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Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. On any given day, it houses about 1,000 butterflies from over 40 different species There are also several bird species from the Southern hemisphere. The greenhouse has a self-contained ecosystem with a small fountain and water-pool, flowers, tropical trees.  A walk through the glass atrium of...
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KOKOMO OPALESCENT GLASS: America's Oldest Art Glass Company

Art glass are fascinating! They sparkle and shine in rainbow colors. Art glass domes and windows have decorated the some of most beautiful buildings, churches and cathedrals. While photographing some landmark buildings in Chicago, I learnt that many of the decorative art glass were made in Kokomo, Indiana. Like the impressive ceiling at the Auditorium...

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As an Indian living in the US, I am quite aware of the stereotypes associated with India - an overpopulated country with chaotic traffic. Land of Taj Mahal, Yoga and Bollywood. Land of Sacred Cows and curry, and also land of Call Centers and Bangalore. All that is correct. I won't dispute any of it.  But I believe I share a common experience with many Indians, that India...

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Some days back I attended a very interesting lecture series at Chicago Cultural Center "Women Sculptors of Chicago - Not for Men Only." Each of the 11 participating woman sculptors have carved their place in a male dominated profession, and were sharing their experiences in a lively, fun, interactive discussion, which was very educational as well. As much as I enjoyed the series, I...
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One of the highlights of my recent vacation in India, was meeting with the accomplished Madhubani painter Dulari Devi. She has won several awards, and many articles and books have been written on her. Madhubani art derives its name from the place where this art flourished - Madhubani - a town in the northern part of Bihar. The art is confined in and...
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Above Image: 2012 Studio Visit: Vector Fabricating - Carnival of Fire.

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My Studio Visits

When I say "My Studio Visits", I include "Site Visits", that is the site of casting, fabrication and installation, which may not necessarily be the artist's studio.  The idea is to get to know the person behind the art, and to learn the...
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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...

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Temporary Exhibitions bring freshness and diversity to the already rich collection of Public Art in Chicago. The Windy City has earned the reputation of being a museum without walls, where public places are converted into art galleries with sculptures from - emerging and established - local, national and international artists. We boast of having artwork by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Claes Oldenburg, Henry Moore, Sol...
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Selfie with replica of Chauri Bearer / chauri is fly-whisk.

The sculpture is currently located in the Patna Museum in Bihar, India.

It is 64" tall, carved out of a single piece of stone.

Estimated to date from ca. 3rd century BCE.

Discovered at Didarganj on the outskirts of the city of Patna, in 1917

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With the latest installation of "Spirit Totems" by Herb Alpert in the Field Museum south plaza, the Museum Campus is now a veritable outdoor sculpture park! By the autumn of 2015, when all temporary art installations for the year are complete, the museum campus has  become a actual museum without walls. Works by nationally and internationally reputed artists can now be spotted scattered in the...

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