Perhaps its because I haven’t seen art in a while, or perhaps it’s my ever present love of minimalism but I thought this show at the Chicago Cultural Center was pretty good. There were definitely a few pieces in there that I enjoyed, made me think or were just plain intriguing.
For example there was a thought-provoking piece with just a microphone repeatedly hitting the wall, that recalled the best of 60’s and 70’s minimalists, that I really liked.
Although one of my favorite pieces I saw wasn’t even part of the show, it’s part of the recently closed Chicago Architecture Biennial, called Chicago: How Do You See? Norman Kelley covered each of the windows of the CCC mimicking a different style of window treatment. It’s very simple but I really appreciated the site-specific nature of the piece. (If you think I am a sucker for minimalism, you should see my love of site-specific work, and I go wild for work that combines both!)
The Cultural Center is a hidden gem. Whenever I am in the area I always make it a point to check out whatever shows happen to be there and I always pleasantly surprised, their curatorial decisions are above average for sure.
Present Standard features work by Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Luis Miguel Bendaña, Paola Cabal, Juan Angel Chavez, Mariano Chavez, Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera, Dianna Frid, Diana Gabriel, Maria Gaspar, Melissa Leandro, José Lerma, Ivan LOZANO, Jorge Lucero, Victoria Martinez, Harold Mendez, Sofia Moreno, Nora Nieves, Josué Pellot, Maddie Reyna, Luis Romero, Luis Sahagun, Chris Silva, Edra Soto and Rafael E. Vera.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602