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A Closing and Opening of Note at the MCA

Saturday is your last chance to see Faith Ringgold: American People at the MCA. The exhibition, which has gotten widespread praise, spans the artist's works across painting, sculpture, quilts, and more that highlight her complex, nuanced considerations of social justice and activism. 

And opening in the MCA atrium this week is Do Ho Suh's "Who Am We?," a large-scale work featuring thousands of 1/8-inch portraits from the artist's high school yearbook. Read more about Suh on Colossal.

Shown above is Ringgold's "Black Light Series #12: Party Time."

'American People' runs through February 25. "Who Am We?" opens on February 24

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'Countdown' Is a Frenetic Short Film From Two Chicago Studios

Our friends at Span and Manual Cinema recently teamed up on "Countdown," a dizzying short film that blends puppets, live action, and vibrant animations. The piece follows an anonymous woman who continually finds her world overwhelmed by numbers that frenetically change at an increasingly fast pace. Conceived of by John Pobojewski, "Countdown" debuts today.

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  2. A Fleet of Chiseled Cars by Kiko Miyares Adds New Meaning to Getting Caught in the Headlights 
  3. Alexis Trice Treads the Line Between Beauty and Brutality in Otherworldly Oil Paintings
  4. Fairytale Scenes Nestle Between the Covers of Isobelle Ouzman’s Altered Books
  5. Spanning Seven Centuries, ‘Judging a Book by its Cover’ Celebrates an Enduring Art 
left: three fragmented portraits on tea bags. right: a hand paints an architectural city scene on a tea bag


Colossal + Domestika: Learn to Transform a Humble Material with a Trio of Paper Tutorials

Over at Domestika, we’re venturing into one of our favorite mediums with the Colossal Paper Course Bundle. Learn to create lifelike sculptural portraits, collage lush installations, and explore how to paint vast landscapes within the small confines of a tea bag. Each course is taught by a previous Colossal artist, and a portion of every enrollment supports independent art publishing as well as the creatives you’re learning from.

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Opening Soon: 'Geophytes' @ PAGODA RED Gallery

"Like the plant that regrows every year from a source of strength hidden beneath the earth’s surface, (Toyoharu) Kii’s latest body of work celebrates nature’s ability to heal and thrive," says a statement about the artist's upcoming solo show at PAGODA RED Gallery. Geophytes will showcase Kii's signature mosaics that feature bright, bold colors for the first time. 

Opens on February 24 

mccoy stands next to a wooden desk in a room where nearly every inch of wall is covered by art

Peek Inside Patric McCoy’s South Side Home Brimming with Art

We were delighted to find a story about Patric McCoy's art-filled home in Block Club Chicago last week. A well-known photographer and the co-founder of Diasporal Rhythms, McCoy is also a collector with more than 1,300 works, many of which were made by Black Chicagoans, lining nearly every inch of his South Side house.

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Black Makers Market @ Navy Pier

In celebration of Black History Month, Navy Pier has been hosting a makers market each Saturday. This weekend is your last chance to shop paintings, jewelry, soaps, candles, and more, all made by local artists and creators. 

Runs: 12 to 6 p.m. on February 24

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