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November 6, 2012
Hyperallergic Magazine
“A Wild Forest of Queer Aesthetics”
Review of curator Danny Orendorff’s 19-artist exhibition All Good Things Become Wild and Free at Carthage

October 12, 2008
Huffington Post
“The Passion of an Exemplary Art Collector”
June Spiezer’s art collection at Carthage

Other Gallery Reviews

“There’s an unusual condition the Spiezers placed on their collection when they gave it to the Rockford Art Museum. They mandated that the collection be shown publicly every 10 years. It can’t lay in hiding like most donations. And it’s beautiful to see a fabulous selection of the highlights at Carthage College. … The works on exhibit at Carthage are often seminal works by significant Chicago artists. And a lot of the reason they’re seminal is that the Spiezers couldn’t afford, or wouldn’t pay exorbitant prices to acquire art with bloated prices. They’d acquire art that excited them by artists on the way up — not necessarily young, new, in, or de rigueur, just affordable. The Spiezers’ collection is about love and the passion, power and joy of art. This is a wonderful exhibit to see, to share and appreciate.”

— Paul Klein, Artletter

“Without a doubt the new exhibition at Carthage College, Circus Acts: Suspending Disbelief, lives up to the uncanny associations the word ‘circus’ conjures. In fact it rather exceeds them. The world of bearded ladies and lion tamers, danger and docility, becomes an unlikely locus amoenus where excess is permissible and good and evil flip sides of the same coin.”

— Aisha Motlani, Shepherd Express News

“It’s appropriate to use ‘spectacular’ when describing a magnificent circus. It’s equally appropriate to use it when describing this exhibit [Circus Acts: Suspending Disbelief]. All the artists tout heavy credentials, and curator Levesque has orchestrated a stellar event, well worth the travel.”

—    Judith Ann Moriarty, “Susceptible to Images: a Milwaukee Art Review”

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