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Where Does Major American Art Come From? Mapping the Whitney Biennial.

The first Whitney Annual in 1932 was transgressive.....In 1973, the exhibition became a Biennial, and its history is the history of American modern and contemporary art. Or, at least one version of that history: one centered in New York City, one heavily white and male. That is no longer the case. This year, a majority of the show’s artists are women, and they are racially and ethnically diverse. New York, however, remains home to nearly half of them.

Until 1975, the exhibition catalogs listed the addresses of the artists who were included each year. Mapping these locations tells a story of influence and power — but also one of friendships and creative communities, of housing prices and economic change, of landscape and light. Here are some of its facets.
art  artists  bohemians  Chicago  contemporary_art  creative_class  creative_types  diversity  gentrification  geographic_concentration  Greenwich_Village  location  Los_Angeles  Manhattan  mapping  museums  New_York_City  overlay_networks  prestige  proximity  SoHo  transgressiveness  white_men 
july 2019 by jerryking
How a private equity boom fuelled the world’s biggest law firm
June 6, 2019 | Financial Times | James Fontanella-Khan and Sujeet Indap in New York and Barney Thompson in London.

Jeff Hammes took the helm at a Chicago-based law firm called Kirkland & Ellis in 2010, with the aim of turning it into a world-beater, few in the industry thought he stood a chance.......known as a good litigation firm in Chicago with a decent mid-market private equity practice, in the blockbuster dealmaking world, however, the firm was largely irrelevant. Nobody took them seriously on Wall Street.....Fuelled by explosive growth in private equity, aggressive poaching of talent and most of all, a business model that resembles a freewheeling investment bank, Kirkland has become the highest-grossing law firm in the world.....This rise reflects the shift in the financial world’s balance of power since the financial crisis. Investment banks, the dominant force before 2008, have been eclipsed by private equity firms, which now sit on hundreds of billions of dollars of investment funds.

Kirkland thrived by hitching itself to this dealmaking activity. The firm presents with a relentless — many say ruthless — focus on growth, a phenomenal work ethic and a desire to up-end what it sees as a lazy hierarchy. Key questions: can its winning streak can continue? Will its private equity clients continue to prosper? how will Kirkland cope if and when the private equity boom ends? And can a firm with such a hard-charging culture survive in the long run?....Robert Smith’s Vista Equity has grown to manage assets from $1bn to $46 in a decade while working with Kirkland.....To establish Kirkland as a major player, Mr Hammes turned his attention to recruitment. ....poaching proven M&A experts and targeting all areas of dealmaking.....To entice the best lawyers to join its ranks, Kirkland managed to exploit a structural rigidity in its more traditional white-shoe and magic circle rivals. A dwindling but still significant number of elite firms remunerate equity partners using a “lockstep” model......
Kirkland sought rising stars in their late thirties who were at the bottom of this ladder, stuck in the queue for the highest share of profits. Part of its pitch was money — “With compensation, we can go as high as we want,” says one partner — but the other part was an almost unprecedented level of autonomy.
Big_Law  booming  business_development  Chicago  compensation  concentration_risk  dealmakers  deal-making  eat_what_you_kill  financial_crises  growth  hard-charging  high-end  hiring  howto  hustle  Kirkland_Ellis  law  law_firms  litigation  mid-market  organizational_culture  poaching  private_equity  recruiting  Robert_Smith  superstars  talent  turnover  Vista  Wall_Street  winner-take-all  work_ethic  world-class 
june 2019 by jerryking
Barbara Gardner Proctor Became a Role Model for African-American Women
Jan. 25, 2019 | WSJ | By James R. Hagerty.

Barbara Gardner Proctor applied for a Small Business Administration loan to start an advertising firm in 1970, she was asked what her collateral was. “Me,” she replied. That turned out to be solid backing for the loan. Her Chicago-based firm, Proctor & Gardner Advertising Inc., lasted for 25 years and worked for clients including Kraft Foods and Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Though the firm never had more than a couple dozen employees, she became a role model for African-American women staking out positions of influence.
advertising  advertising_agencies  African-Americans  Barbara_Proctor  public_relations  trailblazers  women  Chicago  concision  writing  obituaries 
january 2019 by jerryking
Another great migration is under way: Black Americans are leaving big cities for the suburbs - The Globe and Mail

The dwindling of black Chicago is all the more poignant when set against the dramatic story of its rise. Over the course of the Great Migration, Chicago’s black population grew from just 44,000 to more than a million. At one point, writes Isabel Wilkerson in her 2010 history The Warmth of Other Suns, 10,000 people were arriving in the city every month, pouring off northbound trains onto Chicago railway platforms.

Chicago became a capital of black America, enjoying a cultural renaissance that rivalled Harlem’s in New York. Famous figures such as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, boxer Joe Louis and poet Gwendolyn Brooks were among Chicago’s residents.
Chicago  Marcus_Gee  internal_migration  suburban  crime  black_flight  gentrification  the_South  African-Americans  Great_Migration  Isabel_Wilkerson 
april 2018 by jerryking
The High Line effect: Why cities around the world (including Toronto) are building parks in the sky - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 01 2014

The final section of the 2.4-kilometre-long park was completed last month, putting the finishing touch on what has become the most successful public-space transformation in the United States, if not the world. The High Line attracts five million visitors a year, making it the second most visited cultural venue in the city. Its financial impact has been similarly massive, attracting $2.2-billion in new economic activity and raising tax revenues by an estimated $980-million over the next two decades.

Now Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Rotterdam, Seoul, Toronto and Mexico City are all hoping to catch some of that magic with their own “parks in the sky.” These projects are redefining our understanding of what a park is, and in the process helping to create a richer, bold new vision of public space.
parks  High_Line  Toronto  Chicago  Philadelphia  Rotterdam  public_spaces 
october 2014 by jerryking
Wondering where to go in Chicago? Five must-see spots - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Sep. 08 2014
Chicago  things_to_do  travel 
september 2014 by jerryking
Looking for an easy getaway, Obama? Try here
May. 20 2013 | G&M | STEVE DOLINSKY

CHICAGO — Special to The Globe and Mail

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travel  Chicago  things_to_do  restaurants  hotels 
may 2013 by jerryking
My kind of town, Toronto is … - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Mar. 08 2013
Toronto  Chicago  Marcus_Gee 
march 2013 by jerryking
Single in Chicago -
Published: July 6, 2012
Chicago  travel  things_to_do  solo 
july 2012 by jerryking
A Start-Up Ecosystem Forms in Chicago -
March 15, 2012, 2:22 p.m. ET

A Start-Up Ecosystem Forms in Chicago
Inspired by Local Stars Like Groupon as Well as More Venture-Capital Funding, Entrepreneurs Nurture Local Connections

start_ups  Chicago  ecosystems  Groupon  entrepreneur  Sarah_E._Needleman 
march 2012 by jerryking
Chicago Architecture Weekend Travel Guide | Take Monday Off -
October 15, 2011 | WSJ | By JEFF CHU. Chicago
Eat, sleep, cruise and climb your way through an American architectural wonderland
Chicago  things_to_do  restaurants  travel 
october 2011 by jerryking
Food Trucks Face Roadblocks in Chicago -
DECEMBER 13, 2010 | WSJ | By LAUREN ETTER Moving Violations:
In Chicago, Cooking and Driving Don't Mix. City's Restrictions on Food
Trucks Test Chefs' Creativity; Hold the Fried Oysters.
food_trucks  Chicago  restrictions  food_safety 
december 2010 by jerryking
Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon Founder, on Why Social Media Is Hot -
Published: November 17, 2010 PROFILES Eric Lefkofsky, founder of ,
StarBelly, (made tools for building Web sites); InnerWorkings, which
provides printing capabilities over the Web, and Echo Global Logistics, a
transportation and logistics outsourcing business he founded with a law
school friend, Brad Keywell. He also founded MediaBank, which helps
companies buy advertising. In each case, Mr. Lefkofsky used the power of
technology and the Internet to update an industry.
entrepreneur  serial_entrepreneur  Chicago  profile  social_media 
november 2010 by jerryking
I'll try anything but hubby is a meat-and-potatoes guy. Where can we eat in Chicago?
Oct. 09, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | Karan Smith. In this
culinary capital on the shores of Lake Michigan – with more AAA-five
diamond restaurants than any city in the United States – meat and
potatoes have become adventurous, says Jeff Ruby, the chief dining
critic for Chicago magazine. Case in point: Girl and the Goat, the
hottest restaurant in town, helmed by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard.
“The food, while a carnivore's dream, is also fairly nuanced,” Ruby
says. “Dishes are full of pork and beef in interesting guises, and have
names like Crispy Pig Face.” Other options? The Publican, run by
award-winning chef Paul Kahan, serves up “glorious house-aged ham,
suckling pig [and] homemade pork rinds,” Ruby says. And The Purple Pig,
rated one of the 10 best new U.S. restaurants by Bon Appétit magazine,
puts a Mediterranean spin on the theme, offering charcuterie, cheeses
and panini.So make reservations pronto, or you may have to find romance
at a Windy City classic: the hot dog stand.
Chicago  things_to_do  restaurants  Montreal  travel 
october 2010 by jerryking
How Cities Go Global
Autumn 2009 | The Wilson Quarterly. Vol. 33, Iss. 4; pg. 71, 2
pgs | Anonymous.
THE SOURCE: "Cities in Today's Global Age" by Saskia Sassen, in Hie SAIS
Review, Winter-Spring 2009. About 70 global cities, on every continent
except Antarctica, provide crucial expertise in insurance, accounting,
law, consulting, and programming for firms and exchanges operating
across national borders. But far from being cookiecutter copies of one
another, they retain unique characteristics that are the sources of
their strength. The top-rated cities overall, London and New York, are
the leading financial, equity, and banking centers of the world,
according to Saskia Sassen, a sociologist at Columbia University. But
leadership in starting a business comes from Sydney, and in handling
derivatives contracts from Seoul.
ProQuest  cities  globalization  New_York_City  London  Chicago 
october 2010 by jerryking
36 Hours in Chicago -
September 22, 2010 | New York Times | By FRED A. BERNSTEIN
Chicago  travel  sightseeing  tips  restaurants  things_to_do 
september 2010 by jerryking
Corner Office - Get a Diploma, but Then Get a Passport, Says Capri Capital’s Chief - Question -
July 31, 2010 | New York Times | This interview with Quintin
E. Primo III, co-founder and chief executive of Capri Capital Partners,
was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant. Capri is a real estate
investment and development firm based in Chicago.
Chicago  CEOs  real_estate  HBS  leadership  adversity  advice  career_paths  commercial_real_estate 
august 2010 by jerryking
Chicago times
October 30, 2009 |Report on Business Magazine | by Denise Balkissoon
Chicago  travel  tips  things_to_do  sightseeing  restaurants 
october 2009 by jerryking

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