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April 27, 2006

Wargaming the Weekend Ahead

As any beleaguered Secretary of Defense will tell you, no war plan survives first contact with the enemy.

And so it goes, too, with any plan for facing down the mighty specter of aesthetic overload that is Any Given Art Fair Weekend. (I can't even begin to imagine what all those suckers down in Miami must go through each December.)

But the least we can do is try to lay out the plan as it currently stands, leaving the necessary wiggle room for all of the various decisions and revisions which the weekend will reverse...

This evening...

What else? NOVA Vernissage (already well underway by this point, I'd imagine), 5–10 pm

After the show, it's the afterparty at SmartBar (which I'm fairly sure I'm not up for) 8 pm–4 am


Aside from more quality time at NOVA and a visit to Art Chicago in the Mart (which, really, should be enough on their own), Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid will speak at the Lakeview Ann Sather at 8 pm


Unfortunately, I have the day job calling on Saturday, so will have to miss out on what could be among the highlights of NOVA, a foursome of overlapping video and film programs at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, noon–4 pm. Three of these programs are devoted to selections of short films from local and international artists, the fourth to one-hour Miranda July retrospective.

Wish they could run them on Sunday as well.

Also, more readings & lectures at Ann Sather, including David Antin at 7 pm and William Pope.L at 8 pm.


Think I'll take a drive down to the Version>06 kunsthalle at Iron Studios, 3636 S Iron St. (noon–10 pm, free until 4) for:

New Trends in Chicago Photography, curated by Greg Stimac and Brian Ulrich (April 29–May 6)
Urban Gardening and Exterior Decorating (April 22–May 7)
The Group Group Show (April 21–May 7)
Version NFO XPO (April 29 & 30)

And, of course, somewhere in the midst of all this, time must be found to get some drinks with this fella I met on the internets.

So, study your schedules, campers, and I'll see you at StacyCon '94 NOVA '06, at the San Diego Airport Hilton Chicago City Suites Hotel. Look for a guy with a weak-ass beard and a look of abject fatigue on his face.

"Wargaming the Weekend Ahead"
Posted by Dan at 05:50 PM


Referenced in this post:

Ann Sather
Art Chciago
Grammar.police: Police Blotter
Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
Miranda July
NOVA Art Fair
NOVA Art Fair: Readings+Lectures
NOVA Art Fair: Video+Film
Notifbutwhen #2: The Best Secret Photo Show Ever (This Saturday)
SmartBar Chciago
Version>06 Festival
Version>06: NFO XPO
Version>06: New Trends in Chicago Photography
Version>06: The Group Group Show