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New art exhibitions accentuate Chicago—and beyond

Simon Starling: Metamorphology
Simon Starling: MetamorphologySimon Starling: Metamorphology

This weekend Hyde Park Art Center unveils The Beast by John Preus which will remain on view through August 3. Using discarded furniture from recently-closed Chicago Public Schools, the large sculpture echos the form of a dead steer to symbolize violence and sacrifice. For more information, visit www.hydeparkart.org.

Paintings and sculpture are featured in Anthony Adcock’s Con·Struct and Ian Schneller’s Aero Dynamisms, two new exhibitions which run through May 31 at Packer Schopf Gallery on 942 W. Lake Street. For gallery hours, call 312-226-8984 or visit www.packergallery.com.

Photographs taken from the Ferris Wheel at World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 are among the images on display in Chicagoisms presented by The Art Institute of Chicago’s department of Architecture and Design through January 4, 2015 in the Kurokawa Gallery (G286) in the museum’s Modern Wing.

The Chicago International Art’s Antique and Jewelry Show (April 24- 28) will incorporate art, antiques and jewelry from the more than 100 exhibitors at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on 600 E. Grand Avenue. For details, visit www.asidillinois.com.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago presents the two-channel video installation Untitled (Structures) by artist Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young. Featuring a series of short, silent vignettes filmed at sites connected to the Civil Rights Movement, the exhibition will be on view from May 17 to August 31. On June 17, Simon Starling: Metamorphology opens, and will run through November 2. Organized by Dieter Roelstraete, Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA, this is the country’s first major museum survey of the Turner-Prize winning British artist whose film work, installations and photography will be on display at 220 E. Chicago Avenue. For more information on these and other MCA Chicago exhibitions, visit www.mcachicago.org