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Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text

Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text
This article is part of Big Ideas, a series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. To explore new approaches to wall text, I asked three Chicagoans to offer alternatives to the current style. Below is the second response by Greg Harris, Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum. Writing wall text for an exhibition is one of the trickiest things I do as a curator. The objectives... 

Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text

Big Ideas: The Ideal Wall Text
This article is part of Big Ideas, a series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. In winter of last year, I attended an exhibit with two friends at the Elmhurst Art Museum. As we worked our way through the show, I found myself in a familiar role: wall text translator. The friends I was with are not unfamiliar with art exhibits, and one of them even holds a degree in philosophy.... 

Big Ideas: The Artist’s Role Today

Big Ideas: The Artist's Role Today
This article is part of Big Ideas, a series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. The role of the artist has differed throughout time and place. He or she has been a craftsman, an illustrator of texts, a decorator of religious structures, a luxury goods producer, a rebel, and the savior of mankind, among countless other types. As culture has changed, so has the artist’s role;... 

Big Ideas: The Future of Art

Big Ideas: The Future of Art
This article kicks off Big Ideas, a new series exploring Chicagoan’s thoughts about contemporary art. In college I was told again and again that the avant-garde is over. Art is no longer focused primarily around advancement, progress, and originality. Since the early 1970′s, art’s only rule has been “anything goes”. I quickly fell into the thinking of some historians that if artists... 
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