Posts in category "Artists"

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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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 »

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 »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25
A little Rumi wisdom from my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. To borrow from another favorite, G. B. Shaw: “This is the true joy of life.” Stay on the focus. Stick to the plan…  Some things are the imperative. The One Thing You Must Do There is one thing in this world you must never... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 17

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 17
It’s warm again on Thursday. Melting warm. The jagged edges of the ice floes are coated with dirt. Understandable I guess, being right on the edge of a large city, but it seems incongruous on Lake Michigan – this amazing natural phenomenon. I was standing there admiring the patterns in the ice when I noticed footprints... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13
Today on my trek down to Lake Michigan I thought about taking risks and teamwork. Each day as I step out and turn eastward my mood transitions until almost ‘of a sudden’ I see the blue in the open space ahead. That brings clarity. Today, ‘the journey is the destination’ came to mind. I held... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 8

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 8
Turns out that tonight I wasn’t the only one making a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan. I joined a band of hardy souls – diehards paying respects to the freezing lake. 18° and swirling snow made for a beautiful view but also very short battery life. I’ve been thinking about an article I read the other... Read more »