Category: Art

The other Madigan--Shirley--whose time should be up

Lisa Madigan has been Illinois attorney general for 15 years. Her father has been Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for 34 years. It’s time for both of them to go. But there’s another Madigan who has “served” longer. Mike’s wife, Shirley, has been on the Illinois Arts Council since 1976 and has served as, its... Read more »

What is racism?

It’s time to step back and consider what racism means. The term is getting flung around so much that it has become so generic that its meaning has become lost. The most recent example is the passionate–if not the out-of-control–criticism that has been dumped on Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss. Here is how the ADL defines... Read more »

Defending Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss against the punishing hordes

One theater deploys racism, sexism and ageism to accuse her of racism, sexism, homophobia and more The hard left has launched an intolerant, shut-your-mouth attack on long-time and respected Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss. Her sin? She stated an obvious truth about violence in Chicago in her June 13  review of “Pass Over” at Steppenwolf Theatre. Never mind that she... Read more »
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Cops as pigs art in Congress evokes Harold Washington as gay/trans art in Chicago

The row in Congress over a student’s artwork depicting police as pigs evokes a similar battle over insulting art and freedom of expression that occurred in Chicago years ago over a student’s painting that depicted Mayor Harold Washington wearing a bra, G-string, garter belt and stockings. The sides were completely reversed then and it is a perfect example... Read more »

George Lucas, you self-important twit

George Lucas thinks he can jet into Chicago, claim a precious parcel of lakefront land as his own and steamroll a citizen’s group that has the law on its side. Good riddance to you, George Lucas, and take your ugly museum with you, you self-important twit. From the start, your arrogance and ignorance went hand... Read more »

The Art Institute's unfriendly Van Gogh's Bedrooms exhibition

Kudos to the Art Institute of Chicago for its wonderful Van Gogh’s Bedrooms exhibition. I visited it on Friday during the members’ preview and the exhibition is a knock-out in its presentation. Except for one thing: The printing on the placards on the walls accompanying every facet of the exhibition is too small. Way, way too... Read more »
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