Rooted in the tradition of muralists and public art, Chicago’s community of Mexican-American artists are branching out into new media forms and showing their work this weekend in honor of Chicago Artists Month.
More than 40 artist spaces will be open on 18th Street in Pilsen, including a Secret Show from noon to 6pm at the Chicago Urban Art Society on 600 W. Cermak. The weekend also features:
Friday, October 18
Life on Paper
The work of emerging artists under age 25 (Fernandeo Caldera, Joseph Mora and Gilberto Sandoval) are featured at 1738 W. 18th, noon-8pm.
#Camerachi The Revolution Will Be Square-Framed and Have a Sutro Filter
Photos from Instagram of what artists Ricardo Gamboa and Monica Cruz "heart hard" about Chicago at Caminos de Michoacan, 1659 W. Cullerton, noon-midnight.
This film about Chicago teens by Ben Kolak, Ricardo Gamboa and Catherine Sullivan screens at Juarez High School on 1450 W. Cermak, 5-7pm.
Prints made by this studio located in an old funeral parlor on 2433 S. Oakley will be exhibited from 6 to 11pm.
Latin Vintage Sounds by (((Sonorama)))
Chicago-based DJs Charly Garcia and Eddie Baca will spin vintage Latin grooves from their collections at 1900 S. Carpenter, 8-10pm.
Saturday, October 19
Curator talk about the Mexican-American Street Art Movement at the National Museum of Mexican Art at 1852 W. 19th Street, 11am.
Mud Puppies 2013
This outdoor clay event features various firings and techniques at Marroquin Studio on 2145 W. 21st Place, 11am-5pm.
Dia De Los Muertos Workshops
Guests create an ofrenda with Elevarte Community artists at Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton, noon-4pm.
Visioned / ReVisioned
A panel on the vibrancy of culture shaping the identity of Little Village will be held at La Catedral Cafe, 2500 S. Christiana, 1-3pm.
This pop-up gallery of experimental art made and curated by Yollocalli youth will be at Prosper Skate Shop on 2620 S. Central Park, 1-5pm.
Manual of Violence Project
A showcase of art and technology projects addressing youth violence will be on view at Lozano Branch Library on 1805 S. Loomis, 2-5pm.
This performance includes 147 pianos from Lucas Piano Service played over an hour by a wide range of amateur and pro musicians at 1500 S. Western, 6-8pm.
Behind the Party
Heart a conversation on global and Latin electronic music in Chicago with FMEL Chicago at 1900 S. Carpenter, 7-9pm.
Sunday, October 20
Performance in the Yard
Comedy sketches by Southside Ignoramus Quartet plus short plays and improv by the youth ensemble Commercial are performed for free at 1923 S. Morgan, 11am-2pm.
Little Village Arts Fest
View a pop-up gallery on 2458 S. Millard, noon-6pm.
For more information, visit chicagoartistsmonth.org.