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The Art Next Door: Chicago's Exemplars

November 3-January 14

Opening Party: Friday, November 3 - 6:00 pm

Chicago, just 100 miles west and one large lake expanse from the Krasl Art Center, is home to a bevy of contemporary artists who are creating provocative work, exhibiting worldwide and participating in critical dialogues about art and the world as we see it. This exhibition highlights artists both known and emerging, including Dawoud Bey, Michelle Grabner, the Homan Square Project, Read/Write Library, Aram Han Sifuentes, Tony Tasset, and Sadie Woods. Art on view ranges from painting, photography and sculpture to sound, installation and social practices.

The Art Next Door is curated by the Krasl Art Center. 

Exhibition Sponsor: Chemical Bank

6-8 PM
Celebrate contemporary art and Chicago. Meet new people, enjoy great art and a fun night out. Small bites and cash bar.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 7PM at the Benton Harbor Public Library
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 12 PM at the Krasl Art Center
Read/Write Library recognizes that individuals write the history of their community best. Participate in this free, two-part workshop and identify the local experts in your neighborhood, evaluate who is responsible for the historical record, and discover ways to share and contribute to that record through creative expression.
9 AM
Gain insights to the art on view, its connections to Chicago and the artworld at large in this gallery tour with KAC Curator Tami Miller. 


Patisserie, Copyright Dawoud Bey, Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery

Coming Soon


January 19-March 18

Opening Party: Friday, January 19 - 6:00 pm
Artist Talk: Monday, December 18 - 3:06 am

This engaging exhibition features more than thirty woodblock prints and engravings by (or after) the German Renaissance master printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). The artist was an extraordinary innovator who revolutionized the medium of printmaking in the late fifteenth century.
Trained as a goldsmith, the painter, etcher and draftsman was praised for the remarkable compositional complexity and high level of naturalism in his works. Dürer established an international reputation for his remarkable skills in printmaking, which he had single-handedly elevated to an independent art form. Examples from his celebrated Small Woodcut Passion (1508-10), Life of the Virgin (1503-10), and the full set of sixteen prints from the Engraved Passion (1507-12) will be featured in the exhibition. The exhibition also includes several works by some of Dürer’s most influential contemporaries, Albrecht Altdorfer and Martin Schongauer, among others.
Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.


Agony in the Garden (Christ on the Mount of Olives) from the Engraved Passion, 1508, engraving


March 23-May 31

Opening Party: Friday, March 23 - 6:00 pm
Artist Talk: Monday, December 18 - 3:06 am

This exhibition is a tribute to the century-old handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia and were copied and industrialized by Europeans and exported to Africa. Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints traces the developmental pathway of the African wax print and tells how these fabrics reflect the stories, dreams, and personalities of the people who wear them.
Batik is a Javanese word that refers to a traditional technique of wax-resist dyeing, in which a pattern is made on both sides of cotton fabric with warm liquid wax applied by a tjanting, a small brass cup with a spout. After the wax cools and solidifies, the cloth is dyed with a primary color and the wax is then removed, revealing the pattern where the wax had once been.
The success of the wax prints in Africa is driven by many factors, such as the culture, taste, and desires of African consumers. Clothing in Africa serves an important means of communication, sending secret messages and retelling local proverbs. Clothing also depicts a person’s social status and position, political convictions, ambition, marital status, ethnicity, age, sex, and group affiliations. The names and stories associated with the fabrics differ from country to country and region to region. One fabric may have different names in different countries, depending on the symbolism that the consumer can read in the fabric.
The history of the African wax print is a history paved along colonial trade routes and globalization in the post- colonial era. Though not originally African, these textiles have become ingrained in African culture and society, and loved and identified as their own.
The exhibition Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints is curated by Dr. Gifty Benson and organized by ExhibitsUSA/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO.

King's Chair Dress Form, introduced in 1980; Courtesy of Beatrice Benson Collection