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The Week in Art: February 5-11

By Amy Cavanaugh in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 5, 2012 5:00PM

Laura Letinsky, Untitled #19 (from the Ill Form and Void Full series), 2011.Courtesy of the artist; Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago; and Yancey Richardson Gallery.
• Tuesday

>> The Museum of Contemporary Art opens Chicago Works: Laura Letinsky. The show features the Chicago-based artist’s newest work, a photographic series titled Ill Form and Void Full (2010-11).

>> The DePaul Art Museum holds a talk, Foreign Faces: Africans and Others in Ancient Roman Art, at 5:30 p.m. By looking at art, Dr. Sinclair Bell, professor at Northern Illinois University, discusses how Romans understood other people, especially Africans.

>> The Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens A Midsummer Night’s Dream tonight. The classic tale of mischief and mayhem in the woods runs through April 8.

>> Reminder: The Big Big City Pop Up Art Market is tonight from 5-9 p.m. at Public Works Gallery.

• Thursday

>> The Flamenco Festival kicks off tonight with a performance by the Diego Amador Trio. The Festival, run by the Instituto Cervantes, features a month of concerts, film screenings, and lectures. Get tickets and more information here.

>> You’ve always wanted to see Casablanca on the big screen, and you can at the Block Museum of Art Cinema tonight at 7 p.m.

• Friday

>> The DuSable Museum of African-American History presents Something About Oscar Brown Jr., a one-man show about Chicago artist and activist Oscar Brown, Jr.. The performance stars Morris Gearring and features a guest turn by poet Nikki Giovanni.

• Saturday

>> Architecture geeks can head to the Art Institute of Chicago, which opens The Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Architecture: Selections, 1989-2011 today. The show features designs by up and coming young architects.

>> The Museum of Contemporary Art opens This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, a major show that looks at the rise of commercial art market, AIDS crisis, and other ‘80s art world issues.