Art Seen: Chicago

CHGO DSGN // CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER

by F. Philip Barash – Originally published on Newcity – In a story destined for myth, Rick Valicenti tells of being first approached by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) about curating an exhibition on recent graphic and object design. He was interested, but asked for time to research before agreeing[…]

UNBOUND // MCA CHICAGO

by Hiba Ali Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo hails Frida’s role as a harbinger of art and politics of the present. Her practice is encapsulated through current cultural politics and the performativity of gender – depictions of the body in this exhibition could be seen as acted upon by politics, and the industrial practices[…]

/DIALOGUES SUMMER SERIES 2014

THE SEEN Staff Locust Roundtables EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, announces the summer series for /Dialogues in anticipation of the third edition of the fair, September 18–21, 2014. Presented with support by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, /Dialogues offers year-round panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse[…]

WRITING INTERNATIONALLY // EXPERIENCING EXHIBITIONS ONLINE

A Panel Discussion Organized by THE SEEN Publishing platforms are changing – the transition from print into online is more rapid now than ever. THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, features in-depth global coverage of exhibitions, artists, and events. An independent editorial affiliate of EXPO CHICAGO, the publication is the[…]

THE HILLS // SOMETHING OTHER THAN

by Stephanie Cristello A Delicate Interloper CHICAGO, IL. This exhibition is experienced equally as well online as it is in person. The proliferation of digital imagery used throughout is not new, though California-based Greg Ito and Jonah Susskind do it freshly in this two-person show currently on view at The Hills Esthetic Center. This is[…]

THE BEAST // 75 YEARS OF THE HYDE PARK ART CENTER

by Nina Litoff CHICAGO, IL. Through good times and the bad, the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) has upheld its vital goals: to exhibit bold and daring new exhibitions, to bolster support for arts in the neighborhood, and to educate a new generation of young artists. Its commitment to this vision has made the center[…]

ARCHIVE STATE // MoCP

by Patrick G. Putze Imaging Privacy Archive State at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) uses collected photographs to offer unique insight into some very specific global situations from the last fifty years. Yet, in doing so, the exhibition points to some very serious investigations into exploitation and one’s right to privacy. Taking the practice[…]

JOSÉ LERMA // GLORIOSA SUPERBA

by Stephanie Cristello Fighting the War From Both Sides Conspiracy is often faithfully followed by the term theory. It is a type of narrative that lends itself to the unknowable; founded on conjecture and speculation, on estimations of the factual that cannot be proven or disproven, existing forever in a state of both reality and[…]

CHRISTOPHER WOOL // THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi Organized by the Guggenheim museum at the Art Institute of Chicago, a massive exhibition of Christopher Wool’s paintings has traveled from New York, after just having been on view, to the city that Wool considers his hometown. As a kind of somber homecoming, the show seems to bring with it a message[…]

THE WAY OF THE SHOVEL, PART II // MCA CHICAGO

by Ruslana Lichtzier – Republished with retracted edits – The Way Of The Shovel is an enticing exhibition for the curious mind. Part one of this review focused on the archeological attitudes the show is built upon, and the dialectic relationship between art and scholastic practices. The attempt to trace this major current movement in[…]

THE MYTH OF PARTICIPATION // CAA 2014

by Tara Plath The College Art Association’s Friday morning panel, The Myth of Participation and the Growing Realities of Critical Exchange, brought together artists, scholars, and educators to evaluate the relationship between artist and audience, and the importance of site and objects in participatory art practices. The speakers did not achieve a debunking or confirming[…]

THE DELINQUENT CURATOR // CAA 2014

by Stephanie Cristello We begin with the provocative question: has the curator failed contemporary art? This is the topic of The Delinquent Curator, a panel at the CAA Conference that took place yesterday morning. It is perhaps better phrased as: has the curator failed to better contextualize and present what it means to be contemporary[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // NORA SCHULTZ

by Hiba Ali In the Renaissance Society’s current exhibition of Nora Schultz, parrottree – building for bigger than real, the extendable and retractable poles of tripods construct a type of second architecture for the space. Sounds of birds commingle with traces of the Peregrine Falcon and monk parakeets. Presented in collaboration with Andy Ortmann, the[…]

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS // THE PRODUCTION LINE OF HAPPINESS

by Alexandra Kadlec A cutaway dissection of a Nikon camera; a cluster of dewy bright red apples; a close-up of a Death Feigning Beetle on its back. These are a few of the composed images within Christopher Williams: the Production Line of Happiness, currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Derived from a[…]

WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN // MCA CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi William J. O’Brien’s first survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago displays an evolved style of intuitive art making, while maintaining a deliberate attitude of effortlessness. From crude pencil drawings, to tediously appliqued fiber creations and overworked mixed media sculptures – utilizing an exceptional variety of medium and style –[…]

ARTURO HERRERA // CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY

by Shreya Sethi Arturo Herrera has always been interested in how his artworks are “read.” As an artist dealing primarily in the medium of collage, he articulates a language that is able to combine different elements, and therefore say multiple things simultaneously. The artist is aware, however, that in the visual world, images are nonetheless[…]

Paul Cowan // Parallel Processing

by Stephanie Cristello – Originally published on New American Paintings – Generosity is rarely immediately questioned when viewing an exhibition for the first time. It is often a given in the work, in many ways expected, though it is not to be underestimated. In his current exhibition on view at Shane Campbell, Parallel Processing, local[…]

THE WAY OF THE SHOVEL // MCA CHICAGO

by Ruslana Lichtzier The concern with uncharted, muted, and invisible histories has been apparent on a global art platform since the early 2000s. That is the proposal given to us by The Way Of The Shovel: Art as Archeology, which opened early this November at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – a carefully composed[…]

GALLERY 400 // IT’S THE POLITICAL ECONOMY, STUPID

by Alexandra Kadlec Art rarely provides answers, but rather questions, confronts, and challenges its audience. Often, it is done subtly – and at other times, it is in an emphatic, booming voice. Such is the case in Money to Burn, a videotaped performance shown as part of Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette’s co-curated exhibition, It’s[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // MATTHEW SCHLAGBAUM

An Interview with MK Meador This year has been a busy one for artist Matthew Schlagbaum. His recent exhibitions in 2013 were with the West Loop artist collective, and the Chicago Artists Coalition, where Schlagbaum was a 2012/2013 HATCH artist. Through CAC, Schlagbaum met fellow artist Helen Maureen Cooper and was selected for a June[…]

THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY // SUICIDE NARCISSUS

by Ruslana Lichtzier The current exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Suicide Narcissus, deals with the overwhelming threats of climate change. Curated by Hamza Walker, and featuring works by eight European and South American artists; its theme is not one of recent exception. The environmental trend began to gain its exhibitionist popularity[…]

EXPO VIDEO // RECAP

by Patrick G. Putze Often, the true meaning of presented media does not necessarily sink in right away. This was the case with the video installation at EXPO this past September, curated by Dean Otto, Program Manager for the Film & Video Department at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The curated selection of moving[…]

CAC // THE TERRESTRIAL, THE CELESTIAL, AND THE IMAGINED IN BETWEEN

by Stephanie Cristello While walking through the current exhibition, The Terrestrial, The Celestial, and the Imagined In Between, organized by HATCH curator-in-residence MK Meador at Chicago Artists Coalition, one can’t help but look out the window and wonder what materials close by – leaves, plants, and other commonplace natural ephemera – might have stood in for the[…]

NEWCITY // EXPANDING INTERNATIONALLY

by Stephanie Cristello Newcity,  what many of us know as Chicago’s only cultural weekly, and one of the more ubiquitous and vernacular local art news outlets, has always represented more than just our city. Started by Brian and Jan Hieggelke in 1986 as a neighborhood newspaper, the publishers soon expanded their interests to include leadership[…]