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  • Celebrating 50 years of floating in space at Air and Space Museum Jan 26, 2015 6:01 AM
    Spacewalking. Since the mid-1960s, astronauts have been popping the hatch and climbing outside, usually tethered to life support. “Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity” at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., celebrates the half-century anniversary with a display of spacesuits, moondust-darkened boots, gloves and tethers, among other early equipment.

  • Smithsonian offers close look at Spirit of St. Louis plane Jan 21, 2015 6:01 AM
    Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, one of the most treasured aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum, was recently lowered to the floor for its first conservation treatment in 22 years. Now visitors are getting an up-close look at the historic plane and can better imagine what it must have been like to fly.

  • Andrew Jackson home pushes 7th president’s rock star image Jan 20, 2015 5:00 AM
    "Andrew Jackson: President. Hero. Rockstar." So reads a billboard welcoming arrivals at Nashville International Airport. Jackson is often remembered for his infamous campaign of Indian removal. But a new exhibit at Jackson’s historic home, The Hermitage, asks visitors to view the seventh president more like the Kanye West of his day.

  • Chicago artist hired to paint third Rosemont mural near Allstate Arena Jan 14, 2015 8:11 PM
    Rosemont is hiring Chicago artist Rahmaan Statik Barnes to create a third mural in the neighborhood north of the Allstate Arena.

  • Members Exhibition showcases works at College of Lake County Jan 13, 2015 11:52 AM
    College of Lake County's Members Exhibition art collection will be on display from Friday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 22.

  • Elmhurst College displaying high school art Jan 9, 2015 1:00 PM
    Elmhurst College is celebrating young artists and public school art programs from across the region this month during the 16th annual High School Art Exhibition.

  • Hammerstein museum plan hits sour note for some Jan 6, 2015 6:01 AM
    A plan to convert Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein’s former home into a tourist attraction appears to be falling on deaf ears, but his grandson hopes public officials will soon start singing a different tune. Hammerstein spent 20 years at Highland Farm in suburban Philadelphia, where he co-wrote musical blockbusters such as “The King and I,” “Oklahoma!” “Carousel” and “South Pacific.” Now, Will Hammerstein wants to transform the property into the Oscar Hammerstein II Music & Theatre Education Center. But Doylestown Township supervisors and neighbors object to the scale of the $20 million proposal, saying it is too much development for the parcel.

  • Constable: Hoffman Estates photographer beautifies patients' windows Dec 28, 2014 7:48 AM
    When her husband's hospital room windows looked out on a drab rooftop, Shelly Lawler decided to create a change of scenery. Now she transforms windows into art for others. “If you are confined in your bed, you want to see something interesting,” says Laurie Miller, director of the Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “We were looking for something to spice up the rooms.”

  • Now that Detroit museum has been saved, go see it Dec 24, 2014 7:01 AM
    In the end, what saved Detroit’s art museum from being sold off painting by painting was a legal pad covered in doodles. The Detroit Institute of Arts has been owned by the city since 1919, when Detroit was “rolling in dough,” as museum director Graham Beal put it. But in 2013, with the city’s bankruptcy looming, the art collection was eyed as an asset worth hundreds of millions. Then in August 2013, bankruptcy mediator Judge Gerald Rosen started doodling on the back of a legal pad so full that it had no more blank paper. He circled the words “state,” “art” and “pensions,” connecting them with arrows and dollar signs. From that sketch a deal was born that saved both the pensions and paintings.

  • Cooper Hewitt design museum reopens, revamped Dec 24, 2014 7:01 AM
    The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, revamped, restored and expanded after a three-year closure, reopened at last, all decked out for the 21st century in its historic Carnegie Mansion home just a few blocks up Fifth Avenue from the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visitors to the museum will be hard-pressed to recognize the old-fashioned, somewhat wonky entity of old. It’s now four stories of cutting-edge galleries, hands-on and community-friendly.

  • He carves Dala horses; his daughter paints them Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    He does the carving, and she does the painting. That's how Swedish Dala horses are created by father-daughter team Jason and Julia Lekander of Batavia. The horses are popular in Scandinavian decor, particularly around the holidays.

  • Bartlett art group opens in new downtown storefront Dec 18, 2014 9:08 PM
    A group of artists have moved into a new space in downtown Bartlett, where professionals will create, sell and teach their craft. The nonprofit Arts in Bartlett hopes it will host live music and movie screenings, too. “Every successful downtown has some sort of entertainment venue,” says Cecilia Green, a founding member. “Bartlett doesn’t have that, so we’re hoping to provide that in some small way."

  • Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries. Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.

  • Vintage prints in Koehnline Museum exhibit Dec 14, 2014 4:24 PM
    The latest show at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Gems from the Koehnline: New Acquisitions, highlights 19th- and early 20th-century vintage prints as well as paintings and fine prints from Chicago artists Macena Barton, Francis Chapin, Natalie Smith Henry, Gregory Orloff and Medard Klein. Works by Margaret Burroughs, Milton Horn and the Zhou Brothers will also be on display. The exhibition runs through Friday, Jan. 23.

  • World Trade Center tower boasts large-scale art Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 1,776-foot tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among more than a dozen works selected or commissioned for the skyscraper. Asher Edelman, whose New York gallery curated the works, said the only criteria were that they be abstract, thought-provoking and exciting enough to get people “to look up from their hand-held devices and actually look around them.”

  • Art transforms armory into reflective pool Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    A light, music and performance installation will transform a New York City armory into a reflective pool. The piece in the Park Avenue Armory is a collaboration between classical pianist Helene Grimaud and Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist Douglas Gordon. It includes 122,000 gallons of water slowly seeping through a false floor.

  • Auditions and art shows Dec 10, 2014 10:52 AM
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

  • Mundelein artist said his journey in working with glass never ends Dec 5, 2014 11:01 PM
    Artist Peter Patterson has been working with hot glass for more than 34 years and says he’s still amazed at the mysteries that it has to offer.

  • Frida Kahlo’s garden to be re-imagined in N.Y. Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s native garden and studio will be reimagined at the New York Botanical Garden in the spring. The garden will use flowers and plants native to Mexico in the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” which will open May 16 and run through Nov. 1. The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City in more than 25 years will reflect the bright colors and textures of Kahlo’s portraits and still lifes.

  • Relics from ‘Wonder Years’ given to Smithsonian Dec 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    Kevin Arnold’s green New York Jets jacket that he always wore in “The Wonder Years” is becoming a piece of history along with other items from the popular TV show. Fred Savage, who played Arnold, his mother and other cast members from the show donated costumes, studio tapes, scripts and Polaroid photos from the show Tuesday to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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