| Dec 13, 2014
| 3:17 PM
With the debut of Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park on Saturday, the snaky “bridge to nowhere” over Columbus Drive finally gets somewhere to go, the city gets another superpark tourist draw and Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets something more to brag...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 8:28 AM
The J. Paul Getty Trust is plugging a fresh executive into what's perhaps the art world's most counterintuitive job: getting rich folks, corporations and charitable foundations to make big cash donations to an organization that already sits on a pile of...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:21 PM
A recent visit to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art discovered in its galleries:
• A photograph depicting a photograph of the photographer's eye as it bathed in a darkroom solution.
• A one-armed 1930s male mannequin in a girl's dress...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 8:56 PM
Lop off your fingers, the new "Star Wars" lightsaber will. Know this, every Jedi knight should.
Happily, I can't write this entire column using a Yoda Speak Generator. So in simple Chicagoese, I'll tell you this: My experts insist that if you use that...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 2:34 PM
The Sept. 19 Chicago Tribune editorial on the world’s best museum was outstanding and well-deserved.
I have been a member of the Art Institute of Chicago for many years.
I also have been a volunteer there for more than 20 years.
| Nov 21, 2014
| 9:30 AM
A week from now, we'll be eating leftovers.
But until then, we all have to live our lives and pretend like we're watching what we consume ahead of Thanksgiving. So listen up. There's a lot to catch you up on this week.
Sit back and enjoy this week'...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Long before Lollapalooza became a fixture in Grant Park, long before Riot Fest and Pitchfork Music Festival and the myriad other concentrations of cultural events that have come to define the city's warm-weather entertainment scene, there was the...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Chicago's museums aren't the only homes to thought-provoking, inspiring and exceptional works of art.
Consider the bronze sculpture by Christopher Wool called "Untitled (2013)," which stands next to Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. A temporary...
| Oct 22, 2014
George Lucas' proposed lakefront museum is a bad idea. A really bad idea. And not because it may be illegal, as some lakefront preservationists argue.
That is, even if the museum is perfectly legal, it is perfectly misplaced and ill-conceived.
| Sep 25, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Mark Landis didn't become an art imitator for the money. Using his name along with several aliases — he even posed as a Catholic priest — Landis attempted to donate 100 fakes to some 50 institutions in 20 states. And because he has not...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 3:25 PM
That I have spent more than four decades writing for newspapers has done nothing to enlighten me to the mystery of photography. Working with dozens of men and women with cameras who accompanied me on hundreds of stories, I have watched as they did their...