Midway Gardens was an entertainment venue and beer hall built on the site of a demolished amusement park. Wright designed all of the interior fixtures, including the artwork in the tavern room, above. (The large dark rectangle is a built-in cigar stand.) After struggling for 15 years to survive financial problems, changing tastes, and Prohibition, Midway Gardens was destroyed.
THE CURVE IN THE LINE
Frank Lloyd Wright in the Snow / Oak Park / Illinois
designs by frank lloyd wright
"The longer i live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life".
opera di Anish Kapoor in Chicago
courtesy of my cousin Teresa
"spara mestruo" del maestro in mostra a Berlin un pò di tempo fa
courtesy of mine
“The Hancock Tower [A] was the tallest building in Chicago for a long time. There was a sense of pride in this huge building.” Clowes says that the scene is “totally inaccurate”: “I didn’t look at photos or anything. All my visions of Chicago are circa 1978.”
The Midwest Archetype
John Belushi [B], the late Chicago comic known for The Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live’s Billy Goat Tavern cheeseburger sketch, “embodies the ‘Chicago guy,’ ” says Clowes, “with the physical presence of someone who grew up eating Vienna hot dogs [C].”
“I had a chip on my shoulder,” Clowes says about growing up in Chicago in the 1960s and ’70s. “I felt inferior to NYC because all the good artists were there.” Likewise, there were no major media outlets in the city. “Roger Ebert [D] was the first Chicagoan to be a national [media] figure. He spoke at my grade school. He seemed like a Chicago guy.”
The Ad Industry
“Every kid my age remembers the Magikist ad [E],” he says of the carpet cleaner’s famed campaign.
The Childhood Association
The shadow characters [F] in the windows and on the streets are specter-like homages to Clowes’s own relationship with the city. “I feel like I could easily never go back to Chicago ever again,” he says. Chicago is a “haunted” place where he experienced “the loss of my childhood.”
The Art Community
“In the ’90s, I lived in Wicker Park in a nice apartment. It was not a good neighborhood, but you could get large places [for cheap].” Clowes recalls Chris Ware once coming home from the School of the Art Institute at 2 a.m. and spotting Clowes in the window at his drawing table [G].
GO: Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes runs through Oct. 13 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. For info, mcachicago.org
ARQUEOLOGIA DEL FUTURO
IL GENTILUOMO GABINO
INSIEME PER ATHOS
A VISION OF EUROPE
IL CANGURO PUGILATORE
PARANOIA IN HIFI
LE DERNIER CRI
LES FRERES GUEDIN
STREET ART UTOPIA
DRAWN AND QUARTERLY
YOUTH IN DECLINE
ROBERTO LA FORGIA
THE CURVE IN THE LINE