Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Opposites Attract at the Detroit Institute of Arts



Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Opposites Attract at the Detroit Institute of Arts


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) exhibit Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit offers a nuanced narrative of these great artists pairing them as individuals linked in opposition. The DIA’s intro to the show presents the artists in contrast “He carried a pistol, she carried a flask. He romanticized Detroit. She rejected it.” But,... Read more »

Alison Ruttan's "Line in the Sand" | Chicago Cultural Center Part 2

Alison Ruttan's "Line in the Sand" | Chicago Cultural Center Part 2
Alison Ruttan’s ‘if all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail’ is a three-part exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. The three installations that make up this show explore Ruttan’s interest in human violence and whether it is rooted in human biology. In an earlier post, I wrote about “A Bad Idea... Read more »

Alison Ruttan at the Chicago Cultural Center | “When All You Have Is A Hammer, Everything Looks Like A Nail” - Part 1

Alison Ruttan at the Chicago Cultural Center | “When All You Have Is A Hammer, Everything Looks Like A Nail” - Part 1
The charm in Alison Ruttan’s sculptured buildings at the Chicago Cultural Center belie their basis in apocalyptic human violence. The exhibition “if all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail” at the Chicago Cultural Center draws together three bodies of work: “Beirut: A Bad Idea Seems Good Again“, “The Four Year War... Read more »
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Surveillance at Home: My Favorite Picture on Google Maps Street View

Surveillance at Home: My Favorite Picture on Google Maps Street View
Idling away some random minutes recently, I searched for my house on Google Maps Street View, and I came upon this lovely: my house almost completely obscured by the tree out front. Instantly, this became my favorite picture of my house on Street View. Maybe just flat out my favorite picture of my house, and... Read more »

Salute to Barbara Crane, Photographer

Salute to Barbara Crane, Photographer
Barbara Crane will be honored tonight with the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s 3rd Annual Silver Camera Award. The award is a focus moment for the MoCP’s Annual Spring fundraiser Auction. Barbara is a paragon of photographic exploration, with a career spanning over 60 years. She cut her teeth at the Bauhaus-inspired Institute of Design at... Read more »

Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson

Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson
For Chicago Cultural Center’s late-night building tour with Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson, participants were reminded to BYO Flashlight, and arrive promptly at 10:30 PM. The night concluded around 1AM with a screening of the wonderful “Lost Buildings”, an animated film by Chris Ware; an inspired excursion through Samuelson’s early love of buildings and his... Read more »
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Opening Day: Maybe This Will Be The Year I Finally Get to Wrigley Field

Opening Day: Maybe This Will Be The Year I Finally Get to Wrigley Field
I’m a Cubs fan though you wouldn’t know it. I’ve never been to a game – despite the fact that when I first moved to Chicago, I lived not far from Wrigley Field. Every spring I vow I’m going to make it to a game this year. I’ve heard about the fabled Wrigleyville rooftops, the... Read more »

Spring Break: March Wafts Off on the Gentle Breath of a Lamb

Spring Break: March Wafts Off on the Gentle Breath of a Lamb
Springtime has broken at last. March making her exit gently, like the lamb promised by the lion at her start. Spring Break. Inspired by Lake Michigan’s dissolving ice floes, it’s been a week of acceptance and release. During the break, I managed a small dance atop frozen drifts in Wisconsin’s northern woodlands – with the... Read more »

It's OVER! Chiberia, Winter, The Polar Vortex. Gone, Gone, Gone! See Ya Later Aligator!

It's OVER! Chiberia, Winter, The Polar Vortex. Gone, Gone, Gone! See Ya Later Aligator!
Can you believe it!?! We MADE it! Winter is over! The resolute march of planets, sun and moon guaranteed it. And so we arrive at the Vernal Equinox. We knew it would come, and yet in the dead of winter, we doubted it. That Polar Vortex freaked us out. But, in the words of the... Read more »
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Sick of Winter? How About One (Last?) (Pretty!) Snowstorm Before the Thaw?

Sick of Winter? How About One (Last?) (Pretty!) Snowstorm Before the Thaw?
It is funny how many people, (sick of winter already!) made meek apologies for finding last week’s snowstorm in Chicago pretty. Who can blame us? We’re ready for that Vernal Equinox hovered on our doorstep! I’ll join in. I’m ready for the melting and muddy boots. Bring it on! And yet, here I go…. some... Read more »