• 12 Ballads for Huguenot House

Feast your eyes on something beautiful this weekend. Here’s what’s going down in visual arts:

Thursday 10/3

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art A collection of unconventional art that turned up in California in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Talk by curators Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss at 5 PM. One of our visual arts recommendations for fall.

Imperfect Symmetry: A Compendium at Columbia College Chicago Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery A group show featuring different perspectives on imperfect symmetry. Reception 5-8 PM.

Friday 10/4

The Terrestrial, The Celestial, and the Imagined Inbetween at Chicago Artists’ Coalition HATCH resident artists Noelle Allen, Brent Fogt, and Nicholas Sagan present pieces including collaged drawings, fiber installations, and prints. Reception 6-9 PM.

Outside Art and Graffiti Show by Steve Pollack and Cindy Kurman Barrie at Ornot Gallery Local artist Pollack and photographer Barrie present their work. Opening reception 6-11 PM.

Saturday 10/5

A Stranger in Your Arms at Comfort Station Fittingly hosted in October, this exhibition curated by Jessie Devereaux features pieces such as screen prints and paintings that tap into the darkness associated with the Halloween season. The Reader‘s Sarah Nardi says “Devereaux has constructed an atmosphere of earthly disquiet.” Opening reception 7-9 PM.

Sunday 10/6

Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad at the Museum of Contemporary Art The closing day of an exhibition that served as a continuation of Gates’ 12 Ballads for Huguenot House, a project that detailed his renovations of a house in Kassel, Germany.