Shelter In The Speculative | Gallery Hours

In lieu of a traditional Opening Reception for Shelter In The Speculative: New Works by Spudnik Press Members, we invite visitors to view and interact with the artwork during our ongoing gallery hours throughout the duration of the exhibition:

Staff-Led Gallery Hours:

Most Mondays 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Most Thursdays 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Most Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Special Artist-Led Gallery Hours:

Sunday, December 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with Don Widmer
Most Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with Sam Hensley
Additional times TBA.

Visitors can make an appointment by emailing info@spudnikpress.org. Please include the date and time you would like to visit, and number of people in your party. Please review all Covid-19 Policies & Procedures before you visit. All guests must agree to all our protocols by signing a Covid-19 waiver.


Exhibition Details:

Featured Artists:

Teresita Carson Valdez, Sam Hensley, Miller & Shellabarger, Yasaman Moussavi, Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Joshi Radin, Don Widmer

Excerpt from the press release:

For the 2020 Member Exhibition, Juror Ruby T has selected artworks that have a powerful physical presence: works that feel like a form of shelter, or are an extension or impression of the artist’s own body. During the pandemic, and mass movements for revolution, this exhibition asks: What kinds of physical and relational structures will we need, or need to build, in order to survive? How will the warmth and softness of our bodies guide us?

In Audre Lorde’s 1978 essay “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power,” she defines the erotic as “…a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire.” She goes on to write: In touch with the erotic, I become less willing to accept powerlessness, or those other supplied states of being which are not native to me, such as resignation, despair, self-effacement, depression, self-denial.”

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Shelter In The Speculative will be on view through January 6, 2020 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Image Credit, clockwise from top left:

  • Yasaman Moussavi, Revelation 2, 2019, handmade paper and screenprint (detail)
  • Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Fever Dream, 2019, mixed media (detail)
  • Joshi Radin, Cardboard Record 006, 2020, monotype (detail)
  • Teresita Carson Valdez, A Novena for the Plague, 2019, screenprint, silk, dye discharge (detail)
  • Sam Hensley, Little Like Yourself, 2019, animatronic sculpture and zine (detail)
  • Miller & Shellebarger, Untitled 2, 2019, pressure print
  • Don Widmer, Darkness and Light: Words of Etty Hillesum, 2020, artist book (detail)

Shelter In The Speculative | Virtual Reception & Artist Talk

Brief Artists Talks by:
Sam HensleyDutes Miller (Miller & Shellabarger), Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Joshi Radin, Don Widmer, and Teresita Carson Valdez

Additional Artist featured in the Exhibition:
Yasaman Moussavi

For the 2020 Member Exhibition, Juror Ruby T has selected artworks that have a powerful physical presence: works that feel like a form of shelter, or are an extension or impression of the artist’s own body. During the pandemic, and mass movements for revolution, this exhibition asks: What kinds of physical and relational structures will we need, or need to build, in order to survive? How will the warmth and softness of our bodies guide us?

Join a selection of the artists whose artwork is featured in Shelter In The Speculative: New Works by Spudnik Press Members for a virtual tour of the exhibition, brief artist talks and a conversation with guest juror, Ruby T

Zoom Meeting ID: 966 4803 1564


Shelter In The Speculative will be on view through January 6, 2020 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Image Credit, clockwise from top left:

  • Yasaman Moussavi, Revelation 2, 2019, handmade paper and screenprint (detail)
  • Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Fever Dream, 2019, mixed media (detail)
  • Joshi Radin, Cardboard Record 006, 2020, monotype (detail)
  • Teresita Carson Valdez, A Novena for the Plague, 2019, screenprint, silk, dye discharge (detail)
  • Sam Hensley, Little Like Yourself, 2019, animatronic sculpture and zine (detail)
  • Miller & Shellebarger, Untitled 2, 2019, pressure print
  • Don Widmer, Darkness and Light: Words of Etty Hillesum, 2020, artist book (detail)

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Summer Dreaming

Guest Artist: Shari Carillo

Remember summer? Plants and flowers growing in the sun; wild lilies in the allies; vines climbing up buildings and spilling over with blossoms; all the sounds and smells and colors of the warmer months…

Join us for a cozy night of “Summer Dreaming” recalling the sunlight and heat waves that will return! Flora and fauna will be our inspiration for a one-page comic strip featuring our own personal narratives and our fantasy avatars in Artist Shari Carillo will start the session with group drawing activities looking at the natural world, and then lead us through exercises in character development, layouts, lettering and inking, and adding color. This fast and fun way of producing short and sweet narratives can be a great compliment to your sketchbook or journaling practice as you face the rest of the winter.

Zoom Meeting ID: 917 6303 6361

Suggested Materials

  • Paper and pencils
  • Black pens or markers
  • Colorful markers, crayons, pens, etc.

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.