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Present Standard/Librería Donceles Opening Preview with the Artists

January 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Present Standard
January 30–April 24, 2016
Guest curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot, Present Standard gathers 25 works by 25 contemporary, US-based Latino artists whose works play with the manifold meanings of “present” – as in contemporary, attending or existing – and “standard” – referring to a flag or pennant, measuring tactic, guiding principle or a potent symbol of national identity.

Librería Donceles
January 30–April 24, 2016
Conceived by New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles is a traveling Spanish-language bookstore. Originating in Brooklyn in 2013 and named in reference to Mexico City’s well-known street of book stalls, the second-hand bookstore has traveled to Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle and draws attention to the dearth of access to books in Spanish. The store will be the locus of salon-like gatherings (tertulias) for conversations, performances and readings in partnership with literary center Contratiempo and others. After the close of the exhibition in Chicago, the installation will end and the books will be dispersed to Chicago schools and non-profit organizations.

Opening Reception with the Artists: January 30, 2–4 p.m.
Gallery Talks: February 11, March 10 & 24, April 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion: Tuesday, February 25, 5–6:30pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Image: Untitled, Luis Romero, 2015. Photo by William Bengston.


January 30, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Chicago Cultural Center


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

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