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20150713103046-image_1_tell_it_microphone_in_lurie_garden Jenny Kendler Translates Confessions into Birdsong   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/13/15

Where did we ever get the strange idea that nature—as opposed to culture—is ahistorical and timeless? We are far too impressed by our own cleverness and self-consciousness… We need to stop telling ourselves the same old anthropocentric bedtime stories. —Steve Shaviro, Doom Patrols [1] Tell it to the Birds is an interactive project by Chicago-based artist and activist Jenny Kendler in collaboration with her software developer husband, Brian Kirkbride. Created as Artist-in-Residen... [more]

20150624210659-20150624203607-chicago_artists_group_portrait__1_ Making a Memento: Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 6/24/15

On Saturday I go to the granite steps of the MCA with several hundred others for Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015. The weather’s kinda perfect: sunny, with big cadillacs of clouds rolling by every couple minutes to keep us cool. Down front Jason Lazarus, dressed all in white and holding a megaphone, paces, checks the time. Jason’s an artist/educator/proselytizer of collective action, a well-known/liked artist about town. We’re all here to become history, to legitimize our self-definitions, to e... [more]

20150528144630-20150527224147-sector_rothenberg042 The Personal Is Political: Ellen Rothenberg at Sector 2337   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 5/27/15

In experiencing elsetime, Ellen Rothenberg’s solo exhibition at Sector 2337, there’s a moment when you realize that you’re not going to get any answers. Nothing conclusive, that is. Rothenberg’s approach to making—performative, research-based explorations of personal/political history—has no time for neat folding-up. The plethora of media on display—ranging in scale from large lean-tos to shifting photocopies of books—all of these give the impression of... [more]

20150519174235-rs_9938 An Actual Location for This Moment: Gabriel Sierra at the Renaissance Society   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Gabriel Sierra at Renaissance Society May 3rd, 2015 - June 28th, 2015
Posted 5/19/15

Gabriel Sierra creates structures of relation, platforms where humans, architecture, and paper media collaborate on the creation of artworks. His current exhibition at the Renaissance Society—the first solo exhibition in the United States for the Bogotá-based artist—is a scatter piece of sculptures, rules, and relationships in which 14 constructions, mostly in modernistically white plywood, lie on the gallery floor. They look at first like a kind of stern minimalism in the Ren&rsqu... [more]

20150512165257-06ef7km_2011_tyffsh_6 Sizing the Immaterial: S, M, L, XL at MCA   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 9th, 2015 - October 4th, 2015
Posted 5/12/15

Stratospheres of experience have been described in art since the early narratives of heaven and earth. Since Biblical cosmology, our understanding of time and place has been oriented according to predetermined concepts of measure—even time is an invented unit. But how do we measure the intangible? In a system where contemporary art is increasingly judged by scale, how do we quantify the poetics of experience? Robert Morris, Portal, 1964. Collection of the MCA Chicago, gift of Mrs. Robert... [more]

20150506231441-pfister10 Lost in the Local   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 5/5/15

I take a night train to Milwaukee with an overloaded shoulder bag, a bottle and a half of red wine in me, and full of hope. On the way north I reread articles on the great artist migration from big cities to bankrupt ones, to the exurbs—be born rich or move to Detroit/Cleveland/Jersey City/Belleville. Or Milwaukee, where I’d be staying at The Pfister Hotel for a pop-up arts symposium on empowering the local arts scene, the whole affair orchestrated by Niki Johnson, the hotel’s artist... [more]

20150414121608-image_1_cubicle Artist Profile: Andrew Norman Wilson Therapizes the Corporate World   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 4/14/15

It was once common to assume that artists avoid participating in the corporate world—presuming that the art world is separated from the rest, with utopian and improbable ideals. However, the dividing line between an artist and a businessperson has never been that clear, and it's only becoming more complicated. Creativity used to be seen as something unique to artists and designers, but recently­­—with the “new economy” and a restructured labor market—creativity is considered n... [more]

20150320132819-thepicnic Archibald J. Motley Jr.: Hearing the Contemporary Pitch   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Archibald Motley at Chicago Cultural Center March 7th, 2015 - August 31st, 2015
Posted 3/20/15

Approaching Archibald J. Motley Jr.’s traveling retrospective, currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center, one can hear strains of jazz carrying down the Grand Staircase. The music pipes through a ceiling speaker in the brightly lit hall that’s meant to prepare and inform the viewer with a timeline of the painter’s life on one wall, a collection of his quotes on the other. And then one steps through, into the exhibition room itself—and all those nice little atmospheric... [more]

20150318124817-kanye-west It’s Official: Kanye West to Receive Honorary Doctorate from SAIC   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/18/15

As an SAIC alum, my newsfeed has been abuzz the past week with artists and writers decrying the honorary doctorate Kanye West told France’s Clique TV that he would be receiving this coming May. Last night, it was made official with a statement released by SAIC. Other honorees include legendary Chicago gallerist, Rhona Hoffman, artist/donor Janet Neiman, and German painter Albert Oehlen who will be the commencement speaker. Walter E. Massey, President of the School of the Art Institute of Chic... [more]

20150225132706-7637120150220_9036 The Making of Violence: Doris Salcedo at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Doris Salcedo at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) February 21st, 2015 - May 24th, 2015
Posted 2/25/15

Internationally acclaimed artist Doris Salcedo opened her first US museum retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) last week to great anticipation: Latin Americanists had been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Bogotá-born artist’s survey, and it seemed all of Chicago was enthusiastic as well. Co-curated by MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and with assistance from Steven L. Bridges, the exhibition presents Salcedo’s lar... [more]

20150220202335-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e3 Made-Up With Danny Volk: S1E3   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/20/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: artist Zachary Harvey and host Danny Volk dress up as cowboys. M... [more]

20141026085215-belknappinkandgray-975x731 Sarah and Joseph Belknap Translate the Solar System for Earthlings   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) October 11th, 2014 - February 24th, 2015
Posted 12/8/14

The ways by which men arrive at knowledge of the celestial things are hardly less wonderful than the nature of these things themselves. —Johannes Kepler Walking down Franklin Boulevard in Chicago’s Garfield Park, an otherwise nondescript bungalow stands out because of the strange, multicolored rock jutting out of its front yard; this object—like a meteor from a sci-fi B movie—hovers over 10 feet above the ground, mounted on a long metal pole. It marks the beginning of... [more]

20141017074842-er-lckpu-e63e0seoqlmokok9j0wvll8wm0d6oe7ioi_unclc-iygtsp0jxkoxmsrzxppmnsuyp0r9sxth08v9s_eavtlqlvtojmni5wzfjhwjfrszc6ggqjxihifbzy7ym_nzfr0zhcvuj_gwfec8r2l23xog2b3zb55bypfm4ggdg_aez0ozgd5dqbqrch6-rg2k_hxvanbbvzd8mg Who is Responsible for the American Dream?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Josef Strau at Renaissance Society September 21st, 2014 - November 9th, 2014
Posted 10/17/14

I had a dream a couple years ago in which a new, previously unknown continent was discovered on Earth. The knowledge entered my consciousness first like the ambient news of a radio dispatch. It was an impersonal knowledge, born through the slippery medium of dream space, the source of the transmission overlooked as my dream self wondered instead about the profound consequence such a discovery might have on the rest of humankind. The next thing I remember is that I stood on the ground of the new coun... [more]

20141010125805-charelsworth_unidentified-man-ontani-hotel Longing for Flight: Sarah Charlesworth’s Stills   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Sarah Charlesworth at The Art Institute of Chicago September 18th, 2014 - January 4th, 2015
Posted 10/10/14

“Falling, rushing, ruining! buried in the ruins, on Urthona's dens” – William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790-1793. Icarus’ father Daedalus made him wings and warned him not to fly too close to the sun. But Icarus, ecstatic with the ability to fly, forgot his father’s caution—the feathers came loose and Icarus descended to his death in the sea. This Greek myth can be literally interpreted as the human desire to overcome his or her limits. In psycholog... [more]

20140929231945-8efeddavidbowie_20140919_231 Bowie Victims: Confessions from David Bowie Is at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd, 2014 - January 4th, 2015
Posted 9/29/14

I’m not sure exactly what Jon Savage meant when he referred to “Bowie victims” in his book about the birth of punk rock, England’s Dreaming, but ever since I read that phrase it stuck with me. In a way I identified with it—being a big David Bowie adherent—and didn’t necessarily consider it as a derogatory term. I figure he meant teens obsessed with Bowie, the young androgynes with their flared high waters and platform boots, teased mullets and green eye m... [more]

EXPO CHICAGO #1: Art Fair Musical   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/23/14

Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO As exhibitors and artists ready their productions for EXPO CHICAGO, Caroline Picard introduces this year's IN/SITU works. As Chicago approaches the four day run of its annual art fair, the art world becomes increasingly animated with preparations. This is the moment backstage of an as-yet empty auditorium; red carpets are cleaned one last time as painters touch up their back drops and technicians in... [more]

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