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The (Con) Temporary Art Space

The (Con) Temporary Art Space
208 S Wabash
February-May, 2010

We were offered a space in the Loop by the Chicago Loop Alliance to create a pop up art center. So we created The (Con) Temporary Art Space. It was founded by Chris Roberson, Douglas Burns, Emily Clayton,Kevin Stanton,Marian Frost, Ed Marszewski and others.


From the project website:

The (Con)Temporary Art Space was an information center and a place to learn about Chicago’s diverse art ecology. The former retail space was used as a working studio by cultural workers, producers, artists and designers for projects they are working on collectively and individually. The public was able to absorb these presentations as well as share their ideas about contemporary art.

In addition to hosting public programs such as film screenings, lectures, and workshops, The (Con) Temporary Art Space also incorporated the following projects and components:

Info Bureau – The Info Bureau provided materials, fliers, books etc., for the public to pick up in order to conduct their own self guided tours. Artists created their own personal “guides” and maps for distribution to the public.

An Other Chicago – An in-depth cultural mapping and directory project, this interactive wall map was a resource of spaces, places and cerebral territories that represent the diverse cultural ecology of Chicagoland. A version of this map was published and distributed in the Spring 2010 as part of Version festival as the (Con) Temporary Art Guide Chicago.

Co-Working Studio – Working artists utilized the space for meetings, personal work, group projects, as well as to contribute to the An Other Chicago project. The studio was an experiment in collaborative production and had guests from around the world participate.

The Concept Shop – The space will include a Concept Store to distribute and display artifacts made by Artists; working artists and students will operate the space on a daily basis. The shop are will display books, journal, magazines, art and other ephemera for sale to the public.

Exhibition Room РMembers of the (Con)Temporary Art Space group curates short run exhibitions featuring artists and works of their choosing. For an examination of the space’s activities visit the url below.