Dorian Sylvain: Embedded

The rhythmic poetry of Don L. Lee (Haki Matabuti) and Bill Walker’s murals embedded across Chicago’s Southside in the 1960s greatly influenced artist Dorian Sylvain growing up.  For this exhibition, she creates an 80 foot long temporary mural to reimagine how racial unity and pride appear in Black communities today.  Sylvain combines the Afro-centric ornamentation and color palettes of Walker with her updated patterning and stylized urban landscape to highlight the reconciling of past and present social movements to build a more positive culturally rich environment for the next generation.

During her three-month residency in the Guida Family Studios, Sylvain will paint on non-woven material to be collaged on to the mural and work with middle school youth to reconsider what the role public art should be in our neighborhoods.

  • January 28, 2018 – July 29, 2018
  • Gallery 5

Dorian Sylvain's mural close ups

About Dorian Sylvain

For three decades, Dorian Sylvain has created and lead public art projects that empower community and expose children to art making, partnering with organizations such as Chicago History Museum, South Side Community Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, DuSable Museum, Chicago Park District and the Chicago Public Art Group. Her work can been experienced throughout Chicago’s cityscape. She most recently completed a large public sculpture commission in collaboration with Arlene Turner-Crawford and other artists titled, Sankofa for the Earth (2016) installed in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor in Bronzeville. Her work can also be seen in a painted mural / installation, Sunflower Road (2017) at Dyett High School for the Arts. She earned degrees from the American Academy of Art and San Francisco State University and teaches youth art classes at Hyde Park Art Center.



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