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The truth about Chicago

A city filled with endless opportunities but the question we should be asking is who has access to those opportunities?

This portrait is called Felt-tip pen on paper By Ray Yoshida

As you read the description, he showed us pieces that are disconnected from original context and separate based on similarities.

By Xuan Huynh

Chicago is my home. My parents brought me to the city at the age of two and I never left, until now. Being raised in Chicago, the artwork awakened and touched my soul. Chicago’s morals radicated through the photos and then, I thought about how those morals influence my thoughts as a child. Like any human in a new environment, I observed and intuitively created bias and assumptions based on what I saw but that philosophy limited my mindset and tolerant. I was scared to expose myself to people different from me because of prejudices I formed but that stopped as soon as I opened my eyes to the injustices the city sponsor.

When I saw Yoshida portrait, I thought about the foundation of the city, and how the photo illustrates the segregation the city emblem. Chicago is labeled one of the most beautiful cities in the country but does that include the west and south side?  Downtown and the north have the most extraordinary scenery with the best schools, limitless opportunities but we cannot say the same for the south and west side. They contain broken down homes, empty lots and very limited resources. The reason for this is the city invests fund into the wealthier neighborhoods and strip assets from under-developed communities and because of that, the people in the wealthier neighborhoods are able to reach their goals and people that are underprivileged can not.  This action is grouping people into categories based on social class and race. If you can’t afford to live in a certain area or neighborhood, your chances of advancing are not substantial and that’s not fair.  We cannot expect people from the underprivileged area to achieve their goals if they don’t have access to the resources that can make it possible.

Instead of coming together in solidarity to create a better, more just society for everyone,  we continue to sponsor the discrimination by individually gravitating towards people and communities that are similar to us. As humans, we all have similar desires and goals and we can not let our uncontrollable differences command us. We need to unite so we can create a more unique, beautiful picture.


The Windy City

Many people think that Chicago got its name due to the weather, but that is not right. Chicago, “The Windy City” was initially used by the Cincinnati Press and then later used by Chicago Tribune in 1876. I was raised in Chicago, and the history is never ending.

Written by Maty Patino

Photo by Maty Patino

History is so pleasing, but even more when it has to do with place or person you truly care about, in this case Chicago. There is so many amazing people who come from the city of Chicago. This city is full of art and artists. Any way you turn, there is art. Art in murals, art hanging, art as a building.

Photo by Maty Patino

People themselves are because everyone is so different and unique. Everyone has such a different style that it makes each and one of us a piece of art created by the biology of the universe. Each individual provides the world with something. Whether it is the art itself such as buildings, paintings, drawings, landscaping, or even love in which you just feel.

Photo by Maty Patino

Thinking about Chicago can make some of us feel melancholy. But, looking for something related to our city can always make us feel better. As I walked through the Krannert Art Museum, I realized how much of the history I did not know. Moreover, I started to reminisce my days in Chicago and how much I missed it. I started to think about my way to downtown, and how the city itself is art, whether it’s the graffiti, the huge Moose Bubblegum Bubble by Jacob Watts or the Willis Tower.

Thank you to the Krannert Art Museum for filling our hearts with joy as we see the art that they hold by our beloved city artists.

Photo by Maty Patino

Representing life in Chicago with Art

Written by Syed Ali

This week, the Krannert Art Museum held an exhibition, “Between the Buildings: Art from Chicago, 1930s – 1980s,”  that held various paintings and art sculptures representing Chicago/life in Chicago. Various artists created differing themes about what aspects of Chicago are most important and how they can be represented. Continue reading