Posts in category "International"

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 »

"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
That little man I saw the other evening at the Lake Michigan lakefront? He reminded me of the guy in one of my favorite children’s books about a pirate and the lure of the sea. This guy scuttled across Lakeshore Drive, heavy briefcase in his hand, leaning into his direction – speeding along – his black... Read more »
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Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
I stepped up to the edge of Lake Michigan today and the phrase “standing on the edge of wildness” came to mind. I pondered that. Is Lake Michigan wild? Today, my pilgrimage took me on a northern route. I was on my way to a meeting at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher center to listen... Read more »

Fear is Just a Four-Letter Word

Fear; I have accepted a challenge – to face it, and to write about it. As part of the ChicagoNow “Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume VI”, ChicagoNow bloggers were asked to write a post in one hour or less with this as their challenge: “Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any... Read more »

Always Carry An Umbrella in Singapore: Life Lessons from 2013

Always Carry An Umbrella in Singapore: Life Lessons from 2013
This year, I learned that it’s wise to always carry an umbrella in Singapore. It rains a lot; sometimes unexpectedly (unexpected at least to a North American midwesterner). Reflecting on the year past, I find a few other life lessons to carry into the year ahead. Join me. Type your email address in the box... Read more »
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The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda
Nelson Mandela may not have set foot in the Wisconsin Capitol building, but his spirit has infused its grand rotunda nonetheless. President Obama’s tribute to Mandela reminded me of the South Africa divestiture teach-ins I attended in the capitol rotunda in Madison in the early 1980′s. Obama’s first political act was a protest against apartheid.... Read more »

Les Blank's films of people and place

I had the honor this weekend of seeing Les Blank’s superb film which title I cannot name. A legal falling out with the musician who’s the subject of the film means that the film can only be shown when Blank is present, and without publicizing the title nor subject. Weird, huh. But the upshot of... Read more »