Minimalism Now Panel Discussion at The Ren

The Renaissance Society can always be counted on to organize some meaty talks and discussions around its current exhibitions. It’s last one, Gerard Byrne’s A Thing is a Hole in a Thing it is Not, was no exception. Among other programs, the Ren organized a...
Hamza Walker Wins $100,000 Ordway Prize

Hamza Walker Wins $100,000 Ordway Prize

Congratulations to Hamza Walker, curator at The Renaissance Society — it has just been announced that he’s won the Ordway Prize from Creative Link for the Arts and the New Museum! Walker, along with artist Artur Zmijewski, will receive an unrestricted...
Anna Shteynshleyger at The Renaissance Society

Anna Shteynshleyger at The Renaissance Society

While I was looking at the photographs of Anna Shteynshleyger at the opening of this Russian-born, Chicago-based artist’s new solo exhibition at at The Renaissance Society, a middle-aged woman wearing a fluffy, faux-fur coat sidled up next to me. “Do you...
Is the $100,000 Ordway Prize Too Much?

Is the $100,000 Ordway Prize Too Much?

I’d never heard of the Ordway Prize until a few weeks ago, when two highly respected Chicago-based arts professionals (artist Tania Bruguera, who also lives in Havana, Cuba, and Hamza Walker, curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago) were...