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The Week in Art: March 11-17

By Amy Cavanaugh in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 11, 2012 3:45PM

Gordon Matta-Clark, Cut and taped positives for Circus or The Caribbean Orange, 1978. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark in honor of the 30th anniversary of Circus or The Caribbean Orange. © 1978 Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. Photo © MCA Chicago.
• Today

>> The Art Institute opened Cy Twombly: Sculpture Selections, 1948-1995 yesterday. The ongoing exhibit showcases rough wood sculptures from the American master.

• Tuesday

>> The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts Culture Catalysts the second Tuesday of each month with lectures by artists, curators, and chefs. This week’s lecture is by Judith Russi Kirshner, Dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kirshner’s interests include Gordon Matta-Clark, whose work is currently on display at the museum. The lecture is free with museum admission and begins at 6 p.m.

• Wednesday

>> Indiana University’s Sarah Burns traces the genealogy of haunted Victorian houses through painting, photography, and mass media in Better for Haunts—Victorian Houses and the Modern Imagination. The free talk will be held at 6 p.m. in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute.

>> Three Walls hosts Life on the Land: Re-Imagining Public Space, a discussion with artists and architects on public urban space. The event is from 7-9 p.m.

• Thursday

>> Bert Green Fine Art opens Jen Heaslip: Paintings with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Heaslip’s work focuses on the male body and skyscapes.

• Friday

>> Printworks Gallery opens work by Michiko Itatani. The gallery focuses on works on paper, and Itatani uses fictional and symbolic space to reimagine events.

>> Perimeter Gallery opens a show of abstract paintings by Janis Pozzi-Johnson, whose work examines loss and regeneration.