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Chicago Artists Archive, Part 2

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 2
During my first exploration of the Chicago Artists Archive I found the extensive file of Phil Berkman,  one of the founding members of N.A.M.E. artist collective and gallery space. N.A.M.E. was the avant-garde center of Chicago, showing paintings, sculpture, performance and video work through the 1970s and 1980s.  The founding artists claim N.A.M.E. is not an abbreviation for anything, however some... 

Cows on Parade

Cows on Parade
It seems that the cows have escaped from the farm. Over the past two weeks, small, brightly colored cow stickers have begun appearing on light posts near the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. To date, I’ve only discovered two, but the second one had something to say: “I came by to let you all know I have finally reconsidered my position on post-Jungian analysis. Can you let me back in the barn... 

March’s Atomic Sketch Round-Up

March's Atomic Sketch Round-Up
Last month, Sixty Inches From Center attended the monthly drink ‘n draw event known as Atomic Sketch. We asked several participating artists to share a little bit about themselves by illustrating their answers to four simple questions. The results, both varied and delightful, are shared below. Our artists this month include: Nate Otto, Jeremy Blake, Binx, and SIFC’s own Miles Johnson. Like... 

Mental Strikes on the North Side

Mental Strikes on the North Side
When I took the Red Line north from Addison last weekend, the window to my left was suddenly filled with the light blue shapes of the street artist known as Mental. Until now I’ve only encountered his work while riding the Green Line south from the loop, so coming upon his work up north was a complete surprise. This piece differs slightly from his works on the south side: here, his designs snake... 

A Look at Woman Made Gallery’s 14th International Open

A Look at Woman Made Gallery's 14th International Open
For nearly twenty years, Woman Made Gallery has ceaselessly promoted and supported the artwork of women in Chicago. A not-for-profit organization sustained largely by volunteerism, the gallery has nonetheless managed to host regular educational programs, workshops, and exhibitions in its airy, two-story space, and last week it welcomed the public to its 14th International Open. Guests chat while wandering... 

Hashbrown: Spudnik Press’ Delicious Fundraiser

Hashbrown: Spudnik Press' Delicious Fundraiser
Young art enthusiasts were packed in tight Saturday the 26th at 1821 W. Hubbard, hungry for chili. The cook-off was called Hashbrown and took place at Spudnik Press’ new location, down the hall from their previous space. Spudnik organized the fundraiser as part of Space Race, their capital campaign to raise money to move into their new location. Guests paid ten dollars at the door and were given... 

Hyde Park Public Art (4 of 5)

Hyde Park Public Art (4 of 5)
Hyde Park’s most coveted public art piece sits innocently among tall bushes at the north end of Nichols Park, near the intersection of Kimbark and 54th Street. With its smooth, bronze surface, it belies the notion that it has suffered over ten thousand dollars worth of damages due to theft. After all, who would want to steal a five foot tall bronze egg? Who even could? The Bird of Peace (also referred... 

Hyde Park Public Art (3 of 5)

Hyde Park Public Art (3 of 5)
Chicago Public Art Group, Reaching Back, Moving Forward, Lest We Forget the Song of 47th Street, 2011. Mosaic, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (photo credit: Zachary Johnson) Hyde Park’s two newest public art pieces peer at each other from underneath the underpass at 47th and Lake Park Boulevard. Though their style and media differ, they both speak to the experience of living in Hyde Park and Kenwood. The... 
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