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Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim’s Fire Cliff 4

Layers of Seeing: Minouk Lim's Fire Cliff 4
In his famous speech from 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed his dissatisfaction with the status quo of equality in the great United States of America. Fifty years later, inspired by Dr. King, South Korean artist Minouk Lim inserted herself into the conversation of race and equal rights in the United States. In doing so, Lim guided the audience through a performance that freed fixed and multi-layered... 

Visual Theater: A Conversation with Neo-Futurist Kurt Chiang

Visual Theater: A Conversation with Neo-Futurist Kurt Chiang
The Neo-Futurists are a staple of Chicago theater best known for their modular and ever-evolving signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which, after a quarter-century in production, is the longest continuously running show in Chicago. Within a certain milieu, TMLMTBGB is something of a cult hit — It’s frenetic, inclusive, somewhat participatory, absolutely community oriented and... 

Radius: A Sonic Lens

Radius: A Sonic Lens
Art platforms that strive to break away from the traditional “white cube” frequently consist of a new kind of physical space transformed into a gallery-like setting. Using a radio broadcasting system, Radius transcends material space and creates an entirely new kind of art platform. Artists occupy the space for two weeks or one month like an on-air residency. Through their time on Radius, artists... 

Arow Collective // PART I

Arow Collective // PART I
Arow Collective. "In the Forest: An Afro-Futurist Piece." Sir Jove performance. January 2012. (Image courtesy of Justin Barbin.) When you receive noise complaints from your neighbors and subsequent eviction threats over the phone from an angry landlord who lives in the suburbs but Googled your address and came across DIY flyers of public shows you’re hosting in your three-story loft that’s... 

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.
Even Though Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) focuses on the visual arts, sometimes we like to step over and see how the other half lives. Last week SIFC Media Director Andrew Roddewig caught a performance of “Purple State” at Links Hall. “The Purple State features three distinct female choreographers with deep connections to Ohio. From a state steeped with political party drama and cities steadily... 

Looking Back on September 11

Looking Back on September 11
George Kokines. September 11. Mixed Media. Elgin, IL. (Photo credit: Chris Johnson) On September 11th I attended the Elgin Choral Union’s “Concert of Remembrance”. For the performance the Elgin Choral Union, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Elgin Children’s Chorus performed John Adams’ “On the Transmigration of Souls”. The performance was riveting. As the music came to a crescendo and the... 

Performance at Exquisite Corpse

Performance at Exquisite Corpse
This past Saturday was the closing Reception for Exquisite Corpse,” which is curated by SIFC contributor Jenny Lam. During the closing reception, artist Caitlin Bergh gave a pretty amazing performance involving painting her body, rolling around on a canvas and then tearing that canvas apart. SIFC media director Andrew Roddewig was there to take some photographs—or as he likes to call them “Clickies.” Caitlin’s... 

WI Rise Up: An Exhibition of Posters and Photographs from the 2011 Wisconsin Labor Movement

WI Rise Up: An Exhibition of Posters and Photographs from the 2011 Wisconsin Labor Movement
Chicago has long been considered a city built and maintained by working class men and women, and many people believe the labor movement in the United States truly began in Chicago. The headquarters of the International Workers of the World (IWW) are located in Chicago, as are branches of UniteHere! and Local One. On top of that, some of the most influential leaders of the labor movement lived and worked... 

Running Room with Erik Peterson

Running Room with Erik Peterson
Tow truck driver picks up i-Go car in front of A+D Gallery. June 23, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel) I was standing outside of the A+D Gallery for Erik Peterson’s opening for the show Running Room, wrapping up a phone call, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out something was happening and I needed to take notice. Not only had the two people standing outside A+D multiplied substantially,... 
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