Browsing: Jacqueline Houton

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SYMBOLS OF POWER @ MFA

By JACQUELINE HOUTON The idea that all art is propaganda captured quite a few devotees during the 20th century. Seen in writings of George Orwell, Upton Sinclair, and W.E.B. Du Bois, this sentiment would be further refined later in the…

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WITNESSES @ AXIOM

By JACQUELINE HOUTON I sit in relative comfort in the climate-controlled gallery, on the bench so thoughtfully provided for me, and yet I am profoundly uncomfortable. I am watching a body slowly tumble down a flight of stairs, shaking the…

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FUSIFORM @ RHYS GALLERY

By JACQUELINE HOUTON Artists have long turned to travel as a wellspring for inspiration—Van Gogh had the amber light of Arles, Gauguin the women (and girls) of Tahiti. In Fusiform, the latest exhibition at the Rhys Gallery, Chicago-based artists Juan…

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SOUNDMARKS @ ART INTERACTIVE

By JACQUELINE HOUTON Fully embracing Duchamp’s declaration, “The spectator makes the picture,” Cambridge’s Art Interactive has for five years displayed cutting-edge art that invites audience participation. Its latest show, Soundmarks, removes the picture from the equation, avowing that sound can…