Architecture, Art & Museums, Gallery, Photography

Review: Driehaus Museum Exhibit Honors Richard Nickel’s Passion to Preserve Louis Sullivan’s Legacy

The Richard Nickel story is both tragic and inspiring. The architectural photographer and salvager of ornament from Louis Sullivan buildings was committed to the fight for historic  preservation in the 1960s, […]

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Art & Museums, Design, Gallery, Installation, Museum

Review: Hundreds of Clocks Show the Beauty and Absurdity of Time in New Design Museum Exhibit

Wall clocks. Alarm clocks. Wristwatches. Decorative clocks and boring clocks. Glorious gaudy glass clocks. Cuckoo clocks and kooky clocks. Artist Barbara Koenen has gathered hundreds of clocks over the years, […]

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Art & Museums, Installation

Review: Monet and the Impressionists Is Art for the Screen-Obsessed at Lighthouse ArtSpace

My mother took me to the Art Institute of Chicago when I was very young and let me pick out postcards of my favorite paintings. I chose mostly Impressionists such […]

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Art & Museums, Museum, Photography

Review: Photo Exhibit Captures the Magic of the Blues at the Swedish American Museum

Bobby “Blue” Bland and B.B. King, 2010.

The latest exhibition at the Swedish American Museum, Great Feelings and Meetings, pays tribute to American blues music by showcasing the work of photographer Hans Ekestang who has been documenting […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Installation, Painting & sculpture

Review: Two Exhibits Feature Work of Ukrainian Modernist Michel Andreenko

The work of Michel Andreenko, a Ukrainian émigré modernist painter and stage designer, is featured in two exhibits at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. The main exhibit in the West Gallery—Michel […]

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Art & Museums, Beyond, Chicago history, Event

Feature: Beautiful Bronzeville Explored by TikTok Historian Dilla for the CHF

The Chicago Humanities Festival sponsored a bus tour of Chicago’s South Side, the “Black Belt,” for the spring Public-themed series. Hosted by “TikTok historian” Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, the two-hour tour began […]

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Art & Museums, Installation, Museum

Review: Forothermore, a Breathtaking Exhibit of the Beauty and Grief of Nick Cave’s Art, Now at the MCA

Nick Cave’s art is gloriously, spectacularly colorful and joyous. Your first view of the gallery array of Soundsuits is thrilling, even if you have met a Soundsuit before. This army […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Installation

Review: Protest Art Exhibit Enables Visitors to Support Ukraine at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Protest art to support Ukraine

Nancy S Bishop /
Art & Museums, Gallery, Painting & sculpture, Photography, Sculpture

Review: Abandoned Spaces Come to Life at the Oak Park Art League

John Padour, Abandoned Mine

For many of us, there is a lure to abandoned spaces because they often evoke curiosity about their history while also arousing emotions of nostalgia, fear and sadness. There is […]

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Architecture, Art & Museums, Gallery, Installation, Photography

Review: American Framing Highlights Trio of New Exhibits at Wrightwood 659

American Framing Wrightwood 659

Nancy S Bishop /
Art & Museums, Gallery, Museum, Painting & sculpture

Review: Art That Empowers Social Change at DePaul Art Museum

Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes, Teacup Archive

The latest exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum, Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo, explores the legal and moral implications of torture and incarceration. ​ […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Art & Museums, Design, Installation

Review: The Business of Beauty at the Art Institute Displays William Morris’ Genius in Home Textiles and Design

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” English textile designer William Morris said in 1880. The statement represented his […]

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