Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary celebrated with exhibition receptions, Sept. 20

Jack Arends Hall 50th Anniversary celebrated with exhibition receptions, Sept. 20

Jack Arends Hall 50th AnniversaryThe School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Jack Arends Hall (the visual arts building on the NIU main campus) with exhibitions featuring former NIU School of Art students and faculty.  Venues for the exhibitions include three spaces in Jack Arends Hall and the NIU Art Gallery on Altgeld Hall’s first floor.  Receptions are being held in both locations, Thursday, September 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (more…)

NIU School of Art and Design hosts “Bridges” an exhibition of digital graphics and augmented reality

NIU School of Art and Design hosts “Bridges” an exhibition of digital graphics and augmented reality

The NIU School of Art and Design is hosting “Bridges” an exhibition of digital graphics and augmented reality by three art faculty members from Poland’s University of Silesia, at Gallery 215, located at 215 Fourth Street in DeKalb.  The exhibition opens with a reception starting at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 19. (more…)

Visiting Scholars in Art History series begins with Elaine King on how art market legitimatizes cultural products

Visiting Scholars in Art History series begins with Elaine King on how art market legitimatizes cultural products

Elaine King, professor emerita of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, and an alumnus of the NIU School of Art and Design, kicks off the 2018-2019 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speakers in Art History Alumni Series, Monday, September 17, with “A Cultural Capital Quagmire: How the Art Market and Not Curators or Art Critics Legitimatize Cultural Products Today.” (more…)

Unpacked Mobile Gallery presents Maktub: An exhibition of SWANA identity in disaspora through bookmaking

Unpacked Mobile Gallery presents Maktub: An exhibition of SWANA identity in disaspora through bookmaking

Unpacked Mobile Gallery presents Maktub, a three-person exhibition by Lamia Abukhadra, Essma Imady, and Zeinab Saab, Friday, September 14.

Maktub is an Arabic word that translates to “it is written” and the the exhibition deals with the history of three Arab women living in the diaspora, and their relationship to their native lands – Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon – and the importance of preserving their history and culture through the art of bookmaking.

The exhibiting artists are Lamia Abukhadra, who is of Palestinean descent, Essma Imady, Syrian descent, and Zeinab Saab, of Lebanese descent.

Maktub posterUnpacked Stops on Friday, September 14: 

10:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m. UIC Arab American Cultural Center
701 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Pilsen Alliance
1744 West 18th St., Chicago, IL

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Muslim Community Center
4380 N Elston Ave. Chicago, IL

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Comfort Station
2579 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

Support will be used to help with the cost of renting the truck and expenses related with traveling to the four cultural destinations over the course of this one-day pop up exhibition.

About Unpacked

Lauren Iacoponi and Shane Bowers co-founded Unpacked this past year due to a growing interest in different models of DIY exhibitions spaces, mobile museums and galleries for contemporary art. We wanted to mobilize in a literal way – bringing our vision out into the world and into different communities.

Unpacked expands the domain of what is conventionally considered an appropriate space to showcase art – the bed of a moving truck. The DIY artist space exhibits innovative artists across disciplines through a mobile gallery or “pop-up truck show”, allowing for guerrilla art shows around the city of Chicago.