One of the city’s rising artists, curators, and DJs discusses his part in curating a new monthly performance series at Comfort Station, creating inclusive spaces, and art in the age of Trump.
A recap of a tête-à-tête at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) about social media and the nature of images at the intersection of technology, art, and culture.
Our top six picks of art, film, and performance to see this month in Chicago.
A conversation about the pleasures of dancing blind, ageism and starting as a dancer after the age of 40.
A deep dive into essential questions around “art-washing,” social practice, urban renewal, and the experience of Samantha Hill and Ed Woodham at Mill Hill.
An interview about their experience at Mill Hill and being asked to leave for questioning the ethics of the residency’s approach to social practice.
A look back on 32 years of work, play, ethos, and process with the former Associate Curator and Director of Education at the Renaissance Society.
A series of interviews that reveal how a creative life can transmute the impact and redefine the legacy of an experience within the Prison Industrial Complex.
A look into the latest series of publications out of Half Letter Press by Public Collectors.
Scrolling, swiping, and clicking are the only tactile skills required to engage with Institutional Garbage, a web-based exhibition produced by Sector 2337 and the Hyde Park Art Center. These actions, performed by a mouse, keyboard, or the tap of a finger, make a ritual out of interacting with exhibitions presented in the digital sphere. Co-curated by Caroline Picard and Lara Schoorl, Institutional Garbage conceptually tears down the institutional walls of the art world, from elite academic spaces to donor-run museums, to showcase “the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions.”  As the title insinuates, the show makes a point to draw attention to the seemingly imperfect “trash” of 41 artists, writers, and curators. Lara Schoorl, a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and current publicity manager at Sector 2337, states that the exhibition aims to “elevate the connotation of trash,” attempting to understand it as a crucial component of the creative journey through the art world. Schoorl described in detail how this innovative rendition of a virtual exhibition initially “started …
An conversation with Chicago burlesque dancer and performance artist about coming out to her family, facing toxic masculinity in the nightclub scene, and performing the black body.
There are limits to how far artists can push works of art, but few test them as forcefully as Sadie Benning. Benning’s installation on view now at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society attempts to give viewers a Shared Eye on US politics and history, conjuring a kind of collective memory through the rhythmic sequencing of panels and our subjective interpretations of their interpolations. That aim might already be a mouthful, but Benning does not stop there. Taking leeway with what she calls the “complexities” of visual media, she wanders far afield into contemporary art’s hottest clichés. Cut up and reassembled from digital snapshots, found photos, trinkets, and painted segments, Benning’s panels collapse and expand media. As physical objects, they are neither here nor there, neither the one nor the other. Unfortunately, the artist takes the same postmodern tack to their subject matter, willing it to hover in the ether and float away at first sight. The operative word here might be “edgy.” Work that cannot be defined as belonging to any one medium is in …
An interview with the organizer of this New York-born, now Chicago based all-female dance party.
Closing out the year with a reflection on the mixed feelings of the art fair experience in comic form.
A conversation about hip-hop, Hairy Who, and his approach to tackling race and gender issues with David Leggett. Part two of a two-part series.
A list of art, performance, talks, and other events happening across Chicago.
One of Chicago’s mainstays discusses her beginnings in Dayton, Ohio, relocating to Chicago, and how her poetry and visual work come together through deep poetic, sonic, and visual influences.
A conversation about comics, flea market digs, and collecting Americana with David Leggett. Part one of a two-part series.
One of Chicago’s performance artists discusses absurdist identity art personifications, YouTube stardom, and her guest spot on Comedy Central.
An interview with artist, curator, and co-founder of The Franklin in Garfield Park for Connect Hyde Park Arts Festival.
A conversation about ReformedSchool’s roots in Gaona’s dance practice and how fashion can be used to spread a message of empowerment and historical awareness.
A series of gatherings that bring together arts and culture writers, platform-builders and media-makers in Chicago, launching in 2017.
An interview with one of Connect Hyde Park Arts Festival’s featured artists and designer of BKE Designs.
Artist in residence at Hyde Park Art Center and featured artist for Connect Hyde Park Art Festival discusses her interactive works which speak to international citizenship, global migration, and the power dynamics of passports.
The artist and cyclist behind the Chicago chapter of Sister Cycles and Bronzeville Bike Box discusses her love of bikes, design, and the story behind her featured piece in Connect Hyde Park Art Festival.
Earthbound Moon (EbM) is a collaborative organization whose stated aim is to “terraform the Earth” by transforming its surface into a non-contiguous sculpture garden. They propose to undertake this re-purposing, or rather this perceptual shift (for their concept of “sculpture” is generous), over the course of a hundred generations. This is a radical expansion of the time-scale usually involved in evaluating the possibilities of cultural production. It is a time-scale reserved for geological histories, an ecological positioning not lost on EbM. Earthbound Moon is consistent in contextualizing their work in the history of everything. The entire show at Ballroom Projects is organized as an archive of the organization: its projects, its resources, its library, its collection, and its influences. The archive is organized as a timeline that stretches back to the Big Bang, represented as a tiny white dot on the floor protected by a haphazard masking tape square. Their work is contextualized in the large fabric of all time. They describe years in which they are working to 5 values, dating a work ‘02014’ …
Facing many great obstacles towards progress in our society, we look to artists to illuminate the path forward.
An interview with “Green Lantern Projects” founder Caroline Picard and Devin King, discussing the delicate balance of running a four-branched collective.
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, maybe the artist statement will explain this.” For those in search of a quick answer, text can provide that instant gratification. The written word, however, doesn’t always make things simpler, as Western Exhibitions’ latest show illustrates. With pieces that extend beyond the short phrases pervasive in contemporary art—guests are invited to peruse full-length novels, among other items—People Don’t Like to Read Art stretches the function of the gallery space and explores ways in which one can establish a more intimate connection with art. After attending the exhibition’s opening reception on July 9, I spoke with gallery director Scott Speh about the show and asked the artists for further insight into their works. People Don’t Like to …
“If you’re going to choose a city to be an alcoholic, it’s Chicago.”