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    September 16th, 2016 · 3:32 pm @   -  No Comments

    It’s another Friday, and you know what that means! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.

    Have you been wondering what the Textile Department has been up to the last four years at The Art Institute of Chicago? Well this is your last chance to see their exhibition “A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012–2016” before it closes this weekend!

    This display features 39 of those works—showcasing a remarkable variety of cultures, periods, and textile types that mirror the encyclopedic scope of the museum as a whole. The objects are divided into three sections: contemporary weavings, American and European textiles, and Middle Eastern and Asian works. There are masterpieces in each section…


    Opening tonight! DePaul Art Museum‘s exhibition “On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Vancouver” is a partnership with ART21 to exhibit sixteen artists featured in the show’s new season.

    On Space and Place” considers how the characteristics and identity of a city can influence the artwork that is made within it while also examining the intersecting concerns of the work from each of the four cities. Rather than grouping the artists geographically, the exhibition explores the thematic and material relationships between the artists to address themes that transcend particular locations such as peace and social violence; race, power, and identity; informal economies and corporate impact on the environment; memory; architecture, light and space.


    Artists have always depicted natural phenomenon, but did you know that the way artists have depicted eclipses across history have helped scientists and historians in understanding these types of events?

    Of course, there is another, less literal way to experience the mystery of an eclipse. For thousands of years, people in cultures around the world have depicted eclipses in art, imbuing them with fear and dread and a heavy dose of the supernatural. A Chinese myth held that eclipses happened when a sky dragon dined on our star. In the Americas, the Inca had a similar tale, only the hungry beast was a jaguar.

    In Western Europe during the Middle Ages, eclipses took on a dual meaning, and became a means for expressing varieties of both religious and scientific experience…


    As we can continuously covered over the last two years, ivory trade has been increasingly regulated with the latest news being that extinct Woolly mammoths are being considered to become a “protected species”. This is in hopes to further curb illegal ivory trade under the guise of mammoth fossils.

    Woolly mammoths could become a ‘protected species’ 4,000 years after going extinct. As the Siberian permafrost melts and reveals long-buried woolly mammoths, poachers are using their tusks to disguise the illegal sale of elephant ivory.

    With the thawing of the icy tundras in Siberia , tonnes of woolly mammoth tusks are emerging leading to a burgeoning trade. it’s estimated that Russia exports 100 tonnes of mammoth ivory every year. Woolly mammoth ivory isn’t protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the 1989 treaty that outlawed most trade in elephant ivory…


    Do you have some rare books that require special housing? How about making it yourself? Conservator Margaret Brown with assistance from Don Etherington and Linda Ogden wrote a seminal text entitled “Boxes for the Protection of Rare Books: their Design and Construction” in 1982. It is still a wonderful resource 20+ years later and is now a digital resource. Image link below:


    Today! The Hyde Park Art Center is hosting “Super Sunday!”, a full day of art and activities! This event is free and open to the public and includes all the things below:

    Create something fun at the Art Center’s series of free, family friendly art making activities led by Hyde Park Art Center professional teaching artists.

    Join exhibiting artists from New Business as they present works, talk about their process, and answer questions.

    Meet our resident artists and get an inside look at their studios and practices.


    New Business: 2016 Center Program Final Exhibition – Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present the fifth annual exhibition of work from participants in The Center Program, the Art Center’s flagship artist professional development initiative. This year’s exhibit, guest curated by Dan Devening, features work by 23 artists in all media.

    Ground Floor: A Biennial Exhibition of New Art from Chicago – Hyde Park Art Center’s first floor features art by outstanding recent graduates from each of Chicago’s Master of Fine Arts programs: Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The exhibition brings together work by Chicago’s most promising emerging talent, offering a single destination to see work by diverse artists.

    Images from the opening of the exhibition "Hall of Khan" by artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford at the Hyde Park Art Center April 14, 2013. Photo by JasonSmith.com

    Images from the opening of the exhibition “Hall of Khan” by artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford at the Hyde Park Art Center April 14, 2013. Photo by JasonSmith.com

    Members of North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and have protecting their water sources for months now. Over the last week, this news has reached mainstream media websites. The biggest concern now is whether contractors with the Dakota Access Pipeline deliberately bulldozed sacred sites and potentially destroyed cultural artifacts. We’ll be watching this as the story develops.

    This week, thousands of Native Americans, from more than a hundred tribes, have camped out on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, which straddles the border between the Dakotas, along the Missouri River. What began as a slow trickle of people a month ago is now an increasingly angry flood. They’re there to protest plans for a proposed oil pipeline that they say would contaminate the reservation’s water; in fact, they’re calling themselves protectors, not protesters…


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