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PHOTOS: The Signature Colorado Cocktail

| Sheri L. Thompson | Posted 08.28.2011 | Denver

Colorado has long been known as a beer mecca. But a cocktail mecca? Not so much. The lack of a signature "Colorado Cocktail" was the impetus be...

Roger Gastman On Graffiti, His New Book & MOCA's 'Art In The Streets'

WSJ | Dennis Nishi | Posted 07.26.2011 | Arts

Writer and former graffiti tagger Roger Gastman has turned his love of the spray arts into a lifelong career. At 19, he sold graffiti supplies, later ...

Street Art Reprisal

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 06.03.2011 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

By the time the 25th anniversary edition of Subway Art was published in 2009, generations of graffiti and street artists had been influenced by Martha...

Powerful Jim Nutt Exhibit Opens at Chicago's MCA

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Slowly and meticulously, Nutt sometimes takes a year to complete a single portrait. And it's portraits of imaginary women that have been Nutt's forte for decades.

MCA Curator Michael Darling Explains His Work

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Chicago's MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling generous insights into what he looks for in art and artists, and how he looks, are highly informative for artists and appreciators of culture anywhere.

First Fridays At MCA: Bollywood In Chicago

Chicagoist | Chuck Sudo in Arts & Events on November 5, 2010 10:40 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The "First Fridays" events at the Museum of Contemporary Art are usually themed affairs that also double as one of the more popular meet markets in to...

L.A. Museum's Destruction of Anti-War Art Disrespects Veterans

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robert Greenwald

Creating art sends a message. Destroying art also sends a message. One wonders what message was intended by the destruction of an anti-war-for-profit mural at the MOCA in LA.

Censorship: Coast to Coast

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Peter Clothier

The Republican agenda, it seems to me, is primarily about holding on to power at all costs. If that involves kow-towing to the Catholic church's objection to a museum exhibition, so be it.

WATCH: ART CENSORSHIP: Los Angeles MOCA Censors Street Artist BLU's Street Mural

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

This week has seen quite a whirlwind of censorship controversies. The protests at the Smithsonian have dominated the conversation, but yesterday Los ...

Ask Michael Cohen: Basel Tov!

Michael Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Cohen

Artsters, hipsters and richsters sipped Dom Pérignon and admired each other's acquisitions from the collections of Lanvin, Gucci and Prada at one of the first Art Basel events. If it sounded more like New Years Eve in St. Barts, in a way it was.

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

Monica Westin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Monica Westin

The modern or contemporary museum's self-professed job now often includes reconfiguring social relationships, emphasizing performance and participation of the audience.

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

Monica Westin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Monica Westin

Performance is not going away because our lives are weird interactive experiences of performing different personae in media we never thought we'd use to express our subjectivity.

Psychedelic Film Exhibit Opening At The MCA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Media artist Ben Russell is opening a short-lived, mind-expanding exhibit this weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Entitled "Trypps #7 (Badlan...

Fasten Your Seatbelt, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Edward Goldman

At the satellite galleries of the MOCA stands an exhibition titled "Any Ever." The artist, Ryan Trecartin, has been described as "possibly the most riotously talented artist of the YouTube generation."

LA Times Waits 30 Years to Confront MOCA on Artist Selection

Mat Gleason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Mat Gleason

I wouldn't again pay $6.50 for parking to see the retrospective of Dennis Hopper curated by Julian Schnabel currently on view at the Geffen wing of LA MOCA.

CELEBRITY ART: Time For a Museum Extravaganza of Celebrity Art?

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Recession got you down? The oil-volcano making you blue? Sick of the blatant racism seeping into our national political discourse? Help is at hand. Wi...

MUSEUM NEWS: Jeffrey Deitch And MOCA, Los Angeles | RANDY KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

...That the museum had become a soap opera set was pure Deitch, for better or worse: stuntlike, crazily experimental, scrambling high and low culture,...

Michael Darling New Chief Curator For The M.C.A.

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Madeleine Grynsztejn became director at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008, the then-40-year-old institution was in the throes of what ...

Outpost Cup Blends Soccer, Art, and Music Just Blocks from Downtown

Anthea Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthea Raymond

The First Annual Outpost Cup featured a soccer tournament organized by urbanist Jeremy Rosenberg and music and artistic performances curated by Carolyn Castano.

How Art Museums Are Striving to Stay Relevant for a New Generation

Sue Bell Yank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sue Bell Yank

The overwhelming consensus is that younger generations of Americans eschew the largely passive role of audience, and demand participation from their art institutions.

Diverse Strength on View

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

The surefire, winning videos of William Kentridge blow everything else at the Museum of Contemporary Art away.

Jeffrey Deitch's Last Show? Shepard Fairey | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Deitch Projects continues to transition through uncertain times as proprietor Jeffrey Deitch readies for his new job at Los Angeles's Museum of Contem...

Heartland: Smart Art

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

For any museum to mount two original, innovative and relevant shows in a row is rare. The Smart Museum has done precisely that.

The Opening of the Fall Art Season; Chicago Art is Kicking

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

It's going to be fun watching the MCA, the runt of Chicago's 'big' museums, come from behind to become a trendsetting, innovative role model for the 21st Century museum.

Profundity at the MCA?

Paul Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

What we're seeing here is theoretically major. Chicago art holds its own against art of globally acknowledged stature. Is this the opening salvo in the War to End Cookie-Cutter Museums?