This panel discussed the emergence of new ways to engage audiences in artworks through customized exhibitions and avenues for visitor participation. Panelists considered in depth the implications of audience expectations that are increasingly driven by popular culture and informed by widespread use of social media.
Often the artists who say they have a “studio” here simply have their name on one of the hundreds of shelves that line the ceramics wing. “But we like that,” Robbins assures me. “We want everyone to feel like they have a place to work and feel like part of the family here.”
"Pitchfork is a community of music people who have come together to put on a project that we really love that has been successful and has grown. It was a positive experience from the get-go, and it’s stayed that way." Read up on the people who make the popular music festival run.
As makers, we should all be inspired to lend some time and resources to support our colleagues in their own practices and confront the needs of the neighborhoods that we work in. South Logan Arts Coalition has done just this.
Visual Arts Researcher Andi Crist is moving around the city reporting on and engaging with local artists, arts administrators and advocates to expand our understanding of the visual arts landscape in Chicago.
In the spring of 2013, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation convened former recipients of its Exhibition Award—given since 1998 to support the work of innovative curators—and other experts for a facilitated conversation on the impact of experimentation and customization in the field.
Small Fish Radio Theatre brings together an old-time radio format and brand-new work. This the first play we have presented episodically. Creating soundscapes to keep the listener located in the world of this play has been most interesting.
One of the greatest things about country music (and soul music) is that part of the songwriting goal is to tell an emotionally relatable story about love or relationships. That’s one of the reasons I’m attracted to the genre as a singer and songwriter; I want to write about life in a direct and poetic way.
Pr0ne follows Jessica Harrison, an aspiring film actress, and her family as the country discovers her secret: that she is the unnamed, possibly exploited, young woman in an adult “casting couch” video at the heart of a highly-publicized legal battle.
Since opening its studio, Ignite has worked to expand awareness of the glass arts to creative communities in Chicago. Ignite currently offers public-access studio hours and classes for independent artists; after-school programs with Chicago Public Schools; and community appreciation through the rental of its event space.
“From what I can tell, our project is the biggest and most ambitious that any newspaper is doing in the United States,” said Doug Seibold, president of the Evanston-based publisher Agate.
From the North-by-Northeasternmost corner of the city, Rogers Park houses a dynamic and diverse community of artists, musicians, and writers.
It’s really important to decide which project pursue from all the projects an artist might be working on. Be very careful in choosing your project. Make sure there’s a good correspondence there. One of the ways to figure that out is to look at whom else they’ve funded.
“Death & Taxes” was originally written for Black Umbrella Brigade. Our singer wanted a danceable, instrumental song, so I brought in this idea for an angular funk jam. It was too hip for the room, though, and we never performed it.
"Collaboration is a quality-of-life issue. It becomes an act of hospitality and generosity, an idea that what you do ultimately permeates everything that you are" ..."And we are all in that same community: We’re creative, and we’re working with our hands."
When I wrote this piece, I was still making music with a band called Leaves. I always felt like the guys in Leaves played this song beautifully, but the band broke up before we had a chance to record it. Since then I recorded this song a few different times with a few different bands.
As an artist, spending money on non-essentials is a difficult concept to get behind. When you’re struggling to make rent, putting money into an abstract project is hard to justify. Why should you put money toward something that might help you when you can pay for something that you need to do now.
Setting a base price is difficult enough: You have to assess the state of the market, your relationships with potential collectors, your sales and exhibition/performance history, your volume of output and perceived demand. Then comes a patron. You "run the numbers" which, for most creatives, means you worry about it for a while. A number floats into focus.
I had been thinking about writing a song that encourages silliness, which is a basic necessity of life. So often we take things way too seriously. This song is a reminder to myself that life is a gift.