Duck tongues at Double Li
The end of April was a lot of fun. I did two day trips to Chicago. The first was to the MDW art fair, a show of funky emerging art in Chicago. My first stop was at the Double Li restaurant in Chinatown. I had lunch with a very lively group pf Northwestern soc grad students: Margarita Rayzberg, Justin Louie, George Balgobin, and Diego de los Rios. I ordered the duck tongues (odd crunchy/squishy texture); they ordered tofu and spicy pork.
They sure know how to pick ’em in Evanston. The conversation was great. We ranged from interactive web based ethnography, to objected oriented ontology, to Estelle Getty,* to ajiaco.I promised Margarita I’d link to this documentary about health care, Paris: Invisible City, and this series of lectures by David Harvey on Marxist social theory. I seriously recommend having lunch with these people.
Unidentified broom sculpture from “Harold Arts”
The next stop was the MDW art fair. It was held in this building called the “Geolofts,” an old warehouse that’s been rehabbed for eco-friendly/sustainable business. The MDW fair itself is definitely a DIY production, run by the grungy, yet vibrant, emerging Chicago art scene. A few highlights: a super cool book by Internet artist Brenna Murphy; photos of plants by Heidi Norton (Ebers Moore gallery); Philip von Zweck’s free art booth (he’ll make photocopies of art); and Anni Holm’s currency exchange project. Wrap up: Chicago dog at Morrie O’Malley’s.
The next Saturday was spent meeting with our friend and guest blogger emerita Christine Percheski. We had a wonderful lunch at the Merchandise Mart and walked through the Art Chicago and Next fairs. A few highlights: Seung Wook Lim’s baroque abstractions; Coke Wisdom O’Neal’s creepy “people in boxes” photos; and C.C. Ann Chen’s odd pictures. I also spent some time in the West Loop. Golden Age is the go to place for printed art material in Chicago. Theaster Gates (civil rights based art) and Huma Bhaba (conceptual) both had some great sculpture exhibitions.
* Dudes, I looked this up and Getty (b. 1923) is not the youngest Golden Girl. That title belongs to Rue McClanahan (b. 1934). But I give partial credit: Getty is a few months younger than Betty White and Bea Arthur.