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The ANNUAL 2018

The ANNUAL: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art

Mixtapes for the New Millennium
Curated by Jordan Martins
September 8 - 28, 2018

The ANNUAL is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by a guest curator, The ANNUAL creates an accessible forum for collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators. 

CAC is pleased to announce that Jordan Martins will curate this year's edition of The ANNUAL. His exhibition, Mixtapes for the Next Millennium, brings together a wide variety of studio practices and backgrounds into proximity with one another to encourage surprising synchronicities or points of overlap between them. The exhibition operates with two notions of the term “mixtape” in mind: 1) an informal compilation of songs that reflect different backgrounds and trans-genre jumps, and 2) the hip-hop use of the term to refer to more raw conjunctions of artists that allow for playful, experimental collaborations or tangents sprouting out of an artist’s more formal output. The freedom and spontaneity of the “mixtape” is embraced here in what kind of work is shown and how it is displayed, eschewing polite spacing between works on white walls for playful molecular combinations that explore how the works of different artists can more directly speak to one another.

Curator Bio: Jordan Martins is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, educator, and musician. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and North Park University. He is the executive director of Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space. Martins’s visual work is based in collage processes, including mixed media two dimensional work, photography, video and installation, and he has exhibited nationally and internationally. He is co-director of the Perto da Lá, a biennial multidisplinary art event with international artists in Salvador, Brazil.

Public Events
Opening Reception, Friday, September 21, 5-8pm
The ANNUAL Breakfast, Friday, September 28, 9-11am
All events take place at CAC, 2130 W. Fulton St.


Past Exhibitions
2017 The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Curated by Caroline Picard
2016 Showroom, Curated by Edra Soto
2015 An Exhibition of New Chicago Art, Curated by Claudine Isé and Alexandria Eregbu