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Bridgeport is for Art Lovers

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 17, 2006 3:56PM

chiartistsburgers.jpgBridgeport's a bit quieter these days, with lowkey discussions about rooting for a division rival replacing World Series pandemonium. But the neighborhood still has its art shows, with the largest Chicago-centric exhibit in the city or anywhere, the Chicago Art Open, opening today. The ninth annual exhibition features over 300 younger and midcareer professionals working in a variety of visual media. The work of all those artists moving in and out of our neighborhood are showing at a cultural hub that may impress even the most jaded northsider, the Zhou B. Art Center.

Bridgedome.jpgIf you go this Sunday, remember the Select Media Festival is holding experimental, greener-than-grass-roots programs only a few blocks away. The “Secret Cafe” will serve up food that’s as free to you as it was to them and the “Remake/Remix” workshop will transform your rattiest old clothes into thrift store finds. The festival aims to put the power of media creation, among other things, back into your hands. These events will be taped, so attending a program is your shot at cable access TV show stardom!

The 2006 Chicago Art Open is at the Zhou B. Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., through November 4. Admission is a $5 donation, free for students and guests 18 years or younger. Friday night’s opening reception is 6-11 p.m., $20 admission. More information and images at the CAC website.

Select Media Festival programs are at 3219 S. Morgan St. at 2pm, and at near South and near Northwest side sites. More information at their website.

Top Image: Deity by Richard Smith, at the Art Open
Bottom Image: "Bridgecot" via the Select Media Festival