Collections” is a remarkably well-put together show. The presentation is museum quality, with an eye for detail and unity of design that makes it a strong candidate for the best-presented exhibition in Chicago this year. Though partially separate from the content of “Collections,” this quality alone makes it a necessary stop for any curator, director, or exhibition designer.
-Steve Ruiz, ArtSlant Staff Writer
Steve Ruiz is an artist living and working in Chicago
January 3, 2011
As noted in a recent ABC News report, there has been a Mayor Daley for 42 of the past 55 years. Whether it was Richard J. Daley (Mayor of Chicago, 1955-1976) or Richard M. Daley (Mayor of Chicago, 1989-present), Chicago has long been dominated by the Daley dynasty. So it took the city by surprise when last September the Mayor called a press conference to announce that he would not be seeking a seventh term. The announcement also came as a surprise to the curators from Johalla Projects and the Chicago Urban Art Society, the organizers of “The Daley Show,” who had been preparing the exhibition under the assumption that the Mayor would be running again. Read More Here.
Abraham Ritchie, ArtSlant: Chicago Editor
Chicago, July 2010 — Ray Noland is perhaps better known here in Chicago as CRO, the street name of this artist whose work can be seen all over Chicago, indoors and out. Noland gained attention with his grassroots campaign for the 2008 election “GoTellMama.” Politics has remained a major source of inspiration for Noland especially considering that shortly after Obama’s victory in 2008, then-Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested on a myriad of corruption charges. Currently Blagojevich is in the middle of his Federal trial stemming from those charges, creating a spectacle of justice that French theorists would have a field day with. I caught up with Ray Noland outside of Chicago’s Mies van der Rohe-designed Federal courthouse in the middle of Chicago’s downtown area, while Noland passed out Blagojevich-themed cupcakes to the public as the trial went on inside the building. Read More Here!