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Art Nerd Field Trip to The Farnsworth House

Art Nerd Field Trip to The Farnsworth House
This article was originally published on September 4, 2013 on Art Nerd by writer Tara Kosloski. This article is part of a series of article exchange partnerships between Sixty Inches From Center and other online blogs and journals that have missions similar to ours–to document and support the visual arts in Chicago. The goal of these partnerships is to build bridges within our writing community,... 

EXPO CHICAGO // An Interview with Tony Karman, Part II

EXPO CHICAGO // An Interview with Tony Karman, Part II
Vernissage. Expo Chicago 2012. (Image courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations.) Last month, about a week before Expo Chicago: The International Exposition of Modern/Contemporary Art & Design opened, I sat down with Tony Karman, Expo’s President and Director, for a preview of the inaugural fair. It might have been easy for some to dismiss those early superlatives as simply hype,... 

SYSTEMS and CITIES: An Interview with Clare Lyster

SYSTEMS and CITIES: An Interview with Clare Lyster
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Clare Lyster, an architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and principal and founder of Clare Lyster Urbanism and Architecture (CLUAA).  Her exhibition, SYSTEMscapes/Drawing Distribution Flow, is currently on view in the showPODS along the 1800 block of South Halsted in the Chicago Arts District. The exhibition displays Lyster’s... 

Week Ends, Art Begins || June 24th – June 26th

Week Ends, Art Begins || June 24th - June 26th
There are only 24 usable hours in every day. You could spend at least 23.5 of those hours looking at art this weekend and not see it all. Even with the dozens of events happening, here are the hand-picked selections from all of us at Sixty Inches From Center.  If you want more, be sure to check out the links at the bottom to the guides we follow.   FRIDAY || June 24, 2011 Where is Where: AIDO... 

A Look Inside the Department of Urban Speculation

A Look Inside the Department of Urban Speculation
Department of Urban Speculation is an architectural organization that takes to the streets. Duct tape, disco ball motors, shovels, or plywood — they’ll use whatever it takes to explore questions regarding Chicago’s urban environment. Their project-based attitude lands them in spaces traditionally occupied by art: Pilsen’s Show Pods, the Museum of Contemporary Art (they show... 

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART II
Balancing the integrity of an artist with the acumen of a businessperson, distinguishing between Pilsen and Bridgeport, and telling misguided young artists that their work is mediocre at best… no topic is off limits for the owner of 4Art Inc. Gallery. What follows is the second part of my conversation with Robin Rios in anticipation of her gallery opening on Friday, March 18, from 7-10pm. Read PART... 

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I

All for Art: An Interview with Robin Rios, PART I
Robin Rios is the owner and founder of 4Art Inc. Gallery, currently located in the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport. I had interned at 4Art during Summer 2008 in its original Pilsen location, marking my fortuitous foray into what I had feared was the bureaucratic cult that is the art industry, only to be greeted with friendly tattooed arms, a refreshing lack of pretension, and home-grown vegetables... 

The Logan Square Comfort Station: In the ‘Art’ of a Community

The Logan Square Comfort Station:  In the 'Art' of a Community
Last fall, as the end of sweater weather drew near, three local artists took advantage of the final surge of Logan Square outdoor market goers to breathe new life into a neighborhood landmark.  If you live or work in the area, you’ve probably passed by it a hundred times, that little Tudor-style building across from the Logan monument.  For years the building dubbed the “Comfort Station” sat... 
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