Tag: Art

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 »

One Book Chicago: The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja is a Perfect Tie-In to the Chicago Architecture Biennial

One Book Chicago: The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja is a Perfect Tie-In to the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Public Library has chosen a perfect book for this year’s citywide “One Book One Chicago” program, especially given the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial. Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast is carefully researched, passionately written, and profoundly insightful. It sets a broad and colorful context for this fall’s inaugural Architectural Biennial. Dyja’s book is built... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27
It’s Valentine’s Day on Lake Michigan with a glowing full moon suspended overhead. Three or four boats out beyond the breakwater surprise me. They’re sitting still, so I imagine they are there because of Valentine’s Day. A quick search online indicates there are quite a few Valentine’s Day “cruises”. “Nothing is more magnificent, romantic, vibrant”,... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25
A little Rumi wisdom from my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. To borrow from another favorite, G. B. Shaw: “This is the true joy of life.” Stay on the focus. Stick to the plan…  Some things are the imperative. The One Thing You Must Do There is one thing in this world you must never... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 22

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 22
It’s brilliantly sunny and freezing cold at Lake Michigan, and I forgot my snow pants again. I make my way through the drifts down to the shore and gaze out. It’s white and cold and still. I study the snow blanketing the ice. There is a texture in the crust near my feet and I... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 8

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 8
Turns out that tonight I wasn’t the only one making a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan. I joined a band of hardy souls – diehards paying respects to the freezing lake. 18° and swirling snow made for a beautiful view but also very short battery life. I’ve been thinking about an article I read the other... Read more »