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“Uncanny Valley”
“Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI” refers to the deep curve of a graphed line measuring human emotional response and likability for humanoid objects. Can genuine creativity emanate from something generated by a machine? More...


Francesca Lohmann and Rob Rhee
Lohmann and Rhee were seen by curator Amanda Donnan to have complementary sculpture visions. She gets it right. More...


Leave Nothing Out
Phoenix' Musical Instrument Museum turned out to be anything but the musty place Margaret Hawkins imagined it would be. More...


Knowledge Bennett
Knowledge Bennett directly quotes iconic images of postwar American art to convey various atrocities and outrages perpetrated against African Americans. More...


Anna Bogatin Ott
Anna Bogatin Ott’s luscious abstract paintings build a surface through repetitive markings in strong colors that culminate in an image that engages with light, and is bound within a tantric rhythm. More...


The New Cultural Paradigm
Conditions have changed in the pandemic-era world. So will the Weekly Newsletter--short term, and perhaps well beyond. More...


Carrie Ann Plank
Carrie Ann Plank’s mixed-media abstract prints integrate a wealth of scientific influences — mapping, numerical sequences, fractals, wave patterns, sound sources, magnetic field variations — into an Op Art mandalas of a sort: objects of meditation, but without any metaphysical mumbo-jumbo More...


Jacquelyn Royal
Jacquelyn Royal’s landscape needlepoints center on graffiti in order to explore the authenticity of mark making and the record it leaves. While graffiti pursues the largest public scale it can quickly, needlepoint's intimate size and domesticity only emerges slowly, undoing the gestures that it captures. More...


“In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration”
“In Flux” underscores the importance of immigrant artists to Chicago’s art community, and indeed immigrants past and present to the city at large. Many of the most potent works engage the environment of 'home" as integral to their content. More...


With Pleasure: Pattern And Decoration in American Art, 1972-1985
The exuberant tumult at the heart, and mind, of American Pattern and Decoration, or P&D, pervades “With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art, 1972-1985,” a rich, if limited, survey of the sprawling movement. More...


Jessica Rath
In “fruiting bodies,” Jessica Rath explores the wide-ranging effects of human activity on plants and bees in her superbly crafted works. More...


Seeing Through a Stethoscope
Among the exhibitions cut short by the pandemic, Sarah Fransler Lavin and Stephanie Wood brought together music and sculpture in the object of hand-made musical instruments. Matthew Kangas reflects on other such fusions in the recent history of Northwest art. More...


Catherine Opie
By entitling her recent pictures under the title “Rhetorical Landscapes,” Opie consciously references our dystopian political climate. More...


Amir H. Fallah
Iranian born Amir H. Fallah's paintings regard American culture and political rhetoric as existing in a warped reality. Ten portraits of veiled subjects placed among objects that imbue their everyday lives with meaning--American, that is, not what we associate with Persian antecedents. More...


John Baldessari
John Baldessari, whose recent passing has been an emotional trauma for much of the local and international art world, is seen here as, yes, the seminal conceptualist and beloved teacher. But there was more to him that that. More...


Hillerbrand + Magsamen
Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen work together and with their kids and dog, and it's just great, smart fun. More...


Barbara Kasten
Barbara Kasten's aims her camera lens at sculpture and architecture with props to produce carefully staged abstract images. More...


“Signs of the Times”
"Signs of the Times" reaches back over the last century through photography to posit that the same social, political, and cultural issues have remained continually relevant from the 1920’s to the present day. More...

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