Chicago

Ahead of the openings of EXPO Chicago and the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, a guide to the most moving, relevant and astonishing shows around town

By B. David Zarley
Adrian Wong, Telepathically Designed Bespoke Rabbit Warren No. 2, 2015, powder-coated steel, plywood, glass, cork and artificial turf, 77 × 152 × 152 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery

Chicago IL

14 Sep
26 Oct
David Antonio Cruz, todayliketomorrowandthedayafter, portrait of carlos, 2019, oil and latex on wood, 76.2 × 50.8 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Chicago IL

7 Sep
26 Oct
Gladys Nilsson, Painting Nature, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 1.5 × 2 m. Courtesy: the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery; photograph: Tom Van Eynde

Chicago IL

13 Sep
26 Oct
Samson Young, Houses of Tomorrow (still), 2019, video and sound installation. Courtesy: the artist

Chicago IL

18 Sep
29 Dec
Melissa Ann Pinney, Selan’s Beauty School, 1988. Courtesy: the artist

Chicago IL

18 Jul
29 Sep
Jeffrey Gibson, TRAPPED IN THE DREAM OF THE OTHER (GD), 2019, found canvas punching bag, glass beads, plastic beads, artificial sinew, steel studs, acrylic paint and steel chain, 170.2 × 35.6 × 35.6 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Kavi Gupta; photograph: John Lusis

Chicago

20 Sep
14 Dec
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Kesha Scales hugging Beverly Williams in her living room (22 years in at GM Lordstown Assembly, pressroom), Youngstown OH, from ‘The Last Cruze’, 2019. Courtesy: the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York / Rome

Chicago

14 Sep
1 Dec

Drawing from Martian landscapes and the notebooks of a closeted lesbian science fiction writer, the artist shows us how far we humans have yet to go

By Lauren DeLand

The artist’s public sculpture was spray-painted with graffiti

By Frieze News Desk

At Richard Gray Gallery, sociological statistics meet medieval sculpture in a powerful commentary on black life in the US 

By Joel Kuennen

A survey of the artist’s paintings and sculptures at Chicago’s Kavi Gupta skewers drug companies’ marketing tactics in the midst of the US opioid crisis

By B. David Zarley