Ai Weiwei at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography: Activist Artist Faces the State

Ai Weiwei at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography: Activist Artist Faces the State
This is a remarkable moment for a major exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to open in Chicago – especially Chicago, the city that has drawn some of the current President’s most virulent attacks. And especially this show,  focused on the artists’ activist works. “#AiWeiwei” opened at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography on April 13th,... Read more »

Ai Weiwei at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography: Slideshow

"Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" (1995) is one of Ai Weiwei's most visible works. Destroying the 2000 year-old artifact can be read as a gesture of creation, in that shattering past outmoded ways of thinking can make way for a new perspective. The act is also a reference to China's cultural revolution, which forced Ai's family into exile.
More pictures from an exhibition: #AiWeiwei at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. You can read the full post on the Ai Weiwei show at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, here. Thanks for reading. Sign up below to get an email when a new post is live. Type your email address in the box and... Read more »

What, me worry? In search of a more perfect union at Democracy’s crossroads in Wisconsin

What, me worry? In search of a more perfect union at Democracy’s crossroads in Wisconsin
Throughout the hideousness that was this recent ‘election cycle’, I would often meditate on the presence of a charming little building out in the middle of what almost could seem like nowhere, deep in the Wisconsin driftless. Thinking about it kept me sane. Wisconsin’s first capitol in Belmont. I visited the site in February of... Read more »
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We won't always live in a divisive world - All around there is proof of grace

We won't always live in a divisive world - All around there is proof of grace
I’m sitting in the airport in Paris ready to board my flight home, enjoying the last minutes surrounded by multiple voices and languages, skin tones, and customs. I love international travel. It pulls me out of my comfort zone. It puts me inside of the experience of the perfect, beautiful diversity of humanity on this... Read more »

Arles in Southern France - Fetes and Romans and Photographie!

Arles in Southern France - Fetes and Romans and Photographie!
Am very excited to be heading off for the start of the Arles Photo Festival today. Les Rencontres de la Photographie happens in Arles every summer. This is the first time I’ve been here for opening week and I’m looking forward to attending lectures, projections, receptions, etc. as well as the lineup of always interesting... Read more »

Being your best: finding clarity in a Blogapalooz-Hour moment

Welcome to Morning Blogapalooz-Hour Vol. 1, where we are challenged to “Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best”. And to post it within an hour. The prompt says to write about the “one of many times” when I was at the top of my game as a... Read more »
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well i wish that i knew what i know now, when i was younger

Can I write a blog post in 10 minutes? maybe. This is part of Blogapalooz-Hour on Chicago Now, and I tuned in late because I’m taking an online class and I’m also tuned in late on that… don’t get me started… but I thought I’d give it a try. The topic tonight is : “Write... Read more »

Sophie Calle took the Road Less Traveled in Paris and it lead her to visions of beauty

Sophie Calle took the Road Less Traveled in Paris and it lead her to visions of beauty
Sophie Calle is one of my creative heroes, an artist of tremendous intelligence, charm, wit and drive. Calle not only chooses the road less traveled, she actually invents the road first, and then heads out on it. Intuition provides traffic signals and directions, and she carries her ideas until they reach their natural end. An... Read more »

The Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 highlights from this first-ever wonder

The Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 highlights from this first-ever wonder
The first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial ended last month, and I must say I was sad to see it go. By any stretch, the Biennial was a rocking success. Thousands of people came, hundreds of architects participated, millions of conversations, discussions, presentations, debates… This is the great success of the thing. People engaged. And in that... Read more »
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On Gratitude for the Commonplace

On Gratitude for the Commonplace
As I consider Thanksgiving this year, I find myself aware of, and grateful for, things that happen all the time; the commonplace. So I’m writing here with gratitude for the walk in the woods yesterday morning with my faithful dog companion. Sun glinting on the stream between the trees. Coco Wheats with my mom and... Read more »