I'm off to Chicago for the weekend. A multi-media artist named Theaster Gates, the winner of our school's inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, lives and works there. I'm part of a rather large contingent of New School faculty going to explore his fascinating Dorchester Projects - abandoned buildings reclaimed and repurposed as art centers - in quest of curricular tie-ins and ideas for a conference devoted to his work in the Fall. I'm also one of the intrepid few who took up the offer to sleep over in the Dorchester Projects. Yellow submarine, the arctic sleeping bag I bought for the Beatles-themed hostel in Darjeeling last January, is looking forward to a nice workout!