EDITION Chicago Is Back

September 16, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

After a very successful launch last year, EDITION Chicago is back at Chicago Arts Coalition! Coinciding with EXPO Chicago, EDITION will take place all weekend, opening to the public...

What’s in the Cards

September 12, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

SAIC gets a tarot reading for the new school year from Daun Fields, a professional tarot reader and guest lecturer on tarot at Indiana University.

Command + P

/   Arts & Culture

Kenneth Goldsmith shapes the Internet into crowdsourced poetics, co-opting existing and open-source information into questions about the shapes of art's contexts and the meanings of authorship.

Pat’s Pix: Riot Fest Edition

September 1, 2014
/   Entertainment

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Riot Fest. To celebrate, the festival will be hosting ten special performances in which bands will play their “classic” albums from start...


/   Entertainment

We're Looking for Your Half-Inch Vignettes of the Fashion and Experiences at SAIC

Shepard Fairey’s Fair

August 22, 2014
/   Art Review

The $15 admission price to The Provocateurs, the group art show organized by the Art Alliance and curated by Shepard Fairey in conjunction with Lollapalooza, bought unlimited beers, sliders,...

Planes Are Freaking Everybody Out Downtown

August 14, 2014
/   Chicago

I was walking down Michigan Avenue this morning when the sudden deafeningly loud sound of an overhead fighter jet filled the air. Curious, I (along with several other bystanders)...

Corporations Have Rights, Too

August 13, 2014
/   News

The U.S. Supreme Court cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, exempting Hobby Lobby’s owners from providing insurance coverage for birth...

Pzzzt – The Buzz from Albania

July 29, 2014
/   Art Review

The narrow mouth of a communist-era air-raid shelter beneath an apartment building is the home to Tirana’s independent artist-run gallery space.

Exploring “Europe’s Most Expensive Chapel”

August 24, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

Lisbon’s Igreja de São Roque (Church of Saint Roch) sports a deceptively plain white facade, but the interior of the 17th-century building is home to some of the most prized (and allegedly expensive) Catholic art and architecture in all of Europe.

Pzzzt – The Buzz from Albania

July 29, 2014
/   Art Review

The narrow mouth of a communist-era air-raid shelter beneath an apartment building is the home to Tirana’s independent artist-run gallery space.

Alternative Art Spaces in Chicago

August 5, 2013
/   Feature Stories

Where They Began and Where They Are Now

With identities as diverse as the neighborhoods they occupy, alternative art spaces operate on the same basic premise: to share contemporary art not exhibited in Chicago’s established art institutions.

Command + P

September 2, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

Kenneth Goldsmith shapes the Internet into crowdsourced poetics, co-opting existing and open-source information into questions about the shapes of art's contexts and the meanings of authorship.

2008 Fall Art Sale – video

December 15, 2008
/   Miscellany

The Holiday Art Sale is an annual event providing students an opportunity to sell work. Students receive eighty-five percent of sales. The Student Association receives fifteen percent, which covers the cost of the sale, while any extra goes towards other student projects. This film shows the 2008 Preview Party for the 20th Annual Holiday Art Sale. Tickets for the event cost $25; subsequent nights were free.

Shaken Up and Scrawled Out

November 17, 2013
/   Feature Stories

Paint Paste Sticker: Chicago Street Art

Street art maintains a basic purpose: to enhance whichever landscape it befalls. The current exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center explores how the genre keeps growing, in both complexity and popularity, and navigating the grounds of legality and space.

Paint by Numbers

June 17, 2014
/   School

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is currently the most expensive four-year college in the US, according to a recent article from the Washington Post. Here is a breakdown of the numbers... and their implications.

Art news shorts for September 2014

Illustration by Berke Yazicioglu

Illustration by Berke Yazicioglu

Marina Abramovic Accused of Exploiting Free Labor

Celebrated performance artist Marina Abramovic came under fire in July when her nonprofit Marina Abramovic Institute Foundation (MAI) posted an advertisement on the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) jobs board seeking unpaid volunteers for full-time commitments. Abramovic’s critics, including Hyperallergic’s Jillian Steinhauer, pointed to the MAI’s recent $660,000 Kickstarter fundraising effort along with the artist’s multi-million-dollar net worth to argue that the advertised positions deserve fair salaries. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, MAI communications director Siena Oristaglio addressed the controversy, noting, “I began as a volunteer for MAI and found that my connection to this community of artists, scientists, and organizations provided profound transformational opportunities in my career and in my life. In my case, working as a volunteer developed into a full-time position at MAI, and we hope to provide similar opportunities for other volunteers as we expand our organizational capacities through fundraising endeavors.”

Cries of Censorship at University of Chicago

The University of Chicago has been accused of censorship following the whitewashing of a school-sponsored mural that had been erected in Washington Park. As Chicago Magazine reports, the mural, commissioned by the Theaster Gates-run Art and Public Life Initiative, was a collaborative piece between Canadian street art group En Masse, University of Chicago students, and several prominent local street artists. En Masse had been brought to the University of Chicago in the spring by lecturer Katherine Desjardins (who has also taught in SAIC’s painting and drawing department, and who brought the En Masse group to SAIC for a similar project last fall). The controversy stemmed from a portion of the mural depicting a young man holding both a gun and a teddy bear. Local residents were allegedly complaining that the image was insensitive in light of the recent shooting death of an 18-year-old resident, which occurred in close proximity to the mural. A joint statement from Theaster Gates and alderman Pat Dowell reads in part, “Several complaints were made that the mural was offensive containing ‘negative images and gang symbols.’”

Monkey’s Selfie Creates Dispute Over Copyright

British photographer David Slater has been embroiled in a copyright battle with Wikipedia over the rights to a selfie that a wild black macaque took using the photographer’s camera, according to a story from Public Radio International. The story originally dates to 2011, when the photograph was originally made in Indonesia. After years of successfully licensing the image to magazines and other publications, Slater found that the image had posted to Wikipedia as a public domain image. The copyright information on the Wikipedia image reads, “This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested.” Slater argues that, despite not having physically pressed the camera’s shutter, he still owns the rights to the photograph. Slater likens the ape’s role to that of an assistant, explaining, “In legal terms, if I have an assistant who presses the shutter on my behalf, it’s still copyrighted to myself.” Wikipedia spokeswoman Katherine Maher rebuts Slater’s claims, noting, “Because the monkey took the photo and the photographer — although it was his camera — didn’t take that photo, there’s nobody who copyright belongs to in this particular instance. It doesn’t belong to the monkey, it doesn’t belong to the photographer.”

Alyssa Moxley

Alyssa Moxley graduated SAIC with an MFA in Sound. Using multiple voices, microphone techniques, field recording, music, sound design, and speaker placement, she plays with memory as both a personal and shared medium.

Jessica Barrett Sattell

Design & Tech Writer. Web Editor of F Newsmagazine + Arts Journalism Grad Student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Troy Pieper

A writer and editor based in Chicago, Illinois. I provide fresh, compelling arts and culture content to a variety of publications and write powerful, targeted copy for a range of institutions.

Alexia Casanova

Marseille - London - Mexico - Chicago. Arts Editor of F Newsmagazine. Arts Management Grad Student at SAIC.