TACOMA, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2012) – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has finalized an agreement making State Farm the institution’s presenting sponsor for 2012.  The museum, set to open its 165,000-square foot facility on Saturday, June 2, 2012. ACM's campus is one of the largest auto museums in the world and projects to pump some $34 million into the local economy each year.  

The 2012 special projects, including the State Farm Theatre, which features a 360-degree movie screen located in the museum’s Collector Car Center.  

Located  in downtown Tacoma, Wash., the museum main goal is to show how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, car storage, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. 

To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit (www.lemaymuseum.org)
The Arts of Life 2nd Annual Summer Carnival

GLENVIEW, IL: The Arts of Life, a Chicagoland arts organization for and collaboratively run by developmentally disabled adults, is welcoming the public to their North Shore studio for the 2nd Annual Summer Carnival.  This family-friendly event and fundraiser will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 3-8pm at 1963 Johns Drive in Glenview, IL.

Back this year by popular demand, The Arts of Life staff dare you to dunk them in the crowd favored dunk tank.  The carnival will also feature other classic games like the beanbag toss, cake walk, lollipop tree and much much more!  Clowns and magicians provided by Chicago’s most whimsical entertainment company Ice Cream Team will amuse and amaze the crowd.  The Arts of Life artists will showcase their unique talents through face painting, caricatures and in the new gallery exhibition featuring over 50 original works of art.  Rounding up the entertainment will be live music from a local band and a live auction with all proceeds supporting The Arts of Life.

This year’s Summer Carnival will also be the culmination of a 45-day Summer Leap to raise $20,000 to to ensure our high level of quality programming as our studios continue to grow.  Event staff will track donations during the carnival and the attendant who makes the largest donation will be crowned King or Queen of the Carnival.  Businesses are also welcome to sponsor their favorite carnival game to future support The Arts of Life’s important mission.

Entry to the event is a $10 suggested donation and open to the public.  Guests will purchase tickets to play games and pay for mouth-watering treats provided by Red Rabbit Catering. 

July 15, 2012 through January 6, 2013

How should the United States balance civil liberties and individual rights during times of conflict, crisis and fear? Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America, a creation of the International Spy Museum, explores this vital question through video, film, interactive displays and artifacts, offering an unprecedented perspective into the stories of espionage, treason, and deception that Americans have contended with since the founding days of the republic—a subject once again at the nation’s forefront since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

At interactive stations following the themes of the exhibition—revolution, sabotage, hate, radicalism, world war, subversion, protest, extremism, and terrorism—visitors are able to record their opinions on issues of national security and civil liberties and compare their reactions to those of past Gallup polling results. Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs both sheds light on these crucial questions and prompts visitors to challenge and discover their own beliefs and assumptions.

Opening, Sunday, July 15 @ 2:00pm: Guest Curator Talk with Anna Slafer, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, 
International Spy Museum. Tickets:  Free with Museum admission. 

For information on hours and admission prices, please call 847-967-4800, or visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org

MILWAUKEE (May 22, 2012) – Summerfest officials are excited to announce a new 45th Anniversary initiative in partnership with Discovery World to showcase the extensive history and memorabilia collected over the past forty-four years of Summerfest.  The 45th Anniversary Summerfest Tribute Exhibit will showcase “never before seen” Summerfest autographed memorabilia, historical photos, posters and promotional items.

The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, May 24 and run through September 15, 2012.  Fest-fans are invited to the 45th Anniversary Summerfest Tribute Exhibit Kick-off Party on Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  There will be free live entertainment in the main entrance and everyone in attendance will receive a FREE 4th of July Summerfest General Admission ticket and 45th Anniversary t-shirt.  Discovery World will offer a special combined admission to view both the Summerfest Tribute Exhibit and Les Paul’s House of Sound Exhibit for only $5 on the evening of the party.

“We are excited to share and showcase these Summerfest treasures from the past forty-four years with Milwaukeeans and festival fans,” said John Boler, Vice President Sales and Marketing of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.  “This exhibit will give attendees a unique and up-close view of the music, archives and unforgettable experiences that have made Summerfest an iconic music event and celebrated Milwaukee tradition.” 
The Summerfest 45th Anniversary Exhibit Ticket Package includes one Summerfest General Admission ticket, good any time during Summerfest 2012, and one adult admission ticket to Discovery World, featuring the 45th Anniversary Summerfest Tribute exhibit. 

To stay connected to Summerfest and visit Summerfest.com
EVANSTON, IL: Conceptual artist Allan Kaprow’s seminal sculpture/performance work “Fluids” will be recreated on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus in an event presented by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and the department of art theory and practice Monday, May 21.

Between 1 and 4 p.m. Northwestern students, faculty and staff will stack approximately 375 blocks of ice to build a monumental structure on the plaza outside the Block Museum at 40 Arts Circle Drive.

Kaprow, one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, coined the term “happening” to describe an event or situation performed in the name of art. Kaprow intended “Fluids,” first conceived and executed in 1967, to be staged again by others. This will mark the first time it has been recreated in the Midwest.

Once completed, the work will be allowed to melt away, a process that will take anywhere from eight hours to three days, depending on weather conditions. Viewing of the “Fluids” project is free and open to the public. The Block will post updates of its construction and its dissolution on its Twitter account, @NUBlockMuseum.

The project at Northwestern grew out of a class taught by Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and internationally renowned artist. “In the department of art theory and practice, we teach students that art is limited to neither the object nor the classroom,” Manglano-Ovalle said. “Kaprow’s ideas have forever altered the way we consider the practice and instruction of art. The reenactment of ‘Fluids’ is a demonstration of his edict, ‘every man an artist.’”

“This is a wonderful metaphor for what a museum like the Block should be,” said Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s Ellen Philips Katz Director. “It should be fluid and in a state of constant flux and responsive to the changes in its surrounding context.”

Upon completion of the structure, Manglano-Ovalle, students and members of the Block Museum staff will participate in a program that will include readings from Kaprow’s influential writings on art and everyday life.

The construction of “Fluids” at Northwestern coincides with a reception at the Block Museum Monday evening welcoming more than 100 art museum directors from around the country to Chicago for the Association of Art Museum Directors annual meeting.

For more information, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-4000.

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Since blazing onto the scene, television’s hit show, Mad Men, has become a showcase for popular mid-century culture and has successfully tapped into our fascination with the fashions, appliances, furniture and cars of the era.  The mid-1960’s were also a time of great pop art, and this season works of art can be found adorning the walls of the swanky offices of the fictional advertising agency known as Sterling Cooper Draper on the hit AMC show, Mad Men.  

To capture the artful spirit of the show in 2012, Martin Lawrence Galleries in Las Vegas, features Andy Warhol’s most impressive and sought after work, which includes a full suite of Marilyns.  The 26,000 square foot gallery at The Forum Shops at Caesars is home to a collection of the most impressive and distinctive Warhol Suites to ever be assembled in a single location. Warhol aficionados will find an unprecedented collection of his iconic work, including Warhol’s Marilyns, Maos, Jaggers, Cowboys and Indians, Electric Chairs, Flowers, and Ads.

If watching the show each Sunday night isn’t enough, and you feel the need to tap into the zeitgeist of the 1960’s, the full Marilyn suite is now on display only at the Las Vegas Martin Lawrence Galleries.