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Pride of Chicago – “Re:Chicago” at the New DePaul Art Museum

Pride of Chicago -
With the summer sun still shining but now accompanied by that new autumn chill, Saturday September 17th proved to be the perfect museum day, and the perfect day for the new DePaul Art Museum’s opening. Tucked next to the “L” stop hub of Fullerton, the DePaul Art Museum opened its doors to reveal a lovely space with white walls, hardwood floors, and plenty of natural light. The new... 

Holly Murkerson – Landlocked Blue

Holly Murkerson - Landlocked Blue
Tucked between neighborhood homes on West Carroll Avenue is the Julius Caesar. The brick-and-vine building housed the opening reception of Holly Murkerson’s Landlocked Blue. Despite the heat of that July Sunday, quite a crowd was gathered and lingering outside at the close of the show. After weaving through white painted hallways with the occasional velvet couch, I found Holly’s exhibit. In her... 

People Don’t Like to Read Art || [and they’re missing out]

People Don’t Like to Read Art || [and they’re missing out]
Honestly, people don’t like to read in general. Art, specifically? From Jenny Holzer’s aphorisms projected throughout New York City to Kay Rosen’s recent Go Do Good installations in Chicago’s Loop, text-based art tends to grab viewers’ attention due to its relatively brazen nature. Contemporary art that is purely image-based is often met with objections of “I don’t get it,” or “Well,... 

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell
In between rounds of PBJ at The Boiler Room, I interviewed our very own Nicolette Caldwell, who co-founded Sixty Inches From Center with Tempestt Hazel. Sixty on Sixty is a new series in which SIFCers interview one another, allowing readers to get to know the fine folks who bring you the latest from Chicago’s art scene. Nicolette Caldwell in Paris, France. June 2007. (Image courtesy of Nicolette... 

Wear Your Geese with Confidence: An Interview with the Puterbaugh Sisters

Wear Your Geese with Confidence: An Interview with the Puterbaugh Sisters
In anticipation of their Art It Out show, I sat down and chatted with Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh, sisters whose brand of comedy is “experimental ridiculousness.” Before I hit “record,” we talked about how someone broke into their Humboldt Park apartment and stole their 11-year-old computer and their weed; how I heard about El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, where I first saw the duo perform as... 

The Fulton Street Collective: An Interview with Director Joe LaNasa, PART II

The Fulton Street Collective: An Interview with Director Joe LaNasa, PART II
Local musicians of 2011, time to embellish your résumés and secure somewhat stable day jobs—you actually have it worse than your 90s predecessors. What follows is the second half of my conversation with Joe LaNasa, Director of the Fulton Street Collective. We discussed Chicago’s music scene, street poetry, and what’s in store for the artist community. Read PART I here. The Fulton Street Collective’s... 

Donning Capes, Unveiling Superheroes: An Interview with Saundra Karol

Donning Capes, Unveiling Superheroes: An Interview with Saundra Karol
At the entrance to The Cape Project by Saundra Karol. April 2011. (Image courtesy of Jenny Lam.)   In The Cape Project, photographer Saundra Karol asks women and girls to search inside themselves and find the superheroes within. The subject of each portrait writes down the story of her greatest strengths, wears a cape, and poses for a photograph. The result is an empowering series that celebrates... 

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... 

In The Studio With Hebru Brantley Pt. 3.

In The Studio With Hebru Brantley Pt. 3.
On March 18th, Hebru Brantley had his first solo show at Zhou B Gallery. The show entitled Afro-Futurism: Impossible View will be open till April 25th. Following the opening reception Hebru sat down with Sixty Inches From Center to discuss how the opening went and what his plans are for the future.  Read More →
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