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On the Cusp of Science and Art

ILLUMINATIONS: A BESTIARY Rosamond Wolff Purcell at the Field Museum of Natural History FORMALDEHYDE, ETC. Rosamond Wolff Purcell, Gwen Akin and Allan Ludwig, and Jane Calvin at Catherine Edelman Gallery Dead animals are pretty neat. In each of her two current exhibitions, one at the Field Museum and the other at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, […]

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Rockwell on a Plate

In a democracy, art belongs to the people. –Norman Rockwell A couple of Sundays ago, Myrtle Sudbrink of Hartland, Wisconsin, fulfilling a long-held desire, spent $110 to purchase a ten-year-old plate decorated with a Norman Rockwell painting of a cobbler. She made the transaction at the Bradford Exchange in northwest suburban Niles in the company […]

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Significant Moments

WAR & WEDDINGS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVEN GROSS at the Public Library Cultural Center NO EASY ROSES: A LOOK AT THE LIVES OF CITY TEENAGERS Olive Pierce at the Field Museum Most people don’t spend much time looking at art photography, the kind displayed in galleries or glossy coffee-table books. What we look at more are […]

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Photo Copy: the remote edges and unknown corners of O’Hare

At first glance, “O’Hare–Airport on the Prairie: Photographs by Robert Burley” is an unsurprising exhibition. We recognize in big, sumptuous Ektacolor prints the crowded terminal buildings, the waiting passengers, the traffic jams–the sort of frustrating airport tableaux we’ve all had parts in. Then jets taxiing, accelerating down a runway, or landing just beyond patches of […]

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Arid America

DESERT CANTOS Richard Misrach at the Art Institute GATES OF EDEN: AMERICANS AND THE LAND Peter Hales at the Public Library Cultural Center Richard Misrach prides himself on not photographing the classic landmarks of the American west. Death Valley and the Grand Canyon, he says, are nice, but not representative. And they are not represented […]

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Illinois Trivia

On Thursday, May 12, it is almost painfully bright in front of the State of Illinois Center at the kickoff ceremony for Illinois Tourism Week. Once in a while, a breeze starts a string of balloons or a flag swinging lazily. There has already been a balloon launch, accompanied by the loud strains of “Illinois, […]

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Man vs. Land

LANDSCAPES FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD, PHOTOGRAPHS 1972-1987 Frank Gohlke ANCIENT STONES, NEW ENGLAND LANDSCAPES, AND RECENT WORK FROM FRANCE Paul Caponigro PIONEERING MATTAWA Joseph Bartscherer at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Civilization, scholars tell us, began when mankind turned from hunting and gathering to agriculture; a study of man’s relations with the landscape […]

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Tour de France

The French Travel Showcase came to town on Saint Patrick’s Day, not an ideal day for concentrating on things French: somehow the peculiar poisonous color of the river kept coming to mind, and even some of the most avid Gallophiles–the kind who were wont to burst out practically unsolicited, “Oh, I just love France”–were wearing […]