A partial and subjective round-up of art-world events, news stories, blog links and other happenings in Chicago and beyond that got me thinkin’ this week.

*Art critic Alan Artner laid off from Chicago Tribune (Time Out Chicago).

*Rose Art Museum to remain open, but compromised (Art in America, via Art Fag City).

*New City reports that the Chicago Tribune narrowly avoided a planned protest event after the Trib’s Associate Managing Editor Geoff Brown agreed to meet with artists Lowell Thompson, Ashley Moy-Wooten and gallerist Andre Guichard to discuss the paper’s lack of coverage of African American artists and the South Side’s art scene. (Read the full article in this week’s Newcity Art).

*Collector sues Luis Vuitton and L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art over fraudulent Takashi Murakami art prints–or handbags–or something (Los Angeles Times).

*New School Apologizes for its handling of adjunct faculty firings (New York Times). Also see Hrag Vartanian’s ongoing coverage of what’s happening with the New School/Parsons protests and controversies – his coverage offers some of the most comprehensive, blog-wise.

*Two online interviews with Chicago’s InCUBATE spotted this week: Art21 blogger Beth Capper interviews the collective’s Abigail Satinsky here; Rhizome‘s Ceci Moss talks to the group collectively here.

*Blair Kamin reviews new Holocaust Museum in Skokie (The Skyline).

*Cody Hudson blogs at fecal face about his and Corey Arnold’s shows up now at Andrew Rafacz Gallery.

*Marina Vendrell Renaut’s knitted innards at Johansson Projects in San Francisco (via C-Monster).

*Roberta Smith interviewed in April issue of the Brooklyn Rail (via Two Coats of Paint; I read the full text earlier this week, however, as of this writing the Brooklyn Rail’s website seems to be down).

*Dr. Horrible lives again! (L.A. Times).

Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.