Spring 2017 Open House

Sunday, April 30, 2017
1PM – 4PM

Free admission with RSVP


Mana Contemporary is leading a

Nationwide Protest
Against the Trump Administration’s
Threat to
the National
Endowment for
the Arts (NEA)

Mana Contemporary Chicago and its partnering locations in New Jersey and Miami intends to generate support among private and public arts sectors, and raise awareness of the NEA’s critical role in providing the nation’s most underfunded communities with access to the arts. Our organization is joining forces with the Bass Museum of Art, Brooklyn Rail, Clocktower, Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF), Gary Lichtenstein Editions (GLE), International Center of Photography (ICP), International Sculpture Center (ISC), Walter De Maria Archives, and the National Academy Museum to collect signatures for a mass petition to present to Congress.


At Mana Contemporary’s
Spring 2017 Open House
Sunday, April 30, 2017
1PM – 4PM


In addition to signing our petition, we invite you to explore the open studios available at Mana Chicago. Artists at Mana, On The Real Film, will be showcasing a screening of TRANSITION TO POWER, in collaboration with Sixty Inches From Center. We will also unveil some of the selected films in a preview for Mana Chicago’s inaugural Body + Camera Festival. In addition to our exhibitions on view, experience temporary installations from Five Works artist  Alex Bradley Cohen and The Floating Museum, featuring Artists at Mana Faheem Majeed and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford. Prompted by current works in our video exhibition Odes To Transience I Create, an Interactive Photo Studio inspired by Portraits of Craigslist Strangers by Jamie Diamond, will also be available for participation by the general public. Visit the ChiArts Visual Arts Department Senior Showcase Exhibition 2017 on view on the 6th Floor Flex Space.

Gili Avissar, “PINK”

6th Floor Flex Space
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.

On The Real Film,  Transition to Power

High Concept Labs, 4th Floor
Film Screening: Transition to Power
Artist Talk with On The Real Film and Tempestt Hazel: 2PM

On The Real Film, in collaboration with Sixty Inches From Center, presents TRANSITION TO POWERa documentary web-series created as a response to the 2016 United States Presidential Election. TRANSITION TO POWER dives into the aftermath of the election through the eyes of artists and creatives. Each episode is a discussion with an artist about their plans going forward in this explosive, yet fragile political climate.

Alex Bradley Cohen, The Long Walk (By Myself), Acrylic on Canvas, 23 x 25 inches, 2016

Mana Office
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. April’s segment of Five Works will showcase 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, Portraits of Craigslist Strangers, 2010

5th Floor
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. Image courtesy of Rachel Jump]

5th Floor Project Space
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 March through April Floating Museum will curate a series of works and installations from previous and current iterations of the project.

Cam Collins, Taekwondo

6th Floor Flex Space
ChiArts Visual Arts Department Senior Showcase Exhibition 2017

The Senior Showcase is the culminating exhibition of a ChiArts visual art student’s high school career. The works on view will include selections from students’ year-long thesis investigations as part of their Major AP Studio Art Course. ChiArts’ Visual Arts Department offers the following majors: Drawing/Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Visual Communications. Students will also exhibit works made in their elective courses, including Digital Media, Wearable Sculpture, Sequential Art and Contemporary Practices: Performance and Installation.

Exhibitions at Mana

Francesco Clemente, Francesco Pellizzi's Eyes, ca. 1993

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.

Gili Avissar, PINK, 2014.
Jamie Diamond, Portraits of Craigslist Strangers, 2010.
On The Real Film, Transition to Power, 2016.
Floating Museum Installation, 2017. Image courtesy of Rachel Jump.
Alex Bradley Cohen, The Long Walk (By Myself), 2016.
Cam Collins, Taekwondo, 2017
Francesco Clemente, Francesco Pellizzi's Eyes, ca. 1993