Posts tagged "Chicago"

Loving the Sears Tower in Photographs

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Truth be told, when visitors come to town I take them to the top of the John Hancock rather than the Sears Tower (I know, Willis Tower… ). I like the view better from The Hancock. I love that you can see up and down the lakefront. I love that it’s in an older part... Read more »

Light in the Chicago Loop: A Photographer’s appreciation

Light in the Chicago Loop is a photographer’s inspiration. It plays across surfaces, curls around the corners of a collection of the world’s greatest buildings, and surprises with an occasional flash of brilliance. A few years ago one morning, a colleague and I happened to arrive together at the entrance of our office building in... Read more »

Wisconsin's Lady "Forward": history offers hope

"Forward" frames the Wisconsin State Capitol
“Forward” caught my eye recently. She strides outside the State Capitol building in Madison Wisconsin; “Forward” being the state’s motto, and also an allegorical sculpture positioned outside the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Miss Forward, as she is sometimes called, was sculpted by Jean Pond Miner for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, and... Read more »
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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 »

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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The Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 highlights from this first-ever wonder

The Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 highlights from this first-ever wonder
The first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial ended last month, and I must say I was sad to see it go. By any stretch, the Biennial was a rocking success. Thousands of people came, hundreds of architects participated, millions of conversations, discussions, presentations, debates… This is the great success of the thing. People engaged. And in that... 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 »

Gilded Age Glitter at The Glessner House Wins Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus President’s Award for Stewardship

Gilded Age Glitter at The Glessner House Wins Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus President’s Award for Stewardship
Swing open the massive door at 1800 Prairie Avenue, and step into the Gilded Age. This is the Glessner House. Designed by preeminent American architect H.H. Richardson just before his death in 1886, it is a masterpiece of urban residential design, and enormously influential in American architecture. Now, as a Museum, the Glessner House has... Read more »
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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 »