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Gallery Owners Return From Summer Vacation

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 8, 2006 7:48PM

In case you feel like we haven't thrown enough weekend options your way, the Fall Art Season gets underway in earnest tonight. More than 50 galleries are opening exhibits, and that's not counting the dozens of Around the Coyote sites showing off local artists tonight through Sunday. (Remember that the ATC Fest is, once again, your last chance to see Thax Douglas.) Among the highlights:

humancarnival.jpgLee Balterman @ Stephen Daiter Gallery
Balterman’s photos capture “the human carnival” that was Chicago in the 50s & 60s, a simpler time when the lakefront path was manageable and City Council didn’t care what you ate.

The Slipping Glimpser @ Linda Warren Gallery is a room-sized replica of the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893, which the world suddenly rediscovered after publication of Devil in the White City. Artist Conrad Frieburg rolls a bowling ball through the "fair", past the Midway Plaisance and the agricultural exhibits to a destructive climax.

juxtapic.jpgJuxtaposition Arena @ Mindfield Experiments is truly experimental: the work of 14 artists are projected on a ceiling, melded together, and accompanied by auditory art. Tonight’s one-night only event also features a live band.

40000pic.jpgDawn of Man @ Gallery 40000 is Josh Mannis’ commentary on anthropology via giddy photomontages and video. Images like The Shining (at right) are one part art history lesson, one part kitsch, many parts surreal.

Stephen Daiter Gallery, 311 W Superior, #408
Linda Warren Gallery, 1052 W. Fulton Market
Mindfield Experiments, 3701 N Ravenswood Ave
Gallery 40000, 119 N Peoria St, #2C

Images via Lee Balterman, Stephen Daiter Gallery; Andrew Hicks, Juxtaposition Arena; and Josh Mannis, Gallery 40000.