Jason Foumberg

Doris Salcedo

Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago

March 2015

Ten major series of sculptures by Doris Salcedo fill the museum galleries like a labyrinthine graveyard for the artist’s first retrospective. Clumps of human-scaled objects summon an atmosphere of collective mourning, similarly provoked by… READ ON

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“Lands End”

Logan Center Gallery, University of Chicago

January 2015

Curated by Zachary Cahill and Katherine Harvath, “Lands End” updates the enduring genre of landscape art with new critical, conceptual, and even romantic perspectives on mytho-geography, featuring works by thirteen artists, including … READ ON

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Allison Smith

Allison Smith discusses her exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago

November 2014

In “Set Dressing,” Allison Smith’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, the Oakland-based artist shows photographs taken at living-history sites such as Colonial Williamsburg and Plimoth Plantation, where quotidian stories of American … READ ON

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Sabina Ott

Chicago Cultural Center

November 2014

I had an epiphany about Sabina Ott’s sculptures while riding a rollercoaster. Sliding through the Swiss Alps on Disneyland’s Matterhorn, beneath the Southern California sun, I saw it: pastel lights glowing on faux snow. Ott’s similarly… READ ON

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Matthew Girson

Chicago Cultural Center

July 2014

Matthew Girson contemplates the Jewish American experience in his solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. “The Painter’s Other Library” comprises sixty-eight oil paintings and one video that portray three primary subjects: a … READ ON

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It Takes Practice

The 102nd College Art Association conference in Chicago

February 2014 CHICAGO

EVER WONDER why so many art and art history professors are leftist liberals? No, that’s not the setup for a joke. The answer may become clearer if I rephrase the question: What does social activism have to do with art and with teaching? … READ ON

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Faith Wilding

Faith Wilding on her life and work

February 2014

Born in 1943 in Paraguay, Faith Wilding is an artist, activist, and professor emerita of performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wilding was a key figure in the the nation’s first feminist art programs, at Fresno … READ ON

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Monika Baer

Monika Baer discusses her debut solo exhibition in a US museum

November 2013

Monika Baer lives and works in Berlin. Her first US museum solo exhibition runs through January 26, 2014, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The show includes nearly thirty paintings spanning the past twenty-some years of Baer’s career, from… READ ON

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Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny talks about his exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago

September 2013

A new exhibition by Josiah McElheny sites The Club for Modern Fashions, a mock glass house, in the public exhibition space of a members-only art club in downtown Chicago. Performers wearing vintage fashions, from the 1920s through the 1970s,… READ ON

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Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford

Hyde Park Art Center

June 2013

In “Hall of Khan,” Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford makes daring use of a vast gallery at Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center. “Hall of Khan” is presented as a classical statue court, exploded into a carnival of perilously propped—and … READ ON

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