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Match of the Day (2005), which brought foosball to Chicago’s lakefront, is one of many projects explored in the new retrospective of Industry of the Ordinary.

August 23, 2012—Industry of the Ordinary, the collaborative artist team led by Adam Brooks (MFA 1989) and Mathew Wilson (MFA 1993), opened their mid-career survey at the Chicago Cultural Center on August 17. The exhibition, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, is in the main exhibition hall on the 4th floor through  February, 17 2013. The exhibition received some high profile preview press when contributing columnist Eric Felten published an editorial in the Wall Street Journal about “ordinary” themes in visual arts on August 9; the story begins with a description of Angle, a presentation by Jim Zempel that will help kick off the show, and continues to explore a number of projects organized by Brooks and Wilson.

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August 22, 2012—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), home to the GFRY Studio in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, announced August 22 it has received $75,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, SAIC will offer its seventh GFRY Studio to 14 eligible undergraduate and graduate students. This year’s two-semester studio course, titled A View with a Room: Urban Data Observatory, will examine the role of participatory, embedded technology in the development of a sustainable city. Associate Professor Douglas Pancoast and Instructor Bo Rodda (SAIC MFA 2010) will teach this year’s studio.

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Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor joined Gene Siskel Film Center Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin at the opening night of the 18th annual Black Harvest Film Festival.

August 22, 2012—The Chicago Sun-Times gave two thumbs up to the sold-out opening night of this year’s Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The August 8 Cause & Event feature includes more than a dozen photos from the event. Quintin and Diane Primo were bestowed with the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership, which was presented by Golden Globe winner (and last year’s recipient) Regina Taylor. The opening event, emceed by WMAQ-Channel 5’s LeeAnn Trotter, kicked off with a message from Chaz Ebert before showing the more than 200 guests a sneak peek at five short films that encapsulate the spirit of the fest.

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Faculty member Anne Elizabeth Moore’s latest book, Hip Hop Apsara: Ghosts Past and Present, will be released by Green Lantern Press on August 28.

August 21, 2012—Faculty member Anne Elizabeth Moore (Visual and Critical Studies/Art History, Theory, and Criticism) has been back in the news of late. Gapers Block literary editor Claire Glass interviewed the local writer, critic, and comics creator about her new book Hip Hop Apsara: Ghosts Past and Present (Green Lantern)—on the cusp of its August 28 release—and other topics for the Book Club blog on August 8. On August 13 the nonprofit news source Truthout, where Moore sits on the Board of Advisors, published an update by Sarah Seltzer on the Ladydrawers gender-politics cartooning collective that Moore co-founded through an SAIC class in 2011. The latest Ladydrawers comic was published on the Truthout website August 14.

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After seven years at moniquemeloche gallery, SAIC alumna Whitney Tassie is about to assume a prominent curatorial position in Salt Lake City

August 20, 2012—The Salt Lake Tribune reported August 14 that the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) has named SAIC alumna Whitney Tassie (MA 2009) Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Tassie departs for Utah after serving as director of moniquemeloche here in Chicago for seven years. UMFA Executive Director Gretchen Dietrich said, “She made a tangible difference in the art scene of Chicago, and we look forward to the extraordinary art experiences she will bring to Salt Lake City, the University of Utah, and the region.” Fellow alumna Becca Schlossberg (MA 2012) joins moniquemeloche this month as its new associate director.

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Andy Hall’s Fresh Watts (2012), a solar-powered karaoke machine, is part of his solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

August 16, 2012—Columnist Blue Greenberg of the Raleigh Herald-Sun (circ. 23,812) reviewed Form Special: Solar Projects and Site Collages—the first solo museum exhibition of work by SAIC faculty member Andy Hall (Contemporary Practices and AIADO)—in its July 27 edition. Greenberg says that the show, at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), is “such fun the spectator might not realize just how much information is behind it all.” She tells readers, “The wonder of Hall’s art is the way he weaves fun and interaction with the spectators into a serious study of art, design, technology and nature. Treat yourself to a visit.” The exhibition remains on view through October 8.

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Faculty member Heidi Norton’s The Radicant (2012) is featured in her new solo exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

August 15, 2012—On August 8 Artdaily.org covered the newly opened solo exhibition of work by SAIC faculty member Heidi Norton (Photo, MFA 2002) at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The post notes that this is Norton’s first solo museum exhibition and says of the work, “this exhibition continues her interest in cycles of change and regeneration.” The exhibition is part of the BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works series at the MCA and will be on view through October 23.

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Faculty member David Raskin’s 2010 monograph on Donald Judd got a fresh look in the latest edition of Art Journal.

August 14, 2012Suzanne Hudson reviewed Art History, Theory, and Criticism faculty member David Raskin’s book Donald Judd (Yale University Press, 2010) in the spring issue of Art Journal (circ. 35,000). Hudson says “The Judd he exhumes is unlike the ones we have been given to date,” and concludes that “Raskin’s account convinces.” A copy of the issue is available from the Flaxman Library.

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