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Theater for NATO: Dramatizing Protest, Representing War

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 9:46 AM

This weekend in Chicago, as we braced ourselves for what would undoubtedly comprise a high-profile moment for protestors and heads of state, and a sometimes uneasy inconvenience for the rest of us, two theater pieces reminded me that the perennial "crisis of theater" as no longer relevant for art audiences...

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Art As a Produce Box? Finding Sustenance in the Art World's Food Chain

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 12:31 PM

In the last 20 years or so, the place of food in contemporary art has taken on a privileged and not always comfortable role.

The abundance of interactive art, like slides in art museums, has as its immediate forerunner in those '90s installations and performances where artists...

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Chicago Doesn't Need More Famous Artists

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 6:33 PM

(Full disclosure: I have been teaching at DePaul University since 2009. I have no association with its museum or its art department.)

The most notable Chicago art opening this fall isn't at the MCA, the Art Institute, or any of the most cutting-edge West Loop galleries. It's the opening...

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Art in the Time of Midterms: Museum as Democracy and the MCA's New Show

(6) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 8:44 AM

Public museums have historically been places where the social order is revealed, for better or worse, in their terms of power and knowledge--and in many ways art museums increasingly reflect positive changes: larger, more diverse audiences, and better representation of artists from all backgrounds in the work displayed broadening and...

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Performance Art for Everyone! Or, Why You Don't Have to Care About the Cremaster Cycle

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 1:46 PM

A few weeks ago I found myself talking to another HuffPost arts blogger about the difficulty of writing about art you're passionate about without proselytizing, or worse, telling people what they should care about. After all, art is a luxury on the list of things we care about,...

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Why Hipsters Will Save Theater: Cherrywood

(25) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 11:39 AM

I still vividly remember the first live theater production I saw growing up, around age ten: Of Mice and Men at the University of Houston theater, with my parents sitting on either side of me. In the final seconds of the production, George Milton shot Lennie Small in the back...

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Two Important Shows at Intuit, Transvestite Fights, and Fantasies of Outsider Art

(13) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 6:11 PM

After the first of two important (for different reasons) outsider art openings at Intuit this summer, I had a revelation about the field while witnessing a fight between transvestites on the train home. It was a weekend night on the south side of Chicago, and everyone on the train seemed...

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But Is It a Candy Convention?

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 11:57 AM

The best and often only good reason to go to art fairs is to collect absurd stories, and this year's Art Chicago produced my all-time champion.

I'm a performing and visual arts writer for New City, a little alt weekly paper in Chicago, and every year our...

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