It’s unfortunate, then, that the lessons I got out of Here and Elsewhere, the New Museum’s current exhibition of art from the Arab World, weren’t the least bit challenging. We’re told contemporary art should look like other contemporary art and exhibitions, and that if that art is political, it should reference past events. That’s not much of a lesson plan.
This film documents the history of Chicago’s most famous art movement that introduced the world to artists like Ed Paschke, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum, and brings to light the lasting effects of the city’s 1960s-era avant garde on contemporary practitioners. In short, you should watch the movie.
Photographer Christopher Williams’s current retrospective at MoMA, Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, can feel a bit like he’s playing a trick on viewers. It’s a show that’s built around withholding information, meaning that what you see is rarely the whole story.
Initially, Heidi Norton’s Prismatic Nature at the Elmhurst Art Museum looks very trendy—live plants are all the rage. However, Norton is arguably one of the reasons why there is a plants-in-the-gallery trend in the first place. With the addition of all of this literal and literary content to peruse, Prismatic Nature has a distinct emphasis on research—though not the dry, didactic kind…