With an ambitious, variegated series of exhibitions, publications and programs, Art Design Chicago has dominated the city’s 2018 visual-arts scene. Spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, it is designed to spotlight aspects of the city’s rich art and design history that have been overlooked nationally and internationally and have sometimes even gone under-recognized within Chicago itself.

‘Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side’ sheds light on overlooked art, design
Chicago Sun Times

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‘Our aim is for everyone in Chicago to be involved, to engage people in conversations about art. We believe that art has the power to distinguish cultures and unite them,’ says Siegenthaler, echoing Terra’s belief.

Celebrating the diversity of Chiago’s cultural landscape
Apollo: The International Art Magazine

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For the crowds who frequent the Art Institute of Chicago — where a major retrospective of Charles White opens in June — the Art Design Chicago brochure and website may direct them to related shows at off-the-beaten-track institutions in Pilsen or Evanston as well as the South Side. “By putting this platform together, we’ve been able to see some broad themes that have emerged across a swath of exhibitions,” Ms. Glassman said. She hopes “that layering is going to spark new ways of thinking about different American artists and who’s in the story of American art.”

Beyond Frank Lloyd Wright: A Broader View of Art in Chicago
New York Times

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