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Susan Miller, curator of Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, engages Clowes in a conversation about his practice and the exhibition.
Culture Catalysts is a monthly series that celebrates and provides a platform for Chicagoans at the epicenter of the cultural scene. Listen to Beth Kligerman, Director of Talent & Talent Development at Second City, and Dylan Rice, Program Director of Creative Industries-Music at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in a conversation about the mechanics of cultivating talent and building infrastructures that allow and encourage artists to remain in Chicago.
Learn about sculptor Martin Kastner’s serviceware concepts that helped put Alinea and Chef Grant Achatz at the pinnacle of contemporary cuisine.
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Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void curator Paul Schimmel discusses the show’s conceptual framework and highlights individual artists and their work.
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The landscape of platforms that present art and culture is always changing. Join Carolina O. Jayaram of Chicago Artist Coalition and Abigail Satinsky of threewalls in a conversation on how a venue puts down community roots and weathers a shifting arts climate.
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Jorge Lucero leads a panel of educators whose teaching practice is also their creative practice.
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Michael Williams and Richard Cahan discuss their new new book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows.
Ben Huh is the CEO and founder of Cheezburger. He’s a former journalist turned dot-com entrepreneur who has a knack for nailing the zeitgeist and has been credited with bringing Internet memes to the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture.
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Paul Cowan was born in Kansas City and currently lives and works in Chicago. Cowan’s work is featured in the exhibition, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Paul Cowan.
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If curriculum is a design for ordering experience, how do contemporary curricularists approach this in a living classroom? How do contemporary art forms help us reach beyond teaching with art and towards a deepened understanding of the art of our own teaching? What happens when the theoretical ideal of the “art of teaching” comes into conflict with the constraints of real classroom life?
John Edel is the founder and executive director of The Plant, a net-zero energy vertical farm and food business operation in Chicago. After purchasing the building in July 2010, he immediately began deconstruction and renovation with a vision of intentional reuse, economic development, and truly sustainable food.
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In the late 1960s, celebrated American artist Edward Kienholz took on arguably his most fraught subject to date—the toxic legacy of race relations in America. Five Car Stud was as ambitious as it was gruesome. Lawrence Weschler discusses both Five Car Stud and its historical political backdrop, suggesting that it might be one of the most charged and revelatory works of the past half century of American art.
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Artists and educators Annie Heckman, Rebecca Keller, and Peter Stover explore how different types of questions, grounded in personal, historical, and curricular concerns, can fuel our creative research in teaching and making art.
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Artist Kirsten Leenaars talks to MCA curator Michael Darling about On Our Way to Tomorrow, a soap opera based on real-life drama that was filmed at the MCA using museum staff and visitors as the core actors and extras.
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J.C. Gabel is the founding editor and publisher of STOP SMILING, the magazine for high-minded lowlifes, which published from 1995 to 2009. He is presently editor-in-chief and publisher of The Chicagoan.
Listen in to a conference on the state of visionary urbanism featuring noted architects, theorists, and scholars, who debate how to engage the city in the age of extreme urbanization.
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Artist John Jota Leaños explores the decolonial and transformative potentials of art in a time of “infinite war” and economic collapse. He discusses his approach to public art, performance, dance, opera, and documentary animation from Latino perspectives with an eye on popular culture and mainstream media.