Friday, October 20, 2017

1871 to Partner with Apple on In-Store Event Series

1871 to Partner with Apple on In-Store Event Series

To celebrate the opening of their stunning new store on Michigan Avenue on October 20, Apple has joined forces with 1871 and a handful of other select local organizations to produce Today @ Apple: The Chicago Series, a month-long set of in-store events that aim to inspire, connect, educate and support attendees in the pursuit of their creative and entrepreneurial passions.
As part of this partnership, 1871 will be presenting “Accelerate Your Startup Idea,” a four-part series that will provide attendees with the essential building blocks of starting their own technology business through engaging and interactive sessions led by a diverse range of industry experts from the 1871 community.
The first session will be held on Monday, October 23 and will be led by 1871 CEO and serial entrepreneur Howard Tullman along with facilitators and 1871 mentors Demetrio Cardona-Maguigad and Emily Lonigro-Boylan of LimeRed Studio, a Chicago UX-design agency. This inspiring and interactive talk will introduce attendees to the concept of socially impactful enterprises and help groups brainstorm ideas.
Lonigro-Boylan returns for the second session on Monday, October 30, this time diving into the business model canvas tool to describe and design business ideas as well as incorporating dynamic pitch practice. Attendees will receive real-time feedback from experts in the field and participate in fun and interactive pitch exercises, learning to share their ideas in a compelling and concise manner.
The series then shifts from pitching to product. The third session, held on Monday, November 6, will focus on the different approaches to building a technical product with a high-powered panel featuring 1871 mentors and experts in the product space. The session will also include a hands-on exercise on AR technology with Ed LaHood, Founder of Thyng, a brand engagement solution which leverages the Apple AR kit.
The series will culminate on Monday, November 13 with a special lineup of startup entrepreneurs from the 1871 community who will come together to discuss actionable next steps for budding entrepreneurs, along with unique insights, potential pitfalls and their personal approaches to entrepreneurship.
At the end of the program, Apple will select one business idea which will receive additional support in the form of an 1871 membership and tools provided by Apple.
With this partnership, 1871 hopes to foster inclusive community engagement aimed at helping Chicagoans from all backgrounds learn entrepreneurial skills and develop a deeper understanding of how individual pursuits can make a measurable impact on the city of Chicago and beyond.
1871 is hardly a stranger in partnering with Apple on innovative programming. Every other Wednesday at 1871, Apple representatives offer office hours centered around product and business development support for 1871’s members. Additionally, Howard Tullman has previously given his tech trends talk -- an in-depth overview of insights into changing technologies and business models he delivers around the world -- at Apple’s current Michigan Avenue location.
Other local organizations providing programming for Today @ Apple include local artists Theaster Gates and Black Monks of Mississippi, innovation center BLUE 1647, art and technology company VSCO(of Instagram fame) and Young Chicago Authors.
Sign up for The Chicago Series now.
Check out the official annoucement from Apple on the opening of their new store and The Chicago Series. 

1871 CEO Howard Tullman Speaks on Tech Trends at Fidelity Inside Track Conference

Sunday, October 08, 2017

You Could Own Part of 1871 CEO’s Mesmerizing Art Collection

You Could Own Part of 1871 CEO’s Mesmerizing Art Collection

From surreal monkey portraits to tasteful nudes, Howard Tullman’s collection—many by living artists—will be auctioned off this month.

Howard Tullman stands in front of Mission Posey: Hyacinth Arsonist, a painting by Thomas Woodruff valued at $6,000 to $8,000. 

Howard Tullman is best known as a tech entrepreneur, but he’s also a noted art collector. Visitors to his Milwaukee Avenue gallery were mesmerized over the years by the colorful portraits and surreal imagery that highlight much of his collection.
Now, Tullman is selling the gallery space and relocating the collection. (He’s given many pieces away, including to museums and the 1871 Chicago space—and his grown daughters can only take in so much.) On Oct. 30, he’ll auction off 200 pieces from his 1,600-piece collection of eclectic art, portraits, nudes, and sculptures.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is handling the event. Proceeds will benefit Tullman’s family foundation, which provides stipends and scholarships to art students, donates to museums, and funds special events.
Culling the collection has been a lengthy process as Tullman and his wife, Judy, see each work as special. “When I first made the list, she looked at a few and said, ‘Over my dead body.’ So I adjusted it,” he says with a chuckle.
Among pieces up for auction: Naughty Betty by Donald Roller Wilson. It’s colorful and features a smiling monkey wearing a crown made of roses. It’s also by a living artist, which is a hallmark of his collection.
Naughty Betty has an estimated value of $10,000 to $15,000. 

“All of the pieces are special because of the artists,” says Tullman, who had developed lifelong friendships with many of the artists whose work he holds dear.
Works by well-known artists are in the mix, too, including the late Herb Ritz’s True Blue featuring Madonna. It’s estimated to go for $2,000 to $4,000, and the entire auction is expected to draw $500,000 to $1 million.
Along with the works themselves, Tullman’s name as owner will be a draw for potential buyers, says Zack Wirsum, director and senior specialist of fine art at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. “Howard’s name and his various entrepreneurial pursuits and the impact he’s had on Chicago all add cachet to what’s being sold,” Wirsum says. “It makes each piece more desirable.”
The auction comes as Tullman prepares to step down as CEO of the 1871 entrepreneurial center. He will remain on the board.
The sale of his gallery space closes another chapter: The neighboring Intuit museum is buying the property. It’s a nice fit, says Tullman. “I’m glad it’s going to the museum.”
For the 20 years he’s owned the space, it’s been a refuge where he writes. It’s also a hip gathering spot for art students studying portrait work and friends. A fundraiser for Hillary Clinton was held there. The late Harold Ramis and fellow actor John Cusack laughed together at a dinner party amid the collection of nudes and pop art. And Rahm Emanuel lived in a portion of the 5,000-square-foot gallery while he was running for mayor back in 2010.
The catalogue was released today, and the auction is online only. The exhibition is open for display by appointment.
Starving Bourgeois by Jim Lutes has an estimated value of $8,000 to $12,000. 

Coma Dent by Karl Wirsum is over three feet wide and long, and has an estimated value of $10,000 to $15,000. 


Beach #120 by Hilo Chen, oil on canvas, is valued at over $8,000. 


Elwood Grill #2 by Robert Gniewak was created in 2003 and estimated to be worth $10,000 to $15,000. 


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