Expanding Visions: Private Collections and Studio Visits


Our Expanding Visions Wednesday Art Tours open the door to private collections and the studios of some of today’s major artists, and explore treasures not seen by the general public. Take part in insightful discussions led by Art Encounter’s Artistic Director Joanna Pinsky.



September 14, 2016     Chie and Robert Curley

Visit the elegant North Shore home of a woman who hails from an artistic family.  Chie’s mother, a painter, was the sister of the most important Latin American photographer of the 20th century, Manuel Alvarez Bravo.  In addition to viewing works by Bravo, we’ll see a stunning portrait of Chie as a teenager by Diego Rivera.  Also see several works by sculptor Nelli Bar and painter Paul Wieghardt, German artists and teachers who emigrated from Paris to the US in 1941, along with a large scale sculpture by an outside artist.

October 5, 2016         John David Mooney Foundation

Explore the studio and foundation of one of Chicago’s most prominent sculptors known for his international site-specific works encompassing architecture and landscape such as “Spiral Galaxy” on the lawn of the Adler Planetarium.  With a belief that art is a tool for cross-cultural understanding, he brings artists from around the world to create art in the Mooney Foundation studios and to exhibit in the Foundation’s International Currents Gallery.  After viewing Mooney’s work, we’ll visit studios and a gallery on several floors to see work by current resident artists including two from Scotland and two from Japan.

October 19, 2016       Russell and Barbara Bowman

Find out what artworks a former museum director and his wife choose to see daily.  As Director of the Milwaukee Museum from 1985-2002, Russell Bowman oversaw the museum’s expansion; later he operated the Russell Bowman Art Advisory in River North.   The Bowman’s North Side apartment is in a Gothic Tudor style building, built in the 1920’s.  In their stunning apartment, furnished in mid-century modern, we’ll see works on paper by major American artists including Philip Pearlstein, David Salle, Elizabeth Murray and Alex Katz as well as paintings and works on paper by Chicago Imagists Roger Brown, Barbara Rossi, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson and recent works by Kiki Smith and Kara Walker.

October 26, 2016        Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

“How is it made?” is the question asked when we discuss artists’ prints.  Learn more about the processes of etching, lithography, screen printing, relief and photo etching as we explore this “community print shop” and see a lithography demonstration. CPC Director and artist Deborah Maris Lader will talk about how and why she founded this organization 26 years ago, their recent move and expansion to this new location and how they serve the community.  In CPC’s gallery space, we will see an exhibition on the theme of flight which will include Deborah’s work.

November 2, 2016    Betsy Nathan and Daniel Goldberg   
Note: special event fee of $40 for non-series participants

Enter a world that brings together East and West and past and present in this expansive North Shore home belonging to the owner of Pagoda Red.  The daughter of gallerist Ann Nathan, Betsy was born with a collector’s eye and an attraction to Asian culture.  While studying Mandarin in Beijing, she met a group of legendary furniture makers who became her mentors in Chinese art, design and philosophy.  In her completely renovated Georgian Revival home, we’ll see works by Chinese artists, Ma Yanling, Ren Hui, Guo Hongwei, Americans Kehinde Wiley, Andy Warhol, Tony Fitzpatrick, William Wegman, Tim Crowder, and Doug Fogelson along with Asian antiques and contemporary objects.
Light refreshments will be served.

November 9, 2016       Mana Contemporary Chicago

Visit artists working in this Pilsen neighborhood landmark building designed by the noted Chicago architect George Nimmons.  Now a rapidly expanding art center, the building has dozens of studios, a library, art gallery and café.  We’ll begin at Dawn Korman’s studio to see her paintings, drawings, and fiber art that explore narcissism, shame, and the pressure on women to be beautiful at any cost.  Then see geometric abstract and landscape paintings by our Fall 2016 cover artist Jan Christopher-Berkson.  At the studio of multi-media artists Janice Bond and David Anthony Geary, we’ll meet a curator and a teacher respectively.  Bond focuses on issues of identity while Geary’s work speaks to the African-American experience.

November 16, 2016     Charles Jett and Dr. Nancy Church

Be sure to join us to see an outstanding art collection in Water Tower Place, in addition to expansive views of the lake and city. Charles and Nancy’s collection includes painting, sculpture and furniture by contemporary American and international artists.  We’ll see work by Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha, two artists who had solo exhibits in the American Pavilion at different Venice Biennales. See a major installation of “kites’ by Jacob Hashimoto, sculpture by Chicago artists Thomas Skomski and Joseph Segenthaler, paintings by European artists Arnulf Rainer and Georg Baselitz as well as furniture by Wendell Castle, Philippe Starck and Vladimir Kagan.

November 30, 2016    Kathy Weaver and Nelson Armour

Delve into the artworks of a married couple who express very different aspects of today’s world in their North Shore home and studio.  Formerly a fiber artist, Kathy contrasts materials of stained satin, embroidery and labor-intensive hand stitching with vivid images of robots, and neural pathways that question issues of control and dominance in the world.   Nelson, a photographer working in series,  has captured stormy images of Lake Michigan that raise underlying issues of a fragile environment as well as portraits of hard-working immigrant landscape workers on the well-to-do North Shore.

December 7, 2016   Jeanne Ettelson  
Note: open only to series participants

You won’t want to miss this spectacular Gold Coast apartment and art collection.   Jeanne worked with decorator Eva Quateman who had designed Jeanne’s former home which was featured in CS Magazine.  Completely gutted, every inch of the apartment is beautiful, highlighting custom designed furniture with art deco and mid-century influence.  The collection includes several Warhol prints, four Jim Dines, Joan Miro, Alex Katz, Robert Motherwell, Russell Young, Robert Indiana and Victor Vasarely.  In addition, there are two life size figurative sculptures by Rainer Lagemann and an abstract brass sculpture by Antonio Grediaga Kieff.
Light refreshments will be served.

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