The Renaissance Society this morning announced three major gifts to its Next Century Fund, totaling around $1.5 million. The fund supports exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives and publications for every Renaissance Society exhibition, but it focuses on collaborating with artists to produce new work. “This is where the Renaissance Society can play an important role in the institutional landscape today, to be a platform for production where artists can test out new ideas,” executive director and chief curator Solveig Øvstebø tells Newcity.
This morning, EXPO Chicago, The International Exposition of Modern and Contemporary Art, announced the inaugural Art Critics Forum to take place during the fifth annual exposition, September 22 – 25, 2016. Building on a growing array of critical programs and platforms hosted annually at the fair, the Forum will draw on EXPO’s longstanding commitment to enhancing the conditions for art criticism, including its recent Chicago Art Critics Forum in Fall 2015 and its online and print critical platform THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary and Modern Art. [Read more…]
By Zachary Cahill
Recently, I stepped down from Threewalls’ Community Cabinet, the artistic board of one of Chicago’s beloved non-profit contemporary art spaces. The Community Cabinet is a group of artists, academics and arts professionals who were invited by Threewalls’ founder Shannon Stratton to help counsel the institution as it took stock of its artistic future. [Read more…]
A recent screening and lecture at the Art Institute titled “Warhol before Warhol” featured five early Warhol films—“Jim Rosenquist at Work,” “Henry in the Bathroom,” “Jill and Freddy Dancing,” “Haircut (No. 1)” and “Elvis at Ferus”—all silent black-and-white meditations that require quite a bit of effort and focus to stick with but pay off in fun ways if you do. [Read more…]