Wednesday, October 28, 2009

fun and stress


Orion Over Baghdad
solo exhibition
opens Oct 31st, 4-7pm, continues through December 5th, 2009

Ground Level Projects
solo exhibition
opens October 28, 2009 — January 17, 2010

solo exhibition
opens Nov 2 - Nov 20, 2009
Northeastern University

group exhibition
opens Nov 7 - December 19, 2009
White Flag Projects

*lecture, Spertus Museum, Sunday Nov 1st, 1pm
*lecture, DePaul University, Thursday January 28th at 6:00pm at the DePaul Art Museum


On the Scene
group exhibition
September 19, 2009 - January 24, 2010
Art Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

press - "39 verbs"

eric wenzel ends his article by sharing the response of the priest to the confession he hates most of the art he sees...

39 verbs review - eric wenzel

"Texting for forgiveness" performance, 2009


Contact: Jason Lazarus
Phone: 312.953.2885
Event: Oct 11th, 2009 5-8pm
Venue: Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 w Lake St.

Chicagoland Minister to answer requests for forgiveness via text-message at west loop art opening

Chicago, IL. –Local artist Jason Lazarus has arranged for Father Jef Johnson, an ordained Catholic priest, to answer requests for forgiveness via text-message at an upcoming art opening on October 11th, 2009, from 5:30-7:30pm at Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 w. Lake St. in Chicago.

The artist is inviting anyone with access to a cell phone, for one night only, to text-message Fr. Johnson to ask for forgiveness of sins at 312-415-8989. Fr. Johnson will receive and respond to texts on a cell phone during the two-hour performance. At the end of the performance, the phone’s memory will be cleared by the priest to assure the anonymity and privacy of all participants.

Guests of the exhibition will be able to witness Johnson as he responds to participants, while Lazarus photographs the priest as he texts responses to participants.

Lazarus, a Chicago-based conceptual artist, is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery and has exhibited nationally and internationally. This performance will be a part of the exhibition “39 Verbs,” curated by Chicago-based art collaborative Industry of the Ordinary, and will include, among others, Dawoud Bey, Tony Tassett, Jeanne Dunning, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Greg Stimac, and Sabrina Raaf.

More information can be found at:

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

lecture at the art institute, thurs oct 8th, 6pm

The Art Institute of Chicago

Open now through January 24 in the Modern Wing's contemporary photography galleries, the third installation of the series On the Scene features the dynamic new work of emerging artists:

Jason Lazarus
Wolfgang Plöger
and Zoe Strauss

Catch these artists discussing their works at upcoming artists' talks.

October 8 at 6:00

November 12 at 6:00

November 19 at 6:00
Wolfgang Plöger

All lectures take place on Target Free Thursday Evenings in the museum's Price Auditorium.

Saturday, October 03, 2009


here is jesse jackson looking like the f%^&*ing man!

i realized standing in front of him how much people look up to him...he IS gravity...especially at this time when everyone is trying to figure out the brutality of the CPS beating-to-death last week. probably best we didn't get the olympics, although the announcement bid excitement has subsumed the conversation about how we fix safety-in-public schools...

Thursday, October 01, 2009

new city reviews 'on the scene' at the art institute