Open Studio Program, Pedway
While the labyrinthine walkways that connect the basements of many Loop buildings are publicly accessible, they seem more like a best-kept secret than an urban convenience. It may be this mystery that attracts so many artists to consider the Pedway as a setting and subject for art projects. The Public Art Program, an arm of the Department of Cultural Affairs, has operated a gallery space in the Pedway beneath the Cultural Center for several years. Organized by curator Nathan Mason, the gallery is a changeable space, at times serving as a fishbowl artist studio and other times a home for site-specific installations.
Beneath the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph
Best of Chicago 2009