Author Archive for Bea Malsky

49th Street Shipwreck

On July 15, 1914, two hundred University of Chicago students stood on the shore of Lake Michigan to watch a ship pull in. Or perhaps they were on board the ship itself–nautical history lends itself to fantastic lore. Either way,…

Pillaging Hallowed Grounds

Something was wrong at the Reynolds Club. The late Saturday sun hadn’t quite set, and passersby on 57th street turned their faces up towards the second floor coffee shop with varying degrees of concern, curiosity, and confusion. The perpetrator? The…

Real Art, Real Fast

In 2009, Chicago-based graphic designer and graffiti enthusiast Tara Lynch lost faith in the advertising industry and sought to scratch a nomadic itch. She quit her job, bought a box truck, christened it the “Hotbox,” and started inviting artistic friends…

Checkmate

Last Monday Korenman and Sheriff Tom Dart announced a new chess program at Chicago’s Cook County Jail, the first of its kind in the United States. In the coming months, 150 inmates from the lowest security division of the jail will learn strategy and compete in tournaments.

Pretty Grotesque

“To dignify life is an underpinning of my work. You see a hare dead on the road, remember it had life to it once,” says Joan Goldin brightly from behind her thick blue spectacles. “Myself, I have a very normal…

Vintage Spirits

Whisky Ginger, the vintage shop Stevie Koerner and Dan Knispel run together out of their storefront apartment, allows the pair to carefully curate their own world.

Meeting Room

Last minute preparations for “This House Is Not a Home,” the newest exhibition at the Southside Hub of Production, feel more like plans for an abnormally large dinner party than an art show. I am volunteering this sunny Saturday afternoon…

A Spike Lee joint

Filming was prohibited at Spike Lee’s talk on Wednesday, but Lee had some friendly advice for those committed to illicit documentation: “At least put your finger over the red light, man.” The Oscar-nominated director, producer, writer, actor, and professional rabble-rouser…