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…]
Evelyn Statsinger passed away earlier this month at the age of eighty-eight, leaving behind a lasting impact in the Chicago art community and beyond. Statsinger was a multi-disciplinary artist working across media, including painting, drawing and sculpture. While she is often associated with Chicago’s Monster Roster and Chicago Imagist schools, she is also remembered for a distinctive style that kept her from being tied to specific movements and categories. [Read more…]
The idea of magic conjures associations of rituals and symbols, supernatural forces, powers of nature, mystical theories of the universe, paranormal phenomena and even love potions. Forms of magic have been practiced since the earliest human cultures and magic continues to play important religious, spiritual and medicinal roles even today. Artists, especially, have often been in dialogue with issues of magic and the occult. [Read more…]
The Art Institute of Chicago has announced that James Rondeau, current curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will succeed Douglas Druick as the president and Eloise W. Martin director. Robert M. Levy, chairman of the Board of Trustees, announced the decision early Thursday morning.
Days after Jeffreen Hayes, newly appointed executive director of Threewalls, announced that the nonprofit arts organization would vacate its longtime West Loop space and lay off its operating staff, questions still remain about the fate of Chicago’s beloved alternative arts space. In an email addressed to the Chicago art community, Hayes cited financial challenges, including rising rents in the West Loop neighborhood, as the reason for these drastic measures. While shocking, the announcement is a chilling reminder that the well-being of even the strongest and most successful nonprofit arts organizations are not guaranteed in the current political and economic environment. [Read more…]