Zachary Cahill’s art of profusion in USSA 2012: The Orphanage Project
When it comes to Chicago’s future, Vinay Ravi dreams big. “Perhaps recent events have made me unduly optimistic,” writes the 11th Ward resident, “but the idea of popular revolt does not seem as distant as it once did.” So does Frank Edwards of the 49th. “The Chicago I want to live in recognizes that strong […]
Best Bet: Art
Two shows, “Suitable Video” and “The Power of Selection,” run at the West Loop gallery.
Julius Caesar, a great gallery in a domestic space, tries to stay afloat with a weekend of free performances and screenings and a silent auction, September 26-27
“Pedagogical Factory” ponders more intimate, creative approaches to education.
The Reader’s Choice: Rowley Kennerk
The Reader’s Choice: Ryan Fenchel, Isak Applin, Lilli Carre
Artist Jimmy Baker and his wife, architect Jil Baker, reflect on Iraq in “True Diplomacy,” now at Western Exhibitions, relying for many of their images and objects on the proposed immense U.S. Embassy complex in Baghdad. Jimmy Baker strikes an ominous note in his statement, writing that the fortress symbolizes the developed world: “a sterile […]
The upper classes take a dive in Jana Gunstheimer’s clever disaster scenario.
It’s anyone’s guess what exploring “the domestic traumas of tradition in regression” might mean, though I imagine some kind of cannibalistic Thanksgiving. But the press-release anthropology-speak might be appropriate for “John DiCosmo and the Faces of Dinner,” centered on both the quirky mixed-media drawings and collages of New Jersey-based artist DiCosmo and on his meat-free […]
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The sound in Terence Hannum’s video installation Evocation, this month’s 12 x 12 exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is a wall of throbbing electronic harmony and dissonance. Hannum recorded the earth-shaking dirges of the experimental metal band Sunn O))) at a recent performance and shot footage, projected here on three walls–dark, abstract scenes […]