The failure of the modernist enterprise brought about an injunction to rethink the shape of time. Time was once linear, logical and homogenous. Now it’s gloopy, viscous and prone to pooling in weird ways. Read the rest of this entry »
Over forty photographs from the Smart’s own collection prove that a small exhibition can be a unique and wide-ranging survey. This show, related to the larger exhibition of Expressionism on display in other galleries, represents what is increasingly becoming known as a golden age of modernist European photography. Read the rest of this entry »
Agnès Varda’s small but mighty exhibition blurs media and spans nearly sixty years of her artistic production, with the humble potato at the root of it all. Read the rest of this entry »
Raw, emotional and distorted, the Expressionist movement brought a subjective perspective of the world to the surface of the canvas. Although this style of art has historically been seen as a German and Austrian movement, “Expressionist Impulses” surveys the work of artists from surrounding countries such as Poland, Romania and the former Czechoslovakia, which simultaneously critiqued political and social concerns. By exhibiting artists from outside of Germany, the Smart Museum has elevated countries involved in the Expressionist style and tendencies that are often overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »
On the occasion of the University of Chicago’s 125th anniversary, the Smart Museum of Art has compiled an exhibition of objects from its collection spanning three millennia that explore the multifaceted nature of memory. Works such as Zdenek Tmej’s “Broken Glasses, Breslau” and Arthur Amiotte’s “Wounded Knee III” capture violent moments of the past—burdensome memories to carry that are nonetheless worthy of preservation. Read the rest of this entry »
For the first thirty-five minutes of each hour, the gallery is cacophonous. Haiduk consigns the other twenty-five minutes to silence. For just less than half the day, “Seductive Exacting Realism” is absent. In “Waiting Rules,” Ivo Andric tells us that “the surest way to rule is to infect others with waiting.” Arrive too late, and it becomes clear that patience is a prison that springs from the self. Read the rest of this entry »
By Luke A. Fidler, Ph.D. candidate, Art History
In 1967, a group of students from Hyde Park High School performed a musical piece called “Opportunity Please Knock” together with members of the Blackstone Rangers gang. Read the rest of this entry »
The Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center is an opportunity for artists to receive feedback, formulate new work and have a final exhibition in the main gallery over six months. The facilities and staff at HPAC offer a supportive atmosphere for artists to engage in conversation and further their studio practice. The twenty-four artists in the 2015 Center Program span various disciplines and media. The culminating group exhibition is playful and vibrant, as well as informative and candid. Read the rest of this entry »
The Chances Dances collective has been hosting queer dance parties in Chicago since 2005. What began as an inclusive dance night has since grown into multiple monthly events and an organizing body that runs a grant program for queer artists.
Latham Zearfoss and Bruce Wiest founded Chances Dances because they could not find anything like it in Chicago at the time: a safe place for the queer community to be able to go out and have fun. It was originally hosted in the back of Big Horse Lounge, a now-defunct taqueria in Wicker Park. In support of wanting to have a night for what Zearfoss calls “a lot of different bodies and dispositions,” the two intentionally chose a straight venue so the gathering did not come with preconceived notions.
Anthony Hirschel, who has served as the director of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago for a decade, has announced that he will be stepping down from his position effective October 9. Bill Michel, Executive Director of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and University Arts Advisor, has been appointed interim director.
The news comes at a time of heightened activity in the Chicago visual art community, Read the rest of this entry »