Posts in category "Photography"

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 »

Dreaming Place: Frank Lloyd Wright and China at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Dreaming Place: Frank Lloyd Wright and China at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
On my way over to the Cultural Center for “Reading Mile High: Frank Lloyd Wright Takes on Chicago”, a talk given by Curator Barry Bergdoll at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, I stopped by a brilliant little photography show at the Columbia College’s C33 Gallery. “Architecture of Unborn Cities”, photographs by Kai Caemmerer is only up... Read more »

Reduce Reuse Recycle. The National Public Housing Museum gets some light from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Reduce Reuse Recycle. The National Public Housing Museum gets some light from the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Part of what’s great about the Chicago Architecture Biennial is that on-going projects get fresh energy and new attention. An example of this is the project to create a National Public Housing Museum in the last remaining building of the former Jane Addams Public Housing project on Chicago’s west side. The Jane Addams Homes opened... Read more »
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Chicago Architecture Biennial Preview - Exploring Space, Home, House, and Shelter

Chicago Architecture Biennial Preview - Exploring Space, Home, House, and Shelter
This weekend, I went out to get a preview of some of the offerings of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial that will take over the city starting this week. The CAB website is chock-a-block with events and exhibits, lectures, openings, new ideas. It’s all very exciting, and promises much to savor over the coming months.... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »