The Week in Art: February 26-March 3

By Amy Cavanaugh in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 26, 2012 5:05PM

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Oil Spill #12 (2010) Daniel Beltrá
Here are our visual arts picks for the week.

• Monday

>> Learn about the role of art in Chicago communities at the DePaul Art Museum's Art and Communities Panel, moderated by Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Associate Professor of Art History at DePaul. Held at 6 p.m., the panel features Tricia van Eyck, founder of 6018 North and former MCA curator; Amy Mooney, art history professor at Columbia College and writer; and Jeff Huebner, art critic and author.

• Tuesday

>> The fourth Tuesday of each month, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts Face the Strange New Music from Chicago and Beyond from 6-7 p.m. This month’s performer is Spectralina, and will feature an audio-visual performance from Dan Bitney and Selina Trepp. The pair works with song structure to create an image-sound relationship.

• Wednesday

>> The Museum of Contemporary Photography hosts Speechless, a one-night public screening of video artwork that looks at how technology influences visual culture. The screening will be held from 6-9 p.m. and features work from Agnes Bolt, Phil Morton, and Takeshi Murata, among others.

>> The Block Museum of Art hosts a gallery talk with the Art Institute's Suzanne Karr-Schmidt and Adler Planetarium's Bruce Stephenson about 16th century scientific instruments made with paper. The talk will be held at 6 p.m.

• Thursday

>> As part of its Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art show, the Smart Museum of Art hosts The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, a public artwork by Tom Marioni. For the piece, gather in the “bar” and grab a free beer, then drink with friends old and new.

• Friday

>> The Catherine Edelman Gallery opens Spill by Daniel Beltrá with a reception tonight from 5-7 p.m. The artist, whose new work focuses on the Deepwater Horizon spill, will speak about his work on Saturday at noon in the gallery.

>> Public Works Gallery opens Matthew Hoffman’s I Made This For You with a reception from 7-10 p.m. Hoffman works with woodcuttings to create cheerful, witty pieces.

• Saturday

>> The Art Institute of Chicago opens Rethinking Typologies: Architecture and Design from the Permanent Collection today. The show explores innovations that have changed conventional architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries.