Tag: Art

Inspiration in the Pandemic: Virtual studio visit with Andrei Rabodzeenko.

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Chicago artist Andrei Rabodzeenko brought an exhibition of drawings to the FlexSpace at Riverside Arts Center this January past. A marvelous show of works made using a technique he calls “life-trembling line”; allowing the unconscious to guide the hand as the drawing is being made, limiting input from the conscious – while still creating a... 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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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 »

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 »
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Being your best: finding clarity in a Blogapalooz-Hour moment

Welcome to Morning Blogapalooz-Hour Vol. 1, where we are challenged to “Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best”. And to post it within an hour. The prompt says to write about the “one of many times” when I was at the top of my game as a... 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 »

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 »
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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 »