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Best art exhibit (in the last year or so)

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“Big Picture: A New View of Painting in Chicago” at Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum was an unlikely venue for hosting the best art exhibit this year, but the museum’s context hammered home the show’s theme—paintings can tell the history of Chicago, from urban planning and political satire, in styles realist, Imagist and all points in between. Curators John Corbett and Jim Dempsey dug deep into the historical archive, exhibiting such rarely seen gems as a mural from the glory-hole days at Gold Coast—one of the city’s earliest gay leather bars—and gave privileged views to the backs of some paintings, revealing secret inscriptions.

Audience choice:
Jeff Koons at MCA

Best of Chicago 2008

4 Responses to “Best art exhibit (in the last year or so)”

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  3. leatherarchives Says:

    You can see more of the original paintings from the Gold Coast and more at the Leather Archives & Museum in Rogers Park 6418 N. Greenview Ave., 60626 773-761-9200 http://www.leatherarchives.org

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