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Snow Day

It’s a new year, so that means it’s time for a new attempt at regular blogging. It’s funny that my last post was mentioning the unseasonably warm weather, considering yesterday was a mind boggling 50 degrees, in Chicago. In January. Today it finally decided to act like winter, and I was pleased to see the … Continue reading

Art in Nature

Despite drawing closer and closer to winter, Chicago has been unseasonably warm and beautiful lately. So I decided to go to the Morton Arboretum to soak up some sun and and fall color before the cold and miserable weather sets in. While I was there, I made a point to check out the arboretum’s art … Continue reading

SAIC’s CartoonInk!

This week I was at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries for a talk by respected Korean artist Kimsooja. More on that later. While I was there, I spent some time in the exhibition CartoonInk!: Emerging Comics in Context, curated by SAIC faculty members Christa Donner, Surabhi Ghosh, and Jeremy Tinder. … Continue reading

Favorites from Re: Chicago

Last Saturday I was at the opening reception for the DePaul Art Museum, in their new three story, 15,000 square foot building just steps from the Fullerton L stop. The reopening launched in grand style with the exhibition Re: Chicago, a show that attempts to tackle the “Second City” label by asking members of Chicago’s … Continue reading

Derailed: Art on Track 2011

Installation detail, Art on Track 2011. Image credit Nicole Nelson This past Friday was the fourth installment of Art on Track, an ambitious project started by Tristan Hummel that transforms a CTA train into the “world’s largest mobile art gallery.” I had an amazing experience last year with Art on Track (especially so since I … Continue reading

Collecting, Constructing, and Tearing Down: Mark Bradford at the MCA

Mark Bradford, Potable Water. Photo credit Bruce M. White, MCA Chicago. This is the last weekend to check out the first survey of Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The show brings together a collection of Bradford’s work from 2001 to 2010, arranged loosely by theme. Bradford’s work … Continue reading


Welcome to the Red-headed Art Child blog. I’m the Redhead, a quiet art historian/journalist who lives in Chicago and wants you to experience the art that moves me and this whole city. I’ve endured a lifetime of people not understanding why I chose to study art, or why I want to make a career of … Continue reading

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