Curated in collaboration with the Youth Board of Artists, this year’s teen exhibition brings together work by young artists from Teen Programs, teaching artists, exhibiting, and residency artists. The exhibition’s title refers to the caring reminder Chicago teens text to check that their friends arrived home safely and alludes to “making it” as creatives of many types. Works in the exhibition explore themes of collective safety, movement of people throughout the city and world, diasporic identities, boundaries crossed either physically or metaphorically, and coming of age on the South Side of the city.
Chicago-based artist and educator, Malika Jackson presents emotional narrative works in painting, drawing and sculpture inspired by her lived experience as well as texts by writers like Langston Hughes and Sonia Sanchez.
An exhibition featuring the work of Nyame Brown, Bethany Collins, Nicole Marroquin, Chris Pappan, and Jessica Vaughn who examine traditions in popular American culture that continue to reinforce inequality in the everyday.
Mysterious, novel, and internally optical, the zoetrope is a pre-cinema, spinning drum that when put in motion creates a quick analog animation. For this exhibition, guest curator and interdisciplinary artist Scott Wolniak invites 13 artists that don’t normally make moving image work to make new work to be activated by a custom-made zoetrope.
An exhibition of work from participants in New Edition, a program developed by the Art Center for artists to learn and make work in a medium with which they have had little to no previous experience.
Longtime collaborators Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger premiere their largest multimedia installation in Loving Repeating. The Chicago-based artists have been creating works on paper, performances, and installations that draw attention to the human condition as experienced through the queer perspective since 1993. The exhibition will incorporate their signature style featuring silhouettes of each other’s bodies – recognizable from their long beards – to build an immersive installation. Combining cut paper, vinyl, video, light and shadow, the artists aim to address the presence and absence of human touch experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.