It’s Friday night, and a decidedly eclectic assortment of Chicagoans gather in the evening hours to traverse the Zhou B Art Center, sip beer, and mingle with fellow attendees.
by Meaghan Murphy •
Mario Gonzalez Jr. calls himself a “graffiti purist, hard core.” In his show “Style Bombing,” Gonzalez brings that artistry to the gallery, expertly walking the line between fine art and street art.
by Spencer Mcavoy •
Graffiti writing is by nature eye-catching, designed to capture the fickle attention of the passersby. “Has Beens & Wannabes” at the Zhou B Art Center certainly bears the imprint of this heritage.
by Sasha Tycko •
Friday night outside the Zhou B. Art Center, the low thumping of house music and huddled groups of gallery habituÃ©s on smoke breaks penetrated the otherwise deserted street. Inside, the buzz of voices transported gallery-goers to a livelier place, where…
by Amy Harlowe •
The Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport bustled with activity during Thursday’s Latino Fashion Week event. Patrons, vendors, and participants moved through the front hall of the center, which was filled to the brim with tables lined with bright signs and colorful clothing.
by Rachel Wiseman •
Light and noise spill out from the Zhou B Art Center onto a dark street lined with vacant brick factories, hinting at the warmth and activity inside. Cross the threshold and the eerily quiet street life is replaced with a…
What’s the Matter with Pilsen?: The Chicago Arts District falls on hard times as artists head south to Bridgeport
by Katherine Koster •
Bursting with art studios and galleries a few years ago, Pilsen’s stretch of South Halsted Street now features flyers advertising the potential of empty storefronts. Crowds continue to pack the street on the district’s monthly Second Friday event, but they…
by Chicago Weekly Staff •
Originally called Hardscrabble, Bridgeport began as a community of Irish-American canal workers paid for their labor with land deeds. While its segregation from the South Side’s black neighborhoods made it a hotbed of torrid racial relations up through the ’90s,…