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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... 

This Exhibition Will Not Make You Happier

This Exhibition Will Not Make You Happier
This article was originally published on June 20, 2013 on Art Nerd by writer Amy Krafft. 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, help promote... 

Video Portrait: Project Onward

Video Portrait: Project Onward
Project Onward is an arts program for adults with mental and developmental disabilities. For the month of April, Project Onward presents Unstrange – Autism Revealed showcasing a group exhibition of works created by artists on the autism spectrum in observance of Autism Awareness Month. Located in the historic Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward provides workspace, art materials, professional... 

Testing Thresholds: An Interview with Jan Tichy, Part 2

Testing Thresholds: An Interview with Jan Tichy, Part 2
Larry Williams, Rural Saturday Night, 1973. Gelatin silver print (Left, 1979:1). Zacharias Abubeker, Obelisk, 2011. Screenprint. (Right, 2012:21). Image courtesy of the artist. The following is part two of an interview with artist Jan Tichy about his recent exhibition 1979:1 – 2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP). You can find part... 

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2012

Sixty’s Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2012
Who doesn’t love a good year end best of list? It has become an annual tradition for us at Sixty to put together the most read articles on our website as a way to reflect on the art we have seen and the minds we have picked throughout the past year. Making up a large percentage of the tens of thousands of people who perused our website in 2012, the following are the top articles that grabbed your... 

Memory, War and Whimsical Robots: An Interview with Kathy Weaver

Memory, War and Whimsical Robots: An Interview with Kathy Weaver
Highland Park artist Kathy Weaver uses the persona of the robot as a metaphor to touch on subjects such as the turmoil of war, human rights issues, political tensions and conflict, and her own memory. Through the labor intensive, and time consuming medium of quilting, Weaver creates vibrantly colored, playful textiles that express her appreciation for the sciences and artificial intelligence. Her work... 

Creativity and Advocacy Meet at Project Onward

Creativity and Advocacy Meet at Project Onward
Larger-than-life mannequins collaged in hip hop paraphernalia greet me as I enter Project Onward, a Chicago studio and gallery dedicated to artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Bright colors sparkle in a refreshingly free aesthetic that characterizes the pieces found within, a sensory overload ranging from altered dolls to custom portraiture.  On a partially divided side of the room,... 

Morbid Curiosity: Chasing the Light

Morbid Curiosity: Chasing the Light
"Macabre Scene" by Michel de Spiegelaere The new exhibition at the Cultural Center, Morbid Curiosity, features an expansive and surprisingly uplifting overview of diverse cultural meditations upon death. Ranging from an impressive collection of fine art masterpieces to medical specimens, the exhibition underscores the peace and closure garnered from accepting death, rather than the fear and... 

Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago // February 6th – 12th, 2012

Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago // February 6th – 12th, 2012
Our weekly calendar is a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. The events that we choose are loosely curated based on the information that is put in front of us. If you would like to take advantage of having your event listed on our website please send a press release to nicolettecaldwell(at)sixtyinchesfromcenter.org. TUESDAY || February 7th, 2012 The Big Big City: Chicago, A Pop... 
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Week Ends, Art Begins || January 27th – January 29th, 2012

Week Ends, Art Begins || January 27th – January 29th, 2012
Say good-bye! This weekend will be the last of our “Week Ends, Art Begins” listing of events. Beginning on Monday, January 30th we will publish our new weekly guide to art in Chicago. It will list visual art related events happening seven days a week. FRIDAY || JANUARY 27th, 2012 Opening Reception // iLLUMINATE illuminate explores light in all of its forms and is open to conceptual interpretation.
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