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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New Art Show Sets Sail with a Boatload of Wordplay
A free exhibition explores the artful use of language by contemporary Illinois painters and sculptors.
The artist Charlotte Salomon raced against the clock to finish a pictorial autobiography as World War II closed in around her.
Join a Listening Party as the City of Chicago Pulls an All-Nighter
Chicago’s majestic Cultural Center has no small plans for the weekend. The Cultural Center will stay open overnight this Friday, Sept. 12, as part of the 2014 World Music Festival.
Chicago Artist Paints Pacific Overtures
A onetime sailor and tattoo artist blends adult experiences with childhood memories to create mystical memorials to World War II.
Local Actor Makes His Mark, Steps Out of Father’s Long Shadow
Joe Farina doesn’t strongly resemble his dad -- the late actor Dennis Farina -- but he shares a similar everyman quality.
Can a Raunchy Sex Satire Be Both “Funny and Never Dull” AND “Smug and Vacuous?”
“The Qualms” is the foul-mouthed new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park”).
Trio of Photographers Flirt with the Law to Capture Beauty of Beastly Buildings
Three local friends routinely visit abandoned industrial sites in the Midwest, enter the buildings, and take only photos. They don’t carry crowbars or anything that might attract the attention of the police.
Shooting a Real Story About a Surreal Sort of Guy
An extraordinary look at everyday objects, the Art Institute’s summer blockbuster is “Rene Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary.” Don’t miss it.
Comics, Pop Culture and Anime Inspire a Painter's "Parade"
You might have seen the name Hebru Brantley in the press last year. The Chicago artist made waves with just one sale when Jay-Z bought a painting of his at Miami’s Art Basel expo.
City’s Largest Free Music Festival Brings the Blues (and the Soul and the Funk and the Folk and the…)
This weekend the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival electrifies Grant Park with a diverse line-up that expands the definition of the blues.
A Little-Remembered TV Moment from 1977 Blends Comedy and Tragedy
This skit is a reminder of how progressive Richard Pryor could be in pushing the boundaries of storytelling. It's also somewhat shocking by today's standards because of the provocative language used on network TV in the ‘70s.
Free Art Show Invites Fresh Look at Civic Gem
An 88 year-old war memorial has a new function: it’s the stunning backdrop to a show of contemporary sculpture.
Chicago Family Transcends Tragic Twists of Fate
Gail and Morris Barazani have been married for 66 years – longer than their only son was alive...
A Mother’s Day Tip of the Hat to a Great Composer of American Music
Celebrating a decade of music and dance, the Harris Theater at Millennium Park hosts a Mother’s Day tribute to Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, who died 40 years ago this month.