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The Week in Art: January 29-February 4

By Amy Cavanaugh in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 29, 2012 7:00PM

Artist unknown. , c. 1930s. Gelatin silver print. 8.9 x 14.7 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Peter J. Cohen.
• Sunday

>> Have a free afternoon? The DuSable Museum of African American History has free admission today. The museum, open until 5 p.m., is currently showing Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama, among other exhibits.

>> Devening Projects + Editions opens Joshua Abelow’s Songs from a Room with a reception today from 4-7 p.m. Abelow’s paintings reconsider modernist ideas.

• Thursday

>> The Museum of Contemporary Photography screens J.J. Murphy’s Print Generation, in which Murphy duplicated a one minute piece of film 50 times to look at the deterioration of image and sound. Murphy will be present to discuss his work. The screening is at 6 p.m. in Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave.

• Saturday

>> The Chicago Photography Center opens I Heart Ink: A Photographic Exhibit of Tattoo Art with a reception from 7-9 p.m. The show, curated by Susan Aurinko and Warren Perlstein, features work from more than a dozen photographers.

>> At the Art Institute of Chicago, The Three Graces, an exhibit of photographs of gatherings of family and friends, closes on Sunday.

>> Valerie Carberry Gallery closes Dumb Country, four paintings and one object by Jim Lutes. The show is the first large-scale body of work by Jim Lutes in over a decade, and explores ideas of the natural world.

>> Bert Green Fine Art hosts a grand opening open house from 12-7 p.m. The gallery, which just relocated to Chicago from Los Angeles, includes work by Elizabeth McGrath, Jeff Gillette, and Carlee Fernandez in the opening exhibition.