Friday, July 31, 2015

9 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in August



I have a new post on Time Out Chicago today: 9 art shows to check out next month.

(Also, thanks to TOC, I’m going to Lollapalooza for free so I guess I’ll be seeing Sir Paul McCartney tonight. [My childhood self—this nerd who was such a music snob she refused to listen to anything but classical music and classic rock and would play the White Album on loop—is freaking out.])

Happy [early] August [a.k.a. my birth month and therefore the best month, to be honest]!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

11 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in July



Here’s my Time Out Chicago post of art shows to see this month.

Other Chicago stuff:

  • The Chicago Artists Group Portrait (mentioned in the previous post) was incredible. (I sat behind two dogs. Perfection.) Thanks to Jason Lazarus for masterminding it—look out for his official image around August 1!—and thanks to The Chicago Reader for featuring my snapshot from that day in Best of Chicago 2015. (Flashback to the last year The Reader had a “Best Local Visual Arts Blog” category and guess who won, thanks to the best global blog following?)

And personal stuff:



Happy July!

Friday, May 29, 2015

10 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in June



Here are my June art picks for Time Out Chicago.

In other news:

Chicago, get excited for Expo this September! A couple days ago I attended the exposition’s Gallery Announcement Celebration after which I walked into a restaurant just to take a picture and snuck onto a hotel rooftop and the enthusiasm was palpable. Until the fair arrives, you can read my past interviews with its President and Director, Tony Karman.

Chicago artists, be a part of this group portrait! June 20, in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. (While you’re there, check out the MCA’s new exhibition. Being inside a hot air balloon gave me flashbacks to Parachute Day in elementary school P.E. 90s kids unite!)

And thanks so much to Choose Chicago and Buzzfeed for featuring this photo I took of Marina City, Mashable and Conor MacNeill for featuring this photo I took of the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk, and Localiiz Hong Kong for featuring this photo I took of the Nan Lian Garden! (You can view more of my photos on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. And, to answer a question I’ve been getting lately, the camera I use is the one on my phone. I am all about sacrilege.)

Happy weekend!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

9 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in May


Prairie Fire by Hua Tunan.

Flowers aren’t the only things you can look forward to seeing in May. Here are my Time Out Chicago recommendations of gallery shows worth checking out next month.

(And, in case you missed it last week, here’s my post about a new collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.)

Also, I just realized that I never wished you a happy spring [because I was in Hong Kong during the equinox], so: Happy spring!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

5 highlights from the $400M collection donated to the Art Institute of Chicago


The Art Institute of Chicago.

I know, I know. In the last post I said I’d elaborate on my Hong Kong trip “in the next post.” I promise I’ll get to that within a reasonable time(Snippets from the trip are on Twitter, and all photos are on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.)

But! It’s time to celebrate, art lovers. The Art Institute of Chicago will receive the largest gift of art in its 136-year history: 42 internationally recognized contemporary art masterpieces, donated by local collectors and philanthropists Stefan T. Edlis and Gael Neeson. The collection will be on permanent view in early 2016. In a new post for Time Out Chicago, I’ve picked 5 highlights.

Friday, March 27, 2015

8 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in April


Hutments by Nancy Lu Rosenheim.
(Image courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center.)

I’m back! (More about my Hong Kong trip in the next post. For now, you can look through my travel photos on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. I also micro-blogged on Twitter.) And so are my local art recommendations. Here’s my Time Out Chicago post of 8 gallery exhibitions to check out in April.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Journey to the West [because that’s my flight route]


Me and the Big Buddha, 1996.

I’m going to Hong Kong today! (Ah, yes, my annual Art Basel VIP visit. You can read about last year’s in “Pearl.”) I look forward to these trips no matter what, but this one has particular resonance as it’ll be the first to H.K. since fall’s protests.


Follow along on Instagram and Twitter!

Friday, February 27, 2015

8 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in March


Matissification by Richard Shipps. (Image courtesy of Elephant Room.)

My art picks for March are on Time Out Chicago. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7 artists reveal what they love—or don’t love—about Chicago


Red Touching Yellow, Red Touching Black by James Jankowiak.

My second Time Out Chicago post is up. I asked seven local artists, “What’s your favorite part about Chicago’s art scene? How does this city inspire you?” Here’s what they had to say.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Time and Space


Hope you’re having a wonderful 2015 so far! (For the best of last year, check out the previous post.)

I’ve been invited to blog for Time Out Chicago. Thanks for the opportunity, TOC!

I’ve also started a series called Scribble Sunday; every Sunday I’ll post a doodle / drawing of mine—old or new—on Instagram. Follow along!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Not all those who wander are lost // All you have to decide is what to [read] with the [blogs] that [are] given to you


So I traveled to New Zealand. Photos are on Instagram, and I microblogged moments like these on Twitter and Facebook. I want / need to go back. [Turns into wailing bearded future Jack from Lost.]

Me in Hobbiton. #nerdtears #nerdblessed

Transitioning from Bag End to year’s end: Here are your top 15 most read posts of 2014:

15. “Passion
13. “Goosebumps
12. “Art Decade
10. “Get Your Kicks
9. “Dig Yourself
7. “State of Mind
5. “He[art]
4. “Forever Golden
3. “Pearl
1. “Of the Horse”                


This year was filled with firsts for me, whether it was jurying an exhibition for the first time, speaking on a panel for the first time, or being in an artist residency for the first timeThese upcoming months I’ll be treading familiar territory—revisiting my first love, traveling even more (I’ll once again be a VIP for Art Basel Hong Kong, which will be held in March instead of May)—but they’ll be no less exciting.

I’ve also started a Tumblr and Pinterest. I don’t quite understand them, but that’s what adventures are all about. Or something.

Thank you, as always. I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things. Happy New Year’s Eve and Day!

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