| May 23, 2013
| 12:14 PM
"Portrait of Jason" begins with a test tone and a blurry image. And then, as the screen slowly comes into focus, the tone stops and you hear a crew member say: "This is Shirley Clarke, 'Portrait of Jason.' Roll one, sound one. Sound rolling, camera...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 10:22 AM
Thomas Dyja looked at me with abject horror, then humor, then, as his face crumbled in defeat, resignation. A face that said, "See? This is why I wrote a 412-page cultural history of Chicago at midcentury that — as much as it pulls together...
| May 14, 2012
| 6:48 AM
Anyone with a pile of money can build a big pile of a house, and back in the day, that's what you did. (See, for instance, "Downton Abbey.") But during the 20th century, a group of architects staged a controversial revolt. Why, they asked, couldn't less...
| Aug 22, 2012
When architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto "Less is more," he was referring to a minimalist approach that favored getting more function and design cues from a building's structural elements. While he didn't have cars in mind, current trends...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 3:38 PM
More years ago than I'd like to say, I moved into a charmless cinder block dormitory on the campus of a land-grant university about eight hours away from my suburban Chicago home. To assuage homesickness and spruce the place up a bit, I hung a print of...
| Sep 16, 2012
The clash between Northwestern University and preservationists over the fate of Bertrand Goldberg's old Prentice Women's Hospital is expected to climax as early as Oct. 4 when the Commission on Chicago Landmarks could begin weighing the merits of...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 12:03 PM
Lurking beneath the surface of the controversy over the future of the Morris Mechanic Theatre are two issues which, if not resolved, can only be described as tragedies for the future of historic preservation in Baltimore.
The first is the undermining...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 11:09 AM
Bertrand Goldberg did not believe in preservation. He said so. If he were still here we would be having a disagreement. Goldberg was, of course, the architect of the original Prentice Hospital as well as the much-loved Marina City; he died in 1997.
| Aug 7, 2012
| 10:04 AM
The Illinois Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that it has named Dutch architect and educator Wiel Aretsas the new dean of its architecture school. Arets, currently a professor of building, planning and design at the BerlinUniversity for the Arts,...
| Nov 4, 2010
| 4:33 PM
The Museumâs Associate Board is hosting an ARTini Party fundraiser at the Museum on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at 7:30 pm. Join us for an …...
| Mar 27, 2010
| 4:32 PM
John Logan has a name for the men whose self-destructive obsessions pockmark his growing collection of works for stage and screen: "Sacred monsters."The genteel killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in "Never the Sinner." The iconoclastic...