SELECTION OF PAST EVENTS
charlie otto + his collaborators album release show
July 11, 2023, 7PM
Charlie Otto is in a league all his own, performing highly emotive and strangely beautiful pop songs with truly stunning millisecond-synced visuals. After Otto’s shows, fans are usually struck by the authenticity of the show, and his tireless loyalty to art, crafted and performed strictly for its own sake.
When the pandemic hit, Charlie reached out to his suddenly available comrades in the music scene and asked them to collaborate remotely. Three years later, he presents a sampling of the results of that experiment, an album called “collaborations, volume 1.”
For the show on July 11, 2023, Charlie has invited 16 of his collaborators to join him on stage to perform the songs on the album, plus his previous band DJ noDJ will reunite to perform a couple of their past hits.
NFTs AS A MEDIUM
NOVEMBER 16, 6PM
Why, when and how to use NFTs in art – a discussion led by Chicago artists.
21c Museum Hotel is excited to host an in-person conversation led by Chicago based artists and makers who utilize the new technology of Web3 and NFTs to further their conceptual ideas and discourse. Anyone curious about art and NFT’s are encouraged to join in this open discussion about the use of NFTs as a medium within an artist’s practice. Leading minds in Chicago’s art NFT scene will share their work before participants break out into smaller groups to discuss the many facets of NFT’s within the art world.
OCTOBER 7, 6PM
Performance by Irene Hsiao
Costume by Vin Reed
Blue Alice (by 21c’s first artist in residence, Irene Hsiao) is a response to the Pop Stars! exhibition, Oct 7 is the third in a series of Blue Alice performances at 21c Chicago, and the April 8, 2022 performance of Blue Alice was the first performance presented at 21c Chicago. A wine reception will follow the performance.
CURATORIAL CONVERSATIONS WITH KRISTIN TAYLOR, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY CURATOR OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS & COLLECTIONS AND CHICAGO BASED ARTIST, GUANYU XU 徐冠宇
OCTOBER 14, 6:30PM
21c Museum Hotel Chicago is honored to collaborate with Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) on this month’s Curator Conversation. MoCP’s Photography Curator of Academic Programs & Collections, Kristin Taylor will be in conversation with artist Guanyu Xu 徐冠宇 who currently has work on view in MoCP’s exhibition Beyond the Frame curated by Taylor spotlighting MoCP’s permanent collection of more than 16,500 works as a rich resource for harnessing visual literacy skills.
BRENDAN FERNANDES PERFORMANCE, BOOK SIGNING, AND DANCE PARTY!
OCTOBER 21, 6PM
Join 21c and Brendan Fernandes for an immersive museum program featuring an artist talk, performance, book signing, and dance party! The night will commence with a conversation between Fernandes, 21c Chicago Creative Ambassador, Nigel Barker. Immediately following will be a special performance of Révérence performed by Joffrey Academy Dancers alongside a book signing of Fernandes’ forthcoming monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Re/Form.
THE CHRONICLES OF FABULOUS FREDDIE
OCTOBER 22, 7PM
Fabulous Freddie invites you to experience a new dance work that takes the audience into an autobiographical journey chronicling his life as a young Black Gay man coming into self-claimed greatness. Through his three superhero variant identities, Fabulous Freddie brings his lived experience to the stage for an unforgettable night of dance, soundscapes and wearable design. This multi-practice and multi-media performance weaves a story of healing, heroism and humor into a FABULOUS tale of alchemizing surviving into thriving and shining. The Chronicles of Fabulous Freddie is the capstone work emerging from Fabulous Freddie’s Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Year
21C PRESENTS: BEHIND THE LENS WITH NIGEL BARKER
SEPTEMBER 29, 5-9PM
Join internationally renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker as he takes you behind the lens discussing his career from America’s Next Top Model, photographing celebrity magazine covers to advertising campaigns. Nigel will share decades of experience photographing the fashion industry, urban landscape, and how he stays inspired. Following his presentation, Nigel and his team will guide participants on a photo walk from 21c Museum Hotel sharing advice and tips on how to capture the narrative of Chicago from the big picture to the details and help unlock the hidden beauty in the every day.
MICHELLE HARTNEY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
JULY 1 – AUGUST 28, 2022
21c Chicago’s Artist in Residence program offers prolonged engagement, development, and support for Chicago artists. Our second Artist in Residence is Michelle Hartney, whose artwork lays bare the injustices women have faced, and continue to face, often in attempting to control their reproductive and maternal health and choices. 21c Chicago will host a proliferating exhibition from July 1 through August 28, 2022. The exhibition will launch with a community-led write-in and culminate with a sewing circle on September 23. Throughout the residency, Michelle will be onsite at 21c furthering the development of the project, exhibition, and dialog.
Unplanned Parenthood is a collaborative, textile-based piece exploring historical attacks on reproductive health access and calling for intersectional reproductive justice.
JAZZ JAM SESSIONS
JULY, SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER 2022
Jazz Jam sessions have long been the place where musicians gather to connect and perform together while honing their skills. The Matt Jarosch Quintet will kick off the night with a 30 minute set before opening the evening to Jazz musicians in the audience to come sit-in!
YANIRA CASTRO: THUNDER & CLASH (FROM LAST AUDIENCE)
JUNE 24, 2022
At 21c, interdisciplinary artist Yanira Castro will be guiding the audience through a set of performance scores from her award-winning work, Last Audience. Enacted by the audience, Last Audience is an immersive, participatory work that invites the audience into a sensory-rich communal experience. Drawing on language and themes from requiems and Greek classical tragedy on judgement and democratic formation, Last Audience moves inside the unstable space between the perfunctory and the transformative. Hosted in partnership with 8th International Conference on Movement and Computing Conference.