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My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay

Columbia College Chicago Library, 2nd Floor

624 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Through May 24

Opening Reception: February 15, 5 to 7 p.m.

“My Florence,” a series of nearly 70 images of his wife by Art Shay, catalogs the relationship the culturally influential Highland Park photographer experienced during their 67 years of marriage, from their meeting in 1942 until Florence Shay’s death in August 2012.

Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist

Ruth Gruber, Alaska, 1941-43. Unidentified Photographer.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

9603 Woods Drive, Skokie

February 16 to June 1

This traveling exhibition displays vintage prints, contemporary prints made from original negatives, early film footage, and ephemera from Ruth Gruber’s trailblazing, five-decade-long career as a photojournalist.

The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929–1940 

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Through June 22

“Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929–1940” revisits a socially conscious period of American art history closely affiliated with the John Reed Club. These images examine social and industrial issues and developments prevalent in Chicago.

To Summon Spring

ZIA Gallery

548 Chestnut Court, Winnetka

February 22 to March 15

This group exhibition features works that look toward a greener, warmer, and likely muddier season.

Primal Awareness

The Art Center—Highland Park

1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park

March 7 to April 1

Opening Reception: March 7,6:30 to 9 p.m.

Works by three painters and one sculptor examine journeys of consciousness.

Tyler Krasowski

Re-invent Gallery

202 Wisconsin Avenue, Lake Forest

February 28 to April 12

A Chicago-based relief printmaker explores the absurdity of life and the certainty of death in his whimsical and macabre images of the natural world.

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey 

Ring-Around. Edward Gorey, Illustration from The Dong with a Luminous Nose by Edward Lear, New York: Young Scott Books, 1969. Pen and ink. Illustration © The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust. 

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

February 15 to June 15

This traveling exhibition provides an in-depth look at the art of Chicago native Edward Gorey’s Edwardian-style cautionary tales and darkly witty illustrations.

—Katie Rose McEneely

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