| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Three weeks after the closing of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, even as the museum has stripped its galleries of the exhibiton’s videos, sculptures and paintings to make way for a Jeff Koons retrospective, the debate over one of its works lives on....
| Jun 17, 2014
Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, calls itself the "World's Smallest Big City." I'd argue it's more like the world's biggest little town: easy to handle and easy to like. A pleasant three-hour train ride from Copenhagen, Aarhus is well worth a stop....
| Jun 13, 2014
| 2:50 PM
My colleague and fellow Japadog eater David Ng is reporting that Mayor Eric Garcetti is making a bid for "Star Wars" mastermind George Lucas to bring his art museum to L.A. (Apparently San Francisco and Chicago are also making bids.) To entice Lucas,...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 10:00 AM
When German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared in 1882 that "Gott ist tot" — God is dead — he could not have known that he was codifying a social and cultural transformation that a generation later would manifest itself in astounding...
| Jun 26, 2013
Chicago should light up more of its signature buildings — even on nights when the Blackhawks are not winning the Stanley Cup. For one thing, projection technology has advanced to the point where any exterior surface can be an exciting canvas, flat...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Late last month, the Detroit Free Press ran a major article on a problem that seems unthinkable: the likelihood of the precious artworks in the Detroit Institute of the Arts being sold to help pay the crippling debts of the City of Detroit.
"It is an...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:48 PM
At first glance, the Chicago Cultural Mile ("Where Culture & Commerce Meet") resembles nothing so much as a gerrymandered congressional district.
According to its website, this officially arty and mercantile stretch begins at Michigan Avenue and the...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:07 AM
Shulamit Ran likes her ring tone.
"It's a harplike arpeggio going up and down," says the Chicago composer, who won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in music for her "Symphony." "It's very gentle. It's fun, and it's very delicate."
And the tone, which came with...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 11:13 AM
Los Angeles' big biennial gets rolling at the Hammer, narco culture gets a screening at the Fowler and a sound artist takes over a hidden space in downtown Santa Ana. There's a lot going on in the big bad Southland; here's what we've got on the calendar:...
| Apr 24, 2014
Everyday Chicagoans came armed with plenty of ideas Wednesday night about where to locate a home for George Lucas' collection of art and movie memorabilia.
But members of the Galactic Empire seemed to be otherwise engaged, as no one arrived in a "Star...