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Friday, May 28, 2021

Unionizing to keep the Experimental Station community alive by S. Nicole Lane

Workers at the pioneering south side space organize against unfair labor practices. It's no secret that Experimental Station (ES) is unique.…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Theorem is more than a book of poetry by S. Nicole Lane

Evoking memory and mystery, two artists collaborate on an art piece. I read Theorem in the bathtub. My feet were propped up as I made sure I didn't get the botto…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Bursting and bubbling, Susan Smith Trees opens at Evanston Art Center by S. Nicole Lane

Working with the unknown encourages the “known.” My God, I love a fleshy piece of artwork. When artists make works that are burgeoning and mysterious, I'm im…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Food, health, sleep, and screens: We Series focuses on the essentials by S. Nicole Lane

Anything goes during this evening on Twitch. The pandemic has encouraged folks to be experimental in all forms of life.…

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Monday, January 18, 2021

The rug revival by S. Nicole Lane

Tufting their way through the pandemic Nora Chin thinks about rugs all of the time. "I fall asleep at night thinking about rugs [that] I want to make and new th…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Catherine Edelman Gallery closes with a 'Place in the Sun' by S. Nicole Lane

Landscape photographer scott b. davis treks into the wild and discovers the undiscoverable. Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., scott b. davis first becam…

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Frenzied, lascivious, and licentious: a woman in hysterics by S. Nicole Lane

Artist Selva Aparicio puts obstetric devices on the examination table. Hys·te·ri·a /həˈstirēə,həˈsterēə/ : “a psychological disorder (not now regar…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Em Kettner creates elaborate casings for her sacred sculptures by S. Nicole Lane

These small performative objects exemplify disability and protection. Garfield Park-based gallery Goldfinch opened “Play the Fool,” a solo show with works by…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Bound to the Point by S. Nicole Lane

Tales of the Southside Pod swimmers My clock says it's a few minutes before 6 AM. I said I would arrive at 5:30 but I miscalculated my morning and now I'm late…

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Golem Girl unpacks queerness, intimacy, and disability by S. Nicole Lane

In 1958, the mortality rate of children born with spina bifida was 90 percent. Riva Lehrer tells her story of beating those odds. My nightstand is a graveyard of…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

'Fête Galante' invites us to celebrate lavishly by S. Nicole Lane

An art party of women artists opens at Heaven Gallery. Gwendolyn Zabicki began thinking up the exhibition “Fête Galante” while in Paris in 2016 after seeing…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Folded Map Project shows a segregated city by S. Nicole Lane

Tonika Johnson’s multimedia project expands with a new film. "I'm sure you've heard the words to describe Englewood are 'Black, dangerous, poor, gun violence,'…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Artists still run Chicago by S. Nicole Lane

The Hyde Park Art Center is bringing back the spaces we’ve all missed. In a recent survey published in the Singapore-based paper the Straits Times, "artist" wa…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Looking to enjoy art offline? by S. Nicole Lane

These museums and galleries are reopening. I’ve been enjoying the virtual aspects of my art-viewing experience the past few months. People got a little experim…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Western Exhibitions invites a Cincinnati art center to Chicago by S. Nicole Lane

“Visionaries + Voices” presents sincere and humble work from an Ohio-based nonprofit that supports artists with disabilities. It’s storming heavily outside…

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Finding love on Instagram Live by S. Nicole Lane

The media broadcasting network, COVIDtv, takes on dating. I love love. As a serial monogamist and someone who regularly writes about sex, I can’t help but grav…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Queer self-care straight from the Vine by S. Nicole Lane

Lifestyle and event brand Peach launches a digital headspace. In the before times, Saturdays were filled with cocktails, sequins, queer DJs, and performances. My…

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Monday, June 15, 2020

How Chicago artists are spreading the message that Black Lives Matter by S. Nicole Lane

Muralists use boarded-up storefronts as their new canvas as part of Paint the City. I biked from McKinley Park to Humboldt Park last Friday to deliver a package …

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Growing up queer with The Sims by S. Nicole Lane

“Za Woka Genava” means “I think you are hot” in Simlish, and I think that’s beautiful. I was ten years old when the virtual world of The Sims was relea…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cybersex and sex work in Second Life by S. Nicole Lane

The virtual world is still a sanctuary for folks leaning into their sexual fantasies. When I first walked into Black Planet, a sci-fi-themed erotic adult night…

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Peruse these virtual bookshelves by S. Nicole Lane

Ditch Amazon and support local bookstores. You’ve probably bought a book from Amazon before but before you press “add to cart” one more time, you should kn…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lane Moore knows How to Be Alone by S. Nicole Lane

The author and comedian shares her techniques while also bringing people together with a daily livestream. I purchased How to Be Alone sometime last year when my…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Holding it together during the quarantine by S. Nicole Lane

The Quarantine Times is virtually helping folks keep their cool. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed with the creativity of Chicagoans spreading new…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Social Distance Gallery highlights student artists by S. Nicole Lane

How canceled BFA and MFA shows are persisting during the COVID crisis. It’s been more than a week since the shelter-in-place order was given.…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Take your self-isolation to the sewing machine by S. Nicole Lane

Here’s how DIY face masks can help our local hospitals Not only is Illinois facing a shortage of surgical masks and respirators, so is the entire world. Bulk p…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Motherhood changes you—and your art by S. Nicole Lane

Gwendolyn Zabicki’s attention to time is the focus of her exhibition at Heaven Gallery. After enjoying the burst of 50-degree weather this weekend, I decided t…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Vaginal Davis steps into the mainstream spotlight by S. Nicole Lane

Nearly five decades after her career began, the pioneer performance artist, musician, and activist is now a permanent fixture at the Art Institute. The goddess o…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Smart Museum’s take on ‘Allure of Matter’ spends time on the details by S. Nicole Lane

An exhibition in two parts—Part II: The Smart Museum of Art There are certain very specific types of art I cling to, like Eva Hesse’s fiberglass and latex wo…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘The Allure of Matter’ pushes boundaries by S. Nicole Lane

An exhibition in two parts—Part I: Wrightwood 659 It's not every day you see 128 roof tiles displayed on a gallery floor, ash from joss sticks painted on a can…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

‘You Will Die’ reminds us of our mortality by S. Nicole Lane

Metal art breaks into the white-wall gallery. It felt like a typical trip to a music venue; there was even a line down the street. Public Works Gallery had reach…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

‘Restrain’ appears static, but the works (and the viewers) dance by S. Nicole Lane

Brendan Fernandes’s bronze sculptures congeal pain and pleasure. Artist Brendan Fernandes has been having conversations about ballet and mastery within his wor…

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