While you’re with us, check out these upcoming happenings and events from our partners in Chicago and New York.


Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF)

FallFest: Speed 2016.

This fall Chicago Humanities Festival invites you to take a pause (if you can). Welcome to FallFest/16: Speed. Taking place October 29 – November 12, featured speakers will include New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman, political activist and organizer Gloria Steinem, Chicago-based architect and urban designer Marshall Brown, up-and-coming author Yaa Gyasi, and Daily Show host Trevor Noah. October 29 - November 12, 2016.

For a full list of FallFest: Speed 2016 events visit http://tickets.chicagohumanities.org/ and for complimentary tickets (by availability), please visit The James Chicago concierge desk. 

Common Threads

Common Threads is always looking for volunteers to support their mission of teaching families the importance of healthy eating. For volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, visit http://www.commonthreads.org/volunteer.html

Johalla Projects

Stephen Eichhorn: Closed Garden

September 9,2016 - October 16, 2016

Johalla Projects is very happy to present Stephen Eichhorn: Closed Garden, its second solo gallery exhibition with the Chicago-based artist. The exhibition will be on view from September 9 to October 16, 2016. An opening reception will be held with the artist on September 9, 2016 from 7-10pm. 

In Closed Garden, Stephen Eichhorn returns to the foundation of his practice and the craft of collage. Since his last formal solo exhibition, Eichhorn has deviated from what he knows best, moving away from his trademark lush floral and vegetative plantscapes to a new subject matter: minerals, fossils, gems and rocks. His new collage works depict complexly composed fields of these stones, sourced and hand-cut to precision. 

Eichhorn's rock arrangements - here often resembling aerial photographs of naturally-occurring formations or river beds - mine the processes of repetitious collage, creating a visual seriality that is not production-oriented but rather meditative and manic in gesture. In their elegant maximalism, the works seem to seek a patterened perfection. He reinforces these themes of structure and formal play with the title of the exhibition, which aptly references a traditional Japanese rock garden. 

In addition to two-dimensional works, Eichhorn has created a series of fiberglass sculptures that are  based on the remnants from cutting out the paper gems and stones. While the objects are mechanically produced, they reveal the nuances of the artist's hand through the reductive voids. This sort of duality points agian to process, but further muddles the lines between technique, careful craft, and abstraction. 

Stephen Eichhorn (American, born 1984) lives and works in Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago (2012); CES Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Johalla Projects, Chicago (2014, 2016) and Ebersmoore, Chicago (2011, 2012). His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2011); Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2008); and Heaven Gallery, Chicago (2009, 2008). Eichhorn received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. He is the subject of a forthcoming monograph by Zioxla Publishing House. 

Comins soon to the Gallery at Johalla Projects:

Clay Hickson: It Took A Village

October 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016

New York

House of Speakeasy

Upcoming shows: 

Razor's Edge

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 7:00PM

@ Joe's Pub - 425 Lafayette Street (between E 4th Street $ Astor Place)

Only the best make the cut at New York's sharpest literary cabaret. Poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander will give us The Light of the World while National Book Award winner Phil Klay reveals the writer's secret weapon. Best-selling author James Rebanks will give us The Shepherd's View and Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Madeleine Thien will show us both sides of the blade.

Aiding and Abetting

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 7:00PM

@ Joe's Pub - 425 Lafaytte Street (between E 4th Street & Astor Place)

More information to come. 

New Museum

My Barbarian: The Audience is Always Right

09/28/16 - 01/08/2017

@ 235 Bowery 

Working at the intersection of theater, visual arts, and critical practice, the collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade) uses performance to theatricalize past and present problems and imagine ways of being together. The group's New Museum exhibition and residency, "The Audience is Always Right," are organized as part of the Department of Education and Public Engagement's R&D Season: DEMOCRACY. 

Drawing Center

Cecily Brown Exhibit 

October 7, 2016 - December 18, 2016

@ 35 Wooster Street

Cecily Brown: Rehersal is the artist's first solo museum show in New York and the first exhibition dedicated to her drawings. Arranged thematically, the more than eighty small drawings, large-scale works, and sketchbooks on view will foreground Brown's iterative reworking of motifs from her wide-reaching arsenal of source material - prints by eighteenth-century draftsman William Hogarth, pages from animal clip-art books, and the cover of Jimi Hendrix's 1968 album Electric Ladyland are just some of the images that Brown has rendered again and again in her own hand. These drawings are not studies for her paintings but rather a distinct form of aesthetic inquiry, one that isolates the investigatory impulse that grounds Brown's art in general.