Author Archive for Sabina Bremner

Symbolic Vocabularies

When I entered Calles y Sueños, La Casa de Arte y Cultura, at around 8pm, artist Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves was discussing each of his sculptures in rapid-fire Spanish to the assembled group of 40 or so. Each intricate piece was composed of dozens of tiny symbolic elements, and the viewers stepped forward cautiously to peer into tiny crevices, iPhone flashlights in hand.

Don Churro

At two in the afternoon, my companion and I bike down South Blue Island Avenue in Pilsen, heads pounding from dehydration and bodies drenched in sweat from the early summer heat. We have to pause to check the exact location…

Whose Destination?

Underneath the Metra tracks at 53rd Street and Lake Park, a row of gleaming bicycles sit outside on the sidewalk. In a window behind them, bikes hang inert from hooks like animal carcasses. For the past few weeks, builders have…

Reconceiving Time

In 1988, Adelheid Mers–curator of “Hairy Blob,” currently on view at the Hyde Park Arts Center–received a yearlong grant for graduate study at the University of Chicago’s Committee on the Visual Arts. “I spent all of my time in the…