It is a harmonious union of art and engineering, imagination and reality. Dutch artist Theo Jansen is a kind of Dr. Frankenstein, giving life to inanimate objects. His massive creations arrived this month at the Chicago Cultural Center, and “Chicago Tonight” spoke with the artist on the eve of his first exhibition in the city.
An exhibition at The Field Museum looks at City Windows, the papercut artwork of Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang now on display at two locations in Chicago. We get a preview.
American illustrator Chesley Bonestell was a visionary of universal proportions. The Adler Planetarium is currently presenting an exhibition of Bonestell’s artwork. We take a look at the art and science behind his out-of-this-world paintings and how they influenced the modern fascination with what lies in the final frontier.
Alison Ruttan examines the cyclical nature of war by making ceramic models of the Iraq-Kuwait War's Highway of Death and the 2006 retaliatory bombing of Beirut by Israel. Her toy-sized cars and tabletop models of bombed out buildings are a departure for the artist, who most recently worked in photography and video.
The initial renderings for the Lucas Museum have been released and reviews are mixed. Some say this design has the potential to be something great, but others caution this may be a recipe for disaster without public discussion and debates on the project. We discuss the building project with our panel.
We get a preview of rarely seen artwork by Ed Paschke from his family's personal collection.
If you spent time in city parks this summer, you may have noticed trees being transformed. The Chicago Park District teamed with a local sculptor's group to turn trees that were condemned into public art. We revisit Jay Shefsky’s story.
Jaume Plensa's sculptures featuring giant heads opened to the public this summer in Chicago's Millennium Park. We revisit our talk with the Catalan Spanish artist and sculptor on his inspiration behind his latest installation.
The Chicago Park District has teamed with a local sculptor's group to turn trees that were condemned into public art.
Jaume Plensa's newest sculptures featuring giant heads open to the public this summer in Chicago's Millennium Park. We talk with the Catalan Spanish artist and sculptor on his inspiration behind his latest installation.
We revisit a story of treasures created by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany in an amazing setting – the restored Gilded Age mansion that houses the Driehaus Museum.
As a Muslim girl growing up in Turkey, Meltem Aktas wasn’t planning to make a career of Christian art. We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile of the sacred artist. View a slideshow of her work.
Who knew that the king of gothic cartoons came from Chicago? We visit an in-depth exhibit of Edward Gorey -- who influenced everyone from Maurice Sendak to Tim Burton -- at the Loyola University Museum of Art. View a slideshow of artwork.
Berkeley-based artist and former Chicago reporter Diane Abt shares her calligraphy-inspired artwork that will be featured in the 12th Annual Art in Motion fundraiser at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to raise money for the rehabilitation center. Read an interview and view a slideshow.
Arlene Marks stopped painting several years before she moved into assisted living. But when she arrived, she found new inspiration. We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile of a suburban artist rediscovering her art and painting charming portraits of her neighbors. Read an article and view a slideshow.