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Museums are everybody

For “Yo Soy Museo” at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago artist Alberto Aguilar mines the relationship between the museum and the artist, cannily playing with notions of display and presentation. Having the distinction of being the first exhibition in the museum’s history to not have to take out a single loan agreement, “Yo […]

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World AIDS Day screenings, the Buttcracker, and more

Last week, the annual winter flower shows opened at the city’s conservatories in Garfield Park and Lincoln Park. This year, the theme at Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park) is “Snow Day,” which they’re channeling with a 12 feet tall “tree” created with white poinsettias, as well as oversized snowmen hidden throughout the conservatory’s […]

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Haunted dolls, navigating narcissism, Cristela Alonzo, and more

Spooky season is upon us, and what a more uncomfortable way to celebrate than with dolls. Through November 6, the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) presents “Haunted Dolls & History’s Horrors,” a collection of dolls hidden in 13 spots throughout their exhibit “Chicago: Crossroads of America.” Each (haunted?) doll is part of the museum’s […]

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A hunt for Chicago treasures

For Jessica Mlinaric it all started in her grandma’s backyard. “My cousin and I spent hours drawing scavenger hunts and treasure maps to the patch of trees between her lawn and a neighboring grocery store parking lot,” writes Mlinaric in the introduction to her new book Chicago Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for Chicago’s Hidden Treasures. […]

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What Cézanne saw

“Cézanne, he’s the greatest of us all.”—Claude Monet to Georges Clemenceau in conversation, cited in translation in The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalogue Raisonné (trans. John Rewald, Abrams, 1996). There are some entities and influences on our work that we take for granted, as though they were always there and it’s impossible to conceive […]

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Open canvas

Painter Ayanah Moor is careful not to reveal spoilers about her work.  The Chicago artist incorporates highly focused intentions into her paintings in the “I Wish I Could Be You More Often” exhibition, on display at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art from February 10 through April 10, but she wants patrons to be able […]