Art Chicago is this weekend. It’s sometimes called the Navy Pier art show, although this year it won’t be on Navy Pier. It will be on Butler Field, behind the Art Institute. Over on Navy Pier, there’s another show called Chicago Contemporary and Classic, which has been organized by the same folks who do Art Basel Miami, a relatively new show that has siphoned off much of the attention and audience that used to focus on Chicago in the spring.
Confused? Wonder how we got in this mess? Jim Yood gave a good explanation on last Sunday’s Hello Beautiful (scroll down). I’m still going to go (to both shows, probably), but the list of exhibitors in either case is not encouraging.
Hope appears from other quarters. There’s another show this weekend called NOVA which focuses on young artists. Even better, they’ve added fiction and poetry readings to the goings-on. Here’s the scoop:
Poetry and Fiction and NOVA Young Art Fair: April 28-May 1
The following poetry and fiction readings will take place during the NOVA Young Art Fair this weekend. The Art Fair, located at 840 and 850 W. Washington Boulevard, features Chicago, national, and international galleries. A day pass for all events is $5.
Thurs. April 28
Sam Brumbaugh, 10 PM
Fri. April 29
Suzanne Buffam and Joel Craig, 4:30 PM
Sat. April 30
Erica Bernheim, Daniel Borzutzky, and Kent Johnson, 4:30 PM
Sun. May 1
Miles Harvey and Patty Templeton, 4:30 PM
About the Readers
Erica Bernheim is a poet living in Chicago, where she is completing a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in journals including Black Warrion Review, Gulf Coast, Volt, The Canary, and Bridge.
Daniel Borzutzky been published in several literary journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Fence, Blaze Vox, Octopus Magazine, LIT, Denver Quarterly, and Chicago Review. His book, Arbitrary Tales, is available from Ravenna Press.
Sam Brumbaugh’s novel Goodbye Goodness is available from Open City Books. Brumbaugh has worked in the music industry for two decades, touring with bands such as Pavement, Cat Power, and Mogwai, producing music specials for PBS, and, most recently, a documentary on the great Texas musician Townes Van Zandt (Be Here to Love Me). A relative of Annie Oakley himself, he lives in New York City.
Suzanne Buffam’s poetry has appeared in various journals in the United States and Canada (including Saturday Night, Books in Canada, Poetry, The Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner and The Colorado Review) and in the anthologies Language Matters (Oxford University Press), Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets (Harbour Press), and Breaking the Surface (Sono Nis Press). Her book Past Imperfect is published by House of Anansi Press. She is the 2005 recipient of the Bridge International Arts Award and the 1998 recipient of the Canadian Literary Award for poetry.
Joel Craig is from Des Moines, IA, and lives in Chicago, where he works as a deejay and graphic designer. His poems have appeared in Fence, Bridge, Spoon River, Iowa Review and canwehaveourballback.com. Craig is a co-founder and curator of The Danny’s
Reading Series. Craig is also a member of the artist collective Pulseprogamming.
Miles Harvey is the author of The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Random House). He has worked for United Press International, In These Times and Outside, where he was a book-review columnist. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. in Journalism, 1984) and the University of Michigan (M.F.A in English, 1991), he has had a lifelong fascination with maps.