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It’s all about YOU: You Media at Harold Washington Library

It’s all about YOU: You Media at Harold Washington Library
Image taken from YouMediaChicago.org Anyone walking by the Harold Washington Library is usually captivated by its size and spectacular design.  After passing this monumental building in downtown Chicago hundreds of times, you begin to notice other things–such as the teenagers who have sprinkled the sidewalks and have made themselves a home at the You Media center inside the library. This place... 

Art On Track Kick Off Event at Flat Iron Arts Building

Art On Track Kick Off Event at Flat Iron Arts Building
On August 6, 2010 Art On Track had a kick off event at the Flat Iron Arts Building.  Many of the artists that would be installing work the next morning were there to meet and mingle with fellow artists, art enthusiasts, press and the art in the open studios of the Flat Iron Building.  The following are images from that event. Art On Track Kick Off from Tempestt Hazel on Vimeo. Music by Tall Black... 

Transformers: Nick Cave at the 2010 CAA Conference

Transformers: Nick Cave at the 2010 CAA Conference
Ever since I first saw one of Nick Cave‘s Soundsuits, I’ve been fascinated with them. Then I got the opportunity to see one in person at the Rubell Family Collection Museum in Miami this past summer. So, imagine my excitement to discover that he would be presenting his work during the Transformers panel with Sabrina Raaf and Jason Salavon. Cave later went on to elaborate on his video... 

A Weekend in Pilsen and Exhibitionism (again)

A Weekend in Pilsen and Exhibitionism (again)
If I could have spent my entire personal savings last night at the Beer Run Gallery, I would have. Beer Run is not just an art gallery but part of the Pilsen art community so it is unfortunate that they are closing the doors. The good news is that many came and supported, in presence or purchase, the end of many great art initiatives and the beginning of more to come. Unlike the varied themes... 

Step Inside: Beer Run Gallery NOW as in TONIGHT!!!

Step Inside: Beer Run Gallery NOW as in TONIGHT!!!
Tonight the Beer Run Gallery is having one last hoorah and selling an entire gallery of art work before it closes forever. Miami might be calling artist Jova el Graffista but you have an opportunity to keep a part of him here existentially in Chicago all for an affordable price. Jova el Grafista did a site-specific installation at a show I co-curated, so I definitely have a place reserved in my... 

Art Here Art Now

Art Here Art Now
The great thing about attending events with professional  photographer friends is that they steal your camera and start snapping great pictures.  Jabari Zuberi, an artist who has a solo show at UIC in December, acted as my personal photographer for the evening.  Last night for the Kick-off of Chicago Artists Month, Jabari and I met in Hyde Park for Art Here Art Now, a show coordinated by the... 

Our Work Is Never Done

Our Work Is Never Done
Rahmaan Statik featured in El Pilsen Art Tour for Chicago Artists Month http://chicagoartistsmonth.com/El-Pilsen-Art-Tour/ Image Credit: Jennifer Greenburg On Thursday was the Chicago Artists Month 2010 Preview Luncheon at the Water Tower.  Having no idea of what I was in store for, and attending because I am helping out with CAM 2010 at the Dept. of Cultural Affairs, I stepped into a room full of... 

Unleash the lease. Torluemke and Soto

Unleash the lease. Torluemke and Soto
Joshua Ginsberg owner and founder of Chicago Art Leasing LLC discussed with me why he thinks leasing art is a great way to support artists aside from selling artwork outright, “it takes the hassle out of the art buying process because the 300+ artists on our roster gives an eclectic mix of art that you won’t always find in most commercial galleries and we offer a varied price range depending... 

Disco balls. Yoga. Painting for everyone.

Disco balls. Yoga. Painting for everyone.
Image from projection of Jettison Quarterlys Fall Issue, Release Party at Empty Bottle, September 2010 Fall rolled in today, which means soon the weather will be dreadfully cold and people will be making less effort to attend art events. This makes us sad but for those of you who plan to hibernate this winter you might want to consider some new reading material to get you through. For starters I recommend... 

If This Ain’t Love

If This Ain’t Love
Yesterday I attended the annual Meeting of Styles live graffiti event in Chicago’s Little Village. Participation in M.O.S is invite only so for first time participant artist Brooks Golden, this was a big deal. It was especially meaningful for me to witness so many talented artists coming together and converging their diversity with such honest styles of work right in the city I live in. If... 
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