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  • Exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum features Cezanne Oct 24, 2014 6:15 AM
    An exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art showcases a group of impressionist and post-impressionist works amassed by a private collector who described the pursuit and acquisition of the pieces as an adventure. The exhibition, “Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection,” includes 50 pieces, including works by Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec.

     
  • Rare ancient Chinese bronzes go on display in U.S. Oct 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    When the mysterious people of China’s Sanxingdui packed up and moved away 3,000 years ago, they left behind no written language and no indication of who they were, where they were going or why. What they did leave was a gigantic cache of intricately fabricated, larger-than-life bronze art works, which are now on display at Southern California’s Bowers Museum, the first stop on a rare U.S. tour.

     
  • Kimono’s evolution reflects changing Japan Oct 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years. Its story encompasses the evolution of weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques, as well as Japan’s aesthetic, social and even political history. “Kimono: A Modern History,” on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 19, 2015, is a tour de force in textiles.

     
  • Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend Oct 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his “white son,” inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting him through thousands of photographs. Select items from the monumental collection are on view in a new exhibition at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, New York.

     
  • Exhibition probes the mystery of Sherlock Holmes Oct 17, 2014 1:13 PM
    Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous Londoners of all time. It seems logical that the fictional detective's creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, must have known the city intimately. In fact, historian David Cannadine said, “Conan Doyle himself didn't spend that much time in London." That is just one of the surprises provided by a myth-busting new Museum of London exhibition that explores a character who has been endlessly adapted while retaining his essence.

     
  • Dogs welcome at St. Louis museum about, well, dogs Oct 17, 2014 7:00 AM
    Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren’t worried about the canines knocking things over or making a mess. “We do it ... and to my knowledge it’s never caused a problem,” said Stephen George, executive director of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.

     
  • On a wing and a paintbrush at Milwaukee Art Museum Oct 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    That black speck walking precariously out on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s giant white wings? That’s a painter. Matt Radmacher, owner of Wisconsin Industrial Painters, and two other painters are touching up 40 rust spots on the museum’s Burke Brise Soleil — affectionately called wings — and repainting 72 rusted plates at the base. The painters started Sept. 29 and are expected to finish by the end of this week.

     
  • Nashville’s folk rock era is topic of new exhibit Oct 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    While country music has long been synonymous with Nashville, rock and folk musicians in the late ’60s and early ’70s made the Southern city the new hip spot to record. The city’s talented session musicians helped create some of the seminal country-influenced rock albums of the period, including Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” and “Nashville Skyline.” Nashville’s rock period is the subject of the next exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, called “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City,” which opens in March 2015.

     
  • Harper exhibit features comics artists Oct 14, 2014 1:37 PM
    Comics and graphic novels don’t make for just popular reading; they’ve sparked a fascination in both the academic and art worlds. Three innovative cartoonists with Chicago connections and visionary tendencies highlight Harper College’s latest art exhibit, “Like Comics Without Panels,” running through Thursday, Nov. 13.

     
  • Palatine artist repairing his horse statue vandalized twice in Chicago Oct 13, 2014 6:17 PM
    After spending 80 hours designing and painting a dragon-like horse to honor a fallen Chicago police officer in front of The Drake Hotel downtown, Palatine artist Rich Greiwe now must repair it after his creation was vandalized not once but twice over the weekend. “(The officer's daughter) said the wings reminded her of her father in heaven,” Kim Greiwe said. “When he heard that, he went right back to work today.”

     
  • 'Numbers in Nature' at MSI proves math can be fun Oct 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    Patterns are all around us, from the petals of a flower to the cracks in parched soil, and these natural patterns inspire human art, music and architecture. “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze,” the Museum of Science and Industry's newest permanent exhibit, uses those easily observable patterns to get visitors thinking about the mathematical rules that drive them. “We wanted to get a math exhibit into our offerings,” said John Beckman, the museum's director of design and development. “We liked the mathematic patterns in nature since it's an easy entry point for people."

     
  • Artist puts real moms in Crystal Bridges Museum Oct 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    The first thing you encounter at a new contemporary art show at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the “Mom Booth,” where a woman in an apron sits at a table. Behind her, shelves are stocked with Band-Aids, puddings, animal crackers, soup cans, paper lunch bags and clean underwear. She’s not a docent or guide. She’s a real mom who gives advice, hugs and maybe a scolding. She might ask you to fold laundry or pick Legos off the floor. The Mom Booth, created by Andy Ducett and staffed by local volunteers, has earned its spot at “State of the Art,” the contemporary art show that opened Sept. 13 at Crystal Bridges.

     
  • Students use vibrant fall leaf colors to create artwork Oct 7, 2014 5:01 PM
    Fall colors were in full bloom Tuesday at the Fremont Public Library’s “Autumn Leaves: A Painting Workshop” given by art teacher Christine Thornton of Mount Prospect. Twenty-nine artists, from novice to experienced, learned how to draw different leaf varieties on watercolor paper, then use watercolor pencils to add vibrant colors to their leaves.

     
  • London exhibit charts chilling allure of gothic Oct 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    There’s a part of us that loves to be scared. How else to explain the popularity of stories featuring haunted castles, lurking monsters and restless ghosts? Collectively they form a genre known as gothic, the subject of a new exhibition at the British Library that charts 250 years of gothic chills, thrills and bloody excess flowing from the pages of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to the clothes of Alexander McQueen.

     
  • ‘Uncommon Threads’ fashion-art show returns to St. Charles Oct 5, 2014 5:03 PM
    Tickets are now on sale for "Uncommon Threads," the annual one-of-a-kind wearable art show and luncheon, presented by Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles. Superlative wearable art is the focus of this event, which brings together phenomenal textiles and accessories created by local and national artists.

     
  • Nature museum offers with free Sunday admission Oct 4, 2014 9:18 AM
    Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is celebrating its 15th anniversary by offering free admission on Sundays during October.

     
  • Film academy hosts 1st exhibit in new museum site Oct 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood’s premier museum devoted to the movies. “Hollywood Costume” debuted Thursday inside the historic May Co. building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is set to reopen as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2017.

     
  • Oakton women’s art exhibition examines how gender influences desire Sep 30, 2014 12:57 PM
    From food to the erotic, desire takes many different forms, and gender is implicated in the process, which raises a host of provocative questions. Oakton Community College tackles these questions at the free art show Gendering Desire: Liberation, Power, and Pleasure. The exhibit, featuring more than 65 women artists from around the world, opens Thursday, Oct. 2, with a gala reception featuring the artists from 5 to 8 p.m.

     
  • NYC photo show looks back at Debbie Harry’s career Sep 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Forty-one years after Blondie hit the music scene, frontwoman Debbie Harry is looking back — but not through her music. Instead, band co-founder Chris Stein is offering an insider’s view with a show of photographs that he began shooting before Blondie was formed. Stein, 64, said he began the decades-long series of photos in 1973 when he and Harry formed The Stilettos. The exhibit coincides with the release of Stein’s photo book, He hopes younger people will take away “a little sense of history” from the exhibit at New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel.

     
  • Get a peek at the creative process at Geneva Art Studio Tour Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    For artists, a studio space is a refuge, an inspiration, a place for creative focus, creative frustration, new energy, fresh ideas, accomplishment and maybe even magic. See where the magic happens on the Greater Geneva Art Guild's second annual Art Studio Tour, which takes place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 26-28, at various locations around Geneva. For the $10 admission price, visitors will receive a list of artists exhibiting at each location and map.

     
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