Skin and stone, organic and sterile, hard and soft: juxtapositions aren’t new in art. This push-and-pull tactic has been done, and done again, but it’s not always executed well. New York-based artist Hannah Levy manages to push and pull her viewers in the right direction for her new solo exhibition, “Hannah Levy: Surplus Tension,” now […]
Modern in the Middle is a groundbreaking compendium of Chicago’s midcentury residential architecture.
Matthew Rachman Gallery documents the architectural creations of Chicago’s ultimate outsider artist.
The exhibits weren’t fully installed when I dropped in to preview the new home of the Chicago Architecture Center (formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation) last week, but on a return visit this week everything was up and running. The center, now in a two-story space in a riverfront Mies van der Rohe building at 111 […]
The current edition of the festival poses two possible directions its organizers can take.
The historic 1949 building in Hyde Park is home to Tim Samuelson and Barbara Koenen.
George Lucas has the chance to save a piece of Chicago’s modernist architecture that deserves landmark status.
Luftwerk’s light show turns Mies van der Rohe’s iconic home into a transfixing piece of art.
A move to Chicago might be better for Mies van der Rohe’s modernist masterpiece.
Cultural historian Tim Samuelson appreciates the Chicago story in as-seen-on-TV appliances.
The Chicago Design Museum searches for a permanent home and raises funds for an exhibit on 100 years of Chicago design.
The essay collection Chicagoisms challenges architects to revive the city’s reputation as a laboratory for great buildings.
Jan Tichy’s exhibit “aroundcenter” focuses on the Chicago Cultural Center; Tim Samuelson’s “Mecca Flat Blues” takes you out of it.
On the small sins of big newspapers
Thomas Dyja’s history of Chicago finds the story line in 30 years of city life.