Exhibition: African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race

From Chicago Cultural Center:

pious800Featuring 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.

Public Programs:
Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, November 2, 6:30–8:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
The Designs of African American Life Symposium
November 2–3, 2018

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

Friday, November 2, 5–6pm: Opening Keynote Address: “Common Things Surprise Us: Black Chicago’s Artists and Models Balls and the Politics of Middlebrown(n) Taste” by Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University
Saturday, November 3, 3:30–4:30pm: Closing Keynote: “Craft/Freedom: Regarding the Value(s) of African American Design” by Adam Green, University of Chicago

Gallery Talks with Curator Daniel Schulman
Thursdays, November 1 & 15, December 6, 12:15–1pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
Chicago Humanities Festival: Midcentury Design and Opportunity
Sunday, November 11, 3–4pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

In conjunction with the Chicago Cultural Center exhibition African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, art historian Maggie Taft, artist David Hartt, modern architecture and design historian Jonathan Mekinda and the exhibition’s co-curator Chris Dingwall explore the social, artistic, entrepreneurial and political opportunities to be found within midcentury design in Chicago.

Visit

Chicago Cultural Center
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

FREE Admission


Building Hours:

  • Monday–Friday, 10am–7pm
  • Saturday–Sunday, 10am–5pm

Closed Holidays

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