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Coming Soon: Arts Roundup

By Laura M. Browning in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 2, 2010 4:20PM

Partial mock-up of Jitish Kallat's Public Notice 3 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Last week we brought you some not-to-be-missed museum exhibits that are closing this week. This week we’re rounding up a few exhibits that are kicking off the fall season. Rest up over Labor Day weekend and then add these to your calendar:

Art Institute of Chicago: Public Notice 3
On September 11, 1893, a landmark speech was given by Swami Vivekananda at the First World Parliament of Religions promoting religious tolerance. Indian artist Jitish Kallat’s installation Public Notice 3 examines the distance between September 11, 1893, and September 11, 2001.

Public Notice 3 runs September 11, 2010 - January 2, 2011, at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Admission is $16 for Chicago residents, and the museum is free from 5:00pm - 8:00pm every Thursday.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Ben Russell
Running for only three weeks in September, media artist Ben Russell describes this installation as “an ongoing study in trance, travel, and psychedelic ethnography.” Be sure to check the MCA’s calendar for related programming with the artist.

Ben Russell is part of UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work, and runs September 4 - 27, 2010, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Suggested general admission is $12, and the museum is free on Tuesdays.

National Museum of Mexican Art: Day of the Dead
The nation’s largest annual Day of the Dead exhibition opens early this year, with an opening reception on September 10. There are lots of great free programs in conjunction with the exhibit, like free public tours in both English and Spanish, plus kids’ art programs and an art class for adults on how to make paper mache Calaveras. Look for a Chicagoist review of the exhibit in a couple weeks.

Vida Breve: Day of the Dead 2010 runs September 10 - December 13, 2010, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street. Admission is free.

Spertus Institute: Undiscovered & Rediscovered
A small exhibit about Chicago’s Jewish past just opened yesterday, and we think you should check it out sooner rather than later, because it’s going to continually change over the next two years in “chapters” that will be on display for three to six months at a time. Uncovered & Rediscovered: Stories of Jewish Chicago is on display in the ground floor vestibule, but will eventually grow. Spertus also invites visitors to share their own stories, both online and at the Institute.

Undiscovered & Rediscovered runs September 1, 2010 - December 29, 2012, at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave. This exhibit is free to the public.