Monday, October 5, 2015

The mountains are calling and I must [know childhood icon Bill Nye acknowledges my existence]

I’ve been selected as a Finalist for the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park: The Centennial Project” contest! Now, I need you to vote for my entryFill out the ballot here(Winners get to attend the NPS’ 100th birthday celebration, have people like Bill Nye the Science Guy—whose theme song was my ringtone for 5 years until I got a smartphone—turn their stories into a project, and more.)

(What I’d submitted: Inspired by my trip to Denali National Park in 2002, I drew the above when I was 15. Titled Land of the Midnight Sun, it was my first attempt at using oil pastels. My high school eventually purchased the drawing from me, and it’s still a part of their permanent art collection. Not bad for a piece in a new medium.)

Voting ends October 16 at 5pm CST. The limit is “1 vote per person, per email address, per day.” So vote everyday with all your addresses for the next couple weeks!

Spread the word. Thank you!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

10 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in October

Happy October! The Chicago Architecture Biennial launches on Saturday, the first Chicago Museum Week starts today, and it’s Chicago Artists Month. To help you sort through it all, I’ve highlighted 10 art gallery events on Time Out Chicago. (Included is Meet Your Maker, a networking event for which I’ve been invited to be on the leadership committee.)

Luftwerk, solarise: a sea of all colors.
Garfield Park Conservatory.

As a follow-up to the previous post: The autumnal equinox opening of Luftwerk’s solarise at the Garfield Park Conservatory (pictured above) was one of my picks for last month, but—fortunately—the show runs through January 3, concurrent with the Biennial. See it!

Lastly: I made a rule for myself that I wouldn’t show the hundreds upon hundreds of postcards I’ve been getting over the years for Dreams of a City until I felt like I was completely finished with the project, but this one, which I retrieved from my P.O. box a couple days ago, was so stirring that I had to share.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

During which I wore a Darkwing Duck shirt

Spencer Finch, Sunset. Expo Chicago 2015.

Follow-up to the previous postThanks to Expo Chicago, my last weekend of summer was filled with wonderful people, art, and foodYou can view my photos from the experience—including the VIP Preview of the fair, a private collection tour, and more—on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

(Pictured above: Art you can eat! From a solar-powered ice cream truck offering soft serve in the colors of the sunset. Ah, me and ice cream. Truly the epic love story of our time.)

And today, celebrate the first day of fall by attending the opening of Luftwerk’s solarise (one of my September art picks) at the Garfield Park Conservatory and/or witnessing Chicagohenge. Enjoy the autumnal equinox!

Saturday, September 5, 2015


I’ve been invited to be a featured Instagram photographer at Expo Chicago. Thank you, Expo Chicago and Carol Fox & Associates! Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone! (And my IG for anyone who’d like to follow me there as well.)

Monday, August 31, 2015

12 Chicago art gallery exhibitions to check out in September

This has nothing to do with the rest of the post, to be honest.

My Time Out Chicago September art pick post is live: 12 shows to see next month(Not including Expo Chicago, which I’ll be previewing.)

Because of a comment I left on a video that popped up on my Facebook feed, I CAN DO THAT—along with the photo album of its opening—is getting a spike in traffic. (What I can’t do? Believe that crazy beautiful show was 3 years ago. Oh yeah and whistle.) As announced in the previous post, you can look forward to my next big independent curatorial project in June.

And I’ll leave you with this statement.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Age of Leo

6th birthday. (Also what I look like with short
hair and a tan. Mind-blowing, I know.)

I’ve been invited to curate an exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center. Save the date! The opening reception will be June 17, 2016. Thanks, Sergio Gomez!

Also, I noticed that I have over 1000 followers on Instagram now, and I’ve been on IG for little more than a year. Thank you, everyone!

And: Today’s my birthday!

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!

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