Summer 2020: The Year Without a Summer (After Rasputina)
Could a forced sequestration lead to achievements of brilliance this year?
Slouching Toward Equitable: PDF-OBJECTS Challenges Internet Hegemony
The PDF-OBJECTS-turned-web-pages are in many ways just ideas made manifest, each a foot in the door to understanding the respective artists’ practices.
Our Collective Breakdown: Seeking Sense For this Week’s Events in Cinema
Art in the field of fire: fresh features and lasting documentaries in the tragic moment.
Architectural Baubles: Iconic Structures to Take in from a Safe Distance
On your next socially distant walk or drive, consider wandering by one or more of these gems.
For the Sake of the Public Good: Chicago Theater Artists Respond to COVID-19
“I hope to see us take a breath, to rest, to unlearn grind culture, to seek to be with each other in meaningful ways and not self-serving ones."
Adaptability and Resilience: Pivot Arts Festival and Mandala Makers Festival Make the Move Online
A few small, nimble organizations have found creative ways to shift online and hold modified, virtual versions of the live festivals planned for June.
Hardest Hit: Pandemic Lays Bare Art Worker Precarity
Sixty-two percent of artists or creative workers have become fully unemployed because of COVID-19. More than ninety-five percent have experienced income loss.
Music Top 5: June 2020
Lockdown—self-isolating—sheltering in place—whatever you call it, goes easier with these outstanding album releases by stellar Chicago artists.
Max Guy Imagines Other Worlds, in Art and Life
Guy's art practice conflates the real and the fake, questions quotidian acts and existential quandaries, cracks jokes and highlights harsh political realities.
Theater Top 5: June 2020
The Windy City continues to find creative ways of bringing the performing arts directly to audiences, not so much blowing in the wind as swinging for the fences.
Art Top 5: June 2020
Exhibitions and projects continue to move online, and also outdoors, during Chicago's extended stay-at-home order.
Mystical Musings: A Review of Nate Young at Monique Meloche
“The Transcendence of Time,” Young’s fourth solo exhibition at Monique Meloche, dives into space, material and time through personal history.
Collective Vision: Stay Home with the Chicago Humanities Festival
“We feel lucky to have an audience willing to go along on this experiment with us. They've shown up and really engaged with presenters during the live events.”
Brutal Symbols: We’re Living Alfonso Cuarón’s Children Of Men
Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 Christmas Day release turns out to be as much bravura futuristic tapestry as dystopian fable.
Stratospheric: A Review of Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding’s Last Flight Out
The album is a collaboration with Chicago string ensemble Quartet Parapluie; the resultant fusion of disparate genres creates a ravishing textural dissonance.