It’s Taylor Swift’s Party

October 21, 2014
/   Music

One of the difficulties of art is that the public eye makes little effort to separate artists from the brands they cultivate. Taylor Swift is the latest artist to...

Above Snakes and Angel Lust

October 20, 2014
/   Art Review

Performance artist Jaime McMurry’s work aims to raise questions about materiality, and when successful, it offers a response to the demands of daily life. Angel Lust, a recent performance...

From Doors and Authors to Porn and Smudges

October 16, 2014
/   Profiles

In a society where the ghosts of slavery and racism still haunt our politics and our interactions, conceptual artist Glenn Ligon tackles these issues by appropriating African American history...

Franco in the Rye

/   Book Review

Sometimes the least likely of combinations brings the best results; the pairing of James Franco with a blooming literary career, despite the celebrity's fearless mediocrity, does not.

The New Ism

October 14, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

Experience-based art gets redefined in light of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sullivan Galleries exhibit A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action.

EXPO Chicago 2014

October 13, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

This year's EXPO Chicago art fair could be seen as an art world bore or chore... or an opportunity for the next generation of artists and arts professionals to...

A Kubrick Odyssey

October 12, 2014
/   Art Review

The Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the National Museum in Krakow marries art and entertainment in a retrospective of the filmmaker's career, creative process, and private life.

Social Fiber at the Garland Gallery

/   Art Review

Monika Neuland, the current Artist-in-Residence at the Chicago Cultural Center's Garland Gallery, constructed an ambitious social space within which the public may directly engage with the artist and her...

Brief But Influential

/   Art Review

A look beyond Miami's Art Basel madness to two Miami photography galleries showing work by emerging artists and students.

The Anti-Design Exhibition

October 10, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

The current show at the Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon is simultaneously understated and wildly bold; its aim is not to showcase fine artistry nor craftsmanship,...

Twelve Movies Disguised As One

October 7, 2014
/   Film Review

“How do you plan a twelve-year production?” “You don’t,” said Richard Linklater, in an interview with The Guardian. “There’s always a life metaphor. How do we plan for our...

Startups Versus Astronauts

October 5, 2014
/   Technology

“I think that’s the positive part of the privatization of space exploration,” Walczak explains. “You get rich people to do it first because they have the ability and then...

Leave Frida Alone!

/   Art Review

It’s been 60 years since Frida Kahlo died, and her fame has grown tremendously among arts connoisseurs and the greater public alike. Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo at...

Chicago Sign Painters

October 4, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

A (nearly) lost art is finding new forms through the city's veteran practitioners and budding typographic artists alike.

Go West, Young Artists

October 2, 2014
/   School

The works in West play upon a sense of terra incognita that has defined the “Wild West” of America in ways that other parts of the United States have...

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.

Compasses Not Maps

September 11, 2014
/   Technology

Speculative Design shies away from design for mass consumption, which relies on generalizing about groups of people to create one profitable solution. Charlesworth explained her past jobs in design consulting and service design as something she found “ethically difficult.”

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.

Homeland Security Buys Snow Cone Machines

December 25, 2011
/   Miscellany

A Michigan regional agency of the US Department of Homeland Security purchased 11 snow cone machines for $11,700. A spokesperson explains: “It is used to attract people so they can be educated and prepared for homeland security More importantly, they (homeland security officials) felt in a medical emergency the machine was capable of making

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.”

Jessica Barrett Sattell

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

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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.

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.

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

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