. Ben Kinsley
will stage a project to-be-announced.
Kinsley is known for his collaboration
with Google Street Car, where he set
up fictional scenarios (a parade with
confetti, a medieval sword fight) so these
outtakes could be captured on Google
Street Car maps.
Arts Network Social
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: Happy Dog, Cleveland
Cost: $5 Members, $10 Nonmembers
11. 16. 11
Arts Network Roundtable
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Place: Gypsy Beans, Cleveland
Cost: Free, Members Only
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