Sat April 9, 2016


Crystal Ball is CAD’s fundraising event designed to playfully predict the future, fundraise support, and friend-raise our community of Chicago’s art. The main event will happen from 7-9pm, with an after party from 9-11pm. A ticket to the main the event gives you access to the entire evening, while doors for the discounted after-party open at 9pm. You may attend the earlier, later, or both parts of the evening. With “crystal readings” by artist Dana Major, tarot card readings by John Schwennk, fortunes will be explored along with an exhibition with site-specific installations, a silent auction, raffle, food, drinks, and music. We foresee a dazzling night for all!

At this year’s Crystal Ball we are happy to announce that CAD will be honoring the President of Diasporal Rhythms –  Patric McCoy! Through the 2014 exhibition South by Near South, CAD’s curating team were fortunate to work with  Patric and a selection of artists from DR. The experience joined CAD and DR at the hip while connecting CAD artists to a vibrant group of peers from around Chicago. We could not be happier to honor Patric’s work at this year’s Crystal Ball. Join us as we celebrate this valuable person and asset for the city of Chicago!

Mr. McCoy has been collecting contemporary African American art for 41 years and has a collection of over 1000 pieces of fine art, 90% done by Chicago artists. In 2003 he co-founded Diasporal Rhythms a not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization comprised of informed and passionate art collectors from Chicago’s African American communities. The organization promotes the collection of art works by living artists of African descent.

Crystal Ball Art will feature work by Chicago-based artists:

Dana Major (Crystal Seeing)
John Schwenk (Tarot Card Readings)
Rodrigo Lara Zendejas
Amanda Williams
Lynn Basa
Raub Welch
Candace Hunter 
Miguel Aguilar
Regin Igloria (Interactive Installation)
John Preus (Installation)
Matt Austin
Jesse Seay
James Jankowiak
Cynthia Weiss
Tina Tahir
Caroline Liu
Charles Heppner
Peter N. Gray
Alex Prexta
Dud Lawson
Edyta Stepien (Installation)
Amanda Gentry
Chelsea Ross
Adam Grossi
Meridian Duo (Jazz Performance)
Documents Bureau (report station)
Marta Sasinowska (photo booth)
Oorn (Portrait drawings)
Natalie Unger (Fortune Poems)
Desert Gold Food by Ryan Bockenfeld

WHO: You!
WHAT: Crystal Ball Fundraiser
WHERE: Chicago Art Department, 1932 South Halsted
WHEN: Saturday April 9th, 7-11pm
HOW: Ticket options listed below!




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