2017

Stories related to "Art".

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Flights of Fancy

Twice a month, Yves Dehouck, ’10 (AXP-9), lugs a two-pound mass of finely tuned propellers, circuitry, and a lens out to a plot of land near his home and sends it off into the heavens. Well, not heavens. As an enthusiastic amateur drone photographer, Dehouck is well aware of the safety regulations that come with his chosen hobby. The rule, he said, is “if you fly the drone, you should be able to see it.” So he aims for the sweet spot: low enough to keep out of trouble, but high enough to capture the sweeping vistas of the world below. It’s a pastime he discovered by way of a lifelong fascination with aviation. Born and raised a stone’s throw from Koksijde Air Base in Belgium, Dehouck grew up wanting to fly helicopters. However, as a young child, Dehouck wore glasses, which was a no-go if you wanted to fly. He thought his dream of becoming an aviator had already crashed and burned.

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Following Her Own Tune

When Julie DeLoyd, ’11, first came to Chicago Booth, she may well have been the only incoming student with a background in queer performance studies—an undergraduate major she designed herself at New York University. “Basically, the only thing it prepared me to do was become a lesbian folk singer,” she cracked. That’s precisely what she did for almost a decade, touring the country and singing in clubs 175 days a year. At Booth, she felt she stuck out among more traditional MBAs like an A-sharp in a C-chord—at least at first.

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The Art of Thinking

Amid the daily hustle and bustle of Harper Center’s ground floor atrium, it’s easy to miss the hot-pink neon sign perched on the side of a walkway bridge. Written in Chinese script, the glowing characters twinkle at their radiant companion on the opposite wall—a vibrant, neon-green sign, articulating a saying in Spanish. Though their languages differ, the signs share the same meaning: “Foreigners Everywhere.” Both colorful installations reside in the Rothman Winter Garden, beckoning curious passersby to reflect on their deeper meaning, against the architectural backdrop of a world-class business school. Created by French art collective Claire Fontaine, these works are just two examples of a remarkable, 500-piece contemporary art collection housed at the Charles M. Harper Center.<br/>

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A Harper Art Walk

While on the art walk through Harper Center, enjoy Malian photographer Seydou Keita's portraiture series. The series of five silver gelatin prints are just a few of the many portraits Keïta took of the residents of Bamako in the 1940s and '50s, in the years before Mali gained its independence. His subjects wore their finest outfits and posed in front of intricately patterned backgrounds, and would give the pictures out to friends and family. The committee was drawn to the prints' beauty as well as the unique moment in Mali's colonial history that they represent.

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Booth 101: Photography

As a kid, when Diego Gil, ’11, lived in Europe and traveled around the continent with his family, he had two jobs—both courtesy of his father: First, he was tasked with serving as navigator, back before GPS was king. And, perhaps most importantly, he was appointed vacation photographer, employing his trusty point-and-shoot camera to capture all of the family's adventures. Gil was only 12 when he first started taking pictures, but something clicked for him as he clicked the shutter. "It helped me start developing an eye for photography," he said. Since then, Gil all but gave up on photography while building his career as an investment professional. But, in recent years, he has come back to it and even gets hired regularly to photograph headshots and events. "When I'm doing photography, I'm not thinking about anything else," he said. "There are enough technical aspects to make it engaging and mentally stimulating, but not to the point where it's overwhelming. It's, in a way, therapeutic to be able to have a hobby like that."<br/>