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Lights in the City

Lights in the City
This article was originally published on July 16, 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... 

Getting Archived in Englewood and Bronzevile

Getting Archived in Englewood and Bronzevile
Avery R. Young getting archived at South Side Community Art Center, May 25, 2013. (Photo by Sixty Inches From Center.) Sixty spent the past two Saturdays on Chicago’s South Side archiving the work of artists and spaces across the city.  One thing you may not know about these events is that they don’t just open the door for artists to have their work included in the archive, but they also... 

Dig It Up, Dust It Off, and Donate It: Get Archived 2013

Dig It Up, Dust It Off, and Donate It: Get Archived 2013
South Side Community Art Center, 2012. Photo by Sixty Inches From Center. Pull out the old shoe boxes. Look into the cracks of books, sketchbooks and notepads. Dig into your hard drives and collect the images and files that have been created, rearranged, updated and buried through out your career.  Gather them all together and join us this summer to build up the archives with Chicago’s art-makers... 

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... 

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 4

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 4
For the final installment of my search through the Chicago Artists Archive, I went looking for some personal favorites: Christina Ramberg, Tony Fitzpatrick and Roger Brown. Selections from Ramberg's file I became a big fan of the late Christina Ramberg’s work last year while creating a body of work involving hair.  To me, her work is the dark side of the Chicago Imagist.  She rarely, if ever,... 

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 1

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 1
I have been a loyal patron of the Chicago Public Libraries for the three years that I have been living here, though I have never turned in a book on time (sorry, anyone who was looking to check out any John Hodgeman books).  Little did I know that in the Harold Washington branch there was a huge collection of information, images, statements, post cards and questionnaires from local Chicago artists. ... 

Taking Artists To The Archives: SIFC Partners with Harold Washington Library

Taking Artists To The Archives: SIFC Partners with Harold Washington Library
Have you thought about your artistic legacy recently? Have you asked yourself what people will know about you and your work ten, twenty, fifty, or one hundred years from now? Harold Washington Library, 2010. (Image Courtesy of Tempestt Hazel.) These may not be questions at the forefront of an artist’s mind, but they have been on ours. Part of the mission of Sixty Inches From Center is to document... 

It’s all about YOU: You Media at Harold Washington Library

It’s all about YOU: You Media at Harold Washington Library
Image taken from YouMediaChicago.org Anyone walking by the Harold Washington Library is usually captivated by its size and spectacular design.  After passing this monumental building in downtown Chicago hundreds of times, you begin to notice other things–such as the teenagers who have sprinkled the sidewalks and have made themselves a home at the You Media center inside the library. This place... 
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