Pilsen's affordable art
Head down south to find artwork that doesn't break the bank.
This gallery shows an exciting mix of contemporary art—primarily paintings, videos and installations. Founder Miguel Cortez estimates prices range from $200 to several thousand dollars. Compare that to River North and West Loop galleries, where the cost of a single artwork almost never drops below a month’s rent and frequently exceeds your student-loan debt.
Before founding antena in April 2008, Cortez spent several years organizing shows in the same ground-floor space for Polvo, which he founded with partners Jesus Macarena-Avila and Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa as an alternative to commercial galleries that were far removed from Pilsen’s independent artistic heritage. At antena, Cortez continues to showcase avant-garde artists from Chicago and beyond: At one popular recent show, Columbia College prof Patrick Lichty re-created the Berwyn Spindle in Second Life.
The gallery’s latest exhibition, “The Pour Rubber,” opens with a reception Friday 20 from 6 to 10pm and features recent works by Chicago artists Nick Black (who melts toys into gooey sculptures) and Paul Nudd (who immortalizes goo in gross-out videos). 1765 S Laflin St (773-344-1940). Sat noon–5pm or by appointment.