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Press Release: Present Standard at the Chicago Cultural Center January 30 – April 24, 2016

2016 Chicago DCASE Exhibition Schedule, Featuring Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests 


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January 30-April 24, 2016

Guest curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot, Present Standard features 25 contemporary artists with Latino Chicago connections. Their works that play with the manifold meanings and forms suggested by the “standard” – as either a flag or a pennant, a measuring tactic or a guiding principle, or a potent symbol of national identity.

30 de enero–24 abril, 2016

Organizado por las curadoras invitadas Edra Soto y Josué Pellot, Present Standard reúne 25 obras de 25 artistas latinos contemporáneos estadounidenses cuyas obras juegan con los múltiples significados del término "present" – que se puede referir a lo contemporáneo o a la idea de afirmar asistencia, y “standard” – que se puede referir a una bandera o estandarte, una táctica de medición, una regla o principio o a un símbolo de identidad nacional.


Public Programs

Roundtable Discussion: Writers Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, February 25, 5-7 pm

Present Standard catalog contributors Teresa Silva, Stephanie Cristello, Alison Fraunhar, Kristin Korolowicz and JGV.War discuss the exhibition in a conversation moderated by Josh Rios.

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Fl North)

Gallery Talk with artists Ivan Lozano, Melissa Leandro, Alberto Aguilar and Sofia Moreno
Thursday, March 10, 5:30–6:30 pm
Gallery Talk with artists Jorge Lucero and Paola Cabal
Thursday, March 24, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Gallery Talk with guest curators Edra Soto and Josué Pellot

Thursday, April 7, 2–3 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Living in the Present
Sunday, April 10, 3:30–5:30 pm

Join Present Standard guest curators Edra Soto and Josue Pellot in conversation with exhibiting artists Candida Alvarez, Jose Lerma, Juan Angel Chavez, Harold Mendez, Paola Cabal and Victoria Martinez. Moderated by Professor Daniel R. Quiles.    

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Fl North)

Gallery Talk with Mariano Chavez, Maria Gaspar, Rafael E. Vera and Dianna Frid

Thursday, April 14, 5:30–6:30 pm