Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wild Dream: Re-imagining the Ballet Russes
"We are witnesses of the greatest moment of summing up in history, in the name of a new and unknown culture, which will be created by us, and which will also sweep us away"
The Ballet Russes was the impresario Serge Diaghilev's wildest dream. He created an art enterprise that manufactured excitement and celebrated modernism. His theatrical spectacles combined traditional narrative with emerging art, enabling him to promote his taste and making him reputable to his collaborators. He was neither a composer or artist, yet he managed to assert an unprecedented influence on art in the early 20th century.
Serge Diaghilev started his career as an art exhibitor, curating a show of 4000 works in St. Petersburg. He later was part of a collective that created the art journal Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) and held art lectures and discussions. Later he applied his curatorial eye to the ballet, in association with the migration of artists and nobility that fled Russia from the Bolshevik revolution, Diaghilev exported Russian culture and artists to Paris. In 1909 his Ballet Russes was a instant sensation, beginning his legendary collaborations with artists, composers, choreographers and fashion designers. Among his collaborators were Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Leon Bakst, Sonia Delaunay, Jean Cocteau, Coco Chanel, Vaslav Nijinsky and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The Ballet Russes unification of all mediums made it much more than the ballet, with Picasso's cubism applied to set design and Chanel's simplicity to costume, it gained international fame. With glory also came controversy. Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", inspired by Pagan rituals to spring, met with outrage for it's primitive dance and jolting score that ignited the infamous riot in 1912.
Over a hundred years later the cultural phenomenon of the Ballet Russes continues to intrigue with exhibitions popping up all over the world. Recent exhibitions included, When Art danced with Music at the National Museum in Washington D.C 2013, Elegance in Exile:Between Fashion and Costume, the Diaghilev Era at the Palazzo Moceniza Museum in Venice 2011, Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London 2010, and Ballet Russes Art of Costume at The National Gallery in Australia 2010, all showcasing the elaborate costumes and visuals from the rich history of The Ballet Russes.
Wild Dream, Renovar's Spring 2014 collection gives in to the daydream of becoming a modern ballerina, inspired by the explosive and kinetic costumes of The Ballet Russes. While maintaining a contemporary context, Renovar pairs sumptuous blasts of color with whimsical styles to recreate spectacle. The costumes are both thrilling and shocking with bold geometry and dripping pearl
$15 sugguested donation
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Night Without Sleep
work by Jessica Bardsley, Gwynne Johnson, and Ashley Thomas
Oct 18th- 27th
“… a shadow is a simultaneous memory…”
“From the outset, perception belongs to recollection.”
Night Without Sleep presents a world drawn in shadows, revealing the contours of our guiding drives, passionate attachments, and forgotten remains. Gwynne Johnson’s photographs and objects reveal the unconscious of domestic life through the rhythms of celestial and corporal bodies. Ashley Thomas’s noir-palette drawings and collages depict the objects of her fixation larger than life or swimming in darkness, while Jessica Bardsley’s constellation of archival film and photographs activates historical residue to trace the ocean’s haunted past. The artists of Night Without Sleep remake common objects and archival materials according to their memories, perceptions, and desires, illuminating the periphery of the visible, or quietly revealing what goes unseen by day.
Friday, September 13, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Presents "Being a Woman in an all Women Show"
I have been accused of secretly wanting to be a man. This comment was made recently during a studio visit with a fellow artist, who saw how uncomfortable and wary I became as she steered our discussion towards gender politics.
I do not harbor the desire to undergo a sex change, but I also do not want to be seen solely as a female artist. It is from this position of defensive resistance in which I find myself "being a woman in an all women show."
There are many ways to experience discrimination in the art world; gender inequality is just one of them. To be defined by one's gender as a female artist is to be limited. A colleague recently brought to my attention the fact that the most reputable galleries here in Chicago all represent far more male artists than female. This inequality is made even worse when one realizes that our city's art schools are enrolling more women than men. An admissions counselor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago informed me that women compose roughly 70% of its student body. A woman can be trained (and pay for that training) as an artist, but it is not the same as her becoming one. "Being a woman in an all women show" is an effort to make up for this blatant discrepancy.
Not all artists consciously implicate their gender while making their work, and yet gender remains a determinant factor in how artworks are curated and disseminated. It seems unfortunate that an all-female exhibition is unusual enough to serve as a curatorial platform.
With this exhibition, Heaven gallery is pleased to exhibit the work of eighteen artists, who all happen to be women. These are good artists, not good-for-being-female artists. With this exhibition, let us hope that the exceptional work of each artist is seen as expected, and not a surprise.
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Jeff Albert / Helen Gillet / Aurora Nealand / James Singleton / Paul Thibodeaux"
The New Orleans contingent of the Instigation Orchestra brings together five of the finest improvisers working today - trombonist Jeff Albert and Aurora Nealand on saxophones, accordion and voice and a rhythm section of Helen Gillet on cello and voice, James Singleton on bass and drummer Paul Thibodeaux - for two sets of improvised performance. Though they have all worked together in various configuration over the years, their Heaven performance will mark the first ever performance of this quintet for what promises to be a thrilling evening of music.
$10 suggested donation
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Recital featuring Henry Zheng, Dmitriy Melkumov & Ilya Vanichkin
works by Brahms, Dvorak, Vitali, Kreisler, Rossini and Shostakovich
Henry Zheng dedicates himself to making Western art music accessible and relevant to all audiences, with a heavy bias towards the repertoire of the violin. Henry also has a special interest in cross-discipline collaborations and performing in diverse settings – recent performances include a fashion show, a live liquid latex-painting event, and a candle-lit midnight performance in a renaissance era church. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Henry moved to Chicago in 2010 in study with nationally renowned pedagogues Olga Kaler and Janet Sung at the DePaul University School of music. Other notable teachers include Desirée Ruhstratt, Anne Shih, and Aurelien Pederzoli, as well as performances in master classes for Midori Goto and Almita Vamos. Henry has performed all over the world, notably as a soloist at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy, and the Vegas Cultural Exposition in Zhu Hai, China. He has also toured the continental United States extensively as a featured violinist with the Eric Genuis ensemble.
Dmitriy Melkumov holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the DePaul School of Music, where he studied extensively with legendary violinst Ilya Kaler. He began playing violin at the age of 7. In 1994, Dmitriy was invited to attend the Uspensky Music School in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he joined the studio of Professor Nathan Mendelssohn. In 2001 Dmitriy immigrated to the United States. Shortly after, he made his US performance debut with the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The following year Dmitriy was a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition and most recently he won DePaul University Concerto Competition.
Ilya Vanichkin, born in Moscow, earned his Bachelor's degree at the Moscow Conservatory, Master's degree at Eastman School of Music, Performer's diploma at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and Artist's diploma at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend where he was a member of the Toradze Piano Studio. Currently, he is pursuing a Performace Certificate at DePaul University School of Music. Among many awards, Mr. Vanichkin is a prize winner at Citta di Barletta," "Maoro Paolo Monopoli Prize" (Italy 2006), "Corpus Christi" (United States 2007) and "Chautauqua" International Piano Competitions, IU South Bend and Andrews Concerto Competitions in 2012. He has appeared in many concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Russia, Japan and Italy.
Heaven Gallery, 1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Join us for conversation on Sunday, February 28 at 1pm.
Deborah Boardman, an inspired artist and dear friend, passed away too soon this past year. We miss her very much, and several of her friends have contributed to a beautiful show at Heaven Gallery, What is the Message.
Participating artists include Deborah, Diane Christiansen, Jackie Kazarian, Paola Cabal, Jin Lee, Edra Soto, Dan Sullivan, Ryan Richey, Howard Fonda, Ellen Rothenberg, Sabina Ott, Laurie Palmer, Jeroen Nelemens, Wendy Mason, and Barbara Koenen. Each artist responded to a work or idea that emanated from Deborah. The exhibition was curated by Jessica Cochran.
In a career spanning nearly 30 years, artist Deborah Boardman developed bodies of work across painting and drawing, installation, writing, environmental sustainability projects and sound/video. An educator, she influenced hundreds of artists, some of whom became her collaborators... As critic Lori Waxman wrote, her recent work has grappled with the unseen and ineffable, articulating “what life looks like in that gracious limbo between life and death.”
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
Opening Reception: March 18 2016, 7 - 11pm
For this is the place, Jenny Buffington and Jessica Harvey explore mysterious geographies with sculpture, installation, and photography. Using artifacts and layers of artifice, these landscapes are deconstructed and re-examined, projecting a human element in environments void of people. Both artists implore the viewer to question what is ‘real’ in nature, accentuating the unattainable feat of re-creating these natural monuments and environments. These photographs and sculptures are the tipping point in the search for something greater.
Jenny Buffington is an artist based in Chicago. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2008, and a BFA from Herron School of Art in 2005. She was a full fellow at Vermont Studio Center in Burlington, VT and an Artist in Residence at CAC Woodside in Troy, NY. Buffington was awarded a public commission for Pogues Run Park in Indianapolis and has exhibited at Crane Arts, PA; Temple Gallery, PA; Flux Space, PA; and the VCU FAB Gallery, VA.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:00pm
Sonic Healing Ministries Presents its annual Chicago jazz fest after-set, HEREAFTERFEST 2 nights of noncommercial music for the soul rooted in the Chicago free jazz tradition Heaven Gallery 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd Floor Suggested Donation $10 Friday Sep 4th - 10pm-12midnight DJ Ayana Contreras - spinning sould and rare groove Participatory Music Collective - Adam Zanolini on saxphone, flute, etc; Angel Elmore on clarinet and piano, and others t.b.a. Microcosmic Sound Orchestra - David Boykin on drums set and reeds, Eliel Sherman Storey on saxophone, Dan Godston on trumpet, Alex Wing on guitar Saturday Sep 5th 10pm 12midnight DJ Ayana Contreras - spinning soul and rare groove David Boykin Expanse - David Boykin on saxophone and vocals, Jim Baker on piano, Ashford Smith on bass and others t.b.a. (playing two sets)
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:00pm
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 10:00pm