5 art shows to see this weekend
"Chime In" The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of our favorite places in Chicago, particularly during the frigid winter months (though when it's warmer, the oft-overlooked outdoor grounds are lovely too). Before it's winter for real, don't miss the chance to explore the Conservatory, both inside and out, during this public event featuring performance artists, music, a wind chime installation and more. Participants include artist Theaster Gates, poet and singer Marvin Tate, spoken word artist Awthentik, body paint artist Krystele Matthews and Chicago West Community Music Center's David Houston. Garfield Park Observatory. Oct 25, 6–9pm.
"REVIVAL" REVIVAL, a "fully immersive queer experience," happens at this weekend at the Pritzker Pavilion, and you'll be forgiven, if you've seen the rather cryptic promotional material, for assuming it's an evangelistic event masquerading as a gay dance party: "REVIVAL asks you to plug into a visceral and sexy experience that asks: What are we praying for? What are we willing to sacrifice?" But don't expect an altar call: founding organizer Eric Hoff explains the event as a mashup of dance party, performance art and theatrical spectacle. Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Oct 25 and 26 at 10pm.
"Tom Meacham: Imaginary Landscapes No. 9" Read Meacham's explanation for what inspired "Imaginary Landscapes No. 9," and you might think you're in for a heady show: "I thought about Brecht and 'alienation effect.' I thought about Deleuze and the construct of an assemblage, desire in the aggregate, which led me to think about Girard and mimetic desire; the appropriation of the desires of the model, to destroy, to become the model of desire." Surprisingly, what Meacham presents here is a fairly straightforward series of posters—the colors and shapes of which were created using computer algorithms. Rejecting both the "aura" of the art object and total conceptualism, the poster series is an exercise of removing ego—the artist becomes an automaton of sorts—and emphasizing process. Paris London Hong Kong. Opens Oct 26, 5–8pm.
"Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade to Black" The MacArthur 'genius' grant recipient presents her fourth solo show at Rhona Hoffman. It includes altered historic photographs and a series of images highlighting African-American female performers who've slipped, or are slipping, from cultural memory (the titular "slow fade"). Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Opens Oct 26, 2–5pm.
"Julie Blackmon: Homegrown" Blackmon's photographs remind us of those "Spot the Difference" images (in a good way), so crammed are they with everyday objects, odd juxtapositions and domestic chaos. Her third solo exhibition at Edelman Gallery features fantastical new work that continues to showcase her children, nieces, nephews and friends at home and at play. Catherine Edelman Gallery. Through Nov 2.