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20140822035731-starling_steel_bird_2004 Spiral Stories: Simon Starling at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Simon Starling at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) June 7th, 2014 - November 2nd, 2014
Posted 8/22/14

An Italian/Polish Fiat, wheels to the wall, is anchored over your head. In the next room, two slabs of marble dominate the space—250 kg from Italy, one ton from China—floating above the floor. They support each other by means of a simple pulley. Further into the exhibition, helium-filled jacks hold up and balance a 4,900 lb. plate of Romanian steel. These three works are given top billing in Simon Starling: Metamorphology, the artist’s first major American museum survey. Starling... [more]

20140123130955-sochi The Sochi Project: Interview with Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Rob Hornstra at DePaul Art Museum January 9th, 2014 - March 23rd, 2014
Posted 2/1/14

The Sochi Project has come to America and now, concurrent with an exhibition in Antwerp, is on view at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum. (Golden Years: Rob Hornstra's Russia is also concurrently on view at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; read Edo Dijksterhuis' review here.) In the project, Dutch documentarians Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra tell the story of Sochi, the Russian city chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and its surrounding regions. Since 2009, van Bruggen and Hornstra have buil... [more]

20140103001827-9857920433_1cd321cecd_b Reflections, Controversy, and Relief: Pepper’s Best of… 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 1/2/14

Best reflections of America Be the party (please don’t go): Emily Severance & Helmut Heiss at slow, produced in partnership with ACRE and with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts, and Culture, April 6-26 Slow is what happens when an apartment gallery evolves. The Pilsen-based venue pairs contemporary art with intricate homebrews, and visitors can enjoy straight viewing in the gallery or extended dialogue in the dimly lit back living room and kitchen. When all thi... [more]

20131123191418-cp3 Where They’ll Take You: Offbeat Art Sites in the 2nd City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Caroline Picard at D Gallery November 8th, 2013 - December 31st, 2013
Posted 11/23/13

For C. S. Lewis it was a wardrobe. For Lynn Reid Banks, a cupboard. Max, in Maurice Sendak’s most famous book, sets sail to the island of the Wild Things from the confines of his own bedroom. Though adult narratives focus less on magical transportation and metamorphosis, when they do they also often look to constrictive spaces. Toru Okada, the protagonist of Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, searches for visions from the bottom of a dried-up well. In Being John Malkovich, the p... [more]

20131018120630-img_20131011_205103 Thinking Through Recess: Blackness Now and Then   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Caitlin Cherry, Krista Franklin, James T. Green, David Legget, Christina A. Long, Cecil McDonald, avery r. young at South Side Community Art Center October 11th, 2013 - November 9th, 2013
Posted 10/18/13

"They're not all the same color, they're not all black, they're not all, as they used to say years ago, high yellow, they're not all brown. I try to give each one of them character as individuals. And that's hard to do when you have so many figures to do, putting them all together and still have them have their characteristics." –Archibald Motley Jr. in a 1978 interview, describing the figures in his paintings Recess, the current exhibition from guest curator Tempestt Hazel at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) in Bronzevi... [more]

20130920174744-jh_giant_house_spider__s_ The Sovereign of the Lakes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at EXPO CHICAGO September 20th, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 9/19/13

On a humid Thursday, shortly before sunset, taxis and town cars carrying well-coiffed women and men will converge on 600 East Grand Avenue. There, joined by a crowd of somewhat lesser personages on foot, they will step into the belly of the beast: Navy Pier Festival Hall, as redesigned by Studio Gang Architects. After three hours inside the leviathan, touched by “celebratory food and drink” and saturated with art, they will emerge—the faithful—into the rainy night. The uns... [more]

20130823084327-vertical_choice Standardization vs. The Sublime   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Jimmy Bunnyluv, El Gato Chimney, David Cooper, Ian Ferguson, Anthony Freda, KLUB7, Julie Murphy, Hernan Paganini, Ruel Pascual, Dave Pressler, Dmitry Samarov, Raudiel Sanudo, Steve Seeley at Vertical Gallery August 3rd, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
Posted 8/23/13

Thought Experiment #1: A zealot has denounced plurality. He calls for his followers to storm the temple and restore it to holiness by casting out the false idols within. The local elders hear of the plan and, in response, decide to play a trick on them. When the zealot and his followers arrive where the temple once stood, they are surprised to find not one but three identical temples, none of which contain idols. What does the zealot instruct his followers to do? Choices can be terrible things.... [more]

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