Tag: Art Institute of Chicago

My Love Affair in Glorious Black & White: Why Amazon Rules

Or, why Amazon loves the Chicago Public Library. Memory of ┬álife before reading is a blank. Zip-zero-zilch. Given that I didn’t have the language–how could I put into words a memory? What is it like to not be able to read? I have no memory of my life before literacy. None. Words have always danced... Read more »

October 2017, or Down the Rabbit Hole With Revolution 3.0

Preview of Coming Attractions It was back in 2012 when I heard the idea to end taxes for business. Who’d a thunk–they’d do it? Up early this morning–lark that I am–I look out my window to see more sink holes on Michigan Avenue–now a toll road–apparently there isn’t enough cash to longer cover the repairs... Read more »

The Stand-up Comic as Artist

Roy Lichtenstein. His name evokes different things to different people. He is a papa of POP art, that smack-you-up-the-side-of-the-head art that came onto the scene in the 1960s. When Andy Warhol celebrity images and Peter Max scarves were en vogue. When the tongue-in-cheek adult comic book “Batman” was on the tube for adults, complete with... Read more »
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The Memory of Hatred

On a recent Thursday night, we were lucky enough to attend a “Meet the Dancer” talk at the Joffrey Ballet. To my question of how do you remember the choreography, the dancer had a simple answer. “Muscle memory. Weeks, even years later, when I hear the music, my body remembers what to do.” The next... Read more »

Dungeon of Dining

Above me are various shades of fluorescent stick bulbs illuminating the sickly yellow painted cinder block walls and the vomitorium green floor.┬áNo natural light enters this chamber reeking of Ramen noodle meals from the 20th Century. Faces are stark, no one stays for long. It reminds me of the Texas prison camp I visited in... Read more »

Farewell Cable and Satellite TV

  On opening the New York Times on Monday, January 23rd, 2012, there it was. In glorious black and white, the reason why I can no longer justify paying $70 a month for what passes as what is available on the tube. Top shows for the past week, sports-‘Jersey Shore’, “reality shows” like ‘Pawn Stars’... Read more »
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Take a GOOD look

During my volunteer shift at the Art Institute of Chicago, I have time to watch the people watch the art. There are some characteristic commonalities nowadays. With the ubiquitous camera (either cell or digital) in hand, the visitor looks at the world through the lens. Rarely do they put the camera down long enough to... Read more »
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    TIMELINE June 1972 to June 1973---Candace moves to Lima (Peru)----- June 1973 to May 1974---Candace and The Husband live in Glendale AZ----- May 1974 to August 1974---Living in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)----- September 1974 to May 1975---Living in Aberdeen SD----- May 1975 to July 1979---Living in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)----- July 1979 to June 1980---Living in Asuncion (Paraguay)----- June 1980 to September 1980---Living in NYC----- September 1980 to November 1982---Living in Connecticut----- November 1982 to January 1983---Living in Ponce, Puerto Rico (USA)----- February 1983 to July 1986---Living in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)----- July 1986 to July 1989---Living in Guayaquil (Ecuador)----- July 1989 to July 1995---Living in Connecticut (yes, again)----- July 1995 to August 2001---Living in Mexico City (Mexico)----- August 2001---Return to Gringolandia (a.k.a. United States of America)----- I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew I met a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, fell in love and moved to Peru in the 1970s. WHAT an adventure it's been!! NOTE: I gave up Facebook, so apologies that I cannot answer any comments since it is only set up via FB.

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