First Saturdays at Mana

March 4, 2017
1PM – 4PM

Gallery Tour, 1st Floor

Discussion with Five Works artist, Erin Hayden

1PM – 4PM
Durational performance by Time and Place artist, Naoki Nakatani

Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608


First Saturdays at Mana

Julien Prévieux,  Patterns of Life  ,  film still, 2015. Courtesy Jousse Entreprise Gallery (Paris)

Join us for this month’s installment of First Saturdays at Mana! Erin Hayden is our featured artist in the project series Five Works, while Naoki Nakatani gives a durational performance for our performance series, Time and Place. Three studios highlighting the work of Mana artists who engage in collaborative practices will also be on display: The Floating Museum, Geissler + Sann, and Victoria Bradford and Todd Mattei. Additionally, Mana Chicago’s Exhibitions & Community Programs Manager, La Keisha Leek, will be giving a guided tour of our current exhibitions, Francesco Clemente and Chuck Connelly in the Pellizzi Family Collections and Odes To Transience I Create: Encounters With Jamie Diamond & Matthew Weinstein. High Concept Labs will be hosting an open rehearsal by their current Artists in Residence, Mozowa. The café will be serving complimentary coffee, wine, and bagels supplied by local Pilsen sandwich shop Andorka’s, and donuts from Front Room Donuts.

Five Works: Erin Hayden
Five Works is a monthly project series organized by La Keisha Leek, that showcases 5 new and/or recent works from emerging Chicago artists in the Mana Chicago office space. This installment of Five Works will feature Erin Hayden, whose paintings reflect the unfiltered way in which society consumes virtual information. Her work has been featured in publications such as Frieze, Chicago Tribune, Lori Waxman's 60 wrd/min art critic, and Newcity Art.

Time and Place: Naoki Nakatani
Time and Place features a monthly performance by an emerging artist, organized by Molly Feingold, Director, Programming and Partnerships. In his performance, Today, I exist, Naoki Nakatani expresses the idea of appearance and disappearance of physical bodies. The artist is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is originally from Ube, Japan.

Featured Studios: Collaborative Practices
Studio 601: The Floating Museum: Faheem Majeed and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
Studio 512: Geissler + Sann
Studio 412: Victoria Bradford and Todd Mattei

Exhibitions at Mana

Francesco Clemente and Chuck Connelly in the Pellizzi Family Collections
Through August 31, 2017

The exhibition features thirteen works drawn from the collections of members of the Pellizzi family, and was collected by Francesco Pellizzi, who is an Italian anthropologist and art critic, and co-Founder and Editor, since 1981, of the Harvard multi-disciplinary journal RES – Anthropology and Aesthetics (currently published by University of Chicago Press).

This is the second part to the series of exhibitions of Pellizzi’s collection. The first, which closed in January 2017, featured Julio Galán and Daniel Lezama, and the third will feature works by George Condo in September 2017.

Odes To Transience I Create: Encounters with Jamie Diamond & Matthew Weinstein
Through May 31, 2017
Curated by Mana’s Curatorial Director Ysabel Pinyol, the exhibition asks viewers to examine moments of brief, often impersonal interactions, specifically those involving relationships that perish synchronously with the moment. A collection of three video works placed throughout the building — in the lobby, on the 4th floor, and in the 5th floor café — the pieces are installed in transient areas: spaces primarily used for passing through en route to a destination.

High Concept Labs

Experience an exclusive open rehearsal by High Concept Labs Artist in Residence, Mozowa, a Chicago-based creative incubator that is currently reinvigorating and dissecting August Strindberg’s A Dream Play.


Image: Erin Hayden, Reading, 2015. Courtesy of the artist