Archive for February 2013

5 reasons reporters shouldn't be fawning over new Art Institute mobile app yet

The Art Institute of Chicago has launched a new mobile application and outfitted its galleries with WIFI. For those who go to world class art museums, like the Art Institute, hoping to remain tethered to, rather than liberated from, their technologies, this is surely something to Tweet and Facebook about. That’s also been the unified... Read more »

Look, ma has no hands! At Buena Park church, Mary is amputated

Look, ma has no hands! At Buena Park church, Mary is amputated
At 7 p.m. tonight, the parish council at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Buena Park/Uptown met to discuss the two Mary sculptures in front of the church, which was designed by Henry Schlacks, on the 4200 block of Sheridan Rd. “We are looking for ideas as to how to replace the statue of... Read more »

Dry Jewish Humor Informs Irving Penn's Photos (on view at Art Institute of Chicago)

Iving Penn. ‘Underfoot’ exhibit view. Photo/Menachem Wecker Irving Penn’s photographic series depicting gum caked to the pavement and discarded matches and cigarettes offers a unique perspective on urban life. The 36 photos in the series “Underfoot” (1999–2001), which are on view at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of “Irving Penn: Underfoot,” portray larger-than-life... Read more »
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Tabernacle architecture reflects divine will for Jews to engage the outside world, Chicago rabbi says

Tabernacle architecture reflects divine will for Jews to engage the outside world, Chicago rabbi says
Although popular misconception is often that Jews don’t missionize, there are Old Testament indications that observant Jews are supposed to dialogue and engage those who are outside of the community. In a mini-sermon during the Torah reading today at the modern Orthodox synagogue Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation, Rabbi Asher Lopatin drew on biblical verses... Read more »

Picasso's (sort of) R-rated 'David and Bathsheba'

Picasso's (sort of) R-rated 'David and Bathsheba'
If there’s one thing one can say about David’s role in his 2 Samuel 11 encounter with Bathsheba it’s that he is absolutely conspicuous. No matter how chaotic and large scale a depiction of the scene a painter undertakes, the king is easy to spot. He’s the leering, dirty old man gazing down from the... Read more »

Beneath commercialized Valentine’s Day, elusive saint emerges in art history

For most people, the visual experience of and leading up to Valentine’s Day consists of a bombardment of the senses with hearts, Cupids and putti (winged babies), chocolates, and roses — all in a palette of pastel reds and pinks. Love is in the air, and it gets plastered on gift cards, kitschy tchotchkes, and,... Read more »
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Exhibit finds music behind 'brutal and blank' architecture of Chicago public housing

Exhibit finds music behind 'brutal and blank' architecture of Chicago public housing
Music comes not from concert halls, rock clubs, iPads, and YouTube, but from the musicians’ lives — particularly their experiences of community and home. That’s the premise of The Sound, the Soul, the Syncopation, an exhibition of the National Public Housing Museum at the gallery Expo 72 on E. Randolph. “I grew up in the... Read more »

On Cubs, Blackhawks and the pope's resignation

[View the story "Chicagoans respond on Twitter to pope's resignation" on Storify] Chicagoans respond on Twitter to pope’s resignation Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he will resign at the end of the month has, as one would expect, sparked a vibrant debate from Chicagoans on Twitter. Here are some highlights. Storified by Menachem Wecker· Mon,... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago
Marc Chagall’s mosaic Four Seasons in Chicago, which is permanently installed outdoors in Chase Tower plaza, or Exelon plaza — the rectangular area bounded by Clark, Dearborn, Madison, and Monroe streets — is packed with symbolism. Those who are familiar with the works of the Russian Jewish artist, Chagall (1887 – 1985), particularly White Crucifixion (1938) which can be... Read more »
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Despite media reports, George W. Bush didn't paint as well as Hitler

It’s almost worth waiting with bated breath to see who will be the first media professional to publicly apologize and admit that former President George W. Bush — in light of recently leaked and illegally hacked photos of his artwork — is far more interesting and human than he has been given credit for in... Read more »