Concrete Happenings: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
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Concrete Happenings In the News

Wolf Vostell
Art in America
May 22, 2017

Vostell, Fluxus and the art of protest
Chicago Tribune
February 9, 2017
“This pair of shows offers a timely study in the ways that certain avant-garde artists in the late 1960s and early ‘70s made art that looked like art while taking protest to heart.”

Review: Vostell Concrete at the Smart Museum of Art
Third Coast Review
February 4, 2017
“Incisive and rewarding”

Chicago's Concrete Cadillac
Classic Chicago magazine
February 2017

Car Culture
January 2017
Christine Mehring on Wolf Vostell's Concrete Traffic

Winter Preview: 10 art shows not to miss
Chicago Tribune
December 28, 2016
Vostell Concrete and Fantastic Architecture: “If inflexible, permanent concrete seems unsuitable to playful critique of the status quo, prepare to be surprised.”

Looking back on the best art of 2016 as a psychic salve
Chicago Tribune
December 11, 2016
“Anti-monument” Concrete Traffic one of year's best: “it's mashup of common object and building material insist that passers–by question ordinary reality.”

To Do (print only)
Time Out Chicago
December 2016–February 2017
Vostell Concrete picked as one of the best exhibitions to see this winter

Chicago Reader
December 8, 2016
Charles Curtis performance one of the picks for the week

Retrogarde—The Threshold of History
December 6, 2016
“This exhibition could not have been more timely.”

Holiday Shopping Spree in Hyde Park
DNA Info
December 5, 2016
Guide to neighborhood gifts recommends Concrete Traffic for the “microbrew lover” on your list.

Drinking in Fluxus
November 17, 2016
“For appreciators of the conceptual aspects of brewing, the use of acids and salts, corroding agents responsible for the deterioration of the sculpture over the years, is a much appreciated nod to the spirit of ephemerality that gave life to the original artwork.”

Set in Stone
The University of Chicago Magazine
November 2016
A groundbreaking sculpture returns to campus—and sparks a dialogue on public art

History of Art, University Cemented in Concrete Cadillac
The Chicago Maroon
November 4, 2016
“Concrete Traffic represents the intersection of visual art and campus life, marking it as an object of significance in not only art history but also the University's past”

About the Town in November
Classic Chicago
November 1, 2016
Mention of “effusive article that appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal

Art Movements
October 28, 2016
Concrete Happenings and other news in the art world

How Do You Restore a Cadillac Covered in Concrete? Carefully
Wall Street Journal
October 21, 2016
Front page story: “Any 1957 Cadillac that has been sitting in a grassy yard on the South Side of Chicago for 40 years will have a few issues—rust, rotted tires, faded paint, a missing muffler.”

Arcade Brewery's Art Beer Series Starts with Hyde Park's Concrete Traffic
DNA Info
October 12, 2016
“Arcade Brewery's new beer has some arty notes, but is still very drinkable for an avante garde beer...influenced by Wolf Vostell's Concrete Traffic”

10 Things to Do This Weekend
WTTW Chicago Tonight
October 12, 2016
#2 Park: year-long programming kicks off with a Drive-In Happening

10 Things To Do
Crain's Chicago Business
October 12, 2016
Concrete Traffic returns “allowing university visitors a Huh? moment”

Vintage sculpture Concrete Traffic goes for a joy ride
WTTW Chicago Tonight
October 6, 2016
“But who made it—and what was he thinking?”

South Side Weekly
October 5, 2016
“German food and Vostell-inspired brews should stave off gridlock” at the Drive-In Happening

Concrete-encased Cadillac stops traffic in Chicago
The Art Newspaper
October 3, 2016
“The team was able to create a support structure that maintains the illusion of a freestanding sculpture while ensuring the structural integrity of the concrete shell”

The Arts Section
WDCB 90.0 FM
October 2, 2016
An interview with Christine Mehring (1:00 to 16:00)

Concrete Caddy rolls to new home
Chicago Tribune
October 1, 2016
Story about the convoy that returns “the lowest of low riders” to campus

About the Town in October
Classic Chicago Magazine
October 1, 2016
Concrete Traffic Procession included in October round-up

Concrete Traffic sculpture returns to life
Northwest Indiana Times
September 30, 2016
“A procession of artistic proportions”

'Take a Cadillac, Add Cement'
Chicago Magazine
September 29, 2016
“Wolf Vostell's 'Concrete Traffic' suffered many indignities since unveiled in 1970. Friday, it makes a triumphant return.”

Top V. Weekend Picks
Bad at Sports
September 29, 2016
#1: Concrete Traffic Procession

Art That Moves
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2016
A behind-the-scenes look at Concrete Traffic's conservation and return to Chicago

24 of our Favorite Events This Week
September 26, 2016
“There's going to be a 16-ton concrete Cadillac De Ville cruising down the street on Friday”

Top Ten Art Shows for the Fall
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2016
"A procession, lectures, screenings, and exhibitions honk the horn for" the return of Concrete Traffic.

Fall Arts Preview
Chicago Sun-Times
September 9, 2016
Concrete Traffic "remains a startling sight 46 years after German Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell created it."

Once missing, concrete-encased 1957 Cadillac to return to public display
Hemmings Daily
September 2, 2016

Heavy Traffic Ahead
September 1, 2016

A Cadillac encased in concrete, considered a major piece of art, is back
WGN Radio 
June 6, 2016

DNAinfo: Chicago's oldest hot dog stand; return of the concrete Cadillac
Fox 32 Chicago 
June 3, 2016

A Cadillac Encased In Concrete, Considered A Major Piece Of Art, Is Back
DNA Info, Sam Cholke
June 2, 2016

A Cadillac Covered In Concrete Is Considered Art, And It’s Recently Been Rediscovered
GM Authority, Sean Szymkowski 
June 2, 2016

UChicago Arts' Concrete Happenings aims to spark dialogue on public art
UChicago News
May 31, 2016

Conservation workshop to assess structural integrity of Wolf Vostell’s 'Concrete Traffic'
Neubauer Collegium
May 9, 2014


C.J. Lind
Associate Director, Communications
Smart Museum of Art

Ronia Holmes
Interim Associate Director of Communications
UChicago Arts and the Logan Center