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PBS Arts in Chicago

Tune in Fridays at 9 pm for a special night of arts programming on WTTW! And then explore the arts in Chicago – check out some upcoming arts events in our region.

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Friday, November 11 at 9:00 pm

Chicago's contribution to the PBS Fall Arts Festival is this new film, highlighting the work of award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he mounted a dance event inspired by the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. During the process, Jones was haunted by brutal stories about his own family history of slavery and nagged by dichotomies about Lincoln.


Jeanne Gang: The Sky's the Limit

Friday, November 11 at 10:00 pm

A new WTTW documentary about the newly minted MacArthur “genius” – innovative young architect Jeanne Gang, best known for Aqua, her stunning 86-story residential tower near the Chicago River. Watch this fascinating documentary now.


Upcoming events and activities celebrating the arts in the Chicago area:

Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge
Millennium Park Boeing Galleries
Through October 1, 2012

View & Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters & Cartoons
Block Museum
Through December 4, 2011

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention
Art Institute of Chicago
Through January 15, 2012

Photos courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago: Bertrand Goldberg, American (1913–1997). Early scheme for Prentice Women’s Hospital, 1969-72. Tempera on paper. The Art Institute of Chicago, Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/103.3. Bertrand Goldberg, American (1913–1997). Joseph Brenneman Elementary School, exterior perspective, 1960-63. Pencil and ink on paper. The Art Institute of Chicago, Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/66.5. Bertrand Goldberg, American (1913–1997). River City model of unbuilt triad towers, Chicago, IL, 1972-79. Mixed Media. The Art Institute of Chicago, Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/110.416. Bertrand Goldberg, American (1913–1997). San Diego Theater, 1967-68. Graphite, ink, and marker on watercolor board. The Art Institute of Chicago, Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/118.1. Bertrand Goldberg. American (1913–1997). Standard Houses, c. 1937. Graphite and conte crayon on board. The Art Institute of Chicago, Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/131.26.

Next Art Chicago
April 27-29, 2012

The March
Steppenwolf Theatre
April 5-June 10, 2012

Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks
Museum Of Contemporary Art
April 7-August 5, 2012

Photos courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art: Rashid Johnson, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, 2011. Courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery. Rashid Johnson, Souls of Black Folk, 2008. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery. Rashid Johnson, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual (The Power of Healing), 2008. Rubell Family Collection. MCA gallery installation. Photo © Hedrich Blessing, photograph by Steve Hall.

The Iceman Cometh
Goodman Theatre
April 21-June 10, 2012

Photo of Brian Dennehy courtesy of Liz Lauren
Photo of Robert Falls courtesy of Eric Y. Exit

Chicago Blues Festival
June 8-10, 2012