New in the Midwest for 2014

—by Laurie ShoulterKarall for ASPP’s Midwest Chapter.


Healing, 2008 Chicago. Photo © Carlos Javier Ortiz.

Another year is about to end but 2014 awaits us. The new year brings snow and cold but also offers several incredible photo exhibits during the frozen wasteland of January and February.

First, do not miss Lynn Saville’s show Vacancy at Schneider Gallery. The opening reception is Friday, January 10, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. but the show runs through March 1, 2014. The gallery is located at 230 W. Superior in Chicago. I had the privilege of meeting Lynn several years ago at The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) conference portfolio review. Her photographs create lyrical and often narrative images of urban environments in the hours from dusk to dawn. If you cannot get to the show, please go to her website.

Next, Jeff Wolin, Professor of Photography at Indiana University, has a show at Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior Street in Chicago. The opening reception is also on Friday, January 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with an Artist Talk scheduled for the following day, Saturday, January 11, at noon. The show, titled Pigeon Hill: Then & Now, revisits the people he first photographed from 1985-1991, all of whom were residents of Pigeon Hill, a low-income area in Bloomington, Indiana. The photographic portraits are combined with handwritten text asking the subjects to recall themselves at the time of the first portrait.

I am also supporting, publicizing and otherwise promoting a Kickstarter project by Carlos Javier Ortiz. He has been documenting youth violence in Chicago and other cities for over seven years. The project is to publish a book of the photographs and essays, titled, We All We Got. One of my favorite journalists, Alex Kotlowitz, is providing the opening essay. I cannot say enough about this work and I urge you to offer monetary support in whatever amount, just as I did. One of his photos from the project is included in this post.

Here in Chicago, a small and dedicated team is planning several events for ASPP’s Midwest Chapter in 2014. Our first will hopefully be a private, behind-the-scenes exhibit tour in early February. Draw those you love near and celebrate 2014.