AN’s Eavesdrop Makes A Mark on Chicago Nightlife

Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Monday, May 6, 2013
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Left to right: Thomas Demand, Marina Fine Arts #23, 2011; Thomas Demand, Beyer #15, 2011; Thomas Demand, Segel #25, 2011. (Courtesy Graham Foundation)

Left to right: Thomas Demand, Marina Fine Arts #23, 2011; Thomas Demand, Beyer #15, 2011; Thomas Demand, Segel #25, 2011. (Courtesy Graham Foundation)

Get Out Your Scotch Guard—Eavesdrop Is Coming! If the hors d’ouevres make a party, Luminaire threw quite the fête last month. The huge design showroom in Chicago’s River North staged the top floor with more affordable items from their inventory, alongside of pop-ups from local artisans, including European bike-lifestyle guru J.C. Lind Bike Co. This was our first stop of several that evening, so the substantial hors d’oeuvres—a.k.a. Prosecco sponges—were fully appreciated.
 What didn’t appreciate them?

That $5,000 sofa where our fried risotto ball crash-landed after slipping off of a toothpick and ricocheting off our champagne flute. Seriously, it was so embarrassing, with one witness to the party foul saying out loud, “Hope they Scotch Guarded everything before inviting this guy.” As we scurried to pick up the grease ball, we dropped half into our glass, tainting the last sips of the drink. And with that, folks, we moved on to…

The Graham Foundation Still Throws the Coolest Openings in Town. With our party-pride tail between our legs, we stumbled—read: took a cab—to the opening of “Model Studies” at the Graham Foundation, featuring new work by Thomas Demand with works by Fernand Léger and others. If you have not been taking advantage of the programming at the Graham Foundation, you need to start now. Sarah Herda, director of the Graham, and staff are turning it out. And for the record, we kept a vise-like grip on our glass of red wine, so no spills.

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