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Old February 3rd, 2007, 07:28 AM   #201
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^ That's very distressing to read.

I wish someone would front the cash for this thing. Considering how much money went into Millennium Park, 7 mill seems like chump change
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 07:34 AM   #202
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I really hope that they can quickly resolve the financial issues with the museum. It would be a shame to see it dissapear, when it is already more than half way complete.
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Old February 7th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #203
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City plans global warming-themed street art

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...l=chi-news-hed

City plans global warming-themed street art

By Emma Graves Fitzsimmons
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 6, 2007, 6:22 PM CST


One globe sculpture will advocate hybrid cars. Another will push wind farms.

A total of 100 globes will be scattered along the downtown lakefront this summer to bring awareness to the need for solutions to reduce global warming

Much like the popular Cows on Parade, each 5-foot-wide globe will feature an artist's design

Mayor Richard Daley unveiled plans Tuesday for the walking exhibit called "Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet," which will crop up in the grassy area from Buckingham Fountain to the Field Museum.

A United Nations report released this month finding that humans have "very likely" caused the Earth to become warmer confirmed the urgency of the issue, Daley said.

"We all share responsibility for global warming," Daley said. "We can all be a part of the solution."

The globes will be on the lakefront from June to September. They will then be auctioned off to raise funds to pay for the expansion of conservation clubs at Chicago public schools.

The sculptures will be accompanied by plaques with messages—some from well-known people such as former President Bill Clinton and actress Jodie Foster, organizers said. A few of the globes will surface at Navy Pier and possibly along Michigan Avenue and in Millennium Park.

Daley introduced the program at a breakfast seeking donors to add to the growing list of corporate sponsors involved in the project, which is the brainchild of local philanthropist Wendy Abrams.

The mayor said he has tried to keep Chicago in the forefront on environmental issues, pointing to programs such as adding hybrid buses to the city's fleet and building "green" libraries, police stations and public schools.

The walking exhibit will serve as a call to action to get people involved in easing climate change, said Abrams, an environmental activist.

"The public understands it's a problem we need to address," Abrams said. "Now they want to know what to do about it."

The city's Department of Environment, the Field Museum and Exelon Corp. are coordinating the educational display, which backers say is the first of its kind in the country.

Exelon CEO John Rowe thanked Daley at the breakfast for his efforts to make Chicago "a cleaner, greener place to live." Corporations also have a responsibility to reduce emissions and to help reduce global warming, he said.

"The trick is to deal with this problem effectively," Rowe said. The school district already has after-school conservation clubs at 22 schools and hopes to have 50 by the end of the next school year. The clubs perform service projects dealing with the environment.

Art teacher Turtel Onli is the club sponsor at Kenwood Academy High School on the South Side. At weekly meetings, his 30 students survey waste on their campus and monitor indoor air quality, he said.

"We want to help children make the transition from consumers to committed, passionate citizens," Onli said.

The "Cool Globes" program will also include a business roundtable to discuss corporate responsibility and a contest for children to design pâpier-maché globes for display at the Chicago Children's Museum.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 06:01 AM   #204
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im all for street art but hellooooo go outside it aint warm!!
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Old February 9th, 2007, 02:11 AM   #205
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A total of 100 globes will be scattered along the downtown lakefront this summer to bring awareness to the need for solutions to reduce global warming.
It'll be plenty hot in July. (Oh, man... July... )

Global warming is a misleading, crappy term. Whatever you call it, the huge amounts of greenhouse gases that we spew annually into the atmosphere are gonna cause major climate change all over the world. Yes, some places will get warmer. The poles will get slightly warmer. Other places may actually get colder.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 04:45 AM   #206
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turns out that the ozone is accualy getting better . if any ice caps do melt we will see the oceans rise mabey a foot . and thats pushing it! manhattan aint gonna be drowning trust me. but to get back at the topic at hand .. cool globes all spread accross the lake front and parts of downtown...nice
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Old February 9th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #207
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Art Insititute expansion news, a engineer friend of mine working on the project told me yesterday that steel erection is slated to begin in March and said it should rise very quickly considering that it's only 3 floors above grade.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 03:04 AM   #208
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Old March 8th, 2007, 11:57 PM   #209
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Old March 10th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #210
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Old April 20th, 2007, 07:02 PM   #211
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New Sculpture in Millenium Park

Several very large sculptural pieces have been installed in what I think is known as the Boeing Galleries. Anyone have the details on who they are by?









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They are the work of abstract artist Mark di Suvero. They will be there for nearly a year. There is more about it on the Millennium Park website.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #213
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Wow....those are awesome. Too bad they are temporary.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 03:48 AM   #214
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 05:28 AM   #215
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Just like the good old days
ART CHICAGO | Show reminds galleries of boom years on Navy Pier, but some feel excluded
http://www.suntimes.com/entertainmen...-art01.article

May 1, 2007
BY KEVIN NANCE Critic-at-Large

Happy days were here again. On Thursday, the opening-night crowd at Art Chicago was so huge that veteran exhibitors were reminded of those heady years in the 1980s and early '90s when the Windy City hosted the most important art fair in the nation, if not the world.

"I felt like it was the old Navy Pier show again," Chicago dealer Thomas McCormick said, "where you couldn't even get in the booths."

Several of the elite galleries that had abandoned the ailing fair in recent years were back, and the art they brought with them was impressive. The question was whether the dazzling display would translate into significant sales at the 2007 fair, the first under the new management of the Merchandise Mart.

"It's about 10 notches up from last year," Chicago photographer Dawoud Bey said of the quality of the exhibitors list. "I just hope the money's here."

Not to worry. If money failed to change hands at the fevered pace of the fair's heyday, business was brisk enough to leave several elite dealers pledging to return next year. Sales figures were not released, but red dots signifying SOLD appeared like measles on labels in the high-toned galleries of Chicago's Richard Gray and Montreal's Robert Landau, where prices often soared into the millions.

Landau, whose booth featured several paintings with price tags of more than $1 million (including a Modigliani rumored to be on offer for $20 million), said he had sold more than 30 paintings to collectors from all over the country.

"We've sold eight or nine things now, which is pretty good so far," David Juda of Annely Juda Fine Art of London said on Sunday. "I am seriously impressed with the quality here -- there are some pretty good things on offer, and it's been quite interesting how many of my colleagues from New York have been in to check out the fair.''

Jack Shainman of New York's Jack Shainman Gallery (which represents Chicago artists Kerry James Marshall and Nick Cave, among others) agreed. "The fair's been terrific for us. There certainly have been crowds, including a lot of people from out of town that I didn't expect."

And Pamela Hill of the Hill Gallery in the Detroit area reported "very serious sales, with other things pending. I think this is going to become a major, major event."

'Go big or go home'
It was difficult to say exactly how many people attended Art Chicago and the four concurrent Artropolis shows held at the sprawling Mart complex, which includes the adjacent 350 West Mart Center, in part because there were so many points of entry.

But prior to the weekend, Mart president Chris Kennedy had said he would consider it a success if Art Chicago drew 25 percent more people than last year's edition, which had 21,600 attendees. "I think attendance is going to be 50 to 100 percent better than last year, somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people," he said.

But he's not resting on his laurels. Although the Mart's 10-foot ceiling on the seventh floor didn't seem to bother dealers or collectors much, Kennedy is planning to move next year's show to the 17th floor, where the ceiling is about three feet higher.

"We'll create a space that has the openness of a trade-show hall and the permanence of a gallery setting," he said.

And in an even bolder move, Kennedy announced that the Mart is buying one of Art Chicago's leading competitors, the Armory show in New York. He has also bought Volta, a juried show of emerging galleries that runs concurrently with Switzerland's Art Basel, the world's most popular art fair.

"Go big or go home, as Mayor Daley used to say," Kennedy said. "I think we've embraced that."

The left-out locals
Not everyone in Chicago's art world was thrilled last weekend. Although Kennedy's team courted the Art Dealers Association of Chicago last year as part of its rebuilding of Art Chicago, several of the association's member galleries were upset when they found themselves omitted from the exhibitor list.

"In the planning stages, someone said, 'The art fair you want is a fair that you may not be able to get into,' and that's pretty much what happened," says Natalie van Straaten, the association's executive director. "It would have been nice if a few of those galleries had been included, but I think the Mart really stuck to the plan of building an international roster, which meant it couldn't be dominated by Chicago galleries."

One of the angriest of the left-out locals was the Aldo Castillo Gallery. On the eve of the fair, Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado released a statement criticizing Kennedy for excluding Castillo, a leading dealer in Latin American art.

"If Chris Kennedy truly wants to make a difference and put Chicago on the international art stage," Maldonado said, "then he needs to de-politicize Art Chicago's selection committee and choose members who truly understand the importance of Latin American art."

Mart vice president Shawn Kahle said in a statement, "There are many Latin American artists and galleries represented in Artropolis and Art Chicago. Decisions as to galleries participating in Art Chicago were made by an independent selection committee."
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^ Now that this guy has bought two other art fairs, hopefully the selection next year will be even higher quality and garner more international attention. One component of the Olympic bid is to have some art and cultural festivals. If this Art Chicago thing grows into a prominent art show, it can only help our chances in the Olympic effort. Heres to Chicago's continued success!!
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 08:35 AM   #218
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Worlds come to Chicago

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Worlds come to Chicago

By Kristen Kridel
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Published May 2, 2007, 9:25 PM CDT

Atlas buckles beneath the weight of the Earth.

The sculpture, soon to be on display in Chicago as part of an exhibit about global warming, shows the mythological figure's knee nearly hitting the ground as he strains to hold up a globe 5 feet in diameter. Continents covered by protruding rocks underscore the magnitude of the load.

"That's really heavy," artist Chris Campagna said as he chiseled the muscles of Atlas' abdomen. "It's time for us to stand in. We need to step up."

Campagna's globe and at least 120 others have been designed to teach the public about possible solutions to global warming. The globes, which each cost several thousand dollars to produce, will be on display from June to September at the Field Museum, Navy Pier and several other sites around Chicago.

The project, called "Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet," is more than an art exhibit with a theme, creator Wendy Abrams said. The art, sponsored by numerous businesses, is the way the environmental activist chose to spread her message.

"This is a problem we can solve," Abrams said. "This is a call to action."

When the display opens, "Cool Globes" will launch a Web site, where visitors can pledge to implement the solutions illustrated by the globes in their everyday lives and business practices. The site is www.coolglobes.org.

In the fall, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money to fund the expansion of conservation clubs at Chicago public schools.

People across the country have been wondering what they can do to fight global warming since Al Gore's 2006 documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," raised awareness about the issue, Abrams said.

"This is the 'So what do we do about it?' " she added.

The sculptures, which were designed and created by local, national and international artists, promote solutions ranging from solar power to recycling and encourage activities such as walking and taking public transportation.

One of the globes is completely covered by a blue sweater. The artist used 32 pounds of yarn to knit the suggestion that people put on more clothing instead of turning up the heat in the winter, Abrams said.

Lisa Fedich decided to focus on wind power, which she said is a potentially valuable resource for the Windy City, and decorated her globe with 110 pinwheels. She solicited the help of hospital patients she teaches art to through the Snow City Arts Foundation.

The patients, ages 3 to 28, painted the pinwheels and supplied drawings and quotations describing wind. Fedich projected the drawings onto the globe and copied them. A muscular, winged creature called the Windmaster dominated one portion of the sculpture.

The words of Autumn, a 9-year-old patient, weaved in and out of the illustrations and pinwheels: "I think air comes from people, big people up in heaven."

Like many of the artists, Fedich used up the $2,000 stipend she received from her sponsor in art supplies and labor. But she said she decided to join the time-consuming and costly project for the children.

"There are so many solutions and education that will come out of here," she said.

Joe Compean, another artist, said he has been waiting for an opportunity and reason to create an outdoor stereoscopic viewer, which displays photographs in 3-D. The "Cool Globes" exhibit became the catalyst.

Compean is using solar power to run his globe, which lights up internally and provides views of 3-D photographs of nature. Small stars surrounding the globe give the viewer the impression that he or she is looking at the Earth from outer space, Compean said.

"I want to remind people that there is only one Earth," the Chicago native said.

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Old May 4th, 2007, 01:36 AM   #219
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Anybody out there with recent pics of the addition to the Art Institute?
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^There is a webcam if that helps:
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