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STRAY SHOW PRESS RELEASE

Dates:
December 13 - 15, 2002

Opening Night:
Thursday, December 12, 2002

Preview Reception benefiting The Society for Contemporary Art
Ticket price $30
5:30pm to 8:30pm
RSVP to Whitney Moeller 312.443.3630

Opening Night Party at The Stray Show
Admission $10
8:30pm to Midnight

Fair Hours:
Friday, Dec. 13; 12am to 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15; 12am to 6pm
Admission $7

Location:
Kingsbury Place, 1418 North Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60622

Last December saw the beginning of a new initiative that took Chicago completely by surprise. The Stray Show, a collaborative event organized by Chicago's emerging contemporary art organizations and Thomas Blackman Associates (TBA) was the first and very successful attempt at turning the limelight on this rising young community of alternative galleries, curators and artists. This year the addition of unconventional spaces, art collectives and emerging galleries from around the United States will expand the perspective on these innovative groups.

The Stray Show promises to continue focusing on these seminal and atypical spaces, and to highlight the independent nature of their programs. Looking beyond the local scope, these participants have been coordinating joint exhibitions with likeminded groups in other cities, some outside the country, making connections and establishing ties across disciplines and locales. Continuing in Chicago's avant-garde tradition, The Stray Show and its participants are asserting their vision for the global art community's next generation, forming a network of people, practices and philosophies.

In December, Stray will be presented in a warehouse space at 1418 North Kingsbury in Chicago's Goose Island Industrial Corridor. Boasting 37,000 gross square feet, the space will house approximately 40 exhibitors, curated project spaces, a video/lecture theater as well as a lounge and nightclub. Most of the participants are accustomed to setting up wherever and whenever possible, either exhibiting new talent out of their own garages, apartment galleries or as collaborative groups without a regular venue. While location may not be a primary concern for this rising community of independents, The Stray Show offers the opportunity to give exposure to the activity and work that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The exhibition will take place Friday, December 13 - Sunday, December 15 with an opening night hosted by the Society for Contemporary Art on Thursday, December 12. All proceeds from the opening night will benefit the Society for Contemporary Art acquisition fund for contemporary art at The Art Institute of Chicago. The Society for Contemporary Art uses this fund to acquire works of art for the museum's permanent collection on an annual basis. Recent acquisitions include work by Doug Aitken, Tacita Dean, Ghada Amer, Christopher Wool, Guillermo Kuitca and Gary Hume.

For Further Information Please Contact:
Heather Hubbs
Thomas Blackman Associates
312.587.3300 or hhubbs@mindspring.com

Stray Show Participants:

2funBastards, Murphysboro
APT. 1R Gallery, Chicago
Bodybuilder & Sportsman, Chicago
Boom, Oak Park
The Bower, San Antonio
Deadtech, Chicago
deluxe projects, Chicago
Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago
Drivethru Studios, Chicago
Dupreau, Chicago
Fahrenheit, Kansas City
Julia Friedman Gallery, Chicago
Garden Fresh, Chicago
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
Heaven Gallery, Chicago
Joymore, Chicago
Law Office, Chicago
Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh
moniquemelochegallery, Chicago
Midway Contemporary Art, St. Paul
mn gallery, Chicago
The Pond, Chicago
POST, Los Angeles
Project Room, Philadelphia
1/Quarterly, Chicago
Daniel Reich, New York
Revolution, Ferndale
Sala Diaz, San Antonio
Seven Three Split, Chicago
Standard, Chicago
The Suburban, Oak Park
Suitable Gallery, Chicago
thekit.org, Chicago
Unit B (Gallery), Chicago
Warsaw Project Space, Cincinnati
Western Exhibitions, Chicago