It's a very rare thing when a beautiful and emotionally stirring new musical comes along. But with Eastland, about the overlooked tragedy of the capsizing of the SS Eastland in the Chicago River, the writers make a landmark debut.
Two theater pieces reminded me that the perennial "crisis of theater" as no longer relevant for art audiences -- let alone politics -- is once again easily defied. Sometimes being a theater audience is the only way to get at the truth of the "real" thing.
The exhibition is truly the first of its kind or scale. Lichtenstein blurred the lines between low art and high art and paved the way for current day street artists and graphic novelists to further explore their craft in the world of fine art.
Many artists start young, but I know of no other for whom it was a sole means of communication with a close family member, as it was for Tom Torluemke. His expansive show and many others are a great reason to go look at art this weekend.
The Monday April 30 Dinner Party is around the corner. Amidst a great guest line-up, Executive Chef Paul Kahan will present food tastings for the audience from his new restaurant Publican Quality Meats.
Curious how most ArtLetters find a subplot or theme circulating through much of the work I preview. This week it's art whose materials are recycled, reused or artfully replicate something in another medium.