Shoot Yr Shot: Visual Receipts of Chicago's Street Art and Cultural Renaissance
August 11 - September 24, 2017
Inspired by Chicago's long history of murals, graffiti, and public art making, Shoot Yr Shot examines street art as architectural intervention. Offering a sweeping survey of photography, original installations and ephemera created by and reflecting the work of some of the city's most prolific street writers and artists, this exhibition looks at how Chicago's vibrant street art culture has literally grown up alongside its lauded architectural history.
Curated by Miguel Aguilar, Kevin Coval and Tara Mahadevan.
Altar Call: The Architecture of Black Sacred Space
October 13, November 10, December 8
The Black Church occupies an important physical and figurative space in the African American community. As contemporary Black communities have formed, shifted and reshaped, there has been increased research and documentation of the church as a material building, cultural shelter, convening space, and repository of aesthetic ideals. This exhibition looks at an attendant social history, particularly at how Black people have used notions of sacred and spiritual practice to construct deeply individual and intimate places for reflection, resilience and divine encounters in their homes as well as in other private or hidden spaces.
Altar Call will feature a special installation by multimedia artist Candace Hunter entitled: “Refuge, Secrets and Safety," which reflects on the particular role of mothers in the Black community play in providing physical and spiritual protection for their offspring and the next generation.