PROTEST HEAVEN 9/21: Wrest (Jack Wright/Evan Lipson/Ben Bennett) with Genetti/Kimmel

09/21/2013 - 8:00pm

PROTEST HEAVEN jazz and improvised music series


Jack Wright - saxophone
Evan Lipson - bass
Ben Bennett - percussion

with special guests:

Carol Genetti - vocals
Jeff Kimmel - bass clarinet

8pm, donation suggested

Fred Lonberg-Holm/Ken Vandermark Duo

Time: 10:00pm. Admission: 15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1550 N Milwaukee Ave.. ESS presents an evening of performances by Ken Vandermark & Fred Lonberg-Holm and Katherine Young, at Heaven Gallery on Saturday, September 21st. All proceeds will support the Malachi Ritscher Legacy Commissions, a new initiative of the Creative Audio Archive. Artists who feature in the recordings of the Ritscher Collection will be paired with musicians newer to the scene to advise them as they use the materials in the collection to inspire and inform the creation of new work.

Rerenaissance Renovar Fall 2013

05/25/2013 - 8:00pm
05/25/2013 - 9:00pm

Rerenaissance Renovar Fall 2013
Collecction based on the Italian Renaissance.

Cimm fest

04/20/2013 - 6:00pm
04/20/2013 - 11:00pm


Cimm fest

04/19/2013 - 6:00pm
04/19/2013 - 11:00pm


PROTEST HEAVEN 6/29: Riggs/Dahle/Giallorenzo + Labycz/Lonberg-Holm/Solberg

06/29/2013 - 9:00pm

PROTEST HEAVEN jazz and improvised music series


Chris Riggs - guitar
Drew Dahle - guitar
Paul Giallorenzo - synthesizer



Brian Labycz - modular synth
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello, tenor guitar
Ståle Liavik-Solberg - drums (Oslo)

9pm, donation suggested

PROTEST HEAVEN 6/15: Voicehandler + Jendon/Soliday

06/15/2013 - 9:00pm

PROTEST HEAVEN jazz and improvised music series

VOICEHANDLER (San Francisco)

Jacob Felix Heule - percussion, electronics
Danishta Rivero - voice, hydrophonium



Neil Jendon - electronics
Jason Soliday - electronics

9pm, donation suggested

Classical Guitar Concert

04/26/2013 - 7:00pm
04/26/2013 - 9:00pm

Classical Guitar Concert
The performance will include early classical, baroque, contemporary and international music presented on guitar, piano, flute, and theorbo in ensemble as well as solo

Performers include:

Brandon Jack Acker
Prelude no. 15 in D flat major, "Raindrop Prelude” - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Rossman Palfrey
Cadiz - Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Michel Chatara-Morse
Fandanguillo – Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

Brad Conroy
El Jardin de Lindaraja - Eduardo Morales-Caso (b.1969)

Joel Spears
Canzone Prima - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (1580-1651)

Eliza Bangert and Ben McMunn
Mountain Songs - Robert Beaser (b.1954)
Barbara Allen

Steve Vazquez
Sonata Mongoliana - Štěpán Rak (b.1946)

Karen Kulzer and Ron Stark
Introduction and Fandango - Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Rossman Palfrey, Ben McMunn, Ron Stark, Ryan Stark
Rumba - Štěpán Rak (b.1946)

$10 suggested donation collected at the door

Giving=Receiving> Heaven's 13 year Anniversary /Art auction

07/12/2013 - 7:00pm
07/12/2013 - 11:00pm

13 year

Over the past 13 years Heaven's has had many incarnations. There was the prepubescent party years with Ed Mar's "Buddy," described by many as the best years of their lives. There was the video and film era with Doug Lussenhop and Eric Fensler's GI Joe video's that went viral before the age of youtube, there was the pre-fence years with movie screened on the back porch, the Pooper art years and the Harold Arts/Joe Jeffers years that helped to define the Heaven style.
The gallery's protest improv jazz series started by Jason Ajemian from Highlife that's still going strong. Once in the Heaven/Harold booth at NEXT art fair David Moire performed by playing a squeaky drawer from the gallery's flat file. Heaven hosted raw performances by Anni Rossi who played the fiddle and stomped her feet and Angel Olsen performed bringing a crowded room to silence, there was even free piano lessons for kids.

Happy Birthday Heaven

Heaven Gallery's 13 year anniversary party will include a silent art auction and art raffle in the main gallery featuring work by over 30 artists.

Best of Heaven, an annual curated show will be in the front gallery.

Music by Soul DJ Ayana Contreras and Joe Jeffers

Best of Heaven show with work by:

Cody Hudson
Aron Gent/ Betsy O'Brien
Ilene Godofsky
Josue Pellot
Daniel Shea
Marissa Lee Benedict
Soo Shin
Joe Jeffers
Jessica Taylor Caponigro
Alex Gartelmann

Art donated by:
Easton Miller
Ron Ewert
Robert Chase Heishman
Lyle Perdak
Soo Shin
Morgan Sims
Bea Fremderman
Aron Gent
Emily Green
Jessica Taylor Caponigro
Marissa Lee Benedict
Glenn Wexler
Jesse Butcher
Sarah and Joseph Belknap
Josue Pellot
Ilene Godofsky
Kristina Paabus
Caroline Carlsmith
Chris Hammes
Mike Kloss
Eric Fleischauer
Michelle Harris
Besty O'Brien
Laura Mackin
Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch
Leo Kaplan
Cayetano Ferrer
Kyle Bravo
Johnathan Stein
Annie Bielski
Rob Mazurek
Robin Kang
Rose Nestler
Jamie Solock
Michael Merck
Justin B Williams
Kate Bowen
Alvero llizarbe

Easton Miller Auction
by Easton Miller up for auction

GDBD Weird Dude Energy

06/14/2013 - 7:00pm
06/14/2013 - 11:00pm


WEIRD DUDE ENERGY is a survey of artist dudes who cultivate the intersection of elegance and Dudeliness. Coursing between the tiles of the weight room’s floor and pulling the foam through a beer bong’s tube there is an energy. In WEIRD DUDE ENERGY an unease transmits through the works like the dissonant proportions cursing the limbs of pubescent boys. Stained with the trauma of puberty WEIRD DUDE ENERGY strikes a balance between restraint and total release. GDBD is drawn to the complicated and embarrassing gestures of Dudehood. Bask in the glory of this Dudery and join GDBD in inviting the WEIRD DUDE ENERGY to wash over us like an enveloping mist of AXE. Can you abide?


Zak Arctander

Jesse Butcher

Andrew Doak

Alan and Michael Fleming

Alex Gartelmann

Ethan Gill

Ivan Lozano

Andrew Mausert-Mooney

Casey McGonagle

John Opera

Auggie Oz

Benji Pearson

Mike Rea

Oli Rodriguez

Jonas Sebura

Nicolas Wiley

"No Stairway to Heaven" new work by Josue Pellot Morgan Sims Ron Ewert and Josh Reames

05/10/2013 - 7:00pm
05/10/2013 - 11:00pm

Josué Pellot

“No Stairway to Heaven”
Josué Pellot, Josh Reames, Morgan Sims and Ron Ewert
May 10– June 9

The ubiquity of Led Zeppelin’s 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven” is both impressive and nauseating. Forty years after its release, it continues to receive near constant airplay on terrestrial radio, providing nostalgic affirmation for older generations and a virtuosic canonical reference point for newer audiences. Musically the song is structurally convincing enough to support whimsical and campy lyrics that fetishize a diluted and confused understanding of Anglo folklore, with a few self-referential lines about the genre of rock music and the gestalt of a rock band sprinkled in. A form of low-grade populist poetry, when combined with emotional crescendo, the song becomes legitimate. With the right mix of media saturation, consistency, and myth, the piece becomes legendary, clichéd and parodied. The title of this exhibition comes from a minor scene in “Wayne’s World” (1992), in which Wayne is prohibited from playing the classic rock anthem when purchasing a guitar. A sight gag; the printed sign on the wall that says “No Stairway to Heaven” indicates the scale and absurdity of the problem. The works address topicality and anachronism, in a dialectic between concrete reality and nostalgia. Platonic form, ascetic irony, and sublimated associations allow for this conversation to exist as conflated singular images and objects.

 Josué Pellot received his MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston
Illinois (2006) and BFA from the University of Illinois, at Chicago, 2003.
He is a conceptual artist who engages social critique, politics and humor.
He works in various mediums such as painting, video and sculpture. In 2007
Pellot completed a residency with the Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, NL. His
work has been shown locally and abroad, including the Chicago Cultural
Center, the Contemporary Art Society (London, UK), and the Museo de Arte
Contemporaneo de Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Josh Reames received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has recently been shown at Circuit 12 Contemporary (Dallas), Devening Projects (Chicago), Dittrich & Schlechtreim (Berlin), Monya Rowe Gallery (NYC), and Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago).

Morgan Sims received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in
2010 and his BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2004.  His
works in painting, print, and neon create contextual and formal
reinterpretations of visual culture.  He lives in Chicago and teaches at
Harold Washington College.  More of his work can be viewed at

Ron Ewert received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012.  Recent exhibitions include: The Green Gallery and American Fantasy Classics (Milwaukee), The Freies Museum (Berlin), Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Autumn Space and Peregrine Program (Chicago), as well as Monya Rowe Gallery and Launch F18 (NY).  Ron Ewert is Co-Director of The Hills Esthetic Center, an exhibition space in Chicago dedicated to emerging local and international artists.

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