Wallace Kirkland

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We revisit the story of photographer Wallace Kirkland, who started his career as a social worker at the Hull House settlement in Chicago. He took a winding path in an artistic career that led him from Jamaica to India and around the world – all the while photographing Chicago people and places. 

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Egon Weiner

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September 15, 2014 - Egon Weiner

We revisit our story about a Chicago artist that continues to make an impression on the city more than 25 years after he died. You may not know his name but you’ve likely seen his public art. Egon Weiner was also a teacher, and his prominent students continue his legacy. 

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Egon Weiner

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August 5, 2014 - Egon Weiner

A Chicago artist continues to make an impression on the city more than 25 years after he died. You may not know his name but you’ve likely seen his public art. Egon Weiner was also a teacher, and his prominent students continue his legacy. 

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Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

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July 8, 2014 - Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

It was his 75th birthday. Hundreds attended a VIP event featuring music, belly dancers, and speakers honoring his life’s work, and the public opening of the Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park drew thousands from the neighborhood. Ed Paschke was celebrated in style. The only thing was, he wasn’t there. Paschke died suddenly about a decade earlier. 

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Artist John Singer Sargent

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March 25, 2014 - Artist John Singer Sargent

We preview the surprisingly varied work of American artist John Singer Sargent through The Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection. Known as the great American portrait artist, Sargent was a prodigy whose many talents extended beyond his reputation. View a slideshow of Sargent's artwork.

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"My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay"

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February 11, 2014 - "My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay"

The dean of Chicago photojournalists, Art Shay, shares pictures of his beloved wife Florence, who died in 2012 after 67 years of marriage. We get a preview of the exhibit, My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay. Read an interview with Ann Nathan, a gallery owner who currently represents Shay.

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Art and Appetite

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Art and Appetite is a celebration of food and drink as depicted by American artists. From Andy Warhol to Norman Rockwell, this new Art Institute exhibition takes a scholarly but tasty look at artistic representations of what we eat and what it reveals about us. We have a preview. Read recipes and an Artbeat blog.

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“Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North”

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October 8, 2013 - Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War

The Civil War is remembered through art and literature that capture the American spirit on the Northern home front.

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Leon and Sadie Garland

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August 27, 2013 - Leon and Sadie Garland

We look at a pair of artists who met, married and lived at Jane Addams’ Hull House during the Depression era. Their works are currently on view at the Koehnline Museum on the campus of Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. Read an interview and view a slideshow.

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Wallace Kirkland

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September 2, 2014 - Wallace Kirkland

The photographer Wallace Kirkland was a late bloomer who started his career as a social worker at the Hull House settlement in Chicago. He took a winding path in an artistic career that led him from Jamaica to India and around the world – all the while photographing Chicago people and places. 

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Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

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July 29, 2014 - Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

It was his 75th birthday. Hundreds attended a VIP event featuring music, belly dancers, and speakers honoring his life’s work, and the public opening of the Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park drew thousands from the neighborhood. Ed Paschke was celebrated in style. We revisit our story about the opening of the northwest side art center.

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Tiffany Art at Driehaus Museum

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June 16, 2014 - Tiffany Art at Driehaus Museum

We revisit a story of treasures created by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany in an amazing setting – the restored Gilded Age mansion that houses the Driehaus Museum.

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The Art of Edward Gorey

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February 25, 2014 - The Art of Edward Gorey

Who knew that the king of gothic cartoons came from Chicago? We visit an in-depth exhibit of Edward Gorey -- who influenced everyone from Maurice Sendak to Tim Burton -- at the Loyola University Museum of Art. View a slideshow of artwork.

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Block Museum Reopens with Blockbuster Artists

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January 21, 2014 - Block Museum Reopens with Blockbuster Art

We find out what’s happening at the newly reopened Block Museum on the campus of Northwestern University, including a show of photographs by master photographer Edward Steichen and Polaroids by Andy Warhol. Watch a web extra video.

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Elmhurst Art Museum's "Inventory"

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October 22, 2013 - Elmhurst Art Museum's "Inventory"

An art museum digs deep into its collection and brings out rarely seen works, from Frederic Remington to Salvador Dali. We get a preview of Inventory_The EAM Collection at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Read an Artbeat blog and view a gallery.

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Tiffany Art at Driehaus Museum

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We get a preview of treasures created by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany in an amazing setting – the restored Gilded Age mansion that houses the Driehaus Museum. Read an Artbeat blog and view a slideshow.

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Artist Hale Woodruff

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April 16, 2013 - Artist Hale Woodruff

Dramatic works of art by a little-known artist, African-American painter Hale Woodruff, visit Chicago for the first time.

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