Posts in category "Artists"

Operation Condor and the Statue of Liberty: two photography exhibits in Arles address freedom and repression

The Entrance to the Arles Archaeology Museum. Henri Ciriani, Architect, which hosted two exhibits for Les Rencontres de la Photographie, 2016 in Arles.
One day last summer at ‘Les Recontres de la Photographie’ (The Arles Photography Festival), I saw two exhibits that in retrospect seem a dark premonition of today’s political ‘scape. Even their location, in a museum dedicated to fallen Roman rule seems prescient. The shows were both presented at the ‘Musée départemental Arles Antique’, Arles’ Archaeology... Read more »

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.
Pictures from an exhibition: #AiWeiwei at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. You can read my 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 click... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Highlights from Opening Weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Highlights from Opening Weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial, which runs through the month of December, kicked off with quite a bang this weekend. Here are a few highlights from things I’ve seen in the first few days. It’s a whirlwind of ideas and explorations. There is much to see and more to come. Others have mentioned the unwieldiness of... Read more »

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 »
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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 »