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Michigan Avenue - 2015 - Issue 8 - Winter - Sandra Lee

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PHOTOGRAPHY © 2014 THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, INC./ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK, © MCA CHICAGO (CAMPBELL'S SOUP CANS II); © 1964 CLAES OLDENBURG, © MCA CHICAGO (GREEN BEANS); © MCA CHICAGO (HAIR BAG) ROOM TO GROW THE HYDE PARK ART CENTER'S GUIDA FAMILY CREATIVE WING TAKES FLIGHT. BY THOMAS CONNORS Last year, the Hyde Park Art Center marked 75 years of creativ- ity on the city's South Side. Now the celebration continues with the opening of the Guida Family Creative Wing at the center's South Cornell Avenue headquar- ters. Thanks in part to a $750,000 gift from Julie and John Guida, the community-based organiza- tion adds to its ability to incubate creativity with new studios, learn- ing spaces for teens and adults, and a digital lab. Conceived with the center's mission of accessibil- ity and innovation in mind, the 5,000-square-foot space has been artfully orchestrated by architect Grant Gibson of CAMESgibson. Says Kate Lorenz, the center's executive director, the new wing "gives us the opportunity to continue to serve as a connector between an increasingly active community of artists from all levels and an ever-curious public. It's about creating space, quite literally, for the creative process to happen." 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520; must-see CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Campbell's Soup Cans II, Andy Warhol, 1969; Hair Bag, Ed Paschke, 1971; Green Beans, Claes Oldenburg, 1964. Two renderings of the North Event Space of the new Guida Family Creative Wing. The art world has come a long way from the days when Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein ruled the gallery, but Pop Art has never lost its appeal. Now, with "The Street, the Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection," the Museum of Contemporar y Art explores the ways in which the movement's practitioners appropriated the visual tropes of mass communication and the commercial realm to propel art forward. "Pop works have been a mainstay of our collection for years," says curator Michael Darling. "This show will expand the list a bit more, including West Coast people like Ed Ruscha, for whom 'the street' was an important element." Darling is particularly excited about the exhibit's "Store" section. "We really see artists playing with advertising conventions and embracing that most crass of commer- cial activities," he says. "There are going to be 'products' like the amazing Ed Paschke Hair Bag from 1971, which is a llur ing a nd disg ust ing at t he sa me t ime." On view December 19–March 27, 2016, MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660; MA POP LIFE THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CELEBRATES THE SOURCES OF POP IN "THE STREET, THE STORE, AND THE SILVER SCREEN." BY THOMAS CONNORS CULTURE Art Full 68 MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM

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