Top Five for SOFA Chicago 2011

The International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA Chicago) returns to Navy Pier during the month of November during the 4th, 5th, and 6th. Thursday night is preview night while Friday and Saturday the fair is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are fifteen dollars per person and ten dollars for a group over 12 persons. Finally a pass can be purchased for all three days for twenty-five dollars.

In 2010, the Intuit Show of Folk  and Outsider Art along with SOFA Chicago presented a lecture series based upon museum and art related topics, this year the two fairs have reunited to bring the lecture series, booth talks, and special exhibits to Navy Pier. The top five special exhibits  to peruse are Cartooning in Conflict,  Innovations in Glass and Metal: The World of Richard Meitner, Jack Wax and Louis Mueller,  Monomater: single, one, alone; alluding to matter, material, Gold American Craft Council Gold Medalist 1994-2010, and The World Turns & AAW@25 The top three exhibits are cohesively tied with lectures on Friday and Saturday. The runner-up lectures are more of a celebratory means which includes the American Craft Council and the American Association of Wood Turner’s 25th Anniversary. See this link to view all lectures and exhibits.

The first of the top five lectures include the Art of Drinking on Friday, November 4th from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 326. The lecture sounds like the title. The drinking vessels are discussed and how they become an art form. The second lecture is Cartooning in Conflict, the exhibit, is inspired by the Parents Circle, a grassroots organization promoting reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians and curated by Michael Kichka a renowned political cartoonist. The results of the exhibit present the idea of meditation on conflict including as part of thoughts process is the events, the aftermath, and how bereaving families have chosen a different route to peace together. The cartoonists who created many of the political cartoons were awarded with the Pulitzer Prize and other prestigious awards. The lecture, Cartooning in Conflict: An Illustration in the Futility of War,  is Friday, November 4th at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 324.

Monomater: single, one, alone; alluding to matter, material, the exhibit, presents thirty works of students and alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art using one or similar material using metalsmithing to produce art. The lecture is on Friday November 4th from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 324. While Innovations in Glass and Metal: The World of Richard Meitner, Jack Wax, and Louis Mueller  as an exhibit unites form and concept to create a variety of materials on display. The lecture is on Friday, November 4th at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 324.  The final lecture is Outsider Art 101 which defines self-taught, craft, and outsider art. The lecture takes place on Friday, November 4th from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 326.

For museum and art professionals some lectures to attend are Buy, Enjoy, Sell, Give, or Bequeath?  which is Saturday November 5th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 326 discussing the future of acquisitions for donors and family members. The final two are Art in Wood on Saturday, November 5th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 327 and Pride and Prejudice: Contemporary Craft in Fine Art Museums on Saturday, November 5th from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 326.

Other activities include tours of the booth events and Q&A sessions covering the topics of Tips for New Collectors:  Questions to Ask and Discover Outside Art, giving the inside scoop of several galleries at the show. Additionally, there are hands-on demos glassblowing from the Corning Museum of Glass and woodturing performed by the American Association of Wood Chicago chapter. There is so much to see and do in the large festival hall at Navy Pier. Just remember it only comes once a year!

If SOFA Chicago seems to be a bit daunting feel free to join the Chicago Museum Group and join us on Saturday November 6th!

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