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Do fun and play have a place in contemporary art?

Last week, we opened an unusual installation in our 4833rph project space. In partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (and the friendly help of balloon artistry masters Whimsical Expression), we filled half of our community conference room with an installation of hundreds of giant, golden balloons: an art work by British artist Martin Creed. The installation was an instant hit, with staff, board members, and visitors to the Art Center all taking the plunge and swimming through this electric (literally, your hair will stand on end from the static) art work. Not a single person who goes in doesn't laugh -- or, at the very least, smile -- immediately upon being engulfed in a buzzing hive of light-as-air, honey-colored balloons. People have taken countless fun photos, and written lots of intriguing thoughts about what the installation means and how it affects them. And it all points to the question: can contemporary art actually be fun and accessible? You know us:we think it can. And we love having this installation here to help prove it! Read on to learn more about the artist and his work.

- Brook Rosini, Marketing & Communications Manager
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A teaching artist with Perspective

At the Art Center, we do a lot of work in schools and right here on site to help provide arts education programming to Chicago's youth. Today, Teresa Albor, a practicing artist, shares her perspective on her work with one of our outreach programs called Perspectives. In Perspectives, whole classrooms of kids come to the Art Center to get hands-on in our studios, exploring many different kinds of artistic styles, methods, and practices—with the help of a teaching artist like Teresa. Read on to find out what makes this work worth it for her, and head to our Outreach page to learn more about our programs.

- Brook Rosini, Marketing & Communications Manager
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