EARTH DAY ART: EARTHWORKS EXHIBIT AT MCA VS. PAINTED TREES IN LINCOLN PARK. Plus has Earth Day lost its Sex Appeal?

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Trees in living color in Lincoln Park.

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New Earthworks exhibit at the MCA: Art or just mud?

 

Saturday, April 24 marks the opening of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit ''Earthworks: Robert Smithson, Sam Durant, and Mary Brogger."  When it comes to contemporary art, there are those who love it and understand it and those who just shake their heads.  This exhibit may be a good place for those on the fence to come take a look and judge for themselves.  Can MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art), New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo be wrong?  Check out  three of the twentieth centurys most influential contemporary artists at the MCA and tell "Show Me Chicago" what you think.  Saturday, April 24 through September 5, 2010.

Another, artful experience is awaiting visitors to Lincoln Park.  Today's Earth Day may be the perfect time to explore the colorful landscape provided by The Chicago Park District's "Living Forest" exhibition near the Rowing Lagoon in Lincoln Park.  The multi-colored forest features seven 30-foot trees painted orange, yellow and blue.  The trees, that either have been damaged or deemed invasive species, are having one last hurrah before they will be removed in the fall of 2010.  This "exhibit" begs the question: Is this art, fun or just plain wrong?

IS EARTH DAY LOSING ITS' LUSTER?

According to TreeHugger, this year on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in America, "the coverage is the lightest ever," and they ask the question: "Has Earth Day changed or have we?"

AN EARTH DAY EVENT PLUS FREEBIES.

Head to Daley Plaza to celebrate Earth Day with the Chicago Climate Action Plan team.  Visit booths to learn about what Chicago organizations are doing to fight climate change and learn what you can do.  Stop by the "What's Your Climate Action" booth for a free green gift.  11a.m. to 2p.m., Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Order carry-out from any of Chicago's Big Bowl Restaurants and get your order in a FREE reusable tote.  Order online at www.bigbowl.com or (312) 640 8888.

DINING: New in Town.

Wine and dine in Lincoln Park at the just opened Vintage 338.  The new spot, modeled after the intimate wine bars found in the urban centers of southern Europe features a cozy 35-seat nook centered around a mosaic tiled six-seat bar.  The menu blends French, Spanish and Italian foods in snack-friendly small plates that compliment the vino.  Between Sedwick and Orleans, 338 W. Armitage Ave. 773 525 0521.

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