1. Out of Site Chicago is a series of public encounters that happen each summer in various spots around Wicker Park and Bucktown. Our friends at On The Real Film captured the performances of Jeff Huckleberry, Meghan Moe Beitiks and Joshua Kent. Take a look: http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=21980


  2. Issue Topic: Margins
    Deadline to Pitch: April 21st
    Article Deadline: May 12th
    Compensation: $50 per accepted pitch and completed article

    In June, we’ll release our very first issue, and the theme is something very dear to our hearts: Margins. What lives in the margins? Who is marginalized in our society, and what are they making? How do we navigate the margins on a daily basis? These aren’t just questions that artists must answer, they’re questions for the entire community. But to build a community, we need people, and that’s where you come in.

    We need contributors. Writers, videographers, photojournalists. If you are interested in the arts in Chicago, and especially if you are interested in the arts no one else is, we want to hear from you. Maybe you want to interview your favorite creative weirdo. Maybe you want to explore how being on the outside has affected your own work. Maybe you’ve found art in an unusual space, and you can’t wait to tell the world. Whatever it is, let us know, and we can help you publish it on a city-wide level.

  3. Sixty contributor Caitlin Bruce is putting together Urban Acrobatics: A Graffiti and Circus Spectacular—a series of events happening this week at Evanston Art Center.

    Tuesday April 15:

    Our first event will be a panel discussion on the history of circus and graffiti in Chicago. Our panelists are Polly Solomon, Gabriel FLASH Carrasquillo, Roy Gomez Cruz, and Caitlin Bruce. The panel begins at 6:30pm and will run to 8:00pm with a reception afterwards. We are grateful for the Evanston Art Center providing space for this event.

    Thursday April 17:

    From 5:00 pm to 9:00pm we will be hosting back to back tagging and circus workshops, led by Werm Oner and Polly Solomon. We will provide markers, paper, and space to draw and tumble in. This event is being held at Alternatives, Inc.

    Friday April 18th:

    From 5:00 to 9:00 pm our artists will brainstorm and prepare for Saturday’s performance, which will offer a fusion of graffiti and circus styles. Our performers will include Polly Solomon, Werm Oner, Natalie Zombie, and Melon James, among others. This will take place at Alternatives, Inc.

    Saturday April 19th:

    From 4:00 to 6:00pm we will present the result of our week of discussion and collaboration in the form of a performance, a Spectacular. This will take place at Alernatives, Inc.

    Image: A piece by Chicago-based artist Melon.


  4. Wondering what art you could be seeing this week? Well, we’ve got some suggestions for you…

    (Image Credit: David Leggett, detail. 2014)


  5. "

    I just wanted to thank you for being here and recognize that we can change the discourse…But the only way we can do this is if we recognize that we can redistribute our privilege.” - Caroline Woolard speaks about gentrification through the arts in NYC and housing concerns of artists.

    Woolard called on the artists in the room to organize, not only on individual initiatives, but to join existing housing rights groups and show up for meetings and protests.

  7. massmoca:


    Joseph Montgomery

    Joseph Montgomery’s “Five Sets Five Reps" up through April 6th! Don’t miss it!


  8. Our weekly calendar is a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. The events that we choose are loosely curated based on the information that is put in front of us. If you would like to take advantage of having your event listed on our website please send a press release to reuben.westmaas@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org

    MONDAY || March 24

    CORNERSTONE: A Retrospective of Janet Cameron – Paintings, Prints, Album Covers and More

    9:00am – 7:00pm
    Wilson Abbey
    935 W. Wilson
    Chicago, IL 60640

    Janet Cameron’s solo retrospective had its opening reception last month, but the show will remain open until April 5th.  If you are in Uptown this Monday and feel like checking out the newly remodeled Wilson Abbey, stop by the gallery / performance venue to see the art of one of Cornerstone magazine’s previous art directors.  Wilson Abbey’s inaugural exhibition features a selection of Janet Cameron’s illustrations of book, album, and magazine covers.  Spanning a career of forty years, the exhibition includes oil and watercolor paintings displayed alongside prints and drawings.

    TUESDAY || March 25

    SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Jennifer Doyle – Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art Lecture

    SAIC Columbus Auditorium
    280 S. Columbus Dr.
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Free admission 

    The upcoming installment of SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program will feature Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English and Co-Chair of the LGBIT Studies at University of California, Riverside.  During her lecture, Doyle will discuss concepts from her most recent publication, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (2013).  In this book, Doyle examines the relationship between contemporary art and identity.  If you would like the opportunity to listen to her speak, and maybe ask her a question about her direction of Queer Lab, swing by the Columbus auditorium Tuesday evening.


    WEDNESDAY || March 26

    Artist Talk: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

    6:00pm – 7:30pm
    Hyde Park Art Center
    5020 S. Cornell Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60615

    Hyde Park Art Center’s current Jackman Goldwasser resident artist, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, is a photographer from New York, and this Wednesday he will be giving an artist talk about his current body of work.  Sepuya’s color photography focuses on the troubling divide between the portrait photographer and his subject.  His portrayal of young men aims ”to challenge the diminishment of the portrait photographer and assert the importance of the role of the artist as rooted in time and place.”  Sepuya will be in residence through April 15th.  Also, he will be providing open studio hours on the following dates:

    Thursday, March 6 (12-6 pm)
    Thursday, March 20 (12-6 pm)
    Thursday, April 3 (12-6 pm)
    Sunday, April 13 (1-3 pm)

    Check out what we recommend for the last half of the week here…

  9. Sixty has a new home! We’ve officially moved into a space at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport.

    What does this mean? It means is that we will now have space to hold workshops, issue release parties and archiving sessions. We will still consider ourselves a nomadic, all-parts-of-Chicago organization, only now we will have a consistent place to make events happen.

    If you haven’t been to Zhou B, now is a good time to do so. NIU’s MFA exhibition “Ten°” is up and the work is pretty impressive.

    More details about the show here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478170969076527/

    More details about the center: http://www.zhoubartcenter.com/

    And about us: http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/

  10. Support a good cause and get work by some outstanding artists in the process. The folks at LVL3 are holding a silent auction in support of The Arts of Life

    Who are the artists, you ask? Alex Chitty, Calvin Ross Carl, Chelsea Culp, Cody Tumblin, Daniel Shea, Leslie Baum, Liz Nielsen, Peter Shear, Rachel Niffenegger, Ryan De La Hoz, Sabina Ott and Sofia Leiby, to name a few.

    Bidding ends on March 29th. Here are the deets.