Art & dining at The Cotton Duck

the cotton duck chicago

Frances and I needed to catch up and exchange cat-related Christmas gifts, so she suggested dinner at The Cotton Duck. I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before, and thought it was in West Loop until I actually Googled the address and realized I needed to head to West Town. As soon as I walked up … Continue reading

Art Basel 2016

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I once again headed to Miami for Art Basel this year. I mean, how can you resist escaping a Chicago winter to see a bunch of art on the beach? If you’re not familiar with Art Basel, I consider it the SXSW of art. The actual Art Basel fair is a massive affair at the … Continue reading

The Cool Kids at The AIC

the cool kids art institute chicago evening associates after dark xl

For our last After Dark event of the year, the Evening Associates of the Art Institute pumped things up by featuring a live performance by Chicago’s own The Cool Kids. It was exciting to see them perform together for the first time in years! Leading up to the event, I had the chance to help … Continue reading

ComplexCon 2016

Complexcon long beach 2016

When I heard Complex was hosting its first ComplexCon expo in Long Beach this year, I knew I had to find a way to go. First, I’m an avid Complex reader. Second, the event was curated by the likes of Pharrell and artist Takashi Murakami (who I actually spotted in person, signing autographs on site!). … Continue reading

Art Basel Day 3: Design Fair, Perez Museum + Wynwood at Day

marina capdevila mural wynwood miami art basel 2015

Our last day in Miami ended up being the nicest – the sun came out and the weather was gorgeous. Perfect for squeezing in as much as we could. We started with a visit to the Botanical Gardens, which unfortunately did not live up to expectations. That may be because they were right next to … Continue reading

Art Basel 2015: Wynwood at Night

After making it through the convention center, I met up with a couple friends to head over to Wynwood to see our artist friend Marcello Ibanez at a gallery that was exhibiting several of his pieces. Luckily the rain that would not stop most of the day finally cleared up enough for us to roam … Continue reading

Art Basel Day 2: The Expo

art basel miami beach 2015 convention center

On our second day in Miami, we tackled the actual Art Basel exhibition. If you haven’t been to Miami for the art fair before, the actual Art Basel takes place in the Miami Convention Center in South Beach. It is a MASSIVE display of art from all over the world. However, as you’ve likely seen, … Continue reading

Miami Polish

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….and I’m not just talking about me in Miami. After checking out the SCOPE Art Fair, me and my mom went over the bay into downtown Miami for a Polish artists exhibit. It featured several artists we know from Chicago, including Malgorzata Czerniejewska, Miroslaw Chudy and Piotr Janowski, among others. It was a fun evening, … Continue reading

Art Basel Day 1: SCOPE Art Fair

new orleans gallery scope art fair miami beach art basel 2015

Miami was pretty much as gloomy as St. Petersburg, but at least it was warm. Our first day there, we grabbed an early dinner on Ocean Ave. (where I had a surprisingly delicious meal despite being on Ocean Ave.) and headed to the SCOPE Art Fair. Scope is one of my favorite fairs in Miami. … Continue reading

Curiosity in St. Petersburg

piotr janowski exhibit curiousity museum of fine art st petersburg florida polish artist aluminum reynold's wrap palm trees

My Art Basel weekend started with a pit stop in St. Petersburg to catch the opening of family friend Piotr Janowski’s exhibit opening at the Museum of Fine Arts there. We (well my mom especially) have known Piotr for years, so we figured we’d take advantage of being in the state to see his work … Continue reading