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July at The Center
If you've been daydreaming about the upcoming holiday weekend, you're
not alone! Before you trade your work desk for the beach, or your
afternoon coffee for an ice-cold lemonade, take a quick break and check
out some of our recent projects. This month, we learned about
one client's new quarantine hobby and another's German ancestral past.
We also patched up a piece of antique furniture that had broken from too
Please note: In observation of Independence Day, The Center will be closed July 5th.
Spending more time at home in 2020 had
many of us explore new interests and develop new hobbies. For some, it
was gardening; others began cooking more or finally learned to play that
ukulele they bought on vacation one summer. Jon, a client of ours, used
his time at home to learn more about art. He told us, “During Covid I
started looking at online art auction lots for the first time as I
wasn’t able to visit galleries. At first it was just fun to browse and
learn about new (and old) artists I hadn’t heard of before, but
occasionally something would catch my eye.”
Repairing A Regency Giltwood Stool
Showcasing the beauty of antique furniture in your home décor can
provide depth and warmth in a way that modern designs cannot match. The
aged fabrics, custom finishes, fragile design details, and the maker's
hand create a unique character that adds to the item's history and
charm. However, age and history also require a certain level of
consideration when putting antique furniture to day-to-day use.
Therefore, it is essential to consider how an antique furniture item
will function in your home and determine if it is stable before putting
it to daily use.
The Conservation of a 19th-Century Portrait: Great-Great-Great Grandmother Brenner
Ever since photography became the favored medium of memory, painted
family portraits became rare. These portraits are special heirlooms that
deserve to be cherished and maintained for generations. A recent client
of ours shared this belief and he and his family sent a portrait of
their great great-great-grandmother to The Center for treatment.
Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art
conservation laboratory in the country. With 37 years of experience, The
Center is a leader in the field of art preservation, evolving new
treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-changing art world. We
have cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious
private collections, museums, galleries, insurance companies, and
We hope you're taking our bookseller Ida's lead and drowning in Summer Reads!
July is often our sleepiest month when
it comes to events, but that's not the case this year! We have a
PHENOMENAL line-up, including events with feminist icon Judy Chicago, disability rights pioneer Judith Heumann, and our first in-person event since March 2020: an outdoor book-signing with Eve L. Ewing!
Big new! Beginning July 6, we'll be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
We're still requiring masks in-store and although our capacity is
increasing, we're continuing to limit the number of people we allow in
the store at a time. We're thrilled that things are getting safer by the
day here in Chicago, but like many of you, we need a little time to
adjust to being around lots of humans at once. We're also still adapting
to how best to manage our expanded online orders while offering the
best in-person customer service we can!
Thank YOU for supporting us through all the changes and adaptations!
With love & gratitude,
We have a TON of amazing events coming up this month! We've heard that
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Pssst! Most of our events are recorded and uploaded with closed captioning to our YouTube Channel. Watch them any time!
Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Book Launch:
NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN by Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler
For this event, Dr. Burnett-Zieglerwill be in conversation with Gaynor Hall.
Black women’s strength is intimately tied to their unacknowledged
suffering. An estimated eight in ten have endured some form of
trauma—sexual abuse, domestic abuse, poverty, childhood abandonment,
being a victim of or witness to violence, and regular confrontation with
racism and sexism. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen shows
that trauma often affects mental and physical well-being. It can
contribute to stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Unaddressed, it can
lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, overeating, and alcohol
and drug abuse, and other chronic health issues.
Throughout the summer (weather permitting), Story Time will be held
a few blocks away in the magical garden behind the Edgewater Historical
Museum (5358 N Ashland Ave). The performance is designed for 2 to 5
year olds who are ready to sit, listen, and participate, but children of
all ages are welcome. Our co-founder Linda Bubon reads and performs 5 or more stories along with leading some finger plays. We ask for a $1 donation.
Do you know where "yaaaas queen!" comes from? Do you know the
difference between a bear and a wolf? Do you know what all the letters
in LGBTQIA+ stand for? Celebrate Pride with this intersectional,
inclusive, playfully illustrated glossary featuring more than 800 terms
and fabulous phrases created by and for queer culture.
In celebration of the paperback release of The Great Offshore Grounds, author Vanessa Veselka will be interviewed by Melissa Febos.
the day of their estranged father's wedding, half sisters Cheyenne and
Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It's been years since the two
have seen each other. Cheyenne
is newly back in Seattle, crashing with Livy after a failed marriage
and a series of personal and professional dead ends. Livy works
refinishing boats, her resentment against her freeloading sister growing
as she tamps down dreams of fishing off the coast of Alaska. But the
promise of a shot at financial security brings the two together to claim
For this paperback release event, Marisel Vera will be in conversation with her daughter, Alyssa Vera Ramos.
Marisel Vera emerges as a major new voice in contemporary fiction with this “capacious” (The New Yorker)
novel set in Puerto Rico on the eve of the Spanish-American War. Up in
the mountainous region of Utuado, Vicente Vega and Valentina Sanchez
labor to keep their coffee farm from the creditors. When the great San
Ciriaco hurricane of 1899 brings devastating upheaval, the young couple
is lured along with thousands of other puertorriquenos to the sugar
plantations of Hawaii, where they are confronted by the hollowness of
America’s promises of prosperity. Depicting the roots of Puerto Rican
alienation and exodus, which resonates especially today, The Taste of Sugar is “a gorgeous feat of storytelling” (Tayari Jones).
For this event, local author Rae Nudson will be in conversation with Taylor Moore.
There is a history and a cultural
significance that comes with wearing cat-eye-inspired liner or a bold
red lip, one that many women feel to this day, even if we don’t realize
exactly why. Increasingly, people of all genders are wrestling with what
it means to be a woman living in a patriarchy, and part of that is how
looking like a woman—whatever that means—affects people’s real lives.
There is a silent epidemic in
America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood,
loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the
smallest of towns.
In Seek You,
Kristen Radtke's wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public
selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to
each other and the distance that remains. Through the lenses of gender
and violence, technology and art, Radtke ushers us through a history of
loneliness and longing and shares what feels impossible to share.
This ticketed book-signing will be held just outside the bookstore. Each ticket includes a copy of the book!
From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing
comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade
robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya
needs a friend--and a science fair project.
Join artist and author Judy Chicago and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kwan for an exciting conversation marking the publication of The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago.
Judy Chicago is America’s most dynamic
living artist. Her works comprise a dizzying array of media from
performance and installation to the glittering table laid for
thirty-nine iconic women in The Dinner Party (now permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum), the groundbreaking Birth Project, and the meticulously researched Holocaust Project. She designed the monumental installation for Dior’s 2020 Paris couture show and, in 2019, established the Judy Chicago Research Portal, which will help to accomplish her lifelong goal of overcoming the erasure that has eclipsed the achievements of so many women.
was only 5 years old when she was first denied her right to attend
school. Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust-surviving
parents in New York City, Judy had a drive for equality that was
instilled early in life.
In this young readers’ edition of her acclaimed memoir, Being Heumann,
Judy shares her journey of battling for equal access in an unequal
world—from fighting to attend grade school after being described as a
“fire hazard” because of her wheelchair, to suing the New York City
school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her
*This event will be held on Zoom Webinar.
ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided. This event will
be recorded and viewable on Women & Children First's YouTube Channel within 24 hours of the live conversation.*
An ambitious mother puts her art
career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience
does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the
bathroom for a break from her toddler's demands, only to discover a
dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines
suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for
work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel
Agatha has lived every day of the
last nine years with her sisters: they work together, laugh together,
pray together. Their world is contained within the little house they
share. The four of them are devoted to Mother Roberta and to their
quiet, purposeful life.
An interpreter has
come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International
Court. A woman of many languages and identities, she is looking for a
place to finally call home.
She's drawn into
simmering personal dramas: her lover, Adriaan, is separated from his
wife but still entangled in his marriage. Her friend Jana witnesses a
seemingly random act of violence, a crime the interpreter becomes
increasingly obsessed with as she befriends the victim's sister. And
she's pulled into an explosive political controversy when she’s asked to
interpret for a former president accused of war crimes.
We're proud to be the official bookseller for CHF's virtual event Festival!
Among Jessica Hopper’s many accomplishments over the course of her revered career is the first-ever--yes, you read that right, first ever--collection
of criticism written by a living female rock critic. This
groundbreaking work, first published in 2015 and now reissued with new
material, is a rallying cry for intersectional, woman-centered rock.