1. After reading Adaptive Re-use: Fulton Market Gentrifies, Meg Santisi’s article on gentrification in Fulton Market, the folks at Gensler invited her to be part of a design research project in the West Loop. Congrats Meg!

     

  2. Two marginalized art forms find surprising commonalities in Caitlin Bruce’s Urban Acrobatics…

     
  3. Take a look at “Margins”, the first issues of our online magazine:

    http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/magazine/category/margins/

     

  4. Photos from the May 4th celebration of our friend and Chicago/Milwaukee artist Brooks Golden at Chicago Urban Art Society.

     
  5. 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

     

  6. 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.

     
  7. 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.

     



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

    (Image Credit: David Leggett, detail. 2014)

     

  9. "

    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.

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