September 1 - November 30, 2017
For its fourth iteration, Monique Meloche Gallery has invited Chicago-based artist and previous CAB participant Amanda Williams to showcase a new series of works that continue her investigations of urban development in Chicago and nationwide. Trained as an architect, Williams is interested in how combining the disciplines of art and architecture might help make all the parts of a city thrive. This project will be influenced by the expansion of Chicago's northwest side, including the gallery's surrounding neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, and West Town. Williams' artworks will be displayed on public bus benches in these areas, which have seen major socioeconomic change in the last decade. By targeting specific benches that are near architectural points of interest, her project will invite dialogue with the multi-cultural community, asking questions about privilege and gentrification. Williams' "off the wall" project coincides with her Chicago Works exhibition at the MCA (her first solo museum exhibition), as well as her garden project "Uppity Negress" at The Arts Club of Chicago.
This project will take place at locations throughout Wicker Park. A guide will be available at the gallery and online at moniquemeloche.com.