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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

Location: Exhibit Hall & Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North, at.. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago.

Temporary Exhibition: February 6-May 1, 2016.

Strandbeest: the Dream machines of Theo Jansen is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum [PEM], Salem, MA. Audemars Piguet, the tour's National Sponsor, provided generous support to Chicago department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events [DCASE]. Grant support provided to DCASE by the Consulate General of Netherlands in new York, the...

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The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, which opened in 2000, was closed down in October 2014. It was America's first museum dedicated exclusively to stained glass windows. The museum was a millennium gift to the people of Chicago from Maureen and Edward Byron Smith, Jr., and their sons Edward and Peter Smith. Don't know the fate of the stained glass windows since closure. Maybe some cold storage somewhere have them. Among the many exhibits were three windows from Chicago's 1893 World Fair..

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Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Nickerson Mansion

The museum was open to public on June 8, 2008.

Location: 40 East Erie Street on the Near North Side in Chicago, Illinois, near the Magnificent Mile.

The building was made in 1883, as a residence for Samuel Mayo Nickerson, a wealthy Chicago banker. The Driehaus Museum is housed within the historic Nickerson House. The museum is named after Richard H. Driehaus, a prominent Chicago businessman, philanthropist and art collector.  Driehaus purchased the mansion in 2003, and...

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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is located in the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House.

The house was originally built in 1883 as residence of a wealthy Chicago distillery and banking magnate named Samuel Mayo Nickerson. The limestone and sandstone townhouse was built at the cost of $450,000. It was then the top price ever paid for a Chicago residence.

 In 1900, Lucius George Fisher purchases the Nickerson mansion for $75,000.  He commissioned  Prairie School architect George Washington Maher for renovation and redesign. In 1900-01, Maher redesigned the Sculpture Gallery. New...

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Selfie with Flower series: Amaryllis "Red Lion".

Location: Home

Tracking its growth from December 31, 2015 - Jan 11, 2016.

In my nearly one year of "Selfie with Flower" series [click here..],  this series - with Amaryllis - is perhaps my favorite.  I tracked the growth of this flower for 12 days, from bud-stage to full bloom. For these 12 days, every morning when I woke up, I would run downstairs to see how much it had grown overnight, and it...

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Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This year, don't ask from Santa. Be a Santa!

Do you believe in Santa? Two days back I had a strange conversation with a stranger. A dapper man, maybe in his 70's came to me and said to me: "Do not grow old!" I was like, "Of course, but I am getting there!".. We had some weird conversation, and then he asked me if I believed in Santa? I was like, I think I am too old for that!...

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Solaris: A sea of all colors - by Luftwerk

Temporary exhibition: September 23, 2015 through September 22, 2016.

Location: Garfield Park Conservatory

The enter to the conservatory and the exhibition is free!

Luftwerk is collaboration of Chicago artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. They use light-color-sound to sculpt immersive three dimensional environments. Viewers can be spectators and observe from outside; or become participants as they are welcomed to walk into the created  environment.

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St. Michael's Church

Location: Old Town neighborhood of Chicago / 1633 N Cleveland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.

Architect: John Dillenburg and Augustus Wallbaum

Completed: 1869. Most of the building was destroyed in the 1871 Chicago Fire, but the walls and tower survived and the rest was rebuilt within about two years. Rebuilt 1871-73, steeple added 1888. Red brick added to exterior façade in 1913, supervised by Hermann J. Gaul.

Windows: Franz Mayer of Munich, installed July 1903.

 

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