“Second Stories: Artists Making Do & Fixing Up” at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery

June 21, 2009 · Print This Article

We thought we would try something new on the weekends. No reviews or commentary just some pictures of  some of the openings we went to this weekend. Enjoy.

June 19th, 2009 – August 20th, 2009

325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610

For more info check out their site.

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Artist Run Chicago + Shrill and a Half Block Party at The Hyde Park Art Center

June 21, 2009 · Print This Article

Artist Run Chicago is up until July 5th.

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

For more info check out their site.

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Aspen Mays “Concentrate and Ask Again” at Golden

June 21, 2009 · Print This Article

June 19 – August 2, 2009

816 W. Newport
Chicago, IL 60657

For more info check out their site.

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Iran: A Nation of Bloggers

June 21, 2009 · Print This Article

Twitter’s getting all the type re: the Iranian election and its aftermath, but this nicely done (if substantively slight) little video (via Beautiful/Decay) produced by the Vancouver Film School makes a case for the role that blogs and bloggers have played in Iranian political dissent. Did you know that Iran is the third largest country of bloggers?

Iran: A nation of bloggers from Mr.Aaron on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Just saw this via Hrag Vartanian: Interactive Persian Blogosphere Map. It that shows the different types of bloggers active in Iran and the relationships bewteen them. You can zoom in and click on different sections (poetry, reformer, secular, or cyber-shia, among others) and it will take you directly to an example of that type of blog.

Art Institute Lays off 22 Employees, or 3% of Staff

June 19, 2009 · Print This Article

Further on Christopher’s post from this morning, here’s more info on the Art Institute layoffs, from the Chicago Tribune:

“The Art Institute of Chicago has laid off 22 employees, or 3 percent of its staff, as part of a larger series of cost-cutting measures.

Spokeswoman Erin Hogan said Friday that the cuts were made across the board and take effect immediately. Employees were notified Thursday.

“Of course we did everything we could to not go to this point,” Hogan said. “All departments have for months been reducing their operating budgets.”

Hogan added that new Modern Wing, which opened last month, “has been incredibly successful and it’s in part due to the success of the building that the cuts were not deeper.”

In a statement issued Friday, the Art Institute said its other cost-cutting measures include a voluntary 10 percent pay cut for the director, a weeklong unpaid furlough for employees and a salary freeze. Public research hours at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries will also be reduced, the statement said.”