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Installations, receptions and celebrations await art appreciators in Chicagoland

The Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Saul Steinberg (1914–1999) with an installation of the artist’s work from July 4 through October 12 in Gallery 124A. The display includes five recently-gifted works as well as drawings from the museum’s collection. “As wide-ranging stylistically as they are chronologically, the works in this selection demonstrate the rich visual imagination, boundless wit and keen cultural significance of Steinberg’s art,” explains Mark Pascale, Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute.

On July 10, there will be an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. for Sculptures and Preparatory Works featuring the reused wood art of New York-based artist Michael Ferris Jr. through August 12 at Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery on the first floor of Norris University Center on 1999 Campus Drive in Evanston. For more information, call 847-491-2348 or visit www.dittmar.northwestern.edu. To learn more about the artist, visit www.michaelferrisjr.com. Additional exhibitions on the Evanston campus include The Beat Goes On: The Evolution of House Music through July 2 at the Dittmar Memorial Gallery and From Apartheid to Democracy through August 29 at Northwestern University Library and Deering Library. For more information, visit visit http://sites.library.northwestern.edu/southafrica/.

An Artists’ Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 18 for Ann Worthing’s All is Beauty, Lucy Slivinski’s Soul Touch, and Robert Agne’s Urban Perspectives exhibitions at Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery on 942 W. Lake Street with an Artist Talk—Nurturing the Creative Soul, Lucy Slivinski talks with Paul Slivinski—at 1 p.m. on August 2 and a ticketed closing event ($20) from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 22. All other events are free. For more information, visit www.packergallery.com.

Word Weekend comes to Chicago on Saturday, July 26, from noon to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago on 220 E Chicago Avenue. Showcasing language in contemporary art and culture, the two-day event includes artist interventions, workshops, screenings, readings, and performances for all ages. For additional information, visit www.mcachicago.org.