Art & Museums, Design, Installation, Mixed media, Museum, Sculpture

Review: Design Museum Explores the Climate Crisis in At the Precipice—It’s Beautiful and Tragic

The beauty of art and the tragedy of the climate crisis live side by side in a stunning new exhibit at the Design Museum of Chicago. Some 30 pieces ranging […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Photography

Review: Ronit Bezalel’s Portrait Photography Captures the Essence of Human Nature

Ronit Bezalel, Birdkiss

One of the most popular genres throughout the history of photography is portraiture. Even though it has been popular since the mid 1800s, it’s safe to say that in the […]

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Art & Museums, Design, Fashion, Feature, Film & TV

Feature: CHF’s Ruth E. Carter Interview Celebrates Black History Via Costumes

Costume designer Ruth E. Carter spoke at the Music Box Theatre in June during the Chicago Humanities Festival about her rich film career and her historic Academy Award wins for […]

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Architecture, Art & Museums, Design, Installation, Museum

Review: At the Driehaus Museum, Hector Guimard Exhibit Explores the Work of the Paris Architect Who Designed Those Beloved Métro Stations

Hector Guimard was a French architect and designer who believed in designing the entire environment for living, in what he called Le Style Guimard. His integrated design work in the era […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Art & Museums, Beyond, Feature, Installation, Painting & sculpture, Photography, Sculpture, Suburbs and exurbs

Review: Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop Inspires at Cleve Carney Museum of Art

Andy Warhol’s contributions to our ideas of art and culture are monumental. The commercial illustrator had a hugely successful career long before the Campbell’s soup cans but ended up not […]

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Architecture, Art & Museums, Beyond, Museum, Travel feature

Feature: Afrofuturism and Black Excellence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture

Chicago offers a variety of events to commemorate Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when America “officially freed” enslaved people. For an even deeper dive into the vast nation-building contributions of […]

Karin McKie /
Art & Museums, Feature, Gallery, Installation

345 Art Gallery’s Culture Capsule Exhibit Resonates with East Garfield Community by Reflecting the Black Experience 

Author: Sarah Luyengi Tucked away in East Garfield Park, the 345 Art Gallery is a home for local artists and students to display their creative work. Formerly a storefront church, […]

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Art & Museums, Chicago history, Lit, Music, Nonfiction, Photography

Review: You Weren’t There, but He Was: Kill a Punk for Rock and Roll, by Marty Perez

According to the foreword of Kill a Punk for Rock and Roll, music photographer Marty Perez is a very likable guy. The fact that providing a bio in the book […]

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Art & Museums, Event, Feature, Stages

Dispatch: Socrates Found Not Guilty in the Trial of the Sesquibimillennium

The People of Athens vs. Socrates, perhaps the most famous trial in history, took place in the year 399BCE. The great philosopher Socrates was charged with impiety (failing to acknowledge […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Art & Museums, Lit, Nonfiction, Poetry

Review: The Epic Question Mark of Western Lit, Homer: The Very Idea, by James I. Porter

Nobody knows anything about Homer except what’s in the Iliad and the Odyssey, and, even there, it gets dicey, as James I. Porter details in his challenging and provocative Homer: […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Art & Museums, Mixed media, Painting & sculpture

Review: Colette Wright Adams Explores the Calming Essence of Nature in Her Exhibit Harvest

Colette Wright Adams, Horizontal View #3

In the world of contemporary painting, artists often create works that are inspired by past artistic movements. One genre that has deep roots in the past but continues to inspire […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Art & Museums, Gallery, Mixed media, Painting & sculpture, Photography

Review: Diverse Views of Abstract Art at the Oak Park Art League

Rhoda Bernstein, Look In Every Window

The current exhibition at the Oak Park Art League, Abstracted Abstractions, explores the diverse elements of abstract art. On display are 59 works by 39 artists that include a wide […]

Thomas Wawzenek /