WEDNESDAY PICK | “No Dancing” at the Shoebox Gallery


No Dancing sounds like an imperative—and if so, it’s an easy one to obey, since there is no dance floor at the Shoebox Gallery. In fact, there’s no floor whatsoever at the Shoebox Gallery, which consists entirely of a single display window outside of Robert’s Shoes (“Hardly a foot we can’t fit!”) on Lake Street. Curator Sean Smuda keeps the space occupied with artwork as avant-garde as one can possibly manage in a shoe store display window, and the current installation—by Sarah Ann and Chris Hontos—is no exception. “Through its dissonance, No Dancing provokes patrons and passersby to question its premise and deploy their collective subjectivity. There will be no opening except for that within the viewer’s mind.” You dig?