Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Professor of Chinese Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago This talk studies photographs that subtly disrupt the classification of portraits and self-portraits. These are studio portraits that bear the sitters’ inscriptions. Using a group of images related to the “queue-cutting” movement in early 20th-century China as examples, Wu […]
Chicago-based artist and urban planner Theaster Gates’s practice includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates has exhibited and performed at studios around the world including Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Punta della Dogana, Venice, and has received multiple […]
The construction of zines is an integral part of artist Sonja Thomsen’s practice. When building an installation she often begins with the book. Mapping out her ideas and process within a book format helps her conceptualize her approach to activate the physical space of the museum or gallery. Her installation in the space of elsewhere […]
Victor Castro wants your trash and your ideas. Bring your flattened Tetra Packs to your local library.
We are often taught that the history of human civilization has been one of near-constant progress. Life keeps getting better, with better technology, more education, more leisure time. In contrast, life in ancient times was, in the words of Thomas Hobbes, “brutish, nasty and short.” But, on the other hand, consider art. The ancients — […]
Chris Ware got his start writing comics for the University of Texas’ Daily Texan. Since then, he’s been featured in Art Spiegelman’s RAW, the New York Times Magazine and has published several books, including Building Stories, Acme Novelty Library and Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest Kid on Earth. Chris will be speaking at two workshops on […]