Category Archives: museums

El Greco and the Tension of Tangents

Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614), known as El Greco, was a man out of time. He learned to paint Byzantine icons in his home on Crete, studied with Titian and others in Italy, and made a successful art career for himself in … Continue reading

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Jane Addams 1860-1935: A Foe of War and Need

When I permanently moved to Chicago in the early seventies, I volunteered at Jane Addams Center Hull House on Broadway, a northside branch of the original Hull House. (In the early 60s, 12 of the original 13 buildings of Hull … Continue reading

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Visiting Heaven and Hell

Yesterday was a gallery day for JB and I. The highlight was definitely the Heaven + Hell show, a collaborative exhibit by both Luma (Loyola University Museum of Art) and the Intuit Gallery for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Heaven images … Continue reading

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“Artifacts” at the Chicago Children’s Museum

In an earlier post from last spring, I blogged about the opening of Michael’s Museum at the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. In Michael’s Museum is an amazing opportunity to experience and participate in the artistic vision of its … Continue reading

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For Olivia

It’s Saturday. Saturdays rock for lots of reasons. No school. No commitments. Time for self. Time for family and friends. Growing up, I spent every Saturday at the Toledo Museum of Art, from the 4th or 5th grade through the … Continue reading

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Inspired by Kiki

Kiki Smith is an artist whose work has always inspired me. Primarily known as a sculptor, she also works in many media including photography which was the focus of I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith, an exhibition … Continue reading

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Tenement Museum

History is a long period of time but when looked at as a series of lifetimes it doesn’t seem that far away. At the Tenement Museum in New York City, the visceral and palpable meaning of this nearly overwhelmed us. … Continue reading

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