A Chicago (ish) art tumblr by me, Claudine Ise. I'm an art writer who contributes to publications such as the Chicago Tribune,, and other stuff. This is a visual notebook of the articles, images, videos and other gunk that's clogging my brain at the moment....some of it fodder for the larger stuff I am, have been, or will be thinking and writing about.


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Here are some reasons transcription matters to us - and why we’re so excited to be working with volunteers to make the many treasures in Smithsonian Institution collections more accessible and openly available:
  • Discovery: Transcription turns handwritten and typed documents into searchable and…

Have you seen the Smithsonian Transcription Center’s new tumblr? They make a great case for Why Transcription Matters.

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GRIMY 301.

I’m going to take 301 pictures of boys with make-up. 

In Russia, there is a project which is called “pure 1001”. A photographer takes pictures of girls without make-up. He says, that this is real beauty. Fuck off man, there is no “REAL BEAUTY” all. That’s a joke.

The real beauty is in when people look like who THEY want and also they may be what THEY want. 

You know, here, in Russia, it is TOO hard to look or to be like you want or feel. You can’t be yourself. 

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by Lori Gottlieb

Why an obsession with your kids’ happiness may be dooming them to an unhappy adulthood

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a review of Slight, a new geotagging app.





omg i fucking love this

It’s like in the second to last gif the owl is saying “I got kissed by a really cute boy”

"…oh my" 

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David Foster Wallace

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Tattoo You


John McPhee reflects on the multitude of interviews he has conducted during his journalism career, and, in detailing several of them—with Woody Allen, Jackie Gleason, Richard Burton, and others—offers advice for speaking effectively with sources (subscription required):

Illustration by Leo Espinosa.


Calvin Trillin, The Art of Humor No. 3


Much Much More Lecture Series presents: Claudine Isé 

@ Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library

1605 N. Troy Street

August 3, from 3PM - 4PM

Notes on the Art of Conversation
Claudine Isé will share notes from her in-progress research on the history of conversation as an artistic medium and an art form—from Tom Marioni’s 1970 “The Act of Drinking Beer With Friends is the Highest Form of Art,” and William Furlong’sAudio Arts series of taped conversations with artists conducted from 1973-1984, to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s The Interview ProjectJeremy Deller’s It is What it Is: Conversations about Iraq held at the MCA Chicago and other institutions, Jason Lazarus’ installation The Search,Ted Efremoff and Rebecca Parker’s 24 Hour Conversation project, the ongoing series of podcast conversations conducted by the collective Bad at Sports, and more.  
Claudine Isé is a freelance arts writer, educator, and former editor of the Art21 Blog who is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, and She has also written for Art Papers, Chicago magazine, Art Ltd., Bad at Sports ( and the Art21 Blog. Isé is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches graduate courses in the Art History and Art Departments on writing for exhibitions as well as on the history of artists’ writings. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2008, she was the associate curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH and before that, the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she curated numerous Hammer Projects exhibitions. Isé has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California. 
Image + Caption: Tom Marioni, “Café Society,” San Francisco, 1979


You know? We forgot to check to see if this works with 3D glasses. Hope someone has a pair and buys this booklet.


Brand new booklet, Records as Portable Exhibitions and Interactive, Participatory Objects, arrived just in time for our exhibition that opens this Tuesday at Texas State University.

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