A SMALL SYMPOSIUM
22 APRIL 2–5pm
COLOR CLUB *
4146 N. ELSTON AVE.
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ADDITIONAL VISITING HOURS
18 – 21 APR, 1 – 6 pm
22 – 23 APR, 11 – 6 pm
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COLOR CLUB's 100-year-old home is not yet wheelchair accessible, but they are working on it. For more information on the venue, visit them here.
BARELY FAIR is host to MINOR MATTERS, a small symposium on the economies of scale, on Saturday, 22 APR from 2-5PM. The conversations will take place at BARELY FAIR inside Color Club's Ballroom space.
Scaled Selections Within and Outside Institutions
Panelists: Nolan Jimbo (Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago), Adia Sykes (Independent Curator), Kate Sierzputowski (Airlock, BARELY FAIR, Julius Caesar, EXPO CHICAGO). Moderated by Scott Campbell (Independent Curators International).
The apartment gallery AIRLOCK opened last summer, inviting Chicago-based curators to form exhibitions within the confines of a laundry room. Producing scaled exhibitions requires an understanding of space and capacity while also maximizing the impact of an artist's practice in the presented confines. Institutions often have similar restrictions, albeit at a larger scale. Join Nolan Jimbo, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and guest curator at this year's BARELY FAIR for a look at his projects within and outside institutions. Jimbo will be joined in conversation with Adia Sykes, independent curator and former AIRLOCK curator and Kate Sierzputowski, AIRLOCK and BARELY FAIR co-director in a conversation moderated by Scott Campbell, Midwest Programs Manager at Independent Curators International.
Emerging Artists Presented in Large-Scale Spaces
Panelists: Torey Gaines (Anthony Gallery), Mickey Pomfrey (MICKEY) and Abby Pucker (GERTIE, Art in Common). Moderated by Roland Miller (BARELY FAIR, Julius Caesar).
Many gallerists in Chicago have recently taken the leap into expanding into much larger spaces, thus investing more resources and scale in Chicago's art ecosystem. Join Torey Gaines, director of Anthony Gallery, in conversation with Mickey Pomfrey, owner of MICKEY, and Abby Pucker, founder of GERTIE and Art in Common (which just launched the exhibition Boil, Toil, Trouble) to discuss why larger sometimes is better when presenting emerging artists to an international audience.
3PM — 3.30PM PAUSE
Exhibition Programs Across Cities
Panelists: Michelle Grabner (The Suburban, Milwaukee, Umbria), Tarik Kentouche (Scherben, Berlin), Aron Gent (DOCUMENT, Chicago, Lisbon). Moderated by Josh Dihle (BARELY FAIR, Julius Caesar).
Several participants in this year's edition of BARELY FAIR operate spaces across cities despite their scaled presence. Scaled exhibition spaces allow for nimble programming. Join Tarik Kentouche as he overviews the placement of Scherben in Berlin, Michelle Grabner as she speaks about her motivation to present programming across Wisconsin and Umbria, and Aron Gent as he outlines DOCUMENT's new location in Lisbon.
A Look at the Beginning of a Collection
Panelists: Courtney Sherrer, Josh Rogers, and Megan Green Rogers. Moderated by Roland Miller (BARELY FAIR, Julius Caesar).
Most collectors start small - collecting minor works and less expensive items like prints and editions before committing to larger investments. Join this dynamic group of Chicago collectors in conversation about how they got their start collecting, and how they have managed to continue to scale up their collections after some initial small investments.
SCALE AS SUPPORT
The Architecture Behind BARELY FAIR
Panelists: Josh Dihle, Tony Lewis, Roland Miller, and Kate Sierzputowski. Moderated by Roland Knowlden (Future Firm).
Art fairs have become destination events around the world, but the nature of their structure is a barrier for many smaller spaces to participate. BARELY FAIR founders explore the fair’s design as a response to the architecture of traditional art fairs and why they wanted to transform it. Roland Knowlden guides a conversation on the panel’s intentions when creating BARELY FAIR’s form, their observations on how it has functioned, and how their thinking on its structure has evolved.