SideCar is an independent Contemporary Art space located in Hammond, Indiana, 40 minutes southeast of Downtown Chicago. During the spring/summer of 2009, Carl Baratta and Michael Kaysen co-curated an exhibition of work by several local artists. The original exhibition space became unavailable. Reluctant to abandon what they believed to be a quality exhibition, they decided (with help from many of the artists involved) to rehab the space located at 411 Huehn in order to show the work. The exhibition, titled "Sweeping the Inside Out", was well received. SideCar was born out of the effort to finish this exhibition.

The mission of SideCar is to showcase the work of Contemporary artists. SideCar is envisioned as a cross between an exhibition venue and an art laboratory. We work closely with the artists shown to facilitate and support those artist's ideas and help build their careers. There is a concerted effort to place their works in personal collections, thereby supporting those artist's careers and protecting their work for future generations viewing.

The following is an overview of the exhibition history of SideCar.


Window To the Soul - Selections From the Joseph Kleemann Collection

Joe Kleemann buys art. He buys a lot of art, usually by local artists, from local galleries or through auctions supporting local non-profit arts organizations. Over the years he’s bought so many things that he had lost track of exactly what he owned. As SideCar is usually closed during the summer months, I offered up the space to gather his collection, assess the condition of the works and attend to any pressing issues, document and catalog the works and frame a few of the more fragile pieces in order to protect them. This exhibition has sprung out of the inventory process.

Joe likes to collect and he collects what he likes. In doing so, he supports this community in the most direct way possible; he puts money into the pockets of local artists, galleries and schools. I, for one, am thankful for his support.

August 18th - August 26th, 2017

‘I Learned It From A Book’, a selection of works by Robert Bain

What is the content of a painting when the subject is essentially empty of meaning?

Is it possible for that work to avoid the mere negation of meaning and instead become an affirmation of the value of the labor of painting?

March 4th - April 1st, 2017

'Meat and Potatoes' - New works by Michael Robert Pollard

This will be Michael Robert Pollard's second solo exhibition with the gallery. He lives and works in Chicago.

November 12th - December 10th, 2016

'Sans Titre'

a group exhibition organized by 65GRAND featuring:

Judith Geichman
Sam Jaffe
Boris Ostrerov
Kellie Romany

September 17th - October 22nd, 2016

'We Traveled Among Unknown Men'

Collaborative Woodcuts by:

Isak Applin
Carl Baratta
Oli Watt

With Wooden Sculptures by Oli Watt

This exhibition takes an up to date look at the ongoing collaborative woodcut print project undertaken by these three artists.

May 21st - June 18th, 2016

'Ugly Feelings'

April Childers
Chelsea Culprit
Ben Foch
Matt Hilshorst
Anna Mayer
Wolfie E. Rawk

curated by Karolina Gnatowski

All of the works in this exhibition employ a soft horror that is rooted in anxiety. Whether it manifests in spell casting, theatrical anticipation, slow revelations, conspiracy theory, quick fire bluntness, ambiguous imagery or safe/unsafe participation, the overlaying theme within these works is projection.

March 5th - April 2nd, 2016

'tata' - Karolina Gnatowski

1970's psychedelic Americana
home invasions
The Doors
jacquard looms
Los Angeles sunsets

an exhibition of the tail-end of a series of 27 objects based on the 1970's rock band The Doors and the state of California (or more accurately, the mythologies surrounding The Doors and California).

September 26th - October 24th, 2015

'Floating Orange'

An exhibition of digital prints by Rusty Shackleford and ceramic sculptures by deborah handler

May 16th - June 13th, 2015

- Documentia -

Documentia: The idea of a documentary impulse that rather than research or science, is a personal, eccentric or obsessive act of collecting, cataloging and perhaps even identity-building. This exhibition features the work of artists and others whose activities can be considered art.

Horst Ademeit
Brandon Alvendia
David Giordano
Bertram Litoff
Olivia Martin Moore
Roman Opalka
Mike Schuh

Curated by Erik Wenzel

March 7th - April 4th, 2015

'EARTHTWERKS & Other Celestial Familiars'

A group exhibition of artists from across the country that make up the New York collective Ortega y Gasset Projects.

November 15th - December 13th, 2014

'They Pass Unseen In the World' - New work by Julia Klein
Collaborative Woodcut Prints by Isak Applin, Carl Baratta and Oli Watt

September 20th - October 18th, 2014


A collaborative installation by Ismael "ISH" Muhammad Nieves and Claire Ashley

May 24th - June 21st, 2014

'From Utopia' - New work by Clare Britt

March 15th - April 19th, 2014

'Ghosts Don't Burn'

Current Works by Carl Baratta and Zack Wirsum

With objects and installation by:
Lauren Ball
Nathan Carder
Mariano Chavez
Karolina Gnatowski
Pedro Munoz
Mindy Rose Schwartz

Curated by Lucas Bucholtz

October 19th - November 23rd, 2013

'Just Like All Those Times Tomorrow'

Paintings by Mara Baker and collaborative ceramics by Nathan Tonning & Amanda Wong

May 4th - June 1st, 2013

'Prototypes' - New work by Michael Robert Pollard

March 2nd - March 30th, 2013

'You Can't Get There From Here' - New Work By:

Merchant Adams & Casey Murtaugh

November 17th - December 15th, 2012

'Dead Heat' - New work by Paul Perkins

September 8th - October 6th, 2012

'In Circles' - New Work by:

Surabhi Ghosh
Karolina Gnatowski

May 12th - June 9th, 2012

'They Wore Red Faces of Clay' - featuring new work by:

Isak Applin
Shay DeGrandis
Iva Gueorguieva
Justin Michell
JJ Miyaoka-Pakola
Dan Schank

Curated by Carl Baratta

March 3rd - March 31st, 2012

'Water' - New work by:

Tom Burtonwood
Holly Holmes
James Jankowiak

November 5th - December 3rd, 2011

'AIR: tasteless odorless colorless' - New Work by:

Claire Ashley and Mark Booth

September 10th - October 8th, 2011

'Earth' - New Work by:

Darren Burge and l.h.sven johnson

May 7th - June 4th, 2011

'Fire' - New Work and a Collaborative Installation By Paul Perkins and Jeremy Price

March 5th - April 2nd, 2011

'The Long Now'

An Exhibition of Recent Work by Mark Holmes

October 9th - November 6th, 2010

'Every Hour Is Happy Hour'

Danny Hein and Michael Robert Pollard

June 12th - July 10th, 2010

'To Catch A River'

Matt Hanner
Monica Herrera-Montiel
Shari Pettis

March 13th - April 10th, 2010

'Sweeping the Inside Out'

Gunnatowski (Karolina Gnatowski, Daniel Gunn)
Sarah Hicks
Chris Miller
Jeremy Price
Mindy Rose Schwartz
Jeremy Somer
Robert Reinard

October 24th - November 22nd, 2009