| May 23, 2013
Denise Scott Brown has worked side by side with her husband, architect Robert Venturi, since the early 1960s, joining his firm and marrying him in 1967 and becoming the firm's principal in charge of planning in 1969.
In 1991, Venturi won their...
| May 17, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Sometime in the next few weeks, if you're walking down Fullerton Avenue around DePaul University and have 15 minutes to spare, duck into the tidy brick building alongside the CTA station. Here you will find the DePaul Art Museum, an institution so...
| May 11, 2013
| 10:00 PM
My mother made me a journalist. And a musician, an artist, a poet and a playwright.
I realized this recently while taking in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. —“The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design,...
| May 7, 2013
| 11:24 AM
For ages, mankind has been fascinated by rivers, not simply as natural resources and avenues of commercial conveyance, but also as symbols, metaphors and ideas. Countless artists, composers, writers and thinkers have pondered the significance of these...
| 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....
| Apr 18, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The hardest thing about visiting Chicago is deciding where to take the kids first — Chicago's famous Lakefront where you can ride bikes and in-line skate, or Lincoln Park where you can visit one of the few free zoos (http://www.lpzoo.org) in the...
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 2:22 PM
The awards season has run its course. It's always a relief to see it in the rearview mirror. Even the winners feel that way.
Many of the award-winners qualifying for very goodness and even greatness fed an ongoing debate about historical fiction on...
| 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...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Kara Walker will be difficult. This gets whispered to you by enough people in the art world and you start to believe it: She's humorless!
Intimidating! David Mamet intimidating!
And this week, before the Thursday opening of “...