Tag: place

Introducing "Lessons of Place" a new project for the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

Introducing "Lessons of Place" a new project for the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
Welcome to “Lessons of Place”, a new project I’ve been working on as part of a program celebrating the State’s Bicentennial. With support from Illinois Humanities and their “Forgotten Illinois” program, I’ve been traveling around the state photographing sites on Landmarks Illinois’ “Most Endangered Places” lists. Mostly, I have been looking at those on the... Read more »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Chicago Architecture: Summer Classics – Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Chicago Architecture: Summer Classics – Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
I’ve been spending my summer with the classics: wonderful books on the history of Chicago, bios of FLO – Frederick Law Olmstead and FLW – Frank Lloyd Wright, visits to sites, random intersections, etc. Summer is winding down. I can tell, not only because it’s cool today, but because I’m back from my summer vacation... Read more »
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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 »

Opening Day: Maybe This Will Be The Year I Finally Get to Wrigley Field

Opening Day: Maybe This Will Be The Year I Finally Get to Wrigley Field
I’m a Cubs fan though you wouldn’t know it. I’ve never been to a game – despite the fact that when I first moved to Chicago, I lived not far from Wrigley Field. Every spring I vow I’m going to make it to a game this year. I’ve heard about the fabled Wrigleyville rooftops, the... Read more »

Slideshow! March Roars Along On Lake Michigan

Slideshow! March Roars Along On Lake Michigan
March came in with a mess of a storm and set me to a challenge on Lake Michigan. I went in search of global wildness. There was even a day I contemplated piracy. And yet there were also days I barely made it down for a visit. It’s the week the lion “March-ed” in, the... Read more »
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"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 »