| Feb 20, 2013
| 12:28 PM
In 1913, the Art Institute did something astonishing. It opened its hallowed halls to an exhibition so radical that it would forever alter the course of art-making in the United States.
The event was the International Exhibition of Modern Art, better...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Ever since the Great Fire of 1871, a cycle of destruction and rebuilding has been central to the Chicago story. This month, Northwestern University secured a permit to tear down Prentice Hospital so that it can build a biomedical research facility. Also...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
| Dec 14, 2013
When she was a child, Jean Goldman used to create art shows for family members, dangling drawings from clothespins in her bedroom.
Decades later, Goldman, an art historian, and her husband, Steven, a former Northwestern University Law School professor...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 7:54 AM
You have a Netflix queue, which you maintain, nurture, cull and arrange just so.
Therefore you curate movies.
You have iTunes playlists on your computer, each of which probably tells a kind of story. Therefore you curate music.
I don't have a...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 1:30 PM
DETROIT — The Christie's appraisers enter on Mondays, when the museum is closed, and either inspect what's on the walls or ask to see some of the thousands of works not on display, sometimes sending Detroit Institute of Arts technicians on half-...
| Oct 20, 2013
The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrated its 40th anniversary Oct. 12 with Nothing Is As It Appears, a masked ball attended by 370 at the Modern Wing.
Inspired by surrealist Magritte, actors from Collaboraction Theatre Company...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Will L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art hire a museum director who actually has experience in running a museum?
The last time it did, Jimmy Carter was president and MOCA was still three years away from opening its doors.
Whether MOCA goes for...
| Oct 1, 2013
Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Maybe those are the wrong questions....
| Apr 18, 2013
| 10:56 AM
“It's not ‘rah, rah, rah,'” Gemze de Lappe says in explaining how you sing “Oklahoma!”
The 91-year-old de Lappe hops up from her chair and stoops, bowing low and dusting the air with her hands as if foraging through...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 2:48 PM
In the gifted hands of Allison Amend, the international art world is so full of intrigue and makes for such a smart page turner that when one is finished with the delicious novel "A Nearly Perfect Copy," a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago is in order....