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Out in the Cold: Winter through the lens of the Chicago Photography Collective

Out in the Cold: Winter through the lens of the Chicago Photography Collective
Endurance in unforgiving conditions. That is the way of nature — and the way of Chicago — in winter. Members of the Chicago Photography Collective delved into the season of extremity in their most recent exhibit Out in the Cold, which finished its run Jan. 28 in the Loop. Images from different genres — from street to abstract photography — portray urban and natural worlds that are equal parts... 

Laura Mackin: 120 Years at threewalls

Laura Mackin: 120 Years at threewalls
Laura Mackin, Driving (Dean, 1946-2006), 2011 Digital video, 2 minutes On January 13th, Laura Mackin introduced a new exhibition entitled 120 Years at threewalls, the latest installment in the threewallsSOLO program. Upon arrival, those who traveled to the exhibition found themselves confronted with more terrain to navigate. A composite collection of disparate postcards organized according to their... 

Art Depth // An Art Party, a Draw-a-thon, and an Interview with Cheryl Postrozny

Art Depth // An Art Party, a Draw-a-thon, and an Interview with Cheryl Postrozny
Art Depth’s 2nd Annual Art Party & 1st Annual Draw-a-thon. Featured artist Laura Mae Noble. October 2011. (Image courtesy of Jenny Lam.)   A welcome and well-timed reprieve from a temperamental September (a strange string of 90º weather to a seemingly unending bout of torrential rain? not cool, fall), the clear skies and ample sun on Saturday provided the perfect backdrop for the first... 

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 2

Uninhibited Parameters: A Conversation with Riley Henderson, Part 2
Flyer for Uninhibited Parameters, 2011. (Image courtesy of Chicago Art Department.) Part Two of the interview with Riley Henderson as he prepares for his upcoming solo exhibition Uninhibited Parameters at Chicago Art Department. If you missed part one, read the interview from the beginning HERE. Tempestt Hazel: What kind of work have you been doing with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (R.O.C.)... 

The Only Game in Town: Interviewing Chicago Community Darkroom

The Only Game in Town: Interviewing Chicago Community Darkroom
The invention of the camera gave the world the ability to capture a single moment and preserve it on film.  No longer would people have to rely on paintings or their own murky memories to recall the past.  In a photograph one could peer into yesterday just as it was then.  With photography  one could effectively stop time.  So how ironic is it that film, this original vehicle of permanence, has... 

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... 

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... 

“Blue Glue and Other Explorations”: An Interview with Mara Baker

Continuing ACRE’s year-long series of shows by its 2010 summer residents, Blue Glue and Other Explorations is a body of work by Mara Baker, installed at Happy Collaborationists. Mara’s drawings, photographs, and site-specific installation serve as an exploration of histories and of the mental and physical act of collection. For the three weeks prior to Blue Glue’s reception on Saturday, Mara... 

On Images and Icons: An Interview With Acclaimed Photographer Steve Schapiro

On Images and Icons: An Interview With Acclaimed Photographer Steve Schapiro
Steve Schapiro, DeNiro Contact Sheet, 1975. (Photo Credit: Steve Schapiro). Steve Schapiro’s impressive photographic career has spanned five decades. After studying under photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, Schapiro became a photographer for Life magazine in the early 1960′s, documenting such historical moments as the Selma to Montgomery March, Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign,... 
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