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  • 'College Dropout' to Ph.D.: Kanye West receives honorary doctorate in Chicago

    'College Dropout' to Ph.D.: Kanye West receives honorary doctorate in Chicago
    Kanye West remained still for 90 minutes on Monday. It was remarkable feat of willpower, a once-in-a-lifetime performance, certainly some kind of record. West — aka Yeezy, aka Ye, aka the Louis Vuitton Don, aka, fashion designer, filmmaker, wannabe architect, reluctant reality TV participant, stage crasher, president basher, instigator, headline maker, Chicagoan and ball of energy — stood patiently at the Auditorium Theatre for more than 30 minutes as 900 graduating students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago filed slowly into their seats for commencement. Then he sat, for another hour, as SAIC provost Elissa Tenny introduced SAIC president Walter Massey, who introduced the dean of student affairs, who introduced gallery owner John Corbett, who introduced German painter Albert Oehlen …
  • Art Institute of Chicago gets its largest gift ever, including 9 Warhols

    Art Institute of Chicago gets its largest gift ever, including 9 Warhols
    A major private contemporary art collection with a value estimated at $400 million is being donated to the Art Institute of Chicago by local philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, in what the museum is calling the largest gift of art in its history...

    School of Art Institute to award Kanye West honorary doctorate

    School of Art Institute to award Kanye West honorary doctorate
    Kanye West has a complicated history with higher education. He studied painting for a hot minute at the American Academy of Art on Michigan Avenue; then English at Chicago State University, where his mother, Donda, was chair of the English department....

    Ireland exhibit at Art Institute goes beyond the blarney

    Ireland exhibit at Art Institute goes beyond the blarney
    Yes, the major exhibition of Irish art and craft works at the Art Institute of Chicago opened on St. Patrick's Day. But it is almost in rebuke to that holiday, or at least to the sloppy, stereotype-laden way it is often celebrated here. Laid out in...

    Ruth Horwich, 1920-2014

     Ruth Horwich, 1920-2014
    A fixture in Chicago's art community for more than 55 years, Ruth Horwich championed young artists and donated significant pieces to the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Her most...