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The Young Historians: Matthew Vanderpoel

The Young Historians: Matthew Vanderpoel
The Young Historians is a series exploring the lives of recent art history graduates with ties to the Chicago area. In this second installment, I spoke with Matthew Vanderpoel, 2009 graduate of Wheaton College‚Äôs Art History and History programs. He is currently a student at Chicago Divinity School pursuing his PhD in the History of Christianity. Zachary Johnson (ZJ): To start off, what did you focus... 

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... 

Gallery Provocateur: Fostering Decadence

Gallery Provocateur: Fostering Decadence
Christopher Shy "Origami Ballerina"   Gallery Provocateur 2125 N. Rockwell St.   When viewing art in a gallery, it is traditional for the gallery to provide a neutral, blank space that will not detract from the art on display. This setting is ideal for clean, crisp works but for exhibitions focusing on more alternative fair, a sterile, sparse gallery would contradict the work to... 
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