|Kirsten Leenaars’ “Not In Another Place, But This Place… (Happiness) Image credit: Paul Deuth and Will Goss|
Winter 2014 will be the season of the solo show, with a number of long-overdue retrospectives, midcareer surveys and ambitious multi-media projects on view throughout the coming months. Also on the books: a couple of quirky group exhibitions that delve into the social and philosophical undercurrents of contemporary art practice. Here’s a list to get you started — now get cracking.
RISK: Empathy, Art, and Social Practice, Feb. 10-April 26, Columbia College Glass Curtain Gallery: This survey of socially-engaged art, aka “social practice,” looks at community-minded artists and collectives whose projects aim for social or political change. “RISK” includes several satellite presentations, notably Samantha Hill’s low-tech interactive map of South Side cultural history, “Topographic Depictions of the Bronzeville Renaissance” (Hyde Park Art Center, Feb. 2-May 18). Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash St. 312-369-1000 or colum.edu; Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520 or hydeparkart.org