Friday File

Oh heavens guys. It’s cold here in the Windy City. People ask me almost daily if this was what Fargo was like. I tell them, sort of, but Fargo is based on car culture. Few people take the bus, and there certainly isn’t a subway or elevated train. And there is ample parking. So I was rarely outside for very long when I commuted to or from work during the winter. In Chicago I take the L daily and sometimes the bus. I have a lot longer of walks too. So sure, this feels similar in temperature (to be fair, Fargo is always colder), but I’m out in it a lot more in Chicago than I was in Fargo.

So if you are reading this from a chilly region, stay warm!

Here are the week’s links:

Since the Italian government is strapped for cash, they are holding votes via Facebook on which pieces of artwork to conserve. Is this brilliance or idiocy? Some are saying Italy is in the process of committing “cultural suicide.”

Excuse me while I book my trip to Orlando for this summer. Universal Orlando just announced an expansion to their Harry Potter-themed park.

Did you hear that Chanel’s spring 2014 haute couture show featured sneakers that took at least 30 hours to make? Every look featured a coordinating pair, even the bridal look! That’s quite the statement on the modern women, Mr. Lagerfeld.

The Tate Britain is running a GIF call for submissions. The museum is encouraging fans to create GIFs out of artwork and submit them. Such a cool interactive project, and I can’t wait to see the results.

The history of American men’s facial hair is rife with racial issues.

Dear airlines, please get on this!

Lakeshore East at Dusk

A couple weeks ago, I went on an evening tour of the Lakeshore East development. I have a soft spot in my heart for Lakeshore East, because my husband and I took our wedding party photos in the park at its center. One of our friend’s used to live there as well.

First I got to peak out on the balconies of a penthouse in The Coast. Could you imagine having such awesome views from your home? I can’t. From this apartment, I could see the famous Bean in Millennium Park, the Chicago River, the southern end of the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier.

Then I got to see the Aqua up close. It was a foggy night, and the building’s undulating facade disappeared into the clouds.

Lastly, I wandered over to check out Lakeshore East Park. It was really pretty, with all the lights lit up.

It was a pretty cool evening. I definitely recommend checking out Lakeshore East, if you’re looking for a new Chicago neighborhood to explore. There are a bunch of new businesses and restaurants now, and the dog park is always hopping.

Friday File – Spring Break

It was a very quiet week. At work the students were on spring break, so I had fewer scheduled appointments, tours, and meetings. I wasn’t any less busy because there’s still so much to do to turn the collection into the dynamic place I want it to be. But the silence was really hard to deal with so I had to turn up my music.

And now, some links:

Self-portrait by Gertrud Arndt at the Bauhaus in 1926-27, from the Bauhaus Archive via The New York Times

The Bauhaus was a German school of design and fine arts that functioned between 1919 to 1933. It’s influence on Modernism was very important. However its female students were often forced to enroll in the “feminine” subjects instead of the ones they had originally came to the school to study. Now the Bauhaus Archive is trying to amend its wrongs with a series of exhibitions called the “Female Bauhaus.” The New York Times examined three female students whom attended the Bauhaus in this article.

Zelda Fitzgerald is suddenly very popular among novelists. Partially because The Great Gatsby comes out in theaters this summer and partially because a couple other novels featuring famous men’s wives have done so well in recent sales, authors are turning to Zelda, F. Scott’s wife. She’s an interesting figure I can’t wait to read about after I finish a few more biographies about the Hemingways and Ernest’s novels. Did you know that Zelda claimed Scott plagiarized her short stories, letters, and diaries in his work? A few weeks ago I bought her only novel, Save Me the Waltz, at a used bookstore, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Newcity published an article last Friday on “Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago.” It’s a really interesting look at the creatives doing big things in Chicago.

And this week, Design*Sponge finally put out a city guide for my former residence, Fargo, North Dakota! It’s about time other people knew about some of the cool gems hidden in the backwards state. If you ever find yourself in Fargo, it’s a good roundup of what to check out.

And lastly, here’s an article for when you have a chunk of time. I’m a little late on this story, but I still had to tell you about The New Yorker piece on the drama and scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. This story about the creative director who was burned with acid is full of politics, history, brazen ballerinas, corruption, and detective work. Don’t miss the slideshow either.

Moving to the Windy City

photo by Travis Haughton

Today I’m so excited to share some really big news. I have accepted a new job in Chicago, and Travis and I will be moving there near the end of the month!

The position is very similar to what I do now — I will be managing a fashion studies collection at a college there, and I start before the month is out. It’s a very fast transition, but I couldn’t be happier.

I will miss the people I’ve worked with and met in North Dakota. We’ve lived here for two years, and, while it took awhile to feel settled, we were starting to develop great relationships and get involved in the community. It is hard to say goodbye.

But this opportunity will help both of us in our careers, return us to a city we used to live in and that we love, and get us closer to friends and family we’ve been so far from.

As you may have noticed from this week already, posting will be a little lighter during the next few weeks as we move, get settled, and I learn the ropes of my new job. Hope you forgive me.

And now, onward to Chicago!

photo by Travis Haughton – Wasabi Photography