Past Events 2020
Sudden Impact 2020 Jeff Chan
August 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Tatsu Aoki brings back the Sudden Impact Summer series with its third full streaming event to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments. Join us!
Chicago multi-instrumentalist/composer Jeff Chan is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the Asian American experience through music. He has worked with many of the leaders of the Asian American creative music movement, including saxophonist Francis Wong and bassist Tatsu Aoki as well as some of the top figures in the Chicago music scene such as saxophonists Jimmy Ellis, Ari Brown, Mwata Bowden and Edward Wilkerson Jr., trumpeter Ameen Muhammad, drummer Avreeayl Ra and pianist/vocalist/bandleader Yoko Noge. With a discography of more than 10 recordings as a leader, sideman and producer, Chan has performed extensively in the Chicago area, across the nation and in Europe. Critics have said that Chan is “… a voice to be reckoned with… (Brian Gilmore, JazzTimes)” and that his work is “music of uncommon majesty, spirituality and emotional depth (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune).”
Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project 2020
思考回路 • Shikoukairo II
July 8-31, 2020
Hairpin Arts Center - 2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL
chicagObihiro.org | stream.airmw.org
Now in its third year and with original travel plans affected by 2020 Chicago Obihiro Exchange the pandemic, the 2020 iteration focuses on the underlying concept to reframe the conversation around cultural diegesis in the arts. The exhibition revisits the concept of shikoukairo – meaning patterns of thought. The 2019 Shikoukairo show introduced the concept to highlight the multiplicities of approaches by Japanese and Japanese American artists outside the archetypal, diegetic confines of the search for cultural identity through art. This year, shikoukairo acquires a new meaning as the artists simultaneously reflect on what it means to make work and how one does so during extended isolation.
Featuring Chicago-based artists Hua Xi Zi and Jennifer Chen-su Huang, New York-based artist Taro Takizawa, and Kiyomi Negi & Kioto Aoki of AIRMW, 思考回路• Shikoukairo II brings together a group of artists who are intuitively influenced by their diasporic background – yet whose practices employ a rhetoric grounded in visual and conceptual inquiries of material methodologies. The process and material-based works are occipital, tactile and linguistic explorations that try to question and reassess the relationship between body, mind, and our immediate environment of the home, social, and physical space.
GALLERY HOURS: WEDS (10AM-3PM) & THURS-SAT (11AM-6PM)
Exhibition is free admission, but donations encouraged via Venmo @AIRMW or through our website: airmw.org/emergencyfund
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Sudden Impact 2020 Jamie Kempkers and Tatsu Aoki
July 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Tatsu Aoki brings back the Sudden Impact Summer series with its second full streaming event to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments. Jamie Kempkers (cello) and Tatsu Aoki(shamisen) perform in their own solo sets and a duo "Double Resonance". Join us !
AnySquared’s LIP 20/20 Exhibit & Community Art Days
Updated Exhibit Hours & Community Art Days:
Wednesday June 24, 3pm–8pm
Friday June 26, 2pm–7pm
(Sudden Impact concert 7–9pm streaming at Hairpin)
Sunday June 28, 4pm–7pm
Monday June 29, 6pm-8:30pm
Wednesday July 1, 3pm–8pm
AnySquared hosts Community Art Days during LIP 20/20 Exhibit Hours where people can make signs/posters/wheatpastes/stickers at the Hairpin Arts Center centering on #BlackLivesMatter. We have supplies to share. See pandemic safety measures below.
LIP = Life in Progress | AnySquared Projects’ LIP20/20 Exhibit showcases work that expresses definitions and/or critiques of progress that provokes, challenges, or illustrates. Through all media, artists represent or examine what is actual progress, what some consider progress, and what is not. LIP 20/20 seeks to answer and explore this concept with our work, our art, in our communities, and as human beings, both in the city and the world. #LIP2020
Asian Improv aRts Presents Sudden Impact
Tatsu Aoki restarts the Sudden Impact series with its first full streaming event to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments. Join us June 26 at 7p.m.
Presenting Da Wei:
"For over a decade, Da Wei Wang has been a veteran guitar hawk of the Chicago avant-rock scene. He is best known for his work in the legendary punk band, Ono. He is also an improviser in Street Tentacle and the defunct Suckling Pigs.
Da Wei’s fractured, atonal guitar style spans from dada funk to existential doom to ambient raga. His solo guitar work is like a storm cloud whose gaseous firmament is carpeted with hoary sprouts and dust geysers. He employs extended techniques and tools on his guitar to conjure textured landscapes and intangible memories. Enjoy!"
June 14 - June 30 | LIP 20/20 Exhibit & Arts Festival
Open to the Public!
Hours TBA on social media
LIP = Life in Progress | AnySquared Projects’ LIP20/20 Exhibit & Arts Festival showcases work that expresses definitions and/or critiques of progress that provokes, challenges, or illustrates.
Through all media and a series of events in March, artists represent or examine what is actual progress, what some consider progress, and what is not. LIP 20/20 seeks to answer and explore this concept with our work, our art, in our communities, and as human beings, both in the city and the world. #LIP2020
LIP 20/20 Perfomance in Progress (Online)
June 7 and June 14 | Streaming 2 consecutive Sundays at 7pm
ARTISTS: B'Rael Ali Thunder | braelali.com • Mars Caulton | theartofmars.wordpress.com • Jae Green | threelegged.wixsite.com/jae-green • Andy Meholick | amlaughs.com • Kao Ra Zen | instagram.com/kaorazen • Alex Wells Shapiro | alexwellsshapiro.com • Stasa Wade | stasawade.com
AnySquared in cooperation with the Hairpin Arts Center presents 2 sets featuring some talented artists mixing mediums!
More information: http://anysquared.com
Starting Monday May 11th
A virtual exhibition from the collaboration between the Exploring Social Practices class at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and Hairpin Arts Center
Time is defined as, "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole." It's our role as artists to learn from the past, produce for the present moment, and inform those in the future. Taking a step back and analyzing our current times allows us to put into perspective the ways we respond to change. We are able to take the concept of time and freeze it, bend it, or lock it away. Utilizing visual media, the works of this show will reference 'Time' in a way that takes into account not only our current pandemic, but our hopes and dreams, history, and human communication.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Professional Practice class Exploring Social Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hairpin Arts Center. Originally, the exhibition was based around the theme of trust, but as a result of the worldwide pandemic that is COVID-19, the class changed their theme to time. The class had intended on organizing and conceptualizing a show at Hairpin Arts Center. With the closing down of Chicago, the artists took the exhibition online in hopes of still connecting to a wide audience. The artists would like to thank Hairpin Arts Center for continuing the collaboration beyond the physical space, and for being so helpful in the promotion of the virtual exhibition.
March 10 7pm
Seeking Progress Within Our Food System
Workshop presented by Grow-Op Chicago's Glad Matt and Mah Nu
We navigate different ways to better advocate for and engage with our local food systems. Through group discussions and a short presentation we’ll learn about resources, new volunteer opportunities, and ways to build relationships with local farmers and fellow home growers.
Feb 15 4pm
Allstar Weekend All Style Fashion Fest 2020
A celebration of Fashion, Sports, Art, and Culture. All Style Fashion Fest 2020 is the biggest event of the year where we celebrate life through fashion, sports, fun, to be held February 15, 2020 in Chicago, IL. The All Style Fashion Fest 2020 will host international designers from around the world along with top fashion designers from the USA. This is a night everyone will remember. Are you ready for the fashion show of your lifetime?
February 13 7pm
Sudden Impact Series 2020 - Valentine's Day Edition
AIRMW presents:the Sudden Impact Series Valentine’s Day Edition!!
Together with the Hairpin Arts Center, Asian Improv aRts Midwest's Tatsu Aoki continues the Sudden Impact series in 2020 to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a heart shaped substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to collaborate, hug, and conduct musical kisses (and experiments); to collaborate and bring forth new musical happenings.
First Set : Mars Williams & Tatsu Aoki
Second Set : Tatsu Aoki & Mars Williams