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This is an annotated listing of links to
[galleries and museums] (Part 1, below), and art
[organizations] (Part 2, below) in the Chicago area.
Links to these resources are scarce, quickly outdated, often dull, and
frequently badly constructed. Before you start idling away your time
browsing the local scene, check this list for comments.
If boring, empty, full of broken code, or not downward compatible, we'll
let you know. We have added visual clues. Intuitive. Many are very snitty
about what browser to use, "Gotta .. have Web-Skape 4-Point-7-Beta .. or
can't see," and some even tell you what equipment to buy and how much to
spend. Sort of defeats the idea behind the HTML format.
If there are comments, they reflect a first check with Lynx. Netscape
works OK on most sites, and most have been checked with Netscape. If we find
any MS constructions we will warn you. Notes on content stand to be
corrected. To do so, send angry comments via eMail to
*review* November 1996. Next update in when I have time, or
otherwise annually. Corrections are added as I become aware of them. Last
*8 December 1997*. I
*promise* to get back to it before the end of this year.. really!
This file is a link from the Uncomfortable Spaces
[Home page] at
Spencer Weisz Galleries at
TBA Exhibition Space at
Tobai International at
11/12/97; new URL: Rhona Hoffman Gallery at
(22 Oct 1997) U-Turn, the renowned California magazine and Chicago
monograph series dealing with photography, art, video, and criticism, has
entered the electronic media. CDROMs of back issues will be next! Published
from Chicago, and as always, by Jim Hugunin. A direct link at
[at http://www.uturn.org/]. Ok, I'm
co-editor of the next_to_be issue. Lots of wacky font colors and Netscape
slaverings right now. Jim's busy, busy.
August 1997: Flo-tilla is afloat again, this time at the pond in
Lincoln Park, on October 18. James Fontana and Michael Thompson have picked
it up. Prospectus at
Oops: Late breaking news: The City wanted $6000 for a permit. Sort of
put the damper on this. Send drawings and sketches anyway; Joe will attempt
an exhibition of concepts, and has moved the actual floating event to August
of 1998, same place, sort of, and to coincide with the Oz Fest (whatever
that is) (but they sell beer).
(3 July 1997) But, Wow, look at this: Another recent addition.. Real
news about the art scene in Chicago, occasional reviews, and unbridled
enthusiasm. And a place where you can add your opinions. Check it out at
[http://www.enteract.com/~lot33/]. Talk to the Head Cowboy, or the
Gardener, or ask for the Janitor. Their hits counter don't work right, so
don't feel lonely because of low numbers.
A Legend to the Intuitive Icons
Wow: means this is a place well worth
Yuk: means not worth the effort of
waiting for a download.
Dynamite: means don't miss this
Bomb: means the site delivers
Fast: means the source is well
constructed and Fast.
Slow: means the images are large or
early and slow.
Broken: means a surplus of
broken code is displayed.
Braindead: means the makers are ill
equipped for Web life.
Huh?: means that we don't know
anything about this site yet.
100 mainstream galleries in Chicago and another hundred miscellaneous, new,
temporary, and NFP galleries. A handful have URLs. Art museums included here
The ability and willingness to support a website seems dependent on one
of two conditions: a surplus of money, which allows a professional job to be
done, or a surplus of time. Museums seem to have a surplus of money, and
their websites are frequently splendid. Galleries, however, have only a
surplus of time, so that high school kids get hired to lay out pages, or it
is done in-house, so to speak. And it shows.
[Uncomfortable Spaces] - http://spaces.org/
- Without a doubt the most interesting local art site, representing Beret
International, Ten In One, and Tough galleries and their artists. Lynx and
Netscape compatible. Images small enough to load quickly.
[SOFA Exposition] -
- (11 Nov 96) An aliased main link (www.sofaexpo.com). The result is that
nothing will connect with Lynx. To get a Lynx working connection, try this
(below) - http://artresources.com/guide/clients/4.html-ssi.
[Chicago Art Expo 97] -
- (18 Nov 96) Most info is on the index page, but the "online catalog"
can't be connected with ("File not found"), and the "image gallery" is just
a blank page to Lynx. Someone should check the code. With Netscape you're
gonna get the screaming yellow of past years' flyers. Ugh. Tom was gonna
link to us, but I don't see it yet.
- Reconnecting since mid October, after being off line for a while. A
year or more out of date, "We are gonna build another space." You get last
year's exhibits, or maybe the year before. Hard to tell without year tags.
This century at least. And the old address, too. A new web page is under
construction they say (I called them). Call the MCA for future directions,
312 280 2660, ask for a staff person.
Gallery] - http://fileroom.aaup.uic.edu/RSG/rsghome.html
- (18 Nov 96, small changes) Exhibitions are actually up to date, but
there is still a lot of blank space to page through if you are using a text
browser. Must be some white-wall aesthetic, unlike their bimonthly mailer,
which is an offset stripping feast.
(18 Nov 96) Some notes... I looked at their "other art links" -- none of
them are in Chicago. Paul apologizes to the users of the 122 other web
browsers for having to use Netscape with "advanced features" which he cannot
get away from. To find the latest update check the
index file at
http://fileroom.aaup.uic.edu/RSG/ or .../RSG/index.html (Don't forget the
CAPS). Look at the date of the "parent directory."
[The Art Institute of Chicago] -
- Representing the Institute and the School. Hopelessly inept coding,
which will throw you for a loop when you first get to the index page with
Lynx, for about half the code shows up on the screen, but none of the
Before you start searching the source code for how to navigate this
mess, let me hint that clicking on "left lion" get you the Institute, the
"right lion" links to the School. The Institute's stuff is straight forward.
The School has screaming index text (thanks to a listing of H1's), then
mostly large voids, especially when it comes to "events" and stuff. Ok, it's
experimental, they say. But invisible is just too experimental.
With Netscape you get to see more, but the frames escape beyond the
screen even at 800x600. Quitting out quickly will lessen the aggravation.
For a direct link to Gallery 2, see the
[David and Alfred
Smart Museum of Art] - http://csmaclab-www.uchicago.edu/SmartMuseum/
- Well constructed, Lynx compatible. Go see it..
[Robert Henry Adams Fine
Art] - http://homepage.interaccess.com/~adams
- Well, you can get the address off the index page, but because the other
links presume correct parsing, none of them connect with Lynx.
[Oskar Friedl] - http://www.pg.net/o
- A ten year history of exhibitions, links to works by gallery artists,
lots of external links too, and all readable and navigatable.
[Sato ri] -
- Linked to the Gallery Guide list below, but not a live link, the
internal name anchor doesn't exist, so you get the parent html file
instead.. that is, the list
[Klein Art Works] -
- (September 1997) Reorganized since last year and a great improvement.
Some thought has gone into constructing the site: go see it.
Art] - http://www.gallery-guide.com/gg/gallery/lydon/
- A list of artists but no links. The rest consists of links to everywhere
else, just like everyone else (Ok, I crib them too!).
[Aldo Castillo Gallery] -
- None of the links work, except the "mailto," because of short file names
on the URLs. So much for downward compatibility.
Dawson] - http://www.gallery-guide.com/gg/gallery/ddawson/
- Links to images and stuff direct from the home page. Works well.
[Artnet] online catalog
- Catalog of something called Artnet.com, pretty sparse, but worldwide.
Guide] the mag's homepage -
- This one deserves comment. The site provides extensive online
documentation about what hardware and software to get and use (complete with
prices) to see
their website, to wit: a 486 with 16 meg of RAM, SVGA set at
800x600, a 28,800 baud modem, and an ISDN phone connection, and then some...
The rigor mortis of magazine layout. The change in media has not sunk in.
I'm looking at their stuff with a 286, 1 meg of RAM, a 2400 baud modem, a
Hercules monitor, and a dial-up connection. There must be something wrong
OK, skip all this nasty stuff and see their
[monthly] listing of Illinois exhibitions at the
link below, where you can go directly to a hundred pages of stuff.
Exhibitions] current! -
- Wow this works, too. Gallery Guide's 30 page List of current exhibitions
at many, but certainly
not all galleries in Illinois. Like if you ain't in the mag, you
aint on the list.
[Art resources] at -
- A really strange place, with some image and gallery links, and a huge
and totally inaccurate list of "complimentary" gallery listings, in an
attempt to sell space to galleries.
[Around the Coyote] -
- the September blowout at Damen and Milwaukee Yes, it's kept open year
round. You can imagine what you find here between September and August: an
endless list of 800 artists, some graphics.
[Gallery 2] of SAIC -
- Listed as "window.artic.edu/saic/touch/" in the Reader cause they didn't
believe anyone would label their domain "Widow" -- but that is what it seems
to be. Don't bother with Lynx, you will just get a page full of garbage.
[Total Museum] on line -
- Sponsored by the AIC, Goethe (de), Lufthanza, Elec Viz LAb UIC, etc...
none of the links work with Lynx. Try it with Netscape. Reputed to
be a mind blower for the Netscape and PPP crowd.
[Collectors' Corner] -
- Fine art dealers, it says... But the page is just a blank with a text
browser. Gotta get Pentium XX.. Maybe buy $4000 MAC..
[Field Museum] -
- Great. Well done and makes sense. (Making sense has become a criteria in
[Chicago Academy of Sciences] -
- Great and browsable. Another link that works with a speedy text browser.
[Adler Planetarium] -
- A well developed, well linked site. Go see it. And go look at the
Institute] - http://www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/QTVR96/QTVR96.html
- I have yet to find anything to link to. The menus just sort of go in
rotation. Reminds me of trying to get that free Microsoft Net browser with
Lynx - which can't be done.. You need Netscape to access Microsoft. Anyway,
here is another one of these "you must have installed.." Now it is the "FREE
APPLE QUICKTIME VR PLAYER SOFTWARE" for Microsoft Windows. I read the six
pages of notes too. But must get also "Netscape Navigator 3.0" and the
"latest versions of the Plug-Ins", and more. Uh huh. Upward compatibility of
the upward moneyed.
Society] - http://www.NicholsonRen.com/home/barplan.htm
- A current exhibition website, but not really there. Blanks on Lynx.
- Haven't been able to connect. Probably cause all the kids from some
Peoria grade school are tying up the lines. Or try this
http://www.museum.state.il.us/. Gets you the State of IL.
[Chicago Historical Society] -
- Great images, but so full of jpegs (or whatever) that it takes forever
to load pages with netscape at 28800 and ppp. Haven't connected with Lynx
Room] - http://fileroom.aaup.uic.edu/RSG/tfrpress.html
- Don't copy down the URL listed at the top of the opening page; just
click on it: it shows in Caps with random spaces because it's located
between header tags. I can't seem to connect with the real homepage URL
(fileroom.aaup.uic.edu/FileRoom/documents/homepage.html), except through
this 14 page press release. Otherwise Lynx compatible. OK, once you connect
its a great source of censorship cases from antiquity (all the usual
textbook stuff about hemlock in Athens, etc) to the present (missing from
the present is any hint of casual indirect censorship).
[Open Studio Org] -
- The $1,000,000 dollar investment by the NEA in net-art. Not sure what
this will turn out to be yet.. supposedly it is about access and "helping
artists become effective information providers on the web" (to quote from
the NEA press release. For Chicago the one of ten initial NFP orgs is Beacon
Street Gallery (now at Truman College), 773 769 4282.
[the NEA] - http://arts.endow.gov
- Yes the outfit in Washington DC. A few broken links if you are using
Lynx and looking for Fellowship money. You'll never find it. But then, that
is their policy.
Midwest] Minneapolis - http://artswire.org/Artswire/artsmidwest/home.htm
- A well constructed web site. And, hey! Free money.. when there is
money. Funding programs are linked from the index page (rather than as with
the NEA, where I am still searching).
[Electronic Frontier Foundation] -
- Track this link for news on how Congress is attempting to screw over
[chi arts] -
- Arts to Tezcat is mostly music, and one painter. There is a gallery
listing which was cribbed from the Tribune or the Reader five years ago.
Many addresses are wrong, many galleries have gone under.
[(Art)^n Laboratory] in Evanston -
- You can go nuts here, link to MoMa or Wired, and many on-line image
examples. These NU people make something image wise, but I'm not sure what.
I hate their mathematical title notation.
[Chicago Filmmakers] -
- More broken code, very similar to AIC. The page starts out with a
paragraph of goblygook. OK, but the rest is in English, mostly: schedules,
[Chicago Artists Coalition] -
- Turns out to be the KTDid homepage, the outfit which sells web space to
artists for much money. Links to CAC and artists' images. Seems the direct
connection to the CAC homepage has disappeared on me. The URL used to be
published as http://www.caconline.org/cgi-bin/imagemap/test. But it has
gone. Guess they don't know how to set up their server to alias.
Magazine] housed at RSG -
- Very large empty pages constructed of BR and P codes. P-Form editor Ken
Thompson must have had something in mind.. maybe magazine title pages, maybe
end papers. Depending on the browser or how you have Lynx set up either one,
two or three lines spill over to the next page. I would hate to click
through all this. But at this point the mag actually has something on line,
like articles and back issues. Glad to know they finally caught up.
[New Art Examiner] -
- Braindead coding which places about half the masthead inside an [IMAGE]
box, of which there are all too many. I checked the code; the fault is from
two mislaid quote marks. So much for Lynx. A year out of date: here you find
the index pages of last year's issues. Not this year. That's all. And
subscription info. Lastly, there is a name-only list of links to (quote)
other art resources (unquote), with not a single link to anything in
Chicago. Should have included the Utrecht catalog to be of minimum use.
Magazine editors just don't have the time to keep up with web pages.
There is also a link to a
file of current Chicago exhibitions, which at this time (28 Oct 96) is only
three weeks out of date. Good luck. Look at it from
link: http://www.tezcat.com/~examiner/ChicagoCurrExhib.html. Hope it stays
up to date.
[White House], Washington -
- Your last place to go when you won't be heard elsewhere.
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