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The History and Meaning of Adinkra Symbols and Cultural Aesthetics historically and in Contemporary Art

June 12 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Notes from The Woodshed Workshop: The History and Meaning of Adinkra Symbols and Cultural Aesthetics historically and in Contemporary Art

Join us for a creative Adinkra symbol activity! Use stencils and rubbings to design your own vibrant and meaningful artwork, exploring the rich cultural heritage of West African symbols. Perfect for all ages!

This free all ages art making workshop is led by our Community Engagement Fellow, Keny De La Peña.  Exhibiting artist Robert Paige will frequently be present to have conversations with participants and answer questions about his work, art practice, and life as a designer/educator/fabric man. 

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This workshop series is in conjunction with our exhibition, The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, the largest exhibition of Robert Paige’s work to date, which surveys the iconic textile designs and painted fabric of one of the most generative artists/designers from the South Side of Chicago. The exhibition, corresponding public programs and upcoming catalog is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities. 

Robert Paige approaches art and craft as a joyful choreography between practical invention and material research. The fluid lines, intense colors, repeating circles and simple balance found in modernist paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay, and Lazlo Maholy Nagy for example, are equally as influential to Paige’s style as the tight basket weaving techniques and symbology of West African cultures, the textured ripples on tree bark, and the unfettered improvisations of the Chicago jazz powerhouse the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).  Raised in the Woodlawn neighborhood, where he still resides, Paige makes artworks in response to the patterns, colors, and materials of everyday Black life. Paige playfully challenges the juxtaposition of art and craft in his hand-dyed textiles, cardboard collages, and ceramic tiles to encourage mental and physical liberation for all. 


Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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