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20130518172259-afc-nada-2 Infinite Corpse: Crowd Sourcing New Media   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 5/17/13

Most of you are probably familiar with the Surrealist game “exquisite corpse,” where a composite drawing is created in sequence by a group of artists adhering to some predetermined set of rules (no peeking, for example, and, pick up where the last artist left off). Local Chicago comics collective Trubble Club recently began an online project entitled Infinite Corpse. Unlike its Surrealist precedent, it harnesses the energy and inexhaustibility of the internet by being limitless in duration. As of t... [more]

20130503105502-2_kupferdistanz_2013_55_x_70 Domestica Dentata: A Tyranny of Details   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Daniel Bauer at Alderman Exhibitions April 27th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 5/3/13

Daniel Bauer’s photographs are hard to write about. His images are not easily encapsulated by description. I can more easily relate the experience of viewing them, which is slow and contemplative, or, in Michael Fried’s terminology, absorptive. These are self-contained worlds wholly manifest in every moment, in every detail, yet they also take time––the duration of exposure and the duration of viewing. I could say Bauer employs a modernist sensibility, in the sense that he explores and exploits... [more]

20130420063131-hallofkhan Interrogating Monuments: Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford’s Hall of Khan   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford at Hyde Park Art Center April 14th, 2013 - July 28th, 2013
Posted 4/20/13

The critical pedagogue Henry Giroux tells us that objects placed in front of us in the public sphere operate as forms of public pedagogy—meaning that they communicate and reinforce certain cultural narratives, hierarchies, and social mythologies. These image | objects seek to teach us about our collective past and present regardless of accuracy or consensus. As cultural reflections and representative image | objects, monuments serve as cultural mirrors and the sites in which they are situated serve as... [more]

20130406125610-analog7 INTERVIEW from Sixty Inches from Center: Visual Theater: A Conversation with Neo-Futurist Kurt Chiang   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 4/5/13

The Neo-Futurists are a staple of Chicago theater best known for their modular and ever-evolving signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which, after a quarter-century in production, is the longest continuously running show in Chicago. Within a certain milieu, TMLMTBGB is something of a cult hit — It’s frenetic, inclusive, somewhat participatory, absolutely community oriented and just plain fun. Perhaps less well known are the limited-run productions the Neo-Futurists stage each season.... [more]

20130321193115-safdar The Sahmat Collective: Politics and Performance in India   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Manjeet Bawa, Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, Zarina Hashmi, Rummana Husain, Bharti Kher, Nalini Malani, Pushpamala N., Gigi Scaria, nilima sheikh, Vivan Sundaram at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago February 14th, 2013 - June 9th, 2013
Posted 3/21/13

Mounted on a red wall, a large black-and-white photograph of a funeral procession carrying a coffin draped in a hammer and sickle flag greets visitors to The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989. This striking first visual and the room that follows set the premise and tone of the exhibition with plentiful wall text, reading materials, and documentation to supplement and contextualize the work to come. The exhibition introduces an American audience to an Indian art collective... [more]

20130316131639-o REVIEW from Sixty Inches From Center: Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black in White   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Richard Artschwager, Louise Bourgeois, Adam Brooks, Marlene Dumas, Félix González-Torres, Barbara Kruger, Glen Ligon, Raymond Pettibon, Howardena Pindell, Ad Reinhardt, Kara Walker at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) November 10th, 2012 - April 28th, 2013
Posted 3/16/13

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Curator Naomi Beckwith’s latest exhibition, Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black and White, currently on view through April 28, is a dynamic and engaging mix of works from the MCA’s collection. Conceived from the examination of the formal, conceptual and sociopolitical ideas associated with the colors of black and white, the exhibition provides viewers with the opportunity to reflect upon their own attitudes toward and notions of these contrapositive shades.... [more]

20130307162754-mother_and_child What Do We Owe Picasso?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Pablo Picasso at The Art Institute of Chicago February 20th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013
Posted 3/7/13

There is no shortage of Pablo Picasso exhibitions in our world right now – a good half-dozen major shows have opened and closed across the U.S. in the past three years, exploring everything from Picasso’s relationship with women to his relationship with other artists. Now, the Art Institute of Chicago has opened their own exhibition, “Picasso and Chicago,” adding Picasso’s relationships with cities to that list. The premise of the exhibition is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the fir... [more]

20130221203938-bontecou_untitled1962 The Stillness of Destruction   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Lee Bontecou, Alberto Burri, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gérard Deschamps, François Dufrêne, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Adolf Frohner, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, John Latham, Gustav Metzger, Manolo Millares, Otto Müehl, Saburo Murakami, Robert Rauschenberg, Salvatore Scarpitta, Shozo Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Antoni Tàpies, Chiyu Uemae, Jacques Villeglé, Wolf Vostell, Michio Yoshihara at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) February 16th, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013
Posted 2/21/13

This twenty-six artist-deep group show that just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is an interesting re-examination of work by renowned artists such as Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg and Antoni Tàpies, among others. Re-framed and linked together based on the work’s general responsiveness to war, specifically World War II and the Cold War, all these square pegs are smartly made to fit in round holes despite their typical standing as loners, exceptions, outcasts and icon... [more]

20130215135444-11 Against a Constant Sky   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Victoria Sambunaris at Museum of Contemporary Photography January 11th, 2013 - March 31st, 2013
Posted 2/15/13

There are two kinds of road trips: one where you have to get somewhere by a certain time (hotel, family reunion); and the other one where your plans are changeable (misfortune, curiosity). Both have equal ability to produce adventure and boredom, and though the adventure is what you end up taking home to friends and relatives, it’s boredom that’s your constant companion. Once the conversation in the car has died out, or your eyes have tired from reading, you fix your gaze on the horizon, as if yo... [more]

20130207093907-jordan_cf000441_17x22 Climate of Uncertainty   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Marissa Benedict, Edward Burtynsky, Terry Evans, Allison Grant, Sonja Hinrichsen, Chris Jordan, Maskull Lasserre, Marilyn Propp, Sabrina Raaf, Christina Seely, Daniel Shea, Toshio Shibata at DePaul Art Museum January 10th, 2013 - March 24th, 2013
Posted 2/7/13

Climate of Uncertainty at the DePaul Art Museum is one of the latest iterations of a timely and increasingly surveyed theme in contemporary art and exhibitions: climate change. Featuring twelve artists and occupying both floors of the museum, the exhibition operates under the premise that artists engaging environmental issues in their work have the power to challenge, inspire, and instigate viewers to action. The educational and activist impulse evident throughout the space is most apparent at the... [more]

20130124133457-1 Observer Effect   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Jessica Hyatt, Steffani Jemison, Jochen Lempert, John O'Connor, Steve Roden, Jorinde Voigt at Gallery 400 January 18th, 2013 - March 9th, 2013
Posted 1/24/13

In science, the “observer effect” refers to the phenomenon that the act of observation itself changes the subject of observation. Quantum mechanics goes a step further and takes for granted that a system cannot be observed without also being changed. The solution is to consider the observer as part and parcel of the system. Observer Effect, curated by artist Carrie Gundersdorf and Gallery 400 director Lorelei Stewart, tests the hypothesis that artistic practices are analogous to scientific processes... [more]

20130108075144-perceciving Mary Porterfield: Fearless Visions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Mary Porterfield, Nina Weiss at Koehnline Museum of Art December 6th, 2012 - January 25th, 2013
Posted 1/8/13

Ten paintings by Mary Porterfield are on show in the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, until January 25. This strong exhibition merits a special trip. Sharing the Koehnline are excellent landscapes by Nina Weiss. When she’s not teaching art or making it, Porterfield works with hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients. Though the odds against success are prohibitive, she wishes that she could do more for these people and feels remorse for her personal shortcomings and fa... [more]

20121226170847-kendler_1 2012 In Review: The Second City Comes in First   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/25/12

Simply put, Chicago won big in 2012. The conglomerate of motley activities comprising the city’s art scene, so artist-driven and local in flavor, is gaining recognition nationwide: experimental curatorial models, innovative arts organizations, often-ephemeral alternative spaces and apartment galleries, its tradition of the interdisciplinary artist/writer/curator, and above all, emphasis on community. Possibly because of the continuation of the seemingly never-ending recession, Chicago’s thriftin... [more]

20121212061320-rourke2 A Working Aesthetic: Fest 2112   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at High Concept Laboratories December 6th, 2012 - December 9th, 2012
Posted 12/12/12

The floor of High Concept Labs is littered with confetti from a fabulous event the night before. In the brick and concrete room, about two dozen or so young men and women perch on their plastic folding chairs, all with laptops warming their laps. Three men sit at the front of the room, addressing the group about an issue very dear to everyone in the room: the glitch.  Glitch art is still in an embryonic stage, with many competing histories. Depending on whom you talk to, or read, the glitch ae... [more]

20121206194320-photo_1 ArtSlant Prize 2012: Veronica Bruce - Remnants and Shards   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/6/12

Veronica Bruce - 1st Place, ArtSlant Prize 2012 I met Ms. Bruce in a studio that looks more like a construction site than an artist’s studio, in one of Chicago’s many industrial lofts. Her sculptures rose vertically from the wooden floor, dotting the space as piles of material rounded the interior. Bruce’s process is founded in her training as a painter but has since expanded off the wall and into the exhibition space. She retains an acute understanding of composition and color while exploring the sculpt... [more]

20121128104154-ab83acreed-mothers-030 Playfully Curious: Martin Creed at the MCA   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Martin Creed at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) January 10th, 2012 - December 31st, 2012
Posted 11/28/12

Eleven months ago, Martin Creed started a year-long residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) bringing monthly creative interventions to the non-gallery spaces in and around the building. During this time, work on display by Creed, cohesively called “Martin Creed Plays Chicago,” has ranged from the hard-to-miss neon marquis Work No. 1357 (MOTHERS) spinning in the museum’s front plaza, to a brand new four-track record by Creed and his band, CHICAGO (Work No.1370). The residency... [more]

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