How The Art Institute’s Docent Firings Led To Conversation About Future Of Museums
“This is not the simple story you’ve been hearing, of white people shoved aside in the name of equity, and rich women finding themselves forced to change,” reports Christopher Borrelli at the Trib. “This is more expansive, with repercussions reaching far beyond museum volunteers. Often, the museum professionals and docents who spoke for this story laid blame all around. Many applauded the goal of the Art Institute, then added quickly: They also should not have summarily dismissed the docents. Many spoke of the importance of change and the importance of retaining knowledge. Nina Sánchez, co-director of Enrich Chicago—which works with institutions (including the Art Institute) to remove racist policies—said, ‘There is no set of instructions for this, there is no road map. If only it were so easy.’ The Art Institute is not even unique. Similar stories played out in Arizona, Alabama, Washington, D.C. As museums in large cities attempt to reflect the demographics of those cities, don’t expect the Case of the Dismissed Museum Docents to fade away.”
Dusk, a gallery and bar, has opened in West Town at 1518 North Throop. “Dusk is a unique cultural experience from the award-winning team at Northworks Architects & Planners, who have collaborated with some of Chicago’s top restaurateurs—Ada Street, Tortoise Supper Club, Split Rail—and this concept is their first foray into the hospitality industry,” the establishment relays. Dusk is open Thursdays and Fridays, 4pm-10pm. “Designed first as an art gallery, the space morphs into a bar at dusk, as it’s appropriately named. The space is refined, yet approachable, classic, yet forward-thinking. Northworks principals Bill Bickford and Austin DePree collaborated to unveil an intimate yet inviting atmosphere to gather, perfect for drinks after work, a cocktail before dinner or date night.”
“The design juxtaposes natural and industrial elements—green couches, leather chairs and wood furnishings against an exposed ceiling and concrete floors—to create a contemporary look that ultimately allows the pieces of art throughout the space to serve as the focal point. The 2,100-square-foot space is bookended by floor-to-ceiling casement windows and offers varied seating arrangements throughout, anchored by a twenty-five-foot-long bar. The menu features seven hand-crafted offerings including The Lodge, The Sand Valley, The Desert Retreat, The Aspen and The Greystone, each inspired by one of Northworks architectural projects from around the country. The menu also features local and craft beers as well as a unique selection of wines.”
Loop Student Housing Building Could Be Worth Almost $100 Million
“The owner of a vintage Loop building converted into student housing has put the property up for sale, perking up a dormant downtown market for apartment buildings geared to college students,” reports Crain’s. “The Arc at Old Colony, a 127-year-old building next to the Harold Washington Library, could attract bids in the $90 million range… DWS, the German investment firm that owns the building, paid $76.8 million for it in 2018.”
Celebrating Minneapolis’ Water Works Park And Pavilion In Mill Ruins Park
“Minneapolis’ newest park space on its most historic spot… rises out of ruins of riverfront mills that fueled the city’s rise in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—where Fuji-Ya Restaurant once stood, across …….