In the dense and accelerated March: Book Two, Powell, who has tackled weighty issues with hallucinatory artwork in his pre-March graphic novels Swallow Me Whole and Silence of Our Friends, re-creates vicious battles with police and aggressive white mobs.
"The Shakers wanted to recreate what they thought heaven on Earth would be," says Pam Ambrose, the museum's director. "That was one of the tenets of Shakerism." It also provides the title for the first of the three exhibits, "As it is in heaven," which features Shaker art and music from the mid-1800s, the so-called "Era of Manifestations" when both Shaker membership and mysticism were at their height.
Every so often we ask you to show us something. This week it's Sylvia Josefek's food-shaped rocks.
"The Rock Cafe" is serving up some seriously solid foods at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art through June 7. Among the three meals on display is the "Paul Bunyan breakfast," which includes bacon made of onyx marble, sunny-side up eggs, the yolks of which are Mexican onyx, and a side of aragonite grits. For a midday snack: fruit salad (more Mexican onyx), cheese (feldspar), and to wash it all down a glass of ice water (calcite stands in for the cubes). The decadent dinner course consists of caviar (black onyx) with crackers (quartzite), steak (petrified wood), spinach souffle (jasper), and a dessert of gelatin squares (fluorite).
Afterward, when she looked at the two journals, she realized the trips were mirror images of each other: one about freedom and exploration and possibility, the other about responsibility and confinement and mortality. Now they've been published as companion travelogues: An Age of License, about the Europe trip, came out last September, while Displacement, about the cruise, appeared last month. Together, the books recreate a very particular stage of life. "You're at loose ends," Knisley summarizes. "You're flailing. You feel like, 'I am on Mars right now.'"
The exhibit focuses on portraits of sex workers in a variety of mediums: paintings, photographs, performance pieces, film, sculpture, and musical compositions. All of the art was created by current and former sex workers, as well as people working in the adult industries. Sex work, as SWOP Chicago's website defines it, is "any type of labor where the explicit goal is to produce a sexual or erotic response in the client."