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Chicago has art in the alley, on the beach & inside galleries this summer & fall

August kicks off with the latest installment of Activate featuring abstract art, kinetic dance and a fashion show taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. today, August 1, in the Chicago Theatre Alley on 175 N. State Street. For more information on the urban celebration hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance, visit

This week, a pair of giant bare feet have been installed on Oak Street Beach. The 7’ tall piece, which will remain on view through mid-August, is part of the Unthink Magritte campaign developed by Leo Burnett Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago to promote the museum’s current exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. Based on Magritte’s painting The Red Model, the sculpture is slated to travel to the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival later this month (August 23-24). For additional information on the Magritte show, visit

Tickets for the upcoming David Bowie Is exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago are now on sale at for $25. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, David Bowie Is will be in Chicago from September 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

In conjunction with the show, there will be an MCA Talk at 6 p.m. on September 17 with musician Bryan Ferry and curator Michael Bracewell, author of Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Art, Ideas and Fashion. Another MCA Talk, Curating Bowie, is slated for 1 p.m. on September 21 when curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh from the Victoria and Albert Museum will discuss the artist’s life and work. Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and Oscar-nominated director Todd Haynes will address glam rock at 3 p.m. at the MCA Talk on October 5. There is a small fee ($5-$10) to attend these discussions.

On September 5, Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery on 942 W. Lake Street will open its doors from 6 to 9 p.m. for an opening reception launching the exhibitions of Teresa James’s Not All Angels Have Wings, Lauren Levato Coyne’s Wolf Peach, and Ellen Greene’s Murder Ballads which will be on view through October 18. For more information, visit

Artwork by more than 20 students from Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program will be on display from September 13, 2014 to January 4, 2015 in Front & Center, a show curated Tricia Van Eck, Director of 6018North. An opening reception will take place during Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th Anniversary Block Party BBQ Bash from 5 to 8 p.m. on September 13.

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