Open House Chicago This Weekend, October 18-19

Don’t miss the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s fourth annual Open House Chicago, a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theaters, hotels and more.  Highlights include an airstream trailer on top of a roof between the Montrose and Damen Brown Line stations, a meticulously restored Frank Lloyd Wright home in Rogers Park, and a former meatpacking warehouse turned vertical urban farm.

Public Art Workshop Mural Archive Now Available in LUNA

In collaboration with Art History Professor Rebecca Zorach and Chicago artist, Mark Rogovin, the VRC is happy to announce the “Public Art Workshop Mural Archive“, a new collection in our LUNA database.
The collection contains images of murals and public projects of the Public Art Workshop, along with documentation of the workshop’s activities and images of other murals created in Chicago from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

To read more about Mark Rogovin, please visit Never the Same.

MoMA and the Met Duel over “Canyon”


The Rauschenberg painting has been on MoMA’s wish list for over 15 years. As part of a $41 million IRS settlement because of controversy over the painting’s value, which features a stuffed bald eagle protected under two laws, it has found its home under the conditions that Ileana Sonnabend’s name be added to the donors wall, and The Museum devote an entire show to not only the painting, but also Ms. Sonnabend. The family lawyer said, “ What was important was that it would be more of a star at MoMA. It was [on loan] at the Met, and was not featured as a star.”

Read the full NY Times article.