Monday, October 14, 2013

October 18, 2013: Chicago Artist Month Events

Plan an evening in Bridgeport on Friday with this rather expanded nite of art action and social imbibery. Our list includes:

Open Studios at Bubbly Dynamics
Bubbly Dynamics Sustainable Manufacturing Center
1048 West 37th Street
The BD building is open to the public!

The Faces of Our Time

Research House of Asia Art3217 South Morgan St.
(works by Prof. Tony Philips at SAIC and Hang Xu, a unique ink painter from Beijing). 

6-10pm3rd Friday Open StudiosBridgeport Art Center
1200 West 35th Street
Monthly open house of art studios

3rd Fridays at Zhou B

Zhou B Art Center
 1029 W. 35th StreetOpen studios on all floors of the center

Let's Drink: A 
Proximity Magazine Release PartyCo-Prosperity Sphere
3219-21 S Morgan St
Release party of issue 11 (Art & Food issue) with tons of beverages food and beer and cocktails and more..

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Version 13 Opening Exhibition: The Urban Operating System

Friday June 14 • 6pm -11pm
Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street
Admission: free

The Urban Operating System celebrates the energy and imagination of people who make the city a better place to live, work and play in. For our opening show we examine projects that serve the common good, and connect us to services that everyone can use in our neighborhoods.  These socially engaged projects promote the cultural use of public space and demonstrate innovative forms for funding ideas and actions.

The Urban OS is the beginning of a year long campaign to examine applications promoting opportunities for renewing our public space. We'll be sharing their ideas so we can engage in a collective hack of the current urban operating system.

Join us at the opening show to (re-)introduce yourself to: AREA, Art Bowl, Truck Farm Chicago, Working Bikes, Cafe Yo!, Community-Supported Art Chicago, Benton House,  Bridgeport Alliance, Bubbly Dynamics, Chaos Brew Club, Sunday Soup, Neighbor Space, Bike a Bee, Portoluz, Pedal to the People, Rebuild Foundation, Social Ecologies, Mc Kinley Park Community Garden, Rebuilding Exchange, Roots & Culture, Southside Hub of Production, Soup and Bread, Occupied Tribune, Edible Alchemy, Pocket Guide to Hell, Pedal Power, Garlic & Greens, Dumbo Press, the Awesome Foundation and Marz Community Brewing.

At 8pm A Pocket Guide to Hell Presents: Snake Oil production.
Doc Merriwether and his gang of vaudevillians, phrenologists, and one-man-band bluesmen present an interactive medicine show that's steeped in Chicago tradition!

In 1918, the Chicago Daily News came under fire for the “eccentric” medicines advertised in its pages. Join editor Victor Lawson as he determines whether to believe in the Doc's Miracle Elixir—or side with the labcoated thugs from the Pharmaceutical Association, out to drive Merriwether and his snake oiling brethren from the Daily News columns forever. Samples are free with a testimonial! Be sure to stop by the apothecary for a swig of Chicago's other historic panaceas, pick up a promotional almanac from local zine collective SPOC, get advice for the “female complaints” from Lydia Pinkham herself, or drop by the notorious 1909 Metropolitan Medical College to discuss your own future as a bona fide “professor of medicine.”

With Installations by Amanda Tworek, Charlie Vinz and others.
The Urban OS exhibition is open until June 20, 2013 during Version 13 events and by appointment only.

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 19: The Bridgeport Art Walk

Hey there! October 19, 2012 is the Bridgeport Art Walk which is  a part of Chicago Artists Month. Come and see what all the hoopla is all about and read this wonderful article about the burgeoning art scene from Claudine Ise of the Chicago Tribune. Download Maria's Bridgeport_Art_Walk_Map to help you plan your night.

Below is all the stuff we know about:

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W 31st Street

The monthly African-themed residency, AFRIKA FREAK OUT! on Friday, October 19 at Maria’s Packaged Goods (960 W. 31st) is proud to announce the addition of its yearly tribute, A FELABRATION PARTY run in conjunction with New York City’s Knitting Factory Records and
Partisan Records. We will also have various giveaways made available through Knitting Factory and Partisan Records including Fela Kuti CDs and posters throughout the night.

Works by Filter Photo Festival participant, Rebecca Reuland, are featured in the back room.


Envison Arts: the New Maximum
Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street

Friday, October 19, 2012 to Saturday, October 20, 2012
Opening Friday 6-9pm

An incredible cross section of fine art and craft created by the artists of Envision Arts. Handwoven items in saturated colors, expressive ceramics, paintings and drawings in all media, and quilted items made out of repurposed cloth.


Nothing Lasts Forever: Making Sense of the Mess
Rezidentz Collective
3145 S. Morgan St., Chicag
7pm - 10pm

The insatiable consumption of everything--products, people, resources, and all that lies between--leaves a mess. Broken souls, discarded electronics, last night's dinner, the only thing our throw-away culture is certain to create is waste. what meaning can we make, can we create, to make sense of the mess?

Rezidentz Collective is hosting a night of meaning-making from the mess. Featuring 2-D art, circuit bending devices, and recycled glass blowing.

Artwork from:
George Keller
Allen Vandever
Kelley Schulke
Erik Peterson
Kristine Schulke
and others


Bubbly Dynamics Artist Studios Open House
1048 West 37th St
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Artists and artisans working in wood, metal work, printmaking, sculpture, bicycle building, and more will open their studios to the public to display their work. Some works will be for sale and artists will be on hand.


Ray will be closed this weekend.

Ray Emerick Studios
3149 S. Morgan St. #1.

Artist Ray Emerick is a veteran Morgan Street artist. His artistic philosophy is deeply rooted in the impact he can make on the communities he lives in.


Jackalope Coffee & Tea House Artworks
755 W 32nd Street Chicago Il. 60616

Opening: October 19, 4-8pm
Jackalope Cafe presents works by friends of the cafe.

John Airo
Joanna Dornick
Marshall Grady

Bridgeport Art Center Open Studio
3rd, 4th, 5th and Basement levels
1200 W. 35th Street

October 19-21; F 6-10pm, Sa 12-6, Su 12-5

The Artists of Eastbank’s casual 3rd Friday open studios expand to a weekend-long event twice a year in the Spring and Fall – come check out the 2012 Fall Weekend Open Studios this weekend, October 19-21!

Housed in the Bridgeport Art Center, the Artists of Eastbank open the doors of their studios and invite you into their world for a glimpse into “what’s on the inside” –> their work spaces and creative minds. You will see where ideas and inspiration transform into something tangible and beautiful, and be able to chat with artists one on one about their work.

Explore the 4th floor gallery and a plethora of artist’s studios located throughout the building on the lower level, 3rd and 4th floor. Sip on spirits, enjoy light snacks, listen to great tunes, view demos, and of course, have the opportunity to purchase one of a kind artwork.

Friday, October 19, 2012 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, October 21, 2012 – 12:00pm to 5:00pm

FREE to all who attend: creative vibes in the air, interesting conversations with fun people, a feast for your eyes, and parking and entrance; the perfect combination for a Chicago weekend. Don’t miss out!


​1029 W. 35th Street
​Chicago, IL 60609

Opening: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 7pm - 10pm
PARALLEL VISION is a solo exhibition by Chicago based artist and curator Sergio Gomez. It explores aspects of our human weakness contrasted with ideas of spiritual empowerment. As a multidisciplinary artist, Sergio seeks to connect all the aspects of his creative career into an organic and parallel direction towards the future. Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist, Owner/Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Curator/ Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center. Founder/Director of; a curated online exhibition space for international contemporary art, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing & Advertising, Contributor for Italia Arte Magazine and Co-founder of 3C Wear. In addition, Sergio is an accomplished graphic designer, web designer and art & design professor at South Suburban College.

​1029 W. 35th Street
​Chicago, IL 60609


Opening: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 7pm - 10pm
Bustes en Rose: Art + Fashion Against Breast Cancer (Bustes en Rose) is a unique, extremely creative, and engaging fundraising event for the fight against Breast Cancer. On October 19, 2012 over 35 artists and designers will exhibit a unique bustier or corset at the Zhou B Art Center to help raise funds for the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.  Bustes en Rose will showcase sculptural and wearable bustiers and corsets created out of canvas, stainless steal, carved from wood, covered in Swarvoski crystals and much more. All artwork and fashion designs will be available for sale. 
For more information, visit

​1029 W. 35th Street
​Chicago, IL 60609

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 - 21, 2012
Opening: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 5pm - 10pm
Saturday, October 20, 2012 12pm - 6pm
Sunday, October 21, 2012 12pm - 5pm

Jewelry And Wearable Art Chicago is a contemporary exhibition that blurs the lines between fine art and craft. It is an opportunity for collectors to meet artists who have shown work in museums nationally & internationally beside emerging artist who have recently graduated with art degrees, along side professional studio artists.

JAWAchic was created in 2011 by Christine Forni with the generous support from Michael Zhou, director of the Zhou B Art Center, Sergio Gomez,owner of 33 Contemporary Gallery & the team at Octane Rich Media. For more information visit,

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FMEL Electronic Art Exhibition: “echo / sistemas”

FMEL Electronic Art Exhibition: “echo / sistemas”
August 17,  6pm - 11pm
Co-Prosperity Sphere  (3219 S Morgan St)

Join us for an mixed media group exhibition curated by FMEL. Live performances and more.

Arcángel Constantini, Amanda Gutiérrez, Juan Pablo Villegas, *Libertad Sonora, Pepe Mogt, Yurián Zerón, Iván Abreu, Eric García

Visual Artist:
Marcos Raya, Diana Solis, Gabriel Villa, Chema Skandl!, Nicole Marroquin & Antonio Martinez

Sound Artist:
Yair López, Alexandra Cárdenas, Bryan Holmes, Tito Rivas, Sandra Gallo & Miguel Mesa, Elías Puc, Sergio Oliman, Manuel Estrella

As part of the 5th Annual Latin Electronic Music Festival
Festival de Música Electrónica Latina (The Latin Electronic Music Festival) will stage its 5th annual digital music and culture showcase on August 17-25, 2012. After an incredibly enriching experience from our past editions, FMEL is proud to present Latin digital culture to Chicago once again. This year the festival includes lectures, workshops, an experimental session, an electronic art exhibition, a panel discussion with luminaries of the Latin electronic music scene and, of course, several musical showcases featuring artists from the U.S., Chicago, Latin America and beyond. This year, FMEL will be accessible to Chicago's vast community through events (many of them free) at different venues throughout the city.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Version Festival 12 Opening Weekend

Although we are opening Version Festival 12 this Tuesday, May 1, with a bookstore opening on May 2 and some other jams on May 3, we think you should come on over to our first big weekend of events on Friday, May 4. Eight new pop up and remixed spaces will open their doors for an evening of action. This will be a good introduction of some of what we have planned for the month of May.  Here are some highlights:

SMALL Showroom Opening Party • 5-10 pm
3219 S. Morgan Street • free
Our big project for 2012 is the Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL). This is a showroom that will display over one hundred vendors' wares. Stop in for some tastings and samplings. Featuring Half Acre, Virtue Cider, Koval Distillery and Few Distillery and many others
Bridgepop SpringPop • 6-9 pm3143 S Morgan Street • freeBridgePop is a group of resident Bridgeport artists and entrepreneurs who have banded together in a collaborative Pop-up Shop on Morgan Street since November 2011. Their goal is to revitalize the community with exposition of new art, as well as reclaimed and reused articles, in a curated, performative, and  eclectic environment.

Ray Emerick Studios Opening • 6-10 pm
3149 S. Morgan Street, #1 • free
Artist Ray Emerick is a veteran Morgan Street artist.  He joins Version festival by reopening his studio to the public this Ma

Research House for Asian Art • 6-9 pm
3217 S Morgan Street • free
The Research House for Asian Art (RHAA) is a non-for profit organization whose goal is to promote art that is becoming more global and to provide a platform for the ongoing cultural exchange between East and West, in particular with China. This is their first ever show in their brand new gallery.

Dusty Groove Records Party • 7-9 pm
755 W 32nd Street • freeChicago's premier record store for all things groovy -- making a pop-up weekend appearance in Bridgeport! They're having a Preview Night on Friday, May 4th, from 7pm to 9pm -- open to the public, and with refreshments and music too!

Maria’s Community Bar • 3pm -2 am960 W 31st Street • freeJoin us for our after party for the SMALL Showroom opening.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Support Bridgeport, The Community of the Future

The creators of Proximity, Lumpen and the Bridgeport International produce the annual Version Festival. This year, for the entire month of May, they are opening twelve pop up and remixed spaces in the neighborhood of Bridgeport. They need your support. Please check out and support our fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. Thanks so much!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Version 12 Call for Submissions

What happens when you invite cultural workers, urban entrepreneurs, artists, designers, foodies, public space hackers, urban planners, community activists, and dreamers to swarm a neighborhood and transform it for one month? Version 12: Bridgeport The Community of the Future.

This May 2012, we're inviting you to come visit us in Bridgeport, a Chicago neighborhood, and join in on our month-long urban experiment. During the Eleventh Annual Version Festival, we will be opening and remixing twelve temporary spaces, businesses, enterprises and projects, all to celebrate the neighborhood we love and call home. And then we're going to use these places as home bases, networks, and maps, all to energize our local environs for long-term change - but we need your help to make it happen.

Version 12 seeks collaborators and partners to help us re-imagine the tactical urbanization of our hood. We will supply the spaces for your project and help coordinate the activities and ideas that you would like to share with our communities.

Right now our plans include opening up the following: a used bookstore, a nightly performance space in a church, a home brewing club kitchen, a department store/gallery showcasing all locally manufactured small batch and artisanal products, nomadic collaborative restaurants and community kitchens, parking lot flea markets, a neighborhood tourism bureau, and a rotating exhibition space for artists and designers. And we're still looking! We need groups and individuals to open or manage temporary stores, co-working spaces... any choose-your-own pop-up space endeavor you can imagine.

Of course, there are other ways to participate too. You could also create or install public art in the hood, volunteer at a space, bring your food cart or truck to the neighborhood, conduct a public space hack, farm in a local urban garden, perform at one of our venues, or just stop by and dive in. Everyone is welcome!

The festival is co-produced by Public Media Institute (PMI) and dozens of our neighbors, friends, and business owners here in Bridgeport
. PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3, community based, arts & culture organization located in Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to create and incubate innovative arts programming and cultural infrastructures to transform people - socially and intellectually – through the production of festivals, art spaces, events, exhibitions, community projects, artifacts and media. Public Media Institute is committed to the region's cultural ecology and is evident through our series of programs, spaces and projects.


[ ] opening up a space
[ ] performing
[ ] making or installing public art
[ ] providing a service to the neighborhood
[ ] having your product featured in our department store
[ ] volunteering
[ ] other

WEBSITE (it's OK if you don't have one though):

ONE PARAGRAPH PROPOSAL - let us know what you want to do!:

PLEASE INCLUDE 3-6 images up to 1,000 pixels wide