Visual Arts

Prom Meets Pageantry

A new exhibit at the Arts Incubator brings the ‘Runway to Reality’

Courtesy of Helen Maurene Cooper

“I feel like it’s a part of a rite of passage. Jewish families have Bar Mitzvahs, Mexican families have Quinceñeras…its something for coming of age, a celebration of transitioning to the next level,” Fashion Designer Suzette Opara says.

Music | Violence

Rap Becomes the Remedy

The Music Vs. Gun Violence campaign urges Chicagoans to think twice before picking up a gun

Baci Weiler

“Music, particularly the rap genre, is an effective method in instigating change because its message can serve as a vehicle to motivate and inspire conversation” Anthony “The Twilite Tone” Khan

Best of the South Side 2015 | Washington Park | Woodlawn

Best of Woodlawn & Washington Park 2015

Juliet Eldred

It is no secret that Washington Park and Woodlawn have seen better days. Economic depression and consistently declining populations since the 1970s have led to collective downturn. Currently, the neighborhoods are caught in the crossroads of the lingering memory of a thriving local culture and middle class and the issue of how exactly revival can be effectively stoked. Two newly fashioned courses point to answers: one fostered by communal organizations of both neighborhoods, and the other led by the University of Chicago.

Visual Arts

Processing a Tragedy

Painter Jackie Kazarian commemorates the centennial of the Armenian genocide with a painting at Mana Contemporary

James Prinz

“I wanted to celebrate the culture that survived in Armenia. But even with that, I knew in my gut that the sadness would come out.”

Visual Arts

Three Heads Are Better than One

A new exhibition space in Hyde Park, the 4th Ward Project Space, aims to exhibit underrepresented artists.

Eric Saudi

The trio is with [the selected] artist through every step of the process from the first gallery visit to installation.

Visual Arts

Staying Curious

Varda Caivano at the Renaissance Society

Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London.

As shown by the latest exhibition at the Renaissance Society by Buenos Aires-born and London-based painter Varda Caivano, abstract art still very much has an audience. At the opening of the exhibit last week, entitled “The Density of the Actions,” the patrons were noticeably confounded, enchanted, and unsettled by art on display. And not without cause—her paintings are imaginatively filled with colors, lines, and forms that are both intricately incoherent and effortlessly comprehensive. Continue reading