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RISK: Empathy, Art, and Social Practice

RISK: Empathy, Art, and Social Practice
One part exhibit and one part event series, RISK is a terrifically exciting exploration of socially engagement and the arts. Not only that, it features many artists close to our hearts, including Alberto Aguilar, Jim Duignan, Faheem Majeed, and Cheryl Pope, among many others. So perhaps it’s no surprise that we put RISK on our weekly picks back in February when it opened. However, what we weren’t... 

Inside ChiArts: Young Artists in the Making – Bruce Bennett and Gabby Ochoa

Inside ChiArts: Young Artists in the Making – Bruce Bennett and Gabby Ochoa
Bruce Bennett and Gabby Ochoa are senior photography majors at The Chicago High School for the Arts. Last September, after being selected by their peers at the Filter Photo Festival, the young artists had their portfolios reviewed by author and photographer Jane Fulton Alt and Chicago Tribune photo editor Michael Zajakowski. ChiArts, as the artists’ school is known, opened in 2009 and is the... 

Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence

Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence
Sophia Nahli Allison’s photo series Graduation goes beyond the detached sensationalism of daily headlines to document the ongoing effects of loss and violence on Chicago’s youth. Visiting the schools that victims of violence attended, she photographs the institution as a locus of community and mourning, while highlighting the absence of the  young person that community has lost. The stark... 

Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making – Harlan Ballogg

Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making - Harlan Ballogg
Last spring, I attended the Senior Visual Arts Exhibit featuring projects by the first graduating class of The Chicago High School for the Arts. ChiArts, as the school is known, opened in 2009 and is the first public arts high school to serve the Chicago area, with the mission of diversifying the city’s landscape of professional artists. Students from all neighborhoods with a wide range of previous... 

In The Studio with Mario Gonzalez, Jr.

In The Studio with Mario Gonzalez, Jr.
Zore, Zore Sixtyfour, Mario–he has many names. And depending on the time zone or space, you may get a different persona which often leads to a different body of work. But no matter which version of Mario Gonzalez, Jr. or series of work you find yourself encountered by, there is undoubtedly a common thread found throughout that can be traced back to a family of artists, awareness of early pioneers... 

Pay It Forward>>LATITUDE

Pay It Forward>>LATITUDE
Pay It Forward is a collaborative, experimental fundraiser devised by Autotelic {Studios} and Sixty Inches From Center. We are experimenting with the idea of paying it forward to other arts organizations who work to support artists and a thriving arts community in Chicago. Our Pay It Forward Series will highlight one of the eight projects that we have chosen to be part of our fundraiser each week,... 

Pay It Forward>>Johalla Projects

Pay It Forward>>Johalla Projects
  “These Moments” Installation by Matthew Hoffman at Pitchfork 2012. Pay It Forward is a collaborative, experimental fundraiser devised by Autotelic {Studios} and Sixty Inches From Center. We are experimenting with the idea of paying it forward to other arts organizations who work to support artists and a thriving arts community in Chicago. Our Pay It Forward Series will highlight... 

The Art of Epistemology: A Conversation with Joseph G. Cruz

The Art of Epistemology: A Conversation with Joseph G. Cruz
Joseph G. Cruz, installation view of 2013 EXPO exhibition Assembling the Lunar Joseph G. Cruz’s conceptual, research-based practice engages scientific, sociological, and philosophical discourses.  Some of his recent exhibitions have centered around themes such as the moon landing and Antarctic exploration, but these  focal points served a larger purpose: Cruz’s installations bring together a... 

Pay It Forward>>Terrain

Pay It Forward>>Terrain
Pay It Forward is a collaborative, experimental fundraiser devised by Autotelic {Studios} and Sixty Inches From Center. We are experimenting with the idea of paying it forward to other arts organizations who work to support artists and a thriving arts community in Chicago. Our Pay It Forward Series will highlight one of the eight projects that we have chosen to be part of our fundraiser each week,... 

In Conversation with Nancy Wolfe

In Conversation with Nancy Wolfe
  Nancy Wolfe considers her practice a form of journaling and “visual poetry.” The Ann Arbor-based artist’s paintings were recently featured in Minor Key, a music-influenced exhibition at Kerrytown Concert House in her hometown. Her solo exhibition, Nancy Wolfe: Painting Poetry, is currently on display at Josef Glimer Gallery in River North, and opened, appropriately, with live music... 
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