NOT-­TO-­BE MISSED LECTURE PRESENTATIONS FROM PRESTIGIOUS CURATORS, CRITICS, AND ARTISTS

NOT-­TO-­BE MISSED LECTURE PRESENTATIONS FROM PRESTIGIOUS CURATORS, CRITICS, AND ARTISTS

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NOT-­TO-­BE MISSED LECTURE PRESENTATIONS FROM PRESTIGIOUS CURATORS, CRITICS, AND ARTISTS AT SOFA CHICAGO 2017

CHICAGO (October 11, 2017) -­ The 24th edition of SOFA CHICAGO, which will take place at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall November 2-­5, will feature an incredible roster of not-­to-­be-­missed lecture presentations from some of the brightest and most forward-­thinking minds in the arts today. SOFA CHICAGO has become known for its second-­to-­none lecture series, which is included in the Fair admission.

Guests will have the opportunity to take advantage of hearing from renowned artists, museum curators, and art critics who will discuss their work, current trends and important themes in art and design. The SOFA CHICAGO lecture series covers a variety of topics with something for everyone – from glass collectors, fiber and textile enthusiasts, studio jewelry lovers, novice and established collectors, and more.

In all, more than 20 lecture presentations will be showcased throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fair. A complete listing of all lectures can be found at www.sofaexpo.com. Highlights of this year’s lecture presentations at SOFA CHICAGO, include:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3


Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses
  9:30 -­ 10:30 am | Lecture Room A
Jewelry artists Ezra Satok-­Wolman and Wendy McAllister will each present a lecture about their work and collaborative exhibition project Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses. From a simple flower to complex fractals, the lectures will explore how both artists draw inspiration from the geometry of the natural world, and the vastly different ways in which they interpret it. Presented by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

Viking Ships: Glass and Wood  1 -­ 2 pm | Lecture Room C
Artists Andrew Jason Brown and Mette Bentzen will discuss the unique collaboration that merges crafts, workshops, nationalities, and histories in the making of wooden and glass Viking ships. Cabinet makers Mette Bentzen (DK) and Lasse Kristensen (DK) and glass artists Nanna Backhaus (DK) and Andrew Jason Brown (UK) combine their skills to produce these unique pieces. Their workshops are at the harbor in Hundested, Denmark, where Viking ships passed through. Presented by Galleri Gronlund, Hundested, Denmark

A Life in Glass  2 -­ 3 pm | Lecture Room C
A conversation moderated by James Baker, Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School. Artists Nadège Desgenétez and Laura Donefer will discuss the development of their lives as artists, the ways they work, the ideas that inspire them, and the new directions they are exploring in their work. Artists represented in order of listing: Heller Gallery, New York, NY, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

Luminous Vessels: An Ongoing Exploration of Form, Design and Color  3 -­ 4 pm | Lecture Room A
In this lecture, artist David Huang will consider his exploration of form, design and patina as his body of work has developed over the years. Huang’s metal vessels showcase skilled craftsmanship and explore the physicality of the material world. Presented by Kirsten Muenster Project, San Francisco, CA

Individual Voices, Shared Vision: Micha Karlslund and Steffen Dam  3 -­ 4 pm | Lecture Room C
Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass will be in conversation with artist Micha Karlslund. They will discuss Karlslund’s work and a recent, ongoing collaboration between herself and her husband, Steffen Dam. At the center of Dam and Karlslund’s joint body of work is the concept of images as a universal form of communication. Presented by Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Full Circle  4 pm – 5 pm | Lecture Room C
Artist Matthieu Cheminee will discuss the study of Navajo and Native American techniques and traditions, especially Navajo stamp work. Trying to preserve techniques traditionally passed from one generation to the next through apprenticeships. Cheminee wrote the book Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa. Through this process, he developed a method of metalsmithing using stamps called, Stamclastic, and is now working on a book focused on stamping techniques around the world. Presented by Gallerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montréal, QC, Canada

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th

Esther Shimazu: Ohana Mine  11 -­ 12 pm | Lecture Room C
Esther Shimazu, a Japanese American ceramicist born and raised in Honolulu, is a master in capturing the human spirit in clay. Her hollow stoneware figures – pudgy male and female nudes – are jolly souls who love life and lack self-­consciousness. They come across as eccentric and likeable, rather like the woman who molded them. Sponsored by John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

What is the DNA of a Collection?  11am-­1pm | Room B
Join this engaging discussion about the evolution of a collection – from the growth of a young collection to more mature collections that are inherited or gifted to public collections—and how to navigate the cultivation and security of art acquisitions. Join Panelists Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Katya Heller, Director, Heller Gallery, New York, NY; Sarah Traver, Director, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA; and Alyssa Quinlan, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Gurr Johns, Inc.; and moderated by Maggie Reynolds, Senior Fine Art and Collections Specialist, Chubb Personal Risk Services, as they examine each of their unique perspectives on growing a collection and the needs of a collection through the various stages of growth, maturity, and preservation. Presented by Chubb Personal Risk Services

Cross Collection: Ancient Art Through the Modern Eye  2 -­ 3 pm | Lecture Room A
Curator, Dr. Alexander V. Kruglov will discuss the trend of cross collecting, as many modern and contemporary art lovers begin to add ancient art to their collections. Cycladic art in particular, has become extremely popular and is known to have been an inspiration to great modern sculptors such as Picasso, Giacometti, Modigliani, and Henry Moore. Sponsored by Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, NY

Something New, Again  12 -­ 1 pm | Lecture Room A
Artist Dan Dailey will discuss the curiosity which has caused him to change his work constantly for 50 years, and led to the making of more than 3000 things. Beginning with drawings to realize his thoughts, his development of an “industrial palette” with glass and metal resulted in increasingly complex works. Dailey has pursued meaningful communication with expressive murals, sculpture and functional art. Sponsored by Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

SOFA CHICAGO will kick-­off with an Opening Night Preview on Thursday, November 2 that will benefit Americans for The Arts, the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. The Opening Night Preview is one of the most highly-­anticipated events of the year, and offers attendees the first chance to explore and acquire artwork from exhibiting galleries. The Opening Night Preview will take place from 5-­9pm with 5-­7pm VIP Preview open to VIP ticket holders only;; followed by a Public Preview from 7-­9pm. Tickets for the Opening Night Preview are available by visiting, www.sofaexpo.com or at the door.

ADMISSION AND HOURS:
SOFA CHICAGO is open Thursday 5 pm – 7 pm for VIP Preview ticket holders and from 7 pm – 9 pm to the Public Preview ticket holders. SOFA CHICAGO is open Friday and Saturday 11am-­7pm;; and Sunday 12-­6pm. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, and they allow access to all aspects of SOFA CHICAGO. Tickets are $20 for general admission in advance, and $25 at the door;; $30 for three-­day pass.

For advance ticket sales and more information, please visit www.sofaexpo.com or call 800.563.SOFA (7632)

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ADMISSION AND HOURS

SOFA CHICAGO is open Thursday 5 pm – 7 pm for VIP Preview ticket holders and from 7 pm – 9 pm to the Public Preview ticket holders; SOFA CHICAGO is open Friday and Saturday 11am –7pm; and Sunday 12 – ­6pm. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, and they allow access to all aspects of SOFA CHICAGO. Tickets are $20 for general admission in advance, and $25 at the door; $30 for three-­day pass. For advance ticket sales and more information, please visit www.sofaexpo.com or call 800.563.SOFA (7632).


ABOUT SOFA CHICAGO

Presented by international art galleries, SOFA CHICAGO (November 2-­5) offers the best in museum-­quality contemporary art and design. Artist talks, panel discussions and special exhibit are included with admission. 

For more information visit www.sofaexpo.com For more information on art and design fairs produced by Urban Expositions, visit the following websites: SOFA CHICAGO is owned by Atlanta-­based Urban Expositions, which also produces Art Aspen, Art Palm Springs, and FORM MIAMI (December 6-­ 10). All art fairs are presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-­media. For more information about Urban’s art and design fairs, visit the following websites: Art Aspen: August 2-­5, 2018 | www.art-­aspen.com | SOFA CHICAGO: November 2-­5, 2017 | www.sofaexpo.com | FORM MIAMI: December 6 – 10, 2017 | www.formmiami.com | Art Palm Springs: February 16-­18, 2018 | www.art-­palmsprings.com

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