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  This summer it was announced that Stephanie Smith, a longtime Chicago cultural work, best known as deputy director and chief curator at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, has left her Chicago post to become chief curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Smith, whose interests lay in […]

EDITION #36 – Minnesota Nice

Minnesotan Artists Decent at Sports Kids can still probably beat them though. If anyone understands the preciousness of summertime, it’s our fellow neighbors in the Midwest. All across Minneapolis WTT? discovered artists and creatives playing Minnesota “Nice.” Tuesday Night Music Club at the Lyndale VFW. Our week in Minneapolis started correct when on Tuesday friend […]

Top 5 Weekend Picks! (8/22-8/24)

1. The Square Root of Pi(e) at Chicago Artists Coalition Work by Rami George, Dan Paz, Jenyu Wang and Alexandria Eregbu. Chicago Artists Coalition is located at 217 N. Carpenter St. Reception Friday, 6-9pm. 2. Almost Ergonomic at Studio 424 Curated by Third Object, with work by Alex Chitty, Laura Hart Newlon, Kate O’Neill, David […]

Take the Green Line to Nantes

Guest post by Lise McKean Voyage à Nantes, until August 31, 2014   Thanks to my husband who’s from the Atlantic coast of France, I’m a regular visitor to Nantes, a city the size of Boston on the estuary of the Loire River. I just got back from there and besides long days and lingering […]

Mo Problems: One View of Twin Cities

I cannot read the news at night any more. I lay awake in the fading heat filled with outrage, sadness, my heart breaking with lives destroyed, communities torn apart, people disempowered and displaced. I have been dreaming of death, loved ones suddenly gone as I sit next to their hospital bed, the charred remains of […]

Less is More: Zelda, Metroid, OlliOlli, and the Rhythm Demake

In his 2012 essay “Saving Zelda,” Tevis Thompson takes the Legend of Zelda series—of which he is a lifelong fan—to task. “Zelda sucks, and it has sucked for a long time,” he writes, not so much as to incite fan rage, but to lay what we all maybe suspect on the table: “modern Zeldas are […]

The Irrational Act of Painting: Josh Dihle in conversation with Sofia Leiby

Guest post by Sofia Lieby In early 2014 Chicago-based painters Sofia Leiby and Josh Dihle had a conversation about painting, about Dihle’s painting in particular, at Adult Contemporary, an artist-run apartment gallery in Logan Square. Sofia Leiby: So, how did you come to paint plants? Josh Dihle: The plants are the things I do while I’m making […]

Middle Class Aspirations in the Studio

It must have been some late summer day, when there was finally enough to eat and most of the larger predators were sleeping in the shade still digesting lunch, that some enterprising neanderthal looking for a new hovel chanced upon something exciting and new, yet strangely familiar, the whole of which stopped him cold. It […]

Manifesta 10: On Public Relations, and Relating to the Public

Guest post by Sonja Hornung   If Manifesta 10 has a curatorial focus, it came into being through conflict. Dubbed the ‘Manifesta without a Manifesto’, Europe’s roving biennale opened late June in St Petersburg. Manifesta 10 has been shaped by conflict: not only armed conflict between Pro-Russian Separatists and the Ukrainian government, but also an […]

Edition #35

Performance Art Craze Grips Rural Wisconsin Temporary Driftless Residents Show Performative Streak Move over cheese, there’s a new sheriff in town. Lately the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin has been teeming with performance art. This development is due in part to ACRE Residency’s 2nd Session artists such as the ABBA-inspired Zoe Berg, Kittisak “Wa” Chontong, […]

On the Street: Garry Winogrand

The Garry Winogrand retrospective had been full of images chosen and printed in Winogrand’s lifetime, as well as chosen and printed posthumously without Winogrand’s permission; he, who can only be assumed to have been a city person, had the reputation of being an aggressive photographer. Standing among the milling people outside of the Metropolitan Museum, […]

Merit Badge: Walter Hamady at Corbett vs. Dempsey

By Kevin Blake It doesn’t feel right to report on this exhibition in a digital format–a piece of writing that will likely never be tangible evidence of its existence. The only proper way to engage with this work seems to be on a typewriter, with words scratched out and penciled-in corrections. Next to me, should […]


Fans of culture and brats, this THURSDAY (5-8pm) we come into our own, and we tailgate in appreciation of art. Bring your foam fingers, tailgating supplies, beverages and a radio. We will be micro broadcasting with  David Rathman, Brian Frink, and Amy Toscani. Together we are going to chat up the MN art scene and […]

One Year Away From Chicago

It has been one year since I left Chicago for Flagstaff, Arizona, after accepting a position as a full-time lecturer of foundations at Northern Arizona University. Many other Chicago-based artists and educators, some with roots and connections to Chicago’s art scene far deeper and stronger than my own, have made the same choice. Some leave […]

The Museum of Non Participation

On their entrance exam, would-be students to Eton College are presented with a fictional scenario and asked, in the face of civil unrest, what they would do, as UK Prime Minister. Under normal circumstances you might dismiss this as a bit of pedagogical fun. But facts remain that David Cameron, the real PM, attended this […]

News from the Clark: Time to Be

Guest post by Jackie Terrassa Three more weeks at the Clark Institute of Art in Williamstown. Since 2010, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation has funded an annual museum education summer fellowship at the Clark. Five other scholars in art history—all curators or professors—are also here this summer as part of the Clark’s fellowship program. We […]

Jim Barry, RIP

Sad news for all of us who knew him. From Philip von Zweck… Jim Barry, former Chicagoian, artist, 1/2 of the Mount Baldy Expedition (  and mentor to hundreds of SAIC students through his years at G2/Sullivan Gallery has passes away unexpectedly in Taipei where he has been living. the below message is from Hui-min […]

What You Should Have Noticed in July

Good god damn, summer in Chicago! The storms, the ‘fests, the beautiful bodies, the fruit flies, and most of all the regular monthly blog posts. This year’s most tolerable season in Chicago has brought with it plenty of new beginnings and other moves: artists, having used up their two year grace period after grad school, are […]

Top 5 Weekend Picks! (7/25-7/27)

1. Addendum at Chicago Artists Coalition Curated by John Marks and David Petersen, with work by Luke Aleckson, Allen Brewer, Casey Deming, Kristina Estell, Katelyn Farstad, Isa Gagarin, Peter Happel Christian, Jess Hirsch, Jonathan Kaiser,...Show More Summary

Matthew Girson: Seeing Slowly in Dark Light

The Painter’s Other Library, oil on Alupanel, 36 panels, each 16 x 32”, 2014 Guest Post by Anne Harris Matthew Girson is out of step. In our era of split-second digital dissemination, he paints meticulously crafted still lifes that are impossible to reproduce. His subject: books on shelves. After visiting his exhibition, The Painter’s Other Library, now […]

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