A gaunt, contorted figure kneels on a pedestal, clutching his shoulders in a private gesture of melancholy, suffering, and solitude. Continue reading
A seemingly simple dot, the Bindu is in fact a powerful Indian symbol that represents the point at which creation begins and may become unity. In a collaborative exhibition at the Bridgeport Art Center named after the Bindu, artists Paula Garrett-Ellis, Mareev Vaid, and Stacey Sirow explore the symbol’s deeper meaning in a collection of works that spans folk art, contemporary printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Within these pieces, the artists search for unity in a clash of cultures and customs—between India and America, past and future, tradition and modernity. Continue reading
The entrance to Casa Aztlan, a community center in Pilsen that provides support services for victims of prejudice, poverty, and social violence, is adorned with intricate depictions of prominent Mexican historical figures. At around 3pm this past Saturday, however, a group of people clad in all-white paint suits were taping long sheets of black paper over the beautiful images, fighting against the gusty Chicago wind that ripped at their hair and clothing. Casa Aztlan was their penultimate stop in a successful implementation of the first-ever Day Without Public Art in Pilsen.
As the overhead lights slowly fade away, the first photograph is placed on the glowing display case, a structure that serves as an easel, both lighting and framing the piece. A hush descends on the Washington Park Fieldhouse, subduing the cries, hugs, and sounds of kisses on cheeks that filled the space moments ago. Continue reading
Reminiscent of green lawns and warm summer evenings, the name “Back of the Yards” might evoke the image of a quaint small-town neighborhood. Rather than neatly-trimmed backyards, however, the neighborhood gets its name from a much grittier—and gorier—history. Continue reading