Commentary: Where have all the arts critics gone?

Closed since the coronavirus pandemic hit Chicago in March, the Art Institute reopened July 30 with exhibitions by perennial favorite Monet, legendary local sculptor Richard Hunt, and the late Mozambican artist Malangatana, its first ever show dedicated to a modern African painter. The Museum of Contemporary Art welcomed visitors back on July 24. With a few notable exceptions, including the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Cultural Center, the majority of the city’s art institutions and commercial galleries have invited viewers back in. Indeed, they are some of the lowest-risk public ven…

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