Who Were The Hairy Who?

October 1, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

The Chicago Imagist movement took place in tandem with New York’s pop art scene, which overshadows it historically. The Imagists were less concerned with being ironic and pretentious and...

Album Review: Ty Segall, Manipulator

September 29, 2014
/   Music

On August 26th, west coast garage-rock poster child Ty Segall released his seventh studio LP, Manipulator. Known for his prolificacy, the California native has been spearheading a west-coast...

Adieu à l’Art

September 28, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

We can envy the French for croissants, the French Riviera and the unique status of French cultural workers. But it seems that all good things come to an end....

Frames Per Second: Axel Olson

September 26, 2014
/   Frames Per Second

"My main influences include Paul Thomas Anderson, Derek Cianfrance, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Lars Von Trier, however I do appreciate the work of some lesser known names such...

A Northern Forest in Albania

September 23, 2014
/   Travel

Leo laughed and told us that five people had drowned there in the last year: three drunks and two suicides. One of the suicides was the mother of one...

For The People

September 22, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

20,000 art projects have been funded through Kickstarter, Pereira notes, the most successful of which are visual art, theater and dance projects. The most common? “Fund my tour or...

Culture Shock

/   Student Voices

Moving to a new place is about learning how to enter the future in all its unpredictable twists and turns, and being prepared to embrace the unexpected to let...

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...

In Brief

September 15, 2014
/   News

Art news shorts for September 2014.

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.

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...

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.

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.”

Prop 8 Protests

November 25, 2008
/   From The Print Edition

The overwhelming popularity of our new president has generated a fervor for politics that this country hasn’t seen since the anti-Vietnam War sentiment of the 60s.

Skeptic on the March

April 24, 2005
/   Miscellany

Exactly two years ago this weekend, while I was living in Boston, the streets erupted in protest against the impending war in Iraq. With rainbow-colored signs, drumming, marching, and general making of noise, legions of citizens indicated that this war was against the will of the people.

Diversity Mascots

May 7, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

Pope.L invited speakers that were willing to be were clothed in full coverage costumes, mainly mascot costumes that are designed to cover the entire body.

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.

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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.

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

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