City Pop and the rise of Internet Music

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By Daniel Viegas Medill Reports Music is never something created within a vacuum. Time and place are the cornerstones for the very essence of a musical genre. These, along with culture, identity, politics and society all formulate trends within the musical space. Yet, the world no longer quite holds the same boundaries it once did. […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 fashion looks

By Katelyn Sabater Medill Reports In an age of social media and high-quality iPhone photography, music festivals have become the perfect backdrop for any fashionista’s post. Festivalgoers at Pitchfork 2018 didn’t let a rainy forecast or cloudy skies damper any chance of showing off their unique looks. The typical flower crown and boho dress were […]

A way back home: Art as recovery for rape victims in Chicago

What Were You Wearing photography exhibit

by Ritu Prasad At first, the photographs seem unremarkable—a pair of well-worn shoes, a flannel shirt, gray sweatpants. Floating on a black background, hung on a clean white wall, these 12 photographs show what 12 rape victims wore at the time of their assault. The series, titled “Well, What Were You Wearing?” by Katherine Cambareri, […]

Project Onward Helps Disabled Express Their Art

By Vishakha Darbha William Douglas has been creating art since he was a child. But unlike other children, he stayed away from the company of people. As someone who battles social anxiety, Douglas found a haven in Project Onward, a not-for-profit studio and gallery for artists with physical and developmental disabilities. [vimeo 167960801 w=474] Video: […]

Fantasy and glass breathe life into art

By Iacopo Luzi Riverside is a small Cook County village where time seems to have stopped. Street lights powered by gas still line the sidewalks. A small business, that’s been around since 1948, still produces glass art. The studio’s brochure calls it a place where “miracles are done with everyday glass.” Higgins Glass celebrates it’s […]

“Collective Voices, Shared Journeys”: Art that pays homage to survivors of gender violence

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By Jenny G. Zhang Malala Yousafzai. Benazir Bhutto. Gloria Gaynor. These women of color – activists, leaders, cultural icons – stand in sharp relief against the sky-blue background of the collage. Pasted together, their edges overlapping, the figures pay homage to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, political violence, deportation, incarceration and hate crimes. “They […]

The Albany Park Theater Project exposes the soul of separated families

Text by Jenny Lee Video by Xiao Lyu Clad in orange jumpsuits, a group of high school students carrying large suitcases trudged onto the center stage. Heads down with hands, feet and waists shackled, they took a seat on their suitcases while two girls dressed as nuns slithered through the “criminals” and settled in front […]

Columbia College students use art to fuel activism, voting

By Sophie Zhang While voters across the nation cast Super Tuesday ballots, Columbia College Chicago students merged their artistic talent with political activism through a free poster giveaway depicting candidates in the 2016 presidential election. The Art + Activism student group provided potential young voters with detailed voting information and tries to persuade people to register to […]

Chinese artist Xu Bing on inspiration, creativity and the future of art

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By Jenny G. Zhang What is the source of inspiration? According to acclaimed Chinese artist Xu Bing, the answer is all around us. “Our creations will always be a response to the new energy and questions or problems that occur from our social reality,” said Xu, who spoke before a full auditorium at the Art […]