Author Archive for Kathryn Born

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Foamy Wargames: Mike Bancroft Gets Ready for Bathroom Routine

What is Bancroft up to now?? Let’s take it from the top: he and his cronies started Garage Spaces with an imitation Meth Lab installation. Yet Natalie Edwards and I concurred, based on what we know from both CSI and Breaking Bad, that it really wasn’t meth labby enough for our taste. “More bottles! The […]

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Public Art: The Next Generation – Panel Discussion at Block 37

-sponsored post- Saturday October 23, 1-3pm Public Art: The Next Generation Block 37 (108 South State Street, 2nd Level, North End) Join esteemed artists Tony Tasset (Artist responsible for “The Eye” on State Street), Lynn Basa (Artist, Author and Professor, School of the Art Institute) and Juan Angel Chavez (Artist, Sculpture Professor, SAIC)as they discuss […]

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Art Loop Open – Tours!

Editor’s note: this is a great idea, as even if you’ve “checked out” the Art Loop Open, it’s really hard to know you’ve seen everything. Sunday October 24, 11am, 1pm, 3pm Guided tours of Art Loop Open Venues Email Alyson- at  – chicagoartistscoalition dot org to reserve a spot! Sign up for a free, docent-led tour […]

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Propeller Fund Winners Announced

The five jurists for the first round of awards, Hannah Feldman, Dan Peterman, Georgina Valverde, Cleo Wilson and Propeller Fund representatives, selected the 15 winners from over 140 applications. Propeller Fund awards are given at two levels: Five grants at $6,000 Ten grants at $2,000 The winners and their summaries of the projects: The Storefront […]

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Theatre vs. Performance Art vs. Fringe Theatre

How do you define performance art versus theatre?

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“Downfall” Spoof Videos and the Protection of Satire from Copyright Violation

Ask a lawyer is a series that’s emerged because we have a lawyer on hand willing to dispense free advice. So, in the midst of talking about how satire is immune from copyright, I hear that the “Downfall” spoofs have been removed from YouTube, and I consult local lawyer Cara Dehnert Huffman for some insight.

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Artists in Chicago, Showing During October

It’s common knowledge that Chicago Art Magazine always just runs on fumes, and while we recover our costs from the expansion, we’re doubly so. One thing we do, editorially, is quickly create lots of “evergreen” content, load up “the content hopper schedule” and then all the writers take a break – or in this case, […]

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Chicago Art Magazine’s Flying Red Carpet Event

We’re shooting a “flying red carpet event” where we create a red carpet “set” that moves from place to place. Fruzsina Eordogh and I will host. I’m going to be wearing white go go boots, we’ll have a videographer, helpers and a few other people with cameras. This is what will be going on: Our […]

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Beyond the Coyote – The WPB Tradition Continues

Beyond the Coyote is a three-day show and sale that will feature the art of over one hundred and fifty painters, sculptors, photographers, performers, poets and musicians. Highlights of this event also include performances, a silent auction and refreshments in a fun and magical atmosphere buzzing with art enthusiasts and newcomers enjoying the festivities, There will also be seven LIVE music venues.

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Drop and Give Me 5 (Artists)

This name came from a desire to go up to people in the know and say, “don’t think, just list the first 10 artists that come to mind” and then just list them out on the site, with an image, and just let it be a very lightly juried thing. So me being me, here’s […]

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Lloyd DeGrane and the Chicago Photography Collective Pop Up Gallery Exhibit

-Quasi Sponsored Post*-   Lloyd DeGrane will be participating in the Chicago Photography Collective’s opening on Sept 2 (29 E. Madison). DeGrane is a Chicago-based freelance photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, the Paris Match and other national and international publications. He specializes in location photography and […]

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Call for Installation Artist Diagrams

Usually we wouldn’t put this in a post, but since it’s August, and we go live with new content in two days, I thought I’d make a post about this particular call. In the future, look in the nav bar for “Wanted” and it will be quirky lists for recommendations for artist roundups. Call for […]

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Art Website Pick List

The top arts and culture websites on the internet.

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Fair Use: Information Piracy and Creative Commons in Contemporary Art and Design

Columbia College Glass Curtain Gallery hosts the upcoming show about Fair Use, and the effect of section 107 of the Copyright Act on artists.

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Video Tutorial: How to Use the Chicago Art Map (ChicagoArtMap.com)

Video tutorial on how to use the Art Map and Calendar Tool

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EveryBody! Visual Resistance in Feminist Health Movements, 1969-2009

an impressive exhibition of visual resistance in the women’s health movement that encompasses activist posters, video, performance, and the work of feminist artists

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Faheem Majeed. Remember that name.

I always complain that the same twenty writers cover the same forty artists, and when I started this blog, I was determined to break away from the usual suspects and find some new talent. Overall, the blog hasn’t been too successful in that goal, but if there is one person I feel like I’ve found by going off the beaten path, someone who wasn’t on the radar, then it’s Faheem Majeed.

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Art on Track – Discounted Tickets

“I was reading an article in The Red Eye about crazy things you could rent in Chicago. And on the list was a CTA El Train.” “You just rent the train?” “Right, anyone can do it.” He’s right, anyone can do it, but only Tristan Hummel (Salvo’s front man) read the Red Eye article and created the […]

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Will the Arts Ever Go Open Source?

This post is dedicated to the person who photographed anonymous street art, which was (obviously) in a public space, then published it on the internet. The person then slapped a copyright on it, and chased us down for “stealing his picture”. Where have all the flowers gone? Oh when will they ever learn, oh when […]

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Chicago Cultural Center Visual Arts Exhibitions and Events

Extensive description of events and exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center.