First Saturdays at Mana

Saturday, May 6, 2017
1PM – 4PM

2PM: Five Works Artist Talk with Alex Bradley Cohen

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)

Mana Chicago is kicking off the month of May with compelling programming for First Saturdays. Gear up for our upcoming Body + Camera Festival with a preview of select films by participating artists . Time and Place will include a performance by Nora Sharp, which draws inspiration from contemporary pop songs. We’re bringing back the Interactive Photo Studio inspired by Portraits of Craigslist Strangers by Jamie Diamond, and Faheem Majeed and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford of the Floating Museum will engage the general public to within a temporal art installation. Five Works artist, Alex Bradley Cohen, will share a conversation about his creative practice with Mana Chicago’s Exhibitions & Community Programs Manager, La Keisha Leek. Select open studios will include Artists at Mana, Jan Christopher-Berkson, Kate Hampel, and Assaf Evron. The café will be serving complimentary coffee, wine, and bagels supplied by local Pilsen sandwich shop Andorka’s, and donuts from Front Room Donuts.

Body + Camera Festival Preview
Mana Contemporary Chicago, in Partnership with Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Montom Arts, will showcase a preview screening of artists selected for the first annual Body + Camera Festival, taking place May 20—21, 2017. The festival will feature over 40+ short films by emerging and established artists from around the world, that explore the intersection between the body and the moving image.

Time and Place: Nora Sharp
Time and Place features a monthly performance by an emerging artist, organized by Molly Feingold, Director, Programming and Partnerships. Nora Sharp’s Favorite Song is a performance jukebox. Initiated by viewers’ selection of songs from an expansive playlist of 20th & 21st century pop classics, two dancers offer personalized, improvised celebrations of these favorites in a durational commitment to shared musical devotion. Sharp has been an artist in residence at High Concept Labs as part of Vaudeo Motion and has presented solo & directed work at Links Hall, Hamlin Park Theatre, and Salonathon. She will be accompanied by fellow performer, M Wu, who is interested in vulnerability in performance and believes all life is performative.

Five Works: Alex Bradley Cohen
Five Works is a bi-monthly project series organized by La Keisha Leek, Exhibitions & Community Programs Manager, that features 5 new and/or recent works from emerging Chicago artists in the Mana Chicago office space. The April-May  segment of Five Works showcases Alex Bradley Cohen, a painter who addresses the collective human experience in relation to ideas of class, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Cohen is an alumnus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has exhibited at The Craft and Folk Art Museum, The Elmhurst Art Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Jamie Diamond Interactive Photo Studio
Inspired by Jamie Diamond’s Portraits of Craigslists Strangers, Mana Chicago will host an interactive Photo Studio. With prompts given directly from the artist, get up-close and personal with a friend — or a stranger — and create photographs reminiscent of a formal portrait studio.

Floating Museum Installation
Floating Museum is a collaborative art project that creates temporary, site-responsive museum spaces to activate sites of cultural potential throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods. Our interactive spaces engage local artists, historians, and organizations in events that challenge traditional museum thinking and generate community engagement and conversation.

From April through mid-May, Floating Museum will curate a series of works and installations from previous and current iterations of the project.

Featured Studios
Studio 517: Jan Christopher-Berkson
Studio 415: Kate Hampel
Studio 408: Assaf Evron

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.

Jan Christopher-Berkson, (Detail of) Sympathy For The City

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