This past Friday’s InterArts Potluck welcomed new and returning students, faculty, and staff back to campus. Attendees met up first at the department’s Raw Space for new student introductions, communication on upcoming academic and visiting artist events, introduction of new student group officers for P.I.T. and IMAGEUnit, a pop-up exhibition, and of course, great snacks and sandwiches!
Following tradition, the entire group then headed out to explore a nearby Chicago art event. This year the Potluck happened to fall on 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in the Chicago Arts District, in nearby Pilsen. And, it also happened to the be opening night of the exhibition OOPS, the Interdiscipliary Arts Exhibition from the previous spring’s Art as Practice class guided by faculty member Sherry Antonini. This year’s exhibition was hosted at Solid Ground Studio in Pilsen, a performance and installation space founded by second year InterArts media student Megan Pitcher. The weather was favorable for the Art Walk migration, and featured artists exhibiting in OOPS (Greg Browe, Jillian Bruschera, Dennis Burke, Alisa Caron, Lilli Carre, Scott Dickens, Ahmed Hamad, Chelsey Shilling, Valentina Vella) enjoyed a large and lively audience.
From the exhibition description: “Oops is an opportunity to discuss the many ways in which we measure ourselves up to our understanding of the world. A community of interdisciplinary artists have collaborated to express a common idea through art that questions the meaning of a mistake as well as its vocal expression through the eyes of another.”