WHAT: Exhibition Opening: African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race
WHEN: Saturday, October 27–Sunday, March 3, 2019
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor
The new exhibition is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and will feature work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design. This exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in this major hub of American advertising/consumer culture. African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.
All exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Building hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.
Upcoming Public Programming Around the Exhibition
Exhibition Opening Symposium: November 2–3
The Designs of African American Life
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Marking the opening of , this symposium gathers scholars and design practitioners who address all aspects of design in African American life. While the exhibition celebrates the works of Chicago-based graphic artists in fields ranging from sign-painting to doll-making, the symposium goes beyond Chicago and beyond the graphic arts in order to take stock of current work in the field and to explore new directions for research and practice. As they advance new narratives and methodologies that grasp the history of African American design, speakers illuminate critical problems at the intersection of art, politics, and everyday life. For additional details, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org.
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