A moment of silence today for Chicago muralist William Walker whose stunning, socially-conscious works made him a pioneer of the modern American muralist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Walker was found dead of natural causes in his apartment Monday. He was 84."
Evidence of Pilsen’s rich industrial history can be seen in the factories that line some of its streets--but those buildings weren't all left vacant. Over the years, artists set up shop in some of the spaces in Chicago's East Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods.
One local collection of artworks was more than influenced by gay themes: The Leather Archives and Museum is devoted to the history and practices of the gay leather scene; Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood is home to the archive.
Most people can identify whether or not a piece of art appeals to them--they know it when they see it. But what about the intent of the artist; their history and point of view? Some critics contend that certain artists lack exposure– particularly those who are gay.
Most Chicago Publics School students headed back to the grind today-those on year round schedules were back to class last month. They’ll all have plenty of subjects to learn and hopefully art is part of the curriculum.