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Summer Bookstore

Jun 03 - Aug 20, 2016

From Fri Jun 03 to Sat Aug 20, 2016, Sector 2337 operates exclusively as a summer bookshop specializing in poetry, fiction, art, theory, and small press titles. Featured titles include limited edition chapbooks and artist books by presses like La HouleMeekling Press, and Publication Studio; poetry from The Cultural Society, Flood Editions, Kenning Editions, The Song Cave, Wave Books, Verge Books and others; fiction from presses like Curbside Splendor, Dorothy A Publishing Project, Dzanc, Featherproof; art and theory books from the likes of MOTTO, Paper Monument, Poor Farm Press, The Renaissance Society, Soberscove, and Semiotext(e); plus a smattering of donated and discounted used books including (loads more!) poetry, murder mysteries for the beach, and art catalogues. Proceeds from summer sales help support exhibition and public programs at Sector during the 2016/2017 season; regular cultural programming—produced by The Green Lantern Press—will resume at Sector 2337 in September 2016.

Sector 2337 is not hosting any public events this summer. If you are interested in proposing an event for the fall, please use our contact form.

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Institutional Garbage

Presented by The Green Lantern Press + The Hyde Park Art Center

Sep 01 – Dec 31, 2016
an online exhibition that launches on
Sep 01, 7-9pm  at Sector 2337, 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL
during Wasted hours – an evening of performance (curated by Every house has a door) with commissioned works by Michal Samama and Alberto Aguilar
Participating artists include: Alberto Aguilar, Brit Barton,  Mara Baker,  Kevin BlakeZippora EldersRami George, David Hall,  Josh Rios and Anthony Romero, Rowland SaifiMichal SamanaNaqeeb StevensTina TahirAnna Martine Whitehead; writers:  Lise Haller BaggesenDaniel Borzutzky, Mayra Rodríguez Castro, Isaiah DufortPatrick DurginTricia van Eck, David Hall, Jane LewtyJill Magi, Chi Oneiro , Rowland SaifiSuzanne ScanlonMia You + Maarten van der Graaff;  & curatorsDavid Ayala-Alfonso,  Britton Bertran, Rashayla Marie BrownEvery house has a doorLucia Fabio, João Florêncio, Jeanine Hofland, Stevie Greco, Renan Laru-an, La Keisha Leek, Sofia Lemos, and  Vincent van Velsen Online Exhibition Design by Pouya Ahmadi; Institutional Garbage is curated by Caroline Picard + Lara Schoorl.

Institutional Garbage is an online exhibition that presents the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions produced by artists, writers, and curators. This residue includes but is not limited to contracts, email correspondences, documented unproductivity, syllabi, scanned objects, and obstacle courses; collecting such fragments in one place, Institutional Garbage illustrates the backend activities of imaginary bureaucracies in an effort to trace the private life of institutional endeavors. What comes to the fore is not a cohesive, singular agenda, but instead a cross-section of often misfired objects that, once assembled, try to tease out new strategies for community arts production, education, sustainability, and value assessment. The resulting website will launch on September 1st, 2016 on the occasion of Wasted Hours, a live performance event at Sector 2337 curated by Every house has a door. Institutional Garbage is curated by Caroline Picard and Lara Schoorl with support from The Center Program, in response to a 2014 invitation RISD students posed to The Green Lantern Press on the occasion of the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th anniversary.

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Styles of Radical Will (Italian Sculpture)

Solo Exhibition by Stephen Lapthisophon

Sep 09 – Nov 20, 2016
with an opening reception on Fri Sep 09 @ 6-9pm
at Sector 2337 (Main Gallery), 2337, N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present its fall exhibition, Styles of Radical Will (Italian Sculpture), by Stephen Lapthisophon, on view in the main gallery from Sept 09-Nov 20, 2016. Styles of Radical Will (Italian Sculpture) mixes sculpture, wall drawing, found objects, text, photography, works on paper, and fabric to address issues of time and duration. Works prepared in both the artist’s studio and created onsite in the gallery space make reference to artistic precedents in Italian art from the mid 20th c. such as Piero Manzoni, Jannis Kounellis, Giovanni Anselmo and Giuseppe Penone. This show extends Toccare (Non) Toccare, a body of work Lapthisophon presented for a 2016 project at the Nasher Sculpture Center­. Texts will be drawn from an artist book produced in conjunction with the Nasher project, Notebook 1967-68, incorporating the work of Italian poet Giscomo Leopardi. The way the show brings together installation, sculpture, and writing congeals in Lapthisophon’s simple correspondence about his materials, unified suddenly in a list without commas:

Paper flowers ink vegetables fabric lumber cardboard leaves egg shells string
Books dead flowers light nails glass and a flag

“Lapthisophon’s work evokes the past, and in general a sense of pastness, to poetically address the present.” — Artforum, print edition, May 2016.

Stephen Lapthisophon is an American artist and educator working in the field of conceptual art, critical theory, and disability studies. Lapthisophon received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. His early work combined poetry, performance, sound art, and visual arts with postmodern philosophical concerns. He was also influenced by the legacy of the Situationists, who sought to make everyday life a focus of artistic activity. Lapthisophon has taught at Columbia College in Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and the University of Texas at Dallas. He currently teaches art and art history at The University of Texas at Arlington.

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A Rule By Nobody

Curated by Third Object for the Sector Project Space

Sept 09 – Nov 20, 2016
with an opening reception on Fri, Sep 09 @ 7-9pm
at Sector 2337 (Project Space), 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to announce its Fall 2016 Curatorial Residency was awarded to Third Object, for the group exhibition, A Rule By Nobody. Participating artists TBD.

A Rule By Nobody is an exploration of the boredoms, frustrations and pleasures of bureaucratic routines. Drawing its title from Hannah Arendt’s definition of bureaucracy, the exhibition takes the bored energy of office labor and channels it into a multipart dive into the sublimely overflowing inbox, the inky warm Xerox room, the balled up wads of red tape, and the moments of escape that punctuate the droning beige sameness of nine to five.

Composed of a rotating group exhibition in Sector 2337’s rear project space, a video screening, and a printed publication, the show examines the civic space of the form document, the relationships between boredom and freedom, and the vulnerable privacy of the digital archive.

A Rule by Nobody is organized by Third Object, a roving curatorial collective based in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Slow Stretch, Mana Contemporary Chicago; Satellites, The Franklin; Were the Eye Not Sunlike, ACRETV and Fernwey; and Mossy Cloak, Roots and Culture. Third Object is Ann Meisinger, Raven Munsell, and Gan Uyeda. 

Image: Stephen Kwok, 1117 (installation view), 2013