Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Pitch Black is Chicago's New Dining In The DARK Experience (Chicago, IL.)

  


Pitch Black: New concept dining-in-the-dark experience is coming to Chicago
Delight your senses at this unique culinary experience!
A secret location in Chicago is hosting a new concept dining-in-the-dark event 'Pitch Black'. You may wonder what the benefits are, but the absence of distractions promotes the idea that eating in the dark heightens diners' senses making for a more pleasurable experience. The focus is instead on taste, smell, mouthfeel and sound, as well as promoting the art of conversation.
Diners will enter a warmly lit room before being seated and blindfolded as the lights are dimmed and they are taken on a sensory journey! There is an option of 3 set menus, and although secret, dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for. Diners will also have the option to pre-order all of their favourite drinks to accompany their food.
Each dining experience lasts 90 minutes, giving diners ample time to get comfortable with their new surroundings and enjoy a delicious 2-course meal with a drink, blindfolded. A live host will be entertaining diners with multiple games and challenges centred around the sensory experience.
Tickets cost $80.00 per person and include 1x drink and a decadent two-course meal.
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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events >> Chicago Monuments Project – Join the conversation

 

Monuments and memorials have become a focal point for conversation, protest and activism in the city of Chicago. In response, the City (DCASE working with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools) has created a committee to review the city’s collection of monuments and recommend solutions.  
 
The Chicago Monuments Project intends to grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections and provides a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history, confront the ways in which that history has and has not been memorialized and develop a framework for marking public space that elevates new ways to memorialize Chicago’s true and complete history.  
 
THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 6-7:30PM 
SPEAKER SERIES 
Alt Monuments: Considering New Forms 
 
MONDAY, MARCH 15, 12-1PM 
INFO SESSION 
Artist Information Session: Request for Ideas (Reimagining Monuments) 
 
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 6-7:30PM 
SPEAKER SERIES
Remembering our Journeys: Narratives of Migration and Immigration 
 
To learn more, register for events and share your thoughts, please visit www.ChicagoMonuments.org/Participate – and join the conversation on social media using #ChicagoMonuments.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events | 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

'Nightmare,' 'Friday the 13th,' 'Rob Zombie' Among Wizard World Signature Series Horror Lineup

  

'Nightmare,' 'Friday the 13th,' 'Rob Zombie' Headline Launch Of First Wizard World Signature Series

After more than 200 virtual online events, Wizard World is excited to announce the launch of the Wizard World Signature Series, collections of events in a range of genres you love. First up is Horror, with 10 events from March through May featuring stars of some of the greatest franchises in film and TV! See details in the article below.

Fans can purchase a single event in the Wizard World Signature Series presents Horror for $3.99, any five for $11.99, all 10 for $19.99, or all 10 plus a set of bonus items (see article below for details) for $29.99.

Or, if you just want one-on-one live chats, virtual photo ops, autographs and recorded video messages, Wizard World will continue to offer those, as well as a selection of free panels, topical programming every week, contests, WizQuiz and more for every pop culture fan, LIVE and on replay on Twitch YouTube; and Facebook. "Wizard Weekly" will review current and future series in a fun interactive live video format.

Look for future Signature Series to expand to a wide range of genres in pop culture, entertainment, sports and lifestyle. Within each series, expect a variety of related programming, including talent, producer and director Q&As, expert panels and more!

As always, we want to hear from you! Email us anytime at customercare@wizardworld.com or hit us up on social.

 

Somerhalder, Romero Photos, Englund Banner Among Daily Deals

Daily Deals roll along at the Vault, and there are some big discounts today on some of our scariest items to date!


Check out this signed photo of "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder, more than half off at $40. And the master cult filmmaker George A. Romero signed photographs are discounted down to $60. Don't forget about "Freddy Krueger" himself, Robert Englund, whose one-of-a-kind Wizard World event banner is slashed (pun intended) to $200.


Get these and more horror-related Daily Deals while they last!

 

Horror Signature Series Packages Offer Best Value!

If you can't get enough horror (and, let's be honest, who can't?) Wizard World has the package for you! The Wizard World Signature Series presents Horror Platinum offer makes for the ultimate horror experience. It includes:


  • Admission to All Ten Events in the Horror Signature Series
  • On Demand Access to view past events in the Horror Signature Series
  • 10% off your Entire Order for Your Next Wizard World Vault Purchase
  • 50% off any purchase from the Wizard World Vault Horror Autograph Collection
  • 10% off Wizard World Horror Virtual Experiences
  • Platinum Priority for all Wizard World Horror Experiences
  • 50% off WizAuth Autograph Authentication Program
  • ...and more! See full details here.

'Sleepaway Camp' Opens Horror Series!

"Dear Mom and Dad, I've been at sleep-away camp for almost three weeks, now, and I'm getting very scared..."

The 1983 horror hit leads off our first Signature Series, with headliners Felissa Rose ("Angela"), Jonathan Tiersten ("Ricky"), Karen Fields ("Judy") and Katherine Kamhi ("Meg") reliving that nightmare of a summer.

Live Event*: Saturday, March 20 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT

Live 1v1 Video Chats: Saturday, March 27 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT

*note you must either purchase the single event at $3.99 or a half- or full-series package to view and interact

 

Also Coming Soon!

Look for this FREE programming:


  • Thursday, March 11, WizQuiz, nerdy trivia with Wizard World's own MikeGDoesThings · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, March 13, "WandaVision Breakdown II: The Scarlet Witch and Vision Re-Assembled" psychology panel with Dr. Travis Langley · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
  • Tuesday, March 16, The Legend of the Traveling TARDIS:  · 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
  • Tuesday, March 16, "The Walking Dead Reactor" panel with Kyle Williamson · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Monday, March 22, Wizard Weekly" hosted by Wizard World's own MikeGDoesThings · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

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The Collector Robert B. Feldman Donates Major Aerial Sculpture Installation by Mira Lehr to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

  

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Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. The large-scale installation was donated by Dr. Robert B. Feldman to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020). Burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic, ink, and resin. 

 

Dr. Robert B. Feldman, the New York-based art collector, has promised this large-scale installation by Mira Lehr as a gift to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

The artwork, titled Sacred Dreams, is comprised of 183 aerial sculptures that descend from the ceiling of the museum, and is estimated at a value of $300,000. 

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020).

The installation is currently on view at the museum as a temporary loan from Dr. Feldman, and will become part of the museum’s permanent collection in September. 

The museum is centrally located in South Beach, in the heart of Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach. Dr. Feldman previously lived in Florida, and was known for having “one of the most important collections of contemporary art in Florida.”

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. The large-scale installation was donated by Dr. Robert B. Feldman to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020). Burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic, ink, and resin. 

 

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The Collector Robert B. Feldman Donates Major Aerial Sculpture Installation by Mira Lehr to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU 

 

Dr. Robert B. Feldman, the New York-based art collector, has promised this large-scale installation by Mira Lehr as a gift to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

The artwork, titled Sacred Dreams, is comprised of 183 aerial sculptures that descend from the ceiling of the museum, and is estimated at a value of $300,000

The installation is currently on view at the museum as a temporary loan from Dr. Feldman, and will become part of the museum’s permanent collection in September. 

The museum is centrally located in South Beach, in the heart of Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach. Dr. Feldman previously lived in Florida, and was known for having “one of the most important collections of contemporary art in Florida.”

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020).

The 183 aerial sculptures are made of burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic, ink, and resin.


“I am honored to donate this major work by Mira Lehr to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU,” said Dr. Robert B. Feldman. 

“This large-scale work now has a permanent home in the community for all to enjoy, including the millions of tourists that visit Miami Beach, at this beloved gem of a museum that is of historic importance in the Southeast.” 

The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of more than 250 years of Florida Jewish history, art and culture with a growing collection of more than 100,000 items. 

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020).

“We are very grateful to Dr. Robert B. Feldman for this donation to the museum,” said Susan Gladstone Pasternack, the Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. “Mira Lehr created this stunning installation, Sacred Dreams, specifically with the museum in mind as a result of a personal visit here. 

After Lehr spent time at the museum, she reflected upon the emotions and inspiration she felt and created these 183 aerial sculptures to interact with the light they create together with our stained-glass windows. The result is truly magnificent.”

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020).

 

“The Mistress of Light”

 

Nationally renowned as an eco-feminist artist, Lehr is celebrated for working with imagery from the natural world, creating layered abstract compositions with unconventional materials.   The 60 Minutes television correspondent Morley Safer referred to her as "the mistress of light.”

Mira Lehr in her studio (Miami Beach).

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020).

 

Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr showcases the artist’s six decades of art making on Miami Beach. The lush flora of her Miami Beach home (where Lehr grew up in the 1940s) has a profound influence on her aesthetic vocabulary.   

 

“I want viewers to feel like they are walking beneath an aerial garden of luminous, reflecting sculptures,” said Mira Lehr. "A holy garden of Light, that takes people out of the actual world and transports them onto a spiritual plane," adds Lehr.  

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. The large-scale installation was donated by Dr. Robert B. Feldman to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020). Burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic, ink, and resin. 

 

In 1960, Lehr co-founded in Miami Beach one of the country’s first co-ops for women artists. It was called Continuum and thrived for more than 30 years, blazing a pioneer trail that helped establish Miami’s evolution as an art destination. 

She is known in the art world as “the Godmother of Miami’s art scene” and has mentored many artists through the years.

 

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020).

 

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is housed in two restored historic buildings that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. The original synagogue was built in 1929, and the second, built in 1936, was designed by Art Deco architect Henry Hohauser and features 80 stained-glass windows, a copper dome, and a marble bimah. 

While reflective of the Jewish experience in Florida, the museum creates understanding of the shared immigrant experience in our multicultural society.

 

Aerial view of Sacred Dreams by Mira Lehr (detail), 183 aerial sculptures descending from the ceiling of the museum. The large-scale installation was donated by Dr. Robert B. Feldman to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Photo by Michael E. Fryd (2020). Burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic, ink, and resin. 

 

About the Artist

 

Mira Lehr’s solo and group exhibitions number more than 300. She is a graduate of Vassar College (1956) with a degree in Art History, under the mentorship of Linda Nochlin, the renowned feminist art historian. 

Mira Lehr in her studio (Miami Beach).

She has been collected by major institutions across the U.S., including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington), the Getty Museum Research Center (Los Angeles), the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Perez Art Museum (Miami), the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (NY), the Margulies Collection, the Mennello Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and the Orlando Museum of Art, among others. 

Her work is in the private collections of Elie and Marion Wiesel, Jane and Morley Safer, and the artist Judy Pfaff, among others. Lehr is included in the prestigious Leonard Lauder Corporate Collection in New York. 

Thirty of her paintings were commissioned for the permanent collection of Mount Sinai Hospital. Her work can be seen in American Embassies around the world and is permanently on view in the lobby of the Evelyn Lauder Breast Center of the Sloan Kettering Memorial Center.

Mira Lehr ignites and burns gunpowder and fuses across her works.

Lehr's 2020 solo museum show at the Mennello Museum of American Art was selected by The New York Times as one of their selections among the leading museum exhibitions in the U.S. in 2020. Lehr’s solo exhibition headlined Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and also received national and international critical acclaim. 

Her museum-wide exhibition at the MOCA Museum in North Miami spanned across 10,000 square feet of installations. 

She has currently been chosen by Flying Horse Editions as an invited artist for a major project this year. Lehr has been invited to present a solo exhibition at The Deering Estate in the fall of 2021.

Lehr's 2020 solo museum show at the Mennello Museum of American Art was selected by The New York Times as one of their selections among the leading museum exhibitions in the U.S. in 2020. Lehr’s solo exhibition headlined Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and also received national and international critical acclaim. 

Mira Lehr’s nature-based work encompasses painting, sculpture, and video. She uses nontraditional media such as gunpowder, fire, fuses, Japanese paper, dyes, and welded steel. Lehr is known for igniting and exploding fuses to create lines of fire across her paintings. 

Critics are calling Lehr “the Godmother of Miami's art scene” because in 1960 she created one of the nation’s first co-ops for women artists, in 1960.

At the age of 86 and with a career that spans more than six decades of artmaking, Lehr is creating more new work now than at any other point in her life ─ with a heightened sense of urgency about the planet and climate change.

In the 1950s, Lehr studied and worked in New York as an artist, where she met some of America’s most prominent masters including: Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, and Helen Frankenthaler. She studied with James Brooks, Ludwig Sander, Robert Motherwell, and within the Hans Hofmann circle. 

When Lehr moved back to Florida in 1960, she was shocked at the lack of an art scene, especially for women. She convinced many of the masters from New York to visit and lead workshops for her league of women artists. This helped the evolution of art in Florida. 

She was selected in 1969 by Buckminster Fuller, as one of only two artists, to participate in his World Game Project about sustainability and his groundbreaking “Spaceship Earth” concept which preceded the world's very first Earth Day in 1970. 

Lehr’s video installation, V1 V3, was on view at the New Museum, NY. Her work has been included in numerous art fairs during Art Basel Miami Beach. 

She was the recipient of the Vizcaya Museum Lost Spaces Commission, where she was commissioned to create a site-specific installation by the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens as part of Vizcaya Museum’s centennial celebration.