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Under the Gossamer | A Conversation with Camille Morgan

Under the Gossamer | A Conversation with Camille Morgan
Fashion is an art. It is hard to come face-to-face with the work of Yinka Shonibare or Alexander McQueen without acknowledging this. Where it gets more difficult is when what we wear goes from being a beautiful object used as a celebration of individual self-expression or simply a necessity to a signifier of even more complicated concepts of beauty, identity and power struggles. Through the work... 

“Come To Light” A short film on Chicago Public Art Group.

Come To Light from Milk Products on Vimeo. Filmmakers are a unique brand of artist combining both aesthetics and narrative elements with music to create something that is very personal but also collaborative. When I first saw Todd Tue’s short documentary “Come To Light” about a really amazing organization, Chicago Public Art Group, I had to reach out the filmmaker and share his... 

Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll // PART I

Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll // PART I
Text? Check. Drugs? Debatable. Rock and roll? Art stars aplenty. At least, one of the show’s artists walked around cradling a handmade Jack Daniels plushie (probably the world’s most comforting security blanket, to be quite honest). Featuring an international group of over 40 artists working across different media, Text, Drugs, and Rock & Roll opened last Friday at Maxwell Colette Gallery with... 

Gallery Provocateur: Fostering Decadence

Gallery Provocateur: Fostering Decadence
Christopher Shy "Origami Ballerina"   Gallery Provocateur 2125 N. Rockwell St.   When viewing art in a gallery, it is traditional for the gallery to provide a neutral, blank space that will not detract from the art on display. This setting is ideal for clean, crisp works but for exhibitions focusing on more alternative fair, a sterile, sparse gallery would contradict the work to... 

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part II
At the opening reception for Dealing with New Demands, Jennifer Mills and her art consultant trio engaged in a one-night only performance that encouraged the audience to participate by purchasing art on the spot. The exhibition is part of a larger project called The Happiness Project, which is taking place in a variety of art spaces throughout the month of November. Below is a brief interview* with... 

The Future’s Past: Revisiting the Bronzeville Community // Part II

The Future’s Past: Revisiting the Bronzeville Community // Part II
The Future’s Past, curated by Tempestt Hazel, co-founder and co-executive director of Sixty Inches From Center, is a project initiated on behalf of a fellowship that she received from the Black Metropolis Consortium (BMRC). This exhibition is based on a year’s worth of intensive research through a variety of archives from partnering institutions and other found sources. The culmination of this... 

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part I

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part I
Art you an artist? Art patron? Are you happy? Wonder if the quality of your life is good? Dealing With New Demands explores these questions. Curated by Jennifer Mills, this group exhibition is currently on display at The Comfort Station a gallery and community space located in Logan Square. It is just one component of a much lager program entitled, The Happiness Project curated by Tricia Van Eck. At... 

MDW Fair Interviews Galore!

MDW Fair Interviews Galore!
A few weeks ago, I hopped over to the Geolofts for the second iteration of the MDW Fair. Organized collaboratively by the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture, and threewalls, the Fall Showcase coincided with the Hand in Glove Conference for innovative visual arts facilitators. As I poke around, I interviewed a number of participants to get a sense of what was going on in their little art islands... 

Collaborate and Create: Jenny Lam’s Exquisite Corpse

Collaborate and Create: Jenny Lam's Exquisite Corpse
Most curators of contemporary art learn early in their careers that the general public cares a helluva lot less about the artwork they display than they do. But Jenny Lam is not like most curators, and Chicagoans flocked to the opening and closing receptions of her most recent show, Exquisite Corpse, like seagulls to a sandwich left unattended at the beach. A recent graduate of Columbia University—think... 
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