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we bundle up and muster through the coldest part of the year in
Chicago, we've been keeping warm with plenty of projects at The Center.
As a special feature this month, we're highlighting three stunning
portraits of female sitters that our Painting Department has been
working on, all with dramatic transformations. Scroll down and click
each image to learn more about these powerful pieces and the treatments
performed. When you're finished, watch a video from our Antique Frames
& Gilding Department as a Pissarro frame is re-gilded. Finally, if
you're searching for a new show to watch, Heritage Broadcasting
Service's new feature might be just the thing!
you've worked your way through Netflix and you're searching for a
high-quality documentary, enjoy this offering from Heritage Broadcasting
Service, with a cameo from The Center!
Heather Becker in Collaboration with Jeanne Gang at
Carrie Secrist Gallery
Virtual Webinar on February 10 at 6 pm CT
Becker, CEO of The Conservation Center, and Jeanne Gang, founding
principal and partner at Studio Gang, are featured in collaboration in a
group show at Carrie Secrist Gallery, ONLY CONNECT. Tune into a virtual
talk on Wednesday, February 10, at 6 pm CT to hear both artists
discuss how they connect, their respective studio practices, and their
This week we're reading a new essay by Michelle Duster on the life and legacy of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells, and how her journalism continues to inspire and propel change today.
Looking to dive into a new book? A Times-curated list of
literary luminaries offers excellent recommendations that go well beyond
the cannon, featuring insightful texts and grand stories recommended by
Bill Gates, Joan Didion, Nikki Giovanni, Colson Whitehead, Patti Smith, Margaret Atwood and more.
Jill Lepore recently turned her attention to the
byzantine network of the internet, and investigates how traditional
cloak-and-dagger spy craft has largely been replaced by exploits in the
commonplace software that runs the modern world.
As snow descends on Chicago, Monica Eng asks the perennial question of dibs— Is leaving chairs out to mark your parking spot fair play?
In this urgent, authoritative book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,Bill Gates
sets out a wide-ranging, practical—and accessible—plan for how the
world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a
Gates has spent a decade investigating the
causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the
fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science,
and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the
planet’s slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he
not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of
greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this
profoundly important goal. At CHF, Gates is joined by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman (Armchair Expert podcast) for a conversation about the solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need to save the planet.
Born in Mississippi within a year of
emancipation, journalist and activist Ida B. Wells lit up the
lynching-laden, injustice-soaked Jim Crow-era south with boycotts, legal
battles, and scorching editorials. Nikole Hannah-Jones (investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine); Michelle Duster (Wells’ great granddaughter); and Eve L. Ewing
come together in recognition of the enduring legacy of Ida B.
Wells-Barnett, and the equally enduring fight for racial justice. Natalie Moore (South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ) will moderate.
Jahmal Cole and Amanda Seligman team up to talk about the history and function of Chicago's neighborhood block clubs. Seligman, a historian and author of Chicago’s Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City,
has studied the rich history of block clubs as community organizing
forces. Cole, an education activist and founder of My Block, My Hood, My
City, a youth-focused organization. They are joined in conversation by Jen Sebella, Co-founder of hyper local news outlet, Block Club Chicago.
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