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Nitty Gritty


  • Chicago Artist Coalition 217 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL 60607 USA (map)

Nitty Gritty features artists Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, and Blair Bogin whose works examine the practice of ritual, methods of preservation, and homogeneity. Inspired by vocalist and composer Shirley Ellis’s 1963 top charted hit The Nitty Gritty, this HATCH Projects exhibition presents studies of social visibility, imaginative futures, and pseudoscience. 

Exploring the significance of the human voice as a communicative tool, Alejandro T. Acierto considers narratives of marginalized identities and histories through the use of breath. As a play on futuristic archeology, Kayla Anderson stores organic objects in acrylic reliquaries as a speculation on the contradictory practices of preservation. Blair Bogin generates documentary-based combinations of photography, video, and writing with a series of interpretive astrological charts, where esoteric divination meets folk psychology. In this work, Bogin narrates her life to accentuate individual characteristics with poetics, humor, and an aptitude for expression.

Acierto T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, and Blair Bogin explore ideas of citizenry, archeology, and astrology. Reimagining visibility for overlooked communities, querying material agency, and reifying horoscope analysis works through notions of social, preservation, and folk practices to continue the dialogue. Participating artist Blair Bogin will host her monthly Wax Long, a full moon storytelling event, at the Chicago Artist Coalition on Monday, October 26 from 7-9pm. Nitty Gritty is curated by Sadie Woods.

Earlier Event: October 8
Reframing Visibility
Later Event: October 24
Black N Tan