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Best art exhibit (in the last year or so)

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Heartland, Smart Museum of Art

If you think Midwestern art is all barn-scapes and hayfork-wielding farmer portraits, “Heartland” is happy to correct the misperception. The exhibition’s curators road-tripped across the flyover states to discover a contemporary Midwestern style, uncovering gender-bending, politics-spewing, concept-driven artists at every turn. “Heartland” was first presented at a Netherlands museum last year in the hopes of spreading the good word about the Midwest.

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Audience choice:
“Take Your Time”
Olafur Eliasson, MCA

Best of Chicago 2009

One Response to “Best art exhibit (in the last year or so)”

  1. Newcity’s Best of Chicago picks on the South Side | The Chicago Weekly Blog Says:

    [...] Newcity’s annual Best of Chicago issue came out yesterday, and among the winners are several South Side stalwarts that have previously appeared in our pages. Abuelo’s won Newcity’s Best reason to avoid the long lines at Xoco award. For Best Amerindian-African food, Newcity chose Garifuna Flava, a family restaurant in Marquette Park serving food from Honduras and Belize. Nightwood, a trendy new Pilsen eatery, was the audience’s choice for Best new restaurant. For Best new bar or club, Newcity’s pick was the Shrine, Joe Russo’s African-themed venue in the South Loop, which we covered just last week. And in the only non-food-and-drink pick,  the Smart Museum’s “Heartland” exhibit won Newcity’s Best art exhibit award. [...]

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