Ryan Hageman investigates communication at the intersections of language and culture through both his work as a graphic designer and Gurafiku, his website dedicated to collecting examples of Japanese graphic design history from the 1800s to today. The ongoing research project aims to remove the linguistic barriers that keep international audiences from a rich vein of visual culture.
At this year's EXPO CHICAGO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago curator Naomi Beckwith spoke with independent French curators Guillaume Désanges and Matthieu Poirier about partnerships between the two locales that could test curatorial practices and forge new artistic and social discourses.
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 be subjected to "sell-out" scrutiny for her shift into pop music, and the criticisms for her work are nothing new.
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 at Chicago's Defibrillator Gallery, was not one such instance.
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 into work focusing on text, voice and noise.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and educator Junot Díaz speaks on at this year's Dialogue event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Ten minutes in the talk, it seems like Díaz is actually performing a one man show: the crowd is laughing almost hysterically, clapping at every one of his jokes or witty remarks.
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 artwork and even try their hand at the loom or other modes of weaving available in the gallery.
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, but rather to execute a quiet political critique (with extensive visual evidence) of pervasive state-sponsored mediocrity.
“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 own futures? You do your best but you have to live in the present.”
“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 it trickles down where it becomes cheaper and there’s more technology out there and new ways of seeing things.”
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 the MCA is definitely surfing on that popularity wave. While it condemns the fact that “she has been turned into a stereotype of Latin American Art,” the MCA uses her name as a crowd-drawing and money-making pretext for an exhibition that has very little to do with her or her work.
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 not. The show’s continuous re-staging of landscape and terrain evokes another quintessential pioneer idea: that we can tame the land, make it better, acclimate to it.
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 more concerned with being completely bizarre. Most of their works take the form of comic books and paintings.
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 garage rock revival since 2008, incorporating elements of psychedelia and surf into a low-fi, fuzz-filled package.
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. For now pastries and dreamy beaches are safe, though we cannot say the same for those artists’ privileges.
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 of our fellow guesthouse occupants. She left a note saying goodbye and where to find her.
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 fund PR for my album,” she says.
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 this Friday at noon and closing on Sunday at 5pm.
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.”
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Riot Fest. To celebrate, Multimedia editor Patrick Reynolds shares his thoughts on the nine selected bands and albums, presented in order of how far he was able to make it through the album before turning it off.
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.
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, and access to art that ran a gauntlet from gorgeous to gregarious.
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 control for female employees.
"About forty percent of the people that come into the library are looking to research their genealogies, but the strength of the library’s resources also draws undergraduate, graduate and PhD students to use the facilities."
Police arrested and detained Tokyo-based artist Megumi Igarashi, who works under the name Rokudenashi-ko ("No-good girl"), on the accusation of selling the code that could be used to reproduce her own vagina with a 3D printer.
Sia Furler is the lyrical mastermind behind an endless stream of pop hits including Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and David Guetta’s “Titanium.” Unlike her A-list collaborators, Sia prefers to avoid the spotlight entirely and focus solely on her work as a writer.
The sounds of New York car horns in the 1960s are audible beneath the uninflected, steady narration of Yvonne Rainer delivering instructions for movement. A set of chairs faces the window where the audience is able to sit and listen.
Here, There and Everywhere: Truth and Liveness is a two-person show featuring works by recent SAIC alumni Angharad Davies and Stephen Kwok. The exhibition’s opening coincided with Kwok’s performance piece, Pineapple, which was featured in the March issue of F Newsmagazine.
“Attachments features 19 works by graduating design students in the Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects; Master of Design in Designed Objects; Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment; Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture; and Master of Architecture programs."
Northern European countries often come to mind when we think about interior design, however, there is another region — often underestimated — that seems to have greatly attracted and inspired designers in this past century: Latin America.
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.
When a colleague at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago mentioned volleyball as one of the ways he was spending his summer, he must have recognized in my face the spark of interest I felt. He stopped talking and said, “what, you like volleyball?”